Hey, quilters!

My enthusiasm for quilting is said to be contagious! In classes, I work toward keeping an upbeat setting, providing well-written instructions, and attending to each student with personalized coaching. My quilts have received many awards in international competitions since 1997 where judges comment on fine workmanship and original style. With unique designs I'm thrilled to include charming, unexpected elements such as specialty threads, prairie points, piping, and great binding techniques. I invented the Groovin’ Piping Trimming Tool which is used to trim piping seam allowances and the Prairie Pointer pressing tool. In 2010 I was delighted to be named Minnesota Quilter of the Year! 

I live on 70 acres in southeastern Minnesota with my hubby. Both of our incredibly smart, talented children, have graduated from college and are gainfully employed. Yeah!

Thanks for visiting!

Quilt on! – Susan


(IQF = International Quilt Festival, AQS = American Quilter’s Society, NQA = National Quilting Association, MQ = Minnesota Quilters)

  • Flowered & Feathered Frenzy: first place AQS Paducah 2017, first place IQF Houston 2016, second place MQ 2016

  • Psychedelic Big Bang: third place IQF 2010 Houston, second place AQS show - Paducah, several awards at NQA show Columbus 2011 (first place small quilt mixed techniques, Best Use of Embellishment, Best of Show Small Quilt)

  • Hidden Tikis: finalist AQS 2007

  • Bouncin': first place IQF 2005, best of show-wall quilt MQ 2005, third place AQS 2005

  • Carnival Star: finalist IQF 2003, second place AQS 2004, first place MQ 2004, first place Quilting on the Waterfront 2004, third place NQA 2005

  • Kauai Chicken Star: finalist AQS 2004

  • Spangled Star Banner: second place IQF 2002, second place MQ 2002, third place AQS 2003, first place NQA 2004

  • Twirling Tassels: first place IQF 2001, Second place MQ 2001, finalist AQS 2002, first place Quilt America! 2002

  • Party of Three: Best of Show Wall Quilt MQ 2000, first place IQF 2000, first place AQS 2001

  • Pretty Flaky: first place IQF 1999, finalist AQS 2000, third place MQ 1999

  • Opposites Complement: third place MQ 1998, finalist IQF 2001

  • Celestial Chocolate: first place MQ 1997

  • Darin’s Slitherin’ Snakes: Teacher’s Choice Award and Judge’s Choice Award MQ 1997, finalist AQS 1998

  • Erica’s Candy Quilt: finalist AQS 1998

  • Star Obsession: second place MQ 1996, Minnesota State Fair Sweepstakes winner 1996, finalist AQS 1997

Other recognition

  • TheQuiltShow.com episode #2308, It’s Hip to be a Modern Dresden, featuring contemporary Dresdens and Secrets of Impeccable Piecing launched in October 2018.

  • Flowered & Feathered Frenzy was featured in QuiltMania magazine #126 (summer 2018) on the inside front cover in a WonderFil Threads ad.

  • Craftsy.com launched "Creative Quilting: Alternatives to Free Motion" online class in August of 2016.

  • Craftsy.com launched "How to Bind a Quilt" online class in June of 2015. (In the first year over 5000 students enrolled and the average review is 5 of 5 stars!)

  • Modern Quilts Unlimited magazine, summer 2013 issue features Binding with Pizzazz

  • Patent awarded for Prairie Pointer Tool, March 2013

  • American Quilter magazine October/November 2012 issue features Ditch Quilting ~ The Unsung Hero

  • Quilters Newsletter magazine included the Prairie Pointer Tool as a staff pick

  • www.TheQuiltShow.com episode #1001 showcases demonstrations of Marvelous Miters and making embellished prairie points, available January of 2012

  • Nominated for 2010 Professional Quilt Teacher of the Year as awarded by the International Association of Professional Quilters

  • Psychedelic Big Bang featured in Spring 2011 issue of The Professional Quilter magazine announcing winner and nominees

  • American Quilter magazine March 2011 issue featured Psychedelic Big Bang on the cover

  • American Quilter magazine March 2011 issue published article, Bold Threads Big Impact

  • Bouncin' Trio exhibited in "Star Power" at Minnetonka Center for the Arts in October and November of 2010

  • Wonderfil Thread of Canada released a line of 12wt cotton thread, Spagetti, in 20 colors designed by Susan in April of 2010. ...more colors to come!

  • Named 2010 Minnesota Quilter of the Year

  • McCall's Quilting magazine August 2010 published Prairie Pointer pillow project

  • Vogue Patterns magazine June/July 2010 features Marvelous Miters in New Products - Editor's Choice column

  • Hidden Tikis quilt exibited in TheQuiltShow.com special exhibit, A Twist on Tradition, at 2010 Road to California Show

  • Prairie Pointer pressing tool released April 2009

  • Marvelous Miters book published April 2009

  • Groovin' Piping Trimming Tool GRANDE released May 2008

  • 2008 Professional Quilt Teacher of the Year nominee as awarded by the International Association of Professional Quilters

  • Featured artist in Fall 2007 Journal of the International Quilt Association

  • Piping Hot Curves released May 2007 ~ This 96-page book includes quilts designed by Susan and was written, designed, and published by Susan.

  • www.TheQuiltShow.com episode #109, Piping Hot Curves

  • www.NowSewing.net Behind the Seams show "Love Those Curves"

  • Piping Adds Pizzazz aired on HGTV's Simply Quilts episode #1136 in December 2005

  • American Quilter magazine Winter 2005 features Binding Pizzazz, an article on piped bindings

  • Carnival Star appears in Judy Mathieson's Mariner's Compass Quilts - Setting a New Course and in American Quilter magazine Summer 2004.

  • HGTV’s Simply Quilts episode #1012, Easier Attic Windows.

  • Party of Three was used in American Quilters Society advertising for “The All-American Quilter” summer 2003 and to advertise AQS published books spring 2002

  • Spangled Star Banner and Nine-patch Medallion were used in magazine ads and posters for Pfaff Sewing Machines

  • Twirling Tassels appeared on the cover of The Journal of the IQA, Spring 2002.

  • Lucy Fazely’s coffee table book, Quilt Style, includes Opposites Complement, Pretty Flaky, Party of Three, Darin’s Slitherin’ Snakes, and Twirling Tassels.

  • Groovin’ Piping Trimming Tool, invented by Susan and her husband has a patent pending

  • Slides of Susan’s quilts have appeared in programs by Libby Lehman, Maurine Noble, and Elsie Campbell.

  • Party of Three appeared in American Quilter, Fall 2001; Quilting Today, issue 86; Journal of the International Quilter Association, Fall 2001; Lone Star Quilts and Beyond by Jan Krentz.

  • Pretty Flaky appeared in The IQA Journal, Spring 2000 and in Quilters Newsletter magazine, December 2001.

  • BYOP--Build Your Own Plaid was pictured in an article by Libby Lehman in Quilting Today magazine issue 83

  • Rochester Women magazine published a cover story on Susan and her quilting, winter 2001

  • American Quilter magazine Winter 2000 features article about the making of Pretty Flaky