Monday, November 28, 2011

December Sneak Peek

Well, with December right around the corner, I thought a sneak peek of what's coming is almost past due. I have neglected my blog for the last week- for good reason though.  I had my family, almost my entire family (my brother, Jason, who lives in Portland didn't make it- which I was pretty distraught about), here to celebrate Thanksgiving.  Words can't describe how it felt to have my grandparents, Nanny and Pops, my sister Aimee and my brother Andrew (who I haven't seen for almost a year), and of course my mom all in the same place for about 3 days.  It was such a whirlwind that I think I forgot to just soak it in.  I tell people all the time that I don't think my mom has suffered from 'empty nest syndrome' because she just go-go-goes; but it is no secret that I have and continue to struggle not having my brothers and sister around.  I just can't accept the fact that they are all grown up and that they have their own lives.  I tell them all the time that they grew up, moved away and forgot about me.  The guilt trip has not worked thus far, so I am up for any suggestions.   I also tried to convince Nanny and Pops that we would bash out the living room wall and add an extension to the house- the 'grandparents quarters', so they could spend 6 months here and 6 months in Spokane.  They laughed- so I take that as a no.  I just don't see or have them around nearly as much as I need.   Nanny and Pops, the offer is open, if you ever change your mind.  Pops, I promise not to give you an unbearable 'To Do' list, and Nanny I promise to make mom lay off on the 'projects' in hand 24/7.  I love you both very much! xxxxx
Andrew, Jason and Aimee- I love you guys so much and miss you terribly!  A phone call, Andrew and Jason, every once in a while, would be more than amazing!  Vee-vee, I know you haven't forgotten about me, but you could visit more than once every 3 months... xxxxx
Ok, enough sappy stuff- onto what's coming in December (2 days away, yikes!).

New, skinny mini's

Buddy Cases- new color- RED!

New, silkscreened project bags- by my brother Jason.

New, mini project, lavender sachets, by mom and I.

5 new fat 1/4 packs!

New, scissor fobs!

New, ribbon pack- perfect for stem embellishment.

Awesome, new hand stamped/Indigo dyed African fabrics!

Over 30 new cotton fabrics!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday filled with family and friends!  Watch for December's web update; we have 12 great gift ideas and tons of new fabrics and embellishments.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

More Space Please!

We are busting at the seams, here at Sue Spargo Folk-art Quilts!  As BOM 2011 draws to an end, we are drowning in hundreds of yards of wool and tripping over bolt after bolt of fabric as we slowly make our way through cutting backing, bindings and borders.  On top of that, 2012 BOM wool is starting to come in along with new fabrics we ordered at Market.  I swear it feels like I have unpacked and scanned at least 100 bolts of the new fabrics- but after a quick count it is only just over 30!  I thought it was about time I showed you a few behind the scenes shots- so here goes:

Trash Night!

New African Hand Stamped/Indigo Dyes.  Love, love, love these!  Available on the website in December.

Just a few of the new fabrics coming to the website in December.

The post would be incomplete without a picture of my babies sporting their new haircuts.  Unfortunately, Zoe was having absolutely no part of the camera tonight, but Marley was more than happy to strike a pose!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Early Bird Thread Cutter

I spent most of today working on December's web update, concentrating on gift ideas.  I cannot believe the holidays are just around the corner- and if anyone is like me, you have an awful lot of shopping ahead of you!  The Early Bird Thread Cutter- inspired by mom's design, is handcrafted by a silversmith in Spokane.  I just love these little guys- a perfect gift for that special someone!  Available at

Friday, November 11, 2011

So much Chenille, so little time...

Oh, how I love Chenille!  So soft to the touch, such vibrant color, and when used for embellishing it adds so much dimension and interest.  Over the  past year we have added new colors to the website monthly.   Visit, to see our luscious supply of Silken Chenille.

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend,

Friday, November 4, 2011


After much anticipation, I am happy to say, we finally have the Valdani Limelight pack back in stock!  

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!

Zoe and her Minky

Marley and his Minky

Curl up with your Minky, and get some rest.  Zoe and Marley have the right idea! 


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Houston Market

Oh, home at last!  Well, I have been for a few days, but have just been able to catch my breath this afternoon.  I had a wonderful time at Market with my mom.  We tore it up; doing some serious damage to the credit card.  I can't wait for our purchases to start coming in!  Only a small slice of Market was captured on camera- I think we were on such a mission that the camera just slipped our minds!

First stop- Renaissance Ribbons.  Above is the display that featured mom and Wendy's ribbon collection at Market.  There is the little pillow I made!

Mom and I found some amazing organic cotton fabrics at Birch.  The colors are so soft, and the prints are so playful.  We ordered about 15 bolts- I could have ordered more, but the boss put an end to my ordering.

Oh, where to begin with the Alexander Henry booth... we should be expecting at least 25 new bolts of fabric from them.  Here, I had to put my foot down- and am happy to report that I got my way with a few bolts that mom and I were 'disagreeing' on.

We picked up a few bolts of linen and hemp/silk/cotton blends; made a quick stop at Seven Islands and ordered a few Japanese prints; stopped to see Moctar and ordered 6 bolts of hand dyed indigo African fabrics which are beyond fabulous; spent a pretty penny at Westminster stocking up on Kaffe Fassett's collections, Valori Wells new Karavan line and Parson Gray's new collection of rich architectural prints; ordered a few new ribbons; stocked up on antique buttons; bought 32 hanks of hand-dyed fibers; 50 strands of African beads; and probably blew up the credit card with the purchase we made at Dear Stella.   

We had margarita's and tons of laughs with Lynn (who owns A Different Box of Crayons), Kori (who owns an amazing little Quilt Shop, Olive Grace, in Cortland, OH), and her mom Kathy (who is just plain fabulous).

It was wonderful to catch up with Jenny from Amitie Textiles and meet her daughter Lucy, Amitie Girl.  They are so lovely, I wish they lived closer!  It was so nice to meet Kerry and see Jenny from Addicted to Fabric, who I have promised a ribbon pillow too. 

I must thank Jennifer and Lisa from American Patchwork and Quilting for our second night of margaritas!  I have never met someone who has the same raw humor I do... Jennifer had me in absolute agony from laughing so hard!

 And of course, Houston would not be complete without some serious Halloween celebrations!