I grew up on a farm in rural Idaho. As soon as the snow melted and the days warmed, my three brothers and I spent every waking moment outside. We invented games using whatever we could find on the farm. We played marbles, climbed apple trees, dug in the sand box, explored the old farm machinery “graveyard,” played baseball in the empty field behind our house, pretended to play school, chased our dogs through apple orchards and corn fields, conquered mountains with those durable old yellow Tonka trucks and rode bikes for hours. It was a great time and place to grow up.
This past October at Quilt Market, we came upon the Suz’n Quilts booth. Fabric and pattern designer Susan Marth is the creative force behind Suz’n Quilts. As I admired her “Vintage Play” fabric line, I was reminded of my childhood. A panel showing a boy and girl enjoying the simple joys of childhood brought back memories of our time spent on the farm. I’m not sure I’d consider myself “vintage,” but I sure do love her fabric collection and patterns.
Quilt Expressions has created two quilt kits using Suz’n Quilts’ fabric collection and patterns. The first is “Vintage Play.”
“Vintage Play” combines the Vintage Play panel, fabric collection and pattern book, resulting in a colorful collection of childhood moments. The kit includes the pattern and fabric for the top and binding. The finished size is 61″ x 77.”
“My Pencil Box” combines Suz’n Quilts’ “My Pencil Box” pattern with American Jane fabrics. It’s a great quilt-as-you-go project, or it can be quilted after you’ve finished piecing the top. The kit includes the pattern and fabric for the top and binding. The finished size is 42″ x 72.5.”
Suz’n Quilts’ book “Vintage Play” contains directions for six lap quilt projects, plus a bonus mini quilt. The patterns make perfect use of the Vintage Play panel and fabric line.