Designer Spotlight: Sue Daley, the English Paper Piecing Expert

Designer Spotlight: Sue Daley

Sue Daley was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. She has 37 years of patchwork experience and has spent the last 23 years running her own business, Sue Daley Designs. She specializes in English paper piecing, traditional quilt piecing, needle turn appliquƩ, embroidery, and fine hand quilting. Along with her pattern designs, precut paper shapes, acrylic templates, books, and accessories, she is also a fabric designer for Riley Blake Designs and Penny Rose Fabrics under the brand Millhouse Collections. Learn more about Sue on her blog.

Take a peek at Sue’s latest collection, Sweet Stems and learn a bit about English Paper Piecing!

Sweet Stems by Sue Daley

You’ll find navy, pinks, greens, and greys in Sue’s Sweet Stems collection. A beautiful palette filled with lovely florals and vines.
This line is so sweet, it comes with its own stories! Pick up the pattern, papers, and templates packets to unfold the designs of sweetwater, dragonfly, or hamlet.

Here is Sue at last month’s Missouri Star Academy event showing off some of her designs using Sweet Stems.

How fun to use florals to create a cacti pattern?!

Learn to create fun, new designs by following any of Sue’s Sew-Alongs on her blog. They are easy step-by-step guides that will be super helpful, especially if you’ve never paper pieced before!


If you’re new to paper piecing, let Sue and Jenny introduce you in this short
playlist of tricks and tips to get you started!


Hummingbirds & Sunflowers: The Inspiration Behind Valori Wells’ Latest Fabric Collection, Murmur šŸŒ»

Valori Wells’ new collection is used in Jenny’s latest tutorial, the Roadmap Quilt. This collection is perfect for the spring/summer seasons and just absolutely beautiful. With so many stunning collections under her belt, we got curious about the inspiration behind Valori’s lastest designs.

Here’s what she had to say about getting her start in fabric design and working her way to her latest collection, Murmur.

Murmur by Valorie Wells

“Murmur is my 41st collection of fabric, I have been designing for twenty-one years. My first collection released in 1998 and the fabric was inspired by my black and white photography. Over the years, I have grown as an artist and a fabric designer. I truly didn’t have a clue when I started just out of college with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Photography. I have worked in a variety of different styles and techniques and about four years ago, I decided to mix it up… The first block printed collection was called Marks, designed with my mom, Jean Wells. I haven’t turned back since. I love creating blocks and panels of layered color and design, then interpreting the work into fabric design.”

“Murmur started with the hummingbirds that visit my garden every year. I stand on my chair patiently with my camera, capturing all their glory. By the end of the summer, I tend to have a bazillion images and definitely something magical. Among the hummingbirds, my kids and I plant over 300 sunflowers in our backyard and in pots on the deck. My camera ends up being filled with happy flowers and magical little birds!…”

“When I set out to carve my blocks, I found myself just creating without any fear or demands. I never know what I am going to get. I carve and print and print some more until things start appearing and coming together.”

“… My colors are inspired by nature, mixed with Pantone Home and Fashion colors, and my obsession with indigo and turquoise.”

Sincerely,
Xoxo
Valori


You can learn more about Valori Wells HERE


Nesting the Nursery

Nesting the Nursery

One of the best parts about becoming a new parent, is getting to put together a nursery for the little one to come. Choosing the colors, theme, decor… etc, it’s a fun part of getting ready for a new baby.

All of our kids & baby prints are perfect for baby fever quilting, but our newest brand of fabrics will give you all the cutesy feels!

World of Susybee

World of Susybee is a cute collection of woodland and jungle creatures like Lewe the Ewe, Knightly the Elephant, Flutter the Butterfly, and Zoe the Giraffe. With panels, kits, and perfect prints this collection makes putting a nursery together wildly fun.

Create a cuddly, snuggly pal with these fuzzy kits:

Or a cozy keepsake covered in furry friends with Shannon Cuddle Kits:

Take your little one on an adventure back in time to discover the dinosaurs:

Let your child soar and go on to explore new planets:

Watch your child dive deep into the wonders of the sea:

Whatever your theme, keep track of how they will grow and all the places they will go!

Watch your baby grow month after month with Robert Kaufman’s “Oh How They Grow!” collection. Make a Dr. Seuss themed quilt to take with them all the places they will go.

Baby Block

Grab the one and only issue of Baby BLOCK.

Get ready for a big reveal, because you won’t know if you will receive a girl or boy book until delivery day!

Playful Prints and Patterns

Pinkerville Collection

Let your imagination soar with Tula Pink‘s new collection,
Pinkerville. It’s filled with playful designs, magnificent colors, and fanciful creatures that are sure to spark your creative genius!

Pinkerville Collection by Tula Pink

Exclusive to Missouri Star are Tula Pink’s Owl Patch and two handbag kits all made using the Pinkerville collection! Grab them here, you won’t find them anywhere else!

We have an entire selection of whimsical, fun prints that would be a blast to mix and match with Tula’s eccentric style!

If you are having a hard time getting around that creative block, pick up one of these kaleidoscopic kits to help you break through. The choices are all made for you, you just piece it together!

Start Your Path to Pinkerville!

AppliquƩ Your Way To An African SewFari

Lions and tigers and batiks. Oh my!

We’ve been on an amazing safari adventure, exploring appliquĆ©, and bringing batiks to life… all from the comfort of our sewing room!

Bring the jungle home using Westfield Laser & Design Co’s latest Sewfari kit collection. The kits contain precut, prefused appliquĆ© batik shapes, a pattern, and a “quilt-by-numbers” template. It’s easy as 1-2-3.

You will need to provide the background fabric, backing, and binding for these projects. For a wildly fun finish use brown or grey batik marbles and solids.

Change up your space with more ROARing projects like place mats, pillows, or table runners!

…into thrilling place mats!
Turn this…
Cut out the blocks of this panel to make pillow cases or add a border to create a nature inspired table runner!

If you aren’t feeling like a sewfari adventure, we have all you need to journey to the beach, rain forest, or snowy tundra! Bring nature home with fusible appliquĆ© shapes!

Have you ever been on a wild adventure? Tell us about it in the comments!