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Superior Stars: Susan Stewart

Posted: 31 July 2015 at 6 a.m.

Susan Stewart is an amazing quilter and embroiderer.  We absolutely love her work! (So much that we named a thread color after her, Purple Susan).  She began winning quilting awards in 2004 and hasn’t stopped since.  Check out her incredible quilts:

Crystal Garden

Crystal Garden

Crystal Garden is pieced with black cotton sateen and cross-woven silk fabrics.  The embroidery designs are from OESD. It is pieced with So Fine! #50 and quilted with black and Purple Susan Kimono Silk with Bottom Line in the bobbin.

Radiance

Radiance Detail

Radiance won Best Machine Workmanship at Houston in 2011, and Best Machine Workmanship at Paducah in 2012. The ivory fabric is Kaufman Radiance, and the pastels are Cherrywood. The quilting is done with Kimono Silk and Bottom Line.  The embroidery designs are from Zundt.

Frozen Margarita

Frozen Margarita was Susan’s donation quilt for Houston last year.  It is Kaufman Radiance. The OESD embroidery designs were stitched in Superior Metallic and quilted with Bottom Line on top and bobbin.

Susan says, "Kimono Silk is my favorite thread for quilting!  It quilts sooo beautifully!  I like fine detail work, and Kimono Silk really works for that.  The colors are beautiful, too.  Sometimes I use Bottom Line as the top thread for quilting, but I almost always use it in the bobbin.  

I use lots of Bottom Line as the bobbin thread for my machine embroidery. Two main reasons - one, it creates virtually no lint, which is important with the amount of stitching I do, (sometimes up to 6,000,000 embroidery stitches in a single quilt!); and two, I can come close to matching the bobbin thread to the top thread, so that if there is a little glitch in the tension, there is no white spot of bobbin thread showing.  

I piece with So Fine! #50.  I often do machine embroidery over pieced fabric, and I learned the hard way that cotton thread is not strong enough to survive the repeated needle piercings of a dense machine embroidery design.  So Fine! #50 eliminates any breaks in the seam that have to be repaired by hand after the embroidery is done."

Images courtesy of Susan Stewart

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  • 5. Bodil Egeberg (01 August 2015 at 2:45 p.m.)

    Wouuuw :)
  • 4. mary lou keim (31 July 2015 at 2:34 p.m.)

    So BEAUTIFUL!!! The ond called Radiance is regal. So beautiful!!!JEXK
  • 3. Mary LeClerc (31 July 2015 at 2:31 p.m.)

    Not surprised one of my favorite quilters loves Superior Thread as much as I do.
  • 2. Chrys (31 July 2015 at 1:22 p.m.)

    Fabulous !!!
  • 1. Deborah boyd (31 July 2015 at 12:42 p.m.)

    I can't even imagine what goes into this kind of piece. Bravo!

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