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Quilting Gallery’s Christmas Quilt-Along: Sweet Sue Tops The Tree

October 5, 2011

Celebrate Christmas Quilt-Along and Super Deals for QuiltersWelcome Quilt-Along visitors!

I have been excited about Quilting Gallery’s Celebrate Christmas Quilt-Along since the very first moment of my involvement. What an amazingly talented bunch of designers Michele has brought together. I’m absolutely thrilled to be included and to bring you today’s pattern!

Am I always this excitable? Yes, yes, I am!

My goal was to share a pattern that would reflect both the theme and my personal design style. With that, Sweet Sue was born. Sunbonnet Sue has always been a personal favorite, and I’ve designed oodles of patterns that feature Sue characters. More on that later…

Presenting, for your Christmas quilting enjoyment

 Sweet Sue Tops the Tree

 Sweet Sue Tops The Tree – a free 12″ paper pieced pattern

For best results, print with scaling set to “none.”

New to paper piecing? Visit my Paper Piecing Resource Page!

See this block on Quilting Gallery.

Isn’t she just a sweetie?

I’ve been designing patterns for quite a few years now, and it never gets any less fun for me, but it’s only been in the ten months or so that I’ve started using EQ7.

For those that might be unfamiliar with it, Electric Quilt is a quilting software that allows you to draft quilt patterns using specialized tools just for quilting. I primarily use the block drafting tools to create my own whimsical paper pieced patterns.

One of the most fun things for me is getting the chance to see my designs in a myriad of fabrics before I ever start digging through my stash. If you’ve visited Sewhooked before, you already know that I love to share design variations to get your creative juices flowing!

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Fabric variation is the spice of life! Each of these blocks was generated using EQ7.

Apart from designing and playing with fabric, one of the great joys of quilting, at least for me, is getting to share it with my friends! I am incredibly lucky to have quite a few quilting friends that are ready and willing to try out my patterns before I release them into the wild.

For your quilting pleasure, Sweet Sue has been tested by:




Feeling a little lost? There’s a tutorial for that!

So what’s all this about a slew of  Sunbonnet Sues? What I enjoy quilting most, whimsy and magic, found their way into my versions of Sue, entitled Sunbonnet Sue’s Magical Friends. All of Sue’s Friends are available as themed sets in the Sewhooked Shop.

Mrs. Claus  Little Wonky Christmas Tree Lil' St. Nick Santa's Elf Wee Lil Penguin

Sunbonnet Sue’s Magical Friends, Supplemental Set 1: Holly Jolly includes Lil’ St. Nick, Wonky Lil’ Christmas Tree , Mrs. Claus, Santa’s Lil’ Helper, and Wee Lil’ Penguin.

In honor of the Celebrate Christmas Quilt-Along, right now through November 1, get Holly Jolly as an instant PDF download pattern for half price using coupon code CELEBRATE. Yep, just $3 for five sweet patterns!

Sue doesn’t do it for you? How about 10% of your total Sewhooked instant download purchase instead with coupon code QUILTOBER!

Tree Trimming
 Tree Trimming

Add your Sewhooked-related photos to my flickr group and you might be featured in a future post! And don’t forget, if you’re playing along, please share your Sweet Sue photos in the Celebrate Christmas Quilt-Along flickr.

Happy quilting, and thanks so much for dropping by!


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19 Comments leave one →
  1. October 5, 2011 08:07

    How adorable! I have never done such a challenging paper piecing before, but I will give it all my best!!!!

    • October 5, 2011 08:16

      Thank you so much! If you take each unit as one pattern by itself and it will go very smoothly.


    • auntypsycho permalink
      October 5, 2011 08:46

      I’m the AnnMarie that tested the pattern for Jennifer and it is a really easy one. I only learned to paper piece this year so if I can do it anyone can ! Just enjoy making it using your favourite fabric and it will look beautiful.

  2. October 5, 2011 09:29

    She’s awesome :)
    I already have her printed and ready to go :P

  3. Paige permalink
    October 5, 2011 12:56

    I LOVE it !!!!!

    You ROCK Jen !!!

    It’s my favorite of all the patterns in the quilt along !!

    • October 5, 2011 13:41

      Thanks so much, Paige! That’s super sweet of you to say. :)

  4. hardhatcat permalink
    October 5, 2011 15:42

    she’s lovely – i have her printed and can’t wait to try her

    • October 5, 2011 15:43

      Thanks, Cat! I hope you enjoy. I thought she’d make a happy addition to the Quilt-Along. :)

  5. October 5, 2011 16:49

    This looks great! I’m a Sue anti-fan :D, but it’s really an adorable pattern.

    • October 5, 2011 16:51

      Well, I’m honored you’d break your No Sue rule for me! ;)

  6. October 6, 2011 14:54

    Another great pattern. Love it!

  7. Sharon Benson permalink
    November 15, 2011 11:56

    this is so neat, I can’t wait to make one. Thank you

  8. ella liddle permalink
    November 3, 2013 05:24

    Thanks for your pattern. I’m new to this and want to give it a try.

  9. December 17, 2013 09:49

    Hi, I’ve made the little quilt….but now I would like to know what quilting pattern you used to finish this? Stars, or maybe balls???

  10. October 5, 2014 12:34

    Just spotted this on Pinterest. What a cute pattern!!

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