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Sue Shimomura
Walkersville, MD
Daughter of God, saved by Jesus, wife, mom, quilter, knitter, baker and perpetual organizer.
Interests: God, Bible, quilting, knitting, baking, reading, Christian music
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I'm so thankful to leave behind the craziness of the past two years, and look forward to what God has in store for 2012. Our insane, delayed and complicated move (from our house in one state, our rental in another, and all our "stuff" in a storage unit, haha) is over and Eric and I are under one roof. We're making our new house into a home we hope to enjoy for years to come. Josh and Drew (now ages 15 and 16) have settled in and Julia is home from college, preparing for her wedding in April. The older... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2012 at Blueberry Buckle
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We were away for Memorial Day weekend, first spending a day in western Maryland where we are getting our old house ready to sell, then traveling with the teens to the Delaware shore for a couple of days' visit to my son Wills. We had a great time playing mini golf, walking to the beach, watching Wills run a 5K, and eating fish and chips here. Really, if you ever get to the Delaware beaches, you've got to eat at Go FIsh. (And if you don't like fish, try the shepherd's pie. My stepson Josh said the it's the best... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2011 at Blueberry Buckle
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I love the postage stamp quilts that I've been seeing on flickr and around the web. They are just so simple and pretty. I'm especially fond of the quilts that alternate white squares with the printed fabrics, and this quilt by oh fransson really inspired me. I had these in the stash: Black and white charm packs. (Photo taken last night in poor lighting.) I promptly cut them into fourths, and attacked 4 yards of White Kona Cotton with the rotary cutter as well. This is probably the hard way to make a postage stamp quilt, starting with all these... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2011 at Blueberry Buckle
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Eric's job is transfering him to Dover AFB in Delaware, so we decided to have a new home built by our favorite builder, RC Peoples. We are truly impressed by the quality of their work, and I had a great experience with them when they built my house in Bear, Delaware back in 2004. Last Friday they started digging, and on Monday morning, it looked like this: Over on the right? In the hole in the ground? That's the new studio. I'll have a nice floor put in. I spent much of the day today cleaning up some details for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2011 at Blueberry Buckle
Sitting down to write a blog post about a sewing project, because I thought it would be nice to have some sewing-related content for a change, I logged in to typepad and saw that I hadn't blogged since last week. Oops. After my last post, I successfully retrieved my youngest son, Drew, from the airport. He returned last Friday morning, in the wee hours, from a trip to Asia with his grandmother. It was a pretty good deal: three weeks excused from school (he does have to pass his exams and write a paper), a few days in China, a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2011 at Blueberry Buckle
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Wow! Thank you so much for the wonderful comments about my shop! It is so good to hear from you and to know that my little shop is important to you. Thank you also for the wonderful suggestions you submitted via email. I've got some great new ideas now to implement for you. =) We've been very busy here the past few days, primarily getting my son Drew off to Asia where he's going on a cruise/tour with his grandmother for almost three weeks. They are currently on a 14-hour flight from Chicago to Seoul, South Korea. Drew had some... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2011 at Blueberry Buckle
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One quilt pattern that caught my eye earlier this year is Single Girl by Denyse Schmidt. I love that she's designed a funky, modern quilt that's a new take on a very formal, traditional design. That I kept going back to look at the pattern as well as all the Single Girl quilt photos on flickr meant that I was destined to make a Single Girl quilt, too. For myself. Not a single girl, mind you. I'm very happily married to Eric, thank you very much, and I want this quilt for myself, haha. I saw the Free to Grow... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2010 at Blueberry Buckle
My husband thinks it's hilarious that my favorite tv show is Ice Road Truckers. Yes, you read that correctly. Now, I am married to a soft-spoken chemist, I drive a small SUV that I take to someone else to change its oil, in my spare time I quilt and knit and bake, and I have raised quite a nice bunch of kids. I do not work on cars, drive excessively, or attend NASCAR races. The largest thing I've ever driven is a suburban...once. But on Sunday night at 9pm, you will find me (knitting ready) in front of the tube,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2010 at Blueberry Buckle
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It has been stinky hot here, and in the mid-atlantic region, that includes h u m i d i t y in a big way. We had 19 days of temps in the 90's in June (a record) with dripping heavy humidity, so thick it was hard to breathe. Rant over. I really dislike humidity. So last night, when the temp went down and the air felt drier, I opened up the windows to air out the house and decided that Drew and I would spend today away from the house, out of the air conditioning (for which I am... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2010 at Blueberry Buckle
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Between looking over wish lists of fabric and cutting and folding and packing orders for the sale, I spent some time with my wonderful bestest friend Linda this afternoon. It's her birthday...yep, we both celebrate this week...and our ages are decreasing...right, Linda? Anyhoo, Linda lives in Pennsylvania (she has Amish neighbors...love that!), and I live in Maryland (we both used to live in yet ANOTHER state), so Linda chose for us to meet at The Mannings spinning and weaving school in East Berlin, PA. Linda is an AMAZING spinner (seriously, her yarn is beautiful!), not to mention she weaves and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2010 at Blueberry Buckle
(drumroll please!) ...that Blueberry Buckle Quilt Studio will be my full-time job, beginning June 4!!!! The past few months have been a roller-coaster ride as I've juggled family, work, mountains of fabric and half-finished quilts. So I'm taking a HUGE leap to put more energy and creativity into Blueberry Buckle, as originally envisioned, and so I can spend more time with my family. So what does this mean for the summer months? Quilts, quilts, quilts! Fabric collections! Giveaways! Field trips to D.C.! Baking (...blueberry buckle?)! I hope you'll be along for the ride. I'm excited and it's going to be... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2010 at Blueberry Buckle
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Mar 15, 2010
Blueberry Buckle is having a sale! December 23, 2009 - January 7, 2010 All in-stock Moda and Henry Glass print fabrics just $6.50 per yard!* All in-stock Kona Cotton Solid fabrics just $4.50 per yard!* *One yard minimum cuts. Pop on over to the shop and select your fabrics. At these prices, they'll sell out quickly! If you've never shopped on etsy before, it's easy! Simply add the fabrics you want to your shopping cart and pay with your credit card or paypal account. When you check out, type WARM UP in the "message to seller" area and I'll refund... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2009 at Blueberry Buckle
Day 5 of post-knee surgery recovery, and I'm dying to get back to the Blueberry Buckle studio! Actually, I was ready to quilt at Day 4, but as my knee is not ready yet for standing at the cutting table or sitting at my machine, I'm still stuck on the couch. Trying not to go a little crazy here, I've been knitting (one hat and 1/2 of a man's vest finished), reading, watching way too much television, and planning some new quilts. My quilting to-do list grows longer and longer each day I'm not in the studio: I have a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2009 at Blueberry Buckle
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And on its way to Texas. The quilt measures 60" x 80", a generous lap quilt, or a great twin coverlet. The blocks are 10" square (more or less), with a 2" finished center "chimney" and 1.5" "logs". It took most of the day to make, apply and then hand-stitch the binding. Here's the unique setting, designed by my son Wills, when he was nine years old. Yes, Wills is going to get an awesome "modern" quilt, per his request! I love the Pledge of Allegiance fabric on the back. I think I got it at JoAnns, probably nine or... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2009 at Blueberry Buckle
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It's True ...that all things happen for a reason. About fifteen years ago, I pieced a red, white and blue log cabin top for my son Wills. I collected fabric for quite some time, buying remnants and fat quarters and using scraps from some skirts I had sewn for myself. They were my first ever log cabin blocks, and not at all perfect, but the colors were just what I was trying to acheive for my patriotic and history-loving son. After the blocks were pieced, Wills and I poured through my quilt books to choose a nice setting for the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2009 at Blueberry Buckle
My friend Cherri House, of Cherry House Quilts, is organizing a drive to deliver a quilt to each soldier who was wounded at Fort Hood this week. You can go here for details and to pledge a quilt. I've got a red, white and blue quilt top that I'll quilt tomorrow. It's been quite a week here at my house. My etsy shop has been busy, I finished two more quilts (Ziggy Figgy is for sale), Drew's choir concert was tonight, and I badly messed up my knee falling UP the stairs. Don't even ask. The past few days have... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2009 at Blueberry Buckle
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If you sew on a regular basis, or even occasionally, you can appreciate the value of having your machine running smoothly. Proper maintenance is crucial to your machine's health, and routine cleaning with a periodic oiling will keep your machine happy and humming along. Every machine is different, therefore you must refer to your owner's manual for specific instructions. f for some reason you don't have a manual, you can usually google search for a copy of one. For illustration purposes I'm going to show you how I cleaned my machine. Please don't take anything on your machine apart unless... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2009 at Blueberry Buckle
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So many quilty things to do, so little time to blog. Cutting. Fabric bound for Portugal and Iceland. How cool is that? Piecing. More Figgy Pudding fabric love. Quilting: Shade Garden fabrics by Michelle Engel Bencsko for Henry Glass. Find it here. Binding. Now it's time for sleeping. Good night! Sue Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2009 at Blueberry Buckle
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I am so loving my collection of Kona Cotton solids and contemplating the many different quilts one can make with them. Several years ago, I never would have dreamed of making a quilt from just solids. I was "raised" in the quilting mindset that you mix "large and small prints" in a quilt for interest, or that you choose one large-scale colorful fabric for a quilt and then select your coordinating prints from the colors in the large scale print. I think those are very "safe" ways to put fabrics together for a quilt, and they worked very well for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2009 at Blueberry Buckle
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It's a good thing my husband is out of town this week. He might be horribly jealous of all the time I'm spending with my new love, the Rouenneries fabrics by French General for Moda. In fact, this Figgy Pudding quilt should have been jealous because the entire time I was quilting him (?), I was having an emotional affair with the French General who was flirting with me from just a few feet away. Shortly after I took Ziggy Figgy off the longarm... ...I winked at The General and we planned a little rondevous on the cutting table. ...... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2009 at Blueberry Buckle
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I was so excited yesterday to post my very first quilt for sale in my etsy shop. It's a very nice quilt. Pretty, well designed, beautifully executed, and a product on which I would stake my reputation as a quilter. Unfortunately, the photos I took stink. I mean, seriously, they are lame. I like the last one, but I really hate the rest. This has been very discouraging! I don't think I'll sell any quilts this way. And my quilts really are nice. I face several photography challenges that I don't know how to overcome. Lighting is terrible in our... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2009 at Blueberry Buckle
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You can make you very own easy-peasy labels to sew into the seams of your projects. They are great for garments, bags, and even quilts. You can use them to identify yourself as seamstress, "Madame Stitch Diva", "Susan Smith", or "Handmade by Grandma". You can use them to identify your business, "Bags by Billy" or "quilts.etsy.com". You can even personalize your children's handmade garments with their own names, "Muffy", "Bob", or "Wagner Family" (in the case you end up with lots of hand-me-downs, and I can certainly relate to that!) First, you need the following supplies: Avery Iron on Transfer... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2009 at Blueberry Buckle
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Rouenneries is the very popular and much-anticipated new fabric line by French General (Kaari Meng). Rouenneries were the cotton prints printed in Rouen, France during the mid-18th century. The designs in this group are based on a collection of old prints from this era. There are 35 prints waiting for you in my etsy shop for the low price of just $8.00 per yard. I still have to decide how much to keep for myself. To be honest, I want it all! Oh, for those of you who like fat quarters, I'll have some packs in the shop tomorrow. I'm... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2009 at Blueberry Buckle
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Wow! There were SO MANY entries in the Objects of Desire giveaway. All total, there were 81 comments (a couple of people commented twice). I took each comment, recorded it onto a spreadsheet, and assigned chronological entry numbers to each person, according to the number of entries they qualified for, making 718 total "entries" into the drawing. Phew! I went to a handy-dandy online number generator and let it select the winner. The results: Random Integer Generator Here are your random numbers: 104 Timestamp: 2009-10-25 18:31:03 UTC So, without further ado, the winner is Jocelyn! Jocelyn commented: Okay it looks... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2009 at Blueberry Buckle