Hello all!  Since many people have expressed interest in learning more about my work, this is the first installment in what I am envisioning as a series of monthly newsletters about my quilting adventures.  And hey, it turns out that September is National Sewing Month (who knew!?!).  So it seems an inspired time to start this effort.
Suzanne Zizzi Photography
Magazine features
As many know, every year I make a Christmas themed quilt and use a photo of it as the artwork on that year's Christmas card.  Well, fun news: For the fourth year in a row, my annual Christmas card quilt – this time “Christmas Surprises” – was published in the August/September issue of Quilter’s Newsletter magazine.  As in the past, a photo of the quilt and a diagram of its construction were featured in the pages of the magazine and the instructions on how to make it are being rolled out week by week online.  Question: if you get a cover line on a magazine cover, does that make you a cover girl? :)

To see the week-by-week roll-out, click here.  Or to purchase the entire pattern, click here.

And there was a second feature in that same issue where one of the magazine’s readers made her own version of my “First Snow” quilt, after that quilt was published in the magazine a year ago.
What I'm Working On
Though we're in the dog days of summer, it's time to start making my next Christmas card quilt and I've been playing with ideas.  My quilt guild has a challenge where we all picked a batik fat quarter blindly out of a bag and since I pulled a dark green one, I figured it was a great opportunity to try out an idea I had.  I have been playing
with holiday motifs and how they can be manipulated into the shape of another holiday motif -- a wreath. So I swirled trees -- some made from light green fabrics and some made from dark green fabrics -- into a wreath shape.  And since the tree were made from triangles, I filled the space in the middle with a star made entirely of triangles.  And voila!  One block down, many more to go.
Attention all you SoCal folks, my quilt guild will be having a festive “Midnight at the Oasis” BAZAAR on Saturday, October 10th.  And it’s going to be wonderful!
For details about the Bazaar, click here.

This event will be the coming out party for my guild’s annual opportunity quilt.  
The pattern is by Australian quilt designer Jen Kingwell and is called “Midnight in the Oasis,” hence the name of our event.  Measuring 60” x 60”, the quilt is almost entirely made from batik fabrics.  

Prior to her grand debut on October 10th, the quilt will make special appearances at the San Diego Quilt Show (September 9 – 12) and at the Montrose (CA) Art Walk (Saturday, September 19).  We’ll be selling raffle tickets for the quilt, but those sales have to be IRL (in real life) as there are laws preventing online sales of raffle tickets in California.  :(
Etsy shop
I hit a milestone last month of 1,000 admirers of my online shop on  I'd recommend Etsy as a way for other quilters -- and artists of any flavor -- to get exposure for their work.  I’ve sold quilts, patterns and/or notecards (featuring photos of my quilts) to people in 40 of the 50 U.S. states and several foreign countries, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, India and Saudi Arabia.  And the vast majority of these folks likely would not have come across my work otherwise.
To see my Etsy shop, here's the link.  I also have a pattern store on at this link
Lectures and Workshops
I have expanded the Lectures & Workshops section on my website and will be giving my trunk show and my “Whimsical Garden” workshop at the Wandering Foot Quilt Guild in Arcadia, CA later this month. Doing more talks and teaching has been fun and I already have bookings for lectures and workshops in 2016 and 2017.
For information on my lectures & workshops, click here.

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful September!  And hey, sew something -- you've got a whole month!
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