Meet Quilting Designers of the StudioE Fabrics RSVP Program – Susan Marth and Sue Pelland

Susan R. Marth

Meet Susan R. Marth, of SuzNQuilts.

This is her block that will be a part of the final Peppered Cottons quilt to be shown at the Spring ’18 Quilt Market in Portland.

Susan R. Marth has a degree in architectural interior design, where she enjoyed space planning and designing for corporate offices in major office tenant buildings in the St. Louis, MO, area until becoming a stay-at-home mom. Soon after leaving her career, Susan’s passion to design and work with color was fulfilled with fabric in the form of quilting.

At the request of fellow quilters, in 2003, Susan began putting her original quilt creations into pattern form and started her business, Suzn Quilts patterns. Many of her patterns are seasonal in theme and some of her best-sellers continue to be her own method of quilt-as-you-sew quilts.

More recently however, her little Dresden plates have exploded in popularity. Susan’s ability to draft detailed instructions has earned her many accolades, “Your pattern was very easy to follow . . . it was like you were sitting here telling me what to do next!! I like that! Have a blessed day . . . Dana.”

Susan attends International Quilt Market twice annually, selling to the trade. Her patterns, books & fabrics are being sold internationally through quilt shops, catalogs and leading distributors. In addition, Susan’s quilt designs can also be found in leading quilting magazines.

Susan enjoys lecturing, teaching workshops and sharing her joy of quilting and design with others.  For more information about Susan’s books and patterns, or her teaching availability, please visit


Sue Pelland

Meet Sue Pelland. This is her block that will be a part of the final Peppered Cottons quilt to be shown at the Spring ’18 Quilt Market in Portland.

In the 1980s, when I was in high school, my Mom and I decided to open a quilt shop. Back then we did every inch of our cutting, piecing, appliqué and quilting by hand. Yet we were on the cusp of a new era in quilting. Being young and wanting instant gratification, I learned everything I could about newly invented strip piecing methods, rotary cutting, and fusibles from innovators in the field. I took every class I could on my quest to find better, faster, and more accurate ways to make quilts.

Soon I developed a love of appliqué. Instead of persnickety perfectly pieced blocks, I could create a garden full of flowers in the midst of our long New England winters. Appliqué wasn’t all about accuracy, it was about beauty. That was where I wanted to put my creative energies rather than striving for perfect points.

For four years after high school, I worked in our shop while I studied Textile Chemistry in college. As soon as I graduated, I landed my dream job working as a chemist for Cranston Print Works Company. It was a pleasure being surrounded by millions of yards of fabric at work and I never got tired of the sight, smell, and sounds of the mill. Cranston never realized the extent of my addiction and for five glorious years they enabled this fabriholic to collect as much fabric as I pleased.

Soon I was married with three kids and anxious to get out of the house now and then. I turned to quilting as my favorite form of “Mommy time.” My local guild whittled, carved, and polished my skills as a quilter and for that I am eternally grateful.

Leaves Galore took me by surprise. One day when designing a quilt for a guild challenge, I realized I had to cut hundreds of small leaves. I knew there wasn’t enough time to appliqué all those leaves before the challenge quilts were revealed so I turned to fusible appliqué: fusing, tracing, and cutting hundreds of fusible leaves. There had to be a better way. Then one night the light bulb in my head went on….Leaves Galore was born.

Five years later, I wanted more appliqué shapes to play with. I developed Hearts and More to complement the shapes that Leaves Galore could cut. Using both templates together expanded my appliqué abilities.

Since developing Leaves Galore over eight years ago, I have found teaching to be the most rewarding part of my job. I love showing others how simple and effective my methods are. Through my two books, YouTube, and my website I am able to teach quilters all over the globe. Even if we never get to meet in person, I hope my passion for my tools and methods comes through these pages and encourages you to try, succeed, and fall in love with Rotary Cut Appliqué.

Author: Vanessa Denniston

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