Welcome to susies-scraps.com


Welcome to susies-scraps.com!

I would love to welcome you to my website, susies-scraps.com, AKA, The Art of Living….

My dear husband, is the reason this website has begun.  He said, ..“you are always making something.“.    …“you should have a blog“……so here we are.  At the outset, I would like you to know – I’m not selling anything.  I do not have a shopfront.  I do not want you to spend your money, I just love to share my adventure in creativity.  In the interest of community, these projects are available for free.

About me…..I live in Australia.  I started working at the age of 12.  Sewing, creating, cooking and health have always been an integral part of my life.  I have spent the best part of my professional life (40 years) as a Cardiothoracic Registered Nurse.

All through  my personal life. I have always been creative.  I made my own wedding dress at the age of 21,,  I have always been sewing, painting, soapmaking,  cooking, knitting, crocheting, renovating, repairing, gardening, studying and quilting.  I especially love antique and vintage quilts.

Fabric and food are a constant Inspiration for me.  I’m always creating something new and coming up with ideas for quilts, baskets bags and scrap fabric projects.  Barely a day goes by that I’m not cooking up something with seasonal ingredients and creating new recipes and projects.

I love fabric scraps. I can’t resist them. Pieces which might otherwise be discarded, can be made into items of beauty.

Food and fabrics have endless possibilities.  They can be turned into something  really lovely.    Whenever possible, I will share my quilt stories and inspiration, recipes I create, free patterns and tutorials and tips for sewing.

I’m incorporating some antique and vintage sewing machines., including their stories….. I’m no expert but I love to be able to make simple repairs and get them back to sewing and preserve their beauty.

I will share my experiences, in the hope, it will help you too!

Antique and Vintage sewing machines are a great tool for quilting and piecing as the straight stitch is  exceptional, and they really are economical, compared with modern machines!  Did I mention, They look great too!

You can use them for quilting as well.

So come on in…make something with me…

Welcome to The Art of Living…


Always sharing my inspirations and ideas for seasonal cooking and textile creations.  Hopefully, I can give you some useful ideas too.   I am not selling anything, nor am I affiliated with any retail business or supplier.  The information on this site I am sharing is only in the interests of creativity.

A lot of work goes into how we live… that is why I call it –  The Art of Living…..

If you would like further information on any of these projects, feel free to let me know

I hope you enjoy my posts!

All the best…and welcome


33 thoughts on “Welcome to susies-scraps.com”

  1. Hi Susie, I’ve just found your website looking for inspiration for quilting pattern for a Friendship Star Wreath wallhanging. I like the look of the Clover quilting pattern on the background areas of the broken 4patch gift for your stepson. Then I thought ooh! I like the look of that quilt and that one too! It’s an inspirational website …thank you. I’m in the UK also, although I did live in Melbourne for several years.

  2. What a lovely site. You are a rare breed indeed. It’s lovely of you to help us all without anything in return. Thank you so much. I live in England and you are so refreshing.

  3. I live in Adelaide too and have just acquired a Singer 201K treadle, 1951. it seems to be in good order and the inside is very clean, not even 1 thread of cotton. But i need to get a new belt and would quite like an expert to look at it before i get going. Can you point me in the right direction? many thanks.

    1. Hi Meredith. That sounds amazing. I would test it out myself. The price of someone looking at it may be more expensive than the machine itself…..you can get a new belt from All make Sewing Machines on Goodwood Road. I think you will love it!

    1. Dear Judy, thank you so much for your interest! I dont sell anything, however, I do share all my patterns / tutorials and inspiration for free.

  4. Glad I found your site via your you tube video on free motion quilting on a singer 201.
    I have been collecting and using vintage sewing machines for about 6 years now too we have the same machines thanks for your great inspiration

  5. I notice you do not mention that this should be a scrim free batting and if they use regular batting there is a severe chance of burning if they use this article in a microwave. The batting used must be cotton and 100% scrim free.

  6. Love the pink/brown four square quilt in your welcome message. Where can I find a pattern? Hoping to make a charity quilt for breast cancer “run for the cure” fund raiser and this would be a perfect pattern.

  7. Susie, we at Orange Tree quilters wish to thank you for bringing the two boxes of fabric to us to use in our quilts for sick children.we understand that the fabric came from one of you friends, so do thank her for us. Let’s all keep sewing!cheers June

  8. I am a beginner quilter. Someone gifted me vintage quilt square (189) 4×4 already for a quilt. These were done by his grandmother who passed in 1955. I would like to use the country rose four patch for this quilt. How much fabric do I need to purchase for the borders and binding? Your input would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,

    1. Dear Marie, that’s sounds wonderful. You would need at least 2 metres, or 2.2 yards for the background. If you like to pre wash your fabric like me, then I would suggest getting a bit more. You will need at least 70 cm of fabric for the binding. I would love to see your finished quilt. 💕 All the best with your project! Susie

  9. I have been searching all over for the material you, Susie, used in your Nine Patch Delft Blue quilt posted May of 2015. Can you help me find this blue delft rose material? Thank you so much.

    1. Dear Jan, I recently saw this fabric at a craft fair. I should have bought it for you! 😐 I suggest looking/asking at some destash groups, but I must add that I believe you could substitute another fabric with the same tones of blue and white and still get a very similar result. Just think of the fabric as colour. I have also seen similar styles of faric at Spotlight not so long ago. All the best to you. Susie

  10. i am enjoying your recipes, your quiIts, and especially the fact that the way you present everything is just Iike you are speaking directIy to us- not just a tutorial, i Iove the stories- thats what quiIting was about in my granny/s
    – community- Iove and sharing. thanks so very much for brightening my day!

  11. Just looking for a ‘subscribe’ to your site and not seeing it except the “notify” below. Will that do it? I hope so. What a nice place to do some reading with a morning cup of coffee!

  12. Hi just found your site and I love it. My sister is a quilter also my best friend so that has put me off trying. Your work is beautiful and I can’t wait to try your food. I have old machines Singer 66 treadle 128 hand crank 201 electric and I am in the UK.

    1. Dear Lucy. Thank you for your lovely comments! How exciting that you have some VSM Singers too! Maybe you will try some quilting? Don’t worry, we were all beginners once. Have a lovely day!

  13. I feel so lucky to have found your site I love it and will come back omg I haven’t checked it all out yet..
    Thank You so much

    1. Wow just love your site, thanks for sharing have some interesting things to check out, love your quilts will keep in touch Jan

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