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Weekend Retreat Projects

During my stitcher’s group quilting weekend at Grand Oak Retreat, I had great intentions of doing several projects but only was able to do two.  When I was in Utah back in June, I found the Riley Blake Juxtaposey fabric and fell in love with it!

This was the display at Pine Needles in Utah!

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I purchased five fat quarters at Pine Needles and ended up buying more on fabric.com.

I spent some time looking for a pattern that would really show off the prints on the fabrics.  This is the one I ended up using was called Mix It Up in the McCalls Quilting magazine.

I spent most of Friday cutting out the fabric.IMG_2934

Saturday was spent figuring out the layout and then sewing it all together!IMG_2945

This is not the final product.  By the time I got home and laid it out on my king bed, I realized I needed to add two more rows and then the borders.  IMG_2947

I can’t wait to finish this project!

I pieced this quilt at the retreat too.  It’s a Quilty Box project that I attempted to hand applique.   I wasn’t fond of the applique pattern that was provided so I created my own.

IMG_3002.JPGJust got my long arm back from getting serviced and I’m ready to quilt like crazy this week!

First International Order from New Zealand

Just finished and shipped this Cal-Berkley quilt to it’s owner.

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image_5Lauren Boyle, a New Zealand Olympic swimmer contacted me several weeks ago and asked me to create this quilt of all her California Berkley shirts.  She asked me if I could give her a discount if she promoted it on her Instagram feed for her 8,000 followers…of course I would!  She was in the US for a short period of time so I was able to complete it while she was here in the US visiting friends.

Do you have a large following on social media?  Ask me about a special discount to help me promote my business to your online friends.

 

A Life Lost Too Early!

You never know what tomorrow will bring you!  On March 26, 2016, Natalin Hammond had no idea that she would not see her husband alive again.

29-year-old Chad Hammond joined Metro Aviation in October 2015, and previously was an instructor at Cloud 9 Helicopters in Florida. He attended George C. Wallace State Community College, and was a 2005 graduate of Eufaula High School. Just three years ago, the Federal Aviation Administration recognized Hammond with inclusion in the FAA Airmen Certification Database. According to the website, the certification is for pilots who have met or exceeded the high educational, licensing and medical standards established by the FAA.

Chad was piloting the chopper in the wee hours of that morning picking up a victim from a car crash.  The weather was not good…a bit foggy which caused them to crash.  

Natalin contacted me to create a quilt in his memory through my Etsy store. I created a block that would go on his quilt in Photoshop.  The quilt represented things he loved like Alabama, hunting and flying.  She wanted to make a quilt that represented Chad’s life and give it to their daughter.hammond block

This is Natlin’s daughter with her quilt:

This is a quote from Natalin Hammond: “I absolutely love the quilt. You did amazing. I am taking it with us to the one year memorial next week. My daughter cried and squeezed it so tight. I really have no words other than Thank you from the bottom of my heart. God bless you.”

I LOVE WHAT I DO!  I love being able to provide such meaningful keepsakes for people.  Interested in getting a quilt like this?  I can defintely help you out!

Biking Memories Quilt

Just finished this quilt and will ship it early next week!  A client from Oregon asked me to create this memory quilt of her dad’s biking shirts. Her dad had been riding his bike for many years! He began to enter century and double-century rides back in the 1980s. He loved riding in the various competitions all over the different cities these rides were held in. He even did a RAM (Ride Across America) and was on the “sag wagon” that provided meals for the riders and would “rescue” any rider that was having difficulty and needed to drop from the race. The RAM is a grueling multi-day ride that only the “pros” enter. Lance Armstrong did these in his early days before becoming so famous. He continued to ride at least 50 miles a day even into his 80s and up to his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.  Karen said, “He was a real good man and loved by many!”

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Ask me about preserving your special memories of a loved one in a quilt.  I can even add photo blocks and custom designed graphic blocks for as little as $12 a block and up. Visit my website for quilt styles and pricing.

A Quilt of Many Memories

A couple from Northport, Alabama contacted me about doing a quilt for them back in October.  They were going to deliver the shirts to me at the Madison Street Festival but had a family emergency that weekend and was unable to make it.  So a few weeks later, they drove to Madison to bring me the shirts.  They did not want to put them in the mail. These shirts belonged to their 25 year old son who overdosed and passed away 3 years ago.  They told me his story and also showed me photos of him wearing these shirts.  These shirts are priceless to them!

I finished this precious quilt in January and they picked it up a couple of weeks ago.  Their son, Trey loved hunting, John Deere, and the Alabama Crimson Tide!  Each shirt has a story to tell!

On the back of the quilt, I added Deuteronomy 25:19 – The Lord has given thee rest from all thine enemies.img_0693

On Tuesday, I got this message from Trey’s mother:img_0745

I know how important all of these shirts are!  I will take the utmost care of your priceless memories and make them into a meaningful quilt that can be passed on to future generations.

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Spreading some Christmas Cheer

 

Sitting here watching Elf and Christmas Vacation, I am wondering how I got to where I could actually sit down and blog!  Sorry it’s been way too long but I had quite a few memory quilts….15 to be exact to complete by Christmas for clients and now I can say I am DONE!  I’ll share all the photos after Christmas once everyone gets their gifts!

I am hoping to get this one complete but I don’t want to rush the quilting so it’ll have to wait until next Christmas. Who knows, I’ll see what I can accomplish this weekend.  I did a quilt along with Lori Holt/Bee in My Bonnet this fall and finished piecing it Veteran’s Day weekend. img_0657

I love the fabrics!  I even used them for some cute Jingle shirts!IMG_0769.JPG

When I first started my quilting journey in the late 1980s, I made this tree skirt.  As you can see my cat, Cooper loves being under our tree.img_0201

The one at the top of my blog was made back in the 90s!

I made this quilt four years ago and made three total….gifts for my mom, my sister and of course myself.  img_0203-2Just sharing some Christmas cheer with my Christmas quilts! Merry Christmas!

Sue Bee

Hardest Quilt I’ve Ever Done

It wasn’t because it was a difficult pattern, it wasn’t becuase the front was 100% Tommy Bahama silk shirts and Tommy Bahama linen/cotton shirts on the back, it was because each shirt was worn by a friend who recently passed away.

My long time friend, Dan Swayne was killed in an accident in Abu Dhabi. Dan was an Air Force pilot and had over 4,000 hours of logged time.  He loved being a pilot. He died doing what he loved.  Unfortunately he left behind a wife, a step daughter, a son, and three grown daughters, a brother and parents.

Kate, his wife, asked me to do this quilt and chose a pattern.  I finshed it earlier this week and mailed it to Bethesda, MD.  Today he is being buried in Arlington National Cemetary.  His wife and step daughter are flying in from UAE and the quilt will be waiting for them.  They will be able to take it back with them and snuggle under it and remember the times Dan wore these shirts. He LOVED his Tommy Bahama shirts. Kate said they are his “signature” shirts. Please keep them in your prayers!  img_0130