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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

Should I Donate Them?

Remember all those fun times in high school and college and all the fun t-shirts you got for all those different band trips, sorority events, sports, games, etc?  T-shirts provide memories of your childhood, college days or any time in your life.  I am kicking myself for not saving all of mine!  I gave so many of mine away.  There are lots of things you can donate, but don’t donate memories.

I am currently working on a t-shirt quilt for a sweet lady who has travelled the world.  I bet there are over 50 shirts that will be on this quilt!  So many of us buy those souvenir t-shirts. Wouldn’t it be cool to see them  all on one quilt?  Once I finish it, I’ll be sure to share it with you all!

img_0075I also just finished this one for a young women who is a ZTA at Auburn. SO many fun memories for her I am sure! Preserve your memories on a quilt oe even a pillow!  Order your quilt and get 40% off your pillow (like above  in the photo – regular price is $50 and you’ll get it for $30 ). You won’t regret it! Text me or call me at 256-617-3167 or email me at suebartlow@me.com

Losing a Loved One

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This year my grandmother (mom’s mom) passed away at age 92. She lived a full life raising three children, my mom, my Aunt Linda and my Uncle Carl. I always loved visiting her when I was younger especially since there always seem to be kids around. My Uncle Carl is a little less than two years older than me and I had lots of cousins. YES you read that right, my mom and her mom pushed strollers together! 

I never knew my grandfather since I was only 2 when he passed.  Later in my grandma’s life, she dated my dad’s uncle but they never married. As a kid I never appreciated “old” people and the stories they shared.  As I became an adult and a mother raising my own two girls, I became more and more interested in our family history especially since I started scrapbooking and doing geneaology.

Scrapbooking and quilting seem to go hand-in-hand when it comes to preserving memories.  As I worked on this quilt on the leftimg_0015, thoughts went through my head about what the woman was like who wore timg_0016he clothing, how many kids did she have, how did she impact their lives, and how did she interact with her grandchildren.  I just loved the Grandma sweatshirt on the back.
I make every client’s quilt from beginning to end but the most important part is the prayers I pray over each quilt for the person receiving the quilt.

Recently when my sister and my parents were going through items to sell at a yard sale, I was given the crocheted quilt and an old quilt in the above photos.  They came from my Uncle Earl on my dad’s side.  I love old quilts and think about who snuggled under them, what kids played “tent” with them, etc.

I am about to embark on one of the hardest quilts I’ve made to date.  My friend Kate asked me to make a quilt from her husband’s Tommy Bahama shirts.  Her husband, who was also a dear friend of mine died in a jet crash while doing what he loved the most…flying and teaching others military members how to fly. She’s a quilter and has entrusted me to this project. I am super honored, but also very saddened that those shirts will never be worn by him again.  I do know that Kate and her daughter Grace will treasure this quilt for the rest of their lives and be covered by the love of a husband and a dad.

Memories are so important in preserving. Clothing of a lost loved one invokes lots of feelings. Why not save clothing of a loved one and make a gift that will always be pricesless to your family!  Send me an email or a message so we can plan your next project.  suebartlow@me.com | 256-617-3167

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