Category Archives: Quilts Completed

What good things come from the bad? Quilting during the quarantine.

These past couple of months have been crazy….somewhat quiet being in my own home 95% of the time….with only getting groceries and working outside in my garden or walking.

The coronovirus thing started while I was on a quilting retreat in mid March then I get home to a mandatory shutdown of work, stores, etc.  It felt like we were living in an apocolypse.  Thank God, I had enough toilet paper on hand and plenty of quilting projects to do without getting any additional supplies.

During April, my quilting business was super slow so I worked on my Cherrywood Challenge quilt and completed it by May.  It’s been submitted to Cherrywood….so I won’t hear anything until July 13….that’s when I’ll be sharing my pic with the world. I did stay busy with my part-time job at the National Children’s Advocacy Center working from home.  Seemed so weird not seeing my coworkers, other than zoom calls.

Good comes from something bad….we hear that all of the time and sometimes wonder WHAT could good could come from this virus?

  1. I discovered I’m definitely a homebody!  I love being at home, but I miss people!
  2. My trips got cancelled…what good comes from that?  My safety and health for sure, but read below:

Well my Prince quilt was supposed to be at Paisley Park in Minnesota and we were to fly to Minneapolis to visit family June 3 and then go to the Prince celebration the 4th.  With COVID-19 that festival got postponed and then we cancelled our trip 2 weeks prior because we didn’t feel safe.

Little did we know the city was going to be in an uproar because of what happened to George Floyd.  I honestly hope and pray that the good thing that comes out of this is that this WILL NEVER happen again and complete equality will be the norm and color won’t exist….we are all God’s children so let’s get along and play nicely together!!!.  It breaks my heart to see what happened in Minneapolis. It angers me to see a cop behave that way.  I keep thinking what if Prince was alive today, what would he be saying and doing right there in his own community.

Because of everything happening I received this email yesterday.  (My quilt was in their email header….bottom row second from the left. )

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I’m sad that it didn’t get to Prince’s home at Paisley Park, but I’m happy it’s coming back to MY home after two long years traveling!!

Here are the client projects I worked on the past few months.  Things picked up quickly in May.  Graduation dates were getting set so that helped my business pick up quickly.

So I got some big news that my rose quilt got accepted into an AQS show….but I had doubts the show would go on due to COVID-19.



Sure enough I got an email this week saying the show had been cancelled. There’s always next year! At least I know it’s possible now!

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I hope this time at home helps everyone reflect on world happenings and also gives you great quality time with your families and even with your quilting!

Here’s some personal things I worked on.  Made TONS of masks to give away!  A purse for my mom, redid my swing, some comfy quilts for donation and helped finish a quilt to give to a friend.

Happy Quilting!

Sue Bee



It’s a New Year…Looking Back on 2019

Happy New Year.  Looking back on 2019, I would say I was definitely busier than a bee!  During 2018, I doubled my quilt production but had to slow down in 2019 since I injured my neck and shoulder doing too many quilts.

The two most exciting things to happen for me this year was having my Prince Cherrywood Challenge Quilt travel around the US, and will end up near Prince’s hometown in April, and my Rose quilt won a second place at our guild’s quilt show this year.

Here are all of the 52 client quilts completed in 2019. Eight of them were vintage quilt tops that I finished for Christmas gifts for a friend.  Oh and almost forgot the new memory bears pattern I will be adding to my collection on my website.  I had to do 8 of them!


Personal Projects for 2019:


I also created a two store sample quilts and a Stonehenge block kit for our local shop to sell.

This year I taught two t-shirt quilt classes at Huntsville Sew Creative and one Hexagon Quilt class at a local church.

I attended two quilt shows: Spring Paducah and worked and attended the International Quilt Festival in Houston.  We had to make two garments for it.  Here are some pics of them and the Education team!


I set some goals this year with my quilting.  I have a list of 30 quilts I’d love to complete in my lifetime and this year I plan on doing the following:

  • Cherrywood Challenge Princess Diana
  • Applique of Costa Rica Mosaic Tile – this will probably not get done in a year….it’s pretty intense and I’d love to be able to show it someday.
  • Finish my Flower Applique Karen Kay Buckley class
  • Start Autumn Love by Lori Holt
  • Finish my Sizzle BOM
  • Create an Alaskan Quilt – Cynthia England kit
  • Finish a Poinsettia Quilt – Cynthia England kit

I’ve got other UFOs that I might get done but the ones above are my top priority. What’s your plans?  I’d love to hear them!

Happy Quilting ya’ll!

Staying busy as a bee,

Sue Bee

Prince Quilt, Wooden Quilt, and GORGEOUS Quilts!

Getting up at the crack of dawn and sleeping on a bus is worth it when the final destination is QUILTS, QUILTS, and MORE QUILTS!  We arrived in Paducah around 9am and hit the ground running with 30+ other quilters from the north Alabama area.

The first thing I wanted to see were the winners.  It is SO amazing what quilters do with fabric and other mixed media products.

The main reason I wanted to go was to see my Prince Challenge quilt!  It was really cool to see my own work at a quilt show as large as this!


Here are some winners and some of my favorites!


I also got to go the National Quilt Museum to see past Best of Shows and other exhibits!

And check this out…a quilt made of wood!


They allowed us to touch this piece!  AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!

We had a quick stop at Hancocks Paducah, ate dinner at a Mexican restaurant and had HUGE margaritas, then got back on the bus and headed home.  We arrived back into Huntsville around 11:30.

My guild puts this on every year and it’s a great way to see the show without getting a hotel room!

Well this has totally inspired me to get myself back into my art quilts.  It’s my passion and I must make time for it!  I hope you take time to do something for yourself even if it isn’t quilting!

Staying busy as a bee!



Adorable Dolls and Dollhouse

Working at Huntsville Sew Creative Store can be dangerous when all the new stuff arrives. HA HA! Best Friends Forever Playhouse by Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda Fabrics came in and I had to make it for my granddaughter, Eden for her 3rd birthday.

il_1588xN.1866428135_nz5wIt wasn’t too difficult, but I have a couple of suggestions!

  1. When you are cutting out the pieces, cut out the number and pin to each piece.  The pattern refers to each piece by numbers.
  2. The patterns doesn’t specify how much velcro you need but 1 yard is plenty.  I found pink to match at Hobby Lobby!
  3. I also quilted the bottom by sewing straight lines on it.  It kept it from bunching up.

Other than those few things, it was easy!  Eden loved it too!

Hope you have a fun weekend planned!

Happy Quilting!

Sue B.

Christmas Came Too Fast!

There are weeks of planning, shopping, baking, and making fun family memories that brings us to December 25, Christmas Day and the celebration of Jesus’ birth.  Sometimes it comes so quickly when we are so busy preparing which happened to me this year trying to finish over 30 projects for clients and a few of my homemade gifts. Actually we are STILL in the Christmas season until January 6, so leave those decorations up to enjoy them longer!  I love sitting here in the evening with my tree all lit up!

Here’s a few more client projects I finished for Christmas:


I did 8 pillows for a man that lost his father-in-law in October.  Him and his wife had me make photo pillows for each of the kids and grandkids.  The backside was his clothing.


I also made 2 pillows with my sister’s clothing and our family photo this year.  Since Faye went to Auburn I gave that pillow to my daughter and son-in-law since they are both Auburn graduates.  The other pillow I gave to my mom with one of Faye’s flannel shirts she wore during her last months on this earth.  I haven’t made mine yet but will soon!

As I sit here on a quiet Sunday afternoon, I am thinking about what I acccomplished this year and plans to accomplish next year with my sewing and quilting.  I counted 80 memory quilts, 20 pillows, and then my personal projects!  WOW!  I was one busy bee this year!  


Sizzle WarmStarting in January, I am going to be doing a block of the month with Barbara Black learning foundation piecing.  This is what it’ll look like when it’s all done.

I am also making a list of what I want to accomplish which will be my next blog post.  It’s great to publish your list so you can be accountable!  What are you planning for 2019?


Have a Happy and Safe New Year!

Sue B



The End is in Sight!

This Christmas is my first time to really work my business closer to full-time.  Back in May, I went part-time at the National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC).  I knew I needed to go part-time because my business was increasing.  I got a job offer from another non-profit for a part-time marketing/design job, but when I went back to my current employer they said they could work something out and keep me on board.  I LOVE the NCAC.  It is the best place to work and everyone is so awesome there!

So back to quilting.  This year I took on 30 projects just for the holiday season…8 of those were memory pillows, but still I had to complete 22 quilts from beginning to end.  I am down to my last 3 and there’s still a good week left for me to finish.  I probably shouldn’t have taken on that many, because my neck, shoulders, and back are feeling it.  Yesterday I treated myself to a deep tissue massage and that helped.  So here’s the ones I finished since my last post.

I even had some time to enjoy with my grandkids over the last 2 weeks! I kept Eden last Friday all day and then they kids spent the night and hung out with us all day Saturday!  We made a gingerbread house and watched movies since it was so cold and rainy out.

Well I hope you have a great weekend!  I’ve got to get back to the last few quilts!  The end is definitely in sight!

Staying busy as a bee!

Sue Bartlow

Cancer Really Sucks!

I really don’t like using the word “sucks” but cancer really does suck. Why does it have to exist? It seems like everytime we turn around someone is diagnosed with cancer!

2013 was a year that would change my life forever.  It started off great with both of my daughters graduating from school.  One from high school and one from college.  The one from college had been married for a couple of years and was 7 months pregnant.  My first grandchild, Ezra, arrived in July, and brought so much joy in our lives.  But then September comes and we get the worse news we could ever imagine….CANCER. My younger sister was diagnosed with brain cancer….a glioblastoma….a very aggressive tumor.  She lived with that tumor with the help of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy for a little more than 3 years but lost the battle in April 2017.  I miss her so much!  She left behind her son who is 9 years old being raised by my parents. It’s really hard losing someone you love so much which leads me to a quilt that I just finished.


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A mom asked me to create this quilt which represented her daughter’s life. Kelsey’s short life was represented with her newborn hospital shirt and baby booties to a denim skirt and shirts she wore as a young women. Kelsey was diagnosed with lymphoma twice and lost her battle the second time around at age 24.  She loved Idaho State, the color purple and horses as you can see in this quilt! There’s also her tattered quilt she had as a little girl and a cute blue dress she wore.  I ALWAYS encourage people to save items…not to the point of being a pack rat, but you never know when the items may be used!

Now it’s time for me to get back to the long arm and sewing machine to finish 10 more quilts for clients.  20 memory quilts and 7 memory pillows for Christmas this year and this week I’ve shipped 6 to their homes. These are the ones I’ve done for this holiday season so far.

Staying busy as a bee! Have a great week!

Sue Bartlow



A Week in Houston at the International Quilt Festival

What an amazing week I had last week!  I arrived on Sunday, November 4 and arrived home in the wee hours of the morning November 12 due to flight delays.

This is my second year to work on the Education Team with Quilts, Inc. as a volunteer.  It’s hard work and sometimes very long days, but all in all, it’s so worth it.  We meet well known and award-winning quilters, fabric designers, and great new friends that have the same love of quilting I do!

The quilts were AMAZING!!!!

The $12,500 Best of Show Winner – Eternal Beauty
Sherry Reynolds of Laramie, Wyoming, United States

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Here are some more that I really liked….see the complete list of winners.

My main job was checking in bus tours. We had to get up pretty early and be in the garage when partcipants arrived. I also did a lot of other things like working at the Meet the Teachers, Open Studios, Teacher’s Pet, tallying evaluations, checking in people to lectures, and any other things that was needed.

On Tuesday, I took a Confetti in Naturescapes with Noriko Endo from Japan. My almost finished product is to the right.  Apparently her classes are very hard to get into in Japan as well as here in the U.S. Working on the Education Team, we get to register first which is a super awesome perk!

On Wednesday, I took an Animal Portrait class with Esterita Austin.  It needs lots of work still…you can see some other progress the students were making.

Walking around the vendor area, I met Tula Pink, fabric designer.  She has some of the coolest fabrics!  I bought some of her new line!  Yes it’s a raccoon or if you live in the Rocket City, it’s a Trash Panda!

I also met Reva Hill.  Her quilt was chosen to be on all of the show materials!

While on the show floor I got to see some of the Prince challenge quilts.  So so cool to see them up close and personal.  Mine was not on this tour, but I hope to see it in April in Paducah!  Next Cherrywood Challenge is Bob Ross….I’m not really feeling that one so I’ll work on a different art quilt next year to be able to put into shows someday!

Some other absolutely gorgeous quilts by Lorraine Turner, Tamar Ophir, Carson, Converse, Hsi-Chen Hsu, Roxanne Nelson, Kathy McNeil, Carl Hentsch, Karlyn Bue Lohrenz, and Michelle Bardwell.

See my finger pointing to the tiny octagons on that quilt!  I can’t imagine hand sewing all of those…this was an antique quilt too!

Here are the fun freebies I got while there! Big thanks to the vendors that provided these wonderful goodies, Fons and Porter items, Quilter’s Select items, etc. Decorating Diva gave us each a beautiful wool ironing mat!

Here’s what I purchased below!  Can’t wait to start playing after the mad holiday rush to finish 20 quilts and 7 pillows!  The Tula Pink fabric will turn into a duffle bag and the beautiful autumn fabric will become an autumn quilt. Autumn Love design by Lori Holt.



IMG_7757After spending a week with my roommate, Lori, she has encouraged me to be more consistent with my blog!  I had a lot of fun meeting some of her followers to her blog Humble Quilts!  My goal is to write weekly and talk about some of the quilts I am working on…I always get a memory quilt from a client that has a beautiful story to go along with it. Sometimes they are super sad!  I’ve got one I am working on now about a young lady who passed away in her twenties!  It’ll be filled with great memories of her short life.  Hope you all have a great week!

Stay busy as a bee with your quilting!

Sue Bee!

A Quilt Full of Shirts and Memories

1488791_profile_picOne of my Facebook friends asked me to create a special quilt of all of her grandfather’s shirts and his blue work jumpsuit that he was known for (see photo to the right).  Pavia brought me three boxes filled with cut squares, and lots of shirt scraps.  Normally I don’t take on projects this complex, but I just had to do it!

Charlie Gooch was 82 years old when he passed away on December 27, 2014 after a long battle of cancer.  You can read more about him on his obitiuary.

Here’s the quilt that I created.  I totally forgot to take a pic of the back where I used squares of his blue jump suit.


Turtle, Garments, and Quilts OH MY!

Hello blogging world!  I’ve missed you!  I have been so swamped lately with life in general, client quilts, personal projects, full-time job, kitchen remodel and the shingles!  It’s been a crazy few months!



I did this turtle awhile ago since my other pin cushion was falling apart. It is even pink and green/Delta Zeta!  Here’s the pattern.


These are a few client quilts I recently completed.  The Miami Dolphins one was an old bedspread brought back to life with some new fabric!

In just a few short weeks, I’m headed to Houston for the International Quilt Festival to work on the Education team. One little perk was receiving up to 5 yards of fabric for free from two different lines: Alexander Henry’s Ghastlies, and Rifle Paper Company’s Menagerie.  I also got a free pattern from Indigo Junction.  I chose a cat fabric for my kimono especially since we are wearing it for Halloween! Now I just need to get me some cat ears!  I am really looking forward to the Quilt Festival!  It’s going to be a lot of hard work, but also a great learning experience!

And FINALLY I finished these king-sized quilts…the one on the left is for my bed and the other one is MY personal memory quilt.  Both of these have been entered in my local guild show, HQH Fanfare this coming weekend!  While in Utah this summer, I fell in love with Riley Blake’s Juxtaposey fabric line.  The quilt in the left photo below was taken in a quilt shop.  I just loved the bright colors!

Happy Quilting!  Have a great week!

Sue Bee