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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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Keep your skin soft this winter!

olive oilIf you handle lots of fabrics or work with your hands a lot, sometimes your hands get dry. With the cold weather and dry indoor air that’s right around the corner, you want to keep your skin from drying out.  This recipe for lotion is all natural, organic and helps your skin heal, especially if you have eczema.

1 cup of Shea Butter – I buy this brand from amazon.com
1/2 cup of Coconut Oil (see photo for type I use)
1/2 cup of Olive Oil (see photo for type I use)

Vitamin E and Essential Oils of your choice.  I only use Young Living Essential Oils.Product shots fro new catalog at YL farm in Mona

Melt shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler. Remove from the heat and let it cool. After it is cool, add olive oil and any other essential oils. I use 30 drops of Lavender and sometimes add vitamin E drops.

Put the whole bowl into the refrigerator to start to harden.  Once it is harden on the edges, remove and whip until light and fluffy.  I use a Kitchen Aid stand mixer with the whisk beater and beat it until fluffy.

Store them in small mason jars or any decorative jars of your choice.

Learning a Free Motion Technique

IMG_5495It’s always a little scary to start something new especially a new free motion technique.  I’ve been doing a lot of meandering on quilts and wanted something different.  I’ve had a quilt sitting in my pile to be quilted for months…maybe even a year… and decided to load it on my long arm and try something new.  With free motion quilting you need to stay relaxed and able to freely move about the machine without feeling it all over your back and shoulders.  My fantastic long arm quilting teacher, Valerie, always said having a glass of wine before you quilt helps you relax.  It’s not always appropriate to do that especially if you are quilting early in the morning.  “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere” runs through my head, but I resort to thinking my needle is a paintbrush and begin to “paint”! The consistent humming of my machine is enough to relax me!  I’m pretty happy with my results!