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2016

Dogwood Medallion (45.5″ Sq)
Designed, pieced, and quilted by Sue Hickman     Berryville, VA     (12/31/2016)

This quilt began as a single 16″ orphan antique block found, I don’t recall where, y-e-a-r-s ago. I admired the applique workmanship and dogwood design. I always intended to create a medallion quilt showcasing this block, but had a challenging time finding coordinating fabrics. Like fashion, quilting fabric colors change all the time. This pink reminds me of the original Bayer children’s aspirin color(not ‘pink’, not salmon… somewhere in between), the old muslin had yellowed, and the gray is also unique with undertones of brown. From time to time I would pull this block out again and look for fabrics to pair with it, and finally in 2016 I found these luscious fabrics. I am so glad to finally complete this quilt, including hanging sleeve and label, and get it photographed before year’s end… my last quilt of 2016.

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Other Quilted Christmas Creations, and more… (12/2016)

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A quilted Christmas stocking for Ryker Kenneth Gauldin, made with love by this Mimi for his very first Christmas.

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Wreaths…

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For Brenda and John Ghramm, of Winchester, VA

 

 

 

Marlisa Eyre, of Winchester, VA,
Mary Vorous, of Winchester, VA,
Diane and Jerry Atkison, of Purcellville, VA,
Nancee Groh, of Carlisle, PA and others…

Nancee’s shown below with her Peace Wall Hanging:

 

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And a wool applique tree skirt for my sister…

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Van Gogh Irises Fractured ( 46″ x 37.5″ )
Fractured, pieced, thread painted, and quilted by Sue Hickman     Berryville, VA     12/2016

From the moment I first saw this Van Gogh fabric in July of 2016, I knew it would be fabulous fractured! I completed fracturing and piecing the top on November 2nd, 2016… the day Cherrywood announced their next “challenge” – a Van Gogh Challenge… so this won’t be my last Van Gogh piece.  😉  By December 10th I finished thread painting and quilting it. What a cheerful piece! It makes me smile to look at it. Now, I must finish planning out my next Van Gogh quilt.

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Sleep Tight in God’s Loving Care (46″ x 33″)
Pieced and quilted by Sue Hickman     Berryville, VA     12/8/2016

Made for the arrival of my first grand baby, may he never forget God and his Mimi love him!
Psalm 136:9 The moon and stars to govern the night; His forever, gracious steadfast love endures!

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Farm Fresh and Free Range (56.5″ x 39.5″)
Pieced, appliqued, embellished, and quilted by Sue Hickman    Berryville, VA     11/2016

Made in honor of our Hickman Hens… past, present, and future. Life in the country is grand!

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Hens and Chicks 1 & 2 (27.75″ x 14.75″)
Pieced, appliqued, embellished, and quilted by Sue Hickman     Berryville, VA     12/2016

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Owned by Becky Lloyd and Holly Nightingale, respectively, both of Berryville, VA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samantha’s Furry Feline Friends (a.k.a Mod Kits and Cats 2 – 66″ x 46″ )
Pieced, appliqued, and quilted by Sue Hickman     Berryville, VA     11/2016

As in the quilt below, the fabulously colorful mod cat fabric became the inspiration for this playful quilt, made in the likeness of Northern Quilt’s Cats on the Roof pattern. Since this pattern was no longer available, I made my own setting kittens and cats to play with loop-d-loop quilting ‘yarn’ on the bright blocks.

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Presented to Samantha and Andrew Gauldin as they take possession of their first home (Front Royal, VA) 11/2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mod Kits and Cats at Play (56″ x 46″)
Pieced, appliqued, and quilted by Sue Hickman     Berryville, VA     11/2016

The fabulously colorful mod cat fabric became the inspiration for this playful quilt, made in the likeness of Northern Quilt’s Cats on the Roof pattern. Since this pattern was no longer available, I made my own setting kittens and cats to play with loop-d-loop quilting ‘yarn’ on the bright blocks.

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The A B C’s of Christmas 1 & 2 
(61″ x 46″)
Designed, pieced, and quilted by Sue Hickman     Berryville, VA 10/2016

(Yup, there are two of these.)
I do enjoy the challenge of making modern looking quilts, however, making a traditional quilt, like this one, is comforting and “feels like home”… and there is no better place to be than home for the holidays where Christmas is the reason for the season.
It was fun to find a place for the little bit of antique fabric I’d found long ago with its rows of red snowflakes!
While some may see elements of an Indian Puzzle in this Friendship Star block, this ‘Dazzling Pinwheel’ was also inspired by a feature of Mosaic #14 (ca. 1938).

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#1 Owned by Chris & Amanda Gauldin of Leesburg, VA
#2 Owned by Andrew & Samantha Gauldin of Front Royal, VA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Window to the Sea
(50″ x 33″)
Designed, pieced, and quilted by Sue Hickman     Berryville, VA     10/2016

One fish, two fish, coral red fish… and more.

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Fractured Floral #12
(14″ x 25.75″)
Fractured, pieced, embellished, and quilted by Sue Hickman     Berryville, VA     10/2016

Again, proving small flowers fracture fabulously.

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Fractured Floral #11 (8.75″ x 6″)
Fractured, pieced, embellished, and quilted by Sue Hickman     Berryville, VA     9/2016

This watercolor tulip, though small, cried out to be fractured. How could I not comply?

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Owned by Nancee Groh of Carlisle, PA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cardinal in Wreath Table Topper  (20″ sq.)
Quilted and finished by Sue Hickman     Berryville, VA     9/2016

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Peace Cardinal Wall Hanging (20″ x 8″)
Quilted and finished with tabs and grapevine hanger by Sue Hickman     Berryville, VA     9/2016

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“Peace be with You!” Owned by Nancee Groh in Carlisle, PA.
Shown here hanging

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Joy Cardinal Wall Hanging (20″ x 8″)
Quilted and finished with tabs and grapevine hanger by Sue Hickman     Berryville, VA     9/2016

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“Joy to the World!” in Artist’s Private Collection.

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Farm Fresh  – Placemats (13″ x 18″)
Pieced and quilted by Sue Hickman     Berryville, VA      8/2016

Having just enjoyed our first summer with a “CSA” (Community Sponsored Agriculture)  “share”, I was inspired to make these cute placemats. There is absolutely nothing like farm fresh fruits and veggies… unless it is using these placemats when serving them.  😉

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Enjoying Wildflowers Along the Way (66″ x 53″)
Pieced by Sue Hickman, Berryville, VA 6/2016

This quilt began with a beautiful wildflower batik fabric found this spring while on vacation in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I loved the colors and the unique design repeated throughout the fabric. Once home, I fussy-cut each focus flower and considered how I would lay them out to highlight these beautiful squares. Simple ‘rails’ of two coordinating fabric with some plain green squares and a border completed the design.

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Fractured Floral #10 (15″ x 14.5″)
Fractured, pieced, embellished and quilted by Sue Hickman     Berryville, VA 5/2016

When fractured, pieced, embellished and quilted, the subtle nuisances of this  Nasturtium (Frond Design Studios – Stephanie Brandenburg’s Edible Garden flowers) are expanded, amplified, and intensified. Though small, the resulting image is bold and dynamic. (I’ve found a new favorite!)

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Owned by Artisan Trail of Virginia’s Kathy Johnson of Waynesboro, Va.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lighting The Way Home (56.75″ x 33.75″  )

Fractured, pieced, embellished, and quilted by Sue Hickman     Berryville, VA     5/2016

From the moment I saw this fabric (Wind & Waves by Douglas Laird for Wilmington Prints) I knew it needed to be “fractured”… and I couldn’t be happier with the results.
My husband has long been fascinated with lighthouses, perhaps from his time working in support of the Coast Guard. Lighthouses remind me first of my love of the ocean shores they protect, but they also seem to sing out “let your light shine”… a message I take to heart each time I create.
The inner border provides a “mat” for this “picture” quilt, and outer border’s quilting stitches highlight the grain in its “wooden frame”.

This quilt was one of the quilts showcased in a Solo-Artist “Art in the Halls” show at The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, VA from October 18th, 2016 through January 22nd, 2017.

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Memories of Spain, Tapestry and Tiles  (46″ x 39.5″)
Pieced and quilted by Sue Hickman     Berryville, VA     5/2016

I rarely (if ever) have made a quilt from a “quilt kit”.  I might once in a while buy a “kit” for its fabric and then create my own quilt using that group of fabrics, but this quilt kit, as is, “spoke to me” when I saw it.  My husband grew up in Spain and has told me so much about the country… its Tapestry “factory” in Madrid and the lovely Spanish tiles of Valencia (and elsewhere across the country). One day I hope he will take me there and share with me his fondest memories. In the mean time, I made this quilt for him from AQS’s Valencia Tiles Quilt Kit using a Michael Miller Fabric Collection. I’m not sure the center fabric was intended to represent a tapestry, but I quilted it with “tiny texturing stitches” such that the birds are showcased like they might be if they’d been woven into a tapestry.

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Black and White and Red all Under  ( 40.5″ Sq )
Designed, pieced, appliqued, and quilted by Sue Hickman     Berryville, VA    5/2016

My husband just “loved” these geometric red prints when we stopped in a sweet quilt shop (Shoreline Handwerks) in Manteo in the Outer Banks of NC. (This was our first trip to the Outer Banks and, as time allows, I always like to check out the local quilt shops where ever we go.) The simple, traditional “Rail Fence” layout seemed a good place to start piecing, but once the top was ‘done’ it simply cried out for more. I prepared and whimsically arranged the black and white flowers, stems, and leaves until satisfied… and voila’.

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Owned by Megan Clark & James Tucker of Herndon, Va.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby “G” Baby Quilts
Made in partnership with Grandma “G”  from Carlisle, PA and Berryville, VA     5/2016

Once upon a time the Grohs and Gauldins each moved into half of a shared duplex on Ft. Bliss in El Paso, TX. The military made them neighbors. Hearts forged close by life circumstances made these fast friends ‘family’. In January of 1990, we started our first partnership quilt, and now as our boys begin to grow families of their own we again took to partnership on quilts for this next generation. These are to be quilts used daily, so we choose a simple pattern and fabrics that should always remind the recipient of their Grandma. We each pieced blocks for the tops, Nancee put the blocks together and added borders, I free motion quilted the tops (shown below before binding) and Nancee bound them.

These are the first two Baby “G” quilts, made with love and hopes we might be making more as time goes on.

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Owned by Tyler and Kathryn Groh and Baby Connor (5/2016) of Boston, MA and Logan and Kate Groh and Baby Sebastian (7/2016) of PA.

 

 

 

 

 

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We surely couldn’t have imagined that of our 5 boys, 4 would be making us “Grandmas” in the same year!
These last two Baby “G” quilts are alike and were completed in October 2016.

 

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FLW Stained Glass (26.5″ Sq.)

Designed, pieced, appliqued, and quilted by Sue Hickman     Berryville, VA    4/2016

Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s stained glass ceiling panels in the Ward Willits House, Highland Park, IL (1902).
I was first introduced to FLW when studying design in college. Trips to see his work at Taliesin West in AZ. and Falling Waters in PA. developed interest into a love of his stunningly simple lines and concepts. His designs ‘of old’ remain modern, even by today’s standards. This is, hopefully, the first of many FLW inspired quilts to become part of my “body of work”.

The gold and black fabrics in this quilt are ‘scraps’ of Cherrywood Hand-Dyes Fabrics remaining after making my Lion King – Circle of Life challenge quilt shown below. The suede-like characteristics of the hand-dyed fabrics were perfect used here to represent hand-blown stained glass.

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Owned by Joel & Jessie Solomon of Glencoe, Il

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thoroughly Modern Mini  (17″ x 13.5″)
Pieced and quilted by Sue Hickman     Berryville, Va     4/2016

While it may seem to be a paradoxical to call a quilt constructed of Civil War reproduction fabrics “Modern”, the simple blocks and overall design are definitely modern.

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Simple, Scrappy, Star (90″ x 90″)
Pieced by Sue Hickman, Berryville, VA     3/2016

Some quilts are meticulously pieced. Others, like this one, are simple. This quilt features mostly Civil War reproduction fabrics and a striking Star.  When a friend saw it, she commented on my mitered corners saying, “You couldn’t just keep it simple, could you.”  I guess I am always looking for how I can challenge myself, even in what generally is a simple, but stunning quilt.

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Lion King – Circle of Life (20″ x 20″)
Designed, traditionally pieced, hand and machine appliqued, thread painted and quilted by Sue Hickman, Berryville, VA 3/2016

This quilt was created for Cherrywood Hand-Dyed Fabric’s 2016 Lion King Challenge, done in partnership with The Disney Theatrical Production Company, producers of The Lion King on Broadway.

This was, by far, the most demanding quilting concept I’ve ever tackled. However, bringing three unique designs together within one quilt seemed the best way to summarize the Lion King’s Circle of Life story.  I was artistically and technically stretched to figure out HOW to create 3-D pleated images using traditional methods and Cherrywood’s beautiful hand-dyed fabrics. After creating my own designs, I sequentially pieced strips of background on which I fused and appliqued the three separate images working with only ¾” of the designs at a time.

The left perspective shows strong angular lines of powerful King Mufasa (Father). Head-on, you see Sarabi (Mother) with cub Simba under a baobab tree in front of a setting sun on the Pride Lands.  The soft curved lines of the right perspective show Simba grown, ready to begin leading a pride of his own, completing the Circle of Life.

The picture’s “mat” is defined by black borders and features 3-D double diamonds.

The picture’s scalloped edge frame is embellished with hand-appliqued simple elements, and hand appliqued on a black background which squares the quilt. To better showcase the picture with frame concept, instead of binding, an enveloped knife edge finishes the quilt.

304 quilts entered their challenge and 138 were selected as finalists. I am truly honored this quilt numbers among them! You can find pictures of each of the 138 finalists published in the Lion King Challenge commemorative book.

It was an absolute delight to work with Cherrywood’s  luxurious hand-dyes fabrics and great fun to work through the designs and challenge of creating this one-of-a-kind quilt! I knew even while creating it that its unique features would require extra special handling. Upon hearing from Cherrywood that it had been selected as their “Cherrywood’s Choice” Lion King Quilt and that as such it would travel with them to shows in the coming year, I was thrilled to know it will travel safely in their care.

During 2016 and 2017, it will travel with Cherrywood and be on display in their booth at the following shows:

AQS QuiltWeek, Grand Rapids, Michigan, August 10-13, 2016
AQS QuiltWeek, Chattanooga, Tennessee, September 15-17, 2016
International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX, November 2-6, 2016
Road to California Quilt Show, Ontario, California, January 19-22, 2017
AQS QuiltWeek, Paducah, Kentucky, April 25-29, 2017
Minnesota Quilt Show, Duluth, Minnesota, June 7-10, 2017
QuiltExpo Madison Wisconsin, September 7-9, 2017
Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, California, October 12-15, 2017

Additionally, it was showcased along with the full Lion King Challenge finalists November 22nd, 2016 through January 3rd, 2017 at the Franklin Arts Center, Open City Gallery in Brainerd, MN.

I’m already thinking through the details of the next quilt I will make using the techniques that I created and incorporated in this quilt, and yes, I will likely, in time, be offering a class in this technique in Studio 2724.

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Scraps, Born Again ( 59″ x 53″ )
Pieced and quilted by Sue Hickman, Berryville, VA     1/2016

This quilt was a lot of fun to make! I loved cutting the pieces that became these 220 colorful triangles. Throughout the process, many reminded me of the first quilt I’d made using that unique piece of fabric. I’d completed the top and quilted it and hung it on my design wall to photograph before I discovered the “cross” hidden in the overall design, and that made me love it all the more.

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Owned by Linda and John Heater of Emmaus, PA, associated with Teams for Medical Missions ministry to the people of Jamaica.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nature’s Christmas Placemats (17.5″ x 12.5″)
Pieced and quilted by Sue Hickman     Berryville, Va

Yes, I’ve made these before, but this set is mine.
First 2 completed in 12/2013. Last 6 completed in 1/2016.

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Another “Pole with a Twist” Table Runner (14.5″ x 50″)
Pieced and quilted by Sue Hickman     Berryville, VA     1/2016

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Hearts-A-Plenty Valentines (~7″ Square)

Pieced, appliqued, and quilted by Sue Hickman     Berryville, VA     1/2016

I decided to make some Valentine Quilt cards this year… with a “label” they are all set to be mailed. What does one “do” with a Valentine Quilt Card you might be wondering (besides enjoy the hand-made heartfelt sentiment)… these could be hung on the wall or used as a table-top coaster.

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Owned by Dave Hickman, my #1 Valentine… who, in advance of receipt of it, made me my own version in wood.

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Owned by my newest Valentine… Ryker Gauldin (and his mommy and daddy), given on the occasion of his 1st Valentine’s Day (2017).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pole with a Twist Table Runners (14.5″ x 50″)
Pieced and quilted by Sue Hickman     Berryville, Va     1/2016

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