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Fractured Floral #13  (15″ x 21″)
Fractured, pieced, thread painted, and quilted by Sue Hickman     Berryville, VA     6/2017

More ‘floral scraps’ fractured beautifully!



Kaleidoscoped Tree of Life (55″ x 40″)
Designed, pieced, embellished, and quilted by Sue Hickman     Berryville, VA     5/2017

This piece began as a demonstration quilt for Quilting with Sue Kaleidoscope classes. Kaleidoscoped hexagon blocks made from a Chong-A Hwang fabric remained on my design board longer than I care to recall. When its time had come to be completed, I combined some of those hexagon blocks with the complementary  Tree of Life panel expanding the tree’s design. Fussy cut unused hexagon blocks were appliqued to fill out the design and softened the edges of the panel. In my heart, this quilt’s journey had its ups and downs. I loved the hexagon blocks! I didn’t like how they alone came together. When I added them to the tree panel, it just felt right. Curving the lower corners and using two fabrics in the binding were the perfect way to finish this quilt. Now it ranks among my favorites.


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I AM an Artisan (60″ sq.)
Designed, pieced, embellished, and quilted by Sue Hickman     Berryville, VA     2/2017

I challenged myself to create a bright, bold, colorful quilt… which drove away any suggestion of ‘winter blues’. In February, when it was completed, I shared this glimpse of this piece…

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Now that the challenge has ‘closed’ (6/2/17), I feel free to share with you “the rest of this story”…

By definition, I AM an Artisan! [Artisan: noun ar·ti·san \ˈär-tə-zən\: a person who makes things by using skill with the hands. ]

When Kaffe Fassett launched his “I Am An Artisan” quilt challenge January 2nd, I knew this was one challenge I HAD to do this year.

Here’s the description of this challenge, “Artisans start with thoughtfully chosen materials to create an item with inherent beauty and attention to detail and design. The focus of the I Am An Artisan juried exhibit is on quilts designed to showcase the harmony of color and texture. Each quilt will speak to a time when hand creation included dedication, appreciation, skill and love of the craft. It’s about simplicity, intention, approach, quality, and a sense of connection to a time when craftsmanship and artisanship were celebrated.”

I’ve long loved his various fabric lines! This Artisan line offered both blue and orange options. I chose the sunny, orange ones… bright and cheerful.  Inspiration hit me right off the bat and not long after my fabrics arrived, my 60″ x 60″ quilt was done. Mine was the #5 quilt submitted.

From the silky hand of his fabrics, to creating my design, to finishing it off with just a touch of glass bead embellishments, it was a delight to make!

6-23-17 Update: I just received an email that said, in part,

“On behalf of the I Am An Artisan Challenge… thank you … Your participation is very much appreciated and your interpretation of the Artisan theme truly showed your dedication, appreciation, skill, and love for the craft and art of quilting.
We are pleased to inform you that your work, “I AM an ARTISAN,” was accepted for inclusion in the I Am An Artisan
Challenge exhibition.”


The exhibit will hang at the International Quilt Market , October 28 – 30, 2017 (a trade show, not open to the public), and then at the International Quilt Festival that follows it, November 2-5, 2017, in Houston, TX.

The email went on to say, “Narrowing the selection from the incredible variety of creative entries was a daunting task…”  I can only imagine!

I am speechless, and SO very honored!!!

Kaffe Fassett will be selecting the First prize and Honorable Mention winners at Quilt Market. Ribbons will be awarded at that time… The Viewer’s Choice will be determined by physical votes at Quilt Market and through FreeSpirit social media activity during Market.”

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My Poulsbo Avignon (30″ Sq.)
Pieced and quilted by Sue Hickman     Berryville, VA     1/2017

On a trip to the greater Seattle, WA area in the summer of 2016, I found a sweet quilt shop in Poulsbo. This was one of the owner’s (Beatrice Marx) design. I loved its Scandinavian flair.












Appeeling Primaries  ( 50″ x 40″ )
Appliqued, pieced, and quilted by Sue Hickman     Berryville, VA     1/2017

A timeless classic, these scrappy (orange) peels are bright and cheerful.



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Appeeling Pastels  ( 50″ x 40″ )
Appliqued, pieced, and quilted by Sue Hickman     Berryville,VA     1/2017

I began creating a plethora of peels, but when laying them out/putting them together they seemed to want to separate into two baby/lap/wall quilts, and the results speak for themselves. These are soft and soothing.

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