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Joyeux Noel #2

(15.5″ x 44″)
Machine pieced and quilted by Sue Hickman Berryville, VA 10/2019
Beatrice Marx’s Starry Night table runner pattern and these beautiful linen fabrics reminded me of Scandinavian Christmases – Joyeux Noel.

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Joyeux Noel #3

(15.5″ x 41″)
Machine pieced and quilted by Sue Hickman Berryville, VA 10/2019
Beatrice Marx’s Starry Night table runner pattern and these beautiful linen fabrics reminded me of Scandinavian Christmases – Joyeux Noel.

A Walk in the Woodlands

Designed, pieced, appliqued, and quilted by Sue Hickman Berryville, VA 10/2019
Really two quilts in one, flying geese travel up and down the front (in similar fashion to the triangles sponge painted on a wall in his room) while the back showcases The Stag in earth tones (laser cut pieces designed by Madi Hastings) flanked by more flying geese. Designed specifically for Ryker Gauldin’s ‘big boy’ room, with geese that match the green of his newly restored and painted dresser.

The Front
The Back
Ryker loves his quilt!

Grandmother’s Flower Garden Table Runner

(18″ x 62″)
Layout an original design traditionally English Paper Pieced and appliqued by hand and machine quilted by Sue Hickman. Berryville, VA 8/2019

I Spy Family Fun at the Beach

(34″ x 24″)
Pieced, appliqued, and quilted by Sue Hickman Berryville, VA 7/2019
With thanks to the one, and only, rainy afternoon during a visit to Hilton Head and Island Quilters inspirational fabrics combined with footprints in the sand and beach items fabrics from my stash. 
These small quilts bring a smile to my lips and a song to my heart. My cherished memories of time shared with family at the beach span decades and it is sheer joy to add to those with this next generation!
It is my hope these quilts will be played with and bring to mind special memories of summer family fun all year long.

Owned by Ryker Gauldin.
Up close.
Owned by Anika Gauldin.
Up close.

Koi Uncorked 

(52.5″ x 60″)
Pieced, appliqued, and quilted by Sue Hickman     Berryville, VA     4/2019 Koi means love in Japanese? How about that!
I also learned that in Japan, koi symbolizes many good qualities. Known to swim against the current and overcome great obstacles, koi symbolize strength, courage, patience, and success through perseverance. As koi can grow very large and live a long life, they have become a symbol of prosperity and good luck. Their slow, graceful movements also symbolize peace and tranquility.
That is what I’ve always found when beside a koi pond… peace and tranquility.
When I saw this fabric, I knew in an instant I wanted to kaleidoscope it and the result is just what I hoped.

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Quilting detail.

Fractured Floral #1 4

(17.5″ x 15″)
Fractured, pieced, thread painted and quilted by Sue Hickman     Berryville, VA     4/2019
These flowers transport me to a tropical paradise. Fractured and embellished with thread painting added dimension to Lynnea Washburn’s already beautiful and colorful design (Island Sanctuary / Robert Kaufman fabric). I lost count of how many different colors I used in quilting it.

My NQM-BOM Sampler Quilt

(66.5″ Sq.)
Pieced, paper-pieced, English paper pieced, embroidered, hand and machine appliqued, embellished with antique buttons, and quilted by Sue Hickman    Berryville, VA     3/4/2019
Top showcasing NQM-BOM blocks designed by Sue Hickman

To read this quilt’s full story, click here to go to its page.

Two of my favorite blocks up close:

Twin Sturbridge Peaks 

(108″ x 86.5″)
Pieced and quilted by Sue Hickman     Berryville, VA     2/2019 While Traveling in New England years ago, I found these charming ‘Sturbridge” inspired printed squares. (Truth be told, it was the rooster weathervane and the sheep blocks that insisted I take them home!) Sharyn Craig’s ‘Twin Peaks” pattern offerred just the right setting to showcase them.

UPDATE – This quilt earned a 1st Place ribbon at the 2019 State Fair of Virginia Quilt Show (Class 6003 – machine pieced and longarm quilted category) and the 1st Place Longarm Quilting ribbon and was additionally designated ‘Best in Show’. I am so honored to have this quilt thusly recognized! It was among the first quilts quilted on my longarm and my very first quilt to earn the coveted Best in Show ribbon.

One of my favorite blocks up close:

Mystery Quilt – 2nd of 5

(24″ Sq.)
Designed, embroidered, pieced, hand and machine appliqued, painted, and quilted by Sue Hickman     Berryville, VA     2/20/2019
Yes, I must keep this second quilt a mystery, too, until all five in this challenge are completed and revealed together in 2021. It was great fun this fall designing this powerful series and seeing this quilt come to completion. Making this quilt was, indeed, a challenge! I made extensive use of the embroidery features on my Phaff (something I only rarely do) and I painted on fabric in this second quilt, too. I only note it here to ‘save’ its space in my studio’s quilting history. Sorry for the intrigue, but I think all will agree it was worth it in the end.

Jerry’s Quilt 

(60″ x 48″)
Designed, pieced, quilted by Sue Hickman     Berryville, VA     1/2019
A quilt memoralizing our dear friend, Ohio native and Ohio State fan extraordinaire, beloved husband, father, PopPop, Jerry Atkison (2/3/1957 – 1/30/2018).
Made using his own, very dapper button-down shirts, Ohio State logo’d polo shirts and laynard, family photos, Disney t-shirt, and work insignia, it is my hope this quilt will hold treasured memories close while offering warmth and comfort to his Diane.
While making this quilt, I learned it is quite an honor for an Ohio State band member to “dot the ‘i’” at a game. As I free-motion quilted it, I couldn’t help adding the description “Beloved”, for Jerry surely was that by everyone who knew him, and I also inserted “Ohio” and ceremoniously dotted the “i” in Jerry’s honor. Until we meet again, Jerry…

Owned by Diane Atkinson of Leesburg, VA
Up close.
Even the back was made from his shirts.