Piece and comfort for the eyes, heart, and soul.


All About Peter…

39″ x 33″
Simply, free motion quilted by Sue Hickman Berryville, VA 6/2020

For Miss Anika Leigh Gauldin

Picnic to Tumble the Blues Away

65″ x 52″
Pieced and free motion quilted by Sue Hickman Berryville, VA 6/2020
I’d had these fabrics in my stash for years and now (Covid-19 pandemic “stay-at-home” orders) seemed the perfect time to finally piece them together. I find blues calming and piecing therapeutic. As the quilt top came together I thought it would be a wonderful picnic quilt. I used a mid-weight denim for the backing to give it weight and sturdiness.
Just hours after I’d finished sewing on its binding, I put it to use in its inaugural picnic with a dear quilting friend. Yes, we “distanced” outside, of course.

Border Beauty

42″ x 36″
Pieced and free motion quilted by Sue Hickman Berryville, VA 6/2020
Using scraps of the Baltimore Home border fabric left ofer from my previous quilt, I stacked six layers of matching designs and kaleidoscoped them. I added two small simple borders to complete this quilt. I think it is a thing of beauty!

Baltimore Baskets and Evening Stars

79″ x 77.5″
Pieced and free motion quilted by Sue Hickman Berryville, VA 6/2020
The border fabric and beautiful baskets on the center fabric panel provided inspiration for this quilt. My stash provided the perfect fabrics for the evening star blocks.

Patriotic Party

15″ x 49.5″
Pieced and free motion quilted by Sue Hickman Berryville, VA 6/2020
In preparation for teaching this Quilting with Sue T.O.M. (Technique of the Month) block, I decided to make a new, scrappy sample. I couldn’t be happier with the resulting tablerunner!

Step Into My Garden

56.5″ x 48″
Pieced and free motion quilted by Sue Hickman Berryville, VA 5/2020
I had fallen in love with this bundle of fabrics years before, but the COVID-19 “stay at home” orders gave me the perfect excuse to delve into projects from my stash. Voila!
A dear friend suggested its name, which reminded me of this poem by the same name (Author Unknown):

Step into my garden
Step in and you’ll see
A measure of peace
And tranquility.

It’s the scent of the blossoms
The buzz of the bees
The sweet song of birds
As they sing in the trees.

The sweet scent of roses
Their petals so new
As they glisten and sparkle
With the fresh morning dew.

Run your toes through the grass
Beneath a canopy of trees
Hear the rustle of leaves
As they blow in the breeze.

Let the beauty of springtime
Fill your soul with great peace
Take it with you and share it
With each one you meet.

Sew Many Sues

67.25″ x 52.75″
Appliqued, pieced, and free motion quilted by Sue Hickman.
Berryville, VA 5/2020
These “orphaned” Sues, passed to me by a friend who discovered them in Mary Price’s “stash”, called to me to finish fusing and embroidering them , incorporate them into a quilt top, and free motion quilt them.
The oldest “Sunbonnet Sue”, typically shown in profile, wearing a large bonnet and an over-sized pinafore dress and is also known as Dutch Doll and Bonnie Bonnet, existed in the 1800’s but gained popularity in the early 1900’s.
Some Sues are too “cutsy” for my taste and others have depicted Sue working, playing, and sometimes getting into trouble, but these beautifully color coordinated scrappy Sues are just sweet.
It was both a joy and pleasure to bring them to life.

Sue’s “Grands”

12″ Square
“Sunbonnet Sue and Sam” appliqued and embroidered by Mary Price, to which I, Sue Hickman, embroidered my grandchildren’s names, quilted, and finished as a pillow.     Berryville, VA     4/2020
I have long loved the Sunbonnet Sue pattern! When gifted (thank you, Irene Sullivan!) with a box of exquisitely appliqued and embroidered Sue and Sam blocks made by Mary Price, there was one unique one that grabbed my attention first. While all the others had black “shoes” and blanket stitch embroidery, this one block was made in the colors of my living room. During the “social distancing” of this Covid-19 “season” of life when separated from my children and grandchildren, and after making protective masks galore, I couldn’t wait to complete this pillow, bringing my “Grands” closer to my heart until I can hug on them in person again.

Bloom Wherever You Are Planted

24″ x 24″
Designed, pieced, hand and machine embroidered, and free motion quilted by Sue Hickman Berryville, VA 3/2020
Inspired by a local guild’s challenge, I began designing this quilt six months ago. I’ve long loved the saying! This is what it means to me:
Bloom – God calls us to use what He gives and be fruitful. Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622), when Bishop of Geneva, said, “Truly charity has no limit; for the love of God has been poured into our hearts by His Spirit dwelling in each one of us, calling us to a life of devotion and inviting us to bloom in the garden where He has planted and directing us to radiate the beauty and spread the fragrance of His Providence.”
Wherever – Life is, perhaps, easier when we are where we ‘want’ to be, but every life experiences challenging times. Even when life doesn’t go according to plan, we have control over how we respond. We can choose to be positive and resilient! Wherever we find ourselves, we can make the best of things.
Planted – Some seeds are planted in good rich, soil; other seeds are planted in rocky soil. And, some seeds find themselves between a rock and a hard place on the pavement of life. That’s when life gets really challenging. But we are not without hope. Even there, God provides sun, rain, and enough nourishment in the meager soil, and if we are willing we can bloom while we wait on Him to transplant us.
In the last weeks of working on this quilt, our Nation unexpectedly faced very difficult, hard times. CV-19, a nasty virus, caused all Americans to social distance themselves. Working alone in my studio, I was anew encouragement by the message of this quilt.

Don’t Be Blue

18″ x 26.75″
Pieced and free motion quilted by Sue Hickman Berryville, VA 3/2020

Owned by Nancee Groh of Carlisle, PA

My Mystery Quilts Revealed

In July 2018, I began working on a collection of five quilts for a Memorial Day Challenge. As each one was completed, I posted a ‘space holder’ in the timeline of my completed quilts. Having just completed the last one, I’m pleased to finally be able to share them all with you!
This is your link to read more about these Memorial Day Challenge quilts.
Here is picture of them grouped together.

Freedom to Fly – Clear Skies and Tailwinds

104″ x 74″
Pieced and free motion quilted by Sue Hickman Berryville, VA 2/2020
Adapted from The Quilt Peddler pattern QP132A, with a nod to Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (A.O.P.A.) that brought out the ‘student pilot’ (and a love for flying) in my husband.

Through the Looking Glass

(51″ x 50″)
Pieced and free motion quilted by Sue Hickman Berryville, VA 1/2020
Since discovering Ricky Tims Convergence Quilt concept quite a few years back, I’d been searching for 4 fabrics calling me to converge them. When I found 4, I actually found 8, with one fabric repeated in both sets. What fun it was to realize Ricky Tims Convergence Quilts were just another way to ‘fracture’ fabric. While my fractured quilts begin with 4 of the same fabric, convergence quilts begin with 4 different pieces of fabric. Once I’d made the first two convergence quilts, I realized I had enough fabric to make two more of each of them and thought the four would make an even bigger impact pieced together.
Before I’d even finished piecing the four seperate converged squares, I found Hoffman’s Dream Big digitally printed floral fabric in colors that would coordinate with them. This large panel with a simple border proved to be the perfect backing for the finished quilt top and provided a fun template on which to doodle free motion quilting.`
Can you see the unique petals of this big flower quilted into this quad convergence quilt? Click on each image below for a close-up look.