40″ x 55″
Designed, pieced, and custom long-arm quilted by Sue Hickman Berryville, VA 3/2021
When I think of a winter wonderland, I think of either a blanket of soft white snow or a Christmas market. This quilt encompasses both being a soft blanket of white created as a custom table topper for a Christmas Tree Farm’s gift shop.
Simple in design, it incorporates square-in-a-square and nine-patch blocks in scrappy shades of white and cream tone-on-tone fabrics with accents of gold and silver.
Mystery No More
Pieced and custom long-arm quilted by Sue Hickman Berryville, VA 3/2021
Most quilters have at least heard of Mystery Quilts. They aren’t “new” to the quilt world, but this is the first one I’ve ever made.
This “Scrap Happy Mystery Quilt” was designed by Doreen Johnson exclusively for the Quilters Unlimited guild of which we are both members. Starting in August 2020, our QU President, Sue Heisler, sent out a small portion of the pattern’s overall instructions to those who had signed up to participate.
It was a challenge for me to relinquish control over the quilt’s overall design and make fabric selections without knowing where (in the design) they would end up or how they would eventually fit together, but I did have fun with the process. The directions were clear and easily followed, and became something I looked forward to doing each month. I couldn’t be happier with the end result.
With my extensive free-motion quilting and ruler work completed, it truly is a mystery no more.
12″ x 36″
Designed, pieced, and free-motion quilted by Sue Hickman Berryville, VA 3/2021
Though simple in its three log cabin block design, this quilted table runner represents a friendship that is anything but simple. Thirty years ago, my dear friend and I designed and each cross stitched a sampler that represented us: Friends and Neighbors. While we are no longer neighbors, we have remained the closest of friends.
My first thought to commemorate this “anniversary”, was to re-create our sampler in a quilt, but that’s not who we are any longer.
Instead, I settled on the traditional log cabin block which represents “home”, for in our friendship I truly am “at home”. The slightly “off” center square is red, which in this traditional block represents the heart of the home, the warmth of the hearth.
The teals and brown fabrics are favorites of hers and she’ll recognize the red stripe and blue star fabrics were included to represent me, her “born on Flag Day” friend.
The quilting is a simple loop-d-loop, but a heart is featured in the center over my signature block. Two “blue birds” of happiness sit atop the heart, representing the one in our original sampler, and an evergreen tree flanks each side. Like those in our original sampler, one is a little less “formal” than the other. We know who we are. 😉
Kaleidoscoped, designed, pieced, appliqued, and free-motion quilted by Sue Hickman Berryville, VA 2/18/2021
Full name – When a Plan Comes Together, It’s A Heavenly Rush!
From the time I first saw the center’s fabric, I knew I wanted to kaleidoscope it! The fabric’s repeat was small and there was just barely enough to create these hexagons, with two to spare. Once I had a pleasing layout, I set it aside until I discovered the perfect background fabric. I appliqued it centered on this background fabric and again set it aside. I wasn’t sure whether to add borders to make it bigger or to trim it down smaller. Finally, I discovered a fat quarter of the perfect binding fabric. With that in mind, I trimmed down the top to be small enough that I would have enough fabric to bind it. The day I put it on my longarm and began to free motion quilt it, I heard Rush Limbaugh had passed away that morning. The next day, I listened to remembrances of Rush all day on TV and the radio as I finished quilting and bound it.
As with all my quilts, I’d long been pondering what to name this quilt. The ethereal green center kaleidoscope brought Heaven to mind, being delicate and light in a way that seems too perfect for this world, and I loved how it had all come together perfectly in due time, and so its name evolved.
God bless you, Rush Limbaugh! Thank you for sharing your talents and wisdom on loan from God! You are missed already, but will never be forgotten! (Rush Hudson Limbaugh III, 1/12/1951-2/17/2021)
Sweet Hearts for My Sweetheart
64″ x 46″
Paper pieced, pieced, and quilted by Sue Hickman Berryville, VA 2/14/2021
I first found Marcia Wachuta’s Crazee Patch Heart pattern about 10 years ago. I first made a few, and then every couple of years would make more. This year I started making a few more and then decided this was the year to complete this project. I made it scrappy with bits and pieces of scraps from previously made quilts.
The various hearts represent me and “a few of my favorite things”, including (but not limited to): America and patriotism, Easter, Christmas, the beach and sea glass, chocolate and coffee, ALL the seasons, and, of course, Valentine’s Day and Sweethearts Conversation Hearts.
My free-motion quilting allowed me the freedom to quilt in a few Conversation Heart sayings, too.
Cats on the Table
14″ X 46″
Designed, pieced, and quilted by Sue Hickman Berryville, VA 2/2021
With my cat lover in mind, I designed this table runner to showcase these sweet cats and the complimentary fabrics, bought while traveling a few years ago with her in mind.
For the Love of Grands
Paper Pieced and quilted by Sue Hickman Berryville, VA 2/2021
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, and 2 dozen of these paper pieced hearts on my design wall waiting to go into a quilt top, I couldn’t resist making this lone heart block to be my Valentine “card” for my Grands, Ryker and Anika. I can’t wait to hand deliver it to them for Valentine’s Day!
Tumbling into the New Year
66.5″ x 26.5″
Designed, pieced, and free-motion quilted by Sue Hickman Berryville, VA 1/2021
While making scrappy quilts in 2020, I had set aside cheery, bright, bold fabrics cut into tumbler pieces, and played often with their arrangement. By year’s end, they’d been on my design wall long enough, so I finished piecing the top.
On the first day of the New Year, I began free-motion quilting it on my long-arm. I stitched in the ditch on both sides of the background strips running between tumbler rows so the colorful tumblers would “pop”. For the borders, I created swirls to soften the angularity in the fabric’s design.
Finally, I finished up the binding, sleeve, and label on the 2nd and in so doing officially tumbled (creatively) into 2021.
Soft & Cuddly
56″ x 44″
Pieced and quilted by Sue Hickman Berryville, VA 1/2021
Inspired by the discovery of this (old!) precious panel in my stash and the news of a new baby girl joining our extended family, I sought out coordinating fabrics and a minky backing. Once completed, it simply named itself, for it is indeed, soft and cuddly!
(Layout design by Anne Rowan, for Wilmington Prints.)