Focus on priorities. Sewing is my heart

Still here, well not here, but definitely on social media.

My focus is family, health, and ministry.

I'm mostly on Facebook but also on Instagram.

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What will 2017 bring?

Hello Quilting World! 

It's Jackie and I have been exploring other worlds in my life based on Seasons! You are always going to be there and I will return full time, I am eager and cannot wait. Right now I am full in on the World of Motherhood & Ministry. Yes, I was in Quilting Ministry but God has me full on our Nonprofit in Guatemala AND Wellness Ministry with others worldwide online. I am so passionate in supporting and guiding others in their wellness and health, to most that means weight loss.

Last week I opened a bin that I thought was School supplies (I homeschool 4 kids now), and it was NOT school supplies, it was FABRIC!!! I got emotional, the happy kind. It was such a feel good. I will be back as soon as I can. I drooled over the FABRIC I wont through countless giveaways. The people, companies, and blogs that gave away Fat Quarters, Scraps, and such were SO SWEET and I was honored to WIN! I have never taken it for granted and WILL make something someday!

Love you all and I am slowly coming back through following Quilters on Facebook and Instagram. I get my Fabric Envy and Quilt porn there. (That's a joke, please laugh).

It's my passion to design fabric and quilt patterns and be published. It is something I have had in my heart since my first quilt. Using my graphic design background and love for beautiful quilts that are fun to make. Feeling the completion is empowering (and addicting). But I know right now, family and faith are first since I can a tad OCD on Quilting and make it too priority.

Thanks for stopping by and reading this "thinking out loud" post as I am eager to SEE what 2017 will bring me in the area of quilting! Eager to show my kids this awesome fun craft!

Balancing it all the best I can,
Jackie Sue

PS: Offering free unconditional wellness living support, message me for free consultation.

Quilting is more than sewing...

Feb 10, 2016

Quilting is more than sewing because we are not only stitching pieces of fabric, but we stitch parts of our lives, the memories, together for years to come.

I had made a quilt for my sister's family to celebrate their two adorable cats that were not pets, but family members, years ago. I was able to enter the quilt and win in addition to entering it into the Blogger's Quilt Festival May 2010 .

See I am a cat person that chose a life of travel and didn't have one myself. So I had a blast looking up cat quilt ideas, deciphering patterns after patterns, and finally came up with my own pattern for not only the block but for the whole quilt. Using donated fabric from a Quilting Guild out of Texas and only buying very few yards myself, I was able to use similar colors to represent the two precious family members.

Today, I just got the news of a dear furry family member that has passed on from this planet. I just cried and cried as I read the message and the only comfort I had was remembering the quilt I made for the family of this sweet girl cat named "Daisy" (and Duke).
Daisy overlooking from the 2nd floor loft area. Loyal, Love-able.

Daisy was devoted to her family. Maybe thinking she was part dog or something, tee heehee. I am a "Cat Person", but Daisy and I never connected/cuddled. She was loyal to her family and home, period. I respected that ;)

She also had a life long friend, playmate cat named Duke. I believe they were together close to 15 years. He has passed on before Daisy, but also lived the longest BEST LIFE EVER! Both of them were just the most amazing furry family members ever. 
Daisy's friend
So if you don't mind, I ask that you send some love and prayers for the Ferguson Family today and future days as they grieve the passing of a family member. I hope the quilt reminds them of the good times and makes them smile!

Do you like cats and quilts too? See my post on Cat Quilt Ideas here.


New Layout :)

HELLO Quilters!

I cannot tell you how much I miss you! I recently was asked to tell about myself and I said I'm a quilter and will some day design quilts to be published/sold, and my passion is to design fabric lines!

Then I thought about it, I have not quilted in years! Motherhood has been full time in addition to running a non-profit mission in Guatemala, virtual schooling my four blessings, and managing a health/fitness ministry that really has had me BUSY!

Lost and kept off 90 pounds - STILL EAT CHOCOLATE
(No pills, No surgery, just knowledge and lifestyle changes!)
Since the recent conversation about QUILTING with others (who do health/fitness coaching too), I am excited to come back here and see many of you still posting/quilting/chatting! I get teary eyed! You are family and quilting was the first thing that lowered my BP during my pregnancies before I discovered DARK Chocolate does the same.

Happy Quilting to you all and I hope to set up my space soon to join you all again. Until then I will share my links with these new friends of mine.


I love to PIN Quilt Ideas....

If so, comment with your Pinterest link(s)!! I'd love to see them while I'm not able to sew right now. (no dedicated room/space, so everything is tucked away till next summer 2015).

I got an account to document my Quilt inspirations and then my Health Passion took over my Pinterest account, but I did keep a few Quilt boards.

Here is my IDEA BOARD:

I hope you have a Merry Christmas and I look forward to returning to sewing and quilting soon! Lif'es seasons have me busy with my health and schooling our four kids while we travel and serve our Creator daily! I know Sewing will always be there for me! :-) and so will my Chocolate! 


I miss sewing LIFE!

Hello All,

I really miss you all. I miss the online giveaways, swaps, guilds, and show and tells!!!! As a wife of a full time missionary and mom to four MKs in central America with no family around to help, it's been a tad challenging! I love where I am in life and admit, I MISS Quilting!!!

 On my personal Facebook, I see 24 Blocks in my newsfeed and I Drool!

Keep up with you all do and I'll be back as time allows! Can you imagine my UFOs?

Keep in touch and show and tell!

HELLO Quilting World! Wow it's been TOO long!

I had baby #4 and life is just really challenging with 4 small ones in a foreign country. But I will say, I have the best husband in helping me figure out running the house with the kids, helping them with their school and more (groceries, preparing the food, cooking, dishes, laundry.. you know the drill!)

I miss you all so much and will never 'leave' the quilting community! I have a goal to design quilts and fabric and more! SO just hand in there with me while I am in this season of mommy-hood! :-) A role i love and do not take for granted!

I just got a Pinterest Account, so if any of you are there, let me know to follow you there. I am really out of the loop! My friend gave me a stack of Quilting magazines I cannot wait to go through. My machine is in it's case missing me too. I do not have a dedicated place in the house for sewing.. yet!

My first machine is now in the hands of a Guatemalan. She asked if she could work to pay for a sewing machine. It just came easy even though I was attached to it in various ways, and I told her to take my first machine. It's a Singer from about 1983. A heavy one! LOL. My heart feels good that she really wanted and needed a machine for personal use as well as a way to make some money when there isn't any work. May she be blessed with it!

Ok I can't have a post without a photo...
me with flowers I bought at the local market
one dozen for $1.20 (no typo) :)

Mrs. Jackie Sue

Just saw this...

Copyright 2011 WFI Lifestyle Fabrics

I didn't know Ty Pennington was designing fabric!?

A friend of mine just gave me a huge stack of Quilting magazines she was parting with and one had him on the front. It was a surprise but then I guess not. Very interesting! I know some day i want to, but i'm not in the right season right now. I love how my back ground in graphic design will soon someday help me in my hobby and post sahm life. But that is abotu 20 years away! LOL Until then, I am full time mom and quilter hobbyist! I am amazed at my stash now and most through donations and online giveaway wins!!!! AMEN!

I miss you all very much and will post things as I can. As soon as Blogger makes it easier to post, I'll post more but to login and sit to post take too long. Unless there is a simple way and I dont know yet.

Hope you are all well, I know I even had to unsuncribe from some Quilting email because i just found myself deleting because I have little time to read or even skim!


The story of the Butterfly quilt top

MISSED YOU Quilting World!:
WOAH! It's been way too long, and I have missed you all so much! We are back in Guatemala after our maternity leave, and I am eager to post some quilts!

A photo AND a thousand words (1600+ actually):
I was just going to post a quick photo of the quilt on a frame, but realized I want to tell its story (so far). So sorry it is lacking on the photos. I hope to have more on this one soon. Maybe you will like this story. 

The Inspiring quilt:

Creating a block pattern was fun, while I was designing a quilt for my daughter. She likes butterflies and I do too, so I looked up so many patterns online for butterflies. I created what I felt was the most simplified pattern for this Quilting Novice. The Butterflies were made from scrappy material dominant on purple while the background around them was yellow. The blocks are all done, but I don't know what to do for the 'filler' blocks, to make like a checker pattern or random one so the quilt can be at least twin size. In the mean time my friend Patsy showed me how to hand embroider the antennae which I did while I was pregnant with #3.

Focused on MY goal:
My sister gave me a lot of fabric she purchased, probably on sale, knowing I am getting to this "quilting" hobby! Now, as any younger sister does, I must not have listened to her well or did not hear what she said. But she gave me the fabric to do whatever I wanted with it. Well, I wanted to make her daughter a quilt so much that when she gave me this fabric, I thought it was for her daughter's quilt.  It was set in my head that it is what it was for and that was that! So I thought it would be great to use the butterfly pattern I made and make her a quilt the same as my daughter. Cousins with similar quilts; one is scrappy and the other more uniform.

Community Effort:

Before the butterfly block was designed, I had joined APQ. Their community area was a great encouragement to me! I had the help of my APQ friends back then to figure out how to make this work. So much experience was shared through the comments I received. After many tries, the layout was final, and I made the top! It was quite a learning experience. It was all new to me from block design, to piecing it, hand embroidery, and then the quilt layout. I just made it all up as I went along and had so much fun along the way.

Saying bye to the top:
The top was done, and I surprised her in 2009 with it. I felt sad handing it off (must be like what it's like when our kids grow up and leave), but that didn't last long when the joy of giving the gift was more felt, than any sadness! I figured she could (have fun and) choose the back material and batting type/thickness and maybe afford to have it professionally quilted. I was sure she'd have many options in the Atlanta area.

The Quilts Journey:
The material came from Atlanta area and traveled with me to Guatemala. The top was cut and pieced in Guatemala. The finished top came back to the Atlanta area. My sister sent the quilt along with a friend who had a friend who quilted in Indiana. Well after a year or so, the quilt top was sent back to my sister. The friend of a friend really didn't have the time to do it, so it sat.

A Life Lesson Learned, Giving gifts:
During all this time, I felt so small, very small. The extreme joy of finishing the largest quilt top by myself was crushed by the thoughts of giving an unfinished gift to someone, especially my sister. This lesson was learned when a friend of mine gave me TWO (not one) complete, finished, custom, scraps albums (you know the fancy scrapbooking kind people drool over). One was for my daughter and one for my son. All I had to do was pick the photo from their 1st yr of life, get it printed and cut it the right shape/size for the areas designated for photos. A LOT of TIME and MONEY went into this. My friend assured me this and aggressively asked me to make sure I finished it (and store the books vertically!). I admit, I tried a few times and even got some photos in, but this was far from my 'hobby' or 'talent'. I LOVED the books and know the LOVE put in them, but felt like an assignment was imposed on me. Sure I want my kids to have these books but this wasn't my project.

Nothing convicted me more than thinking of God's Gift to us... Jesus and eternal life through Him, with Him. He didn't give us an unfinished Gift! Jesus is so complete and given uncondiditonally. My life is now devoted to sharing this with others, and it can be shared even in this application too. Complete Unconditional Gifts to others. nothing else! How awesome is that! You really Feel the LOVE then!

Now to make it, right... 

So it was a phone conversation with my sister just a month or so before we were to see her with our new baby #4, that I asked her about her quilt top. She said it was unfinished (where I learned the Indiana trip of the top). I told her first, I felt bad imposing on her a gift that she was to finish. That was a no-no and for her to give it to me to finish when I came through to show off our nee baby.

I'm listening now...
We had a great visit with my sister (March 2011, 2 yrs after the top was finished). Our last night there, I made sure she gave me the quilt top, so I wouldn't forget the next day when we hustle out road tripping with four kids. During this exchange she finally told me as she had my full attention that this was the material I was to do anything I wanted with it. I told her no this was the material she gave me when I told her I was going to make her daughter a quilt. It was not a heated discussion but rather an exchange of revelation for us both! Yes I wanted to make my niece a quilt and yes my sister gave me material but the two had nothing to do with each other. My sister assured me she would have given me her daughter's favorite colors and such. With this known, I immediately said then, "you give me material to make your daughter a quilt, I'll take this one back to finish and keep!" We were both apologetic and in relief but disbelief of what happened. I think too we were mostly relieved of the whole situation.

Greatly accepted Imposition...
After the exchange and revelation of the butterfly quilt's need and purpose, my sister had a need in front of her. She had a quilt top given to her after our paternal grandmother's passing. She showed me the hand pieced Jacob's Ladder quilt done on-point, which desperately needed to be finished (batting/binding). I admit at first, I was thinking I couldn't touch it, she should just have it framed (queen size mind you). But knowing our grandmother... use it, don't let it collect dust. She didn't make it to be put in a closet or to be forgotten. I told her give it to me with the other top and I will finish both with the time I have left in the states.

Twice the fun, and with coupons!
After our road trip, I got to Joann’s with coupons in hand to buy batting, backing, binding, thread, needles, and seam ripper! For both quilt tops! The butterfly quilt was easy since it was going to stay with me, I could decide on the batting, backing, and thread. The other quilt was trickier needing my sister's input. I shopped for backing and found out my niece likes pink and this grandmother's top may got to her some day. The quilt had a small pink flower print I was trying to match somehow. I took a photo of a stripe with my phone and sent to my sister who said, maybe. There was a dark strip that looked like black. I told her no it was a dark chocolate color and went well with the quilt. I didn't want it to look too modern on the back.

Sewing with friends: 

A missionary friend (Melissa) I quilted with in Guatemala had recently moved about 5 minutes away from me stateside! (we live two places on the Earth and each are 5 min away!) She had a sewing machine set up, and I asked her to use it. She surprised me in telling me her machine quilting frame was at her house (brought back from GUA just a month earlier). So this inspired her to set the frame up, to re-learn how to do it (she was a year new to machine quilting on a frame like this and had not quilted in 6 months or so, while it was all new to me). This was the guinea pig quit for her getting her frame set back up and for me to learn! Well we agreed to stipple in the colored areas and make loops in the butterfly blocks. The center 9-patch block she did a flower while I did a butterfly. We learned how the batting shrinks more than first expected and warned by the Joann Lady. I was glad to have the squares in the sashing to help transition between the blocks and not stop/start the quilting. 

Goal Achieved:
I quilt to relax, have fun, and learn. I did that with this quilt for sure! It has now returned to Guatemala with us. I need to snip all the threads, tie them and figure out where does this quilt go? I know God knows! So far it's been a growing, learning, maturing, and sharing time for me. I'll take that!

If you made it this far, congrats! I hope you liked the story/journey for both the quilt and me. I will post more photos of this quilt as well as post the photos/story of the other quilt!
Until then, sew, smile, and eat chocolate! :)