Sadly, Sue Garman passed away this January (2017). We are proud that she shared her quilting gifts with TQS throughout the years, including our  2017 Block of the Month quilt, "The Halo Medallion Quilt."

Although Sue Garman learned to sew when she was very young, it was not her first career. In fact, Sue was the Associate Director of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, having also served as Deputy Chief of Staff for NASA in Washington, DC. She grew up in the aerospace industry, was trained as a CPA, and started her career by negotiating multi-million dollar contracts for NASA. Sue’s years with NASA and its contractors never separated her from quilting however. She always regarded quilting as her daily “therapy.” 

Sue wrote,

Hi there! My name is Sue Garman.You know, I don’t remember ever NOT knowing how to quilt. In fact, my grandmother taught the children in our family to sew crazy quilts as soon as they were old enough to thread a needle. 

I began designing my own quilts over thirty years ago. Since that time, I’ve made hundreds of quilts and am probably best-known for both appliqué quilts and intricately pieced quilts. My passion for quilting is reflected in my desire to bring quality designs, ideas, and inspiration directly to you.  

We think that Sue has done just that. You might be familiar with some of the earlier BOMs that Sue designed for TQS. (TQS members have entered her past BOMs in shows and have won 7 State Fairs and over 100 local and national prizes. When you finish this quilt, ENTER IT!!)

Patterns for some of these quilts are still available for purchase. Click here.