It is with heavy heart we note the passing of Sue Garman. Sue created many of our BOM quilts including Bouquets for a New Day, Star Crazy, Hugs and Kisses, Ruffled Roses, and of course the current Halo Medallion Quilt. We have been continually amazed at the amount of work and detail she put into each and every project for our TQS members. 

Sue was also featured in Show 304: Applique and Longarm, here she gave great tips for setting up an appliqué block.

Sue grew up in the aerospace industry, was trained as a CPA, and started her career by negotiating multi-million dollar contracts for NASA. She married a NASA engineer that she met in Houston's Mission Control Center during a simulation of the first trip to the Moon. While she loved working for an agency focused on exploration and discovery, she retired three years ago as Associate Director for the Johnson Space Center in Houston, having also served as Deputy Chief of Staff for NASA in Washington, DC. She was dedicated to supporting her community and served on the board of directors of several local foundations.

Sue's years with NASA and its contractors never separated her from quilting, though. She always regarded quilting as her daily "therapy".  As soon as she could thread a needle, her grandmother taught her to make crazy quilts; she literally couldn't remember a time before quilts. Her quilting career started long before she left NASA - a local quilt shop had seen several of her quilts back in the 70's, and invited her to make patterns and teach. That's where it all began - and where she continued to work.  Her favorite venue was appliqué, but she also loved making complex, intricately pieced quilts. In fact, she was working on quilts until the end and was hoping to post her latest progress on her blog when she was overcome by her illness.

A few years back we visited with Sue in her home where she was hosting a group of Australian quilters. Her sign says it all, "Welcome Friends."

All of us at TQS will miss our friend greatly, but are proud to share her legacy in quilting with all of you.

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#81 Dot Forsythe 2017-02-05 12:09
Sue was my quilting hero...she will be missed greatly.
#80 Shirley Kasprzyk 2017-01-15 21:18
Just finished the appliqué on Tucker's Tulips.
Loved the turquoise on cheddar.
#79 Shirley Kasprzyk 2017-01-15 21:16
I just finished the appliqué on Tucker's Tulips.
Loved her colors so I did the same....turquoi se on cheddar.
#78 Marlette 2017-01-15 16:43
Like so many others have noted, Sue will be missed a great deal by the quilting community.

Prayers for comfort for her family and dear friends.
#77 Ann Philbeck 2017-01-14 11:08
Praying for her family and friends!!
#76 Janet-Lee 2017-01-13 08:06
Such a huge loss to her family and quilting. Her patterns and quilts will live on. Thank you Sue for all your contributions, rest in peace.... or piece if you're sewing in heaven.
#75 SoBelt 2017-01-12 20:05
Such sad news, I had the pleasure of meeting Sue in Houston and have learned so much from her through the BOM. Dawn, I too will be finishing some of the BOM's started. Sue truly was a talented, giving person that will be missed by the quilting community. Sue, RIP with the love of your life. Hugs to her family, Pat
#74 ethereal 2017-01-12 09:20
This brings tears to my eyes. I had so hoped that she would find a miracle. She never failed to inspire me, and her work filled me with awe. Her upbeat outlook should be an inspiration to all of us. I will truly miss her monthly thoughts.
#73 Linda G 2017-01-12 02:01
We're so sorry to hear of Sue's passing. What a remarkable woman - and what an enormous talent! What was the illness that took her from us? Perhaps we could contribute to it to help find a cure.
#72 Ruthie Peterburg 2017-01-12 00:32
My deepest condolences to the family. I purchased two of Sue's BOM's directly from Sue just a year ago. She was so very friendly and I had hoped to purchase some more. Sue you will be missed.
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