Susan Stewart is hot. Now stop it – you know I don’t mean it that way. Sue’s a big name on the quilt show circuit these days, winning big prizes for her elegant machine-embroidered and -quilted heirloom creations. She’s teaching in Paducah in April. Sue’s been in the news, too, from her hometown paper to the CBS Evening News, for her efforts to gather and distribute handmade first-day-of-school clothes for the children of tornado-devastated Joplin, Missouri.
In magazine land, we work so far in advance that when a story comes out in print it’s almost like seeing it for the first time. That’s how it was for me this morning when I saw the Helping Hands feature (in the brand new February TQL) we wrote about Sue’s charitable effort, Project First Day.
Not only did the article bring me smiles and tears, it brought back memories of August, when I had the pleasure of working on the article. At the time I was reminded of something my grandmother used to say when good things happened to good people: “It couldn’t happen to a nicer person.” Especially when Sue sent me this blast from the past, this picture of her pre-teen self in a back-to-school dress, and said we could share it.
Were you one of the generous people who made one of the 1,400 dresses Sue collected for children in Joplin? We’d love to hear from you.
Jan Magee, The Quilt Life