Susan Stewart and Project First Day


We love to brag about our authors and Susan Stewart has really given us something to brag about.  With the help of her friends, Susan is providing school clothes for the children of tornado-torn Joplin, Missouri!

Susan grew up on a farm in Missouri. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and then worked in immunology research and as a nuclear medicine technologist. After her children were born, she was a stay-at-home mom––and all the while she sewed. She fell in love with heirloom sewing in 1988. Over the years she has written numerous articles, developed her own line of heirloom children’s patterns and wrote the AQS book Heirloom Machine Sewing for Quilters. Her heirloom quilts have won awards at American Quilter’s Society and International Quilt Association shows. Susan now lives in Pittsburgh, Kansas.

After the devastating tornado that hit Joplin on May 22 of this year, Susan began thinking of all the children who had been affected by the aftermath of the disaster.  Susan remembered  how important the first day of  school had been for her when she would dress up in her brand-new school clothes every year.  She came up with the idea of providing new, one-of-a-kind clothing for elementary school age children to wear when they returned to school.

Susan named her program Project First Day and sent a request out over the Internet for help in providing school clothes for the children of Joplin. Well, as they say, “the rest is history”. Up to this time, Susan has received hundreds and hundreds of adorable donations.

Do you see why we are so proud to have Susan as part of our AQS family?

Click here to read more about Susan and Project First Day.

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Ann Coulter

My friend got an email about the making of dresses for the children in Joplin. She sent it to me to see if I wanted to be involved. I wanted to and actually made 8 different dresses and sent the info on to 5 other sewers who also made clothes(some for boys and some for girls) We had a deadline to get them to Susan so she could get them to Joplin for the first day of school. It was a very rewarding project. It was fun to see the number of clothes add up to way more than any… Read more »