My name is Sue Clayton and I live on Long Island, New York. I share my home with my hubby of 25+ years, two teens, three rescued mini dachshunds, two Janome sewing machines, and an A1 24-inch longarm quilting machine. (Note: how much I love each of the preceding varies greatly throughout the day!)
I am a fifth generation quilter. I grew up in Canada and made my first quilt in 8th grade after a unit study on pioneers. I then took a four-decade break while I went to school, worked, and raised my kids. However I still managed to collect fabric and even belonged to a “fat quarter of the month” club for awhile. At the time we were living in Phoenix, AZ and I had no desire to make quilts for our “cold” winter 70 degree days!.
After moving to a much colder climate, I experienced a defining moment in my life when I learned that quilts could be made by fusing. I was so excited — now I could actually use my stash, create art, and — best of all — I didn’t have to sew! I was hooked.
At my first fusing class, three things happened:
(1) I became re-acquainted with an iron after 20 years of ignoring it
(2) I learned that, even though a quilt is fused, the fusing process is followed by sewing.
(3) I discovered that buying new fabric is always preferable to using your stash
But it was too late. I was in love with quilting! Within weeks I purchased a Janome Gem (a small, lightweight sewing machine generally just used for classes). The rest of the story is a blur. I signed up for a Quilting 101 class and made a lap-sized quilt using Mark Lipinski fabrics. I finally understood why people cut up beautiful fabrics and sew them back together!
At the Machine Quilters Expo in 2009, I was introduced to longarming. A year later I purchased an A1 longarm machine. As a result of that experience, I am the author of Longing for a Longarm: Should You Buy a Longarm Quilting Machine? which is available from amazon.com.
My work has appeared in Quilting Arts magazine and Quilter’s Home magazine. I also have a quilt featured in the 2012 Quilting Arts calendar.