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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. After falling in love with heirloom sewing in 1988, she worked from 1990 to 2005 as a primary designer for the Martha Pullen Company. Sue has had dozens of featured articles in “Sew Beautiful” magazine and wrote “Sue Says…,” a tips and tricks column for eight years. Her book “Easy Elegance” featured several of her heirloom design techniques, and she has designed and sold a small line of children’s heirloom patterns. She was a regular teacher at the Martha Pullen School of Art Fashion for many years and has also taught for Pfaff and Viking sewing machine dealer conventions and for various sewing groups and guilds. Her interests have turned toward translating heirloom sewing techniques into quilting. Her heirloom quilts have won awards at American Quilter’s Society and International Quilt Association shows. Susan lives in Pittsburgh, Kansas, with her husband, Mark. She has a grown daughter and son. Honey Dog and Stella Cat keep her company at home while she sews and writes.