My Name is Sarah

MY NAME IS SARAH. I am a quilt designer and the sewcial director of Sarah's Sewcial Lounge. I also have a business called Down Right Charming. I sell my quilts mostly on etsy and I make pillowcases to donate to patients in the hospital in memory of my friend Kristen Kirton. I am a young adult living with Down syndrome. I hope you enjoy reading about my life journey.

Monday, June 30, 2014


Wow! My life is busy, busy, busy.

I started back at the new location for our quilt shop. We had to move next door to our old store.

It is good to get back at the sewing machine.

I am very happy when I am sewing.

I like our new set up. I can sew and then turn around and be at the cutting counter.

I am very good with the pins now.

Well what do you think? Do you like my new Dr. Dre Beats? What? Oh you don't know what those are. They are my headphones. 

It was time for the end of the year Music Therapy Share Day. I sang a song by Aerosmith.

Everyone said I did a good job. I like being up on stage. But I have to be careful getting down.

Here I am with my friend Christina and Miss Bonnie, the best music therapist ever!!

My favorite part after the show...dinner at Bob Evans. And this year my Grandma came too!!! It was so much fun. My new sister Julie is with us too. 

Here I am with my little brother. Look how tall he is. He took me over to my grandparent's house.

Sometimes I do not see my mom for two nights because I stay at my grandparent's in my new bedroom. So when I see her she says she misses me.

Just us being silly. Can you believe we still dress alike even though we get dressed at different houses.

I had to write a note in the car. My mom said she had an idea.

She gave me an empty fabric bolt from the trunk to use as a desk. Good idea mom.

Good morning! I'm checking out all the new pictures on facebook.

Oh look a box for me. It says..."The moment you've been waiting for." I hope so.

Six dresses from Modcloth.

This one fits.  Look out. I am going to sneeze.

Bummer. I like this one but it is too tight.

Shhhh. I am suppose to be sewing but I am listening to music in my comfy chair instead.

Back to work. I love when I am busy and productive.

Look who is here. It's my sister-in-law. Julie!!

We are celebrating Father's Day. Everybody came over!!

Look at us. It's the first time we have eaten in our new dining room. This is the table we had in Columbus but now it is our permanent table in Cleveland. Oh one more is Julie and TJ's first wedding anniversary. Shhh...don't tell them but I am making them an album that has copies of all the quilt blocks from their wedding quilt. That way they can always look at them. I even copied all the notes people sent me.

OMG!! I can't believe my grandpa just put this chair in his trunk and we are driving off with it like this. Good thing his house is just down the street.

I have been busy finishing up some quilts. This one is already sold.

This one is sold too.

Scary Storm!!! Do you see those wires down and the tree branches by my mom's car. I was so scared. But everyone was ok.

Back to sewing. I have to get ready for the National Down Syndrome Convention. We are going.

And I am going to have my own exhibitor table.

Back to sewing today. I am really getting good at making quilts.

One more ready to go to the quilter.

And another one. 

I am really proud of myself.

Today I have to do some labeling.

I like this task. My dad says I am really good at it.

Do you see this new Charm Pack? It's a cute one. This is what I use to make my quilts and why I call my company Down Right Charming.

Wowzers! Look at this big blue bus that came all the way from western Michigan to visit our shop. That is pretty cool. It is full of quilters.

Meet my new friend Verna. She was so excited to meet me because she has a granddaughter with Down syndrome who also has a trach. She is ten. She told me I am their inspiration and she hopes they one day get to celebrate her 25th birthday like I am going to do soon. Grandma's are the best!

And speaking of Grandma's here is mine. Grandma Hillick came to the store today to help out. We are three women who all have the middle name Ellen. Did you know that? Elizabeth Ellen, Joyce Ellen and Sarah Ellen. That's me!!

Well it's time for me and Grandma to go home. And we have a surprise. My little brother came to be our chauffeur in his brand new car. How lucky are we?

Ok buckle up Grandma. I'm getting in the back seat.


Sabrina Steyling said...

Wowee, Sarah you've been busy! I wish I knew how to make quilts, but I can barely sew buttons onto a shirt correctly, LOL! I'm not very domesticated. I love the quilts you've made, and that yellow dress you got from Mod Cloth is so pretty! It looks great on you.

Cindy said...

Sarah you are SO busy! I'm glad you took some time to sit in your chair and listen to music. Beth loves her music too. And she uses headphones! Your quilts are gorgeous! Keep up the good work!