Macy Marie

Posted on November 13, 2020 by prairiemoonquilts in People

A little over three years ago, my friend, Amy, posted on FaceBook that she was looking for an inexpensive sewing machine for her daughter, and was asking for recommendations.

Amy’s daughter, Macy, was confined to home while undergoing treatment for a tumor in her jaw, and all she wanted for her 10th birthday was a sewing machine!

I immediately messaged Amy and said: “Don’t buy one! I have one I will give you for her.” So I met up with Amy and gave her the sewing machine, and it made that brave little girl very happy on her birthday!

And what she has done since is nothing short of incredible!

While undergoing treatment for her illness, Macy received a bag that she got to fill with beads for every successful procedure she went through, called Beads of Courage. Macy realized there was a shortage of these bags for all the children who should receive them, so she started making bags to donate to the hospital.

She got our local guild involved, and, as a group, we made over 2000 bags for the Beads of Courage program. You can read all about it here: Macy Sews Beads of Courage Bags.

Macy’s illness and treatment qualified her for getting a wish granted from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and her wish was for a bigger and better sewing machine! Bernina USA stepped in and gave Macy a dream machine, for sure!

And Macy has put that machine to the most amazing use. (And she passed the little machine I gave her down to her younger brother, Max, who is now quilting right along with his sister!)

At our guild’s 2019 quilt show, Macy entered a quilt that she had made especially for her grandmother, using dresses that had been worn by her grandmother as a young girl, that had been embroidered by Macy’s great-grandmother.

It’s amazing! It’s got such a story, and she explained all about it to me. I was super impressed with how she came up with this and did it!


Macy recently posted on the Bernina blog all about how she made this quilt. You can go read her story HERE.

Macy has created so many quilts for friends and family:

. . . including a quilt made from a veteran’s uniforms for their family friend, Jerry:

A while back, Macy called and asked for recommendations on a really quick quilt pattern that she could make really fast. She was creating quilts for a charity auction, and needed to finish them by a deadline and wanted a couple more options so they wouldn’t all be alike. I sent her a copy of my Daddy’s Favorite quilt pattern, and she and Max went to work!

They created 11 quilts for the auction, and raised $38,000 for the Shootout/Super Cat for Kids Charity Auction — I can’t even wrap my mind around that accomplishment, let alone out of a 13-year-old and her little brother!

And Macy called me yesterday with some really exciting news, so I know there are many more great things in Macy’s quilting future coming up! She said: “Who knew that little sewing machine you gave me would have led to all this?!”

Indeed. But in all reality, it’s the operator behind the little machine that is doing such great things. I’m SOOOOO proud of you, Macy!

36 responses to “Macy Marie”

  1. Linda says:

    Such an inspiring story of this girl! Thanks for your part in making this possible for her.

  2. Christine Williams says:

    Bless you, Macie Marie. You have certainly blessed others with your thoughtful kindness. Your story made many smiles today.

  3. janequiltsslowly says:

    What a dynamo! She has a great future. Thanks for sharing her story.

  4. Shirley Peters says:

    Such an inspiration, she certainly deserves that wonderful machine, for all the work that her and her brother have done.

  5. Debbi says:

    She is amazing! Nothing can stop that girl! Kudos to her!💕

  6. denniele says:

    What a wonderful story! Go Macy!

  7. Fran says:

    So glad you shared this with us! Thank you for giving Macy that first machine that started her on such an amazing adventure. Macy is an outstanding young lady doing so much for others!

  8. Becky Collis says:

    Oh my goodness! She’s an amazing young lady!!! Way to go Macy!!!

  9. Angie in SoCal says:

    What a wonderful story. Macy is a treasure. You made it possible for her talent to shine forth with that first sewing machine. One small act of kindness can lead to such great things. Thank you, Shelly.

  10. Best story ever!! How heart-warming!!

  11. Paula in NE OH says:

    Thank you for sharing Macy’s story! She is a remarkable girl and an inspiration for all quilters.

  12. Kerry Leach says:

    Oh wow! Fantastic story. What a super girl! Thank you for sharing her quilts – and wow again!

  13. Mary says:

    There are NO words!! Hoping that all her health issues are behind her now. Such a beautiful story.

  14. Ginabeth says:

    This is such a heart warming story! The little girl that was willing to sew and the Quilter who gave her a machine❣️❣️❣️❣️ Best 🧵 story🤩👏🏻

  15. Jenny Benton says:

    Such a lovely story about brave little Macy, certainly a sewist extroidenaire together with her little brother. Thanks so much for sharing.

  16. Michele Muska says:

    This is such an amazing story Shelly. Thank you for sharing with us. Your generosity has brought her and others so much joy. Macy Marie is so talented and her quilts are just amazing. Made me a bit teary in a good way.

  17. Rose Marie says:

    She is a fabulous young lady. Keep on quilting, Macy.

  18. Wendy says:

    Oh my, I’m sitting here with tears in my eyes — so proud of Macy! This, this is why we quilt, so we can share the fun with others and watch them go! Way to go, Shelly, for sharing your machine with her so her sewing seed could grow! Thanks for sharing; this made my day.

  19. Celia Ambrose says:

    I’m so proud of all she has accomplished! And, to share her passion with her brother. Excellent sewing, and showing what can be done with caring and motivation to give to others. Well Done Macy and Max!

  20. Shirley Guier says:

    Ok….I’m crying! Great story!

  21. Judy S. says:

    Great story! Thanks for sharing it.

  22. Vickie says:

    Beautiful! Speechless, we can really get s sense of her joy!! Thanks Shelly for your beautiful gesture!! Kindness goes so far beyond comprehension🌸❣️

  23. Veronica Kersting says:

    AWESOME!!!! Thank you, Shelley for starting this lovely young girl on her wonderful sewing road! Macie will achieve great things!!

  24. Jocelyn says:

    Thank you for sharing this inspiring story!

  25. Barbara says:


  26. Debi F says:

    I look forward to what Macy will continue to do in her life. She has blessed so many, including the one’s who read her story! What a great way to share love, and receive love in return. Keep on sewing, Macy!

  27. Joan says:

    Yes! Impressive what our young people can accomplish. Having taught sewing classes to all girls and boys in our school–the potential of young sewists is very powerful for both girls and boys. (I wrote a master’s thesis on this topic!) As quilters we need to support this–and you certainly did with your gift of a sewing machine. What a story–yeah!

  28. gailss says:

    Such a heart warming story and this is what it is all about….thank you for sharing with us! It is true that great things do come in small sizes…..

  29. Kim M. says:

    Such an incredible story, Macy! I am so glad I have gotten to know you and your story. So inspiring!

  30. Jackie Gross says:

    Such an inspiration for all of us. She is truly a unique person.

  31. Norma Prange says:

    Thanks for sharing such a great story Shelly.
    Macy you are awesome! Your younger brother Max is pretty cool!

  32. Pam C says:

    What a wonderful story! Especially glad to read it in these troubled times. Go, Macy, go! Making the world more beauty!

  33. Darlene says:

    Thank you for sharing that awesome story. That little girl has a big heart and an amazing talent! Such an inspiration!

  34. Carole S. says:

    WOW!!! She does amazing things! What accomplishments! I know her family is proud of her, and clearly, she’s a strong girl with a creative future.

  35. Anytime there is a “Macy story”, I get so excited and can’t quit smiling. This young lady is so amazing, has such a giving spirit about her, and is a joy to be around! I am so happy for her success, and the bright future she has, all because of that little sewing machine she wanted for her 10th birthday!

  36. Sandi says:

    What a wonderful story and an awesome girl!

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