My friend introduced me to quilting 33 years ago. I reconnected with her in November 2016 and she introduced me to Missouri Star Quilt Company and the daily deals. I'm a sucker for pretty fabric and I bought 2 Holiday Flourish 9 Silver jelly rolls, not knowing what or how I would do anything with them. In July 2017 I reconnected with a family member who encouraged me to get started. I have 2 sons in their 20's and because they are guys and life happened, I never sewed for them. Those 2 jelly rolls called my name when I saw the Jack and Jill tutorial. The block kind of looks like Texas, our home state, set on its side. And, the jelly rolls are red and black, the colors of our college alma mater and my sons' high school. Christmas is always magical and the combination of the block and the fabric seemed perfect for my guys. I started cutting around September 21st, 2017 and finished the quilts for their Christmas gifts, with the help of my friend, my cousins, my step-mother and father, my husband, and Jenny Doan and Rob Appell's videos. Yes - I did both quilts at the same time. I went through each step with both quilts, keeping them in separate Container Store sweater boxes - a no-brainer, since I work there. Because I bought extra fabric for fear of running out, I had enough left over to make each son a matching pillowcase (with no exposed seam allowances). I enjoyed it so much that I've been buying up fabric to make more quilts even though I don't have a long arm or sit-down free motion machine.
I thought using the textured colors in the burlap fabrics plus a nice realistic fabric with fish in it, ( for the fisherman) I would surely make an amazing colorful quilt for my older brother. He has been one of my greatest supports, especially after our mother died. We were so blessed to have her fine example of giving, devotion to family and a strong work ethic. I know she would be so happy to see some of these quilts, I only wish that she had been here to help me and show me how to do it! That is why I have been so thankful for Jenny's video's. I pick up things all the time that help me along the way.
THE SCHOOL MY GRAND KIDS GO TO HAS A MASCOT OF EAGLES. SO WE WATCHED THE MAN SEWING DIAMONDS, STARS AND STRIPS AND JENNY DOING DIFFERENT BORDERS FOR PANELS AND WE CAME UP WITH THIS USING LARGE PANEL AND 1/2 SQUARES, QUICK EASY AND SO MUCH FUN.
This quilt was specifically and specially made for a dear friend in my church. She was the life and logic of everything good. I had started this quilt for her, and was afraid I may not get it finished before she died. She had cancer and was getting better it seemed, but then it had spread and the doctors did not have any more they could do for her. I did complete it and was able to give it to her, so happy she enjoyed it for a while. She loved the fall season and the fall colors. I see it every week in the church where we meet and am reminded of her, her love, her sense and her hope for a better world.
Baby quilts for boys. Found an older video of Jenny making these and thought this was such a good idea to use up the fabrics, really not wasting anything! Another fun project. Wouldn't this be fun for identical or fraternal twins? You get two in one.
Made for my nieces 10 yr. old daughter, hoping it was not too "little girlish" for her, but she loved it! We visited recently and it was on her bed, so she is still using it and knows that it was specially made for her. I know Jenny made this pattern using a Halloween theme, but I wanted to use a more youthful fun fabric for my great niece. I think it worked well.
Next was a younger, brighter baby quilt made with batik fabrics. I began to provide baby quilts in my church family. This was so much fun, and the colors were so bright and reminded me of watercolor (which I love to do as well) I believe I just sewed a 9 patch with the 5" precut squares, then cut in half and reassembled where they looked best. Pretty simple.
My next challenge was making my first baby quilt for one of our new bosses at work, Of course I just thought it would be fun and I really wanted to give her something "original and creative." I just had to figure out what scraps, what pattern and how to incorporate yellow, a color she loved. The results turned out very well and mother and daughter loved it too.
With the left over fabric from Jacobs Ladder, the green fabrics seemed to be very suited for this shadow box look, called transitions. It also seemed like the time to make my nephew a bed quilt. He had been looking after our mother and he wanted a quilt from his "aunt Julie" as I recall. It was fun seeing it come together with those contrasting squares, even if they were all the same. Jenny helped out with those "sewing two squares together" short cuts. I was learning to sew patterns together from Jenny's videos.
I friend at work was moving and they had so much to move across country, they brought me a big box of fabrics and tools that his wife did not have time for and I found myself searching to find out what the pattern was that she had started. I never found an exact pattern, so I just started with what I could see and followed the best I could. It wasn't until after I had finished it, that I found a picture in a book called "variations on jacobs ladder." I loved the green fabrics she chose, so this could also be called "Pam's unfinished quilt by Julie" It was a challenge, and it took several years to finish, but so glad I did. It fits a queen size bed, and with the left overs I made a quilt for my nephew. I will post that story next.
My mother always sewed and made many of our clothes(my twin and I) and all through school, staying up to always finish something special for us, or clothes we just thought we had to have. She was the most giving and sacrificing person I have ever known. After she died, we had lots of scrap fabrics, so I got the quilting bug, and decided to make a simple 9 patch in her memory. It wasn't perfect, but I know she would have loved it and been very proud of all the ones I have done since. Even if many have been for friends and family, they have been quality quilts. Mother loved beauty and quality in everything.