This quilt is for my son's grandparent in-laws. Nana and Nandy and I share great/ grandchildren duties and home school duties. So last Christmas when all of their family was home, I told them I really wanted to make Nana and Nandy a quilt for Christmas, and would they like to go in together on it. They thought it was a wonderful idea. I finished up the quilt in March and I've been waiting for my injured wrist to heal enough for me to handle the binding. The ladies at Palm Tree Long-arm Quilting have done a wonderful job with the quilting. I modified the Garden Star pattern by putting a four patch in the center of the large friendship stars to complete the Irish Chain.
This quilt was made for my cousin and has quite a bit of a back story. In 2009, this cousin got engaged. Her future mother-in-law was a quilter so she sent each household on our side of the family an 18" square of muslin and told us to make a quilt square out of it. She was planning on making a surprise gift quilt for the new couple. None of my family, including me, knew anything at all about quilting so we did various things such as iron-ons and applique. Each square represented our families and what we liked or our interests. 6 months after the marriage (and no word of the quilt), I asked my cousin about it and she said that the mother-in-law indeed made them a quilt but did not include any of our squares because they "weren't done right". They were given back to her in a plastic shopping bag. Cousin had felt so badly about it that she didn't tell us until I asked. Fast forward to 2018, I asked my cousin if she still had those squares in a bag because now I had a little bit of quilting experience and had the courage to tackle the project. These are the 9 squares she gave me. Most have permanent wrinkles from the years of storage and the iron-ons were delicate. I purposely did minimal stitching on the squares to perserve their integrity. The one in the middle bottom was starting to flake off so I decided to focus on the border and not handle it too much through the machine. (my first ever piano-key border, which I totally loved doing) I grew to love this quilt and I hope she does as well. In all the names/families represented on the quilt, 6 of them have since passed away. I think this will be a treasure to her. Hindsight lessons: 1. the muslin was very soft and thin so I wish I would have backed the squares with a stabilizer because as you can see, they have a bit of gaps. 2. I would have done a quilt-as-you go method so that I could have more stitching on each square without the worry of all the handling of pushing the quilt through the throat of my machine. Overall I do love it. Thanks for reading
I took MSQC pattern Rose Garden and added a large God's Eye block in center. I had to modify original 5" blocks to 6.5" that I cut out of Nova Layer cake. Did it all on graph paper and figured out how many of each block I needed to make. Used the Magic 8 way to make 8 at a time half square triangles.
This is a queen sized “sophisticated “ Christmas quilt, made using MSQC Diamond Dance pattern, the large half hexigon and the large rhombus templates. I loved how easily the quilt came together in rows. This was quilted stitch in the ditch, and a border pattern was sewn using a pattern from Borders Made Easy.
I had made a triple Irish chain quilt for my son and his wife a couple years ago and had a lot of leftover Moda summer breeze fabric to make another. I used charm packs and jelly rolls and had a layer cake of white fabric to use for the background. I loved the quilt and decided to make one for myself. I don't like all the empty blocks, so I decided to include little 4-inch log cabins in the empty spaces. On my son's quilt I included their special photos in the empty spaces. This is a fun and easy quilt to make. I quilted it on my domestic Brother Laura Ashley sewing machine.
This is a Judy Neimeyer pattern and is all paper-pieced...except for the appliqué pieces. It was my first real attempt at paper piecing and it was challenging. I love how it turned out. I want to do some fancier quilting on it than I can do on my domestic machine. So I’m hoping to have access to a long arm some day. I believe this is one that I won’t be giving away! Lol
This is Moda's Collection for a Cause 'Sunshine' quilt, but I call it my Hawaiian Shirt Quilt. It has 3 additional borders with a finished size of 82"x85". I cut the fabric for this quilt in September 2018 but put off piecing it until a Quilt Retreat in January 2019. It took a pretty long time at the long-arm quilters, but the binding was finished in early May. Then I decided to add little teeny buttons to each shirt, so we have free-standing shirt collars AND buttons - pretty unusual for a quilt. I hope to donate it for a fund raising auction next year. By that time, there will be pillowcases to match. I love quilting! Posted 06/23/19 Edited the next day: a neighbor's MIL suggested making flannel shirts for her Minnesota husband, and perhaps plaids and stripes for business shirts for her Accountant son. I think this quilt has many possible hacks!
My Grandmother taught me to quilt. We made this together, but many years apart.She started it when my Dad was a very small boy, I finished it when he was 56. I can remember when I was very young about five or six, my Grand-pap wearing shirts made of the gray and blue plaid until they were thread bare. She is still with us but we've been told not for long. I Love Her So Very Much. She hand pieced her part using feed sac threads.