My love for quilting began nearly 40 years ago, when I ventured into making a block quilt for my Mother and also my Mother-in-Law. While they were useful as quilt, they were far from refined. But they loved it. Moms are like that. But it also lit a desire in my heart to make more quilts. Over the years my love of quilting has grown and produced nearly 100 quilts, all but four of them have become gifts for friends and family - wedding, baby, special occasions, and just as a gift. One day I was browsing the internet to find a pattern and found the Missouri Star Quilt Company and Jenny Doan. My husband would say I'm addicted to the website, as over the years I've spent a lot of time browsing the patterns and fabrics. My latest project is the highlight of this post. This is Jenny's Crown Jewels pattern, which I found in the tutorials. I finished the top for this quilt nearly a year ago, and it sat in my quilting studio ever since ... every time I went in there I would see it sitting there, waiting for me to pick it up and add the binding. Not that i didn't want to finish it ... but sometimes life events just prevent, and we lost my husband's beautiful Mom at 93 years old. Well, today I finally finished it. Thank you Jenny Doan for creating this beautiful pattern.
My Granddaughter Elena was turning two and I decided to make her a small quilt. Her momma said she was in a toddler bed. So I didn’t think that would be very hard. When I had quite a few squares made, I called her mama and asked her for the dimensions of the toddler bed. I told her I was almost finished with all the squares, and I was excited to get them put together. Elena’s Momma told me that Elena didn’t like her toddler bed, and they had set up a queen size bed for her to sleep in. All I could think of was I had a lot more squares to make.
I made this quilt from a pattern by Jackie Frost, Ann Wendinger and Cindy Wendinger which A dear friend who is experiencing great challenges in her life is the recipient of this quilt. I hope the biblical verse gives her inspiration as she copes with those challenges.
This is my first mini, a doll quilt for my granddaughter. My mom made doll clothes for her, and she carries her doll around wrappes up in a towel! This is my 33rd quilt. I'm the 5th generation of quilters I know of in my family. All my quilts are gifts of love and celebration. Guess I'll have to make one to keep someday!
I wanted to make a holiday quilt using fabrics that were festive and earthy, featuring lots of birds, trees, holly, and other natural, traditional holiday themes. This is the 4th quilt in a row I made using the Yellow Brick Road pattern, the 3rd as a king size quilt.
My son and his lovely fiancé are getting married in January 2018. Her favorite color is purple and the wedding colors are purple and gray. The background is Kaffe Fasset Artemesia, a shot cotton which reads gray/lavender depending on the light. The outer pieced border was made with a half-hexi template, and the wavy inner border is Dance of the Dragonfly fabric in Purple. I also added some bling with tiny Swarovski crystals on the piecing intersections within the medallion, but the camera didn't pick that up. The quilt is Queen sized and double batted, so weighs a ton. My younger son and his dad held it up for the photo, and were yelling at me to hurry up because it was so heavy!
In 1983 I married the love of my life, Mitchell Jones. Mitch had a sister named Wendy who is quite the accomplished artist. As most families we came together for many holidays, birthdays and other celebrations. We were sisters-in-law but not truly close. In 2014 my husband was diagnosed with cancer just before Christmas; the news was truly devastating to us all. While Mitch was undergoing his treatments I felt I needed something to do to keep my mind occupied, so I started looking for quilt websites. I found MSQC and started viewing the tutorials by Jenny and telling myself I can do this, I had made two other quilts so making a quilt should be easy!!. I found the fabric line I liked, Wendy's favorite color is blue, then I found the pattern which I knew would be perfect to showcase the blue and white I had chosen, which I learned is also Jenny's fabric color combo, so i guess the project was meant to happen. Unfortunately my husband died 7 months after his diagnosis, The ensuing months later were spent working through my grief; trying to help my three sons deal with their loss; assist my Mother-in-law who had lost her only son and to be a sounding board for Wendy to help her with her grief process, Wendy was with me at our home the morning Mitch passed; in that instant of such loss we become so very close. I put away my fabrics and plans just to deal with all that was on my shoulders. In September 2016, more than a year after my beloved Mitch's passing, I felt the urge to pull out my fabrics and start projects in earnest, I made a quilt for my daughter-in-law, one for my granddaughter, a wall hanging for myself and this one for Wendy all in one month's time. The quilts were sent off to my long-arm quilter as each was completed. Then I waited and waited. The long-arm machine went down for over two months and my quilter had backlogs of quilts to work on. She promised me I would have all four by Christmas, as three were gifts. She made good on her promise as the quilts came back to me all in about 2 weeks time, between the end of November and the beginning of December. I made a mad dash to finish each before Christmas, I am not the fastest at hand stitching bindings, two were done but this one did not make it in time. I fell one week before Christmas on ice and severely injured my leg and ankle. Between pain, doctors visits and pain killers I just could not finish this quilt in time. I decided the best I could do was give the quilt to Wendy and say I need it back to finish. Wendy loved the quilt, brought her to tears; she understood completely the circumstance of needing the quilt back to finish, she said just when you can finish is fine. She did ask me to take a picture to show her friends so she could brag about it. I did and now I think I will be making some more. I told Wendy this quilt is meant to be a quilt of love, when she wraps up in it, hopefully she can feel the love I have for her as a sister to a sister and maybe, just maybe she can feel Mitch's embrace, too.