I’ve posted photos of all my quilts from when I began quilting in 2007 through the present. My most recent quilts are first. Congratulations if you can make it all the way to the end of this quiltography!
I’m not quite up to date yet, but I’m working on it. Patience.
This piece was done for the second challenge in the McCall’s Quilt Design Star contest. We were sent the paisley fabric and were free to do whatever we wanted with it. I’ve always liked both card trick and star spin blocks, so I combined them to come up with my own six pointed version.
My great niece Riley’s mom, Mel, requested a chevron quilt and I enjoyed making it for Riley, who is incredibly adorable. I also made a smaller version for her doll.
This original design, entitled “Diamonds & Rust”, was created for the McCall’s Design Star contest and is one of my favorite quilts I’ve made. So far I haven’t quilted it; it’s on my list for the coming months. I hope to enter it in the next Sauder Village Quilt Show, but time will tell if I can manage to make that deadline.
Omigosh – is that really a ribbon on my next quilt? I believe it is! I made this piece, titled “Cinnamon & Spice” for the 2012 Sauder Village Challenge. The challenge was to use four or more Ohio Stars in the assigned fabric which came in a number of colorways. I am really pleased with how it came out and especially pleased with the third place ribbon, which is my first. I quilted this on my Janome Horizon.
My largest quilt to date, “Sylvia & Louise” is my version of Jennifer Chiaverini’s Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler. Completed in 2010, the sampler is made up of 140 6″ blocks. (Click on the image to get a closer look.) I made this quilt after my mother passed away in April 2009; it took me a year to complete the blocks and they are held together with thread and tears. My mom got me interested in all kinds of needlework from the time I was young. I remember sitting on our front porch with my sister and two friends as my mother taught us to knit. Although she wasn’t a quilter she appreciated my quilts and was happy to have the second quilt I made. Miss you Mom!
The Sauder Village Challenge for 2011 featured fabrics by Marcia Derse. The design was wide open to us. My entry is called Spring Spokes.
This is another of my favorite quilts. It was made for the Quilt Alliance’s 2011 Auction and is with the lucky winner of the auction. I’ve expanded this original design into a larger quilt and hope to make it sometime in the next year.
I enjoy art quilts and thought I’d take a stab at one. Here’s my small first art quilt titled “Raindrops on my Window”.
The 2010 Sauder Village Challenge used Marcus Brothers Bonnie Blue fabrics. I fell in love with these Civil War era reproductions and will soon be working on a sampler quilt using them. The challenge was to use these fabrics in blocks that were four inches or less. I paper pieced my blocks and was pleased with all the precise points on this original design.
I loved working with Woolies to make this soft quilt for my great nephew Elliot. Done in soft shades of blues and yellows, it seems like the perfect cuddle quilt for a little one.
I made a wall hanging for our local oncology clinic to brighten up the walls. I asked the nurses to choose their favorite blocks and colors to make this simple piece.
I fell in love with log cabin quilts and decided to try my hand at it. I used one line of fabrics but made the quilt “scrappy” before I even knew what the term meant. This quilt is keeping my husband warm.
Here’s a cute little miniature I made from 4″ blocks. These are the first really small blocks I made, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I foundation paper pieced the blocks. Foundation paper piecing is my favorite technique for achieving precision.
Jeff, my dear husband, bought me a collection of batik fat quarters for Hanukah a few years ago. I happily made them into a footwarmer quilt for his side of the bed, aimed at keeping his tootsies toasty warm. This is another of my original designs, this one with a modern feel. Free motion quilted on my Janome 6600.
I was clearly insane when I attempted this Double Spiral Quilt at a class at Sauder Village’s Threads of Tradition. I think I had been quilting for less than two years at the time. This quilt was made with Marilyn Doheny’s Nine Degree Wedge ruler. I see lots of possible uses for that ruler and hope to create a few original designs of my own with it. This class was taught by Jan McKenna and the quilt is her original design. It’s a king size! This is still a quilt top but will be quilted soon. I promise. No, really.
I took a class at Corner Quilts (we miss you, Kathy & Martha!) with Mary Clark on paper piecing. This piece was the result of that class. If you ever have a chance to take a class with Mary, I highly recommend it!
I was having fun with half square triangle quilts and came up with this pattern. I donated the quilt to our local hospice for their annual auction.
This baby quilt belongs to my great niece Emma. It started out as one pattern and ended up as something completely different. I attempted my first “Y seams” and it just didn’t go well. Sorry Emma – I promise you a much nicer quilt (or two or three) as you grow up! I did do my first free motion quilting (FMQ) of an entire top and it went fairly well for a first effort.
My niece Adrienne was the recipient of the quilt I made as part of Patchwork Party 2007. Patchwork Party features twelve blocks designed by Marti Michell and sold by twelve different quilt shops. Each quilt shop also designs a different setting for the blocks. I made up my own setting for the 2007 quilt. The fabric line that year was Sanctuary by Moda. I’m still coveting a few leftover pieces.
Made for my sister-in-law Elaine, this was my first adventure with half square triangles (HSTs). I really enjoy using them and playing with the huge variety of settings. This quilt was quilted using the stitch in the ditch method (SITD).
It was a pleasure to make this quilt for my sister-in-law Julie. I knew that she would appreciate my efforts. This is from a Fons & Porter pattern – Circle of Life - which is one of their best selling patterns. The pattern is for a baby quilt; just increase the number of blocks to make it larger. The appliqued circles were a lot of fun!
This quilt was made for my niece Jessica. It was done in a class with Sharon Moore at Sauder Village’s Threads of Tradition (one of my favorite quilt shops). It’s from the book Reversible Quilts by Sharon Pederson. Not only are the quilts reversible, but they use the quilt as you go (QAYG) method. It included my first applique (fused with blanket stitching) and my first free motion quilted (FMQ) borders.
My second quilt was made for my parents. It’s the first quilt I designed, and when I discovered that I really enjoyed the design process. My mom was very proud of this quilt and I’m so glad she got to see some of my work.
My first quilt – a nine patch with the fabrics placed differently than the usual light/dark nine patch. Of course, it being my first quilt, it was a king size. I quilted it by stitching in the ditch very poorly. The only thing worse than my quilting was my photography. It really is a rectangular quilt! It’s happily living with my aunt and uncle.
Congratulations for reaching the end – I can’t believe you stuck with it, especially as the quilts got worse and worse! I hope you enjoyed the Quiltography ~ Happy Quilting!