Quilts from Fall 2007 to March 2008

>> Monday, March 31, 2008

"Hip to Be Square" sample I did for local quilt shop. I had an offer to buy it, but decided it's not for sale.

Baby quilt for Jayme A.

Valentine Table Topper for Laura H.

Country Threads Star for Laura H.

Half square triangle wall hanging for Becky S.

Another "Aggie Star" for Utah State University.

This is the back of the "Aggie Star".

"Hip to be Square" for Angela D.

Back of "Hip to Be Square" for Angela D. She used a microfleece blanket, and it turned out nice.

Fall table topper for Bette G.

Baby quilt for Laura L.

Baby quilt for Laura L.

Quilt guild friendship quilt blocks for Mary Ann D.

Buggy Barn Christmas Tree Skirt for Melissa S.

Buggy Barn Christmas Tree Skirt for Melissa S.

Baby quilt for Jill B. The white background was corduroy--very cute!

Lap quilt for Bette G.

One of two "English Roses" twin bedspreads for Bette G.


Customer Quilts Through Fall 2007--In No Particular Order

This is the first "Aggie Star" quilt I did for Utah State. They give these quilts away as thank you gifts to people who donate to the university.

Here is another quilt for Utah State. This one is called "Aggie Snowflake".

"Lissy's Flowers" for Melissa S. I love the colors, especially the pale yellows.

A baby blanket for Ada.

"Turning Twenty" for Marilyn W.

Wedding Ring for Kathy M.'s son's wedding.

I love this fun Christmas quilt I did for Denise H.

Another quilt of Denise H.'s, fun checkerboard sunflowers.

This one is Denise H.'s crazy quilt.

Irish Chain for Elaine H.

Christmas table topper for Bette G.

Table topper for Bette G.

Frayed roses qulit for Bette G.

Autumn Irish Chain for Dallas T.

Autumn table topper for Marilyn G.

Flower Basket Friendship Quilt for Marilyn L.

"Wiggle Flowers" baby quilt for Marilyn L.

Autumn quilt for Chris L. which she affectionately calles "Leaf Pile".

Here's a sideways view of a Fons & Porter kit quilt for Chris L.

Baby quilt for Jayme A.

Cute 1930's picnic quilt for Jayme A.

Sandra K.'s Turning Twenty

Michelle K.'s Turning Twenty

"Wiggle Flowers" baby quilt for Marilyn G.

"Spring Fling" by Buggy Barn for Margaret K.

"Just Can't Cut It" for Jayme A.--I love the big floral print!

Baby quilt for Jayme A.

Baby quilt for Jayme A.

Baby quilt for Jayme A.--I love the bright colors and textures!


My Quilts

I thought it was about time to work on my quilt blog, so here are pictures of some of the quilts I have done either for myself or as gifts--and keep in mind that these pictures are displayed in no particular order.

This is a Valentine's Day table topper that I made from a free pattern I found online. I thought it was different how the pieces looked like they were woven in and out of each other.

This is a quilt I made for the humanitarian quilt project in my quilt guild last year. I believe it went to an orphanage in Mexico.

I made this as a gift for Miss Turpin, Alison's 4th grade teacher, from all the students in her class as a teacher appreciation gift. The kids got to choose their fabric from some of my scraps, trace their own hands, cut them out, and sign their names. So, in a way, they helped make it, too.

This is a 4th of July sample I did for my local quilt shop. They supply the fabric, and I do the labor. Then, they keep the quilt to display for a few weeks or months, and after that, I get to keep it. The pattern is called "Cherry Cheesecake", and the fabric is Moda 76 Trombones.

I wanted to do a quilt with a variety of quilting stitches so I could show customers some ideas of what I can do on the machine, so I made this quilt that I call "Spring Pinwheels". I didn't have a pattern for it, I just sort of made it up, and I like how bright and cheery it is.

I wanted to try quilting on my regular sewing machine, and this was my attempt at doing just that. I found it is definitely much easier to quilt straight lines on the regular machine as opposed to the long arm, but it is more bulky to work with shoving and turning the fabric around as I go. This is a pattern from Thimbleberries called "Sticks and Stones".

Thanks to Jayme for organizing the sister's quilting weekend (no, not Sisters, Oregon, which I would like to do someday, but all the Kartchner sisters got together and made our own variation of the same pattern). This pattern is "Turning Twenty", and is a great pattern for beginners.

Here is my halloween table topper/wall hanging that I made with Jayme and Margene a couple of years ago.

This is another sample for the local quilt shop. The fabric line is "Mistletoe Manor" by 3 Sisters for Moda, and the pattern is called "Checkerboard Posies". It doesn't look very much like Christmas, but it is anyway. I liked the different textures in the fabrics--and they were a challenge to quilt around.

This is a sideways view of a quilt I made from McCall's Quilting Magazine some time ago. It was one of the very first quilts I machine quilted, and if you look closely, I'm sure you can tell.

This is Alison's first quilt she ever pieced. She entered it in the county fair, and it won a blue ribbon! We call it "Bubblegum Picnic" because the colors are bright like bubble gum.

This is a baby quilt I made for my friend Marianne's cute baby, Alex. Then they moved. We miss you!

This is "Winter Blooms" by Buggy Barn. I made only one row, but the pattern actually has 3 rows. It has lots of little pieces, and I am hereby announcing I will never make it again. I am happy to have this one, though.

I like to find projects to use the 5 inch square packs (charm packs) that the fabric stores sell. It is a good and inexpensive way to get a piece of every fabric in a new fabric line. This fabric line is "Chocolat" by 3 Sisters for Moda, and I just sewed the squares together, added borders, and voila!--instant table topper!

Speaking of 5 inch squares, this is a "Nickel Quilt" that I made for my sister, Christine, when she got married a couple of years ago. It is made from 5 inch squares (aka "nickels"), and the patterns in this book are a great way to use up scraps, too!

Here is Jessi's princess quilt. She loves the bright colors, espcecially the pink, and the pretty princesses, castles, and puppies in the centers of each square.

This is Alison's bedspread--the pattern is "Yellow Brick Road".

I pieced these two wall hangings a long, long time ago, and they were among the first projects I experimented with on the long arm machine.

This is a wall hanging I made a while ago--I believe it is called "Home Sweet Home" by Bareroots.

I took a class to make this quilt several years ago. It was the first quilt I ever pieced, and I was hooked! The pattern is called "Minnesota Pinwheel".

This is another Bareroots pattern. I worked on the embroidery while watching and cheering for my kids at their soccer and baseball games. It is hanging in Alison's room.
After I made the flower wall hanging for Alison, I felt like Davis needed a wall hanging of his own. This is the "Bug Jar" quilt I made to go on his bedroom wall. The only problem, though, is it never really got finished, Davis grew up to quickly, and it isn't actually hanging on his wall. :( Note to self: never take on a project that won't be finished in time for it to be used.

These two quilts are "friendship" style quilts that we made with all the Kartchner girls. The rules were that you had to pick out your own dark and light fabric and make enough 9 patch blocks for everyone. Then, we exchanged all our blocks so we each got one from everybody. I put one together for Alison (on the top) and me (on the bottom). It was fun to see how everyone's quilts turned out differently.

More to come. . .


About . . .

Quilting is good therapy. It all started about 18 years ago when I had two little kiddos running around the house in diapers and spent my days as a stay-at-home mom. I soon discovered that I needed something more interesting than sorting laundry to keep me going. That's when I discovered the joy of quilting. Now, years down the road, I've added another kiddo to the mix. We've said goodbye to diapers and hello to driver's licenses and college (yikes!), and I have many quilts behind me. I now have a studio in my basement with a long-arm machine where I keep myself busy quilting for others and for myself, too, when I get the time. I hope you enjoy looking at what I've been working on!

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