December Customer Quilts

>> Thursday, December 31, 2009

Here are pictures of the customer quilts I did during the month of December. I was able to do all these and still get ready for Christmas. Yay!

This is a cute snowball block lap quilt for Jill G. I love this fabric--it's so bright and cheery!

Here's a closeup shot of one of the snowball blocks. Jill asked me to quilt a snowflake in the center of each one.

Another lap quilt for Jill G. This one is pieced in half-square triangles and I quilted an all-over swirl pattern.

Here's a picture of a darling autumn wall hanging for Ann L. I quilted this one with an all-over leaf pattern in the body of the quilt and pumpkins and vines in the border.

And the first of four queen size quilts for Shelly B. This one is a sampler in 1930s era prints. I quilted the body of the quilt in an all-over flower pattern, and quilted loops, leaves & vines, and large flowers in the borders.

Here's the second of the four for Shelly B. This and the next two are Underground Railroad samplers made from Civil War era reproduction prints. I quilted this one with a feather pattern in each block, loops in the sashing, and the same feather pattern in the big outer border.

And the third for Shelly B. Another Underground Railroad. I love the colors she chose for these. I quilted a feather pattern in each of the blocks, swirls in the sashing, and the same feather pattern in the big outer border.

And the fourth for Shelly B. She has obviously been very busy piecing such beautiful quilts. This one is my personal favorite, though. I quilted a feather pattern in each of the blocks, a double loop pattern in the sashing, and a feather pattern in the big outer border. I think Shelly may have inspired me to make one of my own! I guess I'll add that to my project list.

And last but certainly not least, here is a beautiful wall hanging for Peggy E. The picture is small, but it is all I have. This was a 50th wedding anniversary gift, and I quilted leaves & vines in the cream background, small stipple in the large blocks, and feathers in the outside border.


Looks Like I Missed One

>> Monday, December 28, 2009

I'm not sure what happened, but I missed this quilt in my October post. This one is a Halloween wall hanging for Marilyn L. that she made from blocks she got in a friendship exchange in her quilt guild. I love how she put everything all together! I quilted this one with different backgrounds in each block and detail on the applique pieces, and I did pumpkins and vines in the purple border. Sorry I didn't post it earlier, but now this cute quilt gets its very own post :)


October and November Customer Quilts

>> Tuesday, December 1, 2009

This time of year is extra hectic for quilters, so I'm combining two months into one post. Here are the customer quilts for October and November...

Fun and funky lap quilt for Jayme A. I quilted this one with paisley feathers & swirls, and she put brown Minkee on the back. I know the little girl who gets this for Christmas will love cuddling up in it!

One of two twin size patchwork quilts for Patty J. These are for two of her grandsons for Christmas, and I'm sure they'll love them. She even embroidered their names in one of the blocks.

Here's the second for Patty J's grandson. I quilted these with an all over pattern of swirls, loops, and stars.

Here's a baby quilt for Julia T. that her niece pieced. I love the ragged lollipop-looking flowers, and the fabrics are darling. This one has light green Minkee on the back so this baby will be spoiled with a soft quilt right from the start!

And last but not least, here are some more USU quilts. These ones are wall hangings that they requested. I made them from the scraps of the larger quilts. The large "Aggie Star" quilts measure 72 x 72 inches, and these wall hangings are cute miniature versions that measure 36 x 36 inches. I did two of these in October.
Here's the first one and the pictures that follow are closeups of the front and back, as well as the second quilt's front and back.

**I've also been working on a few gorgeous queen size quilts for Shelly B. but don't want to post pictures of any of them because she hasn't seen them in person yet. I'm trying to get them all done and back to her soon so she can start binding them. As soon as she gets them, I'll post pictures.

Happy holidays!


September Customer Quilts

>> Sunday, October 18, 2009

Country Star Christmas Tree Skirt for Breanna D.

Fun Twin Size Quilt for Nadine C. (I love these colors!)

Queen Size "Hip to be Square" for Anita W.

Embroidered Baby Wall Hanging for Denise C.

Baby Quilt in Dick and Jane Fabrics for Denise C.

Fun Floral Lap Quilt for Sandra K.

Cute Cupcake Table Runner for Sandra K.


Shooting Stars

>> Thursday, October 15, 2009

Two years ago, I took a class from Nancy Raymond at Whimsy Cottage in Salt Lake City. She taught the class at our quilt guild spring retreat and also treated us to an amazing trunk show that showcased her fabulous whimsical and funky style.

When I signed up for the class, I had only seen a picture of the quilt and so I could not tell the amount of work involved in the piecing. What the picture doesn't show you is that the stars are hand-appliqued to the background squares, and the cream colored bursts in the middle are 3-dimensional pieces sandwiched in between each star piece. I did all the star piecing work by hand, then finished the piecing with my machine. It was also the first quilt I did on my new Fusion.

It was more work than I thought I had signed up for, but I am very pleased with the finished quilt. I recommend making this one only once. Here is a full picture of "Shooting Stars":

And a couple of close-ups to show the quilting detail:


A Blanket for Holland

>> Saturday, October 3, 2009

I made this mitered-corner baby blanket for my new nephew, Holland. I used a striped minkee for the small square on the front, and a flannel sports print on the back. Here are some pictures of the front and back of the blanket:

And of baby Holland who is much cuter than the blanket ever could be.


Jelly Rolls and Layer Cakes

>> Friday, October 2, 2009

And no I'm not talking about food--I'm talking about fabric, of course! In case you don't know, a jelly roll is a set of 2 1/2 inch wide by 44 inch long strips of fabric all cut from a single fabric line and then rolled up sweet-roll style--all ready for you to use for your next scrappy quilt project.

A layer cake is similar, except you get a stack of 10 inch squares rather than a roll of 2 1/2 inch strips. The thing I love about jelly rolls, layer cakes, sweet rolls, turnovers, charm packs, (yes, I'm still talking about fabric) is that you get a little sample of each piece of fabric in a whole line without having to buy a lot of yardage.

Now that you've had your fabric lesson for the day, here's the reason I'm posting:

Lila Tueller is hosting a generous giveaway at her blog. She is a fabric and pattern designer, and I absolutely love her work! Her newest fabric line is called "Eden", and she is giving away a layer cake, jelly roll, and a couple of patterns. Go check out her blog to enter the contest and to get some fun ideas and see some gorgeous fabric! Here's a sneak peek of "Eden".


Charity Quilt

>> Thursday, October 1, 2009

Sandra K. pieced this cute wall hanging/table topper for a raffle to benefit the Susan G. Komen foundation. It was either auctioned or raffled at her country club fundraiser last month.


August Customer Quilts

>> Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Here are the pictures of my customer quilts I did in the month of August. I thought I'd lost these, but it turns out Sean had changed memory cards in the camera and I didn't know it. I'm glad to have them back (even though they weren't really gone).

Pinwheel flowers for Cindy L.

2 more "Aggie Star" quilts for Utah State University.

Turning Twenty for Chris L. (pieced by her daughter Brittany), and I quilted Brittany's name in there, too! If you click to expand the picture, you may be able to find it.

Shoo Fly with a piano key border for Mary Ann D.

Double Denim for Kathy W.


June and July Customer Quilts

>> Thursday, August 6, 2009

Boy have I been busy with everything this summer, and now it's almost over. Here are June and July's customer quilts:

Beach quilt for Jackie C.

Irish Chain for Margaret K.

Turning Twenty for Kristy M.

Baptism quilt for Julia T.

Turning Twenty for Jayme A.


The One That Got Away

>> Tuesday, August 4, 2009

I always take pictures of quilts before I return them to my customers, but somehow, this one escaped! Luckily, I was able to get a picture of it later, so here it is. I love this quilt, too. If the new owners ever decide they don't want it anymore, I hope they know to call me. I did this one for Kristy M. and the pattern name is "Diamond in the Rough."


Customer Appreciation Celebration: 10-15% Off

>> Friday, June 19, 2009

To thank my customers and to celebrate my upgrade to the new Fusion Longarm Quilting Machine, I’m extending these offers:

All quilts received now through August 31, 2009 will receive 10% off the quilting fee.


For each new customer you refer through August 31, 2009, you will receive a coupon for 15% off your next quilt. When a customer you refer brings me a quilt, I’ll mail you a coupon and there is no limit on referrals and no expiration date on the coupon!

Please call or email me for an appointment, thanks for your business, and happy quilting!


April and May Customer Quilts

>> Tuesday, June 9, 2009

I'm combining April and May into one post in order to catch up and so I can spend more time practicing up on my new machine. Here we go...

1930s print baby quilt for Marilyn G.

And here's a closeup of the baby quilt. I put her granddaughter's name (Bailey Lila) in the pink inner border.

Turning Twenty for Sandra K.

Turning Twenty for Jayme A.

Another Turning Twenty for Jayme A.

Courthouse Steps Throw for Kathie L.

Darling Flower Lap Quilt for Julia T.

Buggy Barn Hens for Penny B.

Queen Size Bed Quilt for Bette G. (And the lighting was funny on this one so you can see the striped back through the front--sorry about that. It really is a beautiful quilt.)

Cute Mary Engelbreit-ish Posies Wall Hanging for Bette G.

1930s Sampler Twin Size Quilt for Margaret K.


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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