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.


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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