FINISHED QUILTS & FINISHED TOPS
A CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR MY YOUNGEST SON
This was a pattern from Methodist Hill Quilt Studio that was very easy to piece while still being an eye catching pattern. I used a meandering pattern that I learned from the book Free-Motion Meandering: A Beginners Guide to Machine Quilting. This was the third quilt I FMQ'd on my domestic machine, and it's definitely my best yet.
Woo Pig SOOIE!
This was a quilt for my husband's aunt. She's a huge Razorbacks fan! I found a pattern I really liked on Connecting Threads, then I went on Etsy and found Razorback material in six different patterns. It was my first attempt at those tiny "nine patch" squares you see on the edges. I'm just very thankful that, when quilting, a lot of your mistakes are very likely to "quilt out". Meaning they become almost invisible once you get all of the quilting done.
My First Finished Quilt
When I first decided I'd like to learn to quilt, I went straight to my best friend Jenny over at Come Quilt. Her mother was a fabulous quilter (Sue Garman) and Jenny's love of quilting and attention to detail was exactly what I wanted in a teacher. She gave up many a Saturday to show me the ropes, and she has my endless appreciation. To get me started, she asked me to head over to Connecting Threads and pick out a quilt kit, I have been a lover of kits ever since!
My First Domestically Quilted Quilt
I knew I wanted to do my quilting on my domestic machine, but I was apprehensive about trying it out. I offered to make one for my niece, and she picked out this pattern from Connecting Threads.
I asked her to go easy on me since it would be the first quilt I'd done "start to finish" on my machine. It really turned out well, though I have no desire to show you what the back looks like. That's where you can see all the mistakes.
A Christmas Gift For My Mom
This is the second quilt top I've ever made. Once I made one for myself, I knew I wanted to make one for my mom. I found a kit over on Connecting Threads and this is the end result. Saving it for 4 months so I could give it to her for her birthday was really hard! I'm not a patient person.
The backing was some material I found in a shop while on a road trip with a friend. I think it's the only backing I've ever purchased in person.
A Christmas Gift For My Oldest Son
Three days before Christmas I finally sat down and got this quilt bound, just in time to drape it over a new baseball net on Christmas morning. I'm definitely not wrapping it. The pattern is from Methodist Hill, the quilting was done by Jenny Arkinson at Come Quilt, and it really all turned out beautifully. This was a very easy pattern to make, even for a new quilter like myself.
A WEDDING GIFT
My husband's cousin was getting married in April, so I wanted to make her a quilt. We originally settled on a pretty pink and purple pattern, but when she talked to her fiance, they thought maybe that was a little....feminine for their new place. So, we decided on a combo for their two alma maters. I think it turned out amazing!
I purchased the pattern from Connecting Threads, and backed it with 108" backing from Fat Quarter Shop.
A T-SHIRT QUILT FOR A COLLEGE GIRL
This is my first T-shirt quilt, but it turned out rather well. I did not use a stabilizer, and I'm not convinced I ever will, but for sure I can see why people do. T-shirt material moves, a lot! This quilt is made entirely of T-shirts provided by a friend's daughter. I was able to use the same pattern as the green/black/white quilt above, using the pattern from Methodist Hill. It was approximately 15 shirts, the perfect amount. Had I tried to bind with T-shirt material as well, another 3-4 shirts would have been ideal.
The binding and backing were made from the same flannel material. I was able to find a couple of styles in 108" (my go to) over at Fat Quarter Shop.
As always, all of my binding was done using the techniques I learned in Angela Walters book Free-Motion Meandering: A Beginners Guide to Machine Quilting.
A GIFT FOR MY DAD
This is a quilt I've been working on for about six months. It's for my dad, and it's my very first log cabin quilt.
It might also be my last log cabin quilt. :)
Who knew they had so many pieces, or that it would take SO much time? With life stuff happening, our bird getting sick, taking a family vacation to Alaska, and a girl's trip to Disney World, this has taken me longer than any other quilt I've done.
This is another kit I purchased from Connecting Threads, and I paired the top with some beautiful backing rom Fat Quarter Shop, and he loved the finished product. He even sent me a picture of it hanging on a chair in his living room.
A BRIGHT, HAPPY QUILT FOR MY SISTER
This quilt is a gift for my sister. Her only criteria was that it needed to be vibrant and happy. I think we nailed that, don't you? I purchased the kit on Connecting Threads (as usual) and found the most beautiful 108" backing on Fat Quarter Shop to pair this with, and it's going to look amazing once I'm finished!
ENLARGING AN ALREADY MADE QUILT TOP
This top was actually a small quilt given to my husband's grandmother. She really wanted it to be a utility quilt, something she could cuddle up with on the couch, so she asked me if I could make it larger. I consulted with my friend Jenny over at Come Quilt, and she helped me come up with a plan. She also let me raid her material closet. The original quilt ends at the small red/white/red border, and I added two more borders to make the whole thing larger. I paired the top with an old fashioned "brand" backing I got on Fat Quarter Shop, of course it was 108" material, because I hate piecing backing. The binding material is actually material I used on the Arkansas Razorback quilt at the top of the page. I had enough leftover to iron it into a 2.5" binding. The quilting pattern is a simple meander that I learned in Angela Walters Free Motion Meandering book.
A QUILT FOR A NEW BABY
This is a quilt I've been working on for my husband's cousin's newborn baby girl. It's also my first intermediate quilt. I actually had to purchase a V-Block bias quilt ruler, and I was really nervous about the whole thing, but once I started piecing the rows, it looked so much better than I could have imagined. I purchased the kit on Connecting Threads, and backed it with minky/cuddle cloth from Fat Quarter Shop, and I'm beyond excited about that because a soft, fluffy backing will be just perfect for baby snuggles.
A QUILT FOR A DACHSHUND LOVING FRIEND
A friend of ours recently hit the BIG 40, so Jenny (over at Come Quilt) and I decided to work together to make her this adorable Dachshund quilt. Each of these little guys wears a different color sweater from a fat quarter set I got over at Fat Quarter Shop. We also got the lovely brown minky from Fat Quarter Shop. The pattern came from Connecting Threads, as did some of the non flannel material. Jenny quilted all of it on her Gammill using a super fun bone and paw pattern. Didn't it turn out amazing???
A GEOMETRIC QUILT FOR MY SISTER IN LAW
This is the first quilt I've completed from start to finish since breaking my arm snowboarding in the middle of February. Quilting it on my Bernina was more difficult than I expected since I'm not back to full strength, but I got it done. The pattern is a lovely kit I got from Connecting Threads, and the backing is a cuddle minky I purchased from Fat Quarter Shop. It turned out lovely!
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BERRIES AND CREAM FOR MY NIECE
I purchased this quilt kit on Connecting Threads to make as a gift for my niece. it was very easy and turned out really well. We paired it with a minty blue minky/cuddle background from Fat Quarter Shop to complete the look!
CHARITY QUILTS FOR CAMP CHO-YEH
These two quilts were meant to go into a charity auction for my son's summer camp (Cho-Yeh in Livingston, Texas). Unfortunately, since Coronavirus came around, the camp has since decided to cancel the 2020 summer camp season, so these quilts will be going into storage until next year.
The red quilt is for the Alpha team, and the blue quilt is for the Omega team. I love the idea of this because each child goes through a choosing ceremony on their first night of camp, and that team becomes their team for the rest of their camp time, following them from year to year.
Cho-Yeh arranged to get a bunch of camp t-shirts for me, and I fussy cut each one to make them the centerpiece of each quilt. For the white material I used what I had on hand. If it's not white, it's a t-shirt, which I think is fabulous.
The pattern was one from Methodist Hill that I've done a couple of times before. I love it because it's just the perfect blend of big squares and fancy edges. It makes the t-shirts stand out, but is more interesting than simply sewing the t-shirts together.
Jenny over at Come Quilt volunteered her Gammill longarm to do the quilting on each of them. We chose a fun woodsy pattern for the quilting, and a backing that we thought really personified what summer camp is all about.
My first finished quilt in 2021. Getting back to quilting after breaking my arm in February of 2020 has been a long process, complicated by many surgeries and loads of recovery time. It turned out really well though, and I'm as pleased as I can be with how even the binding came out, since that is definitely my least loved part of any quilt project. I purchased the quilt in a kit from Connecting Threads, but then mis-cut some of the fabric and had to use similar colors from my stash. Despite that, it turned out well!
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I started quilting on a whim in June of 2018. After finishing six quilts in my first six months, I am a full on
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