Quilts, Quilts and More Quilts

I love quilts...any kind, any pattern and any color. I love their designs and I know all the work and love that goes into creating a quilt. I also love "Memory Quilts" and have made many for graduations and for relatives of loved ones who have passed on. I do make them for customers. If interested, just use the "contact form" at the bottom of the page and I'll get back to you as soon as possible with information on sizing and pricing. Quilting is very therapeutic. It's very exciting when all your chosen colors come together to make a masterpiece. I'm sure this is how artists feel after painting a beautiful creation.
Love Those Memory Quilts
Not everyone saves their children's or grandchildren's tee shirts. But, lucky enough some do. Below are the original tee shirt fronts and backs. I try to use between 12-24 tee shirts. When using 24, like was used in this quilt, I put 12 on the front and 12 on the back. Some only have 12 on the front, but I put polar fleece on the back to make the quilt even warmer. If using 24, there is batting between the front and back to make it warmer.

This year I have added personalization to the Memory quilts. I love the way it looks and everybody loves personalization. I have a Cricut, so making name stencils for the quilts is quite easy. You could also embroider their name on the quilt, that would make it even more personal.
Grandchildren's Quilts
This is my youngest granddaughter. This quilt was made with scraps of fabric that I used to make doll clothes and clothing items for her. It was mini squares within a big square. It turned out great. Something she can remember me by.
I included her name on it. It's fun to personalize that special project for your grandchildren. She loved it. And I loved making it.
This quilt was for my grandson...very colorful and warm for a little boy. I used primary colors for his quilt. I felt a little boy would love a red and blue quilt. I also personalized Emmett's quilt. Once again something to remember Grandma by.
This quilt was for my Great Grandson, Auggie. You can purchase the cutest panels for quilting. It's easy to create cute little quilts from them. I also made him a birthday book. He just turned 4 and this was a recap of year 3. He's so dang cute and I wanted to record what he did when he was 3.

My Memory Quilt
You can tell by the colors that I started this quilt a long, long time ago. Finally, I decided to tackle this one. The picture on the quilt is a picture of the house I grew up in. So I consider this my Memory quilt. Many years ago I gave a pillow to my Mom and Dad with a "free sewn" picture on it of their home, the home I grew up in.  My parents have long passed and I decided to attach it to this quilt.  Every time I look at the quilt it brings back lots of good memories of my childhood.

Quilts in My Home and the "Cotton Theory" Quilting Method
Many of my quilts were done with the "Cotton Theory" quilting method. I love this method, because you are working both sides at the same time. At first I thought this was a very hard way to put your quilts together. As time went on I found that I could quilt faster. Each two-sided square is quilted individually. The binding and the row dividers are added on as you go. You work one row at a time, then you add a divider fabric and continue until the quilt is the length and width that you want. Then you just bind around the whole project and your done. 

I saw this method many years ago on Sewing with Nancy on PBS. I believe the book that teaches you this method is long out of print, but can still be purchased online at Amazon and many other outlets at a very reasonable price. There are also videos that show you how to do it on youTube. Her latest video is on using the Cotton Method to make jackets.
All the quilts below were done using the Cotton Theory. I love this method. 
I decided I didn't want a full quilt on my bed.  I get very warm at night and thought just a coverlet would look nice. My room is green, but I hope to change the color this winter. I'm trying to get away from the dark colors. The coverlet will stay. The walls will be neutral enough and the green in the coverlet will stand out more.
This quilt is hanging on my living room wall.  We have very high ceilings and this fills the wall beautifully. I love the colors in this quilt.  They compliment our living room nicely.
This pillow was made with a tea towel that my daughter gave to me.  We have a tiny house on a lake and I didn't want to destroy the towel by using it to dry dishes.  So I made a quilted pillow out of it...love it!

Barn Quilt
When I was visiting some friends in Alabama, I saw a barn quilt that I fell in love with. It was outside of a veterinary office.  My daughter is a RAGOM volunteer and has had many doggies pass through her and her husband's home.  I thought what a great Christmas present for them. So rather than making a quilt out of material, I painted it on plywood.  After finishing the painting, I coated it with multiple layers of urethane to protect it from the weather elements. It was a hit...sometime in the future I will write a post on "Barn Quilts"...that will be a fun one!

Missouri Star Quilt Company
If you have never visited the Missouri Star Quilt Company and you are a quilting novice, your in for a very nice surprise. They have a wide variety of quilting supplies and their customer service is wonderful. I'm hoping to start another quilt soon that I saw on Missouri Star Quilt Company. I love her videos and all the fabrics and patterns that this company carries. Here is a link to their website.

The quilt that I'm interested in making is a hexagon patch quilt.  It's done in a very interesting way. The video below explains this technique. I've already tried it on scrap fabric and I think it's going to be a lot of fun.  I wanted to make the one that is in the video with all those beautiful colors, but you can't buy that charm pack anymore. Very sad.... but, I'll come up with beautiful colors that will work and will update this post when completed.
Here is the pattern for this particular quilt. You can also order the hexagon template through their website.

One Final Thought...
Quilting has been around forever. Every seamstress out there acquires tons and tons and tons of fabric. We call it our "Stash". These days fabric is quite pricey like everything else. But that doesn't stop us "fabricaholics" from adding to our stash. I love going to quilt shops just to see what beauties I can find. I don't know if it's the texture, or the colors, or the designs that I love the most. But I do know that with all these beautiful fabrics you can create masterpieces. I've been sewing for over 65 years. I've never tired of the craft. I'm sure there are lots of gals and guys out there that understand exactly what I'm talking about. I do hope you enjoyed walking through one of my passions in this post...
I found this on Pinterest...such a true statement! 
"One Who Sleeps under a Quilt is Covered With Love".

What Makes a Quilt So Special?...by Debbie Anderson Searles
Surely, when the final stitch is entered and the needle laid to rest, only a quilter can know the feeling of pride soaring within her soul. She has the contentment of knowing that a long, hard journey has come to an end. She has conquered a challenge, and through her own patience and endurance, has created a loving work of art. It may well live on long after she has finished her walk upon this earth.

Perhaps what makes a quilt so special, is that pride a quilter knows--that deep in her heart she knows--some distant future generation might gaze upon her quilt, or touch its fragile threads, and still feel the love and care that she has sewn in every stitch...❤

If interested in any of the quilt projects below, just click on the picture and you will be rerouted to the author's post.

Such beautiful quilt patterns. I love the bright colors and the pastel colors.

Always remember..."Life's short...eat dessert first!"...words to live by!