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Appliqué Quilt Blocks on Denim and April Apron Winner

I brought out an old project from my stack of cardboard boxes, and I’m having a lot of fun appliquéing these simple designs on 6″ denim squares I saved from our old jeans. I used a light fusible (one you can hand stitch through) to apply the pieces, then blanket stitched them with three strands…

Quilting the String Star Quilt & a Stencil Giveaway

I wrote about this top several years ago . . . This top was made with a box full of quilt scraps from the 1940s and 50s. All of the pieces were 1 1/2″ wide in varying lengths, but none longer than about 15″. I thought perhaps the quilter had planned to make a log…

Gallery of WIP Quilts

Thank you again for all of your thoughts and advice on my New Year’s Resolution post. It was certainly reassuring to hear that I’m not the only one struggling with this issue. Here are some suggestions readers gave to help me keep my NO NEW QUILTS 2015 resolution. Make a List of WIP Quilts Below are photos of 15 quilt…

2015 New Year’s Resolution — No New Quilts!

I have a tendency to constantly start new quilts before I’ve finished the ones I’m working on. This bad habit has resulted in a closetful of boxes containing unfinished quilt projects, and a stack of quilt tops. It’s out of control, and it’s freaking me out! Do you also have this affliction, and have you managed to…

Chintz Quilts for Baby Girls – One Finish

So . . . I had this idea to quilt these baby quilts with some vintage linen thread I found at the Goodwill. The thread is heavy-ish — a bit thicker than perle cotton, and it has a nice sheen to it that looks nice against the chintz. However, actually stitching with it was a…

Chintz Quilts for Twin Baby Girls – WIP

Our friends, Jan and Albert, became grandparents (again) when tiny Megan and Eryn were born prematurely in May. The girls are both home from the hospital now and Jan says they are doing wonderfully well. To celebrate their homecoming, I wanted to make a couple of quilts, but I wanted to get them done quickly.…

Strippy Postage Stamp Quilt – WIP

There’s a reason I can relate to the 1930s quilter who cut all of those tiny quilt pieces for the Double Nine-Patch quilt, which was the subject of my last post. The reason is that I have my own box of slightly larger vintage postage stamp pieces and a partial quilt top that has been languishing…

Another Medallion Doll Quilt?

I wasn’t planning on doing another medallion quilt in my doll quilt series. There are so many others on my list (two-color, whole cloth, sampler, or even Hawaiian), but then I found the photo below in the book Great Little Quilts by Eleanor Levie. The original is about 45″ square, but mine is going to be just…

Patriotic 4-Patch Doll Quilt Top

To celebrate Flag Day, I just finished the second doll quilt in my series “Quilts Styles I Will Never Get Around to Making as Bed Quilts, so I’m Just Going to Make Them as Doll Quilts.” The first quilt is this series was a Lemoyne Star Medallion based on an antique doll quilt. This latest one…

Lemoyne Star Medallion Doll Quilt Top

Today I finished the top, but it took a little longer than I thought. I was really scrounging for border fabric, and had to piece the pieces to get the length I needed. I’m in love with the weird gold border fabric, though, and wanted to use it even though I only had one Album…

Lemoyne Medallion Doll Quilt wip

The inspiration for this little doll quilt was found in the book, Small Endearments, by Sandi Fox. I drafted the pattern on a large sheet of grid paper, which I used to trace my templates, and which also works as a guide when adding new rows. I’ve always wanted to make a pieced medallion quilt, and I’m…

Around the World Quilt — Beginning

All of the Around the World pieces needed to be taken apart and recut. The original quilter’s template was a little off, so the fan units did not form a 90º angle. I drafted a pattern which would allow for the largest wedge-shaped piece I could get away with (because vintage fabric is precious). These pieces were…

Tumbler Doll Quilt Top

I’m pretty excited today, because I just finished this top for the doll quilt swap sponsored by Lori at Humble Quilts. Although I know the recipient of this little quilt, she doesn’t know I am the one making it for her.  Of course, I don’t know who is making a quilt for me either, so…

Mourning Lucy Quilt Top

This afternoon I finished the quilt top in memory of our dog, Lucy. For me, making a special quilt for occasions like this is sort of therapeutic. Four years ago I made a little mourning quilt for my cat, Jack, and after Lucy’s top is quilted, I’m going to hang it next to Jack’s in…

Lucy’s Mourning Quilt in Progress

Making a little quilt in memory of my recently deceased pets really helps me in the grieving process. Because this is a mourning quilt, there are going to be several black prints from the 19th century, but I also wanted to include some antique pink pieces for Lucy, my sweet girl dog. On my cutting…