2008 & Earlier.

Tumbling Hearts.

This quilt started out as something completely different but became shoo fly blocks in various ginghams and stripes.  This was also the first quilt I ever free motion quilted!  I quilted hearts in the center of each shoo fly, stitched a quarter inch inside each triangle, and stippled the background, leaving the sashing empty.  I made it for my college roommate Angela and her first baby girl.

Made in 2008.

Elephants Play Baseball.

This patchwork quilt was based around a print with baseball playing elephants on it.  I pulled the two coordinating solids from JoAnn’s and pieced it in a mostly planned, sort of random design.  It is backed in light blue flannel and bound in red, I think, and quilted in the ditch.  I started it about four years before I actually finished it and gave it to an old manager of mine for her first baby.

Completed in 2008.

Kitties!

Considering I learned to quilt when I worked at JoAnn’s, I bought almost all my fabric there.  I found this cat fabric and some coordinating solids and made a simple square in a square block.  I gave it to my friend Christine as a wedding gift (because her nickname is Kitty and it seemed only fitting).

Made in 2006.

Simple Patchwork.

I picked out the Japanese fabric and a bunch of coordinating prints at Beverly’s when I still lived in California, and sewed them into a simple patchwork. It is tied with small Xs in the corner of each block with navy embroidery floss, backed with a dark blue, and bound in a dark green.  It measures 48½” square (and yes, Adelaide ate a square out of it on the right side).

Completed in 2006.

Sea Faring Pirates.

I found a really cute, colorful pirate and sea creature fabric at JoAnn’s and got a rainbow jelly roll to go with it.  It is quilted in the ditch and bound with wide satin ribbon.  I made it for my college roommate Jill and her first baby boy.

Made in 2006.

Starry Night.

I made this for my best friend Faith when she got back from a semester in England.  Starry Night is one of her favorite paintings so I did a simple square in a square pattern in blues and yellows.  I don’t even remember what it’s backed with or anything, that’s how bad I was at keeping track of these sorts of things.  She still keeps it on her bed and that makes me smile.

Made in 2005.

Haunted Houses.

This quilt was made for my friend Micah from fabric he picked out himself including roses, Halloween scenes, musical notes, paisley, and bamboo.  It was such a weird mix of colors and designs that it took the whole quilt making process for me to actually like it.  I don’t remember where the layout came from but blood, sweat, and tears went into this quilt, quite literally.  He still uses it everyday which makes me smile.

Made in 2005.

Rail Fence.

This pattern was in the book I bought when I wanted to learn to quilt.  I found the brown flower/snowflake fabric at JoAnn’s and loved it enough to buy 5 yards of it.  I wanted it to be the featured fabric in this quilt and though it’s used the most, I don’t think it stands out the most.  This quilt it tied with little Xs at the peak of the brown fabric’s zigzag with brown embroidery floss and bound with a white dot on dark brown.  It measures 52″ x 66″

Made in 2005.

Trains and Timetables.

This quilt began with some home decor weight train fabric that had covered some chairs at my grandparents’ house growing up.  When they moved out (and in with my aunt), I took the fabric figuring I’d use it for something.  A couple years later, after my grandpa was nearly immobilized from a stroke, I knew I wanted to make him a lap quilt.  The coordinating fabrics were all from JoAnn’s and is quilted in the ditch.  He used it until his death in 2008.

Made in 2004.

My First Quilt.

I had no idea what I was doing.  I worked t JoAnn’s and decided one day I wanted to learn to quilt so I bought a basic book, picked out a striped fat quarter, and pulled coordinating prints.  It’s a simple four patch pattern quilted “in the ditch” with a zigzag stitch in fluorescent pink, backed in a solid dusty pink, and (very poorly) bound with the same.  It’s used regularly and has begun to fall apart a little bit.  It measures 69″ x 77″

Made in 2003.

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