My First Quilt,
February 1989 (not completed)
This is my first attempt at piecing and quilting. My middle sister, Judy, gave me a beautiful red & white quilt for Christmas 1988. She hand pieced it and quilted it. Besides the crocheted afghan my Aunt Ellen made for me the year before, this is one of my most cherished posessions. I was so overwhelmed and intrigued by the quilt, that I decided to give it a try. Not knowing where to start, I checked the yellow pages and found a quilt shop, Quilts Plus, in Indianapolis. I’m really bad with names so I don’t remember my teacher’s name, but she was very patient with me. As you can see, it’s a sampler quilt. At least one block had to be made by hand and one by machine, the others with any technique we chose to use. I finished the top in class and started on the hand quilting, but other projects pushed it to the side. Someday I’ll finish it, just as soon as I finish the other two dozen unfinished tops in the closet.
Laura & Brian’s Wedding Quilt,
1989 (completed 1991)
After finishing the class above, Judy approached me about making a quilt top for my niece Laura (her daughter). We started in April or May of 1989 and the wedding was October 14, 1989. Judy had seen a picture of an antique quilt in a Southern Living magazine that she wanted to re-create for the wedding.
The Millennium Project Quilt, 1991
A project that I coordinated for the Indiana State Museum, Quilters Guild of Indianapolis, and Ronald McDonald House. Based on several quilts donated to the museum in the 1930/1940’s with celebrity names. We sent 4″ squares of fabric to a large group of celebrities and received a large percentage of them back. Most notably Ryan White.
QGI Donation Quilt, 1993
Group project for the Quilters Guild of Indianapolis. Used as their biennial quilt show donation/raffle quilt.
Eric’s Quilt, 1993
Designed for my grand-nephew, Eric; but never given to him.
Coffee House Quilt (199?)
Made for my favorite coffee shop in Indianapolis. My first commission.
Stars & Sails (Gi’s Quilt), 1999
Made from my friend Gi Mack’s departed husband’s clothing.
Jeff & Karin’s Wedding Quilt, 1998 (in progress)
Jeff and Karin were married in 1999. Started 05/1998.
Millennia Project, 2000 (top only)
A block of the month project I created for my sister featuring favorite photos from the family album. Each month (or so) I’d print out the photos on cloth, write a small bit of information on the block, and include piecing instructions for the block. The last month of the project I sent instructions
Millennia Project, 2000 (Sue’s Quilt, not started)
My youngest (not younger) sister doesn’t quilt, so although my other two sisters made their own Millenia quilts, at some point in time, I’ll have to make Sue’s.
Round Robin Project, QuiltGuy, 2001
In 2001 my Yahoo Groups quilting group, QuiltGuy, had a round robin exchange. The participating members made a block and sent it on the next person in the group. After finishing their border, they sent it on to the next member. Each person that participated would touch each quilt by placing a border on project. Unfortunately mine was lost in the mail.
Habitat for Humanity, Orlando
2001 (group project)
Kaye England, created for Habitat’s 25th Anniversary.
Also known as the Pot Leaf Quilt. The first quilt that I attempted to machine piece.
Christmas Storm, 2003
Created for a challenge at Quilts and Other Comforts, but never submitted. Machine-pieced, hand-quilted.
Pretty Pink Princess, 2003
Made for Katie, Jeff & Karin’s daughter. Their daughter got a quilt, but is their wedding quilt done? No! Raw-edge applique Bull’s Eye quilt based on an Aunt Amy book.
Surrounded by Wolves, for Lori & Sally, 2005
One of my bestest friends. I don’t get to talk to Lori as much as we used to, but I still think of her all the time.
Quilt in progress.
Obligatory back side of quilt.
The Florida Project, SSQA (2004-2006)
Designed and coordinated for the Sunshine State Quilters Association in Florida. Proposed in 2003 for the Cabin Fever Quilters Guild in Orlando, Florida, but deemed to difficult for the group.
A Tisket, Some Taskets, Three lovely Little Baskets (2007)
Small project to go with Judy’s miniature Longaberger basket display case; made for her birthday
Made from clothing worn by my partner’s father, Art. The front of the quilt is a Feathered Star with a paper-pieced center square. This the first quilt that I machine quilted by myself that actually looks presentable. The back is pieced using a sample block I made in 1997. The fabrics on the back are masculine reminders of art: cowbow boots, bandanas, and woodland scenes.
Cheryl’s Quilt (February 2010)
While completing Lenny’s quilt, his mother passed away on December 13, 2009. I had already started on this quilt for Cheryl using the same design as Lenny’s quilt, so I made the back of this quilting using some of Mom’s clothing. That was a difficult task as Mom had very little 100% cotton, she liked stretch jersey.
My online group, QuiltGuy, had a mini-quilt swap with only four participants. In a random draw, I got Russ’ name and he got mine. He happened to have taken a class and sent me the resulting small quilt. The quilt he sent is beautiful and bright. I had wanted to incorporate an African symbol into some art quilts, so I took this opportunity to give it a try. I like the resulting quilt and the quilting. The symbol means “friendship”.
Arthur’s Quilt (April 2010)
If I didn’t have bad luck, I wouldn’t have any luck at all. Lenny has two siblings, his sister Cheryl and brother Arthur. I felt guilty not making Arthur a quilt, so using the same design, I made him one too matching the elements that I used on Cheryl’s quilt. The front is from Art’s clothing and the back from Maryellen’s. While making this quilt, Arthur was in an accident at sea and lost most of his sight. I used textural quilting so that he would be able to “see” his new quilt.
Candy Kisses Quilt (April 2010)
While heading to the first Florida QuiltGuy Retreat back in August 2009, I picked up a Moda jelly roll and two charm packs of “Candy Kisses” by Sandy Gervais at Material Girl in Apopka, FL. I completed the top about a month later, but didn’t finish the back until March 2010 using left over strips from the Jelly roll and two new fabrics.
Using fabrics from a QuiltGuy group fabric swap and a Caribbean blue fabric I picked up somewhere, I made this quilt for me! I finished the quilting at a retreat in Leesburg, FL with the Lake County Quilters Guild group.
Autumn Table Runner Quilt (August 2010)
At the same retreat above, I started and finished a table runner from a kit I picked up at Material Girl in Apopka, FL. Simple project and fun to do. I’m thinking I might applique a pumpkin onto the center square though.
To celebrate their 10th anniversary, Suzanne commissioned a “wedding ring” quilt from me. I used the curve ruler to make a modern version of the quilt (notice the sides of the rings are parallel rather than radiating out).