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Golden Yellows & Olive Greens

This quilt is so calming and the colors are just right for fall!  I was glad to meet a new customer via one of the quilt shops.

This is a large quilt and my photography capabilities at this size are rather limited.  (Especially with my long armed men working extra hours this time of year!)   There are daffodils in the green prints!!  I loved these fabrics.

The 3 printed sections are quilted with a floral vine to fill the wide space.  Then I used variations of that in the pieced blocks, framing a flower set in each one.  The borders include parts of the main floral design using the leaves & scrolling bud branching out from the seams.

The customer was pleased and I really enjoyed quilting this design!  The quilting is all freehand and has an natural feel with slight variations to all the floral designs.

As usual, the backing showcases the quilting!



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Pieceful Nights

This is another quilt I showed at the guild’s show last weekend.

The aisles were too narrow for me to get back any farther for a better photo.  It is so nice at shows to have the quilts hanging.

I made this during a 2008 Block of the Month program.  I made the optional center medallion and used their setting instructions.  Then I added the extra green border to make it closer to bed size.

The blocks have in the ditch quilting and the bigger areas and the borders have free-motion quilting.  This is the last big quilt I quilted on my home sewing machine.   I finished the piecing in February of 2009 but didn’t finish the quilting until September 2009.  I offered this quilt to my son since I finished it the year he graduated from high school.  He didn’t want it then so I’ll ask him another year.  🙂

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Endless Summer

I thought I’d take the next few posts to show you the quilts I made for myself that I took to my guild’s quilt show last weekend.

I just love the fabrics in this quilt named Endless Summer.   It has 14 pieced blocks alternating with the coordinating printed blocks.  The piecing pattern is a Schnibbles pattern but I made more blocks than the patterns suggested 9.

Endless Summer is quilted with an all-over pantograph design of flowers & swirls.  I love this pattern and while it fit with the quilt fabrics, it doesn’t detract from the pieced blocks.    I use this quilt on my side of the bed when my hubby isn’t interested in more covers yet.  Plus it is a joy to awaken to!

Pantograph designs for quilting are priced between an all-over meander and custom quilting.

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Vintage Cross-Stitch

My MIL brought this quilt top over for me to finish.  She asked that I add a wide border, do the quilting, and finish it all.

It came to me in sad shape but I was sure it had a lot of potential!

I added a wide border and went through some older quilt books (thanks MA!) for quilting designs.  Thankful for a new century of technology, I scanned and enlarged them to just the size I needed.    After all the quilting, I washed & dried the quilt.   All the wonderful vintage love, oozed out of the newly finished quilt.  We don’t know the maker of the cross-stitched blocks but I think she is happy.

There aren’t any stains at all on the quilt.   My lighting here gives that appearance.

I loved this quilt so much, I took a look on ebay over the last few days and got myself my own vintage quilt tops that need quilted.   I’m anxious for them to arrive.

Did you make cross-stitch blocks like this back in the day?  When did you make yours?  I’d love to have more of a date for this embroidery.


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C’s Block Exchange

This quilt has some personal attachments so I was honored to quilt this for C.

We were both in this block exchange and it was such an encouragement to me to see her quilt top completed!  Now I want to get to mine.  🙂

C was interested in having her quilt finished and finished quickly so chose a medium meander for the quilting.  I used a variegated light green thread which blended well with all the blocks and especially with her sashing & border.

I love the texture that quilting gives to a piece!  Thanks, C!!  And for your special visit.  😉

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A Family Memory Quilt

This family talked to me in December about making a memory quilt for the mother’s 80th birthday.  I thanked them for being another affirmation from God that my quilting business was the right step to take!

They collected the family blocks and gave them to me in mid-April.  The 2 sisters & I had worked on design ideas and we had the design and colors decided at that time as well.  They are not quilters and agreed to have me do the shopping for the fabrics.   I had about 3 1/2 weeks to make and complete the quilt.  (that’s where I’ve been in the last month!)

I’m pleased with the final quilt and so were my clients!   The sisters have both thanked me extra times and the mother who received this gift just called the other day with her thanks as well.

This large wall-hanging is 88″ x 88″ so I had a bit of a struggle getting a photo!  (Plus this was during a busy time for my husband to help me.)   This photo shows the scrappy red & blue stars.

I took this photo without the flash to show the quilting designs better.    I did basic custom quilting on this with a special border design, repeated round the center photo.   With custom freehand quilting, I was able to quilt each family block individually and customize it to their design.   Most of the quilting is with So Fine thread and the borders and special designs were with King Tut variegated thread.  I used Superior’s MonoPoly thread on the the quilting for the photos.

The center photo and one other one, I printed on photo fabric for them.  I’m thrilled with the quality of the photos on fabric.   The family requested I add a saying which I embroidered for the corners of the middle border around the photo.    The star blocks not filled with a family block include coordinating quilting in the centers.

While the quilt was still on the frame, I took this photo from the underneath side.  This shows the freehand design I used in the borders as well as around the center photo.

I added a wide sleeve across the back for hanging and the owner is thrilled to have this in her living room now to enjoy all the time.    A lovely birthday present!


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Open For Business

I was ready to accept customer quilts in mid-April.    And about that quickly I had 3 quilts from a friend to finish.   Two of them are baby quilts.  Here is one I have permission to post.

She used a variety of 1930’s prints for this crib quilt.  I quilted with a basic custom design adapting it to fit the blocks, the spaces between the blocks, and the edges.

Superior’s So Fine thread blends so well with the reproduction fabrics!  This quilter is fantastic with getting bindings on so I’m sure her quilts are already finished.

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Collage of Quilts II

I made this quilt for an online group I’m in using charm squares.  However, this fabric line jumped out of the shop (Fat Quarter Shop) and grabbed me so I altered the monthly pattern for March a bit!  The original pattern called for 9 of the pieced blocks.

I made 14 pieced blocks plus added in the preprint of roses.  I kept the pattern sashing and made the border wider.

This quilt is quilted with a complex pantograph pattern.  It is delightful on the front and the back!   A lovely floral print –


Another quilt I finished with a complex pantograph design is this fall wallhanging.

It is about 50″ square and I made this back in 2001 or so.   It is funny — I entered an online quilt shop’s drawing and was thrilled to be notified I won a $100 gift certificate!  A few hours later I was told they had a glitch in the system and it had told EVERYONE they were winners!  They kept a strong face and gave us all the gift certificates!   I bought these fabrics from the win.

Quilted with a blowing leaf design.  The fall season is long here on the farm so making this quilt was good therapy that year!

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Collage of Quilts I

This quilt was made at a retreat a few years ago from the book, Strawberry Jam.  This is the Argyle Sock pattern.  I really enjoyed quilting this and love the border quilting.  It is with variegated thread because I love the accent the thread gave it.

The center 4-patch is cut on the bias and sewed on with the raw edges so the edges frayed when I washed the quilt.  Here you can see the border quilting better.  This is basic custom quilting with the variegated thread.   It is so cozy with a flannel backing.


I love this quilt so took lots of photos of it!  I made this at a guild workshop and I’m so glad to have it quilted.  It is on the couch now as a spring throw!

This quilt has basic custom quilting with a variation of continuous curve (more like a bracket) for the blocks & sashings and a meandering leaf for the outer 2 borders.   This is quilted with So Fine thread which blends well with the reproduction fabrics.

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Thank you for coming to my quilting blog! I’m Mrs. So & So. I love quilting and am THRILLED that this year has meant moving my quilting from a hobby to my job. It is a delight to go to my sewing room and studio and call it work.

I do quilting for those who have already pieced or appliquéd their quilt top (custom long-arm quilting) but I also make quilts for those who don’t quilt at all or just don’t want to handle making a bigger quilt (start-to-finish quilting).

As I complete projects, I’ll post photos here in the blog section of the website. I plan to add pages with Gallery photos as well as information on how to prepare your top for quilting or what to think about when having a quilt made for you. For now, there is a bit about me on the Contact page. You can find the other pages of the site along the top bar of this page.

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