Quilt - Three Generations" - Machine sewn by three generations and hand
quilted by Mom. Grandmother started
this quilt for me when I was born. It was made out of the scraps of fabric
from the various items she had sewn for me and my family. It was one of
her first quilts and she disliked cutting and piecing all those little points
together. I remember using sandpaper as the pattern pieces to hand cut out
the triangles. Then while sewing, I was also frustrated by that knot of
fabric at the points. Grandmother died before she could finish the quilt.
As a surprise Mom finished the top and quilted it for
me for a Christmas present 22 years after it was started. There are two
dates embroidered on it - Christmas 1956 and Christmas 1978. It measures
about 78 inches by 66 inches.
Rings" - Hand appliquéd, hand quilted by Grandma,
she made this quilt from her scrap bag. The pink circles keep this from
being strictly a scrappy quilt, but the rest of the fabrics are from the
scrap pile. Around 1984. It measures about 96 inches by 66 inches.
Zig Zag" - Machine sewn by Rajordan, never quilted.
Max wanted to design his own quilt, so I helped him pick out colors and
a helped choose a design. Sometime in there he said he wanted strips of
white between the colors. After I agreed to it, I realized I had just doubled
my work. September 1991. It measures about 100 inches by 60 inches.
||"Study in Baby Blocks" - Machine sewn by Rajordan, hand
quilted by Grandma. I ordered a bunch of die-cut triangles
from a catalog and when they came, there were many, many pairs of matching
fabric. After much shifting of pieces, I decided to "strip piece" a Baby
Block quilt. Although hard to see, this quilt was constructed out of strips
of carefully matched triangles. May 1996. It measures about 60 inches by
Baby Quilt" - Machine sewn and machine quilted by Rajordan.
This was not near as hard as it looks. The original material was the colorful
stripes, so I just cut strips and sewed the stripes back together - one
stripe off. The quilting was done with a fancy stitch with multicolor thread.
If this side seems too bright, the back is white with multicolor butterflies
prints. Size: unknown. March 21, 1999.
Stars!" - Machine sewn, hand quilted by Grandma. She
made this quilt from her scrap bag sometime in the 1980's. It measures about
78 inches by 60 inches.
and Blue Log Cabin" - Machine pieced, machine quilted and tied by
Rajordan. My first successful quilt. I discovered rotary
cutting and strip piecing from Eleanor Burn's Quilt in a Day which
I would recommend to everyone. I cut and sewed this quilt together Christmas
week in 1990 while watching a Jimmy Stewart Marathon on TV. It measures
about 72 inches by 48 inches.
Log Cabin" - Machine sewn by Rajordan, never quilted.
Another log cabin quilt using Eleanor Burn's Quilt in a Day. I have
always liked red and green and Christmas colors. October 1991. It measures
about 72 inches by 48 inches.
Spells Quilt" - Machine sewn by Rajordan, hand quilted
by Grandma. I saw someone else's quilt but did not like
the way she did the edges (ragged following the letters) and they were not
consistent with the sizing and spacing. I kept sketching on graph paper
until I had the pattern I wanted - consistent and squared off. Look for
the Q-U-I-L-T spelled out from top to bottom and from left to right. November
1993. It measures about 77 inches by 60 inches.
Cabin II" - Machine sewn by Rajordan,
hand quilted by Grandma. This quilt was made
using Eleanor Burn's Quilt in a Day. It is only 16 blocks
(4 x 4) and about 56" square. The rest of the we made
into single-block wall hangings. Finished in 1996. It measures
about 56" square.
Star in Teals" - Machine sewn by Rajordan, never
quilted. Still afraid of all those points coming together, I took a class
about strip piecing the Lone Star. In two weeks, I had the finished top.
November 1997. It measures about 54 inches square.
Practice" - Machine sewn by Rajordan using paper
patterns and machine quilted. It measures about 30 inches square.
Quilt" - Machine sewn by Rajordan. Never quilted.
I learned the "quick flying geese" rectangle from Maria using folded fabric.
With one seam, it is very easy and ends up being three dimensional. That
Christmas I asked for jewel-toned cotton fabrics. I got lots of fabric print
from several parts of the United States and several different solids from
one person. I had fun laying out the different solids with the different
prints. The black sashing really set off the colors.
Double Irish Chain" - Machine sewed by 27 students and hand quilted
by Handcrafts Unlimited. This was a class project in August 1995.