Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day…a day we remember and honor all who have served our country and sacrificed to keep our country safe and strong. Here is a quilt I made several years ago. Happy Memorial Day!

Designed by Janet Miller called Patriotic Rose


Raffle Quilt and a Custom Finish


Sebastian Quilters Raffle Quilt

I recently finished quilting the Christmas Raffle Quilt for the Sebastian Quilters. It is a custom quilted pieced made with hexagonal flowers that are appliqued onto the blocks with a stem and leaf.  The flowers were too large to leave un-quilted, so I stitched rounded flower petals and a circular center on each, then free-motion stippled around them. 

With so many choices for stippling, I thought it best to keep it simple with a regular puzzle looking stipple stitch. When I was learning to free-motion quilt, this was the first “stitch” I mastered. I often think of my friend Chris Landis who encouraged me to try her APQS  and let me use her longarm on my first quilt. Ironically, it was a hexagonal Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt top given to me by my cousin. The stippling in many quilts was primarily done like this – nothing like you see today with background fills of McTavishing, pebbles and other fancy fills you see in today’s quilts.

On the borders, I quilted a simple but easy lowercase “L’s and E’s” pattern. Even though it is a basic design stitch, it dresses up the border nicely and adds interest without being fussy or complicated. Whenever I’m unsure about a design to use, I tend to go back to basics.

Raffle tickets for the quilt are priced at $1.00 each or six for $5.00 and can be purchased from any Sebastian Quilters Christmas Committee member.  

I am often asked to donate my quilting services for various projects and I  happily do so for a limited number of groups each year.  Last year l quilted several quilts for Habitat, Sebastian Quilters, Quilts of Valor and St Baldrick’s Foundation. 

Customer Finish

This quilt was sent back home to Massachusetts. Pretty fabrics and a striking design! Made by Marie Teal for her granddaughter. I quilted musical staff’s and other music stuff for the quilting pattern. 

Here’s another finish of a Raffle Quilt to benefit Holy Cross Catholic Preschool Center  made by Melissa Buza. I’m going to show some individual blocks because they are so sweet. I free-motion quilted around them. 

Turtles! I love them!!! I used the Statler to make an anchor border which is a motif in the fabric. 

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