My Very First Quilt
A handmade quilt as a gift
I Make Custom Binding For My Handcrafted Quilts
So I can match the binding to the quilt
I have a hand-held metal contraption that folds a strip of bias-cut fabric so I can iron it into binding. It works just fine, but it takes some time, and the metal can get hot with the iron following so close behind it. One of these bias tape machines would make the job go much faster.
Thread your bias strip of fabric through this machine, and it automatically pulls it through and irons the folds. Cuts the time it takes to make quilt binding.
The machine also makes piping, which I also use in my handmade quilts.
I Start Out With Bed-Sized Classic Quilts
Heirloom quilts for my children
I preferred the classic quilt patterns, and always worked my quilting much closer than most contemporary quilters. Here are a Triple Irish Chain and two Log Cabin quilts. The blue Log Cabin -- in a barn raising layout -- took me six weeks, the fastest I've ever finished a bed-sized quilt.
Bed Quilts As Wedding Gifts
Baby Quilts Hand Made With Love
Small quilts are quicker to make
Custom Designed Baby Quilt
I saved this design idea for years
Well, my daughter didn't have her baby for another five years, but when I found out she was pregnant, I was ready. I started sketching and coloring until I had the design the way I wanted it. It's the most satisfying quilt I've ever made.
I also like to do something special on the backs of my quilts sometimes, like I did with this one.
Doll quilts or hanging quilts
The thing with miniature quilts is that they are not just a small project made from one or two regular quilt blocks. Instead, each of the pieces is miniature, so the finished piece looks like a full-sized quilt shrunk down to a small size. These could be used as doll quilts or hung on a wall.
Each of these miniature quilts is about 18 inches wide, and I put a sleeve on the back for hanging.
Quilts As Art
Quilts for framing
The art quilts average about ten inches square, and the individual pieces are mostly 1/4" wide, so I was able to use even the tiniest scraps in my stash. The small size of the pieces creates an intricate, eye-catching design that amazed everyone who saw them. I didn't always admit my secret to working with such little pieces of fabric, but I'll let you in on it: foundation piecing.
The trick to precise points and corners
When I made my art quilts, I stitched the next piece on, and then trimmed it to size. Foundation piecing isn't just for tiny pieces, though. It's an easy way to solve the frustration of making corners meet and points come together perfectly even when using larger pieces. It's a process that's difficult to describe without pictures, and a good book can help tremendously.
This book adapts traditional quilt patterns to the foundation piecing method so you can finally get those corners to meet the way they're supposed to. Step-by-step instructions and patterns are accompanied by illustrations, making it easier to understand what to do next.
Once you get started with these foundation patterns, you won't want to stop. And just to make sure, this book includes full-color pictures of quilts to inspire your next quilt. And your next...and your next....
My latest creations
Now, after creating this page, I'm inspired to go play in my fabric!
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