Ovary Cyst Flower Burst Quilt Set

My Very First Quilt

A handmade quilt as a gift

I made my first quilt when I was 24. It was a queen-sized quilt for my best friend's housewarming gift. The pattern was called Star of Stripes; it's hard to tell from this picture, but each point of the stars was made up of three stripes from light pink to burgundy. I did the alternate squares in the dark burgundy and added an intricate feathered wreath quilting design. Yes, I used white thread for the quilting (colored quilting thread wasn't common then), so every stitch was prominent. I just didn't know any better. I thought it looked pretty good then, but I shudder now to think of those beginner's uneven stitches!

handcrafted quilt full size

I Make Custom Binding For My Handcrafted Quilts

So I can match the binding to the quilt

Boy, would I love to have this! It didn't take long before I was unhappy binding my quilts with ready-made bias tape. You just can't ever get a color to match perfectly. So I started making my own bindings with fabrics that coordinated with 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.

Simplicity Deluxe Bias and Piping Machine

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

Over the next few years I made several more bed-size quilts, including one for each of my children. I began entering my quilts in the county fair and received a blue ribbon each time.

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.

handcrafted classic quilthandcrafted classic quilt
handcrafted classic quilt

Bed Quilts As Wedding Gifts

I don't know how many full-sized bed quilts I made over the years. I sold a few, but I could never count on being able to sell them and it didn't make sense to keep making quilts just to store them in boxes, so gradually I stopped quilting as much. I did make a quilt for each of my children when they got married. My style had become lighter, but I still tended toward a more traditional look.

Baby Quilts Hand Made With Love

Small quilts are quicker to make

Then people stated having babies! I kept busy for quite a few years making baby quilts. I really enjoy making the little crib quilts. They are much quicker to make, and they don't require as much fabric. They allow me to play with patterns and colors without investing too much time or money. This was when I started using traditional patterns in different layouts and experimenting with borders.

Custom Designed Baby Quilt

I saved this design idea for years

The idea for this crib quilt simmered in the back of my mind for years. I got the pattern idea from an old metal lawn chair at a neighbor's house. As soon as I saw it, I knew it would be a quilt for my daughter's baby.

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.

custom handcrafted baby quiltcustom handcrafted baby quilt

Miniature Quilts

Doll quilts or hanging quilts

I always saved my fabric scraps from larger projects, so I decided to make some miniature quilts. The first ones I made were exact replicas of the first quilts I made for my children. I regret that I don't have pictures of those. I had so much fun that I designed more.

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

Eventually I decided that the quilting step of the creation took too much time, and I wanted to do more design and construction. That's when I started making what I call my art quilts. They're not quilts by definition, since they don't have several layers stitched together. I mounted them on art board and matted them so they could be framed and hung on a wall.

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.

Foundation Piecing

The trick to precise points and corners

The smaller your quilt pieces, the harder they are to handle. There's not much to hold onto, and the fabric tends to stretch out of shape. Foundation piecing makes it so much easier. With this method, the quilt pattern is printed on paper, and the fabric is stitched to the paper along the printed lines. The paper can be torn off after the stitching is done.

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.

Classic Quilts: With Precise Foundation Piecing

by Tricia Lund, Judy Pollard

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....

Quilt Wallhangings

My latest creations

My most recent quilting endeavors are smaller than crib quilts, but larger than the miniatures. I've returned to the quilting because I didn't like cutting the mats for my art quilts. My challenge to myself now is to use up my collection of scraps and the fabrics that have been hanging around in my stash for years. These quilt wallhangings will be a mixture of traditional and contemporary...whatever strikes my fancy.

handcrafted quilthandcrafted quilt

Now, after creating this page, I'm inspired to go play in my fabric!

This module only appears with actual data when viewed on a live lens. The favorite and lensroll options will appear on a live lens if the viewer is a member of Squidoo and logged in.

Add this to your lens

ovary cyst flower burst quilt set