Baby Blocks for a Man

By |July 15th, 2012|Collection Quilts-blog, Traditional Quilts|

Baby Block Quilt made from men's shirts

Here is another quilt made from fabric and clothes sent to me from one of my wonderful customers.  She likes to browse in thrift shops as well as fabric stores, however most of the shirts which you find in this quilt were culled from her […]

My attempt at making a Split Decision!

By |June 28th, 2012|Collection Quilts-blog, How To Quilt, Traditional Quilts|

Talk about fun!  Making this quilt was a riot – I really loved it.  First of all, I made it for a client (who was giving it as a gift to her niece) who has the same tastes in material and colors that I do – so although the materials weren’t picked by me, I loved working with them.  The materials came from clothes and fabrics that she either had, or her […]

From Shirts to Bereavement Quilt

By |January 15th, 2012|Memorial or Bereavement Quilts, Tie Quilts, Traditional Quilts|

A customer sent me a box full of fine cotton shirts custom made for her father in Hong Kong. Most were striped shirts in various muted colors, with white collars, but a large amount were plain white. These shirts were made of exceptionally fine cotton and felt almost silky to the touch. I used some of the shirts in the little baby quilt featured in yesterday’s blog, but the […]

Baby Quilt made from Great-grandparent’s bedclothes

By |January 15th, 2012|Appliqued Quilts, Memorial or Bereavement Quilts, Traditional Quilts|

I’ve been neglecting my blog for far too long because since October I’ve been focusing on making Christmas quilts […]

Group Commissions Bereavement Quilts for Their Friend’s Kids

By |September 10th, 2011|Memorial or Bereavement Quilts, T-Shirt Quilts, Traditional Quilts|

I’ve recently finished two quilts for a young boy and girl that had an unusual origin. When their friend Dana died, twelve of her friends got together and commissioned me to make quilts from her clothes for her children, then five and seven. Below is the quilt I made for Collin, the seven-year-old boy.

Bereavement quilt for young boy made from his mother's clothes

This quilt was Collin’s choice out of five designs and it features a blue shirt of his, which he got on a special trip to […]

A Traditional Pinwheel Bereavement Quilt

By |August 24th, 2011|Memorial or Bereavement Quilts, Tessellation Quilts, Traditional Quilts|

Tessilation quilt for Lori

When I finish working on bereavement quilts for a family, I’m usually left with lots of extra material. It’s hard not to stop at that point, my urge is to use as much of the available material as I can. These shirts and trousers are precious and it is difficult […]

Simple Baby Quilts

By |August 8th, 2011|Traditional Quilts|

Baby quilt with jungle theme

This sweet little baby quilt was made for one of my special clients, who often gets her new baby gifts from me.  The quilt above is backed with a favorite Laurel Birch cotton jungle scene, and all the matching blocks are also fabrics by Laurel Birch: […]

Windmill Quilt for Lisanna

By |July 20th, 2011|Memorial or Bereavement Quilts, Traditional Quilts|

Windmill Bereavement Quilt

In the last post (above), I showed a full-sized bed quilt that I made for Lisanna out of her dad’s clothes. That ribbon quilt was for Lisanna to use when she grows up and sleeps in a regular sized bed.  Her mother and I […]

Ribbon Quilt for Lisanna

By |June 19th, 2011|Memorial or Bereavement Quilts, Traditional Quilts|

In the past three posts I’ve shown pictures of bereavement quilts for Luke, aged nine. Above is the full-size bed quilt I made for his sister Lisanna, age 7. She chose this striking ribbon pattern from a choice of five patterns. Except for the backing, all the fabric came from her dad’s shirts.  […]

Kids Receiving Quilts

By |June 17th, 2011|Memorial or Bereavement Quilts, Traditional Quilts|

When you make quilts, whether for family or friends or customers, the moment of triumph is when they […]