All my quilts – May 15, 2020

I’m sure this won’t be complete, but I’m going to try and create a list or catalog of the quilts that I’ve made. As you’ll see as you glance at this, I have a bunch of quilt tops finished or near finished, but not quilted. My goal for the past year or two has been to get some of those tops quilted and bound and finished!

My Janome 6600’s accufeed system for quilting has never worked right. It’s frustrating! I’ve taken it to a shop a couple of times for repair or for them to investigate the accufeed problems, and it’s never worked right.

So, about a year ago, I took an intro free motion class at my local quilt store. I was learning on a brand-new Bernina long-arm. I really enjoyed the class, and I went back the next Saturday and quilted a charity quilt top for practice. What I soon discovered though is that it would take hours and hours and hours of practice before I felt comfortable enough to quilt some of my tops. I added up the numbers on renting the machine over and over to practice and work on charity tops, and I just couldn’t justify the expense.

Most recently, as in yesterday, I took a quilt top to a long armer that I met via the Northampton Modern Quilt Guild. I’m going to pay a long armer until I either figure out somehow to quilt on my Janome or buy a longarm at some point in the future.

First quilt – Log Cabin

I took my first quilt class in Shelburne Falls, MA in 2002 at A Notion to Quilt, then owned and run by Ellen DeGrave. She was a phenomenal teacher. I’d never used a sewing machine before I took my first quilting class.

Split Rail Fence – once I started taking my first quilting class, I was hooked. Even before I finished making my first quilt, I quickly made this second one using an Alex Anderson book on quilting for kids for the pattern.

Ohio Star baby quilt – I made this for my son Zachary. He’s now 16 years old and sleeps with this quilt on his bed.

Baby quilt – Baby quilt I made for a friend

Sampler quilt – A sampler quilt I made (again working with Ellen DeGrave at A Notion to Quilt). My 12-year-old sleeps with this quilt on his bed.

Purple and Gold NY Beauty Quilt – I received these fabrics in a fabric swap with the now defunct QuiltGuy Yahoo Group. Quilted by Timna Tarr.

First Grader Dinosaur Quilt – when my 16-year-old was in first grade at Conway Grammar School in Conway, MA, I had him and his classmates draw dinosaurs with fabric markers on white fabric, and then made this quilt. Good lord this was a wonky quilt, but I sewed and quilted it nonetheless.

Log cabin – another early log cabin quilt

Sea Turtle quilt – I took a workshop with Susan Carlson at Portsmouth Fabric Company and made this quilt. Quilting by Andre Emmel.

Blue and Green string quilt – I love string quilts, especially when I want to just mindlessly sew with no strict pattern. This quilt top is at the long farmer now.

Purple and gold string quilt – I made this with scraps from the purple and gold NY Beauty quilt.

Blue and white string quilt

Cubbyhole quilts white and green – I love this Fons and Porter pattern. Sooo simple, but I love it. I made one with solids and one with a combo of solids and prints.

Lost and Found quilt – another cubbyhole style quilt

Vice Versa BOM samplerVice Versa block of the month sampler quilt in solids.

Baby quilts – I made several baby quilts for couples at my gym. I used Spoonflower to print some fabric with the logo from my gym.

On Ringo Lake – a Christmas fabric version of Bonnie Hunter’s On Ringo Lake mystery quilt

Minecraft quilt – I still need to add some borders to this and get it quilted. This was based on Kelli Fannin’s Minecraft Sew Along.