Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sonoma Valley quilt

Pete's nephew Jonathan lives near beautiful San Francisco. I had the pleasure of spending time with Jon in Florida a few summers ago. We played at the beach, ate yummy seafood and spent time relaxing at the grandparents' coastal home.

I made this simple strip quilt using Moda Oddysea and Moda marbles 2.5" strips. I love the blues and eggplant colors of this fabric, and of course, I love the underwater theme. I was able to embroider his name and the year on the quilt while visiting my cousin Jessica's family a few months ago.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Quilt for a Racer

I made this twin-sized quilt for Pete's nephew, Nicholas, who lives in Chicago. Nicholas loves dirt bikes and motocross racing. I first met him him this past June. We arrived at his house and I went in to see the rest of the family. About an hour later Nicholas walked in. He'd been outside riding his battery-powered dirt bike the whole time! Pete thinks Nicholas is about ready for a gasoline powered dirt bike. I'm sure Nicholas agrees, but I bet his mother doesn't!

I used a South Seas Imports panel on the front and a fun Timeless Treasures fabric on the back. The back fabric is sky blue and shows various bikers flying through the air.

 An idea and a sketch

Monday, December 12, 2011

Solidarity Quilt

Members of the Austin Modern Quilt Guild made a beautful quilt using various solid blocks. The quilt was then donated to the Artists Against Cancer fundraising auction, in honor of another Guild member. The quilt is named "Solidarity" and was quilted by Jessica Pierre'auguste and me. Thank you to Bobbi Brekke, aka Rainy Lake Chick, for coordinating this donation.

My three blocks, the photo is upside for some reason

 Completed quilt, photo by Bobbi Brekke

Quilt label and photo by Bobbi Brekke

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sewing and quilting firsts

While looking through old photographs I found pictures of some of my very first sewing and quilting projects. The first picture is of my little brothers and sister around 1992, making me 15 years old at the time. I made this floral dress for my sister Judith and I made our Easter outfits each year until she decided she no longer wanted to wear dresses. I also have a photo of Judith in a nightgown I made for her. Unfortunately I'm also in the picture so I will not be posting that one!
Aaron, Judith and Jacob

The second photo is of the very first quilt I made. My cousin Jessica of Splendid Calm Textiles taught me how to quilt and with her constant and much appreciated guidance, I made this simple 9-patch baby quilt.  I made this for my friend Julia's baby, Tyler, who was born September 10, 2010.

Christmas table runner for mom

I made this Christmas table runner and matching napkins for my mother for Christmas. I used Christmas fabric that was on sale at Hobby Lobby, pieced together batting scraps leftover from longarming (new word) and fabric from my stash for the backing. This was a nice gift for under $10! 




Monday, July 25, 2011

Public Thank You Note

Thank you to my cousin Jessica Pierre'auguste for this pin cushion and thread waste basket combo. What a clever idea! She says this part my gift, part Pete's. Pete hated that I just dropped threads and scraps directly onto the floor or onto the dogs' heads (because it's funnier).  And now I don't have to sweep!
Pink and green - my favorites!

Jessica gave this to me Saturday and two days later,
I've already put it to good use!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Jay McCarroll Habitat Challenge

I made these quilt blocks using Jay McCarroll's jewel-tone Habitat fabric. My cousin Jessica and I are taking the blocks to the Austin Modern Quilt Guild meeting Thursday, in hopes the group will want to participate in the Habitat Challenge.

Two blocks from CrazyMomQuilts:

Modern Plaid from BlockPartyQuilting:

Disappearing 9-patch

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Judith's Royal Birthday Quilt

I made this quilt for my sister Judith, who turned 23 years old on June 29. I used Moda Max & Whiskers and Moda Marbles fabrics to make disappearing 9-patches, 2 1/2" strips and some appliques. Judith's German Shorthair Pointer (GSP), seen below, is named Duke. I also made a matching bag with an appliqued GSP on the front:

Thank you to Jessica for binding this quilt for me.

Monday, June 20, 2011


This is a test.

I made this banner for the upcoming Lehman family reunion.