I’ve made A LOT of quilts. I had the time to craft when all of my friends got pregnant so I made quilts for everyone’s baby. Quilting was the perfect medium when painting began to feel too serious. I wanted to do something crafty and playful. I also didn’t want to deal with storing or marketing my finished pieces, so the gift aspect was a perfect solution.


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This is my first baby quilt, as well as my first attempt at the log cabin pattern design. I was still learning what was possible with this pattern.


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I worked hard to design a defined pattern in this log cabin quilt. The style was a fortunate match. The little girl who received it is very feminine and loves glamor.


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I wanted the center of this quilt to feel like a sun or a star. I get attached to all the left over pieces of favorite fabrics, hence the tiny squares in the border. I frequently visit this family, and it’s sweet to hear their stories about how much their little girl loves this quilt.


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This is the last and most ambitious of the log cabin quilts. Most of these fabrics came from the Oakland Center for Creative Reuse Depot.


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This is quilt is made up of all those tiny precious pieces left over from other projects. The plan was to alternate light and dark bands, but which changed value as the progressed across the quilt.


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This is a variation of the strip quilt. I was ready for something easier, and was nice to do a more spontaneous pattern for a change.

I have also made some large quilts for myself as well.


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This quilt was basically an excuse to show off the beautiful orange silk in the center, which my sister brought back from Japan. The border is another secret plan to use odd pieces of fabric that I love.


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Here is a close up of the awesome border of this quilt. Note the diagonal seam in the silk tie fabric in the corner to make a rectangle. That’s called determination.


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In the early 1970′s, my mom got over 24 quilt squares from the neighborhood St. Vincent de Paul. Half of the squares are six pointed stars and the other half are multi-colored circles, both sewn onto muslin. The fabrics are printed flour and feed sacks, which were popular during the 1920′s-1950′s when fabric was scarce. These quilt pieces were stored in the darkest depths of the basement and forgotten about for several decades until I found them recently. It’s a miracle that they didn’t get mildewy.


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I took initiative and turned them into a duvet cover for our bed. I removed the backing from the stars and used them to cover the holes in the center of the circles. The detail and work some anonymous woman put into these pieces is staggering. I can’t imagine sewing one of these circles or stars so perfectly. I had fun pairing the circles with the stars and finding border fabrics that resonated with the squares.


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The biggest and most elaborate of my quilts is the giant triangle quilt. My mother had lots of blue triangles left over from a quilt she had finished, and I was eager to give triangles a try. I’m glad I chose calm blue as the main color, since the pattern is so busy.


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I placed an embroidered dragon that my mother made in the center in the quilt. The dragon had been sewn on a pair of my sister’s jeans, which had since worn out.  It’s a great quilt for letting your mind wander and get lost in all the different fabrics.

MedOrangeQuiltPadI received a bunch of hot pads as a wedding present from a friend. They were boring navy and rather thin, so I covered them with little log cabin squares and gave half of them away as Christmas presents. MedBluepotholder

Last is a group project for a friend’s baby. Several friends made squares, and I sewed them together and tacked on a backing.  I made the embroidered flower on the center left, as well as a couple more to fill it out.


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