I have been quilting since 1999 and have decided to keep an online journal of my quilts. In this way, I can document their history and preserve their memory for my family and future generations. Most of my quilts are made as gifts; and with few exceptions, I have taken pictures of my quilts with their recipient. I have also made many charity quilts for Project Linus, Wrapped in Hope and Quilts for Kids.

Please join me for my quilt parade!

Monday, November 9, 2015

My Quilts #229-230-231: Wrapped in Love

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Isaiah and His H-Block Quilt

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Israel and His H-Block Quilt

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Nathan and His Warm Wishes Quilt

These little guys are my BFF Vivian’s grandsons, and all three celebrate their birthdays in October.  Another last minute invitation prompted me to grab 3 of the unfinished tops, which made it possible for me to finish their quilts in time for their party.

The two quilts are from Ursula Reikes book “Even More Quilts for Baby” and is the H-Block pattern.  The third quilt is the ever-popular Warm Wishes pattern. 

I was thrilled to see the smile on their faces; and mom was so touched she had tears in her eyes.  And that’s why I quilt!

My Quilt #228: Baby Crackers for Ariana

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First finished quilt of 2015

After 5 years of being away, I’ve decided it’s time to come back.  I am thrilled that my life no longer revolves around eBay and that I now have time to really enjoy my retirement and get back to my quilting!

I can’t believe that this is the first quilt I have finished since 2010.  It is one of several quilt tops, i.e., UFOs, that have been waiting all these years to be finished. I must confess that I did not actually make the quilt top, but bought it on eBay with the intention of finishing and donating it to charity. The block pattern is a vintage design named Crackers. 


I suppose it’s a good thing I never got around to quilting these tops – which are destined for charity – because then I would not have been able to create a last-minute special gift for my friend’s granddaughter, who was recently baptized. 

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Luckily, I had already started quilting some of the tops, and I chose this one for Ariana.  I finished binding and labeling the quilt on that Saturday morning.  As you can see, she was one happy little girl!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

My Quilt #227: Y2K Charm Quilt Top 2010

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This is my second Y2K 2000 Charm Quilt Top.  Read about my first one here.  I started this top in 2006 and plan to have it completed before the end of the year.  Well, that’s the plan, anyway!

It seems only yesterday that we were at once excited and anxious about the new millennium.  To celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime event, many quilters wanted to create a Y2K quilt with 2000 different squares (“charms”) of fabric. 

There were many swapping groups.  I participated in several and was able to collect enough charms to make THREE quilts, each with 2000 squares!  So, here we are many years later, and I’ve barely finished piecing the second top.  Hopefully, I can get it quilted before the end of the next decade!

And, yes, I still have 80 more “squishes” stored away, each with 25 charms, waiting to be finished into a quilt!


This ends the 2010 Quilt Parade with 25 quilt projects, including 6 sales and 11 charity quilts.  The remaining 8 projects were either gifted or became part of my personal collection.  I also participated in a few online quilt-alongs which I really enjoyed and hope to do more in the coming year.

Friday, September 10, 2010

My Quilt #226: Scrappy Striped Pinwheel Small Quilt Top 2010

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In the beginning of September, I joined Beth at Love Laugh Quilt for her Striped Quilt Challenge.  I really believed that I would not have a problem … at least starting a project and even believed that I would surely finish one before the challenge ended. 

At the time, I knew I had some striped fabric, but I happily envisioned myself going to the fabric store to add to my stash!  Well, that didn’t happen.  And, my limited stash gave me no vision and no plan.  But, when I saw Beth’s quilt, I was inspired to make pinwheels. Isn’t it beautiful?!

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It took me about a week, but I did manage get this small quilt top finished; it measures 45” x 47” and is a lap size.  I’m pretty happy with it, especially since I had a limited stash to work with.  I do like how the stripes make the pinwheels look like they’re moving.  Not so much in the picture, but in person they almost make you dizzy if you stare at them too long.

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UPDATE:  Sold on eBay in June 2011

Monday, September 6, 2010

My Quilt #225: 12 Days of Christmas by Kate Spain Quilt Top

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In August, I joined Karrie Lyne over at Freckled Whimsy for her Charm Pack Quilt Along.  Yeah, I love to quilt-along!  And I also love the 12 Days of Christmas by Kate Spain for Moda.

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It took me awhile, but I managed to sew all the rows and finally finished the center of the top.  I still need to sew on the borders.  Maybe I’ll finish it before the end of the month.

UPDATE:  I never finished this project and decided to sell it on Etsy:

This beautiful quilt top is made with four charm packs of Moda's 12 Days of Christmas by Kate Spain and solid white KONA fabric.  I love this fabric design and it is very hard to find and may no longer be available.  It measures 60-1/2" x 60-1/2” without borders.  Also included are 2 yards of Amy Suther "Sparkle All the Way" by Robert Kaufman fabric for the outside border and 13 leftover charms.

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SEPTEMBER 2010

UPDATE:  Sold on Etsy in January 2012

Sunday, August 29, 2010

My Quilt #224: Patriotic Log Cabin Quilt Top 2010

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Hallelujah! My “quilt of errors” is FINALLY finished!  Well, at least the top is finished … I am so happy to finally get it done.  I’m also happy to report that I used up all my patriotic strips/scraps on this top.  Read about my progress here.

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I really like the border with the delectable mountain blocks.  This was my first time making the block and had to improvise because I didn’t really have a pattern.  The blocks were not so easy to make and are definitely not perfect.

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The top is much bigger than I anticipated, finishing at 85” square.  I’m sure this will nicely cover a queen-size bed.  There are nine blocks with 16 units each; and each block measures 26-1/2 inches.  Can you believe I was originally going to make it with 12 blocks?!  Anyway, making this quilt top was definitely a learning experience.

August 2010

UPDATE:  Sold on eBay in 2011

My Quilt #223: Patriotic Quilt of Valor Top

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Rita’s Quilt of Valor

In March 2010, I visited with my friend Mary and her quilting group, The Atherton Quilters.  I had so much fun that day and everyone was so friendly that I joined the group! Here they are with the Quilts of Valor they made at their January retreat:

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The Quilts of Valor were taken to Sew Vac in Long Beach where they’ll be quilted by a volunteer longarm quilter and finished into a beautiful quilt for a veteran or service member.

Even though I wasn’t part of the group for their January retreat, I wanted to make my own QOV.  Here is my version, which I’ll be sending off to Sew Vac:

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Every Thursday afternoon, volunteers meet at the store to cut, sew and press QOVs.  During Disney’s 2010 “Give A Day, Get A Disney Day” program, volunteers received one free admission ticket to Disneyland.  How awesome was that!  Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and free Disney tickets are no longer available.  But Sew Vac continues its good work!

July 2010