Category: Quilts


Sherry’s Wildflower quilt

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I have a bunch of pictures of a quilt I just finished that I want to share, but I’m trying to experiment with the best way to share them.

I’m showing you a mosaic, and if you click on the mosaic, it’ll take you to my Flickr page, where you can see all of the photos in full format. When you are looking at the photos in the collection, you can click on the words “ALL SIZES” that appears above each photo, which will show you larger versions of the photo.

This is a quilt that I just finished for a customer — it’s a very beautiful machine embroidered quilt with a variety of different wildflowers.

The quilting includes lots of ruler work, as well as a variety of freehand leaf motifs.  If you have any questions, post a comment, either here or on the photos over on Flickr.

Sherry's Wildflowers mosaic

If you are looking for someone to machine quilt your project, I hope you’ll keep me in mind!  I do mail order and can provide quotes and designs via e-mail.

Thanks for looking!



Daisy, daisy Part 2

Still needs to be bound, but it came off the quilting machine just a little bit ago:

Daisy, full view

Daisy, detail 1

Daisy, detail 2

Daisy, detail 3

Daisy, detail 4

Daisy, detail 5

Daisy, detail 6

Now, I need to make another one, so I can keep it.  And then one for my sister.  And one for my sister-in-law and….



Lots of ruler work!

I’ve procrastinated on this piece a bit, because I knew just how much ruler work it was going to take.  It could be put off no longer, though, and is in progress.  I still have a fair bit to go, though it feels like I’ve done about a million of these blocks.  (I’ve done 11 and have 5 to finish).  Then the sashing.  The border is done.

Applique block detail

The embroidered blocks are exquisite. I can only hope my work does justice to it.

What are you working on today?  I hope it is something that brings you pleasure.




This quilt was done before Christmas, but I’m just now getting photos of it shared. This charming thing was appliqued by the maker when she was 8 years old. She is now in her 80s. She was going to throw it out, but her daughter rescued it, and it will be given to a great-granddaughter. The maker is just horrified by it — it is not well pieced, and much of the applique stitching needed to be repaired. There are even places were holes were darned and patches added on top.

Doesn’t matter, though, because it is very sweet.

butterfly quilt full view

I quilted it “as is” — warts and all.

butterfly quilt detail

The butterflies and border have a wiggly stitch in the ditch treatment.


The sashing and border is a freehand design, I drew in the main spine, and then freehanded the feathery flowers, leaves and curls.

butterfly quilt detail

Thanks for looking!


p.s.  if you click on a photo, it should take you to the Flickr photo page, and you can view it in a slightly larger format.  in theory.


Lucky Stars!

Those of you that are members of MQResource may have already seen these this morning.  I finished this quilt yesterday, it had been started back before Christmas.  Isn’t it bright and cheerful?

Lucky Stars full view

Lucky Stars quilt detail

Lucky Stars quilt detail

Lucky Stars quilt detail

Lucky Stars back

Lucky stars back


Daisy, daisy

My sister asked me to make a quilt for her friend’s mother. The recipient loves daisies, and my sister had in mind two things (which both immediately leapt to my mind as well when she said “daisy” and “quilt”).

One is this quilt, which hangs on my wall at home:


This quilt was made from a Country Threads pattern. The only thing I changed was to make my own letters, I didn’t care for the font they used on theirs, I thought this curly one suited my style better.

The other thing she requested was that I utilize this fabric somehow:

creamery neutrals fabric

(It was designed by Buggy Barn and in case you can’t tell, it has the words to the song “Daisy” printed on it).

She wanted the quilt to be lap-size, and I just started playing with strips and blocks and ideas and daisies and words and:

daisy quilt top

(The Daisy fabric is used in the pinwheels and the background for the appliqued words).

I’m going to have a hard time sending it to her. And she’s going to have a hard time giving it away. I may have to make 2 more of these. It still needs to be quilted, which I hope to do soon…but first, I have to finish counting inventory and working on some other customer quilt projects.

But technically I’m on vacation until Monday, so really, my time is my own, right?

I’ll be sure to post pictures when I’m done quilting (and binding…)


Yikes! The Weather!

As much as I hate SNOW, I’d rather have SNOW than the ice that is currently coating everything.

Good grief.

And as much as I’d like to have everyone pile into the shop today, I’d really rather you all stay home and stay safe.

You can shop online, instead!


End of the year sale and shopping spree giveaway!

We were shopping at Sam’s Club last weekend and the gentleman that checks your receipt on the way out asked if we were ready for Christmas.  At that point, we were just beginning our marathon day of Christmas shopping, so we had to say no.  He said “It’s too bad they don’t schedule Christmas for the same time every year, so that everyone would know when it was coming and be ready for it.”

I’m feeling the same way about the end of the year, too.  I knew it was coming, but suddenly, it’s here!

All of this is a round-about way of telling you that I’ve been planning on an end of the year inventory reduction sale, but have to apologize for not actually telling anyone about it any sooner than RIGHT NOW.

In-Store — Today and Tomorrow ONLY (12/26 and 12/27):  everything’s 25% off.  The store in Traer will be officially closed from 12/28 through 1/4 (open again on 1/5).  If I’m in town, I’ll probably be here at some point, so you can try to catch me at the shop, or call my cell (319-231-1197) to see if I’m around.

Online — 12/26-12/30 — Everything’s 25% off.  {I can extend the savings online for a few extra days, but I won’t actually be here to ship anything until the end of the week, we’re going on a short trip!} <excludes the online class, Creating and Using Texture in Quilts>

Fine print: sale is limited to in-stock items only, if you order more yardage of a fabric than what is on hand, I’ll e-mail you to let you determine if you want what I have or if you’d rather cancel.  Notions, books and patterns should have accurate inventory (i.e. the shopping cart won’t let you order more than what I have…) but please bear with me if we have to make adjustments after the fact.


For every $5 you spend from now until the 30th (including your shipping charge), I’ll enter your name in a drawing for a $100 shopping spree!!!!

For an extra entry in the drawing (and you don’t have to purchase anything to get this entry…) post about the sale on your blog or website (and either post a comment here or send me an e-mail with a link).  I have to be able to visit your blog/website to find the link in order to give you credit!

The winner will be draw at random and announced on or before January 4, 2009.

Go Shopping!

Happy holidays!



Double 9 Patch Tutorial

I’ve been promising this for several weeks, and I hope the final result isn’t a letdown…

small9patchI want to start by saying that I have no illusions about the originality of this pattern.  This is a Double 9 Patch, folks, and it has been around forever and a day.  What I want to share with you is the MATH that I did to figure out the yardage and details for this particular version of this quilt.  I’ve made (or helped others make) several of these lately, and since I went to the work to do the math, I thought others might be interested, for a time when they need a simple, but effective quilt.  And for some day in the future when I want to make another one and don’t want to have to RE-figure out the math…

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Quilt tester

Every quilter needs a quilter tester like this.  Mine happens to be of the canine variety, I won’t hold it against you if prefer the feline brand of quilt tester.


These were fresh out of the dryer


I’m sure she thought I’d put them there expressly for her.


“Mom, will you stop taking my picture so I can take a nap?”

If my Internet connection doesn’t drive me completely batty, I’ll finally post the tutorial for the Double Nine Patch quilt later, since the 2nd sample quilt is finally done (and has apparently passed Katie’s approval).

Happy Quilting!