A Stockpile of Quilts

30 05 2017

My friend and customer, Linda, recently mailed me a big box of quilt tops with backings. It was exciting to open the box and unfold the projects she has created in the past few months. My job was to transform the tops into quilts. Linda and I collaborated on quilting designs and thread color. And I’m happy to say, we are both pleased with the resulting stockpile.

Notice the gray quilt on top of the pile made with neutrals and text prints. It is a graduation gift for a young friend who asked for a feather quilting design. You would not believe how feathers in a gray poly thread transformed this simple patchwork design into a sophisticated quilt!

One of the lap quilts I think you’ll find interesting is the Owl – Yellow Brick Road. Linda selected the flannel owl print and then found tone-on-tones to coordinate. I find the effect of the owls peeking out between the squares and rectangles of colors intriguing, don’t you? I imagine they are playing “Peek-a-boo” or “Hide and Seek.” Baby will love the soft fabric and the bright, happy colors.

What are you stockpiling these days? Quilts, quilt tops, fabric, or ideas?



Fat Quarter Challenge – September

15 09 2016

This year I’ve challenged myself to make a project each month with some of my hoarded fat quarters. And I promised to show blog readers my project on the 15th of each month. I’ve also invited you to join the challenge, making a project to share via digital photo sent to my email address (aby.quilts@gmail.com).

My project this month is “Yellow Brick Road” with a fall theme. “Yellow Brick Road” is a very fat quarter friendly quilt designed in multiple sizes by Atkinson Designs. This pattern has been available for years and could be considered one of the first modern, blended quilt patterns. Click here to order a pattern from Missouri Star Quilt Company.

img_0143Several years ago I purchased a bundle of 5 fat quarters of coordinating fall fabric from JoAnns. Because I envisioned a lap size quilt, I knew I needed more fabric, so I hunted for several coordinating FQs in my stash. I had forgotten how quickly this pattern works up – I pieced the top of 30 blocks in just two days! Then I took the patchwork and two options for yellow/orange inner border to JoAnns in search of an outer border fabric. Currently their fall/harvest fabrics are on sale, and it was difficult to pick my favorite. I settled on a gold, rust, and green medium scale oak leaf print.


With polyester gold thread, I quilted a freehand, edge to edge design of meandering/3 loops/more meandering. I wanted to give the impression of leaves looping and spiraling to the ground. Perhaps you can see the design best on the dark fabrics shown below.


Hubby says the blended effect of the fabrics reminds him of leaves piled on a forest floor, all jumbled together and overlapping. Welcome fall with its rich earthy tones, pumpkins, acorns, and multi-colored leaves!

Remember to send me a picture of your FQ challenge project!

Tricia’s Quilts

9 11 2015


Today I have some quilty eye candy to share with you. Tricia, friend and longarm quilting customer, recently sent four quilt tops for me to finish. I am thinking she has gotten an early start on Christmas gift “shopping.”

Isn’t this sheep quilt fun? It’s a gift for her son-in-law who jokes that he is the black sheep in his family. Tricia designed the quilt – letting the theme prints shine in “Four Patches” and plain alternate squares. The narrow gray sashing sets the blocks off nicely. I quilted this sheep-ish quilt with dark gray thread in a freehand Es and 3s design.


Next, is a “Pretty Posies” quilt for her daughter. Don’t the batik flowers glow wonderfully? The fun part of this quilt is the backing – Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf. Tricia couldn’t resist purchasing the print because the story was her daughter’s favorite years ago. You can find the instructions for “Pretty Posies” designed by Diane Tomlinson in Quilting Quickly, May/June 2015. Variegated polyester thread with “Happy Times” pantograph from Lorien Quilting are a great combination.


“Yellow Brick Road” of Atkinson Designs has got to be one of the most favorite modern quilt designs in recent times. Click here to link to Missouri Star Quilt Company to order the fat quarter friendly pattern. The bright blue border is a great frame for this colorful quilt. I chose “Splash” (Lg) pantograph designed by Jodi Beamish and variegated polyester thread.


Tricia’s fourth quilt, “Morning Star” Nickel Quilt designed by Pat Speth, of Civil War reproduction fabric is warm and cozy. She’ll give this quilt to a friend who is interested in all things Civil War. I used tan thread with the “Double Plume” pantograph designed by Keryn Emmerson. Feather-y quilting complements the old fashioned feeling of the quilt.


Thanks for sharing your awesome quilts with us, Tricia!