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Here is the Stack N Whack quilt that I started in a class 2 weeks ago. I signed up for the class and then entered the quilt in the County Fair. I don't know what I was thinking because I hadn't even started it. But it is small, about 40" by 50", and I've worked on it like crazy and finished it with 8 days to go. I had a hard time picking out the fabric for it and finally just bought this fabric, figuring this was just a class to learn the technique and if it didn't turn out nice, it would be ok. (For those of you that haven't done a Stack-N-Whack yet, the border fabric is what is used to make the stars in the middle and each star turns out different because of the way the fabric is stacked into 8 identical layers and then cut into diamonds.) But I think it turned out well and plan to give it to my sister-in-law for Christmas. -Tammy, Wilton Center, IL, USA (Quilt ID 1113)
Comment from Colleen - Your stack and whack quilt is beautiful. Is there an instruction book for this method? If so please email me. Your sister in law is one lucky gal to receive this pretty quilt.
When my grandnephew enlisted in the Marine Corps and was sent to Iraq, I wanted to make a quilt for him to remind him of home and to let him know how proud I am of him. I couldn't find what I wanted until I saw "Star Spangled Banner" at The Fat Quarter Shop website. The fabric in the kit is Red, White and Bold by Moda.
I found a US Marine Corps seal panel along with two other panels that I incorporated into the backing. I also used a photo of Luke in his dress uniform as part of the label.
The quilt was given to Luke while home on leave after returning from Iraq.
The quilt measures 54" X 60" and is quilted in a continuous star pattern.
By the way, the quilt was made using a jelly roll. That is really the way to go! - Joanne, Peotone, IL, US (Quilt ID 1546)
Our first grandchild was born in September. I made this quilt for him using all kinds of novelty fabric I had and purple because it is his parents favorite color. It was alot of fun picking out all the different pictures for the middle of the quilt. I used many things that family members liked - fishing, race cars, sewing, dolphins, farming, cats, etc. I found the letters for the "I SPY" on an alphabet panel I found at an online quilt store. It was an unplanned purchase, but fits perfectly. After finishing the all the stars, I wrote an I Spy rhyme and embroidered it in the border. It will give Jack and family some hints on things to look for. A friend quilting it for me using a stippling pattern and primary colored varigated thread. It measures about 42" square. - Tammy, Wilton Center, IL, USA (Quilt ID 1503)
Comment from Colleen - I adore your I Spy quilt. What a great naptime companion. No matter what age person is sharing naptime with this lucky little one there will always be a surprise around each block.
My mom's family comes from Sweden and I made this quilt to celebrate my Swedish roots. The kit, called Blue-eyed and Blonde, came from
's 2006-07 International Mystery Quilt Tour. I love the blues and yellows together and it definitely fits with me, since I am also blue-eyed and blonde! It measures about 42" square and is machine quilted. There is no binding because after I finished "touring Sweden", the tour offered a trip to Germany (my husband's heritage). So I bought that quilt and used it as the backing, making a reversible quilt! The Germany side is pictured below - Tammy, Wilton Center, IL, USA (Quilt ID 1502)
Here's the Germany side of my family heritage quilt. The braided pattern was new to me, but very easy to do. I like it so much, I'm planning another quilt with braids. It took me a long time after I was done quilting it to decide how to finish the edges. Since the colors on each side were so different, no fabric I tried for binding looked good on both sides. I finally decided to just turn the edges in and hand sew them shut. I think it was the best solution, even though I tried very hard not to do it that way. Now, my kids have a quilt that represents both their mom and dad's heritages. - Tammy, Wilton Center, IL, USA (Quilt ID 1503)
Doesn’t the bright caterpillar gut green just make those pinwheels pop!! I followed the directions in Bethany Reynolds “Magic of Stack ‘n Whack” and used the large Jane Sassaman print you see on the border, and I think the blocks are just fabulous! This is such a fun quilt to make! For more info about me,
- Jackee, British Columbia, Canada (Quilt ID 2006)
Quilt comment - This is amazing! I'm going to try one of these Stack and Whack quilts.
Comment from Colleen - I really love your quilt with the intriguing pinwheels. Yes the background green really sets them to spinning!
Yet another mention of Stack and Whack, I want more info on the technique.
Beautiful work and I love the large print busy border.
Don’t you just love hearts??!! This is my favorite quilt. Not only does it have hearts on it, the hearts are made from a soft romantic floral and then trapuntoed. I made it a little more interesting by piecing the backgrounds and using the scraps for the piano key border.
for more info about my passion for quilting. - Jackee, British Columbia, Canada (Quilt ID 2005)
I was always the “party mom” for the preschools that my children attended because I love decorating for each holiday and season. After much consideration, I decided to make a red and white Canada Day Quilt using the maple leaf pattern and some distinctive sashing. I LOVED the result!!
for more info about my quilting passion. - Jackee, British Columbia, Canada (Quilt ID 2004)
As soon as I saw the line, I knew I had to make a quilt from the Dick and Jane fabrics. I learned to read with Dick, Jane, Sally, Mother, Father, Puff and Spot, so I named it "They Taught Me to Read."
I charted the design with a rail fence in the center, adding increasingly wider borders until it was the size I wanted. I used as many of the fabrics from the line as I could without it getting too busy. The quilt is backed in another Dick and Jane print with letters and various activities. The quilt finished at 39" wide x 45" long, which is about as large as I can comfortably manage in my machine.
The quilt was finished in April, 2007. - Joanne, Peotone, IL, USA (Quilt ID 1500)
I am sending a picture of another quilt I made from flannell scraps of fabric. I started with a red square and added some strips to all sides to see if I could make a square in a square. Then I added more strips to all 4 sides to make my block larger. Each night after work I would relax by making another square or sometimes two. Before long I had enough squares made to make a quilt. Each square had a red center so I went looking for a nice red fabric to tie all the blocks together in rows. I found a nice green fabric instead with little red ladybugs on it. My kids love to snuggle under this quilt and so do my 2 cats. It was the fourth quilt I had made. It was so easy anyone can do this. - Loretta, Brookside, Newfoundland, Canada (Quilt ID 2002)
Here is a picture of the first quilt I ever made. It was stars and diamonds, mostly in burgandy and beige. I was inspired by watching Alex Anderson on Simply Quilts. She and her guests made it look so easy, I figured I could do that. I had never sewn anything in my life so I was really proud when it turned out as it did. - Loretta, Brookside, Newfoundland, Canada (Quilt ID 2001)
Quilt Comment - "Pretty impressive for a first quilt. I really like it."
Another UFO bites the dust! I finished the top several years ago, had the backing and binding fabrics bought BUT other quilts had to be made first (ie. gifts that had a deadline). When I finished my raggedy reverse applique Christmas quilt, I was determined to get this finished. So here is the result. (It's a good thing I finished it as I just found out my granddaughter is expecting her first baby in the fall. So I have to get going on a baby quilt for her.)
I call this "The Blushing Zebra". My daughter just rolled her eyes when I told her the name. Anyway, for reasons long forgotten, I had a bunch of 5" black, red and white charm squares. I just started laying them out to come up with what I thought was a pleasing design.
The quilt is 50" x 56" and was finished March 2007. It will be donated to Project Linus. I am SO glad to have this done. - Joanne, Peotone, IL, USA
Here is my daughter's new quilt that I made for her rainbow themed room. I had initially bought 1 yard of each color fabric, without having a specific pattern picked out. After a couple months, I saw this pattern in a magazine and knew it was the one I wanted to make. I substituted the orange for a pink that the pattern called for, but everything else is exactly as the pattern showed. In the middle of sewing the top, I ran out of the blue fabric. I couldn't find the exact fabric in the store again, so I picked something close. Then, when I got to the border, I ran out again. This time, the original blue was back in the stores, so I got more of that and finished the top. The one tricky thing is that I had to cut out the bottom corners to fit around the bottom posts of my daughter's canopy bed. It is very scary to cut into a quilt that you've just finished! But as you can see, it fits around the posts fine, thank goodness. - Tammy, Wilton Center, IL, USA
This little quilt was inspired by a set of doilies that my aunt gave me from one of her garage sale excursions. I was looking on the internet for something to do with them when I found a website with patterns for a doily quilt by Sharon Rexroad. Since these doilies were much smaller than the ones used in the pattern, my quilt is about placemat sized. It has several different red fabrics for the background and I just outline quilted in a triangle pattern, right through the doilies to keep them in place. - Tammy, Wilton Center, IL, USA
These quilts were made by a group of us as donations to Lamb's Fold, a women's shelter. We used simple patterns like
. Most were made out of flannel and all have fun prints for the kids who will receive them. - Lewis Quilters, Romeoville, IL, USA
This is the 2nd quilt made by Lewis University employees specifically for the annual Signum Fidei fundraising dinner. It is a sampler of star blocks in 2 different sizes. The large squares are made with various fabrics of burgundy, dark green and tan. The smaller squares are burgundy, green and cream. Green and cream fabrics were used for the sashing strips between the blocks. It is accented with a small brown border and then a wider burgundy paisley border. The quilting pattern includes flowers, feathers and hearts. The quilt measures 66” x 83” and was made by Fran, Marty, Suzan, Tammy and Terry. The quilting was done by Carol Hubacek, The Quilt Finisher. This quilt raised $1700 for scholarship funds! - Lewis Quilters, Romeoville, IL, USA
This is a 36" square crib quilt that I made before my first child was born. I had bought the book that the pattern was in several years before because I loved the design. The pattern is called Delectable Mountains. It was shown in the same bright colors I used and is very cheerful and happy. Plus, I am drawn to quilts with prairie points. It is machine quilted with hearts in the open spaces and outline quilted around other squares. Once I finished it, I entered it in our county fair and it won a 1st place ribbon. I never actually used it as a crib quilt and keep it hanging up in my sewing room. - Tammy, Wilton Center, IL, USA
This quilt is a very bright orange color with white. It has nine patch blocks arranged in the Irish Chain pattern. It fits nicely on a full size bed. - Tammy, Wilton Center, IL, USA
When I found this quilt at an antique store, I fell in love with it. I haven't seen a pattern like this before and am still searching for a name for it. The "waves" are made up of scrap pieces and the corners are a mint green, all on a white background. This one is a little large for a twin bed, but too small for a full size bed. - Tammy, Wilton Center, IL, USA
This wall hanging is a combination of patchwork background and fusible applique. I bought the pattern and it came with 2 hand painted angel faces. I chose all the other fabrics for it. I made a green version as a gift for my friend. Then made this purple version for me. The wings are made from irridescent white see-through fabric and the halo is gold lame. It measures about 28" wide by 18" tall. -Tammy, Wilton Center, IL, USA
This blue and white quilt has very worn edges and some color fading, but still looks nice with the other quilts in my collection. I have no idea how old it is. -Tammy, Wilton Center, IL, USA
These are other quilts that I know nothing about, but have purchased over the years. The red one is faded, but the yellow one is still vibrant. My son was "helping" take pictures. - Tammy, Wilton Center, IL, USA
I made this baby quilt for my sister-in-law's first baby. The pattern said to put pinwheels in every square, but that looked way too busy to me, so I alternated pinwheels with white squares with multi-colored polka dots. Each pinwheel and the triangles on the outer border are all made from praire points. In the middle of the plain squares, I quilted different baby related shapes, like teddy bears, balloons, hearts, etc.
After I gave it to her, my sister-in-law secretly entered it into the Will County Fair exhibits and it won a blue ribbon and Best of Show! She gave me a picture of the quilt with the ribbons and the actual blue ribbon as a gift. - Tammy, Wilton Center, IL, USA
Comment from Colleen - Tammy, are your prairie points loose or stiched down. I love the look of the points against the solid border.
Answer from Tammy - all the prairie points are loose. I considered stitching them down, but liked that they could be played with by the baby.
This wall hanging was one of my first attempts at making an "art" quilt. I hand-dyed the colored squares and they have faded over the years. The horizontal quilting is done in rows 1/4" apart. - Tammy, Wilton Center, IL, USA
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