Saturday, October 21, 2017




From time to time, I have the pleasure of taking a customer's blocks that were made years ago, and designing and creating a quilt out of them.  

A couple of weeks ago, I received 12 hand-appliqued "Sun Bonnet Sue" blocks from a customer of Roberts Sewing Center (many thanks to Jane for the referral!) that had been sewn by the customer's wife before she died a few years ago.  After meeting with Don and discussing his desires for the twin size quilt, I designed the quilt using my quilting software, shopped for the fabric at Roberts, assembled the quilt, and quilted it on my Tin Lizzie Ansley 26 long arm quilting machine.  Attaching the binding and a custom label completed the project, and Don will be picking it up soon to present to his new great granddaughter, Maya.

Here are a few of the other photos I took during the making of this precious quilt:

Roberts has an extensive selection of 1930s prints, and I had a lot of fun choosing the coordinating prints for the quilt.

 This is the quilt top, partially assembled, on the design wall in my home studio.

  I learned a new technique, which was designing the sashing and inner border to include the points of the setting stars.  I love the way it turned out!

This is a closeup of the bottom right corner of the quilt top before it was quilted, to show the detail in the double border with setting stars.

Here is a short video of some of the quilting.  I used a digital quilting pattern called "Pansies" that has flowers, leaves, and little swirls.


Don chose to use premium quilting fabric for this quilt, and the final cost of the project was $395.  If a customer wants to use regular fabric rather than premium fabric, it would reduce the cost of a similar project.

Do you a collection of blocks that were given to you by your mother, grandmother, or great grandmother that you would love seeing made into a quilt to treasure for generations?  Contact me at 815.735.0997 to discuss your ideas.  I would love to work with you!

Sunday, June 25, 2017




A few weeks ago, I got a call from a person who had found me on the internet by googling "quilter near New Lenox".  He said he had an idea for a memory quilt for his wife and wanted to commission me to make it.  He stopped by with the rough sketch shown above.  When he told me his name, we realized that our fathers (both now deceased) were close friends, and his parents are my god parents, whom I had not seen in over fifty years!  Small world!

I referred him to Karen Musgrave to have the memory blocks created, because I do not do applique.  He brought the blocks to me a few weeks later and I designed the quilt.  He had also brought me a pillow to show the colors of his family room, and I made a trip to Roberts Sewing Center to shop for fabric for the top and a cozy flannel for the backing.

I pieced the top, quilted it with my Tin Lizzie Ansley 26 quilting machine, using a new digital design that my customer picked out, called "Lockets", which I have fallen in love with!  I get my digital quilting designs from Urban Elementz.


I finished the binding this morning, and I am so happy with the way it turned out!  This is going to be a lovely surprise for my customer's wife!  The only problem is that he told me not to call him, for fear his wife would answer the phone, so now I have to wait for him to call me!

Here are a few photos of the completed quilt:

One last thing...  With my new Quilt Magician computerized digital quilting system, I was able to perfectly size the quilting pattern so that the borders have centered heart lockets, and it ended up looking like a custom border pattern, without the extra fuss and expense to my customer.  

If you are in the market for a custom created quilt, please contact me.  Projects like these are so much fun, and the resulting quilt will be treasured by your loved one for life!