It's finally time for my virtual trunk show!
I share the quilts I've poured my heart and soul
into these last months...
The first half of this year brought some pretty big changes
to my quilt world. Shopping for a new longarm, converting
a bedroom into a quilt studio and then moving everything
in, including a new longarm.
(Practicing in the new studio!)
In all that time, I continued to keep up on my quilt-making,
creating a pile of tops to be ready for when I felt comfortable
enough with the new longarm to begin quilting again.
I've finished them all and, believe it or not, I finally have
photos to share with everyone who
put up with me
has been there for me throughout this whole crazy process,
and for anyone else who just enjoys a good trunk show!
8-20-22 Update: SOLD
First up is Harvest Pumpkins (46X63)
I purchased this fabric several years ago thinking it would make
a great background for just the right quilt. When a LQS had
their version of this pumpkin quilt on display, I knew immediately
it was the the one. The pattern is found in County Seat Quilts,
and as you'll see, that book was a great investment for me!
The quilting is an oak leaf and pumpkin design.
Old Glory is 65 x 65, also from the book
County Seat Quilts.
Stars and ribbons were chosen for the quilting design.
On the back is a reproduced Civil War Fabric.
This is the second quilt I've made from this
layer-cake-friendly pattern. The first one I mde,
here, was a gift for my grandson.
It measures 60x70.
For the quilting, I chose a swirl design that gives
the appearance of wind sweeping over the quilt.
In the Pines
In the Pines is also a "repeat" quilt. (Some patterns
are so fun you just have to make them more than once!)
The first one, pictured here, is part of my own collection.
The pattern is by Erica Arndt and measures 74x86.
The dots in the gray fabric have a light shimmer to
them, making it a great snowy background.
The quilting shows the wind blowing the snow
through the pines.
All That's Christmas I
Here's one you can make to be any size; above is 52x64.
I like to push my creative boundaries when pulling fabrics.
On this one, I had this pine fabric chosen for the back from
the very beginning...but what if I used it for the background?
Would it be too busy?
And those darker blocks, do they add interest?
(In person they are not as bold, btw.)
I think it took me 10 or 15 years of quilt-making to finally
just open up and go for it on these types of decisions.
I think one day you just wake up and you've graduated
with a degree in Quilter's Confidence.
On this one, I love the pine background. The busy print is
fairly small and because it's used in such a large amount
it blends into the background with the 9-patches settling
in over it and to me the overall effect has all the
cozy, inviting traditional, vintage, Grandma's house
holiday feels, you know? Thus the name.
All That's Christmas II
With pine fabric left and a good handful of 9-patches,
I was easily inspired to make a bigger one.
This one is 70x76. The pattern for both of these
can be found in County Seat Quilts.
My favorite part of these quilts is that scrappy border
that is made from the same strips as the 9-patches.
I quilted holly leaves and berries on both of these.
Because I had run out of the pine fabric at that point,
I had to use a different backing on this one but it
shows off the quilting super-well.
One of my favorite places for photo shoots.
I kept going with the traditional Christmas feels on this
churn dash quilt--yet another pattern from County Seat Quilts.
I was sure having a blast working my way through that book!
This quilt measures 63x63.
I added more interest on the back with an orphan block.
And there are those little 9-patches again.
The holly leaves and berries with ribbon swirls are
quilted over this one, too.
Because I sell most of my quilts, it leaves me
free to explore all kinds of patterns and styles.
(A small part of why I won't take custom orders.)
I get to play with fabrics and styles that I love but
they don't have to fit my home or a specific person.
These fabrics all fell together! Finding the border
and backing fabrics on sale was a great bonus.
One of those quilts that was just meant to be!
On Serenity, which is a nice 88 x 102, I quilted that
sweet pea design that sets off any quilt beautifully.
Why the name Serenity?? The colors, the quilting,
the patterns--the whole quilt is just calming. Serene.
What I didn't expect was how well it matched
my own bedroom! It was tempting...but no,
I have plenty for in there already.
Photographing white is tricky and I'm still trying to
get better pictures of this one but I went with these
for now just get it listed. It's a priority to get better
ones asap because it really is so bright and cheery.
It measures 74x74.
I quilted happy little flowers and leaves
on this to complete the springy look.
A couple years ago I made a similar quilt with these
Bonnie & Camille fabrics so when I found the "Icicles" pattern
in the book Season to Taste, I didn't have to think twice on
fabric selection. I might have to make a third to use up
what's left of those--they're so fun to work with!
When one sister saw the cherry backing, she suggested the
name Bowl Full of Cherries but I'd already sewn in the label.
I like that name much more! Sometimes when you get to
the end of a project, you just feel creatively-spent.
Especially when working on 9 projects!
Now this last one (78x84) I actually made a year ago
but I struggled with the idea of selling it for that long...
I'm including it here because I finally decided to list it
along with these others--and it sold in about an hour.
With such a quick decision, somebody must love it
as much as I do so I think I made a good decision.
The pattern is the Mini Double Nine-Patch from MSQC.
And that wraps up the trunk show.
It's not news to any of us how much time and effort
goes into this art of quilt making but I do love it and I'm
happy to have found a way to do more with my quilts.
(I donate a portion of sales to charity)
I have to say a word about doing photo shoots and
creating the listings:
they are not my favorite part of the process!
(a heads-up to anyone thinking about it!)
Would I go back and do 9 at a time like this again?
There were certainly times I wish I hadn't such a pile
staring at me--nagging me!--but in the end, it can be
pretty fulfilling to get 10 quilts up for sale all at once,
especially when one sells quickly!
Yes, I believe it was worth it.
Thank you for visiting and happy quilting!