My Quilts

There are no ugly quilts. They are all made with some purpose in mind and I see that in all quilts. I have been known to rescue tops and finish them. Many times the quilting gets done solely to keep it sturdy enough to have years to enjoy it.

Many of my own quilts are made because I was inspired by a block or a pattern. I don’t necessarily need a pattern to follow. I like my quilts to be used, loved, dragged around and cuddled. I have never slept without a quilt on my bed.

  • Charity crib quilt
  • Charity Crib
  • Charity Crib
  • Twin charity scrap quitl
  • Twin sized Scrap quilt for Charity
  • Scrappy Log Cabin 2 inch strips
  • On point 9 patch

    I love this quilt. I made two from a pattern I got in an advertisement to buy a magazine subscription. The other one is red and white. The neutral patterned fabric is bird nests. I love the fabric.

  • Jelly Roll quilt

    I bought a line of cheerful fabric and cut 2 1/2" strips from the yardage and made my own jelly roll for this simple pattern. I used a neutral batik for the background fabric. Such a simple quilt, I laid it out on the dining room table to get the fabrics in an order that pleased my eye.

  • Charity crib quilt

    I should probably number these as there have been many over the years. Most did not get photographed. My sister made somewhere in the neighborhood of 220 little quilt tops for me to quilt and donate to various causes. She has started sewing them again for me from more 5" squares. I will try to capture them in digital format before they make it back out of the house!

  • Charity crib quilt
  • Nine patch rescue

    This is a wonderful old quilt I rescued from eBay.

  • Double Irish Chain rescue

    This Double Irish Chain is beautiful little quilt. I think saving them is worth the effort, someone cared enough to make it.

  • Scrappy Purple Beauty
  • Winston Ways

    This is a Bonnie Hunter quilt block she designed a couple of years ago.  I fell love with the block and had fun making it from lots of reds, cheddars and shirtings, both fabric lines of shirtings and actual shirts.

  • Indigo Snowflake
    This quilt is my first attempt at quilting for show. It was entered in the Farm Park show in 2006. It received a 3rd place ribbon.
  • String Quilt
    This is another wonderful way to use up scraps, inspired by Bonnie Hunter. The instructions are on her web site, www.quiltville.com
    She has lots of neat ideas using scraps.
  • Strip Twist
    This is another quilt from Bonnie's website. I love how the block looks more complicated than it actually is.
  • 2005 Raffle Quilt

    Cascade Quilt Guild of Akron's 10th quilt show is celebrated with a raffle quilt made of baskets. I had help piecing the baskets but assembled and quilted the quilt myself.

  • Rail Fence on Point

    I quilted a similar quilt for a friend and liked it so much I drafted the pattern and made one for myself. It was the first on point quilt I ever put together and if my niece hadn't helped me by handing me the blocks in the order they needed to be sewn it would have become a UFO.

  • Round Robin Stars
    This quilt was a group effort by members of the Cascade Quilt Guild of Akron. Six people participated with my theme of stars. A second block exchange of smaller stars was included to make the quilt larger. Putting it together was my personal challenge and I chose fabric that looked like a galaxy and made a checkerboard background with other blues from my stash.
  • Stars and Patches
    A splinter group of seven people from Cascade quilt guild that meets once a month issued a challenge to all make a quilt using fabrics of our choice but following a basic pattern. We were allowed to do whatever we wanted as long as it looked like the picture on the pattern. The pattern we chose is called Summer Kitchen 510 by Country Threads.
  • 16 Patch
    Inspired by quilt seen on eBay.
  • Color Wash
  • Strippy Diamond made from my scrap bucket
  • Yellow Spiderweb
    My dear sister says any idiot can sew fabric to paper and took on this project for me. It is the second spiderweb she took the time to sew to paper. The first one was pink and went to her best friend. Any idiot may be able to sew fabric to paper, but it takes a dedicated one to follow through to the end when it takes 168 pages of sewing to complete one quilt. (Don't forget she did this twice)
  • Saw Blade Mystery Quilt
    I went on a quilt retreat in Amish country in 2007 and did this quilt as my mystery project. The directions I was given only called for 7 colorways and I needed 8. Needless to say, I had to get back to it later in the year after I went and bought the last colorway to finish it. I wanted to make flames in the border and made the feathers stand out with a bit of extra color in the spines.
  • Red Strippy
    I fell in love with this quilt when I saw it in an Evelyn Sloppy book. I'm not much for red, my mother liked red no matter what color it was, and I guess this quilt is in honor of her memory. She was an amazing woman and I learned the love of everything quilt from her. I love feathers and did not spare them in the quilting. I did all different fills in the strips.
  • Jewel Box
    My friend, Pattie, and I shared 30's reproduction fabrics and made similar quilts. Her border was much more detailed than mine, as she is a detail person.
  • Double Four Patch

    One of the quilts made Bonnie Hunter's way, as a leader ender project. It took me 6 months to sew the four patches, then the blocks as the beginnings and endings of other projects to keep from wasting thread. One of the so called "free quilts."

  • Green HST Sampler
    My second quilt in this series, I made 6 different settings of the blocks and put them together. The quilting detail shows up nicely in the second picture
  • Brown ZigZag HST
    Another setting of the numerous Scrappy multitude of blocks. The back shows the detail of the custom quilting.
  • Blue Squares and Scrappy HST
    I have been setting the 400+ scrappy squares my sister made for me from my huge collection of snippets into different styles of scrappy "anything goes" quilts. Some day I will run out of these squares, but until then, I will think up more ways to set them.
  • 9 Patch Charlie Brown
    This quilt is made from blocks I received in a block exchange at Cascade Quilt Guild. I found this setting, called Charlie Brown and knew it was perfect for these blocks. I had over 100 blocks. I quilted the blocks with Terry Twist with a twist.
  • Elegant lone Star
    This quilt fabric is a Japanese style fabric which I made two quilts from. Both are completely different. I wanted to quilt it without feathers which is a step outside the box for me. The name of this is Sausage and Pearls. The name is derived from the shapes used to make the frames around the flowers in the square block.
  • Lone Star
  • Jacop's Ladder
    I found this amazing quilt top on ebay. I love quilts with orange in them. It had such a bold blue with it that I hesitated to quilt if to for a long time. I finally went with a pattern in a basic clam shell that is from a book by Jodi Robinson.
  • Fly Foot
    I made this quilt with a neat technique. I used 5" squares and sewed two squares together on the outside edges. When cut diagonally twice it netted four half square triangles. I used a different square with the background square for each chevron I made. This is my first truly scrappy quilt.
  • Single Irish Chain

    I submitted this quilt to my long arm group for the challenge we gave ourselves to make a simple quilt pattern and showcase our quilting on it. We had four different patterns to choose from. The groups quilts are a traveling trunk show which is available through our long arm quilt guild at www.longarmohio.com.

  • Friendship Quilt
    I have a group of friends who meet occasionally. We decided to go fabric shopping and buy enough yardage to split among us. We each chose two block patterns from a Rita Weiss pamphlet and we made enough of each block to pass around. I sashed mine with burgundy and pink.
  • Japanese Squares

    I was watching Simply Quilts one morning and someone was showing how to make this block. It was such a simple block. I drafted it and made a gigantic quilt for my nephew.

  • Green Baby Quilt
    This block has no name, I was playing around with a technique and put the blocks together with a sashing style I saw on a quilt my Mother had made many years ago.
  • Log Cabin with Flying Geese
    Another product of my not being able to leave someone else's unfinished project on the table where I found it. This one was a harder group of fabric to match. I took my husband shopping with me, showed him the fabrics I had and said I just need the same tone. Wow does he have a good eye. He found every color I needed to make the 12 blocks I had to have to have a quilt the size I wanted. I had enough fabric left to make Flying Geese for the border.
  • Ohio Star Crib Quilt
    I like the Ohio Star which doesn't seem so silly since I have lived in Ohio all my life. I think, like any block, so much can be done with this. I set this one in the style of an old quilt I found that my Mother had made.
  • Spiderweb
    This quilt I made with the intention of quilting it like a spiderweb. I achieved the effect I was after and am very pleased with the look. I used the extra fabric left from cutting out the wedges to make piano key borders.
  • Sunbonnet Sue
    A quilt I purchased from a woman who frequents flea markets. It has crooked sashings and one girl didn't have an arm, so I quilted one for her. The fabrics were from the 30's and the blocks were all quite charming. The background I quilted to look like a windy day.
  • Civil War Rescue Quilt
    This quilt is constructed from blocks I found in an antique store. I am unsure of how old they are but they looked wonderful with Civil War reproduction fabric I had on hand. I set it on point in a typical old style fashion.
  • Civil War Cot Quilt
    I found this pattern in a quilt magazine and fell in love with the simplicity of nine patches set on point with thin sashings to separate the rows. I quilted this with an undulating feather in the setting triangles. Very effective.<
  • Duck and Ducklings
    This quilt is the result of the first time I went to a sale and found quilt blocks that needed a home. When I put the blocks on the design wall I was one block short and had to made one from scratch with no pattern and nervous because I had never sewn a triangle to a square. It just so happened I had reds that matched the scrappy reds in this set of block exchange blocks done by an unknown group of women from another state. I have not learned from this as I keep finding old blocks to make into quilts. The most challenging thing when you do this is matching colors and fabrics to fabric that you can't be sure of the age of. I was fortunate to find an exact match for the borders even though the fabric was four years old. (the edge of the fabric I bought had the date on it.)
  • Anvil Quilt

    This quilt was the 2004 raffle quilt for Cascade Quilt Guild of Akron. I made kits and passed them out to the guild members and they returned the 50 blocks to me to assemble and quilt. The quilt was stunning. Each member who made blocks was entered into a drawing for a second quilt which was also an anvil but the borders were a different color. I assembled and quilted that one, too.

  • Walt's Quilt
    My brother does many wood working projects for me and when he asks for a quilt I am always happy to oblige. He has made many useful tools and cupboards, quilt hangers and quilt racks. I'm not sure I will ever make enough quilts to pay him back.
  • Red Scrappy Strip
  • Red Cross Quilt
    Size 40" x 40"
    Price $200
  • Nifty Thrifty
  • Rattlesnake
  • Spring Wall Hanging
  • Quilt Display in Studio
    Thanks to my friend, Pattie, I have a whole new look in my studio. Now if I would just stop quilting my own tops I won't have to find another square inch that needs to be filled.
  • Quilt Display in Studio
    There is still lots of room to stack quilts again on the roll-away bed hidden beneath this pile.
  • Quilt Display in Studio
    We sill have a few places to put quilts when I happen to make them, Pattie is very clever and thinks outside the box. Gotta love friends like her. THANKS PATTIE.
  • Quilt Display in Studio
    Too bad you can't see the beautiful bench my brother made for me beneath all these lovely quilts. Now where will I stack the finished customer quilts? This bench is so handy.
  • Quilt Display in Studio
    Pattie, the Queen of Oragami Quilt Folding, rearranged my studio so all my quilts can be seen. It took five pictures to show off her handiwork. She said if anybody is ever cold at my house she wants to know why! Her husband made the ladder used in this arrangement. If I had made smaller quilts we could have put a lot more on the ladder. Well done, Gary.
  • Scrappy Bargello
    Easy to piece strip quilt from Bonnie Hunter's website, www.quiltville.com.
  • Robbing Peter to pay Paul
    This top is chock full of feed sack fabric. I added two borders of feed sack fabric I had in my stock of fabric.
  • Double 4 Patch Snowball
    Another rescue top which interested me. It came to me heavily stained and the worst of it washed out. Unfortunately, since a lot of the fabrics are not 100% cotton some bled. Only shows on the back and it was the green, not the red that was troublesome.
  • Blue Plaid Rescue
    I love these old quilt tops I find. This one is a fetching blue plaid. Not something I would want to work with myself, but interesting to look at.
  • Pink Dogwood
    This quilt was designed for a challenge my longarm guild issued in 2006. This is my second attempt at whole cloth. I asked my friend, Pattie, to draw a dogwood flower branch for me. After I quilted it, I was unhappy with how bland the flowers looked so I started shading them in with fabric ink. I stopped about halfway through because I am not a painter, so I asked Pattie to paint everything that would be alive. It is gorgeous. It has won four blue ribbons, a Judges choice ribbon a Viewers Choice ribbon a 3rd place ribbon and Best Machine quilting. Not bad for a quilt I made a mess of. I gave this quilt to Pattie for her birthday in 2007.
  • String Quilt
    I made half square triangles with string pieced scraps and fabrics from my collection that read dark. I am so amazed by how colors work. I love the way this looks.
  • 9 Patch Quilt
    Another wonderul quilt top I purchased on E-Bay. Many of the fabriacs in the blocks must have come from someones scrap bag. They remind me of shirts and skirts from when I was a child.
  • Improved 9 Patch
    Another top I purchased on e-bay. It is always a surprise when I get them in my hands and see how the maker solved problems. The maker of this top made her seams too small and she used yo-yo's to hide the flaw. Makes this top very unique. The quilting was done with very little marking is all freehand. See next picture to see quilting detail more clearly.
  • Wholecloth
    This quilt is the first quilt I made for the challenge the longarm group I belong to issued for 2006. This is a definate "outside the box" quilt for me. I am so surprized at how easy it is to do wholecloth that I am already planning another one. It won a second place ribbon at the 2006 Stow Needle work show and also a ribbon for viewers choice at the same show.
  • Puss in Corner

    I'm not sure if this is actually Puss in Corner, I've done one similar which had another row of framing around it. This was a quilt top I bought off e-bay. I liked the red chambray fabric that sashed it as well as all the plaid. Using plaid in quantity interests me, but I don't have any plaid in my "fabric collection". I'll let that go for awhile. It isn't like I don't have enough fabric already!

  • Poison Green
    This quilt is one I bought from someone who got it from a flea market. I think she may have set it together. I fell in love with the color, which is strange because green is simply NOT my favorite color. My friend, Kathy, who loves this green shade might even be overwhelmed by the quantity of green in this one!
  • Scrappy Trip around the World
    I made this quilt from directions found on quiltville. I used lots of scraps but it can also be made easily with controlled colors with this method.
  • Stars and Patches
    Quilting detail. I used an overall pattern to quilt this.
  • Color Play

    My nephew asked for a quilt because he got a new bed.  He requested it be gray and he liked a backing that a customer had on a quilt on the frame.  I got the backing he wanted, but the color choices were all mine.  I could not find grays in hues that pleased me.  Probably because gray is not a hue, it's a lack of color!  I actually think this is very manly looking.

  • Modern Twist on old 9 patch
    Size 40" x 40"

    This quilt won a blue ribbon in the 2014 Streetsboro Quilt show. I gave it to a dentist as a gift for saving a tooth.

  • Best Use of Color

     I received a blue ribbon and a Best Use of Color ribbon for this quilt in the 2013 Streetsboro quilt show.

  • Summertime Play
    Size 75 x 95
    Price $400
  • Dainty Bowtie
    Size 61 x 74

    Rescue quilt from Ashland Ohio, purchased top from eBay in 2011. Quilted in 2014

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