Pinwheel Memory Quilt is finished

In June, I was contacted by a young widow in Chicago about making a memory quilt for her from her husbands' dress shirts.  After some discussion, she decided to have me make two quilts, one for here and one for her 6 year old daughter.  She decided on a pinwheel design with 3 borders, for herself.  I think this is the best memory quilt!

The quilting design is called Target by Ann and the thread is Blue Mist.  The finished quilt size is 61.5 x 77.75 inches.

Her husband's favorite color was blue, so I used a lot of blue in the quilt back and the binding.  For the back I used one sleeve from 12 of the dress shirts, dissected with a blue inset.  Not only will she be wrapped in his shirts, but also in his arms.

Here are both quilts and below is a photo of all the shirts I started with.

May your bobbins always be full,

Heart Memory Quilt is finished

This quilt was made for a 6 year old girl, who'd lost her Daddy.  It's made from his dress shirts.

The quilting is Heartthrob by Ann, and we used Lucerne Blue for the thread.  The finished size is 63.5 inches square.

I pieced the quilt back using the pockets from the shirt fronts.  The pockets had been close to Daddy's heart, it just made sense to me.

I-Spy Heart Quilt - A Quilt for a Baby Logo's Heart

When we were discussing designs, this is the one the child picked.  I think my version is less childish, so she'll love her quilt for many decades.

May your bobbins always be full,


It only took a week, but it seemed much longer!  I started with this pile of fabric, pulled from my stash.

Cut the 8.5 inch squares and matched prints and backgrounds.  Marked the diagonal and stitched on both sides.

Pressed the HSTs open, I didn't take a photo of that!

Trued up 120 HSTs to a perfect 8 inch square.  Every one of them.

Now, I don't know what I'm going to do.  We have a busy week ahead, and I'm torn between starting to make the Delectable Mountain blocks or putting the binding on the two commissioned quilts I just got back from my long arm quilter.  I'll probably work on the bindings, because that's the responsible thing to do.

May your bobbins always be full,

New Blue Delectable Mountain Quilt Top

First the fabric pull, all from my stash.

Then the cutting.  I decided on 8.5 inch squares.  I really don't have a firm plan.  The Delectable Mountain quilt block is very versatile, regarding layout.  I thought I'd get the blocks made and see if they're speaking to me.

May your bobbins always be full,

SDMQG Vintage Quilt Revival QAL ~ October Blocks

Rolling Squares

Star and Pinwheel

SDMQG Vintage Quilt Revival QAL ~ October Blocks

I decided to get right on the October Blocks.  The Rolling Squares block was paper pieced and I believe I'm getting the hang of it.  I made an error on the Star and Pinwheel block, but I love the way it looks, so I'm sticking with it.

May your bobbins always be full,

SDMQG Vintage Quilt Revival QAL ~ September Blocks

Riviera Star

One day late!  I may be getting the hand of paper piecing.  Joining this San Diego Modern Quilt Guild QAL, has given me plenty of practice.  By the time the QAL is over, I hope to know what I'm doing.

Tea Leaf

Here is a shot of the August and September blocks together.  I'm thinking of doing the October blocks pretty soon; I hate being late for anything.  A man at my yoga class said his wife is always late, he was stunned when I told him that if I'm on time I think I'm late.  That's the way I was raised, and it stuck.

May your bobbins always be full,

Patchwork Heart Quilt Back with HSTs

For this quilt back I took all the leftover bits from making the quilt top, strung them together and put the panel in the middle of some Kona White.  I love making then using the leftover bits.

Here's the quilt top.

May your bobbins always be full,
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