Show and Tell
Photos of some of our customers’ creations. Click on the thumbnail images to enlarge.
Photos of some of our customers’ creations. Click on the thumbnail images to enlarge.
The picture shown in the wall hanging is my husband’s father from 1943.
My story starts out with my brother serving in the Navy when he was 20. After he served his time, we became a very close family. For the past 20 years he was a long haul truck driver. Dedicated to his employer and always giving 110%.
On July 23, 2014, one day before his 62nd birthday, we received a call at 1:30 am saying that he had been killed. He had been talking with his daughter at 9:00pm and saw that a trucker passing him was looking at oddly, and when he looked behind him, he noticed that his load had shifted. He ended his phone call, pulled to the side of the road to fix his load when another semi came along hit him and ran over him several time. The trucker had enough compassion in him that he pulled him to the side of the road so no one else would do the same. It has been a difficult road for us, but I knew I wanted to do something as a memory of him for our family members.
As my husband and I arrived one day early for the funeral I went into a fabric store and found a table runner with a military patch on it. I knew instantly that was what I needed to do. I took the idea and made a wall hanging using the military patch, designing a full flag, and inserting his picture at the bottom. That way I will always have him with me.
The pattern comes with a specific military patch, and the hanging hardware that resembles a dog tag.
A portion of all sales goes to the Wounded Warrior Program in his memory.- Karen
I finally finished a “NEON” in the Night quilt for one of my granddaughters. It could be used either side. Also, made pillows, pillowcases and a special label for the quilt
I decided to make my home a little bit brighter and cheerful this year by making dresden curtains. Here is the first set out of ten that I am making.- Gail
Thought you might want to see that your efforts on Caribbean cruise had positive outcomes, although I could have used more fabric in those great colors! Virginia Lee and I had a wonderful time sharing the ship and you and the other quilters. The “Jumping Jacks” quilt is being donated to a foster child project. I embroidered the centers with various animal outlines and embroidered the top center, “For someone special;” so you can see that it all was a labor of love.- Pam
This was a two year project because I had to put it away twice to take care of my mother.
It was a pattern from Brandi Crazy Strippin but I put sashing and borders in it to make it easier to hand quilt. The final size is 92” x 105”. I like it now that it is all done.- Cynthia
# 1.This is made for a friends son who was in swimming for most of his young life, now he is going off to college (on a scholarship) and this will go with him.
# 2 Cosmos, I made just for me.- Pat
I actually made the Pineapple Pattern that took me so long to win. I have certainly used different colors than Kaye but I am pleased with it. This is the first time I have made a project and followed the pattern, which of course I started with a hexagon instead of an octagon. That made me want to stop because I had cut really pretty blue flowers for the middle and now had to change to the one in the picture. I had a good time figureing it out and am pleased with it. Just had to send a photo which is not very good just shows my job.- Mary Ann
I just read the note about doing Celtic knots and the trouble the lady had doing them. Well, as you can see I did a whole quilt plus two wall hangings and had no trouble at all after I quit following the instructions in the book. I did it ‘my way’ and this is what I did: I cut the bias strips as stated, then folded each into thirds and pressed as I went of course being careful not to stretch. Then, I ironed on 1/4 inch Steam-A-Seam. After doing all the strips, I then peeled off the paper as I needed for each strip and pinned at some spots, flipped over the block and lightly pressed into place and they stayed put. Having Asthma, I couldn’t do the spray starch thing at all. Plus, even three years later the rest of my strips are still useable for the next Celtic pattern I’m going to make.
I did the two small wall hangings as my very first attempt at Celtic knots – love them. The larger quilt was done as a gift from my sister to her Irish friend.
I hope this helps out anyone thinking of doing these great knots.- Linda
As a member of the Egyptian Society of Heritage Arts. And Organizing of technical projects, I, made this quilt for Alexandria lovers, as an educational gift, called as project “In Love With Alexandria Quilt” I chose to work with Traditional and Heritage Arts, bearing in mind, that blocks can be enlarged several times of its usual size.
This design has nine units; each portion was divided, or fragmented, into smaller patches. The fabric is to be decorated by sewing on decorative patches adds a graceful curving line, and a touch more color.- Abbas
I really enjoyed the class and I am looking forward to using the templates. I have completed the top for Diamonds of Yellowstone today and I have named mine “Diamonds of Kentucky” I need to practice the Y seams but I really think I will get better every time I sew them.- Stephanie
I made pillow cases for my daughter ‘s black and white guest bedroom to match up with black and white “blooming nine patch quilt” .
I send you in the same time a picture of my latest quilt. I cut the circles with my Sizzix machine, that was very easy, and really all the same. So… it was finished in a moment !In the same time I wish you a happy New Year from Belgium. Here the weather is good. No snow !- Jacqueline
This is the quilt that I made for my nephew’s wedding Nov. 9th, 2013. I used 4 charm packs of “Boho” fabric, and a little more than one jelly roll of Kona “Snow”. I machine quilted it on my DSM, which was a gift from my mother shortly before she passed away 18 months ago. I think of her every time I use it!- Jannette B
Over the past few years I have made several of Kaye’s Hexagon Star table mats as gifts for family and friends, and they have always been well received. Imagine my surprise and delight when my son and his fiancée asked me if I would consider making 14 of them in fall colors to be used as centerpieces at their wedding reception this past October! Of course I said “yes”. I made 16, “just in case”, and they were a beautiful addition to the tables and garnered many raves. At the end of the evening, one lucky guest at each table found a special sticker on the bottom of their favor and got to take that table’s centerpiece home as a keepsake. And yes, the newlyweds also have one as a remembrance of their special day!- Phyllis
My latest project at Kaye’s most recent Certification class in Arizona. This is made with the ‘Heart View & Do’. I took several pieces of material and had Kaye pick out what she like. Turned out great didn’t it?- Sharon
I chose 6 western fabrics from my stash and Kaye’s ‘Pond Lily’ pattern for my last class with Kaye.
I added another row across the top and down the side in the center with the dark background, added a faux sash around it and finished it with one row of ‘Candy Corn’ with tan background for the ‘border’.
This quilt ended up 64 1/2 X 53 1/2 inches.
When I was working on this in class Kaye kept saying to me, ‘That would look nice cut the other way’. Of course I had to cut some ‘the other way’ and that is what ended up in the border. I really enjoyed working on this quilt with Kaye. This one is for my husband, Carl. He supports me in all of my quilting endeavors and he needed a quilt. As with all of Kaye’s patterns this one is very easy and will be used again.- Sharon
I LOVE of the American Flag. And I LOVED the idea from ‘HoopSisters’ of embroidering the ‘Pledge of Allegiance’ on the stripes – but I wanted a flag with more of a ‘curved’ angle (than my 2012 Flag I posted last year).
So I used the ‘Simple Curves’ Ruler from ‘Phillips Fiber Art’ to make my basic flag. Then I used a ‘pre-designed’ Star from my Embroidery library – but worked with it until I got it how I wanted it (would hold up to free-standing) – then copied it 25 times to sew out on Heavy Duty (double layered) Water Solvy in a 200 x 200mm hoop. (each hooping took 3 hours to sew out: total 6 hrs to sew out the Stars.)
I Have made many flags before – BUT this one is a ‘Keeper’. And I am NOT done yet! I am making one more, even Better – and that one will be going to my oldest son, who served 29 years in the US Marine Corp, and is currently doing his same job for the Military, but as a Civilian.
The ‘Secret’ to this guilt is to ‘have patience’ – as a Seam Ripper was ‘joined at my hip’ during this process. But I LOVED what I was making and therefore didn’t mind all the re-doing. ie. had 36 stars in place before I realized that I had too many rows – and had to remove 26 that were previously sewn down. Also once I had all 50 sewn down, there were a few that I moved over just a bit. And for the stripes – there were 32 seams that I wanted lined up PERFECTLY so there were quite a few ‘rip outs’ there. What I FINALLY did was to loosely sew at each connecting seam, check it out, rip out if need be, re-sew until I got it right, then sewed the whole seam. LOTS and LOTS of FUN to make – and SOOOO worthwhile.- Sandie
I forgot to send you this last year. My boys worked together on a baby quilt for their math teacher (one a graduate, one current). They called it “Rainbow Blocks.” It not only won 1st Place in the Jefferson County Fair in the Team Youth division but also Grand Champion for 18 and under! Quite proud of them!- Barondess
My last daughter is having her first baby. She is single, 38, a high school math teacher and really wanted to be a mother so-oooo she went to a high school
classmate who is a family practice doctor and through IVF is going to have a baby girl any day now. Because she loves math so much she wanted a math related name so her little girl will be Addie for Addison. She also loves anything to do with stars and the night sky so I designed and made this baby quilt for my new Grandaughter Addie. The “Twinkle twinkle little star “was the theme of her baby shower invitations. AND we do wonder just who she will become. Do you see her peeking over the winter trees? I quilted free motion stars in the sky and outlined the snow covered trees in silver thread to give the quilt bling. My daughter loved it!
The earth tone batik quilt, with green pinwheels is done from Kaye Wood’s Pinwheel Squares Quilt.- Phyllis
The dragon quilt is my first attempt at trapunto. I was afraid because the applique is on satin fabric and the satin stitch usually makes a mess. I used one of my better machines and took my time. Did a lot of thinking and planning before quilting. Funny thing I would cut out the pieces and then misplace them for a month. Guess that gave me time to think.- Jacqueline
Here is my latest of Kaye’s patterns. “Orange Blazing Stars”. I used 4 different oranges to show the light/dark difference how color plays together. This is one of the easiest patterns and is a joy to put together. I expecially like the updated way to sew in the background pieces. Thanks Kaye!- Sharon
Soooo easy to make, and quick!- Connie
Just finished my first 6 hour quilt in 7 hours and I have to say your technique is brilliant! I followed your instructions and everything turned out beautifully. I feel certain the next one will take less time as I have now flattened the learning curve (and learned something new about binding!). Thanks for sharing all your knowledge and experience with us! I made this for siblings whose names start with C, so they can fight over who gets it!- Liz
I am Betty from Arkansas. I have made lots of the 6 hour Quilts but this is the FIRST and ONLY one I have made in strips. It is all in
flannel, My son in law is 6ft 4” tall and asked if I could make him a “utility quilt” that was long enough to go from under his feet and up to his neck. This quilt is 90 inches long and 45 inches wide and I did serge the edges instead
of binding. The quilt took longer then 6 hours to make but I learned a great deal. The main one is I doubt if I will ever make one like this again. By the way it is a Christmas gift for my son in law. Thank you again for still having the pattern. My daughter wanted one and I ordered it several weeks ago and have sent it to her.
I went to my first quilt camp/retreat in October of 2012. I had planned on finishing a quilt – I had the top done but needed to bat, quilt and bind it.
Being a new quilter I hadn o idea how much work that really would be. So I declared myself a “top only” quilter. But as you can see I’ve given it another try. I decided to make potholders and small tabletoppers for my friends this year – 4 sets. I’ve gotten much better and know my sewing machine a lot better.
This is my Grandmothers Flower Garden made all by hand. I don’t know what I was thinking when I took on this quilt but sure was glad when it was finally finished
This candle mat was made with Kaye’s View & Do 8″ Octagon Shape.- Kathy
So we had 6 kids ages from 6+ to 9 working 3 mornings on their lap top quilt (of course they did their own thing).
They were introduced to quilting which was my reason for having class. They had such a good time and the last day they wrapped their quilts around themselves and danced around the room. It was so neat. Just wanted to share these lovely kids and their quilts!- Ann
This picture is of a teachers life in picture form through out her teaching carreer.
The one is a t-shirt quilt made for a high school graduation. I enjoyed making the t-shirt quilt it was my second.
This one I made for a second teacher I made the Pineapple Quilt for her retiring. They worked with my daughter is a TA.
I have always wanted to make a Grandmothers Flower Garden but I had no idea what I was in for. I cut 2 1/2″ hexagons sewed them all by hand then hand quilted my quilt. The only part I used the machine on was the binding. This was a job for sure. I love how it come out and it’s fits my queen size bed perfectly. But never again…..lol I hope you like it.- Donna
My boys make baby quilts for their teachers. My 13 year old son made this quilt the teacher who listened to his math abilities. He called it “A Maze of Holes.” It was the first time he used the Starmaker 6. It not only won 1st Place in the Jefferson County Fair in the Senior Youth division but also Grand Champion for 18 and under! Quite proud of him!- Barondess
This quilt is called “Monkey In the Middle” It was made for my great nephew Chase. I used the “View and Do” Diamond Shapes” and a modified version of the “ABC” quilt pattern. It was the first time I have used your products and love it.- Teresa
Thought perhaps Kaye would like to see half of my quilt using her instruction on You Tube. I used the Starmaker 8 and 45 degree line to make the two part divider strips. Each hexagon was changed to a square from watching her technique. This is my first quilt and it is half way there in about 4 days. Will use her technique for flying geese down the center of the two halves once I repeat this again and then flying geese on both sides flying in opposite direction. I was careful with all the bias edges too just like she teaches. What a great instrucor. Looking forward to getting my next box of rulers. Thanks, Kaye- Bev
I have just finished this quilt for my grand daughter Jessica. I am pleased with the end product & love watching you showing us how to do these beautiful designs. I have only recently started quilting so this was a HUGE step for me I used your fussy cut method
I know this an old pattern but I still like it and besides had all this fabric that I wanted to use up just had enough …….I’ve made up my mind I’m not buyingany more fabric until my stash is all used up……….well maybe I could have my arm twisted if something really caught my eye LOL- Helen
|The blue runner I have just finished sewing using my new View & Do Shapes…….Not quite perfect, but I am thrilled with it . ( I think I may be one of your pointless people) I finished it off using your youtube video on the 6 Hour Quilt Idea. I love it. Thank you for your time & videos. I have only been doing this for less than 1 year, so I watch you a LOT on youtube|
I did this quilt using the Kaye WoodsView & Do Diamond Shape. I thought it turned out really well. It was in the EMQS here in Eureka Montana and sold to to woman from Wisconsin.- Pat
This is Kaye’s Nebula pattern. I don’t think the colour is showing up very well; the background is a light green with darker specks throughout. I had to substitute two of the colours in the small triangles but I think they blended in quite well.- Maureen
This is my updated version of Kaye’s Chrysanthemum/Dresden Plate quilt.
I much prefer the bright neon colors. The other blocks will be blue shades like the background and a bright green. I can’t wait to finish it!
I’m using Kaye’s Starmaker 5 – Very Easy!!
The technique is available on a DVD too, HERE
I started this quilt waaaaaay back in 2000-ish. Found the Cowgirls (Moda — Lynn Brown paintings) at Quilt Festival in Houston and knew that they were perfect for a quilt for my Mother in Law, who was a cowgirl in her younger days and a darn good barrel-racer with her horse Goldie.- Rebecca
The Upstate New York Glass Bead & Jewellery Guild’s The Tree of Life Bead Quilt. Now that’s a lot of beads! I like the technique of dividing it up into squares and a different colour/technique in each one.- New York Glass Bead and Jewelry Guild
The attached quilt, named “Alphabetimals at the Zoo” was made for my soon-to-be born grandson, Gavin.
I was searching on the internet for pictures of animals to go with each letter of the alphabet. I found a website called Alphabetimals.com that showed these incredible letter/animals. I was able to get permission from Patrick O’Toole, the talent behind them, to use his designs to make the quilt. I just had to send him a picture. Patrick has added the picture to the facebook page of Alphabeticals.
Each part of each letter/animal is appliqued and satin stitched. For the pupils of the eyes, I hand-punched 1/4″ circles from black material that had a little white dot perfectly spaced, then stitched to the whites of the eyes.
A local embroidery shop embroidered the names of the animals and they are randomly placed around the edge, so that in a few years, when Gavin is learning his letters, he can match the names & letter/animals.
Rail Fence I made my daughter for Christmas.- Ellen
These were my first 2 quilts. We were having a Sept 11th service at our church and the quilts hadn’t been quilted yet but were placed on the Alter. Those 2 quilts were sent to a evaq hosp in Iraq over 6 years ago. I have this photo hanging in my sewing room to remind me of my Mission that God has shown me and to remind myself of my part in helping to cover our warriers in the military. I wonder about the 2 people who got those quilts…I wonder if I have helped them in anyway…- Sheryl
This is my “New Wave” quilt. Ever buy a bunch of fat quarters you love, but they’re too pretty to cut up? This is a fun way to showcase them without cutting them up too small. I enjoyed sewing this quilt, and then it was fun practicing a different free motion or machine stitch in each row.- Sheila
I have to say I was a little aprensive to do this Moroccan Tile Pattern. Thinking it might be hard. But, I have sewed for years. Well, to my suprise it was super easy. I have had such fun sewing on it today and some last night. I have sent pictures to my friends. So let me just say I am singing your praises. Hope you like my colors. (We LOVE it, Ruthie, thanks for sending it in!)- Ruthie
Here is my dresden plate! I can’t believe how pretty it turned out for a first try!- Kim
I made this using Kaye Wood’s A-Maze-ing Quilt Pattern.- Hazel
From the Ebook Fantastic Fans and Wedge Designs- Rose
It’s made for an extra high queen size bed. I didn’t want to have a bed shirt so I made a bedspread. My oldest son has a bed just like his so I used his for measurements. (My father lives 5 hours away).
It looks really good on my son’s bed. I’m glad I tried it on his bed because he is the next one in line to make one for. I’ll probably put his two girls on, I don’t know yet.- Nancy
Here is a picture of my rendition of the Pinwheel Hearts Quilt. Still finishing hand sewing the binding to the back. I tried a new method with my binding since I have a heck of a time with the mitered corners turning out just right. I curved the corners, following the curves in the quilt. Much easier to get the binding to work on a curve then on a mitered point.- Jen
I’m sending the photo of the completed blocks you requested in order to receive the teacher certification from the training in Novi. In the photo, the quilt top is rather dark, so I also am sending a photo of the Blazing Stars block in progress.
This is the first quilting class that I’ve taken & I really enjoyed the experience as well as learned a lot. Thanks for the opportunity.- Kay
I took Kaye’s class when she was in Ketchikan, Alaska this past fall. I have completed the top (and actually getting the quilting done) for the Jumping Jacks pattern. Also, I used piping around the circles for my quilt, I forgot to ask about hints or tips when using lace.- Pat
I finally finished the cars wall hanging! Hope you like it. I used your Diamonds of Yellowstone Pattern and Embroidery Library classic cars designs.
The cars in the smallest diamonds were some I’d collected over the years.
He loves the wall hanging. (He’s thanked me for making it half a dozen times in the last couple days.)- Karol
Here is the first quilt I made and just recently finished! I call it the YouTube quilt as I taught myself to make a quilt watching You Tube. The one good thing about you tube…it doesn’t get annoyed if you have to repeat it over and over until you get it and it is free!
I have always wanted to make a quilt. Now that I am home and forced into early retirement by a lay off I found time to develop a new hobby. I have learned not only to quilt but made new friends through a local quilt group and learned about myself through the process of making a quilt! What a wonderful hobby!
This is Kaye’s Brick Path pattern made into a table runner. No outside borders and so easy to put together!
I made this quilt as a gift for my husband’s nephew’s wedding in September 2011. I had seen the quilt made up in my LQS, and I fell in love with it at first sight. Fortunately, the fabrics were all on sale at the time! It came together quite quickly, and I had a local quilter do the quilting on her long-arm. It measures 50″ square – just perfect for the newlyweds to snuggle under!
Pattern from Kaye Wood Quarter Quilt Series. Follow the Squares.
I slipped on a leaf and hurt my leg, had to stay home as I wasn’t able to drive or walk very far, made this quarter quilt in five days for my husband Christmas gift, sooo fast and easy.
Decided I will make four more for gifts, will change squares around to make them look different.
Finished it right on time, the centre is from a kit, I had to make it bigger as he got a bigger bed.
Only second big quilt I have ever made, I will say it is Kaye Wood that has inspired me,
found out if I follow pattern directions it is quite easy. Thank you Kaye- Yvonne
Made with Nana’s hands, sending hugs and kisses from her and Papa’s hearts,
Sweet dreams Eva Rae.
Again, thank you for the enjoyable class at the American Sewing Expo in Novi. I had a great time working on this quilt pattern and look forward to doing many more. This pattern is Kaye’s Pinwheel Hearts- Sandra
My grandson wanted a wallhanging for a computer teacher he had that year. The kids were always going back and forth about PC verses Mac. At the awards night he surprised her with this wallhanging/lap quilt. He had 12 pages of blog on PC verses Mac and he got it down to 9 pages. They are interesting to read. (I am attaching them if you just want to see them.) We just tied the quilt because I was running out of time. He seems to wait till last minute for something. I enjoyed doing this.- CL
I made this for a teacher that works with my daughter. She wanted a t-shirt quilt for her son. It turned out to be queen size.- CL
I have been a “wannabe” quilter for about 35 years and finally completed my first quilt for my 82 year old Mom. I have done lots of hand quilting — mostly around panels, but had never cut, sewed, sandwiched and completed a quilt from scratch. I started this in January for Mother’s Day, thinking I had plenty of time. We own a resort on Kentucky Lake and I just couldn’t get all the piecing, applique and quilting done in time. I finished it in August and named it EXPRESSION OF LOVE. It is totally machine pieced and quilted. I used a couple of decorative stitches and my embroidery machine to do the label. I even used my budding free-hand quilting skills from a class I took in July. Mom loved her quilt and I am so glad to give it to her, knowing she will cherish it as much as I do her! I WILL be doing lots more quilting — eventually. This is a picture of my Mom (Jane Clemons) and me on the day I gave her the quilt. It is a 50″ by 50″ lap quilt for her blue and yellow lake room. I also am sending a picture of the back and label just because I’m kind of proud of it. Is that a quilting sin?!- Marilyn
This was my first quilt made for my granddaughter Blair’s second birthday ( January, 2007).
Her favorite thing in the entire world was a bear in rainbow colors she took with her wherever she went. The bear on the back of her quilt was to remind her of her favorite toy.
This was my first quilt I ever made. My daughter loves cats. I wanted to make this for her when she was a little girl. I was afraid to try quilting. I made it
and she is now 30 years old. What took me so long? lol.
I just finished this for my great grand daughter. (first girl, have one gr grandson a year old)
She will enter this world the first part of Oct.
Hexagon table topper from your Seasonal Wall hanging pattern.- Lisa
This is the wonkiest quilt I have ever tried to make and caused me much stress. When I started I planned to make a trains, trucks, and buses type quilt for this small boy who said his favorite color was yellow. By the time I bought the fabrics and got started he had decided his favorite color was red and that he liked to fix things and enjoyed tools. So I bought a Mr. Fixit quilt kit and planned to add extra borders to that. By the time I was well started on that, the favorite color was still the same, but now he planned to be a “hunter of bear and a hunter of deer” when he grew up. So I just kept changing blocks around and adding things every time I heard something new until I got to an appropriate quilt size. So this quilt has carpentry tools, adult animals, baby animals, barns, plane, tractor, gardens, heavy equipment, and all kinds of colors. Never ever would I have tried to put these colors or fabric designs together by choice.
But, the family and the child like it I guess.- Jeanne
I’ve been trying to make this “Quarter Quilt” (Brick Path) using one of Kaye Wood’s patterns for quite a while now….. I was sure that I could whip it up in a weekend – and if I hadn’t been interrupted a kazillion times, I might have done it. But, I put the last stitches in the binding tonight, and voila! a new Quarter Quilt for the spare room.
It even matches the comforter quite nicely! Of course, the comforter will be coming off when the nice weather finally makes it’s way to us.
I loved how this pattern went together too – there’s a “twist” in the instructions, and I thought that was the most fun part – but you’ll have to order the pattern to find out what the twist is! The first pic is a close-up of the fabrics and the pattern; the 2nd is a pic of it on the bed.
Check out Jannette’s blog, here: http://quiltingwithjannette.blogspot.com/- Jannette
Blazing Stars – What a wonderful way to do stars with the Starmaker 8 and they look like they’re difficult to do, but aren’t. I used an Aztec fabric and took the colors from it for the other fabrics. I had trouble with the squares and triangles, but once I got them figured out, it went really well. It’s a great pattern and one that I know that I will make often. (That top edge really is straight, it’s just the way it is hanging for the picture).- Margaret
Here is a photo of my finished “Tumbling Stars Centerpiece”.
I had a great time learning to make this.
Here is a picture of a quilt I made with the Jumping Jack pattern. I have yet to finish the sample I started in class.
This quilt is going to a sister-in-law who has just found out that her cancer has returned.
Thanks for the quick pattern and ease of instructions.- Sharon
This was made into a lap quilt for my husband using the View and Do Diamond Shapes.- Diane
Just wanted to send you a picture of the Delectable Mountain quilt that I finished. This is the one that I had emailed you about not being square and you helped me. I had to rip off the three out side bands three different times before I could get it to square up. It turned out nice in the end and was worth all the frustration.- Linda
I needed to make my parents a quilt for their king size bed and was inspired by a readers ‘show and tell’ quilt and a video I saw on your site about ‘Rings that Bind.‘ My mother wanted a large floral print for the centers and a stripe for the rings. Every floral and ring piece of this quilt was cut one at a time as I didn’t want any two floral blocks exactly alike and the stripes had to match as perfectly as possible.
I selected certain flowers in each block and quilted them by using variegated thread on top and mono filament clear in the bobbin (since my backs were various colors) and free-motion stitched around and inside the flowers, stems and some leaves which made them just ‘pop.’ I was able to machine zig zag the rings down using the clear mono filament on top and various colors in the bobbin to match backing on the entire quilt. It took about 5 months to complete and was done in time for my parents 57th wedding anniversary this past February. My mother gave me the best compliment when she said it was ‘more than she could have asked for.’
After I gave them the quilt my mother decided they needed pillow shams to match. The shams were a great addition since they use this quilt on their bed every day.
I finished – up to a point – another Kaye Wood pattern. This one is called Rhapsody. I chose fabrics from my stash.
Visit my blog at Quilter In The Pines- Eileen
Here’s a lap quilt that I made for a friend at the bingo hall. She has a 4 year old son. My friend’s grandmother made 5 receiving blankets for her son when he was first born. Her grandmother had passed away since and she always held on to these blankets. She had asked her mother if she could try and make a quilt out of it but she was too afraid to try. My friend knew I quilted so she asked me. When I gave it back to her she had tears in her eyes and almost made me cry too.- Nancy
A variation of Kaye Wood’s Trees With Ease pattern.- John
A variation of Kaye Wood’s Blazing Stars. Nicely done, John!- John
This is one of the ‘Quarter Quilts’ which Kaye says are, “Quarter the bed size!, Quarter the fabric!, Quarter the time!, Quarter the money!” Before I could get to one of these ‘Quarter Quilts’ I had to finish up 4 charity quilts. Since finishing and delivering the charity quilts I have been able to get to work on “Double Cross” (now, officially, Brick Path). Visit my blog for some pictures of how I put this one together. As usual I got so involved with putting this pattern together I forgot to take pictures of all my steps…….- Sharon
The Quilt Project
This quilt project had its origins in the spring of 2010 when librarian Jennifer Wilcox approached the Miramichi Branch of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society asking if our group could help provide funding towards the purchase of a digital microfilm reader. Knowing that the current machine was in a poor condition, we immediately agreed.
It was suggested that a quilt raffle may be just the thing to raise more funds than we could ordinarily donate to the purchase of a new machine. A quilt made by genealogy fans would have to be different. A design was found featuring stars arranged in large circles. In the centre of each star would be a photo of an ancestor from our county. Letters and requests went out to members and friends who then kindly submitted copies of pre-1920 photos (as well as some good stories) for the quilt and other projects.
Over the fall and winter, the quilt came together. There are 112 photos of Northumberland ancestors on it. After being copied onto fabric, the photos were collected into a massive album.
We expect to show the quilt and sell tickets for it at the many festivals and quilt fairs to be held in our region. Ticket sales will begin during Heritage Week and will continue until October 25, 2011. The draw will take place on that date at the Chatham Public Library. Proceeds of the ticket sales will be given to Chatham Public Library to be used towards purchase of the new equipment.
Many thanks to all of our members and friends who submitted photos and stories, and to those who bought tickets to support this project.
Here’s the latest quilt that I made for one of my son’s at Christmas time. Mona Lisa is his favorite painting so I decided to make him this lap quilt. One inch squares, 45 squares across and 66 squares high. I really had to concentrate on this one.- Nancy
thought I would send this picture to you of the baby quilt I made using the Chevron Table Runner idea…I decided to square off the bottom and use 3 strips…..have had many compliments ….I’m really enjoying sewing the Kaye Wood way…lots of great ideas- Maureen
I made this quilt with material of Clifford the Big Red Dog that I had leftover from making little hats. I purchased the red star print and then added all of the primary colors to go with it. I didn’t have enough of one color for the border so I pieced what I had until I got enough to go around the quilt. Not sure what I am going to do with it yet, but it was fun to make.- Cynthia
Today I played around a little. I have a new pattern from Kaye Wood, Double Cross (now, officially, Brick Path). It’s a pattern for A Quarter Quilt—quarter the bed size, fabric, time, and money. I really like the design, but I don’t want anything that size, so to try out the pattern, I decided to just make a couple of blocks.
I actually made three more, and I’m not sure what all I’m going to do with them all, but I really do like the design.- Eileen
I made my granddaughter a quilt for her twin bed and gave it to her for Christmas in 2004. I couldn’t find a picture to send you so went to their house with my camera. She now has a queen sized bed and has figured out how to use her quilt sideways on that bed. It was the second quilt I ever made.- Jane
More projects using my new View and Do Hearts. I spent my “snow” day making fleece blankets for grandchilren’s January birthdays and a new baby to come. The light green is for a baby and I used the second size of the hearts, fussy cutting some scraps and appliqueing them to the green fleece. The pale blue one also has hearts in two sizes, with “tool” fabric fussy cut in the heart shapes and appliqued. Fleece, is inexpensive, quick to sew, the shapes made it so easy and fast, that I got all the ones in these pictures plus some more done in one day.- Jeanne
This was a true quilt-as-you-go quilt. I wanted to do something with pictures, so I used my 3 grand children and made it out of 12 blocks. At this point I wasn’t sure if it would be a wall hanging or temp to make a quilt out of it. I sewed the picture on the batting with the backing then sewed a black border also. Next I decided to do something with decorative stitching; I liked it so much I attached it together with the centre. From there I laid it on the bed and created the rest. I was really proud of this quilt seeing that I was only a beginner. My mother-in-law was the lucky one that got it for Christmas in 2006 and it looks really rich on her bed; so rich that she sleeps in another room so she can keep it clean for when she has company over. My specialty was garment sewing but to this day I do mostly quilts and enjoying it.- Nancy
This doesn’t qualify for your contest because you can’t see where I used Kaye’s shapes very well. I am just telling you the story I guess. I have had her heart shapes for years and never opened the package. Today I was finishing up the attached wall hanging and remembered those shapes. It took me longer to find them than to do the stitching! I have moved to another state in the meantime.
But, I did find them and used them to make heart shapes to quilt in the background and also for the heart on the door.
And I saved out the pattern to make a baby quilt for a new grandchild due at the end of March.
The shapes were a LOT easier to use than folding a piece of paper and cutting until I got a heart shape I liked that would be the right size.
Here is my grandson’s I Spy quilt for his 3rd birthday. His love of Elmo was the inspiration. I was lucky enough to purchase a Sesame Street charm pack from the US on Ebay (we can’t get the fabric here in New Zealand) and found Elmo and Ernie in the “Quilting with the Muppet’s” book. The quilt design was my own. Lucas really loves his quilt.- Sandy
Of course, I didn’t want to hand piece hexagons. But lucky me, this video was listed in the sidebar of related videos.
This quilt has been relatively easy so far using both of these methods, and I feel like a super-accomplished quilter having tried something new.
You do get left with a bunch of these little triangles when cutting with this method, but luckily, they are perfectly usable. Of course, I can see making anything with these taking a lifetime, but then, maybe I’ll just spend the next 60 years making little hexies out of tiny triangles.
My step-daughter is recovering from multiple myeloma treatments and really wanted to make her first quilt. We used a pattern from your book, Everyone Can Quilt and even though neither of us had ever made a quilt before, this is what we managed.- Janeice and Brenda
Here is my table runner made from the pattern Blazing Stars. I just love it. The picture does not do it justice.
I was in your November 16th class at Boyd’s in Traverse City, MI.
I loved the class and all the patterns I bought. I can’t wait to get started on another one.- Sue
I made this for quiltsforkids.org, children in the hospital, they sent the fabric partly cut and you sew it. It was fun and gives a good feeling to do something for sick kids.- Joyce
I purchased the Rings That Bind Book & Template from you. Here is the finished twin XL quilt and the matching 24″ sq pillow sham that I made. I hope you like what I accomplished. It is different from that was illustrated, but I’m proud of the way it turned out. Thank you for the new method of making a quilt. I’m sure I’ll make more.- Lorraine
Pattern is “LeSpring Bouquet”. Picture 2 of 2 shows a close up of the center panel. Quilt is basically made up of borders around said panel; with only one piecework block border. The ‘scalloped’ border is made from a floral stripe fabric, which I truly fell in love with. I made it for our annual church dinner drawing, so again I didn’t get to keep the quilt!!- Sharon
I finally finished my quilt! If I had know how easy and quick it was to finish, I would have done it a long time ago!! I love it! I used your Spinning Diamonds pattern.- Theresa
Back in June, in Reno, I took your Teacher Certification Class using the Starmaker 8. Attached is the project picture. Loved the class as well as the techniques. I have two classes scheduled and there is a lot of interest in the display. I am affiliated with Sew Smart in Marshfield, WI, and have had a very busy summer getting displays sewn and up. I always under estimate the amount of time I have and number of other commitments.
Thank you for a fun day. You make learning enjoyable in spite of our intimidations. When I grow up I want to be just like you! Love you!- Faye
I’ve got 3 wonderful quilts to show – 1 is a wholecloth wall hanging that got 1st place in the professional category at the Armada Fair, another is a customer quilt that is amazing and the 3rd one is my Mother’s first quilt! (I’ve been teaching her how to piece this summer):
Vintage Linen Table Topper #1:
This was a 34″ embroidered linen table topper. I quilted it with silver and white thread and then hand beaded it. Wish me luck – this one is entered at the Quilting with Machines event in Ohio a few weeks from now!
My friend, Mary, pieced this buttery yellow quilt and I quilted it on my hand-guided longarm. I used a stencil in the blank spaces and traditional quilting on the pieced blocks. I had a hard time giving this one back! We had just painted our guest bedroom the same color!!
Blooming Dogwoods – Mom’s First Quilt:
I started her out with a nine patch alternating with solid blocks. I had her put a large medallion in the middle with multiple borders. She did a great job piecing this quilt! I had her help me mark the top with the stencils and I quilted it on my Gammill Classic Plus. My friend, Kay, helped her with the scalloped binding.
I was taking classes at the time and wanted to do this one lap quilt, but wanted to see what it looked like as a rag quilt and as a regular quilt. Because of time in classes I decided to take the measurements from the full size pattern and divided it in half. The quilts went fast in sewing and turns out that they were a great size for my granddaughters to play with with their dolls. When you divide a pattern in half it’s half both ways, up and down and from left to right. Example, one 8 inch block takes four 4 inch blocks. You can do wonders with sizes if you own a photo copier or a scanner which is what I did for the flowers.- Nancy
I’m Janie (Cockrell) Berlin. Ed and I own Skidway Lake Motel. I’ve met Kaye often – at Best Western and Carolines. I’ve finished my embroidered state flower block quilt (took 3 years). Sending picture (before it was longarmed by Caroline).- Janie
I read the article about the Cat Blankets and thought I would tell you what one of the things we do here in Cincinnati. We are the Toy Shop Axillary. We dress about 800 dolls for Christmas every year for Salvation Army. They are distributed at Christmas time. Parents come in and pick the doll they want to give to their little girl. All the outfits are made by ladies in the area. A couple of years ago, we decided it would be nice if we could wrap each doll in a quilt. Of course we have quilters that don’t make doll clothes and we wanted to get them involved. The response was great. We have no requirements as to size so each doll now gets two extra outfits and a quilt with her fully dressed doll. The ladies use up their scraps and odd fabrics from their stashes. We promote that it is a great way to try a new pattern and see if you like it without making a full size quilt. They do a lot of strip quilting too It is amazing what we get. Even scraps can be beautiful. Some women make beautiful quilts and don’t use scraps. I have no rules. Some have batting and some don’t. I have one lady who makes 25 quilts a year-all from her scraps! She swears her stash is not going down as fast as she thought.
Since the group I belong to is only responsible for dolls and books, another group who is responsible for baby gifts asked if they could give some of the quilts to give to real babies. They just couldn’t believe what we were getting from our sewers. I didn’t think the sewers would mind so the bigger ones went to real babies. We found out after Christmas that some of the girls who got them for their dolls used the quilts for themselves! Talk about passing on and sharing a love for quilting.- Phyllis
Kaye’s Spinning Diamonds, by Mary Cole, Certified Teacher- Mary
My almost 12 yr old granddaughter, Lanie, made this flannel wall hanging using Kaye Wood’s Octagon shapes. This will be a special gift for her adult Reading partner from grades 1-5, who is now recovering from cancer and chemo therapy. Great job.- Grace
Thank you for the class. I did the Spinning Diamonds, and was lucky enough to finish after class. I learned 5 major new tips and techniques during the lesson, and had lots of fun doing it. I can’t wait to get started teaching.- Gail
This is “Olive”. She is the niece of Kaye’s Son and Daughter-In-Law. This gorgeous little girl is showing off the quilt that Kaye made for her. It’s a log cabin design from Kaye’s Quilt Like A Pro book.- Kaye
This is a quilt I’ve made to raffle off in remembrance of my two sisters that I’ve lost to cancer. I made a label for the back. On June 18th and 19th, I’ll be walking in our local Relay for Life cancer walk and I’m donating all the money to the American Cancer Society. Last year I raised $395.00 and I’ve already beat that amount this year with two weeks to go!- Kathleen
I received your newsletter today and didn’t realize you were a military family. I am a retired Air Force Master Sergeant. I was stationed in Alaska, Korea, Japan, Crete, England, Maryland and Texas. My daughters grew up overseas and my oldest is now married to an Army man. The quilt shown here, I made for my dad who was also in the Air Force. His rank (Staff Sergeant) is represented by the stripes in the top right corner (as you’re looking at the picture) with the old Air Force wings in the bottom right, and the new Air Force wings in the top left.
I am a fairly new quilter and this is the first finished quilt that I have made. I began it a quilt camp in February 2009 for my husband [So he would like me going again this year] and finished it on Christmas morning. I used the pattern Diamonds of Yellowstone and View and Do Diamond Shape.- Diane
I made this “One Block Wonder” quilt for my Granddaughters college graduation. This was from one fabric and my first attempt at this type of quilt. It was so easy and so much fun, I can’t wait to make another one.- Suellen
This is my first attempt to make a lap quilt using stripes and prairie points, I have so many quilts with prairie points and fell in love with it. One day surfing different quilt sites I came across Kaye Wood’s show, “How to make prairie points the easy way“. Made them the Kaye Wood way, I’ll will be making more quits with prairie points. Thank you Kaye so much, I have only been quilting for about an year now, no lessons or anything. I grew up as a child with quilts on my bed have love them ever since.- Dee
This is the quilt we made in in the Las Vegas Certified Teacher Training Class. Then I came home and made one for my kitchen table (correctly)
Love this pattern. I want to make another as a center for a queen quilt. I used Kaye’s Savage Star pattern.
This quilt I made for the annual Moms for Marines picnic….it was a big success again this year. I have plans already for next year.- Donna
Here is another quilt I made for 2008 MOMS4MARINES annual picnic, this one went over so good. We sold alot of tickets and was able to raise money to send x-mas packages for our troops in Iraq. It’s a very good cause and the families that come are growing every year. It is an open picnic for any family that has a family member in the Marines, already in boot camp or going to boot camp, or deployed. It’s a fun day for them all. We always have a great time.- Donna
Marine Quilts gives quilts to the next of kin of our fallen soldiers to remind them that we feel for their sacrifice. You can go to their website to see examples and to get instructions for donating blocks.- Astrid