Quilts

Mom's Flannel Quilt

I’ve made it a goal to document my earliest quilts, and the quilt I made for my mom was definitely one of those!

My very first quilt was made for my daughter. You can read more about that quilt here.

Katie’s quilt took several years to make because I learned fairly quickly that the pattern I’d chosen for her quilt was simply not beginner friendly. When I finally decided to put her quilt aside to learn the basics of quilting so I could finish it with confidence, I turned my attention to simpler quilts. One of those was the classic flannel rag quilt.

I talk about the process of making a flannel quilt here. Believe me, it’s super easy and very, very doable for an absolute beginning quilter.

After I put Kate’s quilt aside, I looked for advice on how to proceed and that’s when the idea of making a flannel rag quilt came up. The deal was sealed when I fell in love with a beautiful flannel fat quarter packet.

I love the soft yellows, greyed blues, and yellow-browns in this collection. I think it looks beautiful, even though it’s a simple quilt. I also love the mix of plaids and prints in the collection. Even though they look like homespuns, they are printed flannels although you could use homespuns in a rag quilt if you like.

After the quilt was finished, I gave it to my mother for Christmas. She didn’t use it much at first, but after she discovered how warm it was, it quickly became her favorite.

As she got older, the heaviness of the quilt (I’d used flannel on both sides and batting in-between) seemed to help her to sleep. She used it every day towards the end, so it not only got a lot of use but also a lot of washings.

I got the quilt back after she passed. It certainly was loved a lot. As I look at it now, I notice skipped stitches that I need to restitch to restore the quilt and protect it from deteriorating. I love how much she loved this quilt and I want to keep it in the family forever so making repairs to it is high on my to-do list.

I made a photo label for the back of the quilt. It’s one of my favorite photos of my mother and me as a baby.

Here are the quilt details:

"A Mother’s Ragtime Melody"
48" x 62"
Pattern: Flannel rag quilt, my pattern
Fabric: Flannel fat quarter pack, purchased at Quiltmakers, Indianapolis
Batting: Quilters Dream Select
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt 2314 Beige
Quilting Thread: Aurifil 50 wt 2314 Beige
Pieced and quilted by: Jennifer Fulton
Christmas, 2003

The best thing about quilts is that they continue to provide comfort, no matter how much wear they get. As I took a break from taking photos of the quilt to write this post, I turned to find Zora fast asleep on mom’s quilt. Couldn’t resist taking a photo.

tell me…have you ever made a rag quilt?

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My Very First Quilt

I realized the other day that I have never blogged about my earliest quilts—the quilts I made before I started a blog. So I thought that from time to time, I’d share them with you.

My very first quilt was made for my daughter. I started it while pregnant with her and finished it years later after I’d made other quilts and finally learned the basics of quilting (including piecing, quilting, and binding).

The story of how that first quilt came to be was the subject of my first blog post back on May 2nd, 2014.

I started the quilt when I was pregnant with my daughter, back in 1996. I finished it in October, 2001 when she was four. In between, I learned how to be a mommy and how to be a quilter.

The class I took on how to make the quilt was taught by a hand piecer, so we learned how to make a template and to use it to trace triangles. I doubt that any of those triangles were perfect but I managed to sew a recognizable square in square, and surround it with triangles to create each block.

None of the points match, but my friend Rhonda who was an experienced quilter showed me how to sew it together so it would lay flat. We discussed border options and came up with a doable plan to add a skinny muslin border followed by a scrappy squares border and a wider print border.

After I finally got the quilt top together (I even took the quilt apart at one point and redid some of the blocks) Rhonda helped me come up with a quilting plan for the center of the quilt—straight lines quilted with my walking foot running from corner to corner in each block. For the skinny inner border, I quilted a straight line down the middle. For the middle border, I stitched in the ditch along each side and for the outer border, I stitched two parallel lines down the middle.

I used a flowery vintage looking flannel for the backing and made a scrappy binding to finish the quilt. Rhonda embroidered a quilt label for me on her embroidery machine.

As I said, I finished the quilt in 2001. It was 1999 when we came up with the plan on how to square the quilt top and add borders. I took the two years in-between to hone my skills as a quilter by making simpler quilts and to hone my skills as a mother to my beautiful little girl.

Here are the quilt details:

"Baby Ocean Waves"
47" x 54"
Pattern: Baby Ocean Waves by Connie Lancaster
Fabric: Baby-themed scraps collected from the scrap barrel at Quilts Plus, Indianapolis
Batting: Quilters Dream Request
Piecing Thread: 50 wt Beige
Quilting Thread: 50 wt White
Pieced and quilted by: Jennifer Fulton
October, 2001

I finished the quilt one weekend while visiting Rhonda. While I did the quilting, Rhonda took my leftover scraps and made a matching doll quilt. (28” x 32”). Both quilts are treasured by my daughter, who graduated from college last year. Maybe one day she’ll have a little boy or girl, and pass the quilts onto them.

tell me…what was your first quilt?

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Island Batik Great Outdoors Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Hi and welcome to the my day on the Island Batik Great Outdoors Blog Hop!

Today’s featured Island Batik collection is called Dear William, and I'm in love with it's warm golds, rich purples, and deep greens and blues!

Dear William is part of the Spring collection, currently in quilt stores.

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With the theme "great outdoors" as my muse, I immediately thought of a cabin in the woods. That thought led to Log Cabin and Bear's Paw blocks and well, I soon had a design!

I call my quilt Bear Cabin.

I love how the colors play together. What really fascinates me is the almost floral look of this quilt, despite it's warm rich color palette.

Forgive the photo below. I tried getting some outdoor shots in natural light, and it started raining. Just sprinkling, so I went ahead and took a few quick "glamor" shots. There's a drop of rain on the lens, and a bit of mud on the quilt top because it slid off and fell into a dirt/mud patch. Ugh.

Oh well! It can be washed and I much prefer natural light when I can get it. And soon after getting these shots, the skies opened up and it started really pouring down. So I'm kinda feeling lucky.

Anyway, enjoy the beauty of this photo. Or not. <grin>

I chose these threads to quilt my quilt top.

For quilting, I started with the Bear's Paw blocks. I made a simple loop in the center of the large square, with two half loops on either side. Then I did a half loop on each side of the "claw" part of the HSTs.

I quilted the sashing with a simple curvy line with swirls at both ends. The green center square was quilted with half loops on each side.

For the sashing between the blocks, I quilted a curvy line with curlicues at each end. In the green square in the center of the quilt, I quilted curves along each edge.

I repeated the quilting pattern used in the large Bear's Paw blocks for the mini Bear's Paw blocks in the corners of the quilt. For the borders between these blocks, I quilted a long ribbon down the center of the border with random curls along it's length.

I did something interesting for the Log Cabin blocks. On the blue half, I quilted a series of angled lines from corner to corner of the logs. On the gold side, I quilted a curly version of "feathers".

Here are the quilt details:

"Bear Cabin"
30" x 30"
Fabrics: Island Batik Dear William collection
Pattern: Original Design
Batting: Hobb's Heirloom Premium 80/20 Cotton Poly Batting
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2326 Sand
Quilting Thread:  Aurifil 50 wt. #2785 (Very Dark Navy) and #2132 (Tarnished Gold), Aurifil 40 wt.#2885 (Medium Spruce), Aurifil 12 wt. #4030 (Plum), and Guttermann #6340 (Light Navy)
Pieced and quilted by Jennifer Fulton

Please visit Bea, Sandra, and Geraldine who are also featuring the Dear William collection today. You'll find a link to their blogs and to the other Ambassadors participating in the blog hop at the bottom of this post.

Enter My Giveaway!

To celebrate the Island Batik Great Outdoors Blog Hop, I'm having a giveaway! Complete the Rafflecopter below after leaving a comment to enter to win a lovely charm pack from the Dear William collection by Island Batik (US residents only). You can earn an extra chance to win by visiting my Inquiring Quilter Facebook page. If you like what you see, please Like my page and Follow Me.

The giveaway is open through the blog hop, and closes on September 4th at midnight EST. I'll announce a winner on September 5th.

For International residents, the prize will be one free PDF pattern from my shop. I'm sorry I can't afford the cost of shipping overseas, but I wanted everyone to have a chance to win something. Just leave a comment and complete the Rafflecopter below to enter. You too can earn an extra chance to win a pattern by visiting my Facebook page.

Congratulations Judy Biggerstaff! You won! Send me your postal address and your charms will be on their way.

Enter the Island Batik Giveaway!

Use the Rafflecopter below to enter the Island Batik giveaway! Up for grabs is a Jungle Cruise 2-1/2" strip pack.

Continue the Hop to Enter More Giveaways!

The blog hop continues through September 4th. Be sure to visit the other Island Batik Ambassadors each day and see even more beautiful Island Batik fabric collections! There are additional giveaways, free patterns, and tutorials so be sure to visit each stop on the hop.

Follow me on social media to keep up with the blog hop and other happenings! You'll find the ways to follow at the top of my sidebar.

WEEK 1

Monday, August 6 - All A Flutter - Sharon @ Yellow Cat Quilt Designs and Michelle @ Creative Blonde

Tuesday, August 7 - Birds N’ Bees - Anna @ Ark Angel Creations and Jen @ Patterns by Jen

Wednesday, August 8 - Canterbury Manor - Sally @ Sally Manke and Sherry @ Powered by Quilting

Thursday, August 9 - Eclectic Garden - Jessica @ Desert Bloom Quilting and Karen @ Sew Karen-ly Created

Friday, August 10 - Vintage Morris - Joan @ Moosestash Quilting and Leanne @ Devoted Quilter

WEEK 2

Monday, August 13 - Safari - Amy @ Sew Incredibly Crazy and Anne @ Sweetgrass Designs

Tuesday, August 14 - Spring Blossoms - Maryellen @ Mary Mack Made Mine and Jackie @ If These Threads Could Talk

Wednesday, August 15 - Victoria and Albert - Barbara @ Bejewled Quilts by Barb and Dione @ Clever Chameleon

Thursday, August 16 - Wild Things - Connie @ Freemotion by the River and Connie @ Kauffman Designs

Friday, August 17 - Petting Zoo - Turid @ Den Syende Himmel and Sarah @ Sarah Goer Quilts

 WEEK 3

Monday, August 20 - Ocean Odyssey - Toby @ Gateway Quilts & Stuff and Karen @ The Quilt Rambler

Tuesday, August 21 - British Rose - Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts and Mania @ Mania for Quilts

Wednesday, August 22 - Dear William - Jennifer @ Inquiring Quilter (that's me!), Sandra @ MMM Quilts, and Geraldine @ Living Water Quilter

Thursday, August 23 - Dragonfly Dreams - Jeanette @ Inchworm Fabrics and Bea @ Be A Quilter

Friday, August 24 - Fur-ocious Friends - Tina @ Quilting Affection Designs and Jennifer @ Dizzy Quilter

WEEK 4

Monday, August 27 - Globetrotter - Pamela @ PamelaQuilts and Jennifer @ Curlicue Creations

Tuesday, August 28 - Jungle Cruise - Vicki @ Vicki's Crafts and Quilting and Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts

Wednesday, August 29 - Lavendula - Carole @ Carol Lyles Shaw and Nancy @ Masterpiece Quilting

Thursday, August 30 - London Calling - Anita @ Quilt in a Not-Shell and Terri @ Lizard Creek Quilts

Friday, August 31 - Spirit Rhythm - Steph @ Steph Jacobson and Janet @ Whispers of Yore

WEEK 5

Monday, September 3 - Sweet Tweets - Kathleen @ Kathleen McMusing and Suzy @ Adventurous Applique and Quilting

Tuesday, September 4 - Whatnot - Joyce @ heARTs Creations and Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts

 

Disclosure: The products featured in the post were provided to me free of charge by Island Batik, Aurifil, and Hobbs.

Other Happenings This Week

I've been busy I must say. Yesterday, I released my block pattern for the Fall into a Quilt Along. The pattern is free for a limited time. Make the block to enter our giveaway! Click here for details.

 

Tomorrow I'll be hosting a special Wednesday Wait Loss link up. (Yeah I know, it's on Thursday this week.) Drop by and share State Fair quilts (or quilts with animals, food, games, or anything else related to a state fair) for a chance to win that giveaway!

Yep, it's giveaway week here on my blog! <grin>

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Tell me...what's your favorite memory of the great outdoors?

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thanks everyone! be sure to leave an email address if you want to enter the giveaway!

My Visit to the Quilters Guild of Indianapolis

As some of you know, I'm a former President of the Quilter's Guild of Indianapolis. So it was both exciting and perhaps a bit scary when I was asked to to give a talk last Thursday. Turns out I need not have worried! The quilters in my guild could not have been more gracious or welcoming.

Interwoven - A quilt pattern in my book, "Idiots Guide: Quilting"

I think I was just putting too much pressure on myself to be perfect for my guild. As it turns out that's very ironic as my talk was entitled "Try It You'll Like It: Becoming a Brave Quilter." To become brave, I think you need to give up the illusion of perfection and instead embrace learning and growth. Hard to do, but as my talk proved to me, when you let go of perfection and relax you have fun!

Life in the Tide Pool - another quilt pattern from my book

During my presentation I chatted a bit about my quilting journey, including the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (mistakes I've made). <grin>

A quilt only a mother could love...one of my first quilts, a rag quilt that was loved so much by my mother it's kinda falling apart. See, who needs perfection? <grin>

Along the way I shared some of my quilts, and tried to encourage everyone to try new techniques. I've got two workshops scheduled in October if you happen to be in the Indianapolis area! My workshops will teach you how to foundation paper piece, and to make either a wall hanging or a table runner using my Mirage pattern.

Mirage wall hanging - pattern in my store

Mirage wall hanging - pattern in my store

Mirage table runner - also included in the pattern

I totally advocate choosing small "I Can Finish It" projects to use when learning a new quilting technique which is why I chose small projects for my workshops. There's nothing better than the feeling of "Wow, I finished that!" and "OMG I just mastered that new technique! Look at me go!"

My second workshop teaches partial piecing or Y-seams. Workshop participants will make a table runner using either my Peppermint Twist or Water Vortex pattern.

Peppermint Twist quilt - pattern in my book

Water Vortex quilt - pattern in my shop.

I chose my two workshops because I think a lot of people shy away from paper-piecing and y-seams because they are different and new techniques for them. My hope is that people will take my workshops and walk away being glad they did. Couldn't ask for more than that!

It's no secret that my favorite part of any guild meeting is Show and Tell. I love looking at quilts! What was really cool this time though is that the guild surprised me by inviting members to bring quilts made with my patterns. Gosh that was cool. It almost made me cry.

Suzie brought her version of my Stepping Stones pattern. She was so brave when she made this--working with a color palette that was really different than her normal one. She'd won a layer cake at Guild and wanted to use it with this pattern, which uses layer cakes.

Suzie brought her version of my Stepping Stones pattern. She was so brave when she made this--working with a color palette that was really different than her normal one. She'd won a layer cake at Guild and wanted to use it with this pattern, which uses layer cakes.

Stephanie brought this special version of Summer Social, a pattern I created for Dear Stella that's available in my shop.

This reminds me...if any of you have ever made a quilt using one of my patterns or tutorials or quilt alongs, I would love to see it! I host a linkup once a week (my Wednesday Wait Loss) that you can use to share a photo of your quilt.

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Tell me...what quilt technique do you hesitate to try? Leave a comment and I'll see if I can work up some tutorials.

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