My Personal Quilt Collection

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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Making Shadow Quilts

A few weeks ago, Janice of Color, Creating, and Quilting and Jen of A Dream and a Stitch decided to make a Shadow Quilt using a pattern designed by Debora of Studio Dragonfly Quilts, and they asked the other New Quilt Bloggers if they’d like to join in. Although I’m really busy at the moment, I found the idea of making a Shadow quilt pretty tempting. And fast! So fast in fact that I made two!

After studying the pattern, I decided to play with warm and cool colors and see what developed. After looking at my stash, I choose two different purple batiks for the background and shadows, and a series of yellows, oranges and reds for the squares.

I’m really happy with the results—I think the warm colors really come forward, and the purples recede, creating a nice 3D effect.

This mini quilt uses a 4 x 5 block setting, and finishes at 17” x 21”. I quilted this wall hanging very simply, by stitching in the ditch around the shadows and the squares.

I decided to add a flange for a nice pop of color. I think if I was to do it over, I might cut the flange just a tiny bit smaller, but I think it works none the less.

While I was working on my purple wall hanging, I kept texting updates to a friend of mine who was really encouraging. In fact, she absolutely loved it, so I decided to make her one too since they are so fast and easy and hey, she's my bestie!

Her favorite color is teal, with orange a close second. The thought of using opposites on the color wheel was very interesting to me. I was especially eager to see how they played off each other to create a 3D effect, and I think the result is wonderful!

I kept finding lots of orange fabrics in my stash and I simply couldn't decide which ones to include so I included them all! I made this mini quilt 5 x 5, so it finishes 22" x 22".

I didn’t get her quilt done because I went to see my daughter in college this weekend, but I know it’ll finish up fast. Alice loves sparklies almost as much as she loves teal and orange so I had to put a glittery orange square in the quilt!

I totally love how easy Shadow quilts are to make, and I encourage you to make one and share the results in my Quilting with the Inquiring Quilter Facebook group, or on Instagram with the hashtag #shadowminiquilt. Be sure to visit these participants to see the other Shadow quilts!

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Tell me…if you made a Shadow quilt, what colors would you use? How would you quilt it?

2016 Q1 Finish Along Recap

Boy that was a fast quarter! Looking back, I am pretty proud of what I was able to get done. As my regular readers know, I’m participating in the 2016 Finish Along. To participate, you post a list of WIPs you want to complete at the beginning of the quarter and then at the end of the quarter, you recap your finishes. During the quarter, you have this great online group of fellow quilters rooting you on and encouraging you to turn those WIPs into finished projects. So far it’s been a great experience and I encourage you to play along!

My list of Quarter 1 WIPs is here. You’ll see that it’s a long list. While I was trying to gather a list of WIPs together at the beginning of the year, I decided to simply list them all rather than shortening the list by figuring out which ones I wanted to get done first. Here are my finishes for Quarter 1.

  • Stepping Stones
  • Stepping Stones Alternate
  • Fabric flowers for my guild’s birthday party
  • My Funny Valentine table runner

Stepping Stones and Stepping Stones Alternate

I’m currently hosting a quilt along for Stepping Stones if you want to try this fast and easy quilt pattern for yourself. Just click the Stepping Stones QAL tab above to learn more.

When I design a quilt pattern I like to show it in two different colorways whenever possible because I want the people who purchase my patterns to be able to imagine their own color and fabric choices in the quilt rather than just mine. By showing two different colorways I hope to do that.

Stepping Stones can be made scrappy (as shown in the neutral version) or planned (as shown in the bright version).

Fabric Flowers for Guild Birthday Party

My guild has a party every February to celebrate our anniversary. My bee mates and I decided to make the centerpieces, and we needed about 100 fabric flowers and felted wool table toppers. I made about 40 to 50 flowers and my bee mates helped make the rest. The table toppers were mostly made by my bee mate Pam, but after Pam fell ill at the last minute, Becky and I each made three to get them done. Although I can't say my needlework is anywhere as good as Pam or Becky's, I’m still pretty proud of the table toppers!

My Funny Valentine table runner

I’ll tell you, at times it seemed like this table runner didn’t want to get made. I started working on it at a bee retreat weekend and thought it wouldn’t take much time to finish it. The weekend I was planning on finishing it, our daughter came home from college. Then other things came up and the project was put on the back burner until well after Valentine’s Day when I finally found time to quilt and bind it. Better late than never, I say!

I’m working on updating my Quarter 2 WIP list, which is due on April 8th for those of us participating in the 2016 Finish Along. My original list was pretty comprehensive, but some newer, more important projects have come up that I want to add to the list. So stay tuned!

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