1. The first quilt here (upper left) was
completed in 2002 after 4 years of intermittent work.
I started it when we first began plans for our new
house, intending to hang it in the foyer, but it was
not finished until we had been living in the house for
over a year. It is 96" x 96", all
cotton with cotton batting. The quilting thread is
green. The borders are quilted in a design seen in
other handmade details in the house. This Amish Nine
Patch is based on a quilt in the Esprit Collection.
The center squares are hot pink leaning toward
magenta. In the original quilt the center squares are
similar, but with a hint of hot melon.
2. The second quilt here was
made for our second oldest son, and hangs on the wall
behind our piano. It is cotton with poly batting
(Mountain Mist Quilt Lite) and is quilted with black
thread. The border quilting is a combination of lines
and feathers. It is twin sized and our now adult son
still complains that he has never been allowed to put
it on his bed! This quilt was completed prior to 2000,
probably about 1990. (I'll have to look up the date.)
3. This whole cloth quilt was started in
November of 2002 and completed in February of 2003,
and was made for Grace, the first child of close
friends, who later became the flower girl at our
daughter Bethany's wedding.. It is about 42" x 42" and is all
cotton with cotton batting. One side is light lavender
leaning toward orchid, and the other is lavender
leaning toward periwinkle. The binding around the
scalloped edge is a color that falls nicely between
the front color and the back color. The quilting was
done with Talon color #310, a light pink, in
crosshatches, lines, and feathers. When the quilt was
within a few square inches of being finished, I ran
out of quilting thread. My search for more of the same
color revealed that Talon was no longer in business. I
ended up gleaning the thread I needed by removing and
reusing the basting stitches I had put in around the
edges of the quilt.
4. Below is a baby sweater I made recently. ( October
2004.) My son Chad says it's cute and he wants me to save
it for when he is married and has a baby.
5. This is obviously not at quilt (or even a baby
sweater), but it IS an adorable 6 1/2 month old
collie pup! Isn't he sweet?! He belongs to one of my
girlfriends and may someday be a show dog like many of
his close family members. We have one of his
relatives as our family pet.
6. Here is one of our four fuzzy pets (3 cats
and 1 collie). He
is an adorable Norwegian Forest Cat kitten that my
husband gave me for my 51st birthday. Not only
is he beautiful, but I have had many cats over the
years and he has the best personality of all of them!
He thinks he is a cuddly little puppy dog, only not so
hyper! After having him for nearly 3 years, we finally
named him Norsestar's Mr. Neelix, after a
friendly character on Star Trek "Voyager"
7. This is a ring bearer's pillow I made for my
sister-in-laws wedding. I used all white wedding
fabric, white silk floss and different white, pearl
and crystal beads. The back buttons closed with real
8. This is one of two identical applique quilts I
made for my two daughters. Only the quilting pattern
is different. They are single bed sized, cotton tops
and back, with Mountain Mist "Quilt Lite"
batting. I really enjoyed making these.
9. This is a small quilt I made early in my
quilting career. It is about 42" x 42" and
all cotton top and back with Mountain Mist "Quilt
Lite" batting. I found the pattern in a book of
Amish crib quilts.
10. This quilt is one of my favorites. It is a
Sunshine and Shadow quilt made from left over scraps
from dresses I made for my girls when they were small.
I did not use a "speed" method to piece
this. I cut all the square out, arranged them exactly
as I wanted them, then began sewing them together one
at a time. I quilted the center in cross-hatching but
the border in a undulating feather pattern. It is
about 42" x 42" and has an all cotton top
and back and Mountain Mist "Quilt Lite"
11. This is a "Diamond in a Square" Amish
pattern. It was one of the first quilts I made and is
about 42" x 42", cotton top and back,
Mountain Mist "Quilt Lite" batting.
12. I began working on this quilt when I was
pregnant with my second daughter. One night I got the
"nesting instinct" bad, and stayed up until
2am piecing it and preparing it for quilting. The
following morning early, I went into labor and took
the quilt with me thinking I'd work on it at the
hospital while I was waiting for the baby to come.
Needless to say, I soon did not feel much like
quilting and my little Bethany was born around noon
that day. I felt great after her birth and my
doctor allowed me to take her home only four hours
later. On the way home I talked my husband into
stopping at the fabric store with my newborn, so I
could buy the quilting thread I needed to finish this
quilt! This quilt is all cotton top and back,
with Mountain Mist "Quilt Lite" batting. It
is quilted with hot pink quilting thread.
13. These two small quilts were made to go with the
Amish dolls I made for my kids. I made the first
quilt, then misplaced it and thought I'd lost it, so I
made another. I could not remember exactly what order
I arranged the squares in, but I did my best to make it
the same as the first one. Later I found my lost quilt
and was able to compare them and see how close I came.
They are each about 2 feet by 2 feet, all cotton tops
and backs with Mountain Mist "Quilt Lite"
batting. They are quilted in bright blue thread.
14. Here is another little doll quilt made from
dress scrapes. At first I intended to sell this on
E-bay but didn't have the heart to by the time I had
finished it. I think it took about a week to complete.
It is about 2 feet by 2 feet, all cotton top and back,
with Mountain Mist "Quilt Lite" batting.
15. This is one of my very first quilts. The batting
was too thick and I did not know how to sew on a
binding, so I just sewed the top to the back inside
out and reversed it. It is about 18" by 18"
and I still use it today in the center of my kitchen
table to set my homeschooling basket on. (The thick
batting made it quite durable.)