Friday, December 19, 2008

Some of my quilts

Duh! I realized that folks will want to see pictures (just like I do)! So here are a few that I have saved on my laptop already.

Here is my stash/sewing cabinet. It is "upcycled" from an old Sauder armoire that my grandparents used for years and passed on to me about 10 years ago. I had hubby put bead board behind it and I painted it off-white to match my dining room furniture. I sew on the dining room table and this way everything is handy. (So, yes, sometimes we eat in the living room!)
And this is a quilt I made for my SIL's wedding almost 3 years ago and I JUST finished it a couple months ago. (She hasn't even gotten it yet.) In my defense I had a second son in that time and worked full-time, night shift (DH works days) so there was very little "me" or craft time. These were their wedding colors and the center square is copied from their invitation. (A local embroidery shop did that for a reasonable price.) This quilt was long-arm quilted (not by me!) and is very large- a king-size.

This one is the one I chose for my avatar as I made it for myself. To keep! Yay! (I have given most of my quilts away.) I got the applique pattern from a book at the library and as I started it about 5 years ago, I have no idea what book it's from. It's a very happy quilt! This quilt was also long-arm quilted. This one is about a full-size.

This one was made for a friend's (30th!) birthday recently and it came together quickly. This was my first attempt at embellishing and I loved doing that. (It goes well with my OCD.) I do have regrets with this quilt. I don't like the borders- too big- and I wish I had quilted it more heavily. I hand quilted it (in the ditch), though, and only had 2 weeks to make the quilt, start to finish, so it is what it is. This is between a lap and a twin size quilt.

Here are some closeups of the individual blocks. This one I hand sewed little crystals "in the ditch". I got all the embellishments from old clothes- prom/bridesmaid dresses that were beyond other usefulness.

Little crystals in the corners.
For this one I used ribbon and wove it for the very center of the block.

The brown fabric has iridescent dots- so pretty in RL, but does not photograph well.

It's a bit hard to see, but there are little mirrored beads all over this square.

This block has turquoise sequins. Yes, I put sequins on a quilt! (I sewed them on really tight.)

More of the ribbon. I so enjoyed all the little fussy details on this quilt.

This quilt had a lot of sparkle to it. When my friend opened it and shook it out, it caught the light and just shimmered. I loved that, so I will have to make one for myself like that eventually.

I apologize for the quality of my photos. I need a better camera. That is on the list AFTER I get a new sewing machine. I had borrowed one but I think I wore it out as the needle won't go up and down anymore, so currently I am sewing on an old (pretty rough) White machine I got at a rummage sale for $3. (Good thing I picked that up!) DH has promised me a new machine, so here's hoping it's sooner rather than later.


  1. you are going to have such fun with your blog. thanks for coming by to visit. i adore all the embellishing you did on this quilt. i have bunches of beads and i keep telling myself it would be fun to do. maybe someday!

  2. Lisa, Great start on your blog! See, it's not hard! Be careful with that OCD... you'll have so much fun on your blog you'll tweak and tweak it to oblivion. I know - I do that regularly! LOL Love the quilt that you chose for your avatar. Very, very pretty! Don't forget to include some close-ups from time to time. Your work is very pretty!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and saying hi.

  3. Welcome to blogland! Popped in from Caron's blog...
    Great quilt works posted already, especially the quilt you made for your SIL! Gorgeous! 8-)
    Happy stitchings!

  4. Hi Lisa, I saw your cherry quilt on BWQCP Blog and I thought it was adorable. I love your brown and turquoise quilt! How beautiful and I love it that you used ribbons, beads, and sequins! I can't wait to see what you do for the challenge!

  5. well you are a wonderful quilter...great ideas and good colors...your embellishments are great....yeah, our cameras don't do it justice with the sparkly things!

  6. Welcome to blogland! You are going to meet lots of nice people and share lots of creative ideas. Your quilts are great! I look forward to seeing what you do for the black and white challenge. I'm in that too.

  7. Wow! I love these brown and teal colours. STraight from my wardrobe!! LOL!!


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