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April 28, 2010

A Quilt Story

Filed under: Uncategorized — Karma @ 8:28 pm

I hope I don’t alienate any male readers (Scott) (Friends from FB) that I may have acquired with this write-up, but I felt like sharing another interest of mine today besides photography.  While I haven’t had this hobby for nearly as long as I’ve loved taking photos, I find it quite satisfying; it’s quilting.  I really started my love affair with quilts back when I worked for Old Sturbridge Village  ( that could be another post entirely!  I have some stories I could tell!), because many of the houses displayed old-fashioned style quilts, and many of the women I worked with there were skilled quilters.  A dear friend of mine, Renae, who occasionally comments here on the blog and is a wonderful quilter in her own right, gave me the little push I needed to get going.  She supplied me with my first set of coordinated fabrics.  I don’t think she ever intended for me to use them all in one quilt, but that’s what I did!  I found a simple pattern for a small quilt, and this is what I created:

(Note to photographer friends: these photos are scanned from 4×6 prints, so the quality of the shots is only so-so)

Shortly after I began quilting, a baby shower was being thrown for the wife of a friend.  I took the opportunity to give my new-found hobby another try.  Again, keeping it simple, this was my next creation:

I realized as I was going through my quilt pictures that I’ve been doing this for 5 years now.  The baby that I made that quilt for turned 5 this month.

Quilting fever hit!  I wanted to make more and looked for excuses to create.  I made two end-of-the-school-year quilts for my daughters’ teachers:

(Both quilts looked alike, so I only pictured one daughter and teacher)

I had a difficult time giving up this next quilt to the person for whom I made it!  One of the women I worked with at OSV was adopting a 5-year-old boy.  I created this out of a combination of 4 quilt square patterns I found in a book of 501 squares.  I felt quite proud of the work I did here, and hoped it would find a place of honor in the room of the adopted child:

Quilts go with babies!  That often turned out to be my reason for creating quilts.  The next three quilts were made for friends having a baby:

That Red Sox bear quilt was one of the most difficult and time consuming one I ever undertook.  That baby turns 4 this summer, and I think I still haven’t made a quilt I found more difficult.

Memory quilts are another style I’ve found the occasion to make.  I made this one for my mother-in-law’s 75th birthday:

It has pictures of her children and grandchildren on it.  I found special fabric at Jo-Ann’s Fabric that you can feed through your printer in order to create those squares.  I used the same fabric to help create this quilt, which I made for my daughters’ (and my) dance studio’s 10th anniversary:

I’ve also made quilts as gifts for my family.  This was a table-runner for my sister, Jennifer:

And this was my best attempt at a Victorian “tea time” quilt for my mother:

After a few years, and a bit of confidence gained, I made a quilt for Renae’s daughter:

My most recent foray into quilting was for my older daughter’s 15th birthday, just 2 months ago.  It was the biggest quilt I’ve made to date, and I tried to choose fabric to match her personality.  Because of the size of this quilt, I took it to a professional to have the 3 layers of the quilt sewn together after I created the top and backing.  I brought my daughter with me to the quilter to choose the pattern for the sewing that was done on one of those amazing, computer driven quilt machines.  She found a pattern of shoes and purses and this was the result:

(Its hard to do much in my house without the animals getting involved!)

I’ve got more ideas for quilts forever floating around in my head, and people for which I’d like to make them.  Would you like to be on my list?  😉



  1. What a fun hobby! I’ve always wanted to try quilting, but not sure I would have the skill or patience to do that. It would have to be all done by hand (don’t have a sewing machine, and even if I did, I can’t sew a straight line to save my life! LOL)
    The last one is my favorite… absolutely GORGEOUS!!

    Comment by thedailyclick — April 29, 2010 @ 9:27 am | Reply

    • Thanks Daily. I bet you could sew a straight line if you really wanted to; I was never much for sewing before I started quilting and you can get a half-way decent machine for a not outrageous amount of money! (Far less than any lens or toy for your D300!) 😉

      Comment by karma — April 29, 2010 @ 10:27 pm | Reply

  2. The scans don’t do the quilts justice! I uploaded a photo of Mason’s beautiful butterfly quilt so you can see the true colors:

    Why is it that quilts and cats are like PB&J?

    I think it’s time for you to make a quilt for yourself now. Definitely.

    Comment by Renae — April 29, 2010 @ 6:47 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for that pic of the quilt, Nae. I have that picture too, but it would have been scanned too because I didn’t know where to find it online. I think I’ll have to make the next quilt for Sarah, though, now that I made one for Meghan.

      Comment by karma — April 29, 2010 @ 10:29 pm | Reply

  3. Hey, Karma, thanks for the comment! I have to confess…I didn’t actually read the other comments on PW’s post because I was in a hurry haha. But I couldn’t stand Emilio on Project Runway either! He was kind of self-obsessed…always wanting to use his own name on everything! Geez!

    As for these quilts…wow, Karma! I’m so impressed. I really wish I knew how to quilt, it is on my list of things to do. Where did you learn? Did you teach yourself, or take a class? I need to re-familiarize myself with my sewing machine first, I think…your quilts are all so beautiful! They have inspired me! 🙂

    Comment by shoegirl — May 1, 2010 @ 10:34 am | Reply

  4. Thanks for stopping by, Shoegirl! I’ll confess I didn’t read all the comments on PDub either (who has the time?? LOL!) but yours caught my eye as I scrolled!

    Thanks for the compliment. I’m pretty much self-taught. My friend gave me lots of advice, and I’ve read books and magazines with easy-to-follow patterns. “Quilting for Dummies” is a good basic reference on technique and “Beginner’s Luck” by Lynette Jensen has some nice, easy to make quilts. Good luck if you give it a try!

    By the way, I’m adding you to my blog roll! 🙂

    Comment by Karma — May 1, 2010 @ 11:33 am | Reply

  5. Lovely, Karma! 🙂

    We all have other hobbies besides photography (and too many of mine have been neglected of late!). Making these beautiful creations for others is truly a gift from the heart!I hope all your receivee’s have realized the amount of work that goes into one of these. I used to Xstitch and hope to get back to that one day (I have a series of angels I’ve always wanted to create – one for each of the sisters in my family so we’d always remain connected…funny how the business of life gets in the way!)

    Anyways, I ramble. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talents! 🙂

    Comment by milkayphoto — May 2, 2010 @ 12:23 pm | Reply

  6. What beautiful quilts, baby quilts and others ! I love the Victorian tea-time quilt. Are the central pieces “appliqués” ? The table runner is gorgeous too. Congratulations, Karma. We are alike in the sense that we love to make gifts of our quilts, I have sewed a few for me though 🙂 I like to have them around at home.

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — August 24, 2010 @ 5:45 am | Reply

    • Thank you, Isa.
      The pieces on the tea time quilt are appliqued, but hand-made. I found the patterns for them in a great book called “Better Homes and Gardens 501 Quilt Blocks.”

      Comment by Karma — August 24, 2010 @ 9:17 am | Reply

  7. I realize your post was from 2010, but I JUST found it through Isa’s blog! I’m always thrilled to find other quilters on FB, WordPress or anywhere! Your photos are great, as are your quilts! I, too, have the 501 Quilt Blocks book, but haven’t yet taken advantage of any of its patterns. I usually create my own. Just recently I created my very first quilt all for myself: my “pink quilt”, and I blogged about it. I’ve been quilting for around 11-12 years and always make them for someone else or give them away. I’ve made some for fundraisers that have brought in pretty good $$. Please feel free to check out my blog, I have some quilt postings there, as well as one coming up soon… either tonight or tomorrow. Meantime, great job! Looking forward to some more quilt posts from you!

    Comment by Tamara Eckstadt — November 28, 2012 @ 8:56 am | Reply

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