Embroidered Frogs

I smiled so much while working with this fun quilt! I absolutely love these little embroidered frogs!

This unique quilt crossed my path several months ago when one of my neighbors from back home reached out to my mom and I to see if we could help make a quilt from the embroidered blocks that she had found when helping her mother sort belongings.

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My neighbor asked me piece a simple lattice in a darker fabric color to allow the light yellow blocks to pop out. A green boarder  finished the design.

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When I mounted this quilt on the long-arm machine I decided to custom machine quilt a pattern of echoed swirls intended to mimic water. I am happy with the motion the quilting adds to this quilt, and the way it works with the frog emphasis.

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I love quilts because they tell stories. This quilt has so many stories, some known and some unknown, sewn up in these adorable embroidered frog blocks. They are the stories of the women who gathered to share life together. I am privileged to have played a small part in preserving these embroidered blocks in a completed quilt.

~ By Kathryn

Squares!

This quilt was pieced by my mom and custom long-arm quilted by me a few months ago as an apartment warming gift for my older brother. We chose browns and blacks for a color scheme to match the furniture that my brother has in his new place.img_1147

To stay with the rectangle theme, I used the long-arm machine to custom quilt squares all over the quilt. This was great practice for me in free-handing straight lines, and my brother was quite impressed when he saw the finished quilting!

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This quilt looks great in the living area of my brother’s apartment, and it is super comfy to curl up with while watching a football game on the TV… (I know because I’ve done it)!

Thanks for reading!

~ By Kathryn

Basketball & Bridges

My little brother (who’s only little cause he is younger than me… Height wise he has me beat) moved into his first apartment earlier this summer, so my mom and I teamed up to make him this quilt as an apartment warming gift. He is a big fan of the Golden State Warriors pro-basketball team, so we used their team colors in this quilt.

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When deciding how to custom quilt this throw sized quilt, mom and I realized that the piecing design created spaces that looked similar to the Golden Gate Bridge which is the logo for the Warriors basketball team.

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This custom quilting definitely gave me lots of extra practice in free-hand quilting straight lines both vertically in the blue spaces, and horizontally in the yellow pieces. My brother was pleased with the result, and the quilt adds lots of fun color to his living room!

By Kathryn

Into The West

This quilt has a very special place in my heart. I made it for my boyfriend, Ben, as a gift for his college graduation. I wanted to create a quilt that told the story of the first months of our relationship.

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I’m probably a bit partial to our story, because it’s ours, but it has some really fun aspects that made a story quilt a great gift.

We met in college at a 16-month Associate of Liberal Arts program named Rivendell Sanctuary. The name of the school was inspired by the home of the elves, Rivendell, in J.R.R. Tolkien’s, The Lord Of The Rings. When deciding on fabrics for the quilt, it was only fitting that I included portions of a map of Middle Earth.

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For 5 weeks of our time at Rivendell (during Ben’s third semester, and my fourth and final semester) our classes traveled to Italy to study the Fine Arts. Although Ben and I had been on the same small campus at Rivendell for about 9 months prior to the trip, our paths had rarely crossed so we didn’t really know each other beyond our names. In Assisi, Italy, we went on what I like to call an “accidental” pizza date, and realized that we enjoyed talking with each other and spending time together. Naturally, I decided to include some fabric with famous locations in Italy (many of which we visited) in this quilt.

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When we returned from Italy I graduated from the Rivendell program, and Ben had one semester remaining. I transferred to a different college to work on completing my Bachelor’s degree. Ben came to see me each week at my new college, and one of our first homework date spots was the library on the campus of my school. After a few of those homework dates in the library, Ben asked me to date him and I said yes! I added some book fabric in the quilt to highlight that time of our relationship.

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I wanted to add a few hobbies and likes that Ben has to fill out my selection of specialty fabrics for the quilt. Ben plays guitar (quite well, if I do say so myself), and he regularly wears plaid shirts, so I thought that some fabrics along those lines would work well with my color scheme and story quilt concept.

Along with the special fabrics that I chose, I added some extra blues and tans to complete my fabric choices!

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From the pictures you can see the overall long-arm quilting design that I chose for the quilt. I wanted to keep it simple so as not to distract from the fabric designs. In the border I did a different design to mix it up and give me a chance to play around with multiple designs!

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I put a label on the back with some details about the quilt (I blurred the picture). I chose the quilt name because at the end of Tolkien’s “The Lord Of The Rings,” the elves (who live at Rivendell) sail away from Middle Earth, into the west. Ben and his classmates are leaving their time of education at Rivendell and heading off into the west, so to speak, to live their lives.

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Needless to say, I had some sentimental moments while planning, creating, and long-arm quilting this gift for Ben. I loved seeing the picture that I had in my mind take shape as I added the special fabrics and created the layout. And, as always, I enjoyed tying it all together with the long-arm quilting!

The months of our relationship that this quilt captures had some amazing and unique adventures in them, and I am excited to see what adventures the future months have for Ben and I!

By Kathryn