My Quilting Journey
Funny how things work out. In 1990, I pieced my first quilt and, of course, had no idea how to quilt it. I finally quilted that top in 2014 - just in time for our guild's annual quilt show. Imagine my surprise when Ring Around the Roses (shown at right) won a Blue Ribbon!
I didn't know a thing about making a quilt and didn't know there was such a thing as a quilt shop. I just went to a fabric store and bought a couple of fabrics I thought were beautiful. I must have seen a Drunkard's Path pattern in a magazine, don't really remember, but I pieced this quilt and set it aside - not really knowing what to do next.
Not long after that I found a quilt shop. Wow! After browsing through rows of books, patterns, fabrics and notions, I was hooked and set about trying to learn all phases of quilting. Along that journey, I found that I loved just about everything about quilting except for borders. To do it right takes a lot of measuring, cutting, pinning, stitching, and pressing.
Over the years I started designing my own patterns and bought a longarm machine so I could quilt all of the tops I had pieced but had never quilted. I started practicing on simple quilts for friends - their idea, not mine - and that's when I discovered that borders are a problem for a lot of quilters.
Enough already! I started experimenting with what has
developed into my Faux Border quilts. The quilts look like they have borders, but if you look more closely they are all blocks. I particularly like the faux border on the Focus on Circles quilt (shown just below text in this column). It allowed me to carry the "circles" out into the border without chopping it off. This pattern is available to download. Click on the SHOP tab above for more details.
Quilts on this page are some that I pieced and quilted. A lot of them are my designs, but not all. These days I stay busy quilting for customers and designing new block patterns and quilts.
Under the Stars - This is a BOM I designed in 2015