Bed quilts

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basketweave quilt
Ostara Basket

The pattern is called Weaver Fever, and it’s a five-way, for those who know what that means. All of the fabric is hand-dyed except for the black. I did a lot of hand-dyeing a few years ago, including socks and t-shirts as well as quilt fabric, but I haven’t done that in years. This is the quilt that gave me tendonitis from too much rotary cutting [wry g]. Hand-quilted.

Jewel Box

Made for my niece Emily when she got married the first time. Hand-quilted.

Evergreen Quilt

This was the first really complicated quilt I ever made. The pattern is from Thimbleberries, and used templates. There are 66 trees, each of a different fabric, and over thirty off-white/beiges. And a dozen brown fabrics in the trunks. Hand-quilted.

Imbolc Flame

The pattern is actually Storm at Sea, which is traditionally done in blue and white, but I was looking for a dancing flame effect. The only part of this quilt I’m not happy with is that gold that looks too brown, although I have to admit, too, that I sometimes wonder what this quilt would look like if I’d started with yellow in the center, then worked my way out to red then back to yellow at the edges, instead of the other way around. Hand-quilted.

Flying Geese

This isn’t quite a charm quilt because each pair of small triangles is in the same fabric. A traditional pattern. Hand-quilted in a braid pattern down the navy-blue stripes.

Jan’s quilt

Made for my childhood best friend Jan on the occasion of her divorce. The pattern is called Warm Wishes. Her favorite color is red, and the white on black print is musical notes because she’s very musical. I quilted a star in each red square. Hand-quilted.

Job Carr Cabin quilt

I made this upon request for the Job Carr Cabin museum in Tacoma. Basically so they could have a reproduction quilt to put on the bed so they could put the actual antique quilt in a display case. It was fun to make, and well out of my normal color range, since the fabrics are Civil War repros (the original cabin dated from 1865). The pattern is traditional, and called Corn and Beans. Hand-quilted. It’s cool to have a quilt in a museum [g].

Cranes in the Window

Made for my friend Loralee. She picked out the crane fabric. The pattern is called Attic Windows. Hand-quilted. The crane fabric provided some nice pre-marked quilting lines.

Ombre Four-patch

Made for my friend Loralee’s granddaughter Mikki when she got married. Each of the red, orange, and yellow fabrics is different, except for one pair of orange squares, which was an accident. Flannel backing (which was evil to quilt). Machine quilted.


Made for my friend Loralee’s granddaughter Morgan when she moved out on her own. Two of her interests are wolves and music, hence the rather unusual combination of fabrics (the black on white prints are musical notes). Machine quilted.

Not Quite Charming Half-Square Triangles

I got this pattern out of a library book originally. It’s the same Corn and Beans pattern as the museum quilt, above. It’s not quite a charm quilt in that there are two triangles of each fabric, which is an artifact of the piecing process. Machine quilted.

National Park Charming Chain

This is my national park quilt. The pattern is Triple Irish Chain. It is a true charm quilt except for the borders and the pale taupe fabric in the open squares. It has over 1500 different fabrics in it (I did a lot of swapping to acquire them all, but over half of them came from my own stash). The pictures are cross-stitched, and each one is of a different national park. The geyser stencil was made by my friend Mary. Hand-quilted. This is probably my favorite of all of the quilts I’ve made in twenty-plus years of quilting so far.

Rainbow Nine-patch

This was the result of an online swap I organized on Quiltswappers, an email list I used to belong to. Each month we swapped a different color of nine-patch blocks. I made the snowball blocks to give it some variety. Machine-quilted.

Shadow Flattery

One of my earliest quilts. The pattern is called Amish Shadows, and it’s in solids in typical Amish colors. The name is a cross between the pattern name and the phrase “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” Each black triangle has a motif quilted in it, and each border has its own quilt pattern. Hand-quilted.

Star Paths

The quilt I put on top between Yule and Imbolc. Pattern is Ohio Star with four patches in the corners. I didn’t originally intend to use sashing, but the black was too dominant without something between the blocks. Hand-quilted in something of a hurry, I don’t remember why. Not my best quilting job, at any rate.

Stars in the Night

Each star is a different pair of fabrics. The pattern is Spinning Star with alternating plain blocks. Each plain block is quilted with a feather wreath. Hand-quilted.

Trip Around the World Too Much Yellow

The first bed-sized (made to fit the water bed I was sleeping in at the time, hence the odd size) quilt I ever made. Its construction straddled the purchase of my first sewing machine, so it’s half hand-pieced and half machine-pieced. The pattern is called Trip Around the World, obviously, and it really does have too much yellow in it. I was still learning about how to combine fabrics. Unless you’re going all out (the way I did with my flame quilt), yellow really is best used sparingly. Hand-quilted.

Yule Stars

This will be my Christmastime bed quilt, or at least top bed quilt. I sleep under four or five quilts in the wintertime. This is just the top so far. I probably won’t get round to quilting it till next fall.

Beth’s quilt

This is a throw (four feet square) that I made for my copy editor in payment for her fine job on my book Finding Home. She asked for blue, purple, and black. Hand-quilted.


Autumn throw

This is a quilt I made for my sister Ann when she moved down to Texas to be near my elderly mother, partly as a housewarming present and partly as a thanks for being there for our mother.  The five tan squares each have a quilted motif which does not show in the photo, alas (the pattern you see is the fabric’s pattern). The leaf/berry squares are cut from a fabric panel I picked up in Texas a couple of years ago. Hand-quilted.

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Lorraine’s quilt

I made this quilt for my friend Lorraine when she was going through a hard patch after her son became ill.  The fireworks fabric is a reference to the Vorkosigan science fiction series we both love (which is how we met).  The relevant quote is “An inherent cultural passion for things that went boom, perhaps.”

Mother’s quilt

This is the whole cloth quilt I made for my mother in 1998.  If you want to know more about it, you can go here.

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