Finished Project Gallery

Quilts I’ve Made

To start building the Finished Quilt/Project Gallery, I am adding pictures of a couple of quilts that I have made.  I will be adding more quilts as we go along.  Some made by our talented customers and some others I have made.  Plus new ones as they are done.

Exhibit #1

I used farmer’s market collection to make this fruits and veggie quilt.  I used a pattern out of Jane Hardy Miller “French Braid Transformation” book , called “The Wave”.  I increased the size to a king size bed quilt and added borders.

This is the quilt I made for my son for his birthday

For my son’s birthday

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close up of the fabric designs

Exhibit # 2

I pieced together this bright and cheery quilt top for our local quilt group.  The jelly roll strips were donated to the group.  I volunteered to piece it together for a fundraiser project.  It was my own design from the strips I was given to use.  Then I handed it off to another member for the quilting.  It was a lap size quilt.  It turned out really cute :), and the group that received it for their auction, loved and appreciated it.

for the Medina Quilt Group

for the Medina Quilt Group

Exhibit #3

This is a quick, easy and fun way to use a panel.  I made this wall quilt for one of my granddaughters (the cat lover), for Christmas a couple of years ago.  I added borders around the panel and machine quilted in the ditch and around the squares outlines.   I used unbleached muslin for the backing.  Then bound it in the black contrast.  Instead of making a label for the back, I wrote on the backing with fabric markers.  I don’t know that I will do that again.  They bled a bit and I don’t know how many washing it will survive.

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Kid Quilt Fun

Making a quilt should be an exciting adventure.  From picking out the fabric and design to the final binding stitch.  Around our house, there are always 5 or 6 quilts in process at various stages.  Some get bumped back down the line for a more “urgent” deadline.  One of those “urgent” deadlines, are kids quilts.  Kids grow so fast, their quilts can’t wait, not if they are going to enjoy them as kids !  That’s the priority system around here.  With 7 grand kids to make quilts for, it’s what we seem to do the most of.   They are fun and fast and get loved and used more than any other kind of quilt.

Kids quilts are great for beginners too.  Let’s face it, if your work isn’t perfect the first time around, the recipient of your efforts doesn’t care and will love it just the same.  They are usually simple and easy and great practice.  You might want to consider making a couple of kids quilts for your first quilts, or to test out a technique or hone you skills for a bigger project.  They will be loved and played on and dragged around for a few years.  Then they will become cherished keepsakes.

Exhibit #4

Now this quilt is a very special kids quilt.  This darling labor of love was made by my 10 year old granddaughter for two of her little cousins for their journey to a far away country.  At Thanksgiving, she took this piece of fabric home with her and colored everyday.  This is what it looked like when she started.

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Then she brought it back to me.  I cut the strips for the boarders, but she did all the pieced sewing.  She did a fabulous job.  I did the batting, backing and machine quilted it.  Then sewed on the cute bug buttons.  It was sent to the cousins for their very long trip.  It is such a keepsake and the little ones love it so much.  They play with it every day and know that they are loved and missed.

Made by my 10 yr old granddaughter

We have some of this fabric is still available for your kid quilt.  You can send the fabric to the kids to color and send back to you.  If they live close to you or they are your children, you can color with them.  Then you can make up the quilt and give to them.  A real family effort.  Or you can color it yourself 🙂  (you would be surprised at how many women have done that – coloring is soothing and relaxing)

It can be colored with old fashioned wax crayons, fabric markers, or fabric paint.  If you use fabric markers or fabric paints, follow manufactures instructions for setting the color.  If you use crayons, be sure they are NOT washable crayons.  When the coloring is finished, you will need to iron the wax out of the fabric & set the color.  Lay the colored side down on brown paper.  This can be brown paper bags. (do not use newspaper) Using a hot iron, slowly move over the wrong side of the colored area until the wax is absorbed into the brown paper.  Put fresh brown paper under each section so the colors don’t transfer back onto the fabric where you don’t want it.  Then proceed with your quilt construction of choice.  Don’t forget to date and name each kid (& or adult) who participated in the project.  That can be done on the front under the squares, or make a label for the back.  But above all,

HAVE FUN and ENJOY !!! making this memory.

Exhibit #5

This is a fun, quick and easy panel quilt I made for one of my grandsons.  I added one small boarder around the panel.(green)  I machine quilted around each of the animals outline and also some of the background to make sure the batting would stay in place through many a washing.  I securely sewed a tiny black button on each animals eyes to add a bit of dimension.  Then I bound it in a third color (yellow) for added pop.  This quilt became his favorite right out of the package and he won’t sleep without it.

Simple panel quilt for one of my grandsons

Cottage Sample Quilts, Plus

We have a very fun and supportive Quilt Group here in Medina.  The wonderful women that belong to it are always ready to help with anything at a moments notice.  They are fabulous !!  When we were frantically working on the Cottage to make it useable for the Quilt Shop, I had to look ahead to when we would be open.  I needed to have some sample quilts made for display some of the beautiful fabrics that were arriving by the truck load.  I turned to our reliable, experienced and skilled Quilt group ladies for help.  They were eager to do anything I needed.

LOVE THEM ALL !!!!!

We chose designs, picked out (what we considered) the best fabric combinations, cut what was required and distributed the quilt packages to the volunteers.  The results were magnificent.  We are so grateful to these precious, giving ladies for their love and support.  We love the creativity and innovation of the individual “quilt artists” that worked on these quilts.

“Scrappy Lone Star” Wall Quilt

Assembled and machine quilted by Edie Jessup

finished size is 33″ X 33″

The star is made up with batiks.  The background is a cowboy toile.  The backing and binding are also a batik.

Edie used her artistic license and innovation to change the pattern assembly method a bit to avoid cutting up the scenes on the cowboy toile.  Instead of piecing the background, she appliqued the star onto the background, leaving it in one piece.  Good thinking Edie, Thank You so much.

This pattern was a free download off the internet.  (I don’t know who the designer is, I would gladly credit them for this beautiful design.)  We have free copies for anyone who would like one.  Come into the shop and asked for one.  We still have some of this magnificent fabric left, or pick out a color pallet with your own artistic eye.

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“We Care” Lap Quilt

Assembled and Hand Quilted by Cecilia Albus

finished size  40″ X 40″

pattern design by Whistler Studio

We chose a variety of fabric collections to coordinate with the “Calling All Nurses” collection from Windham Fabrics.  We left it up to Cecilia to put it together in a manner pleasing to her.  She appliqued the hearts onto the corner blocks and hand quilted the “big stitch quilting” around each block.  The backing is black & white ticking and the wide black boarder, is also the binding.  Thanks again Cecial for your boundless gifts of time and energy and this fun quilt.

This is also a free pattern for the asking here at the shop.  We have the “Calling All nurses” collection.  Mix and Match to please your creative spirit.  {for those intimidated by this process, we will gladly help you with suggestions and direction)

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“Rail Fence” Quilt   (kids flannel)

Assembled and machine quilted by Sandi Prom

finished size 36″ X 44″

pattern from Better Homes & Gardens “Quilt-Lovers” Favorites Vol. 11

Quick and easy to make and fun to work on, flannel is always a timeless basic.  These fun printed & solid flannels combine for a cute and cuddly kids “drag around” companion.  Sandi did a stair step pattern in the ditch for the machine quilting.  The backing is the blue bubble flannel and the binding is the royal blue flannel.  Thanks Sandi !

Just come in the shop and ask for this free pattern for your fun and loved kids quilt.  {it also makes a cozy adult throw out of our elegant flannels}  We have lots of beautiful flannels for you to choose from. 🙂

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“Me and My Shadow” Wall Quilt

Assembled by Ann Wells – Machine quilted by Donette Backlund

finished size  42 1/2″ X  26 1/2″

pattern from Better Homes & Gardens “Quilt-Lovers Favorites” Vol 11

Ann and I collaborated on this modern take of lights and darks from Benartex’s “Fossil Fern” collection.  What do you see in it’s design ?  We have been surprised at all the different things people see.   Great FUN !!!

Another free pattern for the asking,  just come on it and tell us what you see.  The Fossil Fern is a delightful twist on the solids for modern quilts of today.  Incorporate it into your next modern or traditional quilt for that extra spark.  This collection, on the shelves, looks like tubes of bright colored candy in a candy store.  DELICIOUS  🙂

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2 comments to Finished Project Gallery

  • karen barnes  says:

    Hello, I’m not sure if this is the correct place to leave you an email but, here it goes. My name is Karen and this coming Sat. Sept. 27th 2014 a group of ladies from the Corpus Christi American Sewing Guild are coming to the hill country for a Shop Hop. We are hoping to stop at your store. I’ve tried to find your shop hours but no luck, please advise.

    Karen Barnes

    • Donette Backlund  says:

      Hi Karen,
      I did email you last night from my ipad, so just in case it didn’t go thru, I am sending you another message in reply to your comment on the web site. My web site is the first attempt, I plan to improve on it in the near future. Please email me at littlecottagequilts@gmail.com or call me at (830)589-2502
      Thanks, Donette

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