A Quilted Christmas

As every quilter knows, the true value of a handmade quilt far exceeds the monetary price tag that could be placed upon it.  During Christmas 2017, I quilted about 10 quilts for customers to give as gifts.  Four of them presented a particularly interesting challenge.

Memory Quilts

These particular quilts were made as gifts for family members as a remembrance of their father’s/son’s passing.  Four identical lap quilts made from his shirts.  How to quilt each to reflect the personality of the recipient was the specific challenge.  The customer left it up to my discretion, which can be both a blessing and a curse.  I was very pleased with the results and in the end, created 4 beautiful and cherished quilts.

Quilted for young adult daughter,..Heart-trellis border with feathered swirl allover.
Close-up of the feathered swirl
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Quilted presented to the parents…a Tear-drop Curl in the border with an allover floral through the center.
A cross-hatched center with a Football themed border was needed for this quilt being presented to her college football playing son.


What to do for a teen-aged, video game loving son? … Intersecting boxes with a diagonally quilted border.

Christmas Decor

This quilt was a tag-team effort with my sister.  She is an awesome cross-stitcher.  We teamed her stitching skills with my quilting quilting skills to come up with this quilted Christmas tree, made of cross-stitched Christmas trees.  This was also my first experience with “bling-ing” a quilt with rhinestones.  It was so much fun and much easier than I thought.  I look forward to finding the right project to use them again.

The finished product…10 trees becoming 1
Close-up of the beautiful hand-stitching and rhinestone placement
Rhinestone detailing on quilted snowflakes
Quilting details mimic the pattern in the of the cross-stitched patterns.


Close-up of the quilting details
The star atop the completed tree…O Christmas Tree!!

Quilting for Primary Children’s Hospital

Each year, the Festival of Trees is held in Salt Lake City.  Hundreds of trees displayed and auctioned to benefit the Primary Children’s Hospital.  Millions of dollars are raised each year to benefit the hospital and help provide patient care for families.  This year, I was asked to quilt a vintage tablecloth, turned tree skirt to go around one of the trees to be displayed and quilt a few panel, wall hangings which were sold in the gift boutique.  Festival3Festival2Festival1

Quilted Gifts

Three different customers brought quilts to be given to special family members.  Two were gifts for special siblings and the other two were given to special grandsons.  All in all, a lot of warmth being shared during this season of giving.

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A “Marvel”-ous quilt featuring the heros of the Marvel Universe
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Close-up of the comic book themed quilting, perfectly suited for brothers sharing a room.
A Disappearing Hourglass quilted with a large-scale floral all over quilting motif.
A lucky brother received this quilt made of his favorite colors with a large interlocking squares around a Lemoyne Star.  The maze quilting motif  was a great all-over motif for this fantastic gift.


A Family-Style, Quilted Christmas

In September, my wife and I were wandering through our local Sam’s Club.  Amid the king-size bags of chips and 6-month supply of Advil, we found a great selection of “Minkee” type of blankets that were 2/$12.99.  The thought came to us they would make the perfect backs for lap quilts for our 4 children.  After all, I’m not sure you can get a back measuring 60″ x 70″ for $6.50.  A warm, cuddly quilt was going to be the gift of the season.  So, we loaded up the cart with 6 blankets, enough for the whole family.

Of course, a wise quilter would have gotten started on the project straight away, but in my quilting world, it would become a task put off until nearly two weeks before Christmas.  I did at least have the foresight to have all my customer quilting out the door and returned to customers by December 10th.  It was shortly after the last customer quilt was completed that we decided to up the ante and create quilts for the members of my wife’s family that would be visiting, adding another 5 to the mix.  So we needed to piece, quilt and bind 9 quilts by Christmas day  Fortunate for us, we had a “UFO” only needing binding, and I had 2 tops already completed and ready for quilting.

So, the following 9 quilts were completed completely from our sizeable stash (with the exception of the minkee backs).  The task was able to be completed with 9 minutes to spare on Christmas Eve.  It was a very Merry Christmas!!

This quilt was designed and pieced by my wife for our son, Preston.  She adapted the pattern from a table runner she saw in a magazine.
For our daughter Shaylee, again Stacy found a pattern in a magazine that she adapted for this beaury.  The size ended up a bit larger than intended and we had to add a strip of coordinating minkee to the back.
My first experience with hexagons resulted in this quilt for my daughter Katelyn.  It was a fun adventure to both piece and quilt.
Diamonds in modern layout was the selection for oldest daughter Calista.  It turned out better than I expected when I compared it to my Crayon-colored key.
For my niece Jordan, I adapted this pattern from a picture I came across while browsing the web.  This was fun to quilt with an allover paisley motif.
My nephew Luke’s favorite colors are green and grey.  Luckily I saw this pattern a friend’s Facebook page that I could adapt.  It ended up having a nice Minecraft feel to it.
My niece Hannah has a Paris-themed bedroom and loves the color purple.  This combination fit the bill nicely, and she loved it.
Stacy’s sister received this UFO of a previously printed pattern “Perfect Picnic”.
Over the course of a few years, Stacy’s mother ran quite a few marathons, winning in her age category at many of them.  She had given us her t-shirts about 7 years ago to transform into a quilt.  And finally, after years of putting it off were able to pull off a Christmas Miracle and not only complete it at the 11th-hour, but surprise her with its presentation which resulted in the requisite combination of tears and squeals.