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This was a stretch for me color-wise because reds and oranges aren’t my go to’s, but I’m glad that I stretched because I LOVE it.


I’m also in love with the print on the back and so glad I finally found a place for it.

Cornered with Back 2

Until next time.  Jill


Abandoned Quilt Tops

At one point I was over 50 works in progress, which is ridiculous.  I don’t mind having multiple projects going but there is an upper limit which one should not exceed I think and 50 is over it.   So, for December and January, my goal has been to clean out, finish up, donate.  Lots of fabric has gone to LCR.  But more exciting to me, lots of tops are getting knotted to go off to nursing homes.

Charity Quilts 1 Postage Stamps Zig Zag #2

It feels wonderful to have them off my list and out of my house.  And even better that they are, hopefully, bringing some warmth and cheer to someone who needs it.

If you have old tops laying around this a great easy way to finish them up quickly- just knot them up and give them away.  And if you’re not interested in that, please think about donating them to Quilter’s Attic for the Mennonite Relief Sale or Lancaster Creative Reuse so someone else can put them to good use!

Until next time,



You are known and loved #2 and 3

I’m on a serious text on quilt trend right now- not just text prints, although I do love them, but also improv piecing letters into the quilt itself.  I used the core values from my church on a quilt for my best friend’s baby earlier this year and knew it would have to be repeated.

Baby Shapes Back on Fence 1

You are Known and Loved #1

Working in the welfare office can be a pretty frustrating and draining place– the kind of place that can use a of message of hope.  I was happy to hang this quilt up in my office as a reminder that I, my clients, supervisors, even the politicians are known and loved by God.  No matter how frustrating any of us may be sometimes.


You are Known and Loved #2

Sometimes, as the daughter of a blind father, it can be a little sad that my father can’t fully experience my quilts and for a long time I’ve wanted to make a Braille piece for him.  The White Rainbow by Shruti Dandekar at Houston Quilt Market was a kick to actually make it happen.  Her quilt was beautiful, but not something a visually impaired person could actually read, so I went a very different way for creating my Braille.  I decided to use a whole lot of french knots- one for each of the dots.

You are Known and Loved #3

You are Known and Loved #3

If I were to do this again, I would leave a little more space between the rows- he had a bit of trouble losing track of what row he was in the first time through.  Otherwise it turned out pretty well.

My Dad

My Dad (and Leila the cat)

Until next time!  Jill


BQF- Megan’s Wedding Quilt: Full Journey

This is not the first time this quilt has shown up here, but it’s a pretty epic finish for me, as well as a very special gift, so I hope you don’t mind me sharing it again for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival!  This quilt was on display for almost two months at my guild’s quilt exhibit and there were a few questions that consistently came up, so I though I’d share them my answers with you here, along with the whole start to finish journey of this quilt.

Building Blocks

All the Half Square Triangles

1) How long did this take you?  I worked on it for 18 months.  But it was fairly sporadic at points and there were months when I didn’t touch it at all, so how many hours- I have no idea.  A lot.  See next question.

Megan's Block

The Blocks come together

Megan's Quilt

The Quilt Top

Wedding Quilt Sandwich


2) How many stitches do you think are in there?  Well, for the machine piecing/binding and the hand binding, again, no idea.  But since the quilting was one design repeated 16 times, I could measure the quilting of one block and then do some math.  Turns out, there are roughly 3,696 inches of hand quilting in this and I averaged 5.5 stitches per inch in the quilting, which brings the grand total to 20,328 stitches, give or take.

Hand Quilting Megan's Quilt


Megan's Wedding Quilt

The Finished Quilt

3) How much would that cost?  To borrow from the good folks at Mastercard, “There are some things in life money can’t buy, for everything else…” and, no, I don’t accept Mastercard.  20,000 hand stitches is my way of saying I love you.  Really love you.  It’s not for sale.

Quilt Label

Quilt Label

The very best part- The Giving

The very best part, giving it away

Thanks for sharing the journey with me.  I’m happy to say this quilt is finally in it’s new home (you may have noticed it was a little overdue if you read the label with the wedding date closely) and it really was wonderful to be able to give something so special to my friend Megan.  She has been a pretty incredible friend to me since our very first day of college when we moved into the same tiny dorm room together, worth every stitch.

If you’re interested in voting, I’m entering this in the hand quilting category.  I’m also entering a quilt in the baby quilts category, you can check that quilt out here.  Enjoy the festival!


AQS Lancaster Show: Egyptian Tent Applique “Quilts”

While not exactly quilts, the highlight of the AQS Lancaster Quilt show for me this year was the collection Egyptian Appliqued Tent textiles.


Traditionally used to decorate the tents of important leaders, the Egyptian tent maker’s designs were truly stunning and inspiring.

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I have a long standing love for Middle Eastern culture, language, and design.  Let’s just say, I totally fell in love with these.

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Guess I’m adding one more quilt to my bucket list!

Quilting Events Galore


State Flowers Quilt by Linda Kinsey

The joy (and sometimes danger) of living in such a traditionally quilt-y place like Central Pennsylvania is the amazing amount of quilt events one can find.  Today and yesterday was perhaps my favorite event, the Pennsylvania Relief Sale.  With truly incalculable numbers of volunteer hours quilting, cooking, and organizing the event, hundreds of thousands of dollars are raised for missions.  The Quilter’s Attic Booth raised $4,000 in just 5 hours on Friday evening and when I left today, the Quilt auction had already raised over $70,000, all going towards the fantastic work of Mennonite Central Committee!


1. Irises Quilt appliqued by Dolly Kauffman and quilted by Conestoga Mennonite Church
2. Goldfinch by Helen Brackin
3. Pinwheels by Path Valley Amish
4. Vintage Postage Stamp by Janet Runion Patton
5. Vintage Dresden Plate donated by the Material Resource Center of Harleysville
6/7. Vintage Appliqued Flower donate by Ellen Tarpey
8. Vintage Cathedral Windows donated by Ellen Tarpey
9. Stairway to Cat Heaven pieced by Rachel Horst, quilted by Marie Eby

I considered bidding on a few of these, but unfortunately, I have great taste in quilts and all my top picks went for upwards of $500.  So alas, I had to content myself to fabulous vintage fabrics from the Quilter’s Attic Booth (a really dangerous place for me to volunteer, I just kept finding more awesomeness as the day went on).  Guess I’ll just have to keep making my own quilts.  But I’m feeling much more inspired to sew again.  Between moving and the new job and the winter dragging on here, I’ve found myself pretty much exhausted and down the past few weeks and very uninspired in my sewing room.  But it seems like a personal day, sunny weather, quilts, and a giant room full of Mennonites was just the thing to get me out of the that funk and I’ve been happily sewing away since I got home.  MCC Relief Sales are held all across the US and Canada, if you live near one I can’t recommend them highly enough.

I have a few more reports from my quilting trips coming up soon and maybe even a few of my own quilts back here again soon!

Rainy Day Quilts

Thanks to an early Christmas present, I’m back in the computing world!  If I had to be offline, it was fairly well timed, most of what I’ve been working on is Christmas gifts and I can’t share it yet anyway.

One project, or set of projects rather, that I got done and can share though is a group of quilts I’m calling the “Rainy Day Quilts.”  Harrisburg was spared almost all of Hurricane Sandy’s wrath, but initially it was predicted to be quite bad here, and given the terrible flooding this area had last year, people were very nervous, and very prepared.  I decided that I had better prepare my basement dwelling sewing room.  All the most important stuff (the WIPs, the machines, vintage fabrics, anything that was my grandmothers, my shop inventory) came upstairs.  Everything else got put up on the tables, stacked to the ceilings, ready to haul it upstairs as quickly as possible if the need arose.

I am aware I own way too much fabric

I admit it, I own way too much sewing stuff

Well, fortunately, my house didn’t even get a drop of water  (double plus bonus, my sewing room got a really good cleaning).  But while all those WIPs were upstairs, I decided that I really ought to sort through them and finish some of them.  So, that’s how I spent most of my two rain days- piecing, machine quilting, knotting, and binding 5 baby quilts/lap quilts that either I or my Grandmother had in progress.

Rainy Day Quilts Donated in Honor of Florence Walker

Rainy Day Quilts donated in honor of Florence Walker

So this Christmas, five little quilts are off to new babies in low income families and nursing homes in my grandmother’s honor and I have less chaos in the sewing room for an all around win.  Not too bad for two stormy days work.

Great to be back!  Hopefully more updates soon!