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The Quilts of 2020

I got quite a few quilts finished in 2020.  I think it was partly due to Covid and partly because I did a big push to finish up UFO projects.  Several of these projects were started or already tops.  This turned out to be my year of finishing a lot of projects.  I took the time to page through the archives and put all of the quilts together on one page.  Grab some coffee and sit down to watch my parade of the quilts I finished in 2020.

We had this quilt called “A Star is Born”, featured in American Patchwork and Quilting.

It was this issue, April 2020 one.  You can read more about our quilt HERE.

I finished Jasper’s baby quilt…

Oh my.  That quilt was a bugger.  I think that was one of the most challenging quilts I ever made.  I wasn’t happy with the instructions at all.  You can read more about the quilt HERE.  Of all the quilts I did in 2020, this was by far the hardest.  It sure doesn’t look that way, but it was.

I finished a Minky baby quilt for Jasper too.

I made a variation of Bonnie Hunter’s Wild Child quilt.  I had leftover blocks and came up with this design.  I did have to make a few more blocks to manage the design.  This quilt went to one of my childcare families when they had a new baby.

I made the older sister a wild child quilt.  I thought it was a fun idea to make a baby one for baby sister.  You can read more about it HERE.

I made two baby Brick House quilts.  You can read more about them HERE.

I finished a simple 6″ square quilt.  I have gotten a pack of 6″ squares at the thrift store.  I counted them out and decided I needed to cut a few more squares.  It was the perfect type of sewing to just relax and run fabric under the needle.

It’s a simple quilt but I sure was happy to have this one done.  Remember the big bunch of quilts I had to come up with for the area school kids?  This quilt was donated with that bunch.  You can read more about it HERE.

I made Bonnie Hunter’s Jewel Box Stars quilt.  You can read more about the quilt HERE.  I gave this one a graduation present.

Our Fun and Games quilt was featured in American Patchwork and Quilting.   You can read more about it HERE.

It was the June 2020 issue.

I made a Brick House baby quilt that was boyish.  You can see more about that HERE.

I made a large version of the Brick House quilt and did a little tutorial on how to make the block.  You can find that HERE.

I finished a String Star quilt.  This one was HUGE.  You can read more about it HERE.

This quilt was donated to a benefit and it brought a nice price.

I made Bonnie Hunter’s Unity Quilt.  You can read more about it HERE.  I changed the outer border.  I wanted mine bigger and it ended up being 88″ x 96″.  I explained the changes I did in the blog post link.

I finished the Bonnie Hunter Mystery Frolic.  You can read more about that HERE.

I finished my garage sale Leftover Quilt.  Read more about that HERE.

I gifted this as a graduation quilt.

I made and finished this Garage Sale UFO quilt.  You can read more about it HERE.

This is my Crooked Courthouse steps quilt.  You can read all about it HERE.  I had so much fun making this.

I finished my Texas Braid quilt.  Read about it HERE.

This is my Bargello in Plaids quilt.  You can read about it HERE.

I finished this charity quilt…Karl had started sewing this a year ago.  I finished it and passed it on to charity.

I finished this charm square quilt…Read about it HERE.  I seriously love charm square quilts.  I know you likely think that is weird, but I do.

I finished two of these quilts, Civil War Tribute.

Here they are.  One is Kelli’s and one is mine.  Read about them HERE.

This is Hawk’s Nest.  This was a UFO.  All I had done was the triangles.  You can read about it HERE.  This was on my bucket list so I’m thrilled to have it checked off.

Our Azure Skies was published in American Patchwork and Quilting.  You can read about it HERE.  Carla of Longarm Quilting Inspirations did the amazing machine quilting for us.  If you’re looking for a great longarmer, she’s your gal.

My favorite quilt of the year is likely this one…

Churn Dash in Plaids.  It was so fun to make.  You can read more about it HERE and be sure to check out the tutorial for the quilt.  I love a good recycled shirt quilt!!  Be still my heart!!

I finished this charm square quilt and it was passed on to help the needy.  You can read about it HERE.

I finished Bricks in the Barnyard…such a fun quilt.  I love the border.  You can read about it HERE.

I finished a trio of baby quilts…

These were part of my Dirty Dozen.  They were made with our free pattern, Stacking Bricks.  Find the free pattern HERE.

I did quilts as a gift.  These were from cheater or panel fabric so it did not involve a lot of piecing.  I didn’t get pictures of these myself.  Mom sent a picture.

I finished a bunch of quilts to donate to children in need.  The tops or the centers of the tops were donated to me.  Here they are…

You can read all about those quilts HERE.  Thanks so much to the people who donated tops.

I finished this quilt top that a blog reader sent my way and donated it to the fundraiser for the local pet rescue.  I’d love to do another next year so if anyone has a top they’d like to donate that is pet-themed, I’d happily quilt it and pass it on.

I finished and donate this one too…

Thanks to those that donated these tops as well.  You can read about both of them HERE.

We added a couple of fresh quilts to our blog store.  Here is Big Star.

We also added In a Black and White World.  You can read about it HERE.

Two Charming also was added to our quilt pattern shop.  Read about it HERE.

This one is actually Kelli’s quilt.  She sewed it but I machine quilted and bound it for her.  I wanted to record it though so I’m adding it into this post.  You can read more about it HERE.

This one was Kelli’s too.  It’s Cheddar Bow Ties.  You can read more about it HERE.  A lot of questions were asked about Kelli’s version of this quilt and I answered them in this “Ask Jo” post HERE.

I made a couple of mystery projects that will be featured in upcoming magazines.  I’m so excited for you to see them in the coming year!!  Here is one of them…

I made 600 masks and helped Kelli make a couple of huge batches too.

WOW…What a busy 2020 when it came to quilting.  I’m so happy to have completed so many.  The main thing on my agenda for 2021 is baby quilts for Kelli’s babies…and we have a few more projects that will be published in magazines.  I believe to date we have four that are already being worked on.  YAHOO!!  I can’t wait for you to see them…and that wedding quilt.  I did finish it but it’s going to be in the 2021 listing.

I do want to add my biggest accomplishment in the sewing room to this recap of 2020.  That was my sewing room makeover.

I am still so happy with it and so excited it finally got finished.  That is my biggest quilting relate accomplishment of 2020.

The Quilts of 2016

In 2016, I had two surgeries…one to remove my thyroid because of my thyroid cancer, and two I had foot surgery.  Surprisingly, that really didn’t limit the number of quilts I finished.

This is my Four Patch X quilt.  This is a Bonnie Hunter quilt and can be found in her book More Adventures with Leaders and Enders.  Read more about it HERE.


I love this quilt…It’s one of my favorite kinds of quilts…not fancy but classic scrappy.


I made Emery’s Stars.  It’s just a baby quilt but it is 51″ x 51″.   I made this one for one of my childcare kids when she was born.  She’s five as I write this and has become a real treasure to me.  I love her like my own!!




If you’re looking for the free pattern check out this link.  Read more about it HERE.



Allietare the mystery quilt got finished!!  I think I still have this one but I’m not sure.  I could have gifted this one.  Read more about it HERE.
Here’s another picture of it.

allietare-1I’m so glad I take pictures outside now on the clothes line.   You can see the quilts so much better.

In my march to get the quilt tops under control at my house, I  finish….Narragansett Blues.

Read more about it HERE.  This is in Bonnie Hunter’s book More Adventures with Leaders and Enders.  Find the book HERE.


You might remember our block that was featured in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazine.  This quilt was made with our block.

I wrote a blog post (find it here) about how I constructed the block.  If you follow my instructions and wanted to make this quilt, the inside sashing and the outside border are made with the bonus pieces.  For the quilt, I did change it up and used different background fabrics.  This was submitted and later published in Quiltmaker Magazine.



Rausch-baby-Quilt-10I made a second one for publication. I love the straight line quilting on this.

I finished my Lozenges quilt.  Read more about it HERE.  I did this as a Bonnie Hunter Leader and Ender challenge.

I gifted this to my niece Carly.

This is Garden Party.  It’s a Bonnie Hunter Quilt that was published in Quiltmaker Magazine.  You can read more about it HERE.  This was later published in Addicted to Scraps.


I finished Fair and Square.  Read more about it HERE.

The pattern can be found in Bonnie Hunter’s book Scraps and Shirttails II.  This is one of my very favorite quilts…
I finished a quilt for a wedding gift.  Read more about it HERE.

This is a free pattern we offer here on the blog.  Find it HERE.

This is Jingle Bell Square, another Bonnie Hunter pattern.  It was published in Quiltmaker magazine and late in one of her booksAddicted to Scraps.

Jingle-Bell-Square-Quilt-1Read more about it HERE.


I finished my Rick Rack Nines quilt.  Read more about it HERE.  You can find in it Bonnie Hunter’s book Adventures with Leaders and Enders-book 1.






We had a quilt published in American Patchwork and Quilting…this is Stair Steps.  It’s an explosion of 1″ finished strips!!  You can read more about it HERE.

StairStep-1This quilt is a favorite of mine.
We had a quilt published in a calendar.  This quilt.  I don’t remember what the publication called the quilt.  I’ve called in Crystal’s Zinnias named after my niece.

Zinnia-Garden-0Read more about it HERE.

Zinnia-Garden-1It was a fun quilt.

Our Plus Fun quilt was in McCalls Quilting.

Read more about it HERE.
Our Candy Cane quilt was in Quilts and More magazine.

You can read about it HERE.  I gifted this to a couple who had a December wedding.

I finished my Winston Ways quilt.  Read more about it HERE.
This is a Bonnie Hunter quilt.  It is featured in her book More Leaders and Enders.
Winston-Ways-13Be still my heart.  Red four patches.  What is not to LOVE!

I finished  Bonnie Hunter’s Bricks and Stepping Stones quilt.  (You can find the free pattern here)
Bricks-and-Stepping-Stones-Quilt-1-1HERE is a link to read more about the quilt…

Bricks-and-Stepping-Stones-Quilt-3Again…red four-patches!!

Next is a baby quilt I made for a gift.  The pattern is based on Bonnie Hunter’s “H is for Happy” pattern.  The pattern can be found here.   I made the “H” blocks and then set mine differently.  I ABSOLUTELY loved making this quilt.
H-quilt-0-1Read more about it HERE.

This was a wedding quilt.  The lighting is terrible in the picture.  Sorry.

Quilt-10This was a quilt along I think with Country Threads.

Next a baby gift.  It’s a Minky quilt.  I hated making this!
Kelli made quilt a few quilts that I machine quilted and bound for her.

This is Kelli’s Easy Street quilt.  This was a Bonnie Hunter mystery.  You can read more about it HERE.


Kelli made this…

We later remade it and submitted it for publication.  It ended up being featured in American Patchwork and Quilting.  You can read more about it HERE.  Can you believe it is made with one jelly roll?


This is Kelli’s version of My Blue Heaven.  It’s in the free pattern section on Bonnie’s site.  You can find it here.  Kelli did a scrappy version.

She started this quilt in 2011 when we saw Bonnie Hunter in Storm Lake Iowa at a retreat.  It was the first retreat Kelli and I ever went to.  We met Nell there and have had a lasting friendship with her.

Read more about Kelli’s finished quilt HERE.

This is Kelli’s First Monday’s quilt.  It’s a Miss Rosie pattern.  Read more about it HERE.

This is Kelli’s Pineapple Blossom quilt.  She did the top.  I finished it.  You can read more about it HERE.

PineappleBlossoms-1This is a free Bonnie Hunter pattern.  You can find the free pattern here.  I love this made all with one color.

Here is another Kelli quilt finish, Farmer’s Daughter.  Read more about it HERE.

So pretty.
Farmers-Daughter-5I finished this quilt for Kelli.  She had made a Miss Rosie Schnibble pattern.  Sorry, I don’t know the name of it.  I had added borders and machine quilted it for her.


That’s the quilts we completely made and finished.  I did other things though…

I twined a rug.  Mary at Country Threads was having a rug along and I joined in.  You can read more about it HERE.


Anyone can make this type of rug.  You simply need a frame like this.

I’ve made several and very much enjoy making them.

I did a lot of charity quilting.  A LOT.  Here they are…









At this time in my life I was donig a lot of longarming of charity quilts.  I was doing so much that I started handing off the quilts and had a bunch of blog readers that were finishing the binding on the quilts.  I counted over 25 charity quilts that I did the longarming on.

I did some machine quilting for my cousin Donna.  These are her projects…



Donna now had her own longarm.

In other sewing news, I found my Singer 301.  Read more about it HERE.

That’s pretty much the highlights in the sewing room from 2016.  I’m so excited to have this post to add to the archives.

The Quilts of 2015

I went through the archives and pulled all of the quilts Kelli and I made in 2015.  I thought we didn’t make a lot of quilts in 2015…but we did.  Grab some coffee and read along.  This is a long post…

In 2015 we did a blog hop showing off the quilts from our book Country Girl Modern.

cgm-cover1This is School Bus.  You can read more about it HERE.    These quilts were technically made in 2014 but we never showed them off…just the backs so I’m including them in the 2015 quilts as that is when the book was published and was the first time we could show the quilts.


Here is Modalicious.  It was made with all Moda fabric.  You can read more about it HERE.


This is Puddle Duck.  It is also in our book.  You can read about it HERE.


Also from our book is Modern Day Patriot.  You can read more about it HERE.


This is May Flower.  Also from our book.  Read more about it HERE.


This is Connect Four from our book.  Read more about it HERE.  This is a fun quilt as it is made with two charm packs and yardage.


This is Bohemian Rhapsody.  Also in our book.  Read about it HERE.  This is a favorite of mine!!  I love the fabrics in this one!

Also from our book is Thanks to YOU!!  When I made this, I put out a call to blog readers to send a neutral 2 1/2″ strip.  It was so fun.  I’ve made three of these quilts.  You can read more about it HERE.


The next quilt from our book is Pilot Knob.  Kelli made this top.  I finished it.

Almost Amish is also from our book.  I made this top in one day.  Read about it HERE.  It’s a quick quilt.


Rainbow Connection was one of the first quilts we made when we put our book together.  Kelli didn’t want to sew this one as she said it was just like putting borders on borders on borders.  She’s right.  It is, but I loved making it.  Read more about it HERE.

I didn’t do a lot of sewing in early 2015.  We moved in January and it took a long time for us to get everything set up.  I also started childcare in February and was working full time.  Out of desperation, I set up a sewing machine on the main floor.

I spent a lot of time paper piecing my Pineapple Crazy blocks.

As the year wore on I did get back my sewing room set up and going and ended up accomplishing quite a bit.

I made another of our Connect Four quilts.  Read about it HERE.


I made a baby quilt with leftovers from a fabric line…

Read about it HERE.   I want to make another of these.

Our Strawberry Sunday Quilt was featured in Quiltmaker.

Here it is all laid out.  You can read more about it HERE.  This is a favorite quilt of mine.  I did all of the work on this one.


Our quilt made the cover of this quilting calendar.  What an honor!!

APQ 2016 Calendar Small (2)Read more about it HERE.
I finished my Spoolin’ Around quilt just in time for the retreat we hosted that Bonnie Hunter was at!!  I brought my quilt and she took a picture with it with me!

You can read more about the quilt HERE.  This is a favorite quilt of mine.  I’d love to do another marathon quilt like this.  Making all those spools made my heart happy.

We had this baby quilt featured in Quilts and More.  It was part of a challenge to design a project from a jelly roll.

Our Midnight Hour quilt made the front cover of Amercian Patchwork and Quilting.  You can read about it HERE.
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This was a fun quilt to make!!

I made a wedding quilt for my niece Ariel and her hubby Sam.  You can find the free pattern HERE.

I finished this quilt…Read more about it HERE.  This was the third time I make this quilt.

I finished this quilt, Pinkie Swear.  You can find a free pattern for it HERE.  You can read more about the quilt and find more pictures of it HERE.


We had this quilt in American Patchwork and Quilting.  It is Stars and Scraps Forever.  You can find more info about it HERE.

I made another Bohemian Rhapsody quilt.  This was was gifted as a wedding present.  You can read more about it HERE.

I finished Grand Illusion.  That was a Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt.  You can read more about it HERE.  I gifted this to someone but don’t remember to who.


I also finished Bonnie Hunter’s Wild Child quilt.  You can read more about it HERE.  The quilt can be found in this book.  I went on to make another of these quilts as a gift for a childcare kiddo.


I made Craig and Kalissa’s wedding quilt.  Read more about it HERE.

Corn-and-Beans-Quilt-1The pattern came from this book  From the Cover: 15 Memorable Projects for Quilt Lovers.  Here’s some good news…Amazon has used books that are selling for $5 plus the shipping.  It’s a good book.


Kalissa and Craig’s quilt is this one that was on the back cover of the book.  Kalissa picked the colors for this quilt.

We were a featured designer in a book, 75 Fun Fat Quarter Quilts.  The book is still available through Amazon HERE.  Here are four of six or seven quilts we designed and are in the book.  Quilts from other designers are also in the book.

All of our quilts featured a Churn Dash block.   We have 6 or seven featured quilts in this book.  Read more about his quilt HERE.
75-Fat-Quarter-Quilts-1Here is another from the book.  We called this on Miss Molly.  You can read more about it HERE.

Miss-Molly-Quilt-1This is another quilt from the book.  This is “X” Marks the Spot.  You can read more about it HERE.   This was so fun to make!!

X-Marks-the-Spot-Quilt-1You can see that all of them were a play on the churn dash block…one of my favorite blocks.

Our Paddle Wheel block was featured in Quiltmaker’s 100 blocks.

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You can see the block above.  I ended up designing a quilt with the block.  This was the backing I pieced for it!

We have this block in the fall issure of Quiltmaker’s 100 blocks.  I designed this to be used with shirts.  I’d love to make a whole quilt with this block.


Kelli made Blue Skies.  It’s a Bonnie Hunter quilt from the book String Fling.  You can read more about it HERE.

Blue Skies 1 (400x218)
Kelli made Scrappy Mountain Majesties.  She made her blocks smaller.  It’s a free Bonnie Hunter pattern.  You can find it HERE.  I did the machine quilting and binding.  You can read more about it HERE.


I finished a few charity quilt…


Those are the quilts of 2015.  It was so fun to put this together and look back on the quilts we made.  I hope you enjoyed the parade too!!

The Quilts of 2021

Every year I do a bit of year in review and look back on the quilts that I finished during that year.  I thought I would share the year 2021 with you today.

I started out the year finishing this quilt.  It was a wedding gift for my daughter’s best friend and our neighbor girl when we lived at the farm.  Read more about the quilt HERE.

Kalissa’s friend was going with a farmhouse-type decorating theme and I wanted to design something that would complement that.  This is what I came up with.  I went with straight-line quilting to add to the simplicity.  The picture makes it look like lots of browns but it’s really taupe colors…grays and taupe greens too.

This is the quilt that launched the great Halloween fabric mailing.  I had designed this quilt and made it then contacted American Patchwork and quilting to see if they wanted to feature it.  They asked me to make it for them in Halloween print fabric.

Here is the Halloween version… they named Halloween Hoopla.  Read more about it HERE.  See lots more pictures there too.
I can’t thank you all enough for sending the fabric.  It was such a fun project.  You can find it in the pattern in this issue of American Patchwork and Quilting.

The next quilt was designed by… Bonnie Hunter.  It’s called Holy Toledo.  You can find it in her book, Scraps and Shirttails II.  HERE is a link to Amazon for the book.

I made mine entirely from recycled shirt prints.  I LOVED making this.  It was a UFO that I had cut out but had never sewn.  This one is a favorite of mine.

HERE is a link to the original post about the quilt.

This is Old World Fantasy.  A mystery quilt put together by Becky at Quilted Twins.  It’s still available.  You can find it HERE.  This one was a quilt along that ended up falling into the UFO pile.

It was so sweet of Becky to design the pattern and have us all quilting along.  I did the red and gold option there was a blue and gray option for the quilt too.

Next up is another quilt that was featured in American Patchwork and Quilting.  They named the quilt, Moment of Zen.  You can read about it HERE.

This fabric line was my absolute favorite.  It was called Cider.  I love the mix of colors and love the Grunge fabric that was added to the collection.

The pattern can be found in this magazine…

Here is another from the UFO box, Spider Web String.  Read about it HERE.  This one started as a UFO that I bought from the thrift store.  Then I had to find a matching red.  It’s a fun story…
…and a fun quilt.  I think the machine quilting really added a lot to it.

When Georgia’s birthday came around, Kelli asked me to make her a doll quilt.  She wanted it to match Georgia’s baby quilt, so I obliged.  This is Georgia’s Doll Quilt.  You can read about it HERE.

This is the back of it.  SO FUN!

Here is our next collaboration with American Patchwork and Quilting called Fly the Flag quilt.  You can read about it HERE.  This was made with recycled shirts.  This was a really fast quilt to sew and it was a fun project too.  I would term this quilt beginner-friendly.

It was featured in this issue of American Patchwork and Quilting.

When I was at Kelli’s house in June helping her with her twin boys, we were doing some cleaning and I came across a finished quilt top, Half Logs, read about it HERE.   I ended up taking it home and finishing it for her.

My childcare families surprised me with the best present.  They made a great quilt top using the kids’ handprints.  Read about it HERE.  I just love it.
They gave me the finished top along with the backing and binding fabric.  I finished the quilt.

When our grandson Carver went to preschool he needed a preschool quilt for rest time.  Here is the one I made carver.  Read more about it HERE.

It was made entirely of recycled shirt fabrics.

Eli and Emmett, our twin grandsons, were born in April and needed baby quilts.  These are the ones I made them.  Read about them HERE.

They were also made from recycled shirts.  So fun.

I dug into the strip bins and came up with the pieces to make this quilt, County Fair.  Read more about it HERE.

I jumped in on Lori Holt’s quilt along and made her Red Sampler quilt.  We did three blocks a week over the summer.  I typically am not a sampler quilt maker.  I had a lot of fun making this.  Read more about it HERE.

Carolina Chain is another quilt top that I found finished at Kelli’s house.  I took it home and finished it.  The quilt can be found in the book Addicted to Scraps.  (The book is currently free for Kindle Unlimited Users)

In the picture below you can see that the original quilt didn’t have a border.  We opted to put on on it.  You can read more about the quilt HERE.

Show Off was another quilt that was finished in 2021.  It was a UFO.  I had cut it out and then never put a stitch into it.  This was a free pattern from Quilted Twins.  Read about it HERE.

The quilt was super quick to make.  Essentially the “blocks” are already made being larger pieces are cut for the center block.  I made this one from recycled shirts too.

Our quilt Bow Tie Bliss was featured in Quilter’s World Magazine.

It’s the Autumn 2021 issue.  You can read more about it HERE.

We had another quilt featured in Quilter’s World.  This one was in the Summer 2021 issue.

This one was called Star Crossed Lovers.  You can read more about it HERE.

Now it’s our Christmas quilt.  Here it is…

This one was featured in the December 2021 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting.  You can read more about the quilt HERE.

Inspired by the Past, is our last quilt that was featured in American Patchwork and Quilting.  This quilt was inspired by a quilt I found at a local vintage store.  It was so fun.  You can read more about it HERE.

I stepped out of my quilting box and tried something different.  I made this quilt.  Typically I don’t make a quilt in the style you see below.  I did have fun with it and, it was picked up by Annie’s Publishing and was put into a book.

You can read more about it HERE.

A blog reader sent this quilt top.  I finished it and will be donating it to the local fire department benefit.  Read more about it HERE.

This was definitely the year of lots of published quilts.  I think what happened was that when Covid hit, I had more at-home time and which lead to more quilting and that lead to me submitting more designs.  Next year doesn’t look as full of quilt projects that will be published.  The end of 2020 took me back to childcare and that took my free time.  It was fun while it lasted!!

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