Category Archives: Made By You

Made by YOU! The Retreat Edition

I have a regular feature here on the blog.  We have free patterns listed on the right sidebar of the blog, we have a book Country Girl Modern, we have patterns in our online shop and we have patterns often featured in magazines.  We have so many of you taking those patterns and making them in your own way and your own style.  The blog series features YOUR quilts made with our designs. We love the series as there is no higher compliment to a designer than to know you like our design well enough to spend your time and money to make it.

Hello!  I have a treat for you today.  In 2017 Kelli and I hosted a retreat.  We held it nearby and MANY ladies came…not to see us, but to see Bonnie Hunter.  She was the featured teacher and it was so fun.  Kelli and taught and Bonnie taught too.

Sherry one of the retreat goers was so sweet and sent me pictures of her finished quilts from the retreat.  How fun!!  I am sure you are going to love them and enjoy the special things Sherry did to make the designs her own.

This is her Spider Web String quilt.


You can go to Bonnie’s blog and find her version there along with instructions on how to make one.  This is the LINK.

The next quilt Sherry has to show is… Continue reading

Made By YOU!! and a little help please…

I have a regular feature here on the blog.  We have free patterns listed on the right sidebar of the blog, we have a book Country Girl Modern, we have patterns in our online shop and we have patterns often featured in magazines.  We have so many of you taking those patterns and making them in your own way and your own style.  The blog series features YOUR quilts made with our designs. We love the series as there is no higher compliment to a designer than to know you like our design well enough to spend your time and money to make it.

I had a lovely email from MaryAnn.

She writes:
I have read your blog for years.  I enjoy all that you do, so thank you very much.  I found the discussion on adding blocks to the back of quilts very interesting.  I have often done so.  When sorting through the stack of my completed baby quilts, I came across this one.  Here is the front (and back) of a variation of your quilt, Points of Interest,  that was published in American Patchwork & Quilting April 2017. 


I think the blocks on the back make it more interesting, and it definitely helps me by extending the backing to be large enough.”


Oh my, I love your version MaryAnn.  I do like seeing interesting backings on quilts and yours is fabulous.  There are several awesome reasons to piece backings including:
-interest.  It makes the back look so much more interesting.
-use some of those “why did I buy that” pieces of fabric.
-extends the fabric you have.  For example, if you need five yards for the backing but only have 4 1/2, the piecing can allow you to use that up.
-you can use up extra blocks or orphan blocks
-you can add a fun novelty print that will make a gifted quilt more personal.

Long ago, I often used muslin on backings…I don’t do that anymore.  Backings can be so fun.

Now about the quilt, MaryAnn’s used our Points of Interest design.  It was featured in this
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Made by You!

I have a regular feature here on the blog.  We have free patterns listed on the right sidebar of the blog, we have a book Country Girl Modern, we have patterns in our online shop and we have patterns often featured in magazines.  We have so many of you taking those patterns and making them in your own way and your own style.  The blog series features YOUR quilts made with our designs. We love the series as there is no higher compliment to a designer than to know you like our design well enough to spend your time and money to make it.

Sherry’s quilt is being featured today.  Sherry writes:

Christmas gift for The Baby Grand. Bigger quilt is about 60×70 and doll quilt about 24×30. Thanks for a great pattern.”


Isn’t it so cute?
You can see that Sherry really made the quilt her own.  She limited the color pallette to only shades of blue and teal with peach.  She opted to add three borders.  I love her version.  I especially love that cute little baby quilt.  How special!!

Sherry’s quilt was made using the tutorial I put together for our Brick House quilt.


You can read all about the quilt HERE.

This has been one of my absolute favorite quilts.  A blog reader sent it to me as a UFO.  I didn’t use some blocks.  I made well over half more blocks and had a fabulous time making it.

I went on and made three baby quilts using the same pattern….a boy version…Find our more about this quilt HERE.


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Made by YOU!

I have a regular feature here on the blog.  We have free patterns listed on the right sidebar of the blog, we have a book Country Girl Modern, we have patterns in our online shop and we have patterns often featured in magazines.  We have so many of you taking those patterns and making them in your own way and your own style.  The blog series features YOUR quilts made with our designs. We love the series as there is no higher compliment to a designer than to know you like our design well enough to spend your time and money to make it.

The first quilt comes from Cynthia.  I’m embarrassed to say that this email was sent to me along time ago and it got really buried under all the stuff.  I have been working my way through my email.  I still have a long way to go (the sewing room remodel has been calling me) but seeing this quilt made sitting at the computer totally worth it.

Cynthia writes:
Here’s the quilt I did. Loved making it and was delighted at how quickly it went together! Thank you for the directions!


Cynthia made this using our Free Self Sashing Disappearing Nine Patch quilt.  You can find the pattern HERE.  Oh my…what a great eye for color.  This is a great quilt.

This is one of those quilts that the fabrics can really shine in. I’ve also learned that these make awesome quilts for gifting as they are quick and meet the tastes of many.  If you’re looking for a project for almost anyone for any reason, this quilt can fit your bill.

Kelli and I have made a couple of versions of this quilt…

Here is mine…

QuiltJessieJames

and here is Kelli’s.

People tell us all the time that this isn’t a disappearing nine patch quilt.  Trust me, it is.  Check out the instructions and you’ll see.  Find them HERE.

I sent some goodies to Paulette so she could make some charity quilts.  She wrote back and shared this… Continue reading