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Nancy Arseneault sent me photos of her two quilts with the following story. Both of her quilts are beautiful, but Nancy points out how important it is to pay attention to the quilting. Thank you, Nancy, for sharing your quilts with us!

I loved your Anniversary Quilt at first sight.  ​Since I like to put my own spin on patterns, I made oversize blocks using hand dyes on a solid black background.  Construction was a fused raw edge technique with blanket stitching. I added some French knots and experimented with trapunto.  Then I put the blocks aside for several years in a UFO bin.  I pulled them out again in 2012 and decided to make a border with additional appliqué elements.  I called it Garden of Pomegranates. It was going pretty well until  a show deadline loomed.  The free motion machine quilting had to be RUSHED.  Did I mention I had decided to go with salmon colored thread on the black background? Bad call! The quilt was ready in time for the show but the rushed quilting had ruined it.

Garden of Pomegranates

In 2015, I decided that The Anniversary Quilt deserved a do over.  This time, in a completely different color scheme, I decided to make much smaller blocks.  An invisible machine appliqué technique was used.   I changed the setting to allow for some additional background space by separating the 4 Pomegranate blocks with a deconstructed block placed on point in the center.  Once again, a border was created of appliqué shapes from the blocks.  I finished in 2016.  It’s called Back to the Garden. Thought that you might like to see the quilts you inspired and hear about the journey.
Thanks, Becky, for your beautiful quilts, great books & patterns and sound advice.
Nancy Arseneault

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Quilt by Suzanne Hoffman

Suzanne sent me this photo showing the quilt she made from my Really Simple 9-Patch FREE ePattern. I designed this pattern to show off big prints. It’s a fast and fun quilt that makes especially nice gift quilts.

Suzanne did report that she ran out of sashing and binding fabric, but that it might have been the way she cut the fabric. If you have a similar problem, please do let me know and I’ll change the measurements in the pattern. Happy stitching!

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Stars In The Garden by Maxine Olson

Stars In The Garden by Maxine Olson

I love seeing how quilters use our patterns to make their own quilts! Here is the story of this quilt, sent to me by the maker. Maxine did, indeed, make a wonderful quilt!

Here are pictures of my completed and wonderfully quilted (by Linda Carey) “Stars In The Garden” quilt. I just love it and I can’t thank you enough for saving me when you sent the PDF so that I could finish the setting. I have still not found those directions…I know they have to be in this cluttered quilt room somewhere.

Everyone who has seen my quilt just loves it. My quilt was a BOM that was left behind when my dear friend, Linda, died from a terrible disease. Being the appliquer in our group made me the likely recipient. I requested my quilter to quilt “Linda” somewhere within the quilting. She did that on one of the latices.

This is my third Piece O’Cake quilt I have completed. I have done Simply Delicious and A Walk in The Mountains, My husband saw your Land of the Free…so I think I might have to do that one too. Oh my..  I also have Beautiful Berries awaiting….

Again thank you for replying and helping me when I really needed it. I hope I have done your pattern justice.

Please enjoy the season.

Maxine O.

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Carol Hart sent pictures of her quilt and this story:

This is my quilt which I have worked diligently on for the last 2 years.  I was given 114 Grandmother Flower Garden blocks that were made during the depression (1930’s) by a friend of ours grandmother.  I wanted to finish them off in the style that was popular back then.  Vines in the border, and yo-yo flowers (the round groups of 3) were common then.  It is all hand done, measuring 92″ wide, 97″ length.  The lady who made the vintage blocks, Beatrice was called Bea, so I used a bee theme to honor her, plus I needed to fill more border space to make it fit a queen bed. The man standing with me is our friend that gave me the blocks.


This was quilt show weekend.  I entered my quilt to be judged, an option.  Judging was done on Monday.  The show was hung of Friday, I helped.  The judge awarded me Best of Show and Best Handwork.   Today turned out to be my lucky day, too.   I was awarded Popular Choice, which is a vote taken by all those attending the show, I got that ribbon at the end of today.  So, my quilt is back home.  I’m thrilled.  I’ll sleep well tonight.

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Carol worked on her quilt in my Independent Study class at the Empty Spools Seminar. I’m going to add the very nice things she wrote about the class. If you are interested, I’m teaching this class again in March 2017 :-).

I want to thank you for your suggestions which added to the design of this quilt.  You also gave me confidence to improvise, especially in the corners where I needed some encouragement.  The yo-yo’s really added to the border.  It was nice part of making this quilt to have the experience with you in your class.  Many of your class presentations also added to my techniques now part of my routine.  Thought you’d like to see the finished results.

Carol, I am very happy to see the finished quilt and I thank you for sharing the photos and your story. You do lovely work and the ribbons are well-earned. Congratulations!

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Joanne O sent me this photo of her Fresh Picked Posies. I love it!


Joanne says

…this was my first attempt at a full size hand appliquéd quilt…to prepare for this undertaking I watched your U- tube videos on the Piece of Cake Way for hand appliqué .  I found the pattern easy to follow & the larger pieces were great for a first go at hand stitching . It was machine quilted on a long arm by my friend Karen C. I am so pleased with how it turned out. …love love love this pattern. Thank you so much.

Joanne, you made a great quilt! Way to go, you!