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Katherine V.
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  • Lansdale, PA
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quilting, applique, hand quilting, embroidery, crazy quilting

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I grew up on a farm a small rural area in Central Illinois. My Grandmother spent the summers with us. Since my dad was a farmer, we always had are big meal (dinner) at noon. After the meal, she would go upstairs to rest while Mom and I did the dishes. I wasn't allowed to bother her until late afternoon. Then I would sneak upstairs to find her sitting with a chair against the bed piecing quilt blocks.Of course I pestered her, but she made me start with the basics. I started with embroidery and then the basic sewing techniques. Unfortunately, she passed away when I was 11 and we just never made it to piecing quilt blocks.

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Hello 2017

Posted on January 5, 2017 at 5:54pm 8 Comments

Happy New Year.  I have finished my first quilt for the new years. This started with an idea by my niece to use her daughter's crib bedding to make a t-shirt quilt.  I got a little carried away and created this quilt instead.  My first large quilt that I machine quilted on a domestic machine.  I learned many lessons.  It has been washed and only needed to repair a few places where the quilting thread popped.  Off to my next adventure.…


Perfect Baby Quilt for a Future Farmer

Posted on August 2, 2015 at 5:01am 15 Comments

I have been enjoying making baby quilts from a book, "Story Time", by Kim Gaddy.   I have been waiting for the right baby and he finally arrived in May.  This is my first applique.  I am a hand quilter so it is needle turn applique and hand quilted.  I am very thankful for You Tube.  Every time I got stuck with the applique process, there was a video.  Great resource.

This quilt was a lot of fun and I know it is going to a good home.…


Baby Quilt for Mojo

Posted on May 4, 2013 at 9:30am 15 Comments

I just finished a baby quilt for my nephew.  The baby is due in June so first time I'm ahead of schedule.  We've nicknamed the baby Mojo for now, although my Mom calls him Ned.  

This little quilt was a series of mistakes.  I wanted to do a snails trail pattern with set of fat quarters my mother had given me several years ago.  Sometimes I read the pattern and sometimes I don't.  This time I just jumped in.   Note to self, a 17" block is a big block.  Of course, it didn't really click…


On the Road Again

Posted on November 13, 2011 at 12:02pm 7 Comments

I have a confession to make.  I really don't like piecing by machine.  It might be a control issues.  I like to work on complicated blocks and I find I have more control when I piece by hand.   It might be a time issue.  I have a very demanding job with a heavy travel schedule.  Hand piecing is a portal project that can go with me even on the plane.  (and yes - you can take small scissors on the plane.  I use a small pair of counted cross stitch scissors with a rounded tip.  It's perfect for…


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At 12:59pm on August 18, 2013, Prairie Quilter Jan/NE said…

Thanks, Katherine!  I've been trying to not be too obnoxious about our excitement over our first grandbaby.  :)  DD and her husband are very excited.  She's done well so far - no morning sickness at all.  Hope her delivery goes as well as the pregnancy seems to be going.  

At 4:50pm on July 17, 2013, Sognstitcher Lana/MN said…

I grew up in Tampico. My sister lives in Bloomington. A few months ago we went to the Rochester store. Must have been in February.  Pretty nice store.

At 6:06am on October 12, 2012, Prairie Quilter Jan/NE said…

Katherine, thanks for your interest in some of the happenings in my world.  I don't post too much, just because it isn't quilt related.  We've been busy with fall cattle work lately.  I've been seeing more saddle time and less quilting time lately.  We sold some open (unbred) yearling heifers at the Ogallala sale barn yeseterday.  Ogallala is a historic cowtown.  The cattle drives from Texas to Montana went through there, and later on the cattle were marketed there by rail. The barn reflects that history with mounted longhorns and old Texas trail saddles.  The shipyards are not as historic as Fort Worth, Chicago or Omaha, but still kind of neat.  I should have taken pictures to share, but I'm not much of a camera girl. As I was sitting there, I thought it might make for an interesting QWU post and I might have gotten away with it if I could have found a quilt or two depicting the history of Ogallala (Front Street, Boot Hill cemetery, Cattle Drives, etc).  I'm sure there are a few out there.  

Your quilts are wonderful - especially that Carpenter's Wheel.  It is on my "someday" list.  :)  

Have a great weekend!

At 8:39pm on June 3, 2012, Sognstitcher Lana/MN said…

Katherine, I, too, grew up in IL. I grew up near the quad cities, but my sister now lives in Bloomington. Do you remember the shop where you bought your thimble? I might just make a trip there next time I visit my sister. 

Beautiful quilts in your albums.


At 2:24pm on February 25, 2011, Maryann**NY said…
All your quilts are beautiful! I love to hand quilt too.

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