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I've been a quilter for over 25 years, but still haven't decided what kind of quilter I want to be when I grow up. I enjoy hand quilting and hand applique, and do both machine and hand piecing. I make large quilts, but also many wall-hangings and doll quilts (easier to work on at appointments and while waiting for my children). My longest-standing WIP is my crazy quilt, now that I've finally finished my Baltimore Album Quilt. I also enjoy reading, embroidery, needle tatting, and genealogy. I'm married with two school-aged daughters.
Hobbies and Interests
quilting, applique, hand quilting, embroidery, crazy quilting
My pets are awesome!
Adopted mix dog Sadie

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Christmas Hankies

Posted on August 28, 2020 at 4:19am 8 Comments

I’ve been wanting to make a vintage hankie quilt for awhile now. Last December, I bought 5 vintage Christmas hankies from a friend’s antique shop. The hankies are hand appliquéd on the background fabric. It’s machine pieced and hand quilted and is 55” square. …


From start to finish....

Posted on May 3, 2020 at 9:27am 10 Comments

Here’s the before and after pictures of my newly finished fan quilt. I bought 15 hand pieced fan arcs last year at a flea market for a few dollars. You can see that the size varied. I ended up…


Latest Vintage Save

Posted on April 20, 2020 at 5:01am 12 Comments

I bought these four 1940s Colonial Ladies blocks at a flea market last summer. They were hand appliquéd, just lovely. I machine pieced the setting and hand quilted it. A cheery project for these difficult times.

Quilting with Grandma Coonley

Posted on June 7, 2019 at 1:38pm 11 Comments

I’ve spent the last four months hand quilting this quilt top, made by my great-great grandmother, Anne Powell Coonley (1820-1916). This is third of Grandma Coonley’s quilt tops I’ve completed, with three more to go. I would estimate it was sewn between 1880-1900 and it’s pretty fragile. Grandma Coonley was quite the proper lady and not one you messed with. Her granddaughter, my maternal grandmother, was scared to death of her! But because she was so revered (or feared), many of her…


Vintage Baby Bunting

Posted on January 31, 2019 at 12:41pm 10 Comments

This wall hanging was made from 9 Dresden plate blocks from the 1940s. I bought them from a friend with an antique store. Each block was made of 4 smaller fan blocks, so I took the big blocks apart and rearranged the fans into the baby bunting pattern. The fans were appliquéd on muslin and looked a little drab, so I appliquéd the blue quarter circles on each fan to perk them up a bit. It’s machine pieced, hand appliquéd and hand quilted and measures about 31” square. …


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At 6:31am on June 17, 2018, Prairie Quilter Jan/NE said…

Excellent job of matching the "feel" of the vintage quilt.  Looks like it has been there since the beginning.  Well done!

At 3:02pm on June 7, 2018, Prairie Quilter Jan/NE said…

Great!  Glad to help.  I'm sure it will look great and I'll look forward to pictures.

At 2:50pm on August 8, 2016, Marianne said…

Hello, I love your story of your childhood together with your memories, sounds wonderful

At 2:59pm on January 15, 2016, Carol Ann Hinton said…

Yes, they do!  DH wisely bought one of the models designed for getting up pet hair, and with a HEPA filter ('cause I'm asthmatic).  Once you pick up the shoes and other miscellaneous clutter and define the area where you want it to work; it just chugs along by itself and turns itself off when it is done.  I just don't hang around in the same room.

At 7:16am on January 13, 2016, Pam/NY said…

I think that is one advantage of quilting...we can express our feelings of loss or success of life through fabric!

At 5:01am on January 13, 2016, Prairie Quilter Jan/NE said…

We are headed to Omaha today for a liver biopsy and a repeat pancreas biopsy.  There are two types of pancreatic cancer, and they need to know which type he has so they know how to treat it.  Each one has its own treatment regimen.  

He is doing well.  Still rides when the men move cattle.  (DS saddles his horse for him because he has lost some strength.)  Still gets out and about and does what he wants.  I am hoping he'll continue to do so for as long as he feels up to it.  

Thank you for asking.  And how is your daughter?  

At 3:57pm on January 10, 2016, Prairie Quilter Jan/NE said…

I'm sorry to hear it, handstitcher.  Hopefully the red tape will be resolved soon and she'll be able to get treatment.  

We've had some frustrating setbacks with my dad's cancer diagnosis and treatment as well.  But interestingly enough, each one of those setbacks has resulted in a blessing that we could not have seen beforehand.  I hope you'll be able to see some silver linings in the midst of disappointment and frustration.  

At 7:01am on December 31, 2015, Prairie Quilter Jan/NE said…

Prayers sent for your daughter, her doctors and for you.  

At 5:08am on June 11, 2015, Prairie Quilter Jan/NE said…

I wish you could see the wool quilts close up - the pictures don't do them justice in showing all of the various random  piecework from small, oddly shaped pieces.  No rhyme or reason at all, and not "crazy quilt" style either.  I was a little hesitant to suggest that they reminded me of the Gees Bend quilts, because I hoped that wouldn't be disrespectful.  I just found it very interesting that two similar styles of quilts made in the same general time frame would be found so far apart geographically, especially since the Gees Bend quilts were in a pretty closed community.  

The quiltmaker's crazy quilts were definitely different than these wool quilts.  Also, the wool quilts have no fancy stitching on them, but the crazy quilts were heavily embroidered.  

As for letting them go, I didn't feel they ever really belonged to me.  I felt from the beginning that they belonged to family somewhere, I just didn't know where to start.  I was surprised but very excited when I found out that my friend was a descendant.  I mostly rescued them because I couldn't bear to have them burned or sent to a dumpster.  He'd already burned some, which makes me cringe.  

I was delighted with the little cotton quilts and wouldn't have minded keeping them - the quilting on those were very fine.  But again, they weren't really ever mine to begin with, so I haven't felt badly about letting them go.  They wouldn't mean anything to my kids, since no one in our family made them, and they will mean something to hers.  

At 9:40pm on February 15, 2015, betweens said…

Thanks so much on your comment Handstitcher, the heart is from a pattern called Affairs from the heart. they are small blocks to work up and are alot of fun, not so easy for the beginner appliquer though..LOL


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