Kathleen's Interests: Quilting

  • Ribbon and Blues:

    I liked where I was going with my design on "Joyce's Shadow Garden" (see below), but it wasn't quite right. This new quilt was the next try, and Eureka! I love this quilt! (Be sure to open up the full picture -- the thumbnail here doesn't do it justice!) I have also finished writing the pattern, but I have not had the time to make the second quilt to test the pattern... If you would be interested in makig this quilt, I will send the pattern for free to the first 3 people who ask me for it in exchange for you sending me your feedback on the pattern. Thanks!


  • Rainbow Stars:

    This quilt is about 40 inches square and the first one of my designs that I documented and now I sell the pattern. I made another version of this quilt for a baby boy using fabrics that were pretty and cheerful without being too feminine. I used a great panel called "hungry animal alphabet" for the fussy-cut centers of each block. Below is that version of the quilt:
    Here's another version made with the same pattern.

  • Heritage Quilt:

    This quilt is about 8.5 feet square and took about 2 years to complete (including the design time). Designed in EQ5 and EQ6, with quite a bit of work in Photoshop as well. I designed and created it intending to enter it in competitions--but by the time I finished it I was so tired of the giant blank spot on my livingroom wall that after exhibiting at just one show I just hang it up and said forget it! I had the quilting done by a pro--Janet Murdock. I enjoy doing my own machine quilting, but for a show piece (or something like a wedding gift or other "heritage" type of project) it's well worth it to have it professionally done.
    [Full View 2]   [On the Wall]   [Closeup 1]   [Closeup 2]

  • Joyce's Shadow Garden:

    I designed this quilt using EQ5 and have entered it into the Electric Quilt design competition. I don't expect to win, just thought it would be fun to enter. The fabrics weren't what I'd planned (this is how I learned my lesson about ordering samples first when buying fabric online!)--but it's ok. The quilting was done by Janet Murdock (Hillsboro, Oregon). She does INCREDIBLE quilting work! I am giving this quilt to my son... the dark colors make this a good "guy" quilt...
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  • Soft Baby Quilts:

    I discovered an amazing fabric called Minkee--an incredibly soft plush that is ideal for babies. It's very stretchy and I don't have a serger, so I used a very simple pattern. I made three of these quilts in one weekend. There was abundant lint all over my sewing room -- but the finished product was worth it. (Yes only two are pictured here... I forgot to photograph one of them before giving it away!)


  • Joyce's Flowered Trellis #1, #2, #3, and #4:

    This series of four flower quilts were made using the paper piecing technique. I used Carol Doak's book "Fifty Fabulous Stars" as the starting point for these patterns. I modified the block patterns quite a lot by removing all the "star" elements to reveal the flowers, then adding the trellis. These quilts took seventeen months to complete (and the adventure included a trip to the emergency room when I sacrificed a fingertip to my rotary cutter - Yikes!). The quilts are named in honor of my mother, Joyce Mattson, who, if she were alive today, would be shocked to learn that I followed in her footsteps to become a quilter.
    [quilt 1]     [quilt 2]     [quilt 3]
  • Moonglow:

    When I first decided to try quilting, I bought this kit and then put it away for that "someday" when I was skilled enough to do it. This is an awesome quilt! It was designed by Jinny Beyer, available here. I put a lot of effort into fancy-quilting it... I wish this showed up better in the pictures.
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  • Laura's Quilt:

    This is one of the lap-size quilt tops that were found in my mom's apartment when she died. I added the border and quilted it to give to Laura, my stepdaughter and Mom's only granddaughter.
  • Baby Quilt for Douglas:

    With two weeks to go, I made this quilt for a former co-worker's baby shower. To match the dragonfly fabrics, each of the main squares has a dragonfly quilted on it.
  • Jen's Quilt:

    Although I'm still quilting this one, I count it as #3 because I finished the quilt top a month or so before I went on to the next project. This is from the "Nickel Quilts" book by Pat Speth. It is Queen-size: with the border it's about 120" square. Whew!! (I'm quilting it by machine.) When finished, this will be given to my good friend Jen. [Who I later gave another quilt to for her wedding. Lucky is the friend of a quilt-maker!]
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  • Block Sampler:

    For this quilt I used fabrics from the extensive stash I inherited from my mom. Using a beginner's book, I started learning the basics of block-making. The finished quilt lives in a basket in the living room so it can be used on a chilly evening on the couch with a good book.
  • 1st Quilt: Patchwork Test for Pop:

    This was my first learning quilt. I found a bag of squares my mom had already cut out and I figured this would be a great way to learn how to even use the sewing machine. I gave the finished lap-quilt to my father-in-law. (In this pic I hadn't yet finished the binding.)

Online Quilting Resources


Bias Calculator Use this Excel sheet to calculate fabric needs for creating your bias strip. Enter the dimensions of your quilt and the width of the bias strip you'd like to use, and it will tell you how big a square of fabric you'll need to cut the strips. Or enter the dimensions of your square of fabric and the width of the bias strip, and it will tell you how long a strip you can make.

Planet Patchwork A great site with articles, blocks, product reviews, contests, and more.

The Quilter's Assistant This is a nicely done site with free patterns (great Log Cabin!), comparison info about quilting products (including sewing machines, software, frames, and more), "calculators," and more great info for quilters new and advanced.

Quilt Styles From Quilter's Online Resource. This is a great index of nine major quilt styles, including a great index of "classic" block designs.

Quilter's Online Resource

Quiltropolis A quilters "portal" page -- all things quilting.

Flynn Quilt Frame Company The Flynn Quilt Frame is on my "wish list" -- how nice it would be to do my own quilting instead of paying someone else with a Long-arm machine to do it for me! This page also has templates and other stuff.

For those of you who haunt the newsgroups using a news reader, be sure to look up the Quilting Newsgroup: recs.crafts.textiles.quilting

Fabric Sites
I love browsing through my local quilt stores -- but I confess that most of my fabric purchases are done online. Following is a list of some online fabric resources, but note that there are mnay, many more out there! If you know of a great online fabric resource, please drop me a line and let me know!
A word about online fabric: Sadly, very few fabric sites color-correct their swatch images before posting them. This means that you will see the perfect shade of teal or purple, order several yards of it -- then when it arrives you will be surprised to have yards of green and fuscia fabric on your hands. The first time you order from a vendor, I suggest asking for swatches of your chosen fabric first. Or call them up or email them and ask if they color-corrected their image before posting it to the web. Finally, I have only purchased fabric from a few of these sites so please note that I cannot specifically endorse them. I am listing sites that I think of good selection or that I found very easy to use.

  • Blue Bamboo: See their "How to order" page for help... wide selection
  • Born To Quilt: Good selection of fabric... a nice-looking site
  • Cia's Palette: Fabrics beyond the ordinary especially for quilters and other "textile artists."
  • Craft Connection: Lots of fabrics to choose from... also kits, applique, and more.
  • eQuilter.com: Specializes in high-quality Asian-Pacific and Contemporary fabrics for quilters and fabric artists
  • Everything Quilts: This looks to me to be a great resource. Well organized, professional-looking site.
  • Jinny Beyer: Excellent source for the famous palette. I ordered a "portable palette" and I love it!
  • Keepsake Quilting: If you don't already have this catalog delivered to your mailbox, you should. An excellent selection of fabric, books, notions, kits, and more. Very easy to deal with.
  • Missing Fabrics: If I understand this correctly--this is where you go when you need just ONE more quarter-yard of a fabric to finish your product and you can't find the fabric in the stores or online anymore. For a $1 fee you place an ad, and hopefully a quilter somewhere has what you need in his or her stash. I'd love to hear from you if you've used this service... how did it work? Do you recommend it?
  • Quakertown Quilts: Notions, Fabric,and more.

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