Quilt Qwazy Queens, Yep, I am Qwazy to!!

Past ProjectsSo today is my day on this really fun hop, and thought I’d share with you some of the previous projects I have made.

I’ve pretty much kept my story on the About Me page of my blog. It’s literally the first post I ever made on this blog. I can expand on that story just a bit.. As of last year, I have been sewing for 40 years. If I were going to attribute it to a family member, it would be my dad, who continuously said to me that when I turned 16, that I would be responsible for buying my own clothing and accessories. So, I decided to try taking a Home Ec course to see if I could learn to sew. I didn’t do so well to be honest, I found the teacher difficult, she wasn’t the kind of teacher who explained the details. She literally expected you to delve right in and figure it out yourself. If it hadn’t been for my best friends sister Ronnie, I never would have learned how to sew. She gave a summer class and I chose to take it. Every few days, we’d get together, and learn new techniques in creating clothing. I came away that summer with a future prom dress.

When my husband and I moved from Salt Lake City, to Cumberland, MD, I thought taking a course at the local community college would be a good way to make some friends. I didn’t make any friends, but I did take the quilting course and fell in love with quilting. I continued to take courses, and eventually learned enough to start teaching on my own. I didn’t necessarily want to do big quilts tho, I really loved doing projects that were small and that people could gift with, so my classes were more about creating quilted items such as purses, coats, small wallhangings, table runners, etc.. With teaching that style, I learned a lot more about techniques, different blocks, piecing, applique, and quilting. I also realized that my thought process of doing it all by machine could work just as well as those who do it by hand.

On this blog, I also keep a projects page, it contains many of my early projects. I have always maintained that the Log Cabin is my favorite pieced quilt, but I also love doing scrap quilts. While I think matching colors can make some amazing quilts, I just find scraps to be how shall I say.. “homy”.. comfortable… I absolutely love it when I can make a quilt that has literally no repeat fabrics in it at all.

The project in the top of my post is my first stained glass project. This was a pattern I purchased and I truly loved making this wallhanging. It also features a metallic fabric that I backed with a woven fusible interfacing.

This was my first quilt

Marian's First Quilt

This was the quilt I made in the class in Cumberland. It goes so against the grain of traditional quilting rules. It’s not a good quilt, there are many mistakes, but I think the funniest thing about this quilt is that I didn’t just use cotton in this quilt, I used all kinds of fabrics. There are knits, poly cottons, sateens, you name it, I used it, even some denim.

I guess you can see why I still love the Log Cabin so much it’s probably the sentimentalist in me in that my first was a Log Cabin, so it remains a favorite.. I don’t know if that’s the reason, but I do know that the one thing I love about Log Cabins, is that the layout possibilities are endless.

stbs-past-projects-20131205_01This wasn’t the next quilt I made, but it was the first quilt I sold. It to holds a special place… again.. a Log Cabin.. 🙂

The black print, was a Hoffman Challenge fabric.

stbs-past-projects-20131205_08This is my all time favorite quilt, best quilt I truly ever made, and other than the black squares and the border, there are again no repeated fabrics. The larger blocks are all “novelty” prints. At the time, novelty prints were just coming into popularity.

stbs-past-projects-20131205_09This is a closeup of the same quilt.

This is the only quilt that’s ever been in a “big” show. As plain as it is in a way, the use of the novelty prints was what people loved about this quilt.

I can still remember putting this quilt together and how I played with it on the design wall trying to make all the different blocks work together.

The above three quilts have always been on my projects page.

Recently, I found a flash drive I had that had some old projects on them, so I thought I’d show those today also.

Progressive QuiltThis is one of the first applique projects I ever attempted. It was a pattern I had purchased. At the time I started this, I was fairly active on Compuserve, which was an online service like AOL at the time. It was owned by Sprint.

I think .. I can’t quite remember, but I think it was Jackie Robison, who had brought out a book called Progressive Quilts at the time, and on Compuserve, she was looking for people to do a progressive quilt via sending your basic block to a different person each month and we would each work on a border of that block. Their were 7 of us each in a group. When this wallhanging got to the sixth person, the woman put big huge triangles on the corners, which was going to put the quilt on the diagonal (and it would be left to the next person to make that horizontal again) with these great big huge figure 8 type bows on the triangles. It was gawd awful.. She had used heat n bond to apply the bows, which I had expressly noted in my box and my book that I didn’t want used in the quilt whatsoever. So I was very upset and I asked the woman who got it next to send it back. Their was no sense in her trying to work on it if all I was going to do was to take those triangles off.

House QuiltThis was another book that came out, where I was creating a project in the book. It looks like a town, with roads, and sidewalks, etc.. I made three of these, these were really fun to create and sew easy. it was entirely pieced, no applique. I love pieced blocks that have something to say.. like this one above.

Mimi Dietrich's Class

This was the first applique class I took with Mimi Dietrich. Her Baltimore Beauties book had just come out and she was teaching this class in Fairfax, VA at a quilt shop.

This is what made me fall in love with applique. At the time, I remember asking her if she minded if I machine appliqued this with the blind stitch and she came back with the reply that of course, she was fine with it, and that’s probably why I still love her today. She was just so nice about being open to new techniques. These are leftover blocks from the quilt I made from her book.

Dimensional Bow TiesI have a love for dimensional techniques, this bow tie was a really fun project. I made a wallhanging out of these, and the plaids are all madras plaid, which if you know anything about madras, they are a very thin fabric.. I used a lightweight fusible interfacing to make them a bit stronger for a wallhanging.

Trudi HughesThis quilt was from a class I took from Trudi Hughes. I didn’t really care for the end result of this quilt, but it is one of the only quilts where I tried to match my fabrics, although it still could be considered a scrap quilt, the following is anther view of this quilt.

Trudi Hughes 2Some of the prints in these blocks are fussy cut prints, where you take a border stripe and match up the prints to cut, it’s a lot of work, but the end result can be stunning.

Gave it to my sister...This is part of a bargello wallhanging I made. This was the leftover actually of the wallhanging. It was a really wide wallhanging to hang over a couch area in a living room.

The fun thing about this wallhanging was that I used metallic type fabrics in this quilt, and again I backed them with a fusible lightweight woven interfacing first to give them some strength.

Progressive number 2

This is a little mini progressive that I was part of.  This was something fun I could do to hang year round. The theme for this progressive is that all the blocks had to be paper pieced.


and last today is this lovely Nutcracker that I made for my sister. This is actually completely made in the hoop on embroidery machines.

This design is from SewAZ

As you can see, I love doing things that are different, I like trying new techniques, and enjoy dimensional embellishments elements in my quilts.

I don’t stick to the idea that a quilt has to be made in cotton only, because while cotton is a preferred choice, you can get some great textures by using fabrics like corduroy, velvet, denim, even knits and rayon type fabrics. In some cases, where the fabric is light or frays easily, you’ll want to back the fabric, and this is where I use a lightweight fusible woven interfacing. I use interfacing, not heat-n-bond, and I use a woven interfacing, not the other stuff. The woven interfacing gives it the weight it needs and is more likely to stay in place than other interfacings are. I used woven interfacings long before I knew I should use it, and that’s because it comes from my sewing background with clothing.

Over the last 40 years of my sewing history, I’ve tried many techniques, many styles, and many designs. I can create all my own clothing, I can do decorator furniture coverings, quilts and machine embroidery. I like each of these types of sewing, their isn’t a facet of sewing that I don’t like. I will always sew, I can’t attribute my love of sewing from family, because no one in my family showed me how to sew, even tho my mother and my grandmother both sewed. I still envy to this day the sheer patience of my mother who made Barbie doll clothing for us when I was a child, this is something I would not even attempt to do. However, her best sewing was actually hand embroidery. She did many beautiful projects over the years, she also crocheted and did cross stitch also.

My grandmothers mother was a tailor, she created clothing for rich people in order to help her family eat back in the 1920 and 30’s.

So I like to think that I inherited the spirit of creativity that they carried within them and that’s why I love it so much today.

My proudest achievement as a quilter isn’t anything I’ve ever made tho,
I like to think it’s the next project to come.

I would like to take a moment and thank all of you who have commented on my other daily blog posts this week. I haven’t always been able to answer on the blog itself, but have tried to answer in email. It really means a lot that you’ve liked the patterns this week. I truly enjoyed making them for this hop in particular and think they are pretty fun.. Very different from the traditional that we always see.

Thank you so much for stopping in today.

The other bloggers today are:

Just Let Me Quilt
Sew Many Yarns
Quilting Queen Online
Jane’s Quilting
After You leave your comments at the above blogs
Stop In To Enter and Also My Featured Day
Seams to Be Sew — you are here.

This posts giveaway is the very beautiful machine embroidery design set called
Double The Love by Sweet Pea Embroidery

Sweet Pea-Double the love table runnerYou will need a machine with an embroidery arm attachment to use this design pattern. While parts of the design are stitched on a normal machine, the main design is done in the hoop.

This is not a leave a comment giveaway, you’ll need to answer the question. 🙂
If you read my post, you’ll know the answer.

This giveaway will end on Monday March 28, 2016

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On my blog today, there are giveaways on this post and the daily post, so be sure you stop at that post also to enter the giveaways and to pick up your free pattern.


52 thoughts on “Quilt Qwazy Queens, Yep, I am Qwazy to!!

  1. Your favorite quilt of yours is mine too. So pretty. I’m sure you could spend all day just looking at all the different fabrics on it. That’s a lot of fabric!

  2. I like the fact that you include many different fabrics in your quilts. So many quilters go with 100% cotton and with your pictures, I now feel more confident trying out different fabrics. Thanks!

    1. Just be sure that if you use a fabric that traditionally doesn’t iron well (like metallic type fabrics, or silky, sateens, etc, that you use a press cloth over your fusible interfacing) that way the fabric won’t burn like it may do without the press cloth. I’d love to see what you do if you think to send me a picture. 🙂

  3. I love log cabin quilts too. I am really impressed that you manage to make quilts without repeating a fabric. I enjoy machine embroidery so I was happy to check the Sweet Pea site and find so many cute things to embroider.

  4. I love Log Cabin too!! Thank you for this Blog Hop!! It has been such fun to find a few new Blogs, learn new ideas & soooo loved all the sharing stories & pictures!

  5. Log Cabin is my favorite pieced design (followed rather closely by Churn Dash). Yours with all the conversationals/novelty fabrics is a joy to behold. Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. Beautiful projects – showing such growth. Thank you for sharing. I put my answer in the little box – hope I did that correctly! : )

  7. I have also used the log cabin in some unusual ways. I made a lap quilt for a dear friend who got her doctorate from the University of Illinois. The quilt featured a block “I” made using the log cabin in orange with a dark blue background. This summer I will make another one with a red “A” for my oldest granddaughter who is finishing up her junior year at the University of Alabama.. Of course that means I will also have to make one for her sister who is attending Murray State in Kentucky:) So I agree, the log cabin is a great block.

  8. I’ve really enjoyed the hop, thanks so much! Fun to get to know more about you and about the other bloggers.

  9. So much fun, so much inspiration! Thank you for hosting and sharing your story and beautiful quilts. vickise at gmail dot com

  10. Wow. So many beautiful quilts. I love creating things in general and constantly am trying new methods of creating.

  11. It was fun reading about all your sewing adventures and you have made some very beautiful projects along the way. There is nothing more satisfying than creating something you love. Thank you for all the sweet patterns this week.

  12. What beautiful quilts. I’ll admit I love the log cabin as well through the years and there are so many others I like. I think stars of any type are my favorite now, the Ohio and Friendship star being two of my faves. Thank you for the giveaway, those Sweet peas look adorable!

  13. Thank you once again for hosting such a great hop, and the idea was fantastic. I enjoyed visiting each and every blogger, and learning everyone’s story. Your quilts are gorgeous, and love your patterns that you share.

  14. Thanks for the whole adventure. My applique is not as good as yours but I will practice more. I had fun all week.

  15. Marian, your quilting projects are always amazing! Thank you for sharing your quilting story and for creating a blog hop so we could share ours!

  16. Wow! What a great journey you’ve had. I’m a big log cabin fan myself but haven’t made one in awhile. Loved the bow tie blocks. Thanks for hosting this blop hop. I’ve learned, seen, & made new friends!!!

  17. Befor I forget, I bought a lot of 4″ squares of vintage fabric from an older guitar. I’m 68 care to guess what I think older is? Sorry I regress. Some of the fabric is thin, what type of fusible interfacing are you speaking of here. These quilt will be given away but I want them to hold up, they will be someone’s memories.
    While I admire the Bargell Wall Hanging, I really like the village quilt. Wish I could see more of it. You probably know I’m a house and cat person. I’m going to get my embroidery machine directions out just incase I win the pattern. Thanks for everything.

    1. I may have the house wallhanging here, I brought several projects with me when we first moved overseas, and I’m sure that’d be one of them as it’s a wallhanging I wanted to finish.. I may even have the book, so I’ll have a dig for it, so I could at least tell you the book it came out of. The book was pretty much strictly about making this project alone, but it was a book, not a pattern.

      The interfacing I’m talking about is like the one here:


      it’s important it be woven interfacing, because the woven gives it the strength it needs to endure time. Other interfacings do not hold up as well due to wear, washings, and well.. time..

  18. Oh you do make me smile. I love your “going against the grain” concept. Yes, my first quilt was one of those projects too. LOL! It’s been so much fun to take a peek into everyones quilt life. Kinda like rattling those skeletons in the closet! 🙂

  19. I also love the Log Cabin block. It was the first thing I made with an Eleanor Burns book. She had you tear the strips of fabric! Thank you for sharing your story, Marian. And thanks for organizing this hop – it’s been fun.

    1. I still tear my strips Mary.. I tear my fabric on purpose, because tearing helps to straighten the grain.. (that comes from my sewing clothing background because patterns must be put on the grain in order to fit properly.. just in case you don’t know that already) 🙂 but, I tear a larger strip than I need, like if I need 2 1/2-inch strips, I tear at 3-inch, then cut off to 2 1/2-inch, I also get a straighter cut by going that route, so while I use a bit more fabric, I firmly believe in that technique.

  20. This has been so much fun. I hate to see it end. Thank you for all your effort on this hop. crystalbluern at tds dot net

  21. Your favorite is the log cabin. Yep, I read every word – enthralled! Thank you so much for this post. Thank you for the blog hop. Thank you for all the “freebies” you’ve arranged. And thank you for all you do for the quilting/blogging community. You are a blessing to us! lynnstck(at)yahoo.com

  22. Marian
    thank you so much for sharing ….everything!! I know your hops are a lot of work and I think all enjoy them immensely.

    BTW, my mat arrived yesterday. I have never seen a Calibre before. It is superb quality. Thank you so much.

    I am a sucker for novelty prints so it stands to reason that your novelty pieced quilt is my favorite.

    Happy Easter

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