I love making quilts for friends and family. It’s fun to pick out the patterns and colors that they might enjoy while practicing new techniques for quilting.
Sometimes I sew at home, but it’s also fun to travel to sew with others. I enjoy sharing this hobby with my mom (and using her large kitchen island as a place to pin projects). It’s also fun to go to a quilt guild event or quilt store to sew with others. Once in awhile, my friends get together and we have Piece and Quiet, a time to do whatever hobby/project you want in community with others (and bonus, we get DQ blizzards at the end of the night!)
Over the year, I’ve made a few items using wine fabrics. The quilt wall hanging/table topper is a gift for my parents but the wine bags and wine coasters are for sale!
My students at school helped to create “Heart Healthy” quilt blocks after learning hands only CPR from Legacy Emmanuel and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue staff. I put the blocks together in a colorful quilt which was donated to the new Meridian Park Cardiac Rehab facility as a thank you to their staff and as encouragement to their patients.
This was my first time creating a quilt with drawings. We used fabric markers and crayons, which were heat set onto the muslin blocks. I had taped out the area so all blocks looked uniform in size. The piano key border was done by a parent at the school and the great long-arm quilting was done by the staff at Sharon’s Quilt Attic. The batting was even donated thanks to the Warm and Soft Company.