Gifts Our Staff Are Making – Lori

Let me preface this with, I’m in the middle of moving. I moved out of my house last week and won’t get into the new house until after the first of the New Year. So many, many of my things are in storage. Because of that, pretty much anything that isn’t done already, isn’t going to get done.

But thank goodness, we started a new tradition at my house a few years ago. When I began working full time in the quilting industry, all at once, I had way more quilts than I needed.

My children and grandchildren have often received quilts for special occasions but I seldom had enough for Christmas. That all changed when I started working here in the Golden office.

gifts our staff are making - Lori's pile of quilts, 2016

The Pile of Quilts 2016

The Christmas of 2015, my husband and I started what we call The Pile of Quilts. We put all the quilts that are available as gifts under the tree (unwrapped) – just in a heap.

Then when it is time to open presents, our kids, grandkids and our great-grandson draw numbers and select their quilts in order of the numbers they have chosen.
Often, the person choosing spends a lot of time. He or she picks up and looks and then puts back down a number of quilts before deciding on one. I try to pile the quilts so all the bed-size ones are together on one side of the tree and the smaller quilts are on the other side of the tree.

When we were moving the contents of our home into the storage unit several weeks ago, I told Bake that the boxes labeled quilts needed to be where we can get to them because I’m sure that whether or not we are moving, our family will want this year’s Pile of Quilts.

I’ve had several quilts published this year. I never realize how many until I go back and look at my Excel sheet where I record all the details.

So here are some of the quilts that will be under the tree.

Reflecting Pool

Reflecting Pool

Reflecting Pool was in McCall’s Quick Quilts August/September 2017. The pattern is available at



Allium is from the November/December issue of McCall’s Quilting. That issue is available in print or digitally.

Lemon Pickles

Lemon Pickles

And my favorite from the past year is Lemon Pickles from the March/April 2017 issue of Quiltmaker. In fact, I like it so much I haven’t decided if it will actually be a part of The Pile of Quilts. If you’d like to make your own version, the digital pattern is here.

Ocean Vista

Ocean Vista

But then I laugh because I just said Lemon Pickles is my favorite but Ocean Vista might actually be my favorite. My friend (and the staff photographer) Mellisa took this photo in her garden and I absolutely love it. The quilt is in the February/March 2018 issue of Quick Quilts. You can read about it here.

Ding Batt

Ding Batt

You can read about Ding Batt and why it got its name in my blog from earlier this year.

I know there are quite a few more. I can’t wait to get to those boxes so I can remember.

So am I ready for Christmas??? Yes. Am I going to be sewing anything else? Probably not.

I’m wishing for you the very merriest of Christmases, with lots of love and joy and fun and family.


Comment (1)

  • Karen C

    Love your little story & esp seeing some of the quilts. VERY lucky family. ENJOY Yyour new home. Happy Holidays ?

    December 13, 2017 at 1:46 pm

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