Stitch and Share: Stories Behind Reader Quilts

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If there’s one thing that delights us more than any other, it’s to see that readers have enjoyed and made the quilts we’ve published. Each of our sister publications—Love of Quilting, McCall’s Quilting, Quiltmaker, and Quilting Arts—makes a point of showcasing our readers’ work. Check out some of the recent work you’ve shared with us!


Sew & Tell with Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting!
All reader-submitted quilts, these were published in the Sew & Tell feature in our November/December 2019 issue. Some of these patterns also appeared on PBS Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting!

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Dot’s quilt is based on Marianne Fons’ Star-Spangled Banner, which was also showcased on episode 3307 of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting on PBS.

Dot Kriegsjauser of Edina, Missouri, writes, “I love vintage-style quilts! When I saw Star-Spangled Banner in Love of Quilting’s March/April 2019 issue, I was initially intimidated by paper piecing. Luckily I learned it’s addictive and fun!”

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Eugena challenged herself with Mariner’s in a Pickle, and created an award-winning stunner!

Mariner’s in a Pickle from Love of Quilting’s September/October 2008 issue was a wonderful challenge,” writes Eugena Turner of Independence, Missouri. “I modified the border and added a gold metallic flange. The quilt received a ribbon in a local show!”

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Lynn chose Dublin Town, a quilt showcased on episode 3012 of Love of Quilting on PBS, making her version in blue and white batiks as a wedding quilt for her grandson!

“My grandson is getting married so I went hunting through my magazines for the perfect quilt,” Lynn Kupferschmid of Leesburg, Florida, writes. “I made Dublin Town from Love of Quilting’s March/April 2018 issue in blue and white batiks. I also added borders and embroidered their names and date of marriage in one of the quilt squares. I hope this will be a keepsake for them for a long time!”

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Way to carry on a tradition, Deneall! This scaled down version of Liz’s Patchwork is made from the materials she inherited from her grandmother.

“I first learned how to quilt from my grandmother, Marian. I inherited her stash of quilting materials and have used them to make quilts for her 27 great-grandbabies,” writes Deneall Blok of Elmo, Minnesota. “This is a smaller version of Liz’s Patchwork from Love of Quilting’s January/February 2019 issue for a cousin’s first daughter!”

Quilter to Quilter with McCall’s Quilting!

Published in the September/October 2019 issue of McCall’s Quilting, these quilts were made from patterns featured in earlier publications.

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With her Snowman Party quilt, Susan is ready for Christmas!

Susan Winkelstern of Mulliken, Michigan, has made Snowman Party (McCall’s Quilting January/February 2019). These cheery red, green, and white holiday fabrics are sure to bring warmth to the holiday season!

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Trudy went looking for a Christmas quilt pattern, and found Christmas Bows. Perfect!

Trudy Lindermann of Cleveland, Wisconsin, was in need of a new fun and festive Christmas quilt. When she found Christmas Bows (McCall’s Quilting November/December 2017), she knew it would make the perfect holiday quilt. Trudy liked the original coloring so much, that she decided to replicate it in her design, even though that isn’t something she normally does. Now she is all set for the holidays!

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Lurlyn modified the Gemstone Dream quilt pattern by adding borders to match the cornerstone units. It looks fabulous—nice variation!

Lurlyn Clifford of Menifee, California, used a group of batik fat quarters, which she received as a birthday gift from her quilt club to make a Gemstone Dreams (McCall’s Quilting November/December 2018). Lurlyn wanted the quilt to fit her king size bed, so she simply framed the original design with a few borders to increase the size.

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Quick and delightful, the Vino Row tablerunner came together quickly for Lindsay, who made it as a Christmas gift!

Lindsay Ryder of Worthington, Ohio, made Vino Row (McCall’s Quilting May/June 2017) as a Christmas gift for her sister. Lindsay was inspired by batiks resembling red, white, and rose wines. As the mother of an infant, Lindsay enjoyed how quickly this pattern came together and was able to complete it during nap times!

Sew to Speak with Quiltmaker!
The following readers had their projects published in the September/October 2019 of Quiltmaker.

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So sweet! Liz, we love your version of Sweet Starburst, and we bet your grandbaby will cherish it!

“When I saw Sweet Starbursts in Quiltmaker March/April 2019, I knew it would be perfect for a baby quilt for my new granddaughter,” says Liz Anderson of Pine Knot, Kentucky. “I can’t wait to see my daughter’s face at the baby shower!”

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Based on Cassie’s story, we may have to change the name of our Royal Patch quilt pattern to ‘Lincoln the Lion’!

“A friend from church was expecting and I knew I wanted to make her new little son a quilt! He was born premature and gained the nickname ‘Lincoln the Lion’ as he grew stronger in the NICU,” writes Cassie Hatch of Franklinville, New York. “As soon as I heard the nickname, I searched the internet for inspiration on how to incorporate a lion into a quilt. I found the pattern for Regal Patch from Quiltmaker March/April 2014 and fell in love! I made the quilt completely from my scrap pile and added a Bible verse on the bottom using printer fabric. When I gave my friend the quilt, there were tears all around!”

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Mary visited designer Scott Flanagan in his shop to share her version of Sand and Sea—a pattern he designed!

“I used a red, white, and blue color palette to make the pattern Sand and Sea from Quiltmaker March/April 2017, into a Quilt of Valor donation quilt,” writes Mary Gentrup of Omaha, Nebraska. “I happen to live close to the quilt shop where Scott Flanagan, the designer of Sand and Sea, works so that I could share this finished quilt with him!”

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Strong bonds form during binding! Three generations of women in the Courtenay family got together for a day of quilt therapy!

Kim, Judy, and Joan Courtenay of British Columbia prove that quilting is a form of love! “When my grandfather was having health problems, my grandma needed a pick-me-up. My aunt and I demanded a quilting day and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the results of our quilting therapy! My grandma, aunt, and I all made our own versions of All a Twitter from Quiltmaker March/April 2019. Three generations crammed into one sewing room was a ton of fun! We enjoyed using bright colorful fabrics for this quilt and I’m sure the upcoming babies in our family will be thankful as well!”

The Last Word with Quilting Arts

Quilting Arts fosters the creativity within each quilter, celebrating their artistic legacy. To that end, they publish 800-essays from readers about their art quilting legacy, like this shortened sample of Lori Sikkema’s essay (full version published in the October/November 2019 issue). For consideration, submit your complete essay along with a low-resolution images to qasubmissions@peakmediaproperties.com with the subject line “the last word.”

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Lori’s original design—Evie Stevie, Cover Girl—showcases fabulous art quilting techniques that she has honed over the years.

Lori begins her essay by writing, “I wish I could tell you about the college I went to and all the art classes that I took throughout the years, but I can’t because that’s not my story. I never went to college and I have taken just two art classes.”

She was always crafting, and even dabbled in traditional patchwork, but it wasn’t until Lori discovered art quilting at a quilt show—“Insert the sound of angels singing here,” she jokes—that she found her calling.

She ordered a book on art quilting (Leni Levenson Wiener’s http://leniwiener.com/#book, Photo-Inspired Art Quilts: From Composition to Finished Piece, read it cover to cover, and dove in by making a quilt far beyond a simple beginner’s piece. “But here I am today, 5 years later creating art quilts of my own, and I love it!”

We inspire you, and you inspire us! Keep on quilting and sharing!
Vanessa Lyman

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