21 November 2017

Just Quilt It

Detail of My Flower Bed by Jeanne A. Hurt
The Denver National Quilt Festival was a huge source of inspiration and motivation for me for 10 years.

Quilt shows were a huge part of my life for ten years, but now each of the shows I looked forward to and enjoyed are gone. Quilting magazines and blogs are about as close as I can get to the thrill of quilt shows these days.

After five years of lurking on inspiring quilting blogs, I finally worked up the courage to actually post about one of my quilts and then later join a link-up. Now I routinely join three different link-ups almost every week.

I'm no longer afraid to post, link or comment on quilting blogs anymore. I've finished a bunch of quilts. I'm gaining confidence in free-motion quilting. I've made new friends. And the inspirations aren't going to run out anytime soon, thank heavens!

One of my most recent inspirations has been scrappy fabric postcards. I'd been working with my 8-year-old neighbor, teaching her how to quilt. She has been working on a ticker tape quilt for several months now. Her youth and many interests are cutting into quilting time, and let's face it. Ticker tape quilts can take a long, long time.

I thought it might be fun to work on a few projects she could finish quickly while skill-building with the sewing machine. (Plus a great way to use up tiny scraps!)

Here is a select sampling of more inspiration that keeps me going when I can't be at my sewing machine. These are just a few from my extremely long list of favorites - sites that inspire me beyond measure.

The Other Side of the Quilt
(The link at the bottom of the post still works, and for the next three pages, what a magnificent collection of quilt backs!

Marcia Hohn's Quilter's Cache

Quilt Inspiration

turning what you see into quilts

Crazy Mom Quilts

Alycia Quilts

Busy Hands Splash of Color Quiltalong

The Block Lotto

Whoop Whoop Fridays

The Free Motion Quilting Project

Sassafras Lane

Libs Elliot

Flossy Blossy

Crazy Quilts

I hope to do a Dear Jane one day, with my own spin, of course.

Rainbow Quilts

More Rainbow Quilts

Aren't these (this and this) the coolest baby clothes recycling projects?!?

May the quilt be with you!

I am so in love.

Must. Try. This.

Linking up with Busy Hands Quilts, Crazy Mom Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.


  1. You, afraid to post? Geez, never would guess that now haha she sure looks like a happy camper. Youth sure pulls one many a way indeed, but always good to learn new skills.

    1. Yes, Pat, hard to believe, but I was indeed a big chicken when I first started entering quilt competitions. The judges were brutal, so I was afraid I'd get the same kind of response here. I'm glad I took the chance, because there is life beyond being judged!

  2. Teaching your young neighbor how to quilt? Wonderful!! She looks like she's quite taken with the activity.

  3. I am so glad you started posting - and that you continue to share the love of quilting. I will tell you - I think your aweseom - and your quilting and photography have inspired me beyond measure!

  4. Oh golly, I daren't follow those links. Time is limited and it would be like going down the rabbit hole....

    Your little neighbour is 8 already?!? Wow. What a fun way to introduce her to quilting. She's obviously having a good time. :)


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