Monthly Archives: December 2014

A Recap of 2014!!!

Well, as it is New Year’s Eve, I thought it would be a good opportunity to reflect on  2014.

On a personal note, there were a couple of family milestones this year!!  We welcomed our first grandchild in June and being a grandparent is amazing!!  In October, we welcomed our wonderful new daughter-in-law into the family.  Needless to say, we had a lot going on!!

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On the quilting side of things……I quilted a lot of quilts this year!!!!  When I looked through my records I found I had quilted 90 quilts for customers this year and also did a few of my own.  Wow!!  I have to say that I have enjoyed quilting each and every one of them!!  I would love to show you all of them, but will only post a few at the end, so as not to bore everyone!! 🙂

A couple of quilting highlights this year:  In February, I was able to attend the Virginia Longarm Network “Birds of A Feather” Event in Virginia Beach, VA.  Three days of classes from well-known long armers!!!  Wow…..I was able to take classes from quilters that I never even dreamed of meeting……Jamie Wallen, Angela Walters, Lisa Calle!!!  I learned a lot that weekend!!  They have classes for people that own long arm machines and also those of you who use your home machines to quilt.  Here is a link to their site if you would like to take classes this upcoming year.

In October, I took a quilt class from Kaffe Fassett at Olde City Quilts in New Jersey.  Wow!!  What an experience to meet this amazing fabric designer and his associates,  Brandon Mably and Liza Lucy.  I think my most favorite part was when he helped you with your fabric layout and if you didn’t have what he thought would look good with what was up on your design wall, then he would say “come on….let’s go shopping” and then walk you across the street to the shop and help you pick out fabrics.  It was definitely a time that I won’t forget and will blog more about this in the future with lots of pictures!!

Another highlight was having several customers win awards in several quilt shows.  From local shows up to national shows.  They should all be proud of their work!!  I hope that you all will take a chance to enter your quilts into shows this upcoming year!!  Because you just never know until you try……..which is my new motto for this coming year!!

On the social media side, it has also been an enlightening year, to say the least!! 🙂  I branched out from just doing Facebook,  into Instagram  (Janestitchbystitch) and creating this blog.  Phew…..what a learning experience these two have been!!  I have to say that Instagram has been a blast and I have met so many quilters this way.  I am even participating in my first Instagram mini quilt swap in 2015!!

All in all it has been a wonderful year and I am so thankful for all of you!!!

I wish you all a very happy and healthy 2015!!!!!

Remember……you never know what you can do until you try!!!!

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Blue Ribbon Winner at Pennsylvania National Quilt Show

Blue Ribbon Winner at Pennsylvania National Quilt Show

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Machine Applique Quilts

I wrote a post awhile ago on the hand-embroidered quilts that I have had the pleasure of quilting, and now want to give some attention to the machine-applique quilts that I have also had the pleasure to quilt.

Machine appliqué is not for everyone…..the same as hand-applique isn’t.  I am not a fan of doing hand applique  myself, but I truly do not mind doing machine-applique….although I do know some people that don’t like that very much either!!  You know who you are…!!!! 🙂

There are lots of different techniques and stitches you can use to machine appliqué, but it seems the most popular are the blanket stitch and the satin (zigzag) stitch.

Blanket Stitch

Blanket Stitch

Satin Stitch

Satin Stitch


I had such a blast quilting all of the following machine appliqué quilts and admired each and every one of them as I was quilting them.  The amount of appliqué that had to be done on many of them is so daunting to me, but I did love quilting them.

Alma’s Christmas quilt was one of my very first custom quilting jobs, and there was an assortment of techniques used on this one, including machine-applique.  I can’t begin to tell you how nervous I was quilting this quilt!!  But it was very exciting when it won Reserved Grand Champion at our local fair!!

Alma's Quilt

Alma’s Quilt

This owl quilt is just adorable and I had so much fun with this one!!

Andie's Owl Quilt

Andie’s Owl Quilt

This quilt is all machine appliqué and was from a William Morris BOM.  It is truly stunning!!  There were many hours of machine-applique that went into this one.

Beth's Quilt

Beth’s Quilt

Debbie’s Under the Sea Quilt was a lot of fun to do.

Debbie's Under The Sea Quilt

Debbie’s Under The Sea Quilt

Here is a Buggy Barn Dog Quilt that used machine-applique with different types of fabrics.

Debbie's Buggy Barn Doghouse Quilt

Debbie’s Buggy Barn Doghouse Quilt

Ellen’s Striped Dresden quilt had the Dresden’s machine appliqued down with just a straight stitch. I love these Dresdens.

Striped Dresden Quilt

Striped Dresden Quilt

Mary’s quilt is truly a work of art!!  The amount of machine appliqué that is in this quilt is more than I can ever imagine doing.  It is amazing!!

Mary's Quilt

Mary’s Quilt

Nancy’s Quilt is also a William Morris BOM.  It is beautiful and won Grand Champion at our local county fair in 2013.  What a treat it was to quilt this one!!

Nancy's Quilt

Nancy’s Quilt

There are many tutorials on the raw-edge machine appliqué process, but here are a couple of resources if you need more information:


I have absolutely loved quilting both machine-applique quilts and also the hand appliqué quilts that I talked about in an earlier post.  The time and love that have gone into each and every one of these is just phenomenal!!!

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One Block Wonder Quilt for Christmas!!!

So here I am finding myself deciding to do a OBW for a Christmas present.  I really don’t have time for this, but I guess I work well under pressure?

Anyway, I found this fabric on the sale rack at Olde City Quilt Shop in Burlington, NJ, where I had visited to attend a Kaffe Fassett class (that will have to be on another blog post).  I just couldn’t resist this beautiful fabric from Wilmington Prints and of course, I just had to buy it because it was on sale!

Original Fabric by Wilmington Prints

Anyway, I needed a gift for a quilt group gift exchange and this year we could do anything we wanted for the person whose name we drew.    So…..what to do for the person that decorates for every season and has about all the decorations available… make them a Christmas quilt!!

I am very enamored with the One Block Wonder quilts right now.  It is amazing how one piece of fabric can take on such different designs when put together differently.  In fact, I have all the blocks sewn for another one that I had to put aside so I could work on this one.

Work in progress!!

I used two coordinating fabrics for this one. Both by Moda

 Just this week I received this glorious fabric in the mail……..I am already thinking about how this will turn into my next OBW!!!!

Paradise by Jason Yenter


It seems to me the more scenic or flowing prints tend to have more variety in the blocks that are made!  I had the pleasure of quilting this OBW for a customer of mine and she used a large flowery flowing fabric and look how gorgeous this quilt turned out!!  This picture does not do it justice!!

One Block Wonder by Ellen

Sorry…..I got distracted there…..back to the Christmas One Block Wonder Quilt!!!! 🙂

Our party was tonight, so I was finally able to give my person their gift and post this on my blog!!  It has been suggested on the One Block Wonder Facebook page that I enter this into a show in Pigeon Forge, TN next year, so maybe I will be able to talk my friend into loaning it back to me to send off to a show?

Here is the progress of the quilt from start to finish.

Original Fabric by Wilmington Prints

Original Fabric by Wilmington Prints

First few blocks

Arranging the blocks

Arranging the blocks

Quilt Top is Finished!

Quilt Top is Finished!

All finished!!!!

All finished!!!!


If you have not ever tried this technique before, I would suggest you look through your stash and see if you have any prints that you can use.  All you need is 6 repeats of the pattern in the fabric.  If you need further information on the One Block Wonder, there are a couple of books out there:

I hope if you try making a One Block Wonder quilt, you will enjoy it as much as I have!!!

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