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My Quilt Blocks

Updated on January 16, 2015

Quilt tips and how-to's that I have collected along the way

I started this to collect quilt information that I wanted to be able to find at a moments notice. It is from all over the Internet and useful since I am still learning. I've finished several quilts and one was a complete rework so I learned more in a hurry. I love quilting.

The quilt shown here is a friendship quilt. Each of us was given a piece of the same fabric to incorporate into our block. This ties all the blocks together. My block is the cowboy hat. We made this for a friend who moved far away and we wanted her to have something from everyone in our quilt guild.

Not a quilter but want to be. Don't really know how to sew?

This sites has valuable sewing information for beginners as well as those who have been sewing for a long time.

A Great History of Quilts - The most comprehensive listing of quilts that I have found.

The listing of quilts in this site is incredible. It was too good to pass up. Many of the blocks that are shown are one I would like to do. Great resource. Make sure to check out Quilty's Quilt History.

My appliqued heart quilt

Quilts tell stories - Three of my favorite books about quilting

Quilt blocks or patterns are always interesting but for those who also love history, quilts tell stories. Three very good books on quilt history are Hidden in Plain View, Hobo Quilts, and The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt. Hobo Quilts and the The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt are treasured books in my personal library and I have played with some of the patterns in both. I have yet to buy Hidden in Plain View but a friend has loaned it to me for an extended visit at my house.

Hidden in Plain View

Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad
Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad

History says quilts were made showing the way to freedom in the era of slavery. While this bit of quilt folklore is still being proven, this is a fascinating read and full of interesting patterns.

 

Crazy Quilts - This is on my list of new things to try

I have been collecting sites from all over to add to the knowledge base for crazy quilts. I want all this information in one place so when I am ready to try it, I will leave nothing to chance. I have the fabrics (give or take), I am in search of the perfect beads and other embellishments and am practicing my embroidery stitches.

Someday, maybe I can do this

Crazy Quilting - The Complete Guide

The Embroidery Stitch Bible
The Embroidery Stitch Bible

After seeing this book at a quilt guild meeting, I knew it was a must have. All the stitches one might need are detailed here as well as lots of illustrations for inspiration. This is a great book!

 

Ribbon Embroidery

A-Z of Silk Ribbon Flowers
A-Z of Silk Ribbon Flowers

Right behind crazy quilting comes Ribbon Embroidery. This is incredible art work and something else I want to learn.

 

Quilting tips

Tips on how to do different quilting techniques

Rose applique - We all do rework. Sometimes it's more than expected

Rose appliique
Rose appliique

Sometimes things just don't work out. This quilt was supposed to fray around the roses when washed. Unfortunately, the fabric used for the blocks, frayed at all the seams. This was a total rework. All the roses were cut off and reattached to new blocks. The backing and batting were saved and the border reused. The binding was also reused but to make it all fit, the new fabric for the blocks had to be smaller. I was so upset, the quilt sat for a year before I made myself take it apart and start over. It is very pretty and now I can enjoy it for what it is.

Quilting and Mysteries - Favorite author Earlene Fowler

This is a series of mystery books by Earlene Fowler. These books were shared with me by a family friend long ago. Read them in order to follow the life of Benni Harper. All of them deal with quilts in one way or another. When you put the quilting down, pick up these books. This is only a sample of what's out there. She has other books and I recommend "The Saddle Maker's Wife".

My favorite quilt block patterns

All of us have favorites that we want to try or have completed. These are mine.

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    • Deadicated LM profile image

      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing keep up the good work; I love quilts, I've dabbled in it but never seem to get to the actual quilting part.

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      Shana rios Chavez 5 years ago

      beauiful quilts I wish the talent to make something like that. I am going to try my hand at it one more time. Thank you

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You sure brought up some sweet memories of those handmade quilts that I grew up with, the most special thing is knowing that it was made just for you!

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      lilymom24 6 years ago

      beautiful quilt and if I had the time and patience, I might learn to sew my own. Very nice lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Would love to snuggle into one on a cold wintry day! Sadly, that is a rarity around where I live! :)

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      Barbara Walton 6 years ago from France

      I started a hand sewn double quilt many years ago but not finished yet. Starting is fun but finishing is work.

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      patinkc 6 years ago from Midwest

      I learned to quilt with my great grandmother and my grandmother.

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      Tonie Cook 6 years ago from USA

      Quilting runs in my family, and I still have a ragged crazy quilt my Grandmother made.

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 6 years ago from Australia

      The rose quilt is so bright and happy!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Wow, great resources here for beginning quilters. I love the rose applique quilt. Beautiful!

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      happynutritionist 6 years ago

      Wonderful collection of quilting information...I've added this to a new plexo "Hand Quilting Stitches and How to Do Them". If you have any other quilting lenses, feel free to come over and add them, same for anyone else who happens to see this:-)

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      Senora M 6 years ago

      I love quilting. Great lens! Lots of cool blocks. I have some quilting lenses too! BLESSED!

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      marsha32 6 years ago

      loving it! I will never be an expert quilter.....I have books and books of patterns that I don't think I will ever have the time to try. I'm having a good time making strip quilts (which is why I made the instructional lens on them) I have been saving bits and pieces of material to start a crazy quilt.

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      hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

      great quilting resource

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      hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

      great quilting resource

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      Wanda Fitzgerald 6 years ago from Central Florida

      What a great way to collect your resources. I've added this to my Squidoo Quilting Angel lens and i may use is as my resource too. Great job!

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      Kstewart22 6 years ago

      Nice lens!

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Great resource for quilters! Excellent work!

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      amkatee 6 years ago

      I'm using my daughter's baby clothes to make a quilt. I almost have the top done. It is a 1930s pattern I found online of butterflies because my daughter loves butterflies.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I love quilts and you have some wonderful resources listed here! I found a nice old crazy quilt done in rich colors and fabrics at a thrift store. I need to get it out and figure out how to display it!

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      WhiteOak50 6 years ago

      I love quilting. I am not an expert and actually cannot follow a patter worth a flip but I have completed a few. I have had elderly ladies teach me so it is something that is real special to me. Fantastic, beautiful quilts listed here. Leaving you with a Blessing from a SquidAngel

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      hsschulte 7 years ago

      You have a great collection of quilting resources. Thanks!

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      Lisa Auch 7 years ago from Scotland

      wow, I have a sewing machine and desperate to be able to make something! these are beautiful

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      hayleylou lm 7 years ago

      These are lovely. I do have one, but it was bought at a Craft Fair. I would have loved to have done it myself though.

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      devilsworkshopc 7 years ago

      Love the information on the history of quilts!

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      devilsworkshopc 7 years ago

      Love the information on the history of quilts!

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      Liz Mackay 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      I shall keep this by me. I used to quilt. blessed by a squid angel.

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      PlannerPat 7 years ago

      I recently got into sewing and plan on taking a quilting class soon. I found your lens extremely helpful.

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      Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

      I've only assisted in the quilting beside some small quilt Christmas ornaments. I have very fond memories thought of quilting with my grandmother. :) This is a great resource lens.

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      Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

      I've only assisted in the quilting beside some small quilt Christmas ornaments. I have very fond memories thought of quilting with my grandmother. :) This is a great resource lens.

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      Sue Dixon 7 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      Wonderful- I've made one quilt and would love to make more.

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      TheresaMarkham 7 years ago

      Yahoo! More quilting resources! AND more quilt mystery fiction! Love this lens!

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      Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

      I've only made a couple of quilts, but if I had to rework one like you did with that beautiful rose quilt, I don't think they would be finished!

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      ohcaroline 7 years ago

      i think your rose applique is beautiful. keep quilting!

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      Senora M 7 years ago

      super cool lens. i love quilting. it's awesome!!

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      Anthony Godinho 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      When I was a teenager, I made a quilt once - unusual for a guy, but my mom tailored clothes and she always had big enough pieces of material that gave me the idea. She still have the quilt. Great resources here!

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      poutine 7 years ago

      A lot of good links to follow, thanks for putting them all together.

      Lensrolling to:

      http://www.squidoo.com/quiltingblogsthatilove

      https://hubpages.com/holidays/gifts-for-quilters

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      BuckHawkcenter 7 years ago

      What a beautiful way to share your love of quilting! I, too, am a quilter and still learning. Although, I have been quilting for years! That's what I love about it. So much to keep it fresh. Angel Blessed* and featured on Angelography.

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      You've found some great sites for quilters! I don't have the patience to make more than a quilted placemat or a doll quilt. My great pleasure is seeing very old quilts and thinking of the long-ago quiltmaker stitching away on it.

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      Mellithorpe 8 years ago

      Very nice lens. I hope you always enjoy quilting.

      Monna Ellithorpe

      http://www.squidoo.com/DoubleWeddingRingQuilt

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      Senora M 8 years ago

      I like the idea of your lens. 5*s! I just started quilting and really enjoy it. It is so fun to start with a few pieces of fabric, cut them up, sew them together and end with a big piece of fabric! :)