Category: quilt

Placemats, Table Graces

Last year I bought a pattern at Times Square Sewing called Table Graces. This is very easy and fun to do and will make a great wedding or house warming gift. I also think these would be great to do for each holiday. You could have a different set for Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter. They do take a little bit of time to make so you won’t be seeing them on my Ebay site.  If you’re interested in a set, contact me for pricing.

I cut all my fabric out ahead of time. Of course I had to embroider mine so I sewed the fabric right to the stabilizer. This made hooping and centering the design very easy. Next I lay the back and front wrong sides together, placed that on top of the batting and sewed around the outside edge. I left a small opening to turn it right side out and pressed with an iron. I finished by quilting them in the ditch starting at the center and working my way out. I also stitched around the outside about 1/8th of an inch from the edge. This closed up the opening that I had when I turned it right side out.

After it was done I had a great gift. Even a beginner can follow this pattern. This is at the top of my list and a must buy for all quilters. Locally you can pick this up at Times Square in Quincy, IL or you can get it online at

Underground railroad quilt

A couple of years a go I made an Underground Railroad quilt.  I used old fabric and made sure it was done by the book.  A lot of it was hand-stitched so it took almost a year to finish.  I even put some of my hand-dyed fabric in a few of the blocks.  Recently I was asked if Quincy Notre Dame (the local Catholic high school) could hang it in their school for a week so the kids can see it.  They’ll also be letting the public in to view it.  I feel like I’m top dog right now but it’s really not that big of a deal.  I would make more quilts but it’s hard to do with smaller kids.  They tend to run off with the blocks and things just disappear.  The next thing you know the baby has the scissors and is cutting holes in her shirt.  I think that’s why I’m so proud of this one – it took forever with all the kids around.  I did most of it late at night after everyone was in bed and I know that I won’t get a chance to do another one until they are all in school.