This is the way to catch fish. No worms, no hooks, no mosquitoes to mess you up. Not only are this great to look at, each fish has its own personality. One of these quilted panels would look great in your cabin, bathroom,or child’s room.

Each panel is 11 inches square ready to be hung with a dowel inserted in the back. Check them out and others on my site: quiltingcafe.etsy.com.

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Here is the perfect foil to finding your luggage on the busy turnstiles at the airport. Whether you choose to use your college initials in the school colors or your favorite sport’s team name and colors, you will add real pizazz to your luggage.
One side of the tag has paper pieced initials of your choosing.
Everyone loves to show their pride by displaying their school colors.
The other side can have your name embroidered on it.
I made this one for my daughter’s college roommate. And by the way, don’t you love the suitcase…got it from my last “buying” trip to Harwin Avenue in Houston. But let’s not let the college kids have all the fun, you can have your own initials, sorority/fraternity, baby…the possibilities are endless.

Can be ordered from my shop: Quiltingcafe.etsy.com

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My oldest daughter requested ballet lessons at the ripe old age of 3. I acquiesced and continued on for the next 11 years with classes, costumes, and recitals. This wall hanging emulates her style when she was little in the ballerina panels and the modern sashing represents her style today 20 years later.

       
I really enjoy beading and adding dimension to my quilts and wall hangings. Each panel has been echo quilted to signify movement. The three yoyos add a bit of whimsy. It has a hanging sleeve on the white and red toile back. Please check my etsy shop to purchase: quiltingcafe.etsy.com

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When my cousin was giving me her mother’s stash, she asked if I could do something with the left over material from her prom dress (1972). At the same time, she gave me an old pillow case on which her grandmother had tatted some cotton lace. Could I also do something with the lace. I thought a small zippered case in which she could put other mementos might do the trick. I used both the yellow flowered gauze and underlining together and quilted it. The lining is made of a material called “Si Bonne” and i used it for the case’s lining as well. I added the lace to the outside with a yo yo and button to add some interest.

Please note that I hand sewed the zipper in so that it would be invisible using a pinprick stitch. In fact, except for the 4 side and bottom seams, all the rest of the sewing was done by hand. Maybe one of her daughter might want to take it to their prom!

If you have any ideas about how to repurpose some of your memories, let me know.

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Added a new mini quilt today. Had left over scraps from other projects and this was really fun.

Here are other primitive folk art quilts that would look great in a cabin.


As always, these can be purchased at quiltingcafe.etsy.com
Grammie & mimi’s Baby Geniuses Grow Up is great fabric designed by Linda Carlson and Diana Henage for Benartex. I made two charm quilts from this collection. These pictures really cannot depict the vivid colors and dynamic patterns of the fabric.
The first quilt is 21″ square with a heavy, brightly colored flannel back. Just right for a security blanket on which to change baby or play I Spy with the patterns. Actually the light blue background is white…am going to have to retake those pics.
The other quilt is a bit larger and predominantly turquoise and green with the same brightly colored flannel back. This quilt will never go out of style, because my teenagers and 20 somethings love these too.
Check these quilts out on my site quiltingcafe.etsy.com
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I made 5 charm quilts over the weekend. The colors are so much fun to play with. It really pushes one to try different colors together It got me to thinking…what is a charm quilt?

A charm quilt according to the site, http://www.qnm.com/articles/feature15/index.html is as follows:
Charm, Beggar, Odd Feller, or Friendship–these are some of the names given to this unique category of quilts. Most quilts derive their name from the design of a block, or from the technique used in construction. But the Charm Quilt is defined by its one-patch construction, every piece being cut from a different fabric…Some were called Beggar’s Quilts because the maker had to beg scraps from friends and relatives. Other names were Memory or Friendship because the collection of fabrics represented friends and family and the memories attached to them. And still another name was No-Two-Alike, chosen for obvious reasons…The focus of the latest fashion for Charm Quilts is fun–the fun of collecting fabric, the fun of making connections with other quilters, and thefun of creating a quilt that is completely
unique to its maker.

This quilt “Just Conversation,” uses 24 different fabrics. Some are vintage fabrics which are over 20 years old; others are reproduction 30’s fabrics.

I bought a great charm pack from Moda called Butterfly Fling. I separated them into cool and warm colors. The first is Blue Butterfly Fling.” I embroidered three pink butterflies on the adorable quilt. This would make a great doll quilt or security blanket.

The warm colors became “Pink Butterfly Fling.” Since there were more square, this is a great crib or napping quilt. The two butterfly quilts are not true charm quilts, I added some extra fabric.

The next two quilts are still waiting to be quilted and will be featured in a later blog.
As always, these can be purchased from my shop, quiltingcafe.etsy.com.