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Jessie ZeiglerComment

Alrighty!  We're getting caught up around here to what I would classify as counting up recent quilts!  Today I'm featuring the quilts I made in the year 2014.

102:

I made this quilt for a wonderful teacher who had both my older kids in school.  She had her second baby and while I don't do teacher quilts every year, I thought this was a great opportunity to give back a tiny little smidge of appreciation for the love and compassion she heaped on our family for two years.  I didn't work from a pattern, I just pulled from my scrap bin and matched colors to make same-colored blocks.  The white sashing really gives a crisp look and makes it look a lot more "planned". 

103:

This quilt is one of my favorites ever. EVER! And it's MINE!  I absolutely loved using a charm pack of Vanessa Christianson's Color Me Happy fabric line to - in essence - "confetti" this quilt.  I will be writing and self-publishing this pattern very soon.  I spent extra time on the quilting. :)

104:

This was a wonderful little baby quilt for the second nephew on my side of the family.  I was exploring the use of solids and really liked the simplicity of the repeating block in muted colors.  The white fabric, again, lends to such a crisp look.  Quilting stitches on solid fabrics show really well, too - that's a bonus to a gal like me.

105:

This quilt was the saddest quilt to make.  I cried and cried and cried as I made it.  It really was like therapy for me.  A classmate of mine died suddenly last year of a medical event.  He was such a sweet and special guy and I grieved deeply for him.  I still grieve for his family and think of them often.  I gave this quilt to his family as a comfort quilt - just to remind them that they are loved and that their son will not be forgotten, he made such a big impact on my life.  This was pieced in an improv style but with a basic plan.  It ended up being a large lap/small twin size and I worked on it hard so that it could be finished in four days.  I really do like the style and hope to make something similar in the future, hopefully for a happy occasion.  I was extremely grateful for having a longarm quilting machine for a situation like this, a quick turnaround for what's usually a much more tedious process.

106:

Easiest quilt ever!  I used two great fabric prints to make this quilt with no seaming.  It only took a few hours to put together and when paired with the book - this made a wonderful gift for a book-club friend.

107:

This was a super-fun quilt to make.  I used a bunch of Cotton + Steel fabrics to make these great "records".  I used a free pattern from the Fons & Porter website from which to base this design.  I used a fusible product to secure the records onto plain white blocks then used a blanket stitch to raw-edge applique the records in place.  Then I sewed all the blocks together and quilted it.  I thought the irregularly spaced straight lines mimicked the grooves on a record, so that's how I decided on the quilting.  We gave this to friends - who are also in a record club with us - for their wedding.  Vinyl is alive and well!

108:

I absolutely loved making this quilt.  It's got a little bit of special paper-piecing going on and a whole lot of quilting, just the way I like it. :) This is my own design and we gave it to friends of ours for their first baby girl.

109:

In 2013, I made a two-fabric and three-fabric quilt I designed in this same pattern.  This baby quilt was a gift for cousins.  Again, solid fabrics really lend themselves to showing the quilting well, so I took some extra time for fancy quilting.  It's worth it!  I demonstrate drawing the echoed swirls quilting design in this video.

110:

I admit it, I went on a bit of a rampage last year.  It wasn't violent, but my sewing/quilting room got worked over pretty good.  I found leftover blocks from three different quilts when cleaning and reorganizing and decided to combine them in this one baby quilt.  I unified it with allover fancy quilting to make it look like the whole top belonged together.  We gave this to cousins for the birth of their baby.

111:

This quilt was another one I hadn't really planned on making in advance, it was just that I found a bunch of the printed fabrics already cut and leftover from another quilt.  So, I sewed them into stacks, added a white sashing and borders (my secret weapon) and quilted it up.  I ended up giving this to a friend who liked it on Instagram and asked about buying it.

112:

This was yet another quilt that I basically found the pieces leftover from other projects, added the sashing and borders and then quilted it up.  We gave this to cousins who had their first baby, a girl.  As a general rule, I enjoy quilting the crap out of quilts.  There was a fourth quilt top I made based on these found, long abandoned other projects, but I haven't yet quilted and bound it.  Maybe it'll make the list of 2015 completed projects?

113:

I had to count this mini quilt in my number of completed projects because after all, I did quilt it and bind it.  I'm not "into" minis like some people are into minis, but I do see the appeal.  It'll be really great to display someday in my sewing room.

114:

This quilt was one I started in 2008.  I even got it to the stage where it was basted with safety pins and partially quilted on my domestic sewing machine, but then I just gave up on it and let it sit around for years.  I got it back out, removed the pins, picked out some of the stitching I'd done previously (that I hated) and finished the quilting on my longarm.  It's another quilt that stays in our house.  It is winter-themed with snowflake prints and the like, but not overpowering enough that it can't be used year-round.  This is also my own design.

115:

This quilt was very special because I made it for my mom.  I hadn't ever made her a quilt in the nearly 10 years I'd been quilting, so I wanted to correct that situation for Christmas.  She loves the quilt!  I found the free pattern online and thought it'd look great using fabrics that I'd previously selected for her. I'm so glad I made it, I know it's well used and loved in her home.

116:

And last but certainly not least: this quilt.  I reworked an earlier pattern of my own design (no. 103 from this post, actually) in a different colorway and came up with this quilt for my mother-in-law.  Just before Christmas of 2014, she received a breast cancer diagnosis.  This was made as a comfort quilt and given to her in time for Christmas.  I'm so happy to say that she's cancer-free now thanks to early detection and effective treatments and I'm so thankful for that!  I know so many that haven't been that fortunate. Life and health are definitely a gift!  This pattern will be available soon for purchase.