Staff show-and-tell: look what we made!

You may have guessed that we’re a creative bunch here in the office. Of our 34 employees, 26 of us sew and quilt. Pretty great percentage, eh? And that doesn’t even count the knitters or crochet addicts! A typical Monday morning will include show-and-share of someone’s completed weekend project. If we hear any ooohs or aaahs down the hall, we all come running to see the latest fabric or yarn creation.

We’ve decided it’s time we shared some of our passion with you. Here are a few of our latest quilting projects:

Linda AstleMeet Linda, our office receptionist and tour guide who swore she’d never make a quilt. Now that she’s finally started quilting, she can’t seem to stop! Rarely does a Monday go by that she doesn’t bring something new to show us. She loves big, fast, and easy quilts.


Linda's quilt from Strip Savvy
Linda’s quilt from
Strip Savvy

Linda's quilt from Quilting with Precuts and Shortcuts
Linda’s quilt from
Quilting with Precuts and Shortcuts

Dorothy Lisherness Meet Dorothy, our senior account manager, who will be retiring soon. She wanted to make a wedding quilt for her granddaughter Natosha, known in the family as “butterfly girl.” Her grandaughter’s only request? To leave lots of space so her artistic friends could sign the quilt. Dorothy’s solution was to use this pattern from Becoming a Confident Quilter and keep every other row white. She used a photo of the happy couple for the center block and embellished several rows with fabric butterflies. The special day happened a few weeks ago and they were thrilled with their finished quilt from grandma!

Dorothy's quilt from Becoming a Confident Quilter
Dorothy’s quilt from
Becoming a Confident Quilter

Here it is after the wedding, all signed:

Dorothy's quilt signed by guests

Karen JohnsonHere are two of my own completed projects from this year. I love quilt retreats and often look for projects that can be started and finished during one retreat. I began this one with a fat-eighth pack:



Karen's quilt from Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe
My quilt from
Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe

I had so much fabric left over from the collection that I added a different solid for the background and used up the rest of the fabric in this one:

Karen's quilt from Strip Savvy
Karen’s quilt from
Strip Savvy

CathyMeet Cathy, our author liaison, who cranks out embroidery and hand-quilted projects like there is no tomorrow! Cathy got us started on Embroidery Wednesdays, where we gather at lunch in Jennifer’s office and stitch.


Cathy's projects from Patchwork Loves Embroidery
Cathy’s projects from
Patchwork Loves Embroidery

Cathy’s a quilter too! Here is her modified version of a table runner from Set the Table.

Cathy's runner from Set the Table
Cathy’s runner from
Set the Table

Group projects—we make a quilt for every employee on their tenth anniversary. (See more about that tradition here.) But we also jump into action for friends who are in need. Recently we quickly made a soft corduroy quilt for a friend battling breast cancer, to cuddle with during her chemo treatments.

Quilt from Uncommonly Corduroy
Uncommonly Corduroy

Shortly after that, a small town very near our office experienced a devastating mudslide. This large quilt was pieced and quilted by our staff members within a few short weeks.

Oso quilt
“Oso” quilt from
Another Bite of Schnibbles

We added the binding while being filmed for the local news.

Binding the Oso quilt

The quilt was auctioned off with proceeds benefiting the landslide victims.

We’re fortunate to work at a company filled with like-minded makers. We share our love of all things fiber every day and are richly rewarded when we work on projects together. And to think we are surrounded by the very books that feed that passion!

What projects have you finished lately? Tell us about them in the comments and upload photos of projects you’re working on every Friday on our Facebook page—look for our “Show-and-Sew Friday” posts!

24 Comments (leave a comment)

  • Handmade from the heart. The best kind of quilt. They are all beautiful and special but I admit to having a velvety soft spot for the corduroy quilt from Uncommonly Corduroy. It amazing what color placement can do and how different it can make a quilt look. I hope your friend is enjoying the quilt made with love.

    Stephanie Dunphy on June 25, 2014
  • I need a job in a fabric store!!!!! Love all of the quilts you made.

    —Janie on June 25, 2014
  • wow, you all have been busy! I love seeing the projects, especially because I noticed that many came from books that I already own so I can get started right away!Thanks for sharing 🙂

    —Monique on June 25, 2014
  • I loved seeing the quilts that you have made. I wonder, with all the inspiration you have at your fingertips, how you decide which quilt to make next.

    —Linda P in IL on June 25, 2014
  • In recent years due to my work schedule I have very little time for quilting. I mostly make baby quilts. I love colorful things for children.

    The pictures in today’s are very inspiring. Since I am making my plans to retire this year I hope to send lots of pictures in the future.

    —Rose Gibbons on June 25, 2014
  • Just wanted to say thanks for sharing show & tell – all of the quilts and projects are beautiful & so inspiring. Appreciate the links to the pattern sources too as there are definitely some that I want to make. Please do show & tell on a regular basis!

    —Joyce M on June 25, 2014
  • After seeing your Staff Show and Tell posting, I would like my next project to be…. getting a job with all of you! LOL just joking, I live in Ohio, I think the drive would be a little much. Right now, I am trying to get my Qbot running so that I can quilt a cyclist jersey quilt for my sister. I used a light weight woven iron-on backing for each piece that I cut from her shirts. And joined them all together with solid yellow sashing. Many of my sister’s rides are for charity, and when the quilt is completed, she will have a snuggly reminder to wrap up in.

    —Karen Poulson on June 25, 2014
  • no recent finishes but wanted to say hi karen, and what GORGEOUS work by you all. i am in love with the embroidered bird pillow. as a recipient of a comfort quilt i applaud your kindness as well.

    —Shannon Olden on June 25, 2014
  • I have finished creating about a dozen UFOs – can those count? They are crocheted snowflakes to applique on quilt blocks. The largest one will be appliqued on a scarf for my bother, since I owe him so many favors.

    —Lynne on June 25, 2014
  • I enjoyed meeting all of you and reading about and viewing your projects so much. Thank you for sharing. It was very inspirational!

    —Mary Perkins on June 25, 2014
  • Can I start by saying what a treat it was to watch you all on the video!!! It’s one thing to read about you and see your wonderful creations, but to see you working together was wonderful. Thanks for posting it.

    Now, what have I finished recently? It depends on your definition!

    I’m preparing for a quilt retreat and I’ve ‘finished’ the preparations for 7 quilts.

    No, I’m not crazy, not all 7 will be ‘made’ at the retreat. Two are pieced and just need pinning; the Denim rag quilt just needs piecing (snipping the seams is a job for a sunny winter’s day on the back porch :D); the Jelly Roll Race quilt will remain a quilt top until I can add some applique to it later; 1 is already half-way hand-quilted, so I can sit back and relax with that in the evenings after a hard day at the sewing machine.
    I’ve only got one baby quilt and one large quilt that will be pieced at the retreat – both are a simple square-in-a-square so I should be able to concentrate just enough to get the job done without sacrificing any giggle time.

    Can you tell I’m excited to get there???

    —Kayt Deans on June 25, 2014
  • thankyou for sharing……I enjoy seeing people gain satisfaction out of their creations…….how therapeutic is that……now to get into mine…..:)

    —Shirl Hair on June 25, 2014
  • My son was moving to a new apartment and I went up to help. I walked in his room and he was sitting with a pile of his karate t-shirts he felt were too used to wear, but he didn’t want to throw away. I had a great time hand-quilting a 16-patch t-shirt quilt. Just finished it this week–feels good to finish it and can’t wait to give it to him. Now on to finish assembling my 2013 SugarBlock quilt. . and June isn’t over yet. (I’m a teacher during the year and am usually so tired, I get limited time quilting–now I plan to finish my many started projects.)

    —Carolyn White on June 25, 2014
  • I just completed the largest T-shirt quilt I have made to date, for the mother of a young man who wore number 88 throughout his high school football career and is playing with 89 on his jersey now in college football. This quilt is the equivalent of 45 placemats, each with a dimension of 19″ x 13″ size. Using my longarm, I quilted 88s all over it, and I must say it is huge, fun, and yes, very heavy! Perfect for a guy who wants to play pro football.

    —Kathleen Haskett on June 26, 2014
  • My most recent finish is a Dr. Who quilt for my daughter. It has 20 blocks that are all paper-pieced. It was a quilt-along from 2 blogs that I discovered about half way through. So I had to play catch-up, but it was a lot of fun!

    Tammy from on June 26, 2014
  • I just finished a little throw quilt for my grandson! Is patriotic colors, as that’s what he wanted.

    I am now taking a class on applique from an 88 year old expert…she is so nice and wow what a great teacher, can hardly wait to finish the project and have learned so much!

    —Jeanette Spellmeyer on June 26, 2014
  • A wonderful group of energetic & empathetic ladies. Love all the above quilts.

    —BARBARA on June 27, 2014
  • I finished a baby quilt last month for a very happy son and his wife who are expecting their first in August. and I love your quilt creations, vey pretty

    Jane Achilles on June 27, 2014
  • Wonderful work ladies! Do you have any job vacancies there??? That would be my dream job to work in a place where you get to play with needle and thread and feed your imagination.

    —Sylvia on June 27, 2014
  • The biggest project that I finished recently was my career! I retired at the beginning of June. After reading about all of you, I could be tempted back to work if it was at your office!

    —Pearl on June 27, 2014
  • I recently finished a "Cheaters" Quilt panel of 3 horses at a pond. Of course I added to it so it was much larger. It is for one of my granddaughters for her 16th birthday (which already happened). She is learning barrel racing and has 3 horses which she loves so I thought she would like it.

    —Louise Buker on June 27, 2014
  • a group of us have inundated a chemo office with cuddle quilts. xtras – 30 – are currently waiting to be cuddlers. Where to next? We’ve started loading up one of the dialysis units, adding another unit, and doing place mats for meals on wheels.

    —Linda Clark on July 2, 2014
  • I recently finished a quilt for our granddaughters graduation. It has a dresden plate design blocks of MANY pinks some with lavender, all florals on a white background, hand appliqued with blanket stitch. The sashing is white with tiny pink polka dots. 14″ blocks. border of larger floral print with pinks and mauve. She loves it. Also just finished a grad. gift for a grandson who is going to Ithaca College for sound technology and engineering. A very talented young man, the quilt represents his dreams. Rectangles of guitars, headphones, and keyboards, with some blocks of music notes on black, sashed with white with black notes. Silver fabrics representing CD’s hand appliqued all around with his company logo: Nich Jones Commenity Records and titles of music he has mixed. I know he will be very happy at his party next week.

    —Norma on July 6, 2014
  • I am almost finished a 16-patch block made with cut 2.5″ squares. It’s sashed and has a border of a solid mustard fabric.
    It’s being made for an old friend who has been depressed since losing his dog, a many year companion
    I’m hoping it might bring him some pleasure.

    —Gollytwo on September 12, 2014

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