Staff stitch + show: recent pictures of quilts we made!

Martingale staff stitch + show #5

The weeks leading up to Christmas sure did inspire us to sew quilts of many sizes! Here’s a look at some of the little, lap, and large quilts our staff recently completed.


Coffee-cup quilt by Kara
Senior account manager Kara says: “I got creative with my own setting for this quilt pattern from Country Threads. It perfectly shows off some charm squares I wanted to use in a special way.”

See the original quilt in Back to Charm School >

Slices of Sunshine quilt by Karen J
Director of sales and marketing Karen J. says: “I made this ‘Slices of Sunshine’ table-runner design by Jessica Levitt after passing by the original several times a day—it was on display in our office. I pieced 2½" Kaffe Fassett charm squares to make the outer rows and machine quilted straight lines with a walking foot.”

See the original quilt in Set the Table >

 Totally Taupe table runner by Karen J
Karen J. also made this “Totally Taupe” table runner designed by Mary Green, and says: “I finished the top in less than a day while on retreat, including hand appliquéing the circles with my favorite Perfect Circles templates—the method is foolproof!”

See the original quilt in Sew the Perfect Gift >

Simple Patch baby quilt by Cornelia
Senior customer-service representative Cornelia says: “I made this Hello Kitty-themed baby quilt for a new member of my extended family—a recently adopted baby girl. Baby Sonja’s mom loves Hello Kitty!”

See the original quilt in Even More Quilts for Baby >


Beach Glass quilt by Tracy
Customer service manager Tracy says: “I made this quilt round-robin style with two friends. Each of us made blocks for the others, in their choice of colors. The other two quilts are done in red-and-brown prints and bright batiks. We call them our friendship quilts.”

See the original quilt in 40 Fabulous Quick-Cut Quilts >

Over and Under quilt by Kara
Kara says: “I created this ‘Over and Under’ quilt, designed by Kim Brackett, with a Jelly Roll of Mary Engelbreit fabric. The biggest challenge was getting my dachshund to stop lying on it while I worked!”

See the original quilt in Scrap Quilting Strip by Strip >

 Star Blossoms quilt by Kara
Kara also made “Star Blossoms,” saying: “This quilt is made with a pack of Moda ‘Fancy’ fat quarters I got at Spring Quilt Market. I took a tip from author John Q. Adams’s book Beyond Neutral and used a dark-gray background instead of my usual white. I may never go back!”

See the original quilt in Scrap-Basket Beauties >


Administrative assistant Linda says: “I’d been given a Layer Cake of Asian fabrics that I didn’t know what to do with until I was browsing the book More Loose Change and ran across this pattern. A lightbulb went off. I LOVE it!”

See the original quilt in More Loose Change >

Take 5 Gets a Buzz Cut quilt by Linda
Linda went from 30 to 49 blocks to enlarge this beautiful “Take 5 Gets a Buzz Cut” quilt from More Take 5 Quilts. She says, “It’s all about the fabric. It’s the only quilt I’ve made for my bed; it fits perfectly in our nautical-themed room.”

See the original quilt in More Take 5 Quilts >

Square City quilt by Linda
Linda also made this “Square City” quilt from Skip the Borders, saying: “This quilt was made for our great nephew Ryan who is REALLY into trains. He was so incredibly adorable when I gave it to him; he disappeared immediately to put it on his bed.”

See the original quilt in Skip the Borders >

What size project are you creating right now: little, lap, or large? Tell us in the comments!

33 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I working on an Disney character appliqued twin size quilt for my grandson’s new "big boy bed" — hope to have it done for his 3rd birthday which he will be spending at Disneyworld!

    —Elizabeth Perryman on January 8, 2015
  • I have just whipped up a table topper from leftover scraps as a wedding celebration gift and finished piecing a queen size gray/black/bright green 9 patch stars top – both need to be quilted but the small one needs to be done by Sat so it comes first!

    —Cindy Wienstroer on January 8, 2015
  • I am now into makeing miniatures, they can be completes quickly, but they do not help with the stash. I am also buying them in kit form as they are put together so well. Working on the stash will come later in scrap quilts. I never tire of looking at new books and magazines on quilting.. Thank for keeping me inspired.

    —Marjean Grosfield on January 8, 2015
  • Queen size, double sided quilt.

    —Quilting Tangent on January 8, 2015
  • I’m on a roll for 2015: Bonnie Hunter’s Grand Illusion Mystery is a flimsy, I quilted "Forecast: Scrappy," and now I’m having fun with 1930’s repros in a combination of applique and piecing. And I haven’t bought ANY fabric since November 1!

    Nann on January 8, 2015
  • P.S. "40 Fabulous Quick-Cut Quilts" is one of my all-time favorite pattern books.

    Nann on January 8, 2015
  • I am currently hand quilting a queen-sized quilt and have 6 more I want to finish by the end of the year. Four of them (all Super-King sized and floor to floor all ’round) will be for birthday presents; fortunately the birthdays are all in November. Looks like 2015 will be a busy quilting year. 🙂

    —Beth G on January 8, 2015
  • I am currently working on an original design. I have the 1st. 25 blocks completed and they have full size LP records hand appliqued on them. These blocks will be set together on point with the remaining blocks and setting triangles and corners having various musical notes machine appliqued on them. When the top is completed, I will hand quilt it.

    —Suzanne Brinton on January 8, 2015
  • "Square up Quilt" is there a pattern?

    —Evelyn on January 8, 2015
  • I’m finishing up some Christmas wall hangings and table runners. I’m ahead of the game for next Christmas?

    —Eileen on January 8, 2015
  • I have 20, 10″ blocks made for a lap quilt for my granddaughter and I have all the material for a queen size quilt for myself, waiting to be done when I finish the lap quilt.

    Gladys Bacon-Rust on January 8, 2015
  • I am working on several small quilts but I am also making a few pinwheel blocks every day for a larger scrap quilt. I am trying to clean up some of my scraps. At the rate I am going, the quilt will be a several year project. However, that is okay as I never seem to run out of scraps!

    —Maureen Klebe on January 8, 2015
  • Just completed one twin top, with another on the make (borders need to be decided!) and then I have a some UFO’s to hit hard, they range from throw to King! First however I have a special boys quiet book to make for his 4th birthday on March 1!!!

    —Tonie Peterson on January 8, 2015
  • My granddaughter just got a queen sized bed so I am going to start on that. She loves blue so it has to be blue.

    —Marsha Nelson on January 8, 2015
  • I am working on several different projects. Have a QOV on the quilt machine, putting together the Grand Illusion mystery, piecing a little quilt and a couple other works in progress. I switch between them so not to be at one too long a stretch.i

    —Cindy on January 8, 2015
  • Just before Christmas I saw a wall hanging that was in a book for 24.99 discounted to 6.99. In that book was a pattern for a red cardinal with some birch trees. How can I get the pattern I would be willing to buy it. Please let me know as this for a gift in the near future for my DIL

    Hi Helen, the cardinal quilt might be in the book Christmas at That Patchwork Place; click through and take a look at the gallery. Is this the cardinal quilt you’re looking for? –Jenny

    —Helen on January 8, 2015
  • While my husband is recovering in the hospital I brought my round hoop and am quilting a lap quilt for my cousin who is a breast cancer survivor. I’m using fleece for the backing with no batting for the first time and it is working well-very soft. the fleece has the breast cancer pink ribbon with hearts on it and i"m quilting that. The front is a rail pieced top with pinks and breast cancer ribbon material. It keeps my mind and hands doing something while I sit with him to get better.

    Carolyn on January 8, 2015
  • Two king sized quilts: one machine-pieced, QAYG in AMH fabrics, and a second hand-pieced (EPP) in AMH fabrics.

    —Lauren aka Giddy99 on January 8, 2015
  • I just finished a quilt between queen and king size. I like Tracy’s quilt above from 40 Fabulous Quick-Cut Quilts. My youngest (age 3) has requested a "green with only squares" quilt. I’m going to check out the pattern Tracy used. It might fit his requirements. 🙂

    —Ginger on January 8, 2015
  • I’m working on a queen size for my bed, a lap quilt for the couch and I’ll be making a baby quilt for a new family member arriving in May.

    —Karen A on January 8, 2015
  • Not my current project, but I just waned to share with you, the "Lemon Slice" table topper that I made from your book,"Set the Table". Karen J.’s table topper reminded me of it. it is the same pattern but with lemon fabric on white.

    —Marie Woodward on January 8, 2015
  • I am working on a double bed quilt, when it is warm enough in my sewing room to sew. These single digit lows has it just too chilly to work more than a few minutes at a time.

    —Lori Sutton on January 9, 2015
  • I’m working on small samples for my classes. Small means I finish quick. I also enjoy quilting small quilts on my home machine. This is an awesome post! Love seeing what you staff make. Especially love the Hello Kitty quilt – I remembered I have a yard of similar Hello Kitty fabric that I just ran and pulled out! Thanks for the inspiration.

    Debby Kratovil on January 9, 2015
  • I am working on a queen size quilt for our bed, in reds and ivory. Very intricate block pattern; and I am hand quilting a quilt for my nephew who recently returned home to the U.S.A. A Quilt of Valor.One of our sons requested a rainbow themed and colored quilt for an auction in Schenectady, NY. And, ideas for Christmas gifts, quilts, are already forming. lol

    —Norma on January 9, 2015
  • Right now I’m working on a quilt that is bigger than a lap quilt but not as big as a bed size quilt…is for our biennial quilt show, and am loving it!

    —Jeanette on January 9, 2015
  • I am currently getting ready to quilt a lap quilt for my mom. I need to practice a bit to get the machine quilting down first. Then I will be moving onto a bed quilt for my sister.

    —Jamie on January 9, 2015
  • Today I spent 5 hours working on my New Millenium Sampler Quilt #10….I got 4 blocks sewn and joined….and have 5 left to make …..each block is a different size….One block I made today I’m going to call "the Halloweed block…it’s a 10 inch square with Halloween fabrics used for an applique flower in the center of it…..the quilt top will be about 90 inches square when totally finished….in about 2 weeks…..

    —Darlene Krystal on January 10, 2015
  • I just finished an over-sized queen, quilting it on my home sewing machine. Whew! I’m ready for smaller projects!

    Carol Kussart on January 10, 2015
  • My current project is a lap quilt. Christmas interrupted my progress and now I’m itching to get back to it. The top is almost finished then on to the assembly and quilting.

    —Gail on January 10, 2015
  • At the present time I am in the process of finishing some of the projects I started earlier. I have a casserole cover made with 5″ charms ready for binding, just finished a Halloween table runner and am ready to add binding to the matching placemats. (seems like "binding" is my hangup). Yesterday I purchased fabric to make placemats using fat quarters in a "stained glass pattern". Love making placemats, mug mats and table runners.

    —Helen on January 10, 2015
  • i am working on a wall quilt, map of the world, using batiks, for my daughter who just got a new job which involves travel around the world. she is collecting pins to pin on the quilt.

    —cj on January 11, 2015
  • Today I finished the top for a large quilt. Using Design-As-You-Go strategies and techniques, I make unique medallion quilts. I also teach these strategies so others can experience the same joy of discovery. You’re welcome to take a look at my newest creation.

    Melanie McNeil on January 11, 2015
  • I just finished a small quilt from the book "101 Fabulous Small Quilts" called ‘Box of Chocolates" on page 54. I did in in RED and white with red buttons. Turned out *VERY* cute. Love to post a photo… but not sure where to do so on your site. The small square and rectangle pieces that run diagonally now look like hearts! Nice surprise for Valentines Day!

    —Gina M on January 28, 2015

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