All the Quilts from Amish Quiltmaker Book 1

I love quilts. It's one of the reasons I made my heroine in my latest series an Amish quiltmaker. I had so much fun writing about Esther Zook's quilts. Esther always has a quilt on her frames in her front room so that she can take a few stitches whenever she has time. The quilts I wrote about in the book are all quilts I have seen somewhere, quilts I own, or quilts I have actually made. Here is a...
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Miriam’s Quilt Blocks Part 2

Last week I wrote about four of the quilt blocks in a quilt Miriam makes for her friend Seth in Miriam's Quilt. Miriam's Quilt is one of the first Amish romances I wrote, and I have reissued it in ebook form on Amazon. It's a heartfelt, poignant story of one girl's journey to knowing herself and understanding what's really important. This week, I want to tell you about the other five blocks in...
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Miriam’s Quilt Squares

In Miriam's Quilt, Miriam makes a quilt for Seth to help remind him of his mother, who has passed away. She makes a sampler quilt, which is a quilt made with many different quilt squares. Here is Miriam's quilt with an explanation of four of the quilt squares. CHURN DASH: This square is called the Churn Dash. It is a very popular pattern in Amish quilts. It is also called Hole in the Barn Door,...
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The I-Spy Picnic Quilt

| by Allison Sharp,Jennifer's sister | Have you ever wanted a picnic quilt that looked bright and inviting on one side, but had durable, water-resistant fabric on the other? I have, so I decided to make one with a pieced top, polyester batting to resist water, and backing made from heavy-duty, water- and sun-resistant fabric. For the quilt top, I found a great pattern, Twisted Happy Blocks, by...
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Lizzy and Hyrum: the Wedding Quilt

| by Allison Sharp, Jennifer's sister | Whenever I finish a quilt, I usually have one of three reactions: I like it (I hope they like), I love it (I hope they give it back), or it's stunning! (I had no idea this quilt would be so impressive! Why do I keep giving them away?!) Lizzy's and Hyrum's wedding quilt fits in the third category. After Lizzy announced her engagement, I told her to pick out...
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More Quilts Disliked by Joshua: Jelly Roll Races, Again

| by Allison Sharp, Jennifer's sister | I know: You're thinking, first, who's Joshua, and, second, how could he possibly dislike the beautiful quilt Allison wrote about last month? (Click here to see it again.) Joshua is my youngest son, and he does not like the complete randomness of jelly roll race quilts. Sadly, my husband doesn't really care for them, either. I don't know how you feel about...
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Jelly Roll Race Quilt

| By Allison Sharp, Jennifer's sister | You have probably heard of a fabric jelly roll. It's a bundle of fabric made of 2 1/2" wide strips by about 42" long. Here's one sold by the Fat Quarter Shop.  But have you ever heard of a jelly roll race? This is an event where quilters will see who can be the first to finish sewing together an entire jelly roll to create one quilt top. Visit this link to...
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Easy Strippy Rag Quilt

I recently made a quilt for my friend's new granddaughter. It is a really easy quilt to make. I should know because I'm not a master seamstress, and it was easy for me. And it turned out so cute! Here are the instructions I got from the fabric store. As you can see, you need 1/3 yard of one fabric and 2/3 yards of 4 other fabrics. I used cozy flannel. Cut the fabric into 6 inch strips. The...
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Every Quilt Tells a Story

I absolutely love quilts. When I was growing up, my mom would often set up a quilt for my sisters and me to tie. We grew so close as a family as we tied quilts and visited with each other. One of the reasons I love quilts is because each quilt has a story to tell. I want to share just a few of my family’s quilts with you. This is a t-shirt quilt I made for one of my daughters. She played...
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