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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Lord of the Rings Quilt

|By Allison Sharp, Jennifer's sister| Several years ago, I decided to make my oldest niece a quilt to celebrate her wedding. As other nieces got married, I continued to make each of them a quilt big enough to fit a queen-size bed. I always asked what colors and patterns they liked, and while some of them didn’t care, others had very particular opinions. My first nephew got married in January,...
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Baby Elephant Quilt

By Allison Sharp: Jennifer's sister I am thrilled to announce that I have another grandchild! There is nothing in the world that is better than a grandchild, and her birth means, obviously, that I got to make a baby quilt! Her mother requested something purple, but the rest of the design decisions were mine. First, I decided to make the quilt out of flannel, and after spending a few hours in the...
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Doll Stroller Quilt

By Juliet Sanders, Jennifer's sister I have this cute stroller that my kids haven’t played with for years. I found it a few weeks ago and decided I could use it for the toddlers group I work with at my church. However, it has a stain right on the part where the baby doll is supposed to go. The stain is not appealing to look at, so I decided to make a little quilt covering to go in the bottom of...
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A Happy and Beautiful Wedding Quilt

Every once in a while, I make a gift quilt that I love so much that it is hard to give away. (I usually tell the recipients that if they don’t like it, they can give it back, but, so far, no one has actually done that.) The quilt in the photo above is one of these quilts, and it was a gift for one of my brothers-in-law and his new bride. I love the colors, the asymmetrical placing of the...
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