Favorite Quilts

I have made dozens of quilts. I began to quilt in 2012 after I nearly died from a pulmonary embolism, here is my first post which was about that choice: http://adventurousquilter.blogspot.com/2013/06/how-it-all-began.html. That was the catalyst that reminded me that retirement may never come and I can't put off until then the things I really want to do!

I am a prolific quilter, the passion and drive within me hasn't waned and my skills are constantly improving so I can make better quilts. I decided to reflect on what were some of my favorite quilts. These may not be the 'best' quilts, they aren't necessarily special technique-wise  but they are unique and I love to see people use them:

Machine pieced hexagons, one of my 2013 quilts

There are 196 hexagons. It is 43" x 72" and made entirely from scrap fabrics purchased on Craigslist! I machine quilted this on my $200 Brother sewing machine in a fairly dense stippling:

An anniversary memory quilt for my mother and father in-law. Like most of my quilts I didn't have a pattern, the components of this quilt evolved into a quilt top one piece at a time. The wedding photos were printed on printable fabric, I then used the Broken Herringbone block for the borders but made it longer than in the online tutorial and I paper pieced 4 hearts for the corner blocks.

Dogs Galore

This quilt contains blocks that use; redwork embroidery, paper piecing, applique, printable fabric and a T-shirt panel. This quilt truly allowed me to try new techniques and challenged me.

It began as a paper pieced dachshund block, my first ever attempt at paper piecing, I loved it so much that I made other blocks and designed the quilt just to use this block:

Half Hexagons - this was a quilt along hosted by Pieces by Polly

Broken Herringbone QAYG to explore color

These nine blocks were made using a quilt as you go technique that allowed me to back each block in a different color to match their sashing 'bones' on the front of the quilt:


The front of this quilt consists of 15  twelve inch blocks that are made using an improvised piecing method and a navy sashing and border fabric to frame them.

The backing for this quilt is made up of 24 twelve inch improvised pieced blocks:

 I can't even begin to estimate the number of pieces of fabric in this quilt!

I then moved more into the arena of paper piecing pattern design:

In 2015 I offered a FREE BOM on my blog for the first time and it was great fun so I've continued

In 2016 I offered the Adventurous Stars FREE BOM:

CRQC BOM I hosted from August 2015 to August 2016 as the Castle Rock Quilt Club BOM co-ordinator:

Barn Wall Quilt

A Missouri Star quilt I made with my colleagues Liz, Nancy and Jenni for a colleagues wedding

Lady of the Lake a Fat Quarter Shop QAL

My Shining Christmas Tree Wall Quilt

This cute mini charm star quilt was inspired by a quilt I saw on display when I went to Hamilton Missouri with quilty friends to visit Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Sail boat wall quilt

Paper Pieced Teal, Berry and Grey - this is one of my designs

Check out my free pattern download site: http://adventurousquilter.yolasite.com/

Dog jackets made using my method shown in this photographic tutorial: http://adventurousquilter.blogspot.com/2014/01/dog-jacket-tutorial.html