Three years ago, when I was working on Vintage Quilt Revival, I put together two quick baby quilts to practice my free motion quilting.  One was a plus quilt (love those!), and this crazy quilt was the second one.  I did everything but bind this quilt in California, then stuck it on a shelf when I got home.

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I think this quilt would have benefited from less busy fabric, more solids, and/or a different color for the little corner snowballs. But, its soft and snuggly and happy, and that is important too.

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I do love the back of the quilt with the single X and pretty blue fabric.

Heather has organized another great year of 100 Quilts for Kids, and I wanted to participate. I have had very little free time this summer, with house renovations, moving in, unpacking, chasing after kids, etc. I pulled this out a few weeks ago and am happy to finish it and donate it to a local NICU.

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The quilt drive ends on Sunday (October 4)! If you have something you can donate, there is still time to be part of this year’s quilt drive.

Happy sewing.

Vintage Quilt Revival: 22 Modern Designs from Classic Blocks 100 Quilts for Kids 2015

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The mountains are calling and I must go. ~John Muir

I love this shot of my son by my husband–more than anyone, my 8 year old loves being in and exploring nature. I can certainly sympathize with John Muir–the grandeur, wildness, and beauty of the Wasatch Range are something to behold.

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We have spent most of the last three months finding and then fixing up our “new” house (more on that another day) and spending time with family. In a lot of ways, the last three months have felt like a very long vacation, and a work until you drop every night experience, rolled into one.  FullSizeRender 5 1024x1019 Favorite Things: The Mountains Are Calling and I Must Go

We have taken a few opportunities (although not as many as we would have liked) to explore a few nearby canyons and trails–my kids more than any of us, thanks to grandparents and my husband.

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I thought I would share a few photos of some of the beautiful places nearby–Big Cottonwood Canyon. Snowbird. Little Cottonwood Canyon. Millcreek Canyon. Guardsman Pass. Emigration Canyon. Grandeur Peak Trail (not all pictured, but all explored).

And if you are surprised how green everything is, and doing a double take, yes this is Salt Lake City and not Portland! I think we had more rain last month here than we did in Portland–totally unheard of.

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It has been nice to explore.


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Something new: a few months ago, a group of my sewing friends started a virtual quilting bee with a twist–involving our kids! When Faith and Lee told me about it, I thought it would be a lot of fun. I always have intentions of sewing with my kids, but it can require a lot of patience. I’m so lucky that with our new move, my mother-in-law and sister-in-law (who also live in Salt Lake City) have involved my kids in so many sewing projects! Doll clothes! Hand sewn doll backpacks! It is really quite impressive.

The bee, cleverly named Not Your Mama’s Bee by Jen, works similar to other bees. Each month, one of the kids gets to pick a block, and the other 11 (or a few more, in this case) make her or him a block! They rotate months, and both of my kids are participating, although we only finished one block. The kids in the bee range from about 5 to 9 years old, so some of them have a little more help with the cutting and ironing than others.

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June is the first month, and Lee’s daughter requested rainbow + kitty blocks.  I let my kids pick through my small stash (small only because the rest is still in storage… and it consists of pretty new Laura Gunn Painters Canvas colors and Folk Song by Anna Maria Horner) and I think my 5 year old did a great job with the rainbow requirement.

I have to say, it was a lot of fun to sew with the kids with an achievable goal in mind! And hey. It’s about the only time the sewing machine has been used in the last 3 months, so that was exciting too.

We move into our new house next week, and I couldn’t be happier! Hurray for progress.

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IMG 05431 Vintage Quilt Sundays: A Lone Star Quilt

After a year long hiatus, please join me in celebrating YOUR vintage quilts! Last year, I wrote 12 posts as part of a series I called Vintage Quilt Sundays. Today I am back and have some really great quilts and stories to share with you over the next few months.

I wanted to start with an especially beautiful quilt, sent to me by Kathy Dryburgh.

This is a quilt made by my great- grandmother almost 100 years ago.  There is an extra point in the Lone Star pattern and don’t know why. When I was little, I used to sit with her in her bedroom as she quilted on her frame. She would tell me stories of growing up in the mountains of PA. She died at age 97. I was 22 and expecting our first child. I made myself maternity tops, and she hemmed them. Her stitches were perfect.

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Does anyone have an ideas of why this particular quilt would have an extra point? I have always liked the extra little chevron shape every few diamonds, radiating from the center of the lone star. I also liked the diamond border at the bottom. Thank you so much for sharing, Kathy.

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About Vintage Quilt Sundays:

If you are interested in sharing a favorite vintage quilt (and a story behind it if you have one), please send me an email at swimbikequilt at gmail dot com and attach a picture of the quilt/sketch of the story. I would love to ask a few questions about the quilt, and of course, I won’t share any photos you send without your written permission. You can also send me an email through the contact me button/envelope. located on my sidebar to the right.

Quilt Photographs: Please take clear, well lighted photos of your quilts. Please include a full shot, as well as 1-4 detail or styled shots. Quilt usually photograph best in natural light–outside on an overcast day, or in a room with lots of natural light (and during the day) thanks! 

If you know of someone who has a great quilt they might be willing to share photos of, please send me an email as well and I can contact them. Quilts can be appliqued, pieced, embroidered, etc., and don’t have to be “family” quilts.


#1: Tricia’s Joseph’s Coat Quilt shared by Tricia Martin
#2 Heirloom Quilt shared by Katie Bowlby from Katie’s Korner
#3 Great Grandmother Diantha’s Quilt (shared by me)
#4 Log Cabin Quilt from Rebecca Verna Birchell shared by Heather Ashby
#5 A Family Quilt Auction in Kentucky shared by Joni Morgan from Sunday Farming Quilter
#6 Irish Chain shared by Marti Dyer-Allison from 52 Quilts
#7 “Crazy Quilt” from Cathy Winer
#8 “Picnic Quilt” from Jennifer Barnes
#9 Cathedral Window Quilt from Robin Fonville
#10 Double Wedding Ring Quilt from Kacey Platky from Little House in Vine Crest Woods
#11  Amber’s Vintage Dresden Quilt
#12 Honeybee Quilt from Linda Fasules of I Finally Have Time
#13 Lone Star Quilt from Kathy Dryburgh

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