Friday, December 31, 2021

Quilts Plus Color Returned To Blogging In 2021

This is the final quilt I completed in 2021.

After 15 months of not blogging I made a post on December 7, 2021.
I have not missed a day as I have a lot of catching up to do.
I started the year with 29 quilts on my list to finish,
12 quilts were finished.
The year ended with 26 quilts to finish.
If you are trying to figure out the mathematics here, don't!
There were quilts that never made it to my list as well as ones I started during the year.

Hope you are finishing 2021 on a positive note.

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Another Trip Around The World

 I came up with a very efficient way of creating a Trip Around The World Quilt.

I published a pattern for my method but it is sold out.

I made a slight change in this one and added black which makes the colors sing.

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Wine Amish Shadows

When I started quilting seriously many years ago I thought every quilt had to be king size because we had a king size bed.
This was going to have a very wide border.
I realized it was a generous size quilt even without that border so it is now quilted and finished.

PS: Don't ask how many unfinished KING size quilts I have!

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

June 21 Quilt

 This is a time lapse quilt. The first 20 in the series were finished many years ago.

I was not pleased at the time with this one.

I finished it a few days ago and with all the quilting I do love it.

Monday, December 27, 2021

A Quilt I Built With Two Sets of Fabrics

 Often I just start sewing fabrics together and wait until the quilt tells me what it wants to be.

This was the way I designed this quilt which was finished a while ago, altough it is a time lapse quilt too.

This quilt was created with two groups of 8 hand dyed fabrics each. One group was mottled rainbow fabrics. The other groups was loosely 8 gray toned neutrals.

After sewing the strips together I sliced and diced and this is what happened.

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Orange and Green Quilts

 Recently I shared this quilt on Facebook. It created a lot of interest and my friend Debby wanted to see the other quilt I made with the same fabrics.

I did find the companion quilt and I am sharing it here for Debby, myself and everyone.

I had a system to create both of these at the same time. But I can't for the life of me figure out how I did it. That is the way I work. I do NOT keep track of how I create my ART as I have no desire to repeat what I have done. Each new piece is a new adventure.

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Friday, December 24, 2021

Christmas Lights


This house that belongs to a member of our family won the prize for the best decorated home in the vilage a few years ago.

This  is the approach to the house.

Thursday, December 23, 2021

My Studio Assistant

 Have you ever wondered how I get so many quilts finished?

I have a full time studio Assistant.

Her name is Quilting Granny and she is a whiz with a needle and thread.

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Double Digits


The hand quilting on this miniature quilt is amazing.

I drew the feather design that was hand quilted.

It also uses a variety of black fabrics to add texture and interest.

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Nine Patch Heart Quilt

 Another finish.  

This Nine Patch Heart quilt was made with a variety of colors and I used various black fabrics to give texture to the background. 

Monday, December 20, 2021

A Colorful Scrap Quilt


Anyone who makes a lot of quilts accumulates a lot of scraps.

This is one of the quilts I made from an accumulation of my scraps.

It was a lot of fun to make and it almost emptied the sxrap drawer.

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Quilt Made From Extra Sampler Blocks


These were blocks I used to demonstrate how to make them when I taught a sampler quilt class.

I made a king size bed quilt with similar blocks that has been used and abused and needs repair work.

There were enough blocks to make a quilt that is about 70 x 80 inches.

This also qualifies as a time lapse quilt.

Saturday, December 18, 2021


I'm sharing the top 2 tiers of my corner bakers rack that holds some souvenir ornaments and other items that have meaning for me.

Friday, December 17, 2021

When I was in high school I made red and white stripe cotton flannel nities for the sisters and my Mom and PJ's for my Dad and brother..
We had this photo put on out family Christmas card.
This was before color photos were available!

Thursday, December 16, 2021


Christmas Quilt

This is one of my favorite Christmas quilts I have made. It is in a private collection.
I designed a vest that used these blocks and made enough extras to make this quilt.

If really made a striking quilt with a lot of sparkle in the fabrics and the threads.
It was a lot of fun to make.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

My Grandma Koeper's Quilt is finished

I think this is the only quilt top my Grandma Matilda Gruenwald Koeper ever pieced.
When she passed away I became the custodian of the top.
It took years for me to find someone sho could do the hand quilting as I could not longer hand quilt.
It took two hand quilters to do the quilting.
I finished the binding and casing recently.
I'm so happy to add the quilt with a family heritage connection. 


Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Is This The Real Santa


I was sure when Santa walked in the door 3 year old Jeff would be scarred for life when he saw Santa. 
No he was in awe and all he could say was "Oh Santa....Thank you Santa!"   
It's all a matter of perspective.

Monday, December 13, 2021

Let There Be Light


Twas 2 weeks before Christmas
And all through the house

It was cold and dark this time of year
When what to my wondering eyes should appear


Sunday, December 12, 2021

Blanc n Noir

 This quilt was started at least 30 years ago and was finished recently.

The quilting is amazing.

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Christmas Tree and Santas

It's time to share some of my favorite Christmas things with you.

Friday, December 10, 2021

Sorensen Heritage Quilt Number 4 and the Story of the Quilts

 This is the story of  the Sorensen Heirloom quilts.

It is printed on a label on the back of each quilt.

Heirloom Quilt made by your grandma Kay Koeper Sorensen

To Blake, Jessica, Nicholas and Jared Sorensen

This quilt is quite different than what you are familiar with as the quilts I currently create.

It was made with scraps of fabric from sewing projects I created from 1954 through 1962.

It is one of 4 similar quilts that were originally 2 twin size quilts.

The 2 quilts were the first quilts I made and finished.

They were originally made for your great grandparents Harold and Florence Sorensen as Christmas gifts in 1962.

They were patchwork on both sides as I had more time than money.

They were filled with old fashioned cotton batting and tied with wool worsted yarn on the floor in Edon, Ohio while I was 8 months pregnant with Greg Sorensen.

The reason they survived and have been made into 4 quilts were because your great grandma Florence Cooper Sorensen didn’t use gifts she was given for whatever her reasons were. Had she used and washed them they would have probably had frayed seams as I did not use adequate seam allowances in some places and the batting would have been one ball of cotton inside the quilts.

When she passed away in 1971, I again became the custodian of these quilts. I took them apart intending to make 4 quilts. I was concerned the light green thread I had purchased at a Junior House clothing fabric sale on a large cone might have deteriorated but found it to be as strong as the day they were made.

This took many years to accomplish but I am happy they now are finished for you and future generations to love and cherish for the future.

Since none of you or your father were familiar with any of these fabrics, I am also creating a memory story sharing some of the fabrics and their stories.

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Sorensen Heritage Quilt 3


Nick is my tallest grandson and towers over his quilt.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Another Sorensen Heritage Quilt

 Each quilt is similar but different,

They were created from the scraps of my fabric I accumulated from sewing cotton clothing from 1954-1962.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Family Quilt

 I hope you can read this new blog post.

This is one of 4 Sorensen Heritage Quilts I created for 4 of my grandchildren,