Storm At Sea

This quilt is currently sitting on Mom’s bed.  It was the first quilt I made for her.

The pattern is deceiving – it looks like it has curves but is really straight lines.  The angle of the photo doesn’t do the heart justice but the red and pink are placed to represent a heart.  From my heart to Mom’s

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Another Strip Quilt

Ever since Orange County Fire Authority has participated in Susan Komen’s Race for the Cure, I have had the backing of Executive Management.  Chip Prather was our Chief for many years and always bought raffle tickets or goodies from the bake sale.  He even showed up one year to do the walk.

So when he announced his retirement, I thought he might enjoy a quilt.  Here is my selectionImage

Log Cabin Star

This is the basic Log Cabin pattern.  By using 3 basic colors, you can make the center into a star or make the center using yellows and turn it into the sun.  Anyway you make, it will be appreciated. The quilting was done ‘stitch in the ditch’ with some hand stitching. 

It was given to my husband as a Christmas/birthday/anniversary/Valentines day present since it took me awhile to handquilt.

made in 1995

Purple Scrappy

I love purples and have quite a few fat quarters in my stash.  When I saw this pattern, again, I had to make it. 

My Mom works with the Pacific Northwest Living Historians and she asked if I had a quilt I could donate for a raffle.  I sent this one.  Think I need to make another one.  Sewn on-point and you can easily break this down to make your own.  I’ll have to as I probably won’t be able to find the pattern again – really need to get the sewing room in order – someday.

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Race for the Cure 2007 Raffle

I saw this kit in Cozy Cottage Fabrics in Brea and had to make it.  Each year, we have a team of walkers/ runners that participate in the Orange County, CA Race for the Cure.

I make a quilt to raffle off and all the proceeds go to the Komen Foundation.  Just a little fussy cutting, some squares, a center panel and sashing and this is the result.  One co-worker liked it so much, he asked me to make another one which I did.  The sad thing was Laurel Burch passed away due to cancer about 5 months after this line of fabrics was introduced.  She was very talented.

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Kids At Play

I found this pattern at a quilt show in Yorba Linda.  The design is a red work project and is old fashion looking.  Red work is so relaxing and zen like.  Plus it is very portable.  If you cut the strands ahead of time, you can take it on a plane to kill time, work on it while waiting for your car to be repaired, etc.

I had it custom quilted by Diane Beachamp at Quilter’s Garden, Anaheim.  Other projects, but not finished are a Hawaiian floral and a Lewis and Clark red work.  Usually called UFO (Un-finished objects) or PIGS (projects in a grocery sack).  They will get finished someday

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Rail Road Quilt

My friend Annie likes to travel, and she has moved to various cities throughout her career.  I thought this would be an appropriate quilt.  It is 1 1/2″ X 3 1/2″ strips sewn together in a random pattern.  There is a setting block and  an intersecting block. 

The quilt was done with a stitch in the ditch and then some handquilting on the setting block (white one).  I used the excess strip to make the border.

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Thank a Mentor

This writing will cover more than quilting.  It’s my thank you to:

Gloria Linkey, Mom for being such a strength, mentor, shoulder and Mom. Taught me sewing as well

Gloria Linkey

Dave and Fran Slater – great dance teachers, role models – I wish I had said it to your face while you were still alive.

Miss Messman – my high school home ec teacher – I learned sewing and cooking from you.

Great Aunt Marguerite – She made doll clothes for my dolls.  I have her 1957 Singer and treasure it.

All my past quilt teachers – you’ve helped me stretch and exceed in so many ways.  Thanks


This pattern is great for leftovers to bust your stash down.  I chose solid colors.  Nice size large lap quilt but smaller than a twin size.

Cotton batting and quilted by  Diane Beachamp of Quilter’s Garden.  Very colorful and I just can’t give it up – at least for now.

Thanks for reading.  Any comments greatly appreciated.