Sunday, May 31, 2015

Week 21 Comes to an End

This is my final post of Week #21 on 52Quilters!! I had hoped to blog more than I did, but as usual, life got in the way! I have enjoyed everything about this week with blogging, and posting on Instagram and Twitter. I am so thankful that you chose to follow along this week!!!

This was a pretty busy week for me as far as quilting goes. I finished a couple of quilts this week and started a cute little whole cloth wall hanging for myself. I still need to do filler work in the background, but I had to take it off the frame to get another customer quilt on.

I had my Quilt Guild meeting this past week and we had a guest speaker, who also taught a class the next day. Our class was Norma Campbell's South of The Border quilt. I have started it, and part of it is up on my design wall. I hope to get this completed sometime soon!!  I stepped out of my box as far as color selection goes, but I am kind of liking it!!

Norma spoke to our Guild on Wednesday night about "friendship quilts" or quilts made for or by friends. It really got me thinking that we all probably make a lot of quilts as gifts for our family and friends. How many quilts have you given away and how many have you kept for yourself?

I do have a couple of shelves of quilts that I have made. Some I know I will keep and others that I may end up giving away if the opportunity arises. I also have a closet full of quilt tops that still need to be quilted, however, as I am usually busy quilting customer quilts, mine tend to get put off until I have some free time.   This past week I attended a viewing of a Quilt Guild Member and friend. She had been ill quite awhile back and we made her a lap quilt.  She hung this in her bedroom at her Assisted Living home. This week at her service, her family had hung this for everyone to see!!  It just goes to show you that the quilts that we make and give away touch people even after we are gone!!

Today I had my HandiQuilter (long arm) monthly meeting at my local HandiQuilter dealer. It is always good to be amongst people that have the same brand machine that you do and be able to bounce ideas and questions off of each other. Show and Tell at these meetings is always inspirational.

I have started working on my 52Quilters block, but unfortunately, it is not finished. I will be sure to post a picture of it when it is complete, which will hopefully be in the next few days. I have all the pieces cut out and am ready to sew!!

I also wanted to take a moment and thank Chris for starting 52Quilters. I have followed this blog since the beginning and just love hearing from quilters around the world. I look forward to receiving the blogs and hearing how quilters do things in their part of the world. Thank you, Chris, for having this vision and turning it into a reality!!

 This past week I hit 500+ followers on Instagram, so be watching my Instagram (@janestitchbystitch) as I plan on having a giveaway sometime later this week!!

I do have some quilts that I recently quilted that I thought I would share with all of you!!  I hope that you enjoy them!!

A tuffet that I made for myself!!

I have had some pretty memorable quilt events this past year, and one of the best was taking a quilt class from Kaffe Fassett, Brandon Mably and Liza Lucy.  What a fabulous time that was!!  And I have this quilt to remind me of that time!!!

I want to thank each and every one of you for following along with me this week!!  I have truly enjoyed myself and am so grateful for this opportunity.  If you want to continue to follow me, you can find my blog at, or on Instagram (@janestitchbystitch) or on Facebook (

I will leave you with my favorite saying,,,,,,"choose joy" and my motto for this year....."you never know what you can do until you try".

Happy Quilting!!!


Post by Jane Hauprich - Week #21: I am Jane Hauprich from Centreville, Maryland. I am the owner of Stitch By Stitch Custom Quilting, which I started 2 ½ years ago. I have a passion for quilting that sometimes monopolizes my life!! You can find me on Instagram at @janestitchbystitch or visit my website at

Wednesday, May 27, 2015


So, the past several weeks have been pretty hectic!!  For someone that normally doesn’t travel much, I made a trip to the AQS Paducah Show, where I was honored to have a quilt juried into the show.  I also just made my first trip to Spring Quilt Market in Minneapolis.

Paducah was such an awesome experience!!  The quilt show itself was amazing and just filled with such talent and then to step into the Quilt Museum…..there just aren’t words to describe some of those quilts!!  Not only that, but the the whole town gets involved!!  My quilt did not win any ribbons, but I am fine with that!!  Just the idea that it was on display in Paducah was enough for me!! 


The highlight of Paducah was having Edyta Sitar (Laundry Basket Quilts) ask to see my quilt and had me take her over to where my quilt was displayed.  She was so sweet!! 

Our trip into Hancock’s of Paducah was a little overwhelming for me.  I am not a “fabric buyer” just to buy fabric.  I really can’t envision what I might use the fabric for unless I am picking out fabric for a specific pattern.  Am I the only person that does this?  So being in a huge warehouse full of fabric with no patterns that I had in mind was almost too much to take in.  I have never seen that much fabric in one place at one time!!  However, I do have to say when I got to Sample Spree at Spring Quilt Market, I found  myself “just buying fabric”.  I think the excitement and temptation was just too great!!  I guess there is hope for me yet!!! 

My trip to Spring Quilt Market was a whirlwind three days, but they were amazing!!  I won’t bore you with all the details, but have posted some pictures of some of the sights I saw and of the people I met.

Elizabeth Hartman
Me at the 1Canoe2 Booth - Love their designs & fabrics!!

Me, Tula Pink & friend, Linda - So excited to meet Tula in person!!!

Got to meet ModaRosie - Carrie Nelson in person!!

Question for all of you……….Do you have a quilt show/event “bucket list”?  I sure do…….and now I can cross off Paducah and Spring Quilt Market.  I would also like to go to Houston Quilt Market and Quilt Festival, the Sisters Quilt Show, and MQX.  Hopefully, one day I will get there!!!

I am off to my local Quilt Guild tonight, and taking a class there tomorrow, so I will try to post some pictures during the class to Instagram and Twitter!!

Happy Quilting!!

Post by Jane Hauprich - Week #21: I am Jane Hauprich from Centreville, Maryland. I am the owner of Stitch By Stitch Custom Quilting, which I started 2 ½ years ago. I have a passion for quilting that sometimes monopolizes my life!! You can find me on Instagram at @janestitchbystitch or visit my website at

Monday, May 25, 2015

Week #21: Quilter #21 Jane Hauprich

Hi!  This is Week #21 of 52Quilters and I can’t be more excited to be a part of this!!

First a little about myself…….My name is Jane Hauprich and I live in Centreville, Maryland, USA.  I am a mother to three adult children and grandmother to a little girl with another granddaughter on the way and expected in September.  Life as a grandmother has been awesome!!!   And of course it just means that I get to make more quilts!!

I started sewing/piecing quilts in the late 1990’s when a church group was teaching a beginning quilting class.  Here is a picture of my very first quilt!!  I just got this out to take a picture and it brings back such fun memories and also lets me see how much I have improved since then!! :)

I continued sewing (off and on when time allowed) through the years.  About five years ago, I found myself at a quilt show and coveting the HandiQuilter Sweet 16 sit down long-arm and ended up buying one with the idea of how great it would be to finish my quilts instead of sending them out to be quilted.  I loved that machine and even found myself quilting for others occasionally.  

After a few years, I decided that I thought I might like to start my own business and decided that I should upgrade to a stand up long-arm.  I sold my sit down long-arm (now I wish I had it back for smaller projects) and purchased a HandiQuilter Avante on a 12 foot frame.  When the company came to set it up, I was so intimidated by the machine that I shut the door to that room and for the next two weeks would open the door and look in and think…”oh my, what did I do?”.  Well, I finally bit the bullet and loaded my first quilt and I haven’t looked back since.  I do all hand driven (no computer) free motion custom work with the occasional free motion edge to edge pattern thrown in when someone needs me to do that.  I have started teaching a free motion quilting class at my Local Quilt Shop, which has been a blast and I have two more classes coming up later in June.  I find that I am really enjoying myself teaching others to free motion quilt whether it be on a home machine or long-arm.   I would like to do that more often as opportunities arise.

I don't get to piece much anymore as I am busy quilting for others, but I sew as much as possible.  I have found my style of quilting has gone from more traditional piecing to now enjoying brighter colors and more modern patterns. I also find that I enjoy doing mini quilts as I can actually get them finished!! :)  Here are a couple of recent minis that I have completed.

Over the past two months I have attended Paducah Quilt Show and Spring Quilt Market and hope to post about those sometime this week, along with other fun topics!!

Until then…..Happy Quilting!!!

Post by Jane Hauprich - Week #21: I am Jane Hauprich from Centreville, Maryland. I am the owner of Stitch By Stitch Custom Quilting, which I started 2 ½ years ago. I have a passion for quilting that sometimes monopolizes my life!! You can find me on Instagram at @janestitchbystitch or visit my website at

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Unique Beauty

This has been a fun week for me and I have enjoyed sharing it with everybody!

I work part time at Patchfinders quilt shop and happily posted some pictures on Instagram when I was working the other day. It occurred to me while I was snapping away that it's not the fabric and notions that make me love my job (although that helps!), it is helping people make decisions and pick fabrics for their projects. 

Everyone that comes through the door is looking for something different, sometimes they have no idea what they want, sometimes they are very particular. They might be searching for a specific colour to match what they already have or need some backing or have never even quilted before! I offer advice and suggestions but of course the choice is ultimately theirs. It may not be what I would choose but I've learnt to understand different tastes and expectations and can guide people according to their needs. One persons idea of 'bright' is not necessarily the same as mine! I love that about my job. Discovering all those unique tastes, seeing how different people are and yet finding beauty in all of it.

I find the same to be true of the quilting community and blogs. I might not want the quilt that someone has made on my bed but reading about how they made it, how they mix fabrics and patterns, and how they have quilted it, means I can appreciate all the work that went into it. Seeing other people's quilts inspires me even when I would have done things differently. 

When I'm planning quilts, projects and blocks, I know that the fabric combinations and patterns I use (whether my own or someone else's) have to 'speak to me', otherwise I am just not excited by it. I might chose colours and mix fabrics in a way that other people think is 'wrong' or just odd and that's ok! We don't have to like everything but then it isn't for us is it (generally!)?! I make things that I think 'work', that I like and that make me smile when I look at them. I hope everyone does that. Knowing that people have made things they love, that they have gone through the whole process of constructing a quilt and are happy with the result, well that makes me happy! Good for you! It is beautiful when it is beautiful to you.

For my 52 Quilters block I decided to make something that could represent everything I love. Of course that had to include some English Paper Piecing and after seeing this tutorial by Canoe Ridge Creations I thought it would be fun to machine piece some scraps and then make them into hexagons. I didn't use HSTs (as in the tutorial), just picked out scraps that I knew would be large enough once sewn together. 

I chose fabric scraps I really love, a gorgeous mix of modern and retro. The centre is a bee, which is the symbol of Manchester. The worker bee represents industry and is a reminder of Manchester's history as the international hub of the textile and cotton industries.

I thought about doing hand appliqué but decided instead to do it by machine (it's faster and I have other appliqué to do!) and I like the finished look.
This block for me is a culmination of my eclectic tastes, various techniques and the fabulous history of quilting that I'm reminded of every time I sew.

Thank you for following my week here at 52 Quilters, please come and see me over at my blog or social media @charmaboutyou

Lucy x

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

What is the deal with WIPs?

We all have them, they seem to grow in number the longer you've been quilting, they live in boxes and cupboards and bags, they are strewn all over the place, sometimes we forget them, find them or dread them.

Sometimes they haunt me, taunting me from their bags and boxes. I try to ignore them but every so often I bravely attempt to count them all and deal with them. Many bloggers will already know about WIP Wednesday, a link up run by Lee at Freshly Pieced. We link our blog posts showing what we are working on, it is full of inspiration and a great way for the community to come together and share advice and encouragement. 

I try to link up every week, sharing what I am sewing and what progress I have made. As much as I love a good finish, the process of making quilts and projects is always so interesting and I like documenting my quilting journey not just the end results.

For a while I had a great system; listing the projects I was working on, showing the progress made and keeping tally. Alas this fell by the wayside as I buried my head in the sand while my hands started even more projects.

So today I decided to take responsibility again and count all my WIPs. I split them into quilts and smaller projects:

Doing this made me realise a few things...

- This is not actually that bad (I've seen worse in blogland!)
- I have made a whole bunch of stuff since I started most of these projects. Mostly small makes, which I like to do because they give me quicker satisfaction but it doesn't help with the WIP list.
- I have other sewing that I want/need to do; a magazine submission, class samples for classes I will be teaching (and I need to write the patterns!), projects for Le Challenge (a monthly challenge for all crafters - my friend Nat and I run, there is always a giveaway so check it out!) and probably more I'm forgetting.
- I have forgotten some quilts... I know I have... yes, I've got a butterfly quilt top (made with help from the Bee A Brit Stingy bee group) that still needs quilting!

I hand pieced this block using the pattern from 'New England Quilt Museum Quilts' by Jennifer Gilbert, there's a similar free paper pieced pattern and tutorial by Leila available here.

- Clearly these aren't all WIPs since I'm not currently working on all of them (more like forgetting them) but I do switch between them from time to time. 
- It is nice to have different projects to work on - sometimes I want to machine piece and quilt and sometimes I want to do it by hand. This is how I get into all this trouble ;)

So do tell, what's your WIP count? Do you have any secrets for getting them done? Or ways to stop starting new things?

I think I'm happy floating in my sea of WIPs, picking and choosing what I work on. I would like to get these projects done and actually finish some quilts but even if I do there will inevitably be more things to add to my WIP list... don't even get me started on the quilts I want to make 'one day'!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Monday, May 18, 2015

Week #20: Quilter #20 Lucy Brennan

Hello all! I am Quilter #20 and my name is Lucy Brennan. I usually blog at Charm About You and can be found around blog land as Lucy@charmaboutyou.

I find writing about myself difficult, I can't seem to introduce myself without it sounding either really formal or very silly so I will give a brief synopsis of who I am and then get right on with the quilts.

I am a mum of three (aged 7, 5 and 2) and work part time/teach at Patchfinders, our local quilt shop. I will show you around the lovely shop on IG when I'm at work later in the week, it's fabric heaven!

My previous hobby was Roller Derby but after breaking my elbow I thought I should do something safer. There are a couple of quilters in my family and they encouraged me to start. It turned into a passion, something I like to do a bit of everyday. I see quilting as a creative outlet, therapy and joy. My style has evolved over the past four years and I consider it eclectic, traditional, modern and me. I don't label myself as one type of quilter. I do patchwork and quilting on my machine but generally hand sewing/piecing/appliqué/quilting are my favourite methods.

For my first blog post I thought it would be fun to look back over the quilts I've made and show you the ones that we actually use in our house! I've made quite a few quilts and you can see them all here but these are the ones currently being slept under, snuggled, made into dens and strewn around our house.

First up my husband and I have my Bees of a Feather Quilt on our bed (so named because two online quilting bees I was in helped make those beautiful feather blocks):

My son uses this one:

I am currently working on larger quilts for both my girls but they currently use all of these between them:

and this one gets the most use in the living room:

along with this footstool

Each quilt I make has a story, a purpose and always seems to teach me something too. I love to blog because I can share those elements of each quilt, as well as have a record of my progress.

Being part of 52 quilters is a thrill and I hope you will interact with me over on the 52 quilters IG and twitter this week!

I'm normally all over the place and you can find me at the following:

Instagram: @charmaboutyou

Lucy x

Post by Lucy Brennan - Week #20: Hi I'm Lucy from Manchester UK, a mother; blogger; teacher and LQS worker. Gleeful quilter who enjoys the charm of creating with fabric and needles! Find Lucy on Instagram at @charmaboutyou or visit her website at

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Inspiration and Advice

This week has gone by so quickly. I have really enjoyed sharing a bit of my quiltmaker's life, but it is hard to wrap all 42 years of it up in one week! Many thanks to Chris Webb who started this project, I am looking forward to seeing who pops up during the next 32 weeks! My inspiration through all this has been my family who have always been so supportive and interested. My husband is quite happy to go into fabric and quilt stores with me (I know I am very lucky), I appreciate his advice and his fabric choices! My kids and grandchildren all love to have my quilts and wallhangings, they love to hear the stories behind them the young ones love to get into my sewingroom to help pick out fabrics. I am hoping one or more will make their own quilts someday.
Evan's quilt Sweet Dreams
Ben's Hallowe'en Surprises My very first quilt teacher, Polly Greene, has always been an inspiration. Her straightforward way of teaching and her wonderful use of fabrics will always be with me. She will be 86 this summer and has another workshop to teach for our Guild in June. She has a wonderful sense and use of colour. Two years ago Valerie Hearder, Laurie Swim and I curated a retropsective of her quilts which was held at the Mary E. Black Gallery in Halifax.
Polly, on the left talking to Valerie Hearder at the opening. It was so wonderful to see so many of her quilts in one place. My other inspiration was my maternal Grandmother, she died when I was 16 and she was 88. I don't have a memory of her quilting but I do remember her always knitting, crocheting, weaving, sewing, her hands were always busy even though she suffered from arthritis. I remember those hands so well.I treasure the quilts I have that she made as well as many linens that she embroidered...she gave me a gift of patience something we all need as quiltmakers. Over the years I have had many teachers, have taken many workshops and I still do. I am inspired by those teachers and by my fellow quilters who take the workshops, there is always something to learn. I have been involved with three Guilds and have watched them grow from a very few to over 100 members. My own local Guild, the Mahone Bay Quilters Guild now has over 125 members. Our provincial Guild is celebrating their 15th bi-annaul Quilters Retreat this coming September, we started in 1987 long before "retreats" became so popular. We are still going strong with 3 teachers (Karen Kay Buckley, Ana Buzzalino and laurie Swim) all full workshops. I am sure it is going to go on for more years to come.
Waiting The quilt we presented to Picotu Lodge as a thank you for having us for all these years. I could go on and on about what has inspired me over the years, I am looking forward to many more inspirations to come! I do have a bit of advice! When I went to my first quilt conference, the Continental Quilt Congress in Washington, DC I went to a lecture by Elly Sienkiewicz and she told us to buy the best tools we could, not to buy the cheap ones. I took her advice and spent what seemed like a small fortune on a pair of Gingher scissors, I still use them everytime I cut out a quilt! I know it is expensive to go out and buy a good rotary cutter, a good mat and a good ruler but it is worth it! I would also encourage beginners to start small, don't start out and try to make a king sized quilt! Start small and finish it, make wallhangings, pillow covers, placemats, there are lots of smaller projects to get you going and by finishing them you will be encouraged to go on. Like most quilters I have UFO's as well as a list of future projects in my head! I always have something I am handquilting, something to applique, something to piece. At the moment I have 7 or 8 projects in various stages, so if I am in the mood to quilt I can easily pick up where I left off. My last bit of advice would be to join a Quilt Guild and please volunteer at a Guild, you will make some wonderful friends of all ages, you will learn something and you will find like minded quilters who are passionate about what they make. And if you are ever in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia on the first Monday of the month (except July and August) we love to have visitors! Check our blog for details!
Post by Barbara Robson - Week #19:  

Barbara is a quilter from Nova Scotia on the east coast of Canada. She has been quilting for 42 years (though she finds it hard to believe that number!). She is primarily a hand quilter (stab stitcher, more about that later), machine piecer but she also loves to hand appliqué, hand piece, and machine appliqué. She always has many projects on the go! Find her on Instagram as @foxpointquilter.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Once Upon a Quilt

In the late '70's I purchased a book for my daughter, it was called "Kate's Quilt" by Kay Chauro and since her name is Kate and I had made her a quilt it was an obvious purchase. That little book started a collection that has grown to about 150 children's books that are about quilts, have quilts in the illustrations or where the illustrations were made using quilting techniques.
The Patchwork Lady is one of my favourites, but then so are a lot of others! As my collection grew, I wnated to share this love of mine with other quilters. I wrote to all the publishers of the books that I had at the time to get permission to take slides of the book covers and a couple of slides of the pictures in the book. It took some time to hear back and most did reply and readily gave me permission. Penguin who published Kate's Quilt sent me a package full of legal documents to sign and I had to pay them to do this, I wrote back and suggested that they would make more money because I was promoting their books, they sent another package of legal documents. Needless to say I gave up and have not photographed "Kate's Quilt"! It is now out of print but you can see it here on Amazon.
Renowned quilter and teacher, mentor to many quilters, the late Jean Ray Laury wrote this wonderful book No Dragons on my Quilt. I am really lucky to own one of the original drawings from the book.
My friend Janet Bolton from England has wrote My Grandmother's Patchwork Quilt as well as Mrs. Noah's Patchwrk Quilt both of which come with fabric printed with the desing so you can make your own quilt as illustrated in the book and she has written a series of board books. I have given my "Once Upon a Quilt" lecture at several Guilds and at Quilt Canada as well as at a few schools. I remember going in to one grade one class and unbeknownst to me the teacher had asked all the kids to bring in a quilt if they had one and they were all strung up on a clothesline around the classroom. Each child who brought one shared the story of their quilt.
These kids had also searched their school library to see how many books they could find that were about quilts! And the quilt was one that they were helping to make. My books are for all age group from infant board books to picture books and easy readers, chapter books for middle readers and young adult fiction. I was lucky in the mid '80s to work part-time in the very best independent children's bookstore Woozles in Halifax. It has been a Halifax institution for 37 years! When I had time or on my lunch break I would search through catalogues for books that met my criteria, the manager too was a great help, always keeping her eye out for new books for me. My books come from Canada, the US, England, Australia and New Zealand. I am happy to share my list, it is a pdf file, send me an email and I will send you the list Now that I have grandchildren, my books are being well read! One of my grandsons has picked a quilt from The Quiltmaker's Gift for his next quilt! I have made a couple from that book, it has a companion book called Quilts From the Quiltmaker's Gift
Elmer the Patchwork Elephant is published in both board book format and paperback, there are several titles about Elmer. Happy reading everyone!
Post by Barbara Robson - Week #19:  

Barbara is a quilter from Nova Scotia on the east coast of Canada. She has been quilting for 42 years (though she finds it hard to believe that number!). She is primarily a hand quilter (stab stitcher, more about that later), machine piecer but she also loves to hand appliqué, hand piece, and machine appliqué. She always has many projects on the go! Find her on Instagram as @foxpointquilter.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Stab Stitch Quilting

When I took my first quilting workshop 42 years ago, it was a day long, during the day we drafted our templates, cut them out of sandpaper(!), cut out our fabric and sewed them together. Then we stared quilting our block. Simple, right? Well for me it was, I have not stopped quilting. Things have changed though, no more sandpaper though I still will use graph paper and draft my own templates. That first block a=was called "Broken Dishes", a traditional block, one template, a triangle. When I finished quilting it I used it for a pillow cover. many yeard later it pretty much fell apart. However I do have the second piece I quilted and the third and many more. I started out making a lot of small projects and finished them, I did not get discouraged thinking I had to make a queen sized quilt! My first quilt was "Windowpane", which I shared in my first blog post. Not too big,more like a crib sized. I did gradually work my way up to a queen sized quilt, several of them! I did want to write about the wonderful process of hand quilting. It is to me, very relaxing and almost meditative. I stab stitch, I do not quilt with a running stitch. It was the way I was taught way back in that first one day workshop. It came very easy to me, I rarely had to take a stitch out. I still have that lovely 14" round hardwood quilting hoop. I used it for many years until I found the Q Snap frames, now I have just about every size from a 6" square up. I don't use a floor frame, I like the comfort of my chair where I can have my feet up and my Ott light over my right shoulder. I do have some notes on stab stitch,tricks and tips I have learned over the years. If you would like a copy email me at and I will send you the pdf.
The above two pictures are of a wallhanging "Penny Candy". You can see the stitches pretty clearly. The fabrics are batiks and hand dyed. This wallhanging was machine pieced. The benefit of stab stitch quilting is, with practice, you get even stitches which are a consistent length and the stitches are the same size on the back. Also because of the way you hold the needle there is no pressure on your hand or fingers, you don't need to wear a thimble. I will take some pictures of my hands at work tomorrow and post them.
Waternish Star is based on an old quilt in the Nova Scotia Museum collection. It is hand pieced (with some machine piecing of the borders) and hand quilted. There are almost 4,000 pieces in the quilt.
A detail of Waternish Star. I am off to the city (Halifax) tomorrow to meet with my Mayflower Quilter's Guild bee, the Piecemakers. We have been together over 30 years! Our eldest member is turning 95 so we are celebrating! I'll be back later tomorrow afternoon!
Post by Barbara Robson - Week #19:  

Barbara is a quilter from Nova Scotia on the east coast of Canada. She has been quilting for 42 years (though she finds it hard to believe that number!). She is primarily a hand quilter (stab stitcher, more about that later), machine piecer but she also loves to hand appliqué, hand piece, and machine appliqué. She always has many projects on the go! Find her on Instagram as @foxpointquilter.