Feb 122012
 
Kristi made this quilted pillow for a friend who comments on how she liked it. This is true selflessness, isn’t that the definition of a quilter?

Now and then I create a quilt that really tells its own story.  Approximately 3-4 years ago, I made such a quilt.  This quilt was made from scraps and told a love story.   I brought it to a favorite salon, that I frequent for massage, for show and tell.  My young massage therapist, Kristi, was absolutely facinated with it.  We began to talk about the aspects of quilting and the great reward, as well as therapy that finishing a quilt brings to the soul.  Kristi  had an old machine that belonged to her mother, she had difficulty sewing with it, so I suggested she try a machine that I had in storage at home.  The machine was a Janome 4800 computerized machine with so many stitches that I think Kristi was a little overwhelmed.  She thought that the fact that it had the entire alphabet in 3 fonts was not too shabby either.  After I saw her reaction, I could not help but simply gift her this machine.  It was indeed one of the best investments I can say I have made in years.  This young mother has created so many beautiful quilts, pillows, and misc items.   It warms my heart each time she brings in another show and tell item, and the best part…. she gifts most of them.  What a treat to have watched the birth of  a quilter.  She was kind enough to send me some photos via email so I thought I would share them with you.  I am sure you will appreciate them as much as I have.

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Isn’t this a fun quilt? I think this may have been her second

She prefers quilts with a kick, no boring quilts from this girl.

isn't this a great backing?

kristi has an eye for putting colors together

 

 

This is a story book quilt, inside each frame there is a storybook character

 

 

isn't this backing delicious?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazingly,  she definitely took it upon herself to research and learn. Her first stop was the internet.  Here are the blogs she 

follows.

crazymomquilts.blogspot.com

filminthefridge.com

acuppaandaacatchup.com

incolororder.blogspot.com

soulemama.com

How many seasoned quilter forget to put labels
on their quilts? This was impressive 

 Kristi also found very quickly that she liked certain designers, and she has consistently found new exciting fabrics to make her quilts.

Her favorite designers are….

Heather Ross

Anna Maria Horner

Laurie Wisburn

I am really proud of this young mom, who by the way is due to have a baby boy any day now.  She is a real inspiration.  I hope her story will inspire others to put the fear of something new aside, the world is your palate.  It amazes me how many different and unique styles I see as I instruct quilting classes, and how inspired I become by my students.

I want to give a special thanks to Kristi and her husband Casey for organizing the photos and sending them my way.  And I would also like to publically wish them the best on the birth of their new son Ezra.

Leave a comment to encourage Kristi.  If you feel inspired by her work, let her know.  If there is something you

this is such a fun pillow, it has a trick which make applique really slickKristi made this quilted pillow for a friend who comments on how she liked it. This is true selflessness, isn’t that the definition of a quilter?

  3 Responses to “Where do I begin?”

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    What is the trick with the pillow? Is it a pajama keeper? When I was a girl, we used to store our pajamas in a pillow on the bed. Just wondering. Loved your generosity. I have a Bernette that I used or nine months until I fell in love with a Viking. Maybe I should make an investment like that….hmmmm.

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    I still use pillowcases to store pj’s. It brings back sweet
    Memories of my childhood.

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    The words that relate to Kristi’s quilts — colorful, fun (with a kick!), whimsical, generous and thoughtful — could also describe her personality as a mother, sister, and friend. I’m very proud of all she’s accomplished as a quilter and in her life!

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