Friday, December 13, 2013

Quilted Christmas Mat

Last year my mom sent me a cute Advent wreath, but it was bothering me that I didn't have anything to put under it.  I have a couple Christmas table runners, but those won't get used until little hands aren't pulling them down all the time!  So, I decided to quilt up a little mat using my scraps from various projects.  I used the "quilt as you go" method, and loved it!

Thursday, December 12, 2013


Welcome to my blog!  My name is Jessica, and I'd like to start off by giving a little bit of my background, and how I came to love quilting, and sewing in general!  When I was younger, my mom was always working on some sewing project, so I learned early on how to use her machine, and did small projects.  In fact, the very first quilt I made when I was about 8, and it was a tiny nine patch block for a doll.  The first large quilt I started was for my sister's wedding, and since I didn't have a sewing machine, I went to Walmart and got the cheapest Brother machine they sold.  I did most of the cutting while on summer break at my parents' house, and then most of the quilting in my dorm room.  I went to a military college, so someone making a quilt in their room was quite unheard of.  This earned me a nickname (Gramma Bryant), and a steady stream of customers needing mending (think guys roughhousing in dress uniforms!) and patches sewn on.  The quilt ended in near disaster, and sat for a couple years after my sister's wedding, until my mom mercifully suggested we bring it to AnnMarie to have finished.  Not only did she do the quilting, but she did some major repair work to the back and all the binding!  Amazing…but after that I took a break and did small sewing projects (a little quilt for my new niece…I vowed never to piece flannel and minky together again!).  About a year and a half ago, I got out of the military to be a stay-at-home mom, and really got into quilting.  The next big quilt I made was with some Kumari Gardens fabric, and also has some glaring issues, but I got it DONE.  I may have one entire section of seams offset because I couldn't do a 1/4 in. seam right, and I may have spent hours ripping out some machine quilting designs gone horribly wrong.  But…I've learned so much since then, and if you're still with me…here's some photos of my completed quilts!

 Sister's wedding quilt, before it got finished

Quilt for niece (2010)

Kumari Gardens quilt (2012)

Anna Maria Horner Little Folks flannel, front, 2012

 Anna Maria Horner Little Folks flannel, back, 2012

Aneela Hoey Cherry Christmas, 2012

Quilted pouch, 1st free motion project!, 2013

Sandy Gervais Flirt, 2013

2013 (can't remember the fabric!)

Father's Day wall hanging for my husband, 2013

First quilted pillow, 2013

Home wall hanging, 3rd place at the 2013 State Fair

Son's crib quilt, 2nd place at 2013 State Fair, completed in 2012
(I made a coordinating quilt for my daughter, but the quilting turned out horrendous!)

Aneela Hoey Posy disappearing nine patch, 2013

Quilted pillow…my mom bought it from the church bazaar for my sister