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2021 Quilt Works Employees' Show held June 1-19, 2021


87” × 87”

Pieced by: Carol Rising
Quilted by:  Bobbi Lucero, Edgewater Quilting
Pattern: Glacier Star, Bradley and Judy Niemeyer, Quiltworx Inc., 2017
Techniques: Foundation paper piecing, curved piecing, longarm machine quilting.

“When I started this quilt, it was taught as a ‘Technique of the Month.’  My fabric choices were very different from those generally used at that time.  Our teacher, Barbara Gary, was a bit skeptical about my choice of Orientals instead of the usual batiks.

Originally, I chose a very busy print, now used on the back, for the inner border.  I put it on a design wall without the outer border in 2018, and again in 2019.  I kept hating it, regretting all my work.

I finally decided I needed to look at it critically.  I discovered that the problem was that extremely busy inner border.  Happily I had enough light blue fabric to make the new inner border.  What a difference!”


Carol's Japanese Garden Star



85" × 96"

Pieced and Quilted by: Kathi Dineen
Pattern: Rosita, Liza Prior Lucy and Kaffe Fassett, Quilts & Crafts, Simply Moderne #22, Quiltmania, Inc.
Technique: Machine pieced and quilted

"This was truly a Pandemic Project.  Shot cottons are very stretchy and all cuts were on the bias.  So the piecing was an issue.  And then there was quilting, which took 65 hours and 11 bobbins on a domestic machine.  WHEW!!  It’s going to my daughter for her bed – Quiet, she doesn’t know yet!

Check out the back!!  Love the quilt!!”

Kathi's Rosita Zig Zag Quilt


97" × 98"

Pieced by: Pam Wigal
Quilted by: Danyella Nava
Pattern: Basket Case, by Running Doe Quilts, for Villa Rosa Designs
Technique: Machine pieced patchwork, and machine quilted

 Working as a health care worker during the pandemic, I lost my ability to concentrate on my quilting.  I discovered that the best I could do was to sew strips of fabric together.  So that is what I did.  I found a very simple pattern, sewed strips together, cut them into chunks, and sewed those together.  This is the last of three quilts I made doing this.  Here are pictures of the first two.  One is my friend Peg with her quilt.  The other is my husband’s uncle, who is the last of his generation in our family.  These quilts were well used during the pandemic, and we all stayed safe and well. 
This last quilt is the largest, and I am keeping it for us to use, hopefully for many years to come.
PS.  I may never look at a jelly roll again.”

Pam's Pandemic III Quilt


80″ × 86″

Pieced and Quilted by: Leighfee Conner, Judy Botsford’s grandmother
Pattern: Traditional
Technique: Hand pieced and hand quilted

“My grandmother made this quilt in the early 1900’s.  It has been in a drawer in my house for decades; I ‘rediscovered’ it when cleaning house recently.  My grandmother always had a quilt in the works.  She used cereal boxes for her templates.  She always let me quilt when I stayed with her, and later told me she took out my stitches.  ‘Too big!’"

Leighfee's Flower Garden Quilt


95” × 99”

Pieced and Quilted by: Debbie Williams
Pattern: Pathway Panache, Joanie Holton and Melanie Greseth, Quiltmaker Magazine, Sept/Oct 2020 
Technique: Regular curved piecing.  Longarm quilting using ruler work, and marking with Golden Threads paper and a Pounce Pad

“The batik fabric from Indonesia was a gift, and became the focus of the design.  It took me a while to find the right pattern that complemented the fabric.

The quilting ides began with the pattern makers’ style, and then adjustments were made for size and density changes.  This was my first attempt at free-motion feathers on a quilt.  Since the quilt is a gift, I also used Golden Threads paper and Pounce Chalk to help my confidence with the design.

I had already purchased the backing when I learned that “busy backs” are very useful!  I wanted to go ahead and use all the fabric I had purchased, so I used lighter thread so that the quilting design would show.  Yes, if you see thread nests, I allowed myself the acceptance in order to learn from the quilt.  The quilt is not perfect; I’m still on my journey of learning.  Remain on your journey, where ever you may be!”

Debbie's Pathway Panache Quilt



60” × 74”

Pieced and Quilted by: Phyllis Henry
Pattern: Flower Stalls, Beyond the Reef Patterns.  The pattern can be purchased on line.
Technique: Machine pieced and quilted

“I was drawn to the beautiful, bright colors of this fabric.  I found it while on a retreat in Durango.  Always fun making a quilt with fabric you love.  Was able to do simple, straight-line quilting.  Hope you enjoy seeing it.”

Phyllis' Flower Stalls Quilt

JD Meets FRQ By Way Of BW

23” × 33”

Pieced and Quilted by: Becky Welch
Pattern: Pieced hexagon by Johnnie Davis, setting by Becky W.
Technique: Machine inset piecing, machine quilting

”Carol Rising showed me a yellowed drawing of the pieced hexagon that her friend, Johnnie Davis, had done many years earlier.  I thought that it would be a great piecing exercise for the Free Range Quilters, and made one of the hexagons.  I liked it so much that I made some more and put them together in a small quilt.  The quilting designs were chosen after a lesson in symmetry.  There is rotational symmetry, there is translational symmetry, and there is asymmetry.  I used two different thread weights to emphasize and show texture.”

Becky's JD Meets FRQ by Way of BW Quilt



20¾” × 20¾”

Pieced by: Dana Brabson
Quilted by: Carol Rising
Pattern: Original
Technique: Machine pieced and quilted (free form and in the ditch)

“I accepted two challenges (thus, “challenge squared”) posed by Becky Welch and the Free Range Quilters: (1) create a quilt featuring fabric brought from Italy, and (2) design a quilt in which a traditional design (of a block, for example) has been modified to yield a uniquely different configuration.

I started with the classic 8-pointed star block, a 9-patch in which the 4 corners and center patches are squares, while the remaining 4 patches have the star points using the Peaky and Spike triangles made famous by Doreen Speckmann.  In my off-center design, the upper left corner patch has a finished size one quarter that of the center and lower right patches (both of which are still the same).  Then I replaced the center square with a second, smaller, off-center 8-pointed star (of the same configuration as the first).

The Italian fabric was used for the 8 star point patches in the first 8-pointed star, and for the center patch of the second 8-pointed star.  As I looked at the Italian fabric patches in the pieced block, I was reminded of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD – the redness of the hot lava and the grayness of the dust and rocks hurled toward Pompeii from the volcanic cone, and Carol picked up on that theme in the quilting.”

Dana's FRQ Challenge Squared Quilt



80” × 100”

Pieced by: Judy Botsford
Quilted by: Danyella Nava
Pattern: Doodle Blossoms, distributed by In The Beginning Fabrics with the Doodle Blossoms fabric collection
Technique: Machine pieced and long arm quilted

“I was on a run, making quilts after Christmas, and could only find this one.  I love flowers, so I had to make it.”

Judy's Big Flowers Quilt


53” × 78”

Pieced by: Cindy L. Kurey
Quilted by: Danyella Nava
Pattern: Original 
Technique: Machine pieced, long arm machine quilted

“I have made an effort over the years while my son, Griffin, was alive, to "give back" by donating quilts to the many organizations that help others live with mental illness. Griff lived with mental illness for 16 years and fought the good fight of acceptance of his illness before his passing in February 2021. This quilt was made for PSRANM (Psycho Social Rehabilitation Association of New Mexico) and was to be used as a fundraiser. Covid restrictions prevented the fundraising event, but I hope to be able to donate the quilt soon.  I found that I loved the process of designing, finding just the right fabrics and message for the quilt. The hopeful words I used in the quilt's design come from using each of the letters of the PSRANM acronym. We all could use these Hopeful Words to live by everyday... Progress, Strength, Resilience, Acceptance, Necessity and Motivation.”

Cindy's Hopeful Words Quilt


30” × 45”

Pieced by: Lisa Pries-Linn
Quilted by: Tisha Cavanaugh
Pattern: Zoom class with Irene Roderick
Technique: Improvisational piecing

“The class was very challenging; she (Irene) had us making one component at a time and starting the layout in the middle on the design wall.  My components definitely didn’t stay in their original places!  But I do love the result!  I finally got brave enough to use my own hand dyed fabric, and Tisha Cavanaugh did a great job of enhancing it with her quilting.”

Lisa's New Mexico Nights Quilt


24” × 23”

Pieced and Quilted by: Becky Welch
Pattern: Original, based on a photo I took
Technique: Improvisational machine piecing, and machine quilting

“It was started in a Jean Wells workshop, October 2018, in Durango, Colorado.  Lynn Rogers and I attended together.  Upon setting up my sewing area, I realized that I had forgotten my bag of intended fabrics, and had brought my crazy quilt fabrics instead.  Lynn told me to ‘just use what you brought, Becky’, and I did.  It has batiks, velveteens, linens, silks, and some other weird fabrics.  I used about 40 different threads in the quilting.”

Becky's Wheeler Fold Quilt


32½” × 32½”

Pieced and Quilted by: Carol Rising
Pattern: Original.  See: Color From The Heart, Gai Perry, C&T Publishing, 2010
Technique: Machine pieced and quilted.

 “This quilt started as a ‘trip around the world’ design in Gai Perry’s book.  The premise is to use a picture or an item as the color inspiration for the quilt.

I had chosen my inspirational picture when I first started Quilt Work’s ‘Color Confidence’ class.  It is a brilliantly colored photo of totem poles from the Pacific Northwest, used as the cover of a travel brochure.

After choosing my fabrics and cutting the squares, I laid the squares out in the ‘trip around the world’ pattern, starting with the middle row in the conventional ‘trip around the world’ design at the top of my quilt.  The top row in the traditional ‘trip around the world’ design became the middle row in my design.  The result is the ‘X’ shape you see here.  As I look at my quilt and my inspirational photo, I am very pleased.”

Carol's Journey to the Center of the Earth Quilt


22½” × 23”

Pieced and Quilted by: Carol Rising
Pattern: Original
Technique: Improvisational curved piecing, machine appliqué, machine quilting

“This quilt was the result of an improvisational curved piecing exercise, inspired by Becky Welch’s ‘Quilting Design Concepts’ class.  I imagined being in a sandstone cave looking out over the valley.  I pin basted it, and then it sat (and sat) in a project box.

Earlier this year, I stumbled across it.  A fresh look at it gave me the further vision of dust motes in the cave mouth, partially obscuring the view of the valley.  Finished at last!”

Carol's Sun Motes Quilt


56” × 67”

Pieced and Quilted by: Danyella Nava
Pattern: Merry Gingham Lap Quilt, Corey Yoder, in Moda All-Stars Merry Makers, Patchwork Quilts & Projects to Celebrate the Season, Martingale
Technique: Machine piecing and nesting of seams

“A ‘spooky’ take on a Christmas classic.  But, what better than to represent some weird takes in quilts after the year we have had?  I know, even I am shocked that I don’t have a king-size quilt to show this year.  Features Cotton & Steel fabrics – of course!”

Danyella's Merry Gingham


41” × 41”

Pieced and Quilted by: Michele Lommasson
Pattern: Original, whole cloth quilting design
Technique: Free motion quilting with ruler work

“This was a quilting exercise; I used my Bernina Q20 sit-down longarm quilting machine.  It is a whole cloth quilt; just what I needed to practice on.  I did learn quite a lot: It’s important, for example, to separate quilting motifs with some sort of spacing, such as a double line or a string of pearls.  Otherwise, the quilting motifs run together and loses integrity.

I also learned that sometimes it’s better to keep going and leave well enough alone.  Problems seldom show up in the finished work.”

Michele's Tina's Quilt


40” × 56”

Pieced by: Laura Echeverria
Quilted by: Kathy Congable
Pattern: A disappearing 4-patch variation
Technique: Slice & dice?

“I am NOT one of those people who put the enforced time off due to the quarantine to good use.  I did make several models for the store, coordinate the testing of the patterns for the Star Sampler Block of the Month, and learn to bake sourdough bread, but I didn’t do a lot of sewing for fun.  I finished one UFO – here it is!.

I call it Blursday Blues because I remember so little about this quilt and finished it at a time when I definitely felt blue.  (It is not easy to be an extroverted control freak in a worldwide pandemic!)  I bought the ‘layer cake’ sometime in the last 10 years on a trip to Laramie? Durango? Michigan?  It’s a blur.  I remember loving the colors and the ‘50% off’ sticker.

I saw the pattern in a book of quilts from charm squares; I later borrowed the book from Eve? Grace? Kathy Congable?  If you recognize it, please let me know!  The blocks start out as 4-patches made from 5” squares.  I remember slicing a unit off of each side of the square, attaching slices to different sides of the square, cutting off the excess fabric (that’s the dicing), and VOILA!

I made the blocks and began to search for fabric for sashing and borders to make the top larger.  I didn’t find anything I liked (yep, that happens, even when you work in a quilt shop), and put the blocks away to try again later.  During the quarantine last spring, I decided to discontinue letting ‘perfect be the enemy of done,’ put the blocks together, picked a back, and handed it over to Kathy Congable for quilting.

This quilt is going to join the group of quilts I display in my house.  I hope it will help me remember how good it feels to put the ‘blursday blues’ behind me.”

Laura's Blursday Blues Quilt


18” × 12”

Pieced and Quilted by: Kaitlin Mitchell
Pattern: Pinwheel Placemat
Technique: Pieced and stitched in the ditch by machine

“This project is my first quilting experience!  I started working on this in August 2020 in the Introduction to Machine Piecing class.  I finally finished it in May of this year.  I am very proud of my first piece, and am excited to work on my next quilt.”

Kaitlin's Spring Green Quilt


24” ´ 47”
Pieced and Quilted by: Toni Getz
Pattern: I am Pam, Pam Holand
Technique: Thread painting and Sashiko machine quilting.

“My favorite professional fiber arts instructor is Pam Holland.  I ordered this beautiful panel from her online Web Store in Australia shortly before Covid shut down international shipping.  The quilting was fun to do because all of the hard work had already been done by Pam!”