Category Archives: Signature Quilts

Fall Frames Quilt

I started this pretty little thing as a custom order. The customer changed their mind and ordered a different quilt (la la la!!!!) but I was in love with the fabrics so was excited to finish it anyway. Of course, it took me a year to finish it! But it’s done!

It uses lots of Kaffe Fassets shot cottons which I like, though they are very lightweight fabrics. It is also nearly impossible to order them on-line, they often look nothing like the swatches provided. I guess you’ll have that when they are, of course, actually made of two different colored thread. It’s now listed in my shop though I’ll be honest, I rarely sell finished quilts, just custom orders, and I kind of those this one too much to part with! But the house is full, sacrifices must be made!

Fall Neutral Frames Quilt

This was one of my Fall 2014 goals listed in my original post here. I’m moving through my list!

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Wedding Signature Quilts Galore

I recently did some updates to my wedding signature quilt tutorial – I want to do a several part tutorial on the whole deal, as it’s a lot of little fiddly things to toss together – but this will do for now. I have actually been busy sewing lots of wedding signature quilts. Here is a little party of them. Colors!

Wedding Signature Quilts

These monogram quilts are very popular, I have made them in about every color now.
Wedding Signature Quilts

I have always wanted to make a trip around the world – this one was fun! The couples names and wedding dates are embroidered in the middle.

Wedding Signature Quilts

This was a queen size that I mailed to Australia. The shipping costs were…awesome.

Wedding Signature Quilts

I really like the prints in this one – prints do really well with signatures, I think.

Wedding Signature Quilts
Matt was very proud to have correctly identified the colors quilt as “Salmon and Taupe.”

Wedding Signature Quilts

This one isn’t done, but so pretty and fall!

Front porch quiltin Fabric Applique Embroidery Hoop Sign Tutorial

Fabric Wedding Sign Tutorial Fabric Applique Embroidery Hoop Sign Tutorial

I made this fabric sign to go along with an upcoming wedding signature quilt I am going to make. It is very simple, but not something I’ve seen much of, so I also made this simple tutorial to go with it.  It’s a pdf. I find it so much easier to format such things off-line.

Let me know if it’s useful! FYI, you don’t have to sew down the letters! I liked the way it looks but for a sign that’s not going through the wash, ironing the letters down is sturdy enough.  I use Pellon Wonder Under Fusible webbing for this project.

I love applique and it was fun to make a little project like this. My projects are often big! Now I want to make little tote bags with words on them too!

In the background is me and my husband. Weddings are so fun! I love making stuff for them!
Quilt Wedding Signature Quilt Sign

And here it is nestled in the trumpet vine. Nothing more romantic than invasive vines!

Quilted Applique Sign
Happy sewing!

More Latttice Quilts! Coral Teal and Charcoal

I posted pictures of this quilt in progressed a while back – but I finished it! I am still loving lattice quilts. I like the dark triangles in this quilt much more in person – they blend better. In this picture, they are a bit over the top, isn’t that funny? The thing about quilts (that I make at least) is that generally they aren’t supposed to be viewed hung up like this – they are supposed to be seen draped and cuddled with.

Coral and Charcoal Lattice Quilt

I love all of these fabrics. I am a terrible person and can’t remember the names of hardly any of them, except to say that I got most of them at Sew to Speak – which is a lovely local quilt store in Columbus. Oh the back is from the Pat Bravo Carnaby Street which is an eye-popping good time. The fabrics are really light and silky for quilting cottons.

Coral and Charcoal Lattice

Coral and Charcoal Lattice










This pattern is very similar to The Blue Chair’s Lattice pattern set she is selling on Etsy. This set is a great deal by the way if you are wanting to make something similar!  I don’t think I copied her on purpose, but you just never know. Here is what I mocked up in EQ7 – which I think I am finally getting the hang of – thinking it was very original and clever.
Charcoal Orange Navy zig zag
Lesson #1 is never think you’re clever! It is however kind of magic to mock something up and then sew it. I am not always much of a planner.

I’m linking up with Freshly Pieced Works in Progress Wednesday. She is working on her “Bloom Bloom Pow” quilt and it is so cleverly pieced, I am loving it.

Linen Hearts Quilt

IMG_7503Right now I am sitting on my front porch and a fellow up the street is singing at the top of his lungs. He has a nice voice. I think he is singing Mumford and Sons?

Ok – back to sewing – I had a fun time quilting up this little thing – more work with scraps from larger linen quilts. It uses a number of soft shades of brown. Did I mention I love brown lately?

Linen Neutral Heart Quilt

I think this would make a fun wedding or baby shower signature quilt.  Maybe with some initials in some of the hearts?

Or just a sweet wall-hanging. I just wanted to make something small and sweet and quick after all my big projects lately.

These hearts are appliqued on using fusible webbing. I sewed around the hearts using my free motion foot. You can still see the pencil marks from the grid I drew on to place the hearts.  Looks like I’ll need to take a toothbrush and some woolite to get those out…I’m linking up to the fun folks at Fabric Tuesday. 


How to Make a Monogram Quilt Block

Monogram Quilt Block Tutorial by Waterpenny.netIf you are making a wedding signature quilt – here are some of my thoughts on that!

You’ll need

    • Computer and editing program (I use Word)
    • This text document if you want an example monogram 
    • Fusible webbing (I prefer Wonder Under by Pellon)
    • Marker
    • Fabric
    • Matching thread
    • Starch (optional)
    • Sewing machine

Make a Monogram QuiltStep 1: Pick a font!

Then make your monogram in a word processing document (or use this one). You can use any program, of course. I generally use Cambria, which is a nice common serif font. You can also find fun swirly fonts that wouldn’t be that hard to applique. I personally prefer simple clean lines – they look good and are a lot easier to sew and cut out!

You generally want your middle initial about twice the size as your other letters; in my example, I have a 500 font middle initial and a 250 font for the others – and I bold them. But you can futz about with it till you get it how you like it.

I do the letters as Wordart so that I can nudge them around and reverse them, etc. I’m sure all the graphic designers are rolling their eyes so hard they might get stuck – but it works for me! If you want to flip your letters around backwards, here is a tutorial that will let you do that. I do the smaller side letters as a different text box. Here is an example text document that I made that you can pop in your own letters.

Step 2: Pick the size of your block and letters. In this case, my block is 16×16 inches.  Cut it out and I also starch my fabric using my home made starch.  I want my letters to be 12.5 inches wide.  If you like you can print out samples of your monogram to see how it fits onto your block.

Cut your fusible webbing to the appropriate size. A note about fusible webbing – with Pellon Wonder Under, there is a paper backing, and a light filmy plastic webbing that acts like glue when melted – it holds your fabric in place and keeps the edges from fraying.  Leave the paper on for now!

Step 3: Trace your letters BACKWARDS onto the paper backing of the fusible web. I do April 2Make a Monogram Quilt013 076this by just tracing the letters right off the screen — I zoom in until the letters are the size I need and trace away using a permanent marker. It’s easier in a dark room. You could also print off your letters and trace onto the fusible webbing using a lightbox or window.

(A side note: if you don’t want to reverse your letters, you can trace them directly onto the webbing material).

Step 4: Iron your fusible webbing onto your fabric and cut out.Make a Monogram Quilt

See how the letters are backwards on the paper here? That is what you want!

(A side note: if there is an area larger than two inches, I generally cut that out of the fusible webbing – leaving at least a quarter inch on each side. The webbing can add stiffness to your quilt so I try to avoid large areas of it.)

Make a Monogram Quilt


I sometimes use a rotary cutter to cut out the long straight edges.

Once your letters are cut out, pick off the paper backing – it’s much easier if you use a pin to start the peel.

Make a Monogram Quilt

Make a Monogram QuiltStep 5: Lay out your letters and center them. I use two rulers! In my example, the long straight edges letters are 1.5 inches apart and 1.75 inches from the top and bottom of the H.  You can use temporary fabric pencil/marker to mark your measurements. When you get ‘em where you want ‘em, Iron ‘em down. Press down carefully; don’t move from side to side, as you don’t want to stretch or crumple the letters.

Make a Monogram Quilt

Step 6: Sew them down. Use any stitch you like – I prefer a zig zag stitch – to sew around the letters to secure them. They will fall off in the wash if you don’t secure them with sewing.

I have done a lot of fused applique and tested it in the wash, and I have not noticed a big difference in fraying if you just use a straight stitch, buttonhole stitch, etc. So your stitch choice is really just a matter of personal taste. I recommend you try out a few stitch widths and lengths on a scrap piece of fabric to know which looks best on your letters.

Step 7: Iron it again. I prefer to iron from the back so I don’t flatten my sewing. Admire it. Doesn’t it look great!

Make a Monogram Quilt

If I’m sewing the monogram into a quilt, I free motion applique using matching thread around the edge of the letters to quilt them down. The stitches aren’t really noticeable, but it looks so much nicer, in my opinion.

Sew it into a quilt? Make a pillow? Frame it?



Home Again Home Again Jiggety Jig

I’m probably supposed to be doing something more productive, but enjoyed taking a minute to look through historical pictures on the Library of Congress archive. Of course my favorite of the moment is an historic signature quilt – what a lovely keepsake and a neat block.

And here is a gem made by Mrs. Bill Stagg (hope you can hear my distaste for that naming tradition) from old tobacco sacks.

And people dancing with the quilt frame overhead. My sweetie would love this in our house, as he is always wanting to create contraptions to hang all our appliances from the ceiling. Someday when we don’t rent maybe….

What is this checkerboard and dresden pattern happening? It seems really dark in this photo. I can never get enough light when I sew and I don’t envy her.

This pattern is amazing! The outer wedges of the dresdens are flat and make the corners of the next square. Tiny variation turns it from a sweet fans to geometric puzzle. I want to see it in color! Also note the childrens bike/wagon toy in the corner.

And a bit more up to date – love this photo- when are my nephews and niece old enough to help me quilt? This is in Gee’s Bend, Alabama – and taken outside – must have had a promise of a few days without rain to set up the quilting frame on the porch!

Basting Basting

Yesterday like a hero I pin basted two quilts – one is a queen size which coincidentally is the exact size of the open space in my kitchen. Basting. How do I despise thee? Let me count the ways.

I go back and forth with pin basting and spray basting and for now I am on the pin basting wagon. It’s all horrible on a queen. I have some quilty friends who are doing the quilt as you go method on larger quilts which maybe is the secret?

The other one in the hopper is this pretty little thing – in black and white to help me think about block layout and distribution. “Random” block placement is harder than it looks!
Black and white to help with layout

And here’s what I ended up with:
And color... lattice quilts are awesome

Old School Checkers

Checkerboard Signature QuiltI grew up around quilting and a lot of quilts in my family were basic scrappy block quilts. My grandma made me a quilt for my 16th birthday very similar to this one – but with pink – and I lovvvvve it.  So while I am generally drawn to more edgy, modern quilts, when this simple gray and white checkerboard was requested, I was pretty into it – I love how homey and old fashioned it looks.

It doesn’t really shine here hanging up all formal – it’s not a formal quilt. It needs some kids tangled up in it.

Checkerboard Quilt Gray

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