Celebrating an anniversary

This fall marks my 10th year as a quilter! I have no clue how many quilts I’ve actually made although I could probably come close to the number if I stopped to take a look through all my records and the blog – maybe I will one day but not today.

We had a discussion in Nebraska about our favorite quilt patterns and since then I’ve given it a little more thought. I think based on quilts I’ve made over the years I probably have three favorites that I tend to make over and over although I do like to make different variations of them.

Log Cabins, Nine Patches, and String quilts would top my list of favorites.

Below Keith is pictured on our picnic quilt — a Log Cabin that was probably the 3rd quilt I’d ever made. Note that even then, I had to put my own spin and rotated the blocks in a non-traditional layout. This quilt stays with my bike so we always have a quilt to pull out and sit on.

Which patterns are on your list of favorites?

16 Responses to “Celebrating an anniversary”

  • Tanya:

    Wow, that’s a pretty nice quilt to be using for picnic! I have a picnic quilt too but mine is a REALLY old, REALLY strange color combination, REALLY no one would want to look at it too long type of quilt!

  • Oh, for sure my favorite is the log cabin and I have made many! I like to start with a bigger center square and that gets you a bigger quilt in a quick hurry! I like checkerboard borders for using the left over scrap/strips from the log cabins. 9 patches & 16 patches are also favorites. Another pattern I like alot is the square in a square – especially good if you want to feature a pattern with a neat print. These oldie but goodies will never go out of style and I think people are naturally drawn to them if their grandparents had any such quilts around. Happy quilt anniversary! Cheers! Evelyn

  • kathie:

    Happy quilt anniversary. I have been quilting 12 years this fall. Favorite pattern, I guess I love the 9 patch combined with a snowball and I always seem to go back to the warm wishes quilt.

  • KimP:

    I would have thought you would have been quilting for way more than 10 years! Your work is awesome! I haven’t made a log cabin quilt yet, but its on my list of things to do.

  • JoAnne in Keller, TX:

    Happy quilt anniversary, Mary. Only 10 years! I would have thought longer – you’re so prolific. I’ve been quilting around 20 years and love log cabin quilts, scrap quilts and miniatures.

  • Funny timing. I’ve just finished a “rebuilt” Log Cabin yesterdy and will be posting it today. It started out so homely and ordinary, using whatever was in the scrap drawer, but I just KNEW that when quilted it would be wonderful — and I LOVE it now. “Quilting makes the Quilt.”

    Thanks Mary for all the visual stimulation you show us, in addition to the many gifts of love you send to others. 8-))

  • Cheri:

    My favorite may have changed this morning. I tried a 3D bow tie and loved it…loved sewing it and the pattern. I just went to make one from a tute that I’d seen and before I knew it I’d made ten. Yours is awfully good looking for a picnic blanket!

  • Margie:

    I have been quilting for about 25 years and I’ll bet you have made more quilts.
    I dabble in a little of every type of quilting, but when I am doing tradional it frequently involves some kind of half square triangle.

  • Jay in Nebraska:

    Like at the Nebraska sew-in I decided to think more about it. I decided my favorite quilts are the ones that I have made the both of.
    Grandmother’s Flower Garden – 10
    Double Wedding Ring – 5
    Nine Patch – 15

    But I digress and think its the Flower Garden, and because of that I started another this week!

  • Dawn:

    OK, are you talking bicycle, or motorcycle? Because I’m trying to figure out how you keep a quilt on/with a bicycle! But I love your “flair” on the quilt!

  • Gari:

    I guess my favorite to make is the D9P as I have made 5 or 6 of them, most were charity quilts. But otherwise, I love the log cabin (made 2)because it is what I have always thought of as “a traditional quilt.”

  • Darlene B:

    My favorite quilt pattern is the log cabin. It’s the first pattern I learned, and I have the cutest fall pumpkin log cabin table runner pattern that is my absolute all-time favorite. Love your picnic quilt!

  • I’d have to say that the 9-patch is my favorite, with the log cabin right behind it. I like traditional quilt patterns, particularly ones that allow me to strip cut/piece. Although I have just learned a quick and easy way to cut triangles … and as I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE quilts with triangles, I may have some new favorites before too long! ha!

  • Wasn’t it a log cabin type quilt that I first saw on your blog and kept me coming back again and again? I still love that quilt! I’m glad you found quilting.

  • My favorite pattern is the 9 patch and I LOVE making string quilts. I like easy and simple patterns with clean lines.

  • Sarah:

    I’m a fence rail girl. I’ve tried other patterns, but the one I constantly make, with slightly different variations, is the fence rail.

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