Category Archives: Juliana Raquel

I was recently asked to make a unisex quilt for a not-yet-born baby. I was excited by the challenge to go gender neutral yet stay within my vibrant style. I don’t think the person who commissioned the quilt was concerned with the style as much as they were with gender neutrality, but it was important […]

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  • Lauren aka Giddy99

    It’s beautiful! Stitcher’s Garden in Franklin, TN has quite a few AMH voiles from Little Folks, etc., but not sure if they will sell online – you might have to go in person. It’s not a store for the claustrophobic, or thin-skinned.

    Whatever you do, NEVER EVER ask them if they ever have sales (they DO NOT, EVER). I’ve heard they will run you out of the store if you ask.ReplyCancel

  • This is SOOO lovely!! I am certain the parents (and the babe, eventually) will cherish it!

    (I found your blog googling ‘hand quilting voile w perle cotton’ ~ I just finished a quilt top (with quite a few AMH fabrics :-) that will be backed w some AMH voile. I assume it’d be an absolute dream to quilt, but then I got worried that the tighter weave may not be so nice to hand-quilt after all – but it sounds like it will work fabulously…
    Funny thing is – I recently finished a quilt that took me about 150 hours to make, so I wanted a quick project. This one fit the bill, and the blocks went together quickly, and were so much fun to make. I wanted to use wool batting, but that seemed almost wasteful, since i was going to machine quilt it (save the good stuff for hand-quilting, ya know? ;-) I talked about it with my husband, and he’s like, “So, basically, you’re going to take all that work (it really wasn’t all that much…) and go with something that you think isn’t as nice for this quilt, because of $15 -$20??” Gosh, put like that, the wool batting was a no-brainer :-) THEN – I started thinking, maybe I should hand-quilt it….)

    I’m looking forward to poking around your blog a bit more as I get the chance ~ what I’ve seen so far is lovely!ReplyCancel

    • I’m so glad you stumbled across my blog! I LOVE quilting voile by hand. Really, hand quilting is my go to method because I’m way better at that than machine quilting. And I think those lusciously soft fabrics like voile and lawn just beg for a little hand quilting. I’m a sucker for a quick, well done project, but honestly its the one’s that take the longest and the most love that I treasure the most. We only get so much time here, so I like to spend it doing what I love rather than what I like. Thanks for stopping by and don’t be a stranger! :DReplyCancel

I dabble in so many different aspects of sewing, that sometimes its a while before I work on one specific thing or another. In other words, I can sometimes be a binge crafter. Its been a while since I’ve done foundation piecing, and I was reminded as I was working on my latest project just how […]

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  • Janelle

    I just saw Juliana Horner’s fabrics at the store, and fell in love with a particular pattern! But alas, the care instructions say “do not iron”–which confuses me, it’s cotton fabric and it didn’t seem any different than her fabrics that are able to be ironed. Low heat, I guess I could understand…but no iron?ReplyCancel

    • I have no clue why it would say that. I’ve washed and ironed many of her fabrics. They are a standard premium quilting cotton- so don’t worry! They shouldn’t be ruined with regular care.ReplyCancel

  • Janelle

    Well, I’m going to try ironing it on low on an edge, and I’ll see what happens! It’s such gorgeous fabric that I can’t wait to use it!ReplyCancel

After making one My Belle with a button down bodice, I just had to have another! I made this one with two prints from Juliana Horner’s Homestead collection which I absolutely love! In fact, as soon as I laid eyes on this blue print, I knew I needed a few yards just for a dress. […]

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  • You look gorgeous! Well done youReplyCancel

  • emily

    i had forgotten about that pattern in the book! it is gorgeous on you !!!ReplyCancel

I’m so happy to be able to have a day to fit in a little bit of selfish sewing. I thought I was going to lose my sewing mojo after yesterdays Crafters for Courage auction. My quilt went for $250 which after the cost of materials put my hourly rate at a whopping $2. That […]

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  • hi Meredith,
    I love the idea of buying and selling handmade! I think it not only helps the individual making it but I honestly feel better as the buyer knowing that someone put their own hands to work. I’m not very good at sewing (I’m trying) but am a much better crocheter and find that I love it when people are interested in the work that I’m doing which is for me is really therapeutic. I do think it’s good to be selfish though. You’re doing this for you really and that’s how it should be. If you were making things that you didn’t like I don’t think you would find it as satisfying. At least that’s how I feel. I do understand the feeling of worthlessness though, especially when I’ve made the most darling hat for one of my kiddos and it spends more time on the floor than on their head, haha. Chin up! You do marvelous and beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • I’m sorry about your quilt…and I agree 100% with you, I don’t think people realize how much time goes into handmade items. It kind of gives you a glimpse into our material world, I want it now, and don’t want to think about who made it or what they were paid to make it!

    I had an etsy shop years ago that did well. I loved it for a bit, but it eventually felt like I was a sweat shop. Crayon rolls were my big sellers and they became the most boring things to make. I could whip them out quickly because they were just a bunch of straigh lines. I eventually decided I want to continue loving my hobby so I stopped my etsy shop and now just sew for fun!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Hi Meredith,
    I really enjoy reading your blog and seeing your beautiful sewing projects, you really have talent!
    I checked in on the auction a couple of times, and was disappointed to see the low bids on both your quilt, and a beautiful star quilt. They were both gorgeous, and as a (new) quilter, I know the money and work that goes into these projects. I hope your discouragement is short lived. God knows your heart, and your intent in donating your quilt.
    I would be interested in a post on tips or your process for sewing Liberty lawn, as this winter I am going to make a quilt with this material.
    Keep up the beautiful work, and don’t ever appologize for taking time to do the things that make YOU happy, it can be hard with babies, but we all deserve it.ReplyCancel

    • I will definitely post about sewing with Liberty! Just next week I plan on starting a custom quilt for a client of mine that will primarily be made with Liberty. Its not at all difficult, but there are some things you can do to make sure it goes as smoothly as possible!
      Thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement! :)ReplyCancel

  • It is hard to swallow something like that. Sometimes people bid on items expecting a bargain. I have had the same thing happen, and I’ve Los had one go for a lot.
    Bless you for giving,ReplyCancel

  • Lara

    Oh sweets! That is hard! I really feel for you! I made a cot quilt that sold for less than the cost to make it at the boys school fair last year, it was so demoralising – so I completely understand where you are coming from! This year I opted to make one to raffle. That didn’t do as well as I’d hoped either as we were challenged with a most awful day! However, I did meet the lady who won the quilt, and she told me she was so thrilled because she’s never won anything and when she bought the ticket she hoped it would be her lucky day! Her happiness made me feel so much brighter! I take comfort in knowing that it will be loved by someone who wanted it a lot!

    You did a truly lovely thing! Don’t doubt yourself!!! Your handmade goodies are amazing! And I look forward to your post on sewing with Liberty! XxReplyCancel

  • Ashley

    I stumbled upon your blog last week and have been peeking through it now and then…. Your sewing is so beautiful and inspiring! Keep it up! ReplyCancel

  • keep the faith meredith!! what you do is amazing . . . and just think of it this way…it’s $250 that the girls didn’t have the day before. i’m sure that all of the love you put into what you do has not gone unnoticed :)ReplyCancel

  • Marika

    So sorry to hear about that ! I do understand how you are feeling though. I would never in a million years give a quilt away, even for a good cause because there is way too much work that goes into it and yes, people are trying to get things they normally wouldn’t buy because they usually can get it at a bargain (which is frustrating but understandable).

    I sometimes sell handmade stuff I make (and I have an Etsy shop where I sell quilts and baby shoes) it is really important for me to price my items well. For example, my baby quilts are $250 (40″x50″). I timed myself while making one and at this price, I’m being paid $15/hours (which is a little bit above the minimum wage here in Québec), my material is being paid for and I’m also making 20% of profit on it. Profit is important when running a business because that’s the money you’re going to invest in your company.

    Sometimes, I don’t feel comfortable with my price, but I do know that if someone asked me why it’s so expensive, I could give them an answer and they couldn’t argue with me.

    People will come to understand the real value of handmade one day :)

    Keep your head up and just keep doing what you do. It’s beautiful !ReplyCancel

  • I had the same thing happen to me. Good new was the young man that bought it, truly loved the quilt. It meant something that a young person spent their hard earned money on something I made.

    It was then and there that I had to decide that if I donated something, I would not worry about how much it went for. If I can’t do it, I keep that item for something else.

    I don’t know if it helps for you to know that others have had the same thing happen.ReplyCancel

I can’t believe I never blogged about this, but last year I got the privilege of working with Alison Glass on one of her new quilt patterns. Well, she wrote the pattern and all that, but she let me make the quilt on the cover of the paper pattern! (And Angela Walters quilted it! How […]

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  • Such beautiful quilt ideas and fabrics! I just got my Alison Glass Massdrop bundle. So excited. I don’t have enough quilts acquired yet to be swapping any out…. but I have my favourites (bundled under one now!). I’m sure it will be hard to let go if that day ever comes.ReplyCancel

  • Jenn

    I’ve had the same quilt on my bed for 16 years! It was a wedding gift and I flip it over when I’m tired of the front :) Definitely needs to be replaced though :) beautiful cover quilt and pattern! Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Emily

    I love this pattern!
    We recently moved and were using a white coverlet on our bed with an smaller quilt for color. I’m super tired of the smaller quilt. Often times I will just put the smaller quilt on the bench and the bed looks cleaner. I always need the back of the quilt to be something I really like because I need to switch things around often.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah O

    I love the geese! I have yet let go of my quilts enough to put them on my bed! It is a failing to just look at them and touch them. Soon! I’d love to win!ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn S

    Right now it is one quilt and we add another for winter, but I want to make some so that I can switch them up a little.ReplyCancel

  • Erin

    I’ve never made a quilt big enough for my bed. I usually throw one across the foot of the bed or the upholstered chair in my room. Until now, I never thought of swapping it out for another. I will have to do that! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Mary on Lake Pulaski

    I only have two of my handmade quilts to fit our king size bed and I do switch them.ReplyCancel

  • Well…….I try to change with the seasons, but I don’t always get around to it
    Thanks for the chance : )ReplyCancel

  • I’m actually make my first quilt for my bed. It’s been sitting in a stack for the last six months and I’m hoping to get back to it very soon!ReplyCancel

  • Cecilia

    I haven’t made a quilt for my bed yet. It is a king, but I have made 2 for my spare beds. I hope to make a few quilts soon, so that I can change them out for the different seasons.ReplyCancel

  • We just upgraded to a king size bed, so I haven’t made a quilt for it yet. But I would totally have a bunch and change them out with the seasons :)ReplyCancel

  • Allison C

    We allow our dog on our bed (very bad habit) so we just have a target quilt cover…something that won’t pain me to wash weekly and see “dissolve” over time. I would hate to see something I made get so worn out, but I’ve recently decided to get over it and I’m making a scrappy quilt as a test run. It is something I won’t mind if the dog stains it or if the washing machine wears it down.ReplyCancel

  • Joyce Mitchell

    I have a bed quilt that my sister made for us for Christmas a couple of years ago. I put it on our bed just for the holidays, and then switch back to our store bought bedspread which stays on for most of the year. Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • Elinor

    I keep wanting to make a quilt for my bed but somehow there is always a gift quilt or two ahead of it in the queue! One day I also hope to have a pile of quilts that I can switch around… :)ReplyCancel

  • Janie

    I switch my quilts. I love to quilt I have them everywhere. Thanks for the giveaway.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley

    I have one main quilt that is practically falling apart. It coordinates best with the rest of the room, so I only switch it out when it needs cleaning or a mend. I’ve been looking to make a new one- I LOVE this pattern, so maybe this can be it!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Olmsted

    I like to change my bedding spring/summer & fall/winter.ReplyCancel

  • liz f

    I love Allison Glass’ patterns! I can’t wait to see your queen-size version. I keep the same quilt on my bed – but I don’t have that many to change around;-)ReplyCancel

  • Mamakin

    Your work is inspiring. Years ago I made a quilt for my sister, who took it with her when she married, who shared it with her son when he married and I think it died from overwork. I used to love changing the quilts when I changed the sheets, often picking sheets that would go with a quilt. I’m on Long Island, NY and last years blizzard, nor’easter & all other gifts of nature ended up flooding our basement and we lost so many things. Sometimes it’s the memories of happy events with the lost items that hits the hardest. Among the carnage were my quilts. My DH went to get me one since he knew that since I was bedridden, I wouldn’t be able to make one. So now it’s one. He also gave me a quilt stand & I think of it as a reason to keep working on my recovery so one day I can I can fill it. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Renee G

    The quilt I keep on my bed is one my grandmother made for my husband and me.ReplyCancel

  • Jenna O

    I switch them quite often, once in a month I think! :)ReplyCancel

  • Arianna M.

    I don’t have a quilt on my bed, just a comforter. Maybe when I finish a bed-size quilt, I will put it on my bed! Right now I’ve only done baby- and lap-size quilts.ReplyCancel

  • KimberJ

    Sadly… I have a scruffy old coverlet from HomeGoods on my bed and have for years :(
    I give away everything I make as fast as its finished. None of my immediate family has anything. Its all extended family and paid commission work. Think I need to re-evaluate my priorities! What is it they say, the cobblers kids have no shoes???ReplyCancel

  • I love switching each season, but sometimes I forget. :)ReplyCancel

  • Gill

    I only have 2 quilts that fit our bed so I swap them around!
    I love flying geese and Alison Glass – the perfect combination!!ReplyCancel

  • auschick

    I just have the one on my bed. Well, I did, until I put it over my newborn’s window in lieu of the curtains I *still* haven’t made, LOL.ReplyCancel

  • Becky Greene

    I had the same quilt on my Bedford about twenty years , but since I have become… ummmmm… quilt-obsessed lately, I switch them out fairly frequently. Right now, I have an all-voile quilt with silk and bamboo batting on and it is heavenly for summer!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly O.

    I would *like* to have quilts to change out on my bed but that means I have to make another quilt for me and stop giving them away or selling them! I do however change out my lap quilts on the couch with the seasons….. Christmas is my favourite so sometimes it sits until march but this year I hope to make a valentine’s quilt…
    thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • So far I’ve used 1 until it looks very very well loved then make a new one :) working on a new one now as the current quilt is from 2008!ReplyCancel

  • Julie McKay

    I switch the quilts around on all the beds in the house.