Blocks and Beads Handmade Quilt

From a distance, Blocks and Beads Handmade Quilt reminds me of books on a shelf.

From a distance, Blocks and Beads Handmade Quilt reminds me of books on a shelf.

Blocks and Beads Handmade Quilt

It's interesting to me that when some people talk about handmade quilts, they only think of them as traditional bedding, or bed covers. Today handmade quilts are more than just updated takes on favorite patterns like harvest crazy quilt, they are understandably also recognized as art, and here is a wonderful example.

Blocks and Beads Handmade Quilt was one of the entries in Piece and Plenty Quilt Guild's fall 2017 show in Rolla, Missouri. It caught my eye because, from a distance, the blocks look like books on a shelf.

As I got closer, the quilting had my attention. Usually modern quilts tend to be quilted with a lot of detail but this one obviously had been deliberately kept simple, a good decision when one looks at the overall impression.

This handmade quilt was also a good choice for a design for a quilted wall hanging.

The story behind this "mystery" quilt by Cynthia Felts gives a hint at how fabric art gets created.

The story behind this "mystery" quilt by Cynthia Felts gives a hint at how fabric art gets created.

The color choices were also wonderful, I don't know how many times I have seen beautiful work but the fabric choices were dismal.

Piece and Plenty Quilt Guild's bi-annual show is judged and this one was in a category for judging. And the end result?

And this lovely modern quilt won first place at Piece and Plenty Quilt Guild's fall 2017 show.

And this lovely modern quilt won first place at Piece and Plenty Quilt Guild's fall 2017 show.

A winner in all categories!

Charlotte

It's Snowing Handmade Quilt

Love the way the scarf has a little movement in the patchwork quilt design.

Love the way the scarf has a little movement in the patchwork quilt design.

It's Snowing Handmade Quilt

This may sound silly but I got into a lively discussion with a very young man earlier today while waiting at a hardware store. The question was how cold does it have to get before one can make a good snowman.

His contention was that there is no bad time to make a snowman. I didn't disagree with the sentiment but at what temperature, I asked, does snow not pack enough to hold a shape.

This 10-year old had it all figure out, down to bringing a spray water bottle with him to add a little moisture if the snow needed it.  I admired his tenacity but when the temperatures dip below zero, that's too cold to be doing much of anything outside even in a snowy garden, which makes this charming "It's Snowing" handmade quilt a great way to bring a snowman inside. Make that four snowmen!

Here's the handmade quilt with all four blocks making a charming quilted wall hanging.

Here's the handmade quilt with all four blocks making a charming quilted wall hanging.

I know the piecer and quilter of this quilt so this becomes special just for that reason.

In addition, though, I love how the patchwork scarf has movement instead of just sitting on the snowman's neck. Patchwork quilts are based on geometric designs so to see a simple square turn into movement is a nice touch.

The other part of this handmade quilt story? Well, see for yourself in the posted story at Piece and Plenty Quilt Guild's fall 2017 show in Rolla, Mo.:

See, there's hope for those of us with unfinished projects still around!

See, there's hope for those of us with unfinished projects still around!

For those of you who may not know, UFOs are unfinished projects and I have a few of those myself so this will be further inspiration to get some of mine done.

Nice job, Loretta!

Charlotte

Christmas Sampler Handmade Quilt

Sampler quilts feature a different design in every quilt block.

Sampler quilts feature a different design in every quilt block.

Christmas Sampler Handmade Quilt

Have you started to take down your Christmas decorations? I'm just starting, focusing first on the ones that need a little repair before I put them away until next year.

As I was painting one of the damaged ornaments, I was thinking about this Christmas Sampler handmade quilt featured at the fall Piece and Plenty Quilt Guild show in Rolla, Missouri. This holiday-inspired handmade quilt has a different design in each of the quilt blocks, making this a more challenging quilt to make.

One of the star-shaped quilt blocks in this Christmas Sampler handmade quilt.

One of the star-shaped quilt blocks in this Christmas Sampler handmade quilt.

The other surprise about this Christmas Sampler handmade quilt is that it was hand-pieced, which means Joyce Darr stitched all of the pieces by hand. No sewing machine or mechanical instrument to stitch the pieces together.

The story behind the Christmas Sampler handmade quilt, including how it was pieced.

The story behind the Christmas Sampler handmade quilt, including how it was pieced.

When you put all of the different quilt blocks together, the quilt turns into a lovely work of art.

Each of the blocks in this Christmas Sampler handmade quilt are different.

Each of the blocks in this Christmas Sampler handmade quilt are different.

These are definitely Christmas colors, the tomato reds and the dark greens. It would make a lovely wall hanging and quickly give a room a holiday theme.

One more ornament to glue back together and I can start packing up some of my holiday decor. I keep one of the tiny decorated Christmas trees out all year as a reminder to keep the Christmas spirit alive every day. This holiday quilt would be another sweet way to keep that reminder alive, too, don't you think?

Charlotte

Winter Reds Handmade Quilt

Winter Reds Handmade Quilt was shared at the fall Piece and Plenty Quilt Guild show in Rolla.

Winter Reds Handmade Quilt was shared at the fall Piece and Plenty Quilt Guild show in Rolla.

Winter Reds Handmade Quilt

If there is one bird that should be the Christmas bird I nominate Missouri's red native cardinal. I have a couple of pairs that live in my garden, visiting the bird feeders at dusk to enjoy a dinner of sunflower seeds. In winter, the bright red of the male cardinals stand out against snow, their color even brighter by contrast.

This handmade quilt called "Winter Reds" reminded me of bird-watching from my living room window during winter. The small quilt was among a number of entries in the Piece and Plenty Quilt Guild's fall 2017 show in Rolla, Missouri.

The quilter, Joyce Darr, has done a nice job of melding several different kinds of printed cotton fabrics with cardinals on them in the overall design. The darker panels contrast against the ones with a snowy white background.

Closer look at the beauty of the printed cotton panels in this charming handmade quilt.

Closer look at the beauty of the printed cotton panels in this charming handmade quilt.

Beautiful machine quilting adds a snowy feeling to the white fabric surrounding the center quilt block. Sometimes the quilting can compete with the quilt design but in this case, it adds to the overall feel of the design, as if snow has fallen around the red birds.

Every quilt has a story and this is the story that was posted with Winter Reds Handmade Quilt.

Every quilt has a story and this is the story that was posted with Winter Reds Handmade Quilt.

There is snow in our weekend forecast, a promise that we may have a white Christmas, or at least Christmas Eve, this year. I will look forward to watching my bird feeders to see if any of these lovely red birds make an appearance.

There is a charming Ozark legend that red birds appearing are visitations from a loved one. Native American Indians attributed many special attributes to Cardinals and a quick search on Red Cardinals shows that these lovely birds have held a colorful history in many cultures.

I just like them simply in this handmade quilt, a reminder of the beauty of red against white.

Merry Christmas!

Charlotte

Trees with Lights Handmade Quilt

Modern patchwork Christmas trees get a little help from a border string of lights.

Modern patchwork Christmas trees get a little help from a border string of lights.

Trees with Lights Handmade Quilt

My gardening colleague Harriet Bain created this fun take on a modern patchwork tree quilt design by adding the border of Christmas tree lights.

The tree design itself is not necessarily one of Christmas trees but Harriet said with the red and green fabric colors, they were Christmas trees to her. I can see her point!

The machine quilting also adds beauty to this combination of trees and lights.

The machine quilting also adds beauty to this combination of trees and lights.

This handmade quilt was one of dozens of entries in the bi-annual Piece and Plenty Quilt Guild show in Rolla October 2017. Several of my master gardener colleagues are also members of the quilt guild so I enjoy going through the show and finding out what they've been making when they weren't spending time in their gardens.

One of the nice things about the quilt show is that every quilt has a written story attached to the side noting the name of the person who created the quilt as well as the quilter. Although this narrative does capture the basics of the story, it's a lot more fun to hear Harriet, how is originally from Burma, tell her version of the story.

Every quilt has a story and here is part of the story of this handmade quilt.

Every quilt has a story and here is part of the story of this handmade quilt.

The only thing missing from this holiday-color inspired scene is the jolly man himself!

Charlotte

Marilyn's Winning Christmas Wreath Wall Hanging Quilt

This isn't the quilted wall hanging's name but I know the maker, Marilyn, so it's what I call it!

This isn't the quilted wall hanging's name but I know the maker, Marilyn, so it's what I call it!

Marilyn's Winning Christmas Wreath Wall Hanging Quilt

Marilyn is a fellow master gardener so it's not surprising that one of her quilting projects would involve flowers. The beads and glitz, however, was not typical of the person I know so when I ran into her at the quilt show, I asked about this turn of events.

Ah, she said, that's because she decided to make this for a friend who does like glitz, and that made more sense.

Quilted wall hangings are wonderful home decor options because they can quickly change the look of a room, in this case both add a holiday spirit and a wreath with a touch of holiday tradition, the beautiful poinsettia.

This won first place in the 2017 Piece and Plenty Quilt Guild Quilt Show in Rolla, Missouri.

This won first place in the 2017 Piece and Plenty Quilt Guild Quilt Show in Rolla, Missouri.

Marilyn's Quilted Wreath story.jpg

I have to admit, I like the addition of the beads inside the poinsettia leaves for the actual flowers, the beads add a lovely three-dimensional look to the handmade quilt.

Love the way Marilyn used beads to make the Poinsettia flowers inside the red and white leaves.

Love the way Marilyn used beads to make the Poinsettia flowers inside the red and white leaves.

And no need to water these poinsettias, they will stay pretty all season!

Charlotte

Perfectly Seasoned Thanksgiving Quilt

I know these squirrels, I've seen them in my garden, in particular in my Bartlett pear tree!

I know these squirrels, I've seen them in my garden, in particular in my Bartlett pear tree!

Perfectly Seasoned Thanksgiving Handmade Quilt

It was hard not to be drawn to this charming handmade quilt displayed at the 2017 Piece and Plenty Quilt Guild Show in Rolla, Missouri in October. The quilt colors are bright and captivating, as are the pilgrim-dressed squirrels at the top of this brand new quilt. The teeny tiny pumpkins the male squirrel is carrying are very impressive, too, imagine how small those fabric pieces were to cut out, the quilter must have been very patient and very careful!

From a distance, the overall quilting in the white space adds a nice dimension to the quilt.

From a distance, the overall quilting in the white space adds a nice dimension to the quilt.

Each of the quilt blocks in the center also have individual characters, from the owl and the pumpkin to more squirrels, acorns and wreaths.

If I were to start a collection of quilted wall hangings, this would be one I would want to make to represent Thanksgiving and have it hanging on a wall somewhere, maybe in an entrance or a den wall, where I could enjoy it every day.

That's one of the advantages of quilted wall hangings, they can quickly change the theme of a room and update home decor to a seasonal mood.

Glad to see the quilter saying this was a "fun" quilt to piece, that's as it should be.

Glad to see the quilter saying this was a "fun" quilt to piece, that's as it should be.

This next quilt block helps to show the detail of the machine quilting, which gives this handmade quilt so much texture.

It still surprises me how much quilting can change the final look of a quilt.

Cute orange pumpkin block sits in the middle of the detailed quilting in the white space.

Cute orange pumpkin block sits in the middle of the detailed quilting in the white space.

Here's wishing your home has a "perfectly seasoned" Thanksgiving, from ours, which is definitely more squirrelly!

Charlotte

Adding Finishing Touch to a Custom Baby Quilt

Big Bird inspects my sewing after I finished adding a label to a custom baby quilt.

Big Bird inspects my sewing after I finished adding a label to a custom baby quilt.

Adding Finishing Touch to a Custom Baby Quilt

Years ago, someone made several suggestions on how we could incorporate this last step into the quilt-making process. Factory-produced quilts do it when they sew up the side seams. I could do it when the edge fabric is added.

After much consideration, I decided to keep the tradition of hand-sewing the label on prior to shipping off the custom-made quilts, in this case a custom baby quilt. There is something special about adding the label when one knows the custom baby quilt is headed to new little hands that will hold it and get comfort from its warmth.

I do think about the child who will receive it, and the person who ordered it. Sometimes if the customer communicates with me, I select a special toy to deliver the quilt care instructions. In this case. Big Bird was already wrapped up in the brand new Sesame Street baby quilt waiting to fly off to his new adventure via US Postal Service.

Once the tag is sewn on, the custom baby quilt feels finished. Or maybe I should say, it feels like it's ready to be off to it's new beginning!

Charlotte

Lots of Cats Quilt and Pillows

These fun hand embroidered pillows add cats to this quilt like - well, real cats!

These fun hand embroidered pillows add cats to this quilt like - well, real cats!

Lots of Cats Quilt and Pillows

I'm doing some Christmas shopping and this is one of those quilts that I would love to give to someone because I like it so much!

Lots of Cats Quilt and Pillows makes me smile every time I see it. Every quilt block has a different, hand embroidered cat in a different pose. Each of the pillows is a different hand embroidered cat, too, which when you toss the pillows on the bed, they look very similar to a bunch of cats piled up on the bed.

This brand new, made in Missouri, USA twin-size quilt has a variety of solid colored fabric strips in between the blocks so this lightweight quilt will fit into any room decor. Backing is also a white cotton.

See how the pillows look against the quilt blocks?

See how the pillows look against the quilt blocks?

The different cat pillows also add cat charm to the quilt itself, see how they look together in a bedroom setting.

Here's the wide view of Lots of Cats Quilt and the pillows, a cat lover's dream of a gift!

Here's the wide view of Lots of Cats Quilt and the pillows, a cat lover's dream of a gift!

This is a one of a kind quilt and set of pillows so you would be giving a very special gift to the cat lover on your gift list!

Charlotte

Baby Strawberry Shortcake Baby Crib Quilt

One of our Baby Strawberry Shortcake Baby Crib Quilts ready to ship.

One of our Baby Strawberry Shortcake Baby Crib Quilts ready to ship.

 

Baby Strawberry Shortcake Baby Crib Quilt

We found this fabric for one of our customers last year and had some extra left over so now other Strawberry Shortcake lovers can enjoy this charming vintage doll motif.  Baby Strawberry Shortcake Baby Crib Quilt is the baby version of the Strawberry Shortcake doll.

This crib size 36x48-inch baby quilt made in Missouri is reversible so the theme can be appreciated on both sides.

This large strawberry becomes a ballon in this Baby Strawberry Shortcake theme.

This large strawberry becomes a ballon in this Baby Strawberry Shortcake theme.

We used sustainable, renewable bamboo for the quilt fill. Although more expensive than cotton or polyfill, bamboo does not require the chemicals and pesticides cotton requires to grow the plants. 

To make this easy care, it's also machine quilted with a floral design.

Detailed machine quilting makes this baby crib quilt easy to wash and dry.

Detailed machine quilting makes this baby crib quilt easy to wash and dry.

Baby Strawberry Shortcake Baby Crib quilt has a flannel backing with the same design theme, making this warm but lightweight baby quilt easily reversible.

Flannel Baby Strawberry Shortcake fabric is on the back of this charming baby crib quilt.

Flannel Baby Strawberry Shortcake fabric is on the back of this charming baby crib quilt.

So sweet, and quite pink!

Charlotte

Fun with Bears Quilt Wall Hanging Gift Set

Finally found the right bear to go with Beary Fun Throw Quilt Wall Hanging.

Finally found the right bear to go with Beary Fun Throw Quilt Wall Hanging.

Fun with Bears Quilt Wall Hanging

Over the years, customers have shared lovely notes about how much they appreciate the gift sets we offer. Those notes inspire me to make sure the toys we offer nicely match the handmade quilts.

This charming Beary Fun Throw Quilt with applique bears was a bit of a challenge. The bears are made out of fabric, which I wasn't able to find in my stash of toys so I set the throw aside until I could find just the right complimentary toy.

This applique bear was the inspiration for the bear I finally found for the gift set.

This applique bear was the inspiration for the bear I finally found for the gift set.

When the next shipment of toys came in, this little bear appeared, and I kept pulling it out of the box and looking at it.

Why did this bear ring a bell, I kept thinking.

One day I took it into the storage closet and there it was, the perfect throw to go with the bear, and vice versa.

See how much this bear looks like the one in the quilt? Fun!

See how much this bear looks like the one in the quilt? Fun!

Now you don't have to do the shopping, all you have to do is tell us what you embroidered on the bear quilt and want you want written on the gift card.

How easy is that?

Charlotte

Raggedy ABCs Baby Crib Quilt Wall Hanging

The classic Raggedy Ann and Andy colors are incorporated into this alphabet baby quilt.

The classic Raggedy Ann and Andy colors are incorporated into this alphabet baby quilt.

Raggedy ABCs Baby Crib Quilt Wall Hanging

One way to customize a quilt is to add either a handmade doll or a complimentary one made by someone else. A toy will work well, too, that's why we offer a free toy to carry the gift card in our custom baby crib quilt gift sets.

This is a modern take on a favorite vintage design. Raggedy ABCs Baby Crib Quilt features printed blocks of the letters of the alphabet with a Raggedy Ann and Andy theme. The bright solid red fabric compliments the blocks.

A large solid red space in the center is perfect for adding custom personalized embroidery with someone's name, birth date and location.

This warm baby crib quilt with sustainable and renewable bamboo fill is finished with machine quilting for easy care. Wash in cold water; dry on cool setting.

The printed blocks have nice details, such as figures of alphabet letters.

The printed blocks have nice details, such as figures of alphabet letters.

The two handmade dolls can also be secured to the center of the baby crib quilt for a charming wall hanging in a new nursery.

This made in Missouri, USA baby crib quilt's  bamboo filling makes this baby crib quilt lightweight but as warm as traditional cotton. Bamboo is sustainable and renewable without the heavy doses of pesticides needed to raise cotton for the traditional cotton quilt batting.

Two 12-inch handmade rag dolls compliment the handmade baby crib quilt.

Two 12-inch handmade rag dolls compliment the handmade baby crib quilt.

Raggedy ABCs Baby Crib Quilt will also quickly turn into a wall hanging. A sleeve on the back lies flat when not in use as a wall hanging.

A sleeve on the back easily turns this charming baby crib quilt into a quilted wall hanging.

A sleeve on the back easily turns this charming baby crib quilt into a quilted wall hanging.

Fun baby shower gift, all you need to do is tell us what you want on the free gift card!

Charlotte

Noah's Ark Baby Crib Quilt

Primary colors make this charming Noah's Ark Baby Crib Quilt pop!

Primary colors make this charming Noah's Ark Baby Crib Quilt pop!

Noah's Ark Baby Crib Quilt

I know pastel colors are favorite for baby gifts but I recommend bright, primary colors for several reasons:

1. Studies show babies respond more to bright, primary colors.

2. A bright quilt will hold its colors longer through years of washing.

3. Bright quilts are easier to locate when they have been misplaced!

This brand new, charming Noah's Ark baby crib quilt is a printed cotton panel that has been finished with machine quilting for easy care. That means it will survive pulling, wrapping and hugging.

Speaking of hugging, I added a Mama Rabbit holding a baby rabbit as the free toy, seemed only appropriate for a quilt theme of two by twos, don't you think?

A good place to add custom embroidery is under the blue waves and over the XOs.

A good place to add custom embroidery is under the blue waves and over the XOs.

To easily personalize this one of a kind baby crib quilt, there are several spots where you can add custom embroidery. My suggestion would be under the blue waves in the white spot above the XOs.

This would also make a nice wall hanging to quickly turn a guest room or extra room into a nursery!

Charlotte

Crazy Quilt Throw

This Crazy Quilt throw is a modern take on the Victorian-Era quilt design.

This Crazy Quilt throw is a modern take on the Victorian-Era quilt design.

Crazy Quilt Throw

In addition to the Language of Flowers, the secret floral code Victorians used in their gift flower bouquets, these nature lovers also gave us the "crazy quilt." This mish-mash of fabrics and fabric pieces was often embellished with detailed embroidery and lace, a process that could take years to complete.

Every time about this time of year, I contemplate starting one of these wondering if I can get it done over winter. By starting, I mean adding detailed embroidery, something I used to love to do to blouses, napkins and whatever else I had handy that needed a little pop of color, or a stain that needed to be covered.

I was thinking I could also add embroidery to this brand new, all cotton imported crazy quilt throw, even though it is already finished. It would require careful pulling of the embroidery floss so the embroidery doesn't show up on the back but I think it can be done.

If not, the crazy quilt patchwork pattern is still lovely all on its own, this one has a variety of floral fabrics that already provide a floral vibe.

Crazy quilts weave all sorts of mixed fabric pieces and designs to make the overall design.

Crazy quilts weave all sorts of mixed fabric pieces and designs to make the overall design.

I like crazy quilts as wall hangings, too, they easily fit into any decor and add a nice splash of color.

On second thought, this crazy quilt is fine as it is!

Charlotte

All Stars Handmade Quilt Throw Wall Hanging

Each of these stars, and border bars, can be personalized with custom embroidery.

Each of these stars, and border bars, can be personalized with custom embroidery.

All Stars Handmade Quilt Throw Wall Hanging

There are a lot of reasons why I select handmade quilts and throws - flowers and butterflies are a given but there are other compelling reasons we carry a particular quilt line. Our customers look for quality, good price and a good design that gives them options for custom embroidery and All Stars Handmade Quilt Throw Wall Hanging offers several.

The patchwork stars are obvious, each one has enough room in the center where someone's name and special date can be added with custom embroidery.

Each fabric star in All Stars Handmade Quilt throw offers room to highlight someone's name.

Each fabric star in All Stars Handmade Quilt throw offers room to highlight someone's name.

There is also space in between each star to add custom embroidery, and there is space where four stars are grouped together where custom embroidery can easily be included.

Around the border, the colorful patchwork border about 4" long also offers a good place to add custom embroidery.

In between the stars and the colorful border, there is a beige strip on this quilt where custom embroidery can also be added. 

The bottom All Stars Handmade Quilt throw border is also a good place to personalize.

The bottom All Stars Handmade Quilt throw border is also a good place to personalize.

Now imagine this hanging from a wall as a quilted wall hanging, it would be a great way to honor the names on the stars. See why this quilt is also an all star?

Charlotte

Ichabod Hollow Handmade Quilt Wall Hanging

This Halloween scene in a handmade quilt all hangings has such a wonderfully detailed border.

This Halloween scene in a handmade quilt all hangings has such a wonderfully detailed border.

Ichabod Hollow Handmade Quilt Wall Hanging

Wouldn't this make a great wall hanging in a basement or a room without a window??

Ichabod Hollow Handmade Quilt Wall Hanging was one of the many entries in Piece and Plenty Quilt Guild's 2017 Show in Rolla, Mo. This charming scene has so many wonderful details, starting with some of the traditional Halloween traditions: pumpkins, bats, black cats, haunted houses.

Look closer, the pumpkins have a little friend close by!

The pumpkins are fun, and look at the little surprise of a quilted cat next to them.

The pumpkins are fun, and look at the little surprise of a quilted cat next to them.

In addition to the Halloween traditions, this quilted wall hanging features very detailed patchwork along the border. More black cats are in each of the corners on a patchwork design that reminds me of an old wooden gray fence.

The detailed machine quilting gives Ichabod Hollow Handmade Quilt Wall Hanging nice texture.

The detailed machine quilting gives Ichabod Hollow Handmade Quilt Wall Hanging nice texture.

Tina Paris, the quilt maker, did a nice job finishing the brand new handmade quilt with detailed machine quilting. So many wonderful details!

Here is the story behind Ichabod Hollow Handmade Quilt Wall Hanging.

Here is the story behind Ichabod Hollow Handmade Quilt Wall Hanging.

And one more surprise...

What a lovely surprise, this won 2nd Place in its category, so well deserved!

What a lovely surprise, this won 2nd Place in its category, so well deserved!

No trick or treating here, this handmade quilt is a treat all around!

Charlotte

Red Raffle Quilt Value

This quilt was in a Piece and Plenty Quilt Guild raffle October 2017.

This quilt was in a Piece and Plenty Quilt Guild raffle October 2017.

Red Raffle Quilt Value

Raffling off a quilt is a favorite way to raise funds where I live. In part because quilting is still a part of some people's crafting, handmade quilts are often suggested as a donation for fundraisers. We get the requests on a weekly basis!

This red and white handmade quilt was raffled at the local quilt guild show. Piece and Plenty Quilt Guild holds a show every other year and proceeds from the raffle support their activities.

The detailed quilting on this handmade quilt was varied and filled up the white spots.

The detailed quilting on this handmade quilt was varied and filled up the white spots.

One of the questions I periodically get is how much is a quilt worth. If it's a first quilt, I say it's priceless because that handmade quilt is a one of a kind in terms of the quilter's experience. 

Trying to place a monetary value on a handmade quilt is part science, part art. One of the things to take into consideration is the detailed quilting, which this red and white quilt has in ample spades.

Look at the back of the quilt to more clearly see all of the quilting.

Look at the back of the quilt to more clearly see all of the quilting.

Among other elements that add value, how well the fabric pieces and sewn together as well as the age and condition of the quilt.

Then there are favorite fabric combinations, and red and white quilts like a red and white bargello quilt are often sought and requested.

This red raffle handmade quilt is a brand new work so I was curious about what value the guild had on the quilt.

Care to guess?

Center block of this red and white handmade quilt raffled by Piece and Plenty Quilt Guild.

Center block of this red and white handmade quilt raffled by Piece and Plenty Quilt Guild.

According to the lady selling the raffle tickets, this handmade quilt was valued at $14,000, yet another reason to call these pieces truly works of art.

Charlotte

Turtle Time Handmade Quilt Throw

Aren't these turtles having a good time? Love the colors, too!

Aren't these turtles having a good time? Love the colors, too!

Turtle Time Handmade Quilt Throw

Several turtles were crossing Bluebird Lane this weekend, reminding me of this charming new Turtle Time Handmade Quilt Throw and Quilted Wall Hanging.

This brand new, imported handmade quilt has nice applique turtles and embroidered details in each one of the quilt blocks, each one telling a unique story.

Happy applique turtle in one of the many blocks in Turtle Time Handmade Quilt Throw.

Happy applique turtle in one of the many blocks in Turtle Time Handmade Quilt Throw.

During the 1980s, turtles were on Missouri Department of Conservation's advisory list, which brought public attention to their plight as they crossed roads and highways. Today it's a more common sight to see people stopping to help a turtle across the road, although these applique turtles seem to be taking care of themselves pretty well.

Snail goes for a ride on the back of the turtle shell in another wonderful detailed quilt block.

Snail goes for a ride on the back of the turtle shell in another wonderful detailed quilt block.

These are whimsical turtle scenes bound to bring a smile to anyone who loves turtles. As one of those people, I know I would enjoy getting this turtle quilt as a gift.

"Winning" turtle with a first place ribbon in one of the blocks of this handmade quilt throw.

"Winning" turtle with a first place ribbon in one of the blocks of this handmade quilt throw.

And one of my favorite details include the small applique turtles in tennis shoes running around the dark grey solid cotton border, so cute!

Tiny turtles in tennies run around the border of this handmade quilt throw, love the shoes!

Tiny turtles in tennies run around the border of this handmade quilt throw, love the shoes!

This sweet turtle quilt will also make a nice quilted wall hanging!

Charlotte

Charming Zoo Baby Crib Quilt Gift Set

Applique and embroidery combine in this charming zoo baby crib quilt.

Applique and embroidery combine in this charming zoo baby crib quilt.

Charming Zoo Baby Crib Quilt Gift Set

Wonderful - and a much easier way - to bring a zoo vibe into a baby nursery. Charming Zoo Baby Crib Quilt Gift Set has a nice combination of applique and embroidery details.

Each of the applique animals are featured in their only little space in this 36x48-inch standard baby crib quilt. There is a white rectangle under each of the animals where custom embroidery can be added if you want to customize this brand new, imported baby quilt.

Isn't this lion magnificent? Look at those whiskers and the ears in the fabric mane.

Isn't this lion magnificent? Look at those whiskers and the ears in the fabric mane.

Sometimes applique work in baby quilts don't include the kinds of details that this baby crib quilt has, from the number of pieces in each of the applique designs to the embroidery details.

The embroidery helps to make each one of the baby crib quilt animals unique and quite interesting on their own.

Cute zebra has a very detailed tail with embroidery details.

Cute zebra has a very detailed tail with embroidery details.

In addition to the applique and embroidery, each of the baby crib quilt animals are made out of multi-patterned fabrics that help add dimension to the overall quilt design.

Take a look at the hippo, a simple design but the combination of multi-patterned pink fabric with a solid green one is a nice combination.

This applique hippo has green details that help it stand out in the overall design.

This applique hippo has green details that help it stand out in the overall design.

Last but not least, one of my favorite zoo animals, the panda, so cute rendered in pocka dotted fabric.

Since I like to add a toy or book to each baby crib quilt to deliver good wishes, I was delighted to find this panda toy that matches the applique panda on the baby crib quilt.

This is an all-cotton baby crib quilt finished with handquilting.

Delighted to find a panda that matches the applique panda on the baby crib quilt.

Delighted to find a panda that matches the applique panda on the baby crib quilt.

For best care, wash in cold water, dry in a cool setting.

Charlotte

Birds in Flowers Handmade Quilt

Birds in Flowers handmade quilt has two of my all-time favorite garden elements.

Birds in Flowers handmade quilt has two of my all-time favorite garden elements.

Birds in Flowers Handmade Quilt

People fall in love with handmade quilts for a lot of reasons. I have always been particularly fond of applique ones, especially floral ones. When I came across this handmade quilt with both flowers and birds in applique, it was a winning combination.

When looking at possible handmade quilts, I can often find handmade quilts with applique flowers or applique birds but infrequently the two of them together.

This brand new, imported Birds in Flowers Handmade Quilt has a sweet combination of applique and embroidery that suggests a summer day in my garden.

This Birds in Flowers Handmade Quilt block reminds me of chickadees on morning glories.

This Birds in Flowers Handmade Quilt block reminds me of chickadees on morning glories.

In between blocks with applique birds, there are blocks with applique flowers with the same detailed handiwork.

I also like the pop of color with the multi-colored cotton fabrics in applique flower designs.

A pop of yellow brightens Birds in Flowers Handmade Quilt in between blocks with birds.

A pop of yellow brightens Birds in Flowers Handmade Quilt in between blocks with birds.

The green ribbons that separate the handmade quilt blocks also help frame each of the quilt blocks without making it too rigid.

Red trumpet vines welcome a bluebird in this Birds in Flowers Handmade Quilt block.

Red trumpet vines welcome a bluebird in this Birds in Flowers Handmade Quilt block.

Birds in Flowers Handmade quilt has polyfill so this has a nice summer weight to it. Such a pretty way to bring a garden into any bedroom!

Charlotte