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Vote Now and Give-Away: Quilting Close-Up

Quilters' Show & Tell

Grab yourself a pencil and some paper as it’s voting time for this week’s Quilters’ Show & Tell event. The theme is Quilting Close-Up. For this week, I asked for photos that highlighted the actual quilting.

This week’s guest judge is Emily from The Caffeinated Quilter. She’ll have 100 bonus points to assign to up to four quilts.

Give-Away from Quilts by Jen

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Hi! I’m Jennifer Houlden from Quilts by Jen and I am just thrilled to be this week’s sponsor on the Quilting Gallery. I am a textile artist, quilt designer, pattern writer and quilting blogger. I live with my husband, 1 dog and 2 cats in a rural community outside of Barrie, Ontario. I have been very fortunate to live in a variety of places like Yellowknife in the Canadian Arctic and Roxby Downs in the Australian Outback, which have provided a lot of inspiration for my quilt designs.

An art quilt I created drawing on my experience in the Outback

An art quilt I created drawing on my experience in the Outback

My design career began with Arbee Designs while living in Australia and I continue to design and distribute for them. When I moved back to Canada a couple of years ago I created Quilts by Jen and began creating and publishing patterns under my own label.

While I love every aspect of quilting, I become really excited about choosing fabrics and colours and designing with appliqué to create a sense of depth and movement within my designs. This past year I developed a technique incorporating Bargello and appliqué to create stunning flowers such as this sunflower:

The petals are all appliquéd from the Bargello run which amplifies the Bargello to create a very strong sense of movement within the flower itself.

The petals are all appliquéd from the Bargello run which amplifies the Bargello to create a very strong sense of movement within the flower itself.

When I was living in Australia I designed Santa Sacs to use instead of stockings. The sacs all have colourful appliquéd designs such as Santa, a reindeer, an angel, a star and a few different snow people. These personalised Santa Sacs were hugely popular in Australia and I now have them all available as patterns or custom orders.

The Sacs make wrapping easy with no paper to throw away. Great for all ages.

The Sacs make wrapping easy with no paper to throw away. Great for all ages.

Just before New Year’s, I was challenged by a friend to a 365 Day Blogging Challenge. Yes, 365 days – in a row. With less than 2 months to go, yes, I think I might be a little crazy! This has certainly been very challenging but right from the beginning my husband and I decided that if I was to succeed I needed to have a theme for every day of the week. Out came the brainstorming tools and we created a series of topics like Technique Tuesday and Free Motion Friday. With each day having a separate theme this has created a huge resource of information for quilters and artists.

I enjoy teaching and sharing the knowledge and skills of quilting that I have. It is wonderful to see my students grow and learn in the classes that I teach. Yes, on top of all of this, I also present trunk shows and workshops to quilt shops, guilds and groups of quilters all over.

Weekend Special for this weekend only – Spend $20 or more on Quilts by Jen patterns from my web site and receive an additional pattern free (free pattern excludes Purely Canadian). Pick the pattern yourself and put the name of the pattern in the notes window when you check out on my site or leave the notes blank and I’ll choose one of my favourites for you.


The prize this week includes two patterns – a Santa Sac pattern and a Peppermint Candy pattern. The quilter with the most community votes and guest judge points will win one set as well as one person that leaves a comment below.


To enter the give-away: Visit Jen’s pattern page, then leave a comment below answering “Which Santa Sac is your favourite and if you were to make one who would it be for?”. I am making the Santa Sac for my youngest niece Alice and the Rudolph Sac for my eldest niece Lucy. You have until Monday, November 11th, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. to enter.

This Week’s Quilts

Here are this week’s Quilting Close-Up Photos:

Quick stats:

  • Total submissions: 32
  • Total countries: 10
  • Total provinces: 3
  • Total states: 15

You can click on the photo to view a larger version.

All Seasons Basket - Christmas All Seasons Basket – Christmas
By: Pamela Boatright,
Oregon, USA
Blog: PamelaQuilts

This was made as a shop sample to promote my pattern. I finally got around to quilting it this fall – but had a hard time deciding on design, thread. Finally just started quilting and am delighted with the results! I used some poly threads, rayon, and cotton. Quilted on my Juki TL98E.

Quilt size: width: 45" height: 45"

Appalachian Spring~To God Be The Glory Appalachian Spring~To God Be The Glory
By: Lavinia Sala,
Arizona, USA

Spring is my favorite season, when everything bursts out in God’s glory. For 30 years I could not do hand applique, and made up my mind to do it or else. The design is by Theresa Field of Ft. Pierce, FL. and machine quilted by Donna Patrick of Mount Carmel, Tennessee, an absolutely stunning job.

Quilt size: width: 104" height: 104"

Block of the Month Batiks Block of the Month Batiks
By: Mary Beth Frewin,
New York, USA

This quilt was a block of the month at my local quilt store. I paid $5 for the first block, finished it in the month then got the next for free, It took me 8 more years to finally put it together. My sister-in-law, Christine Scholz, who has a long arm quilting business, quilted it freehand.

Quilt size: width: 66" height: 66"

Christmas Dresden Plate Christmas Dresden Plate
By: CathyC (aka CrafteeCC),

This was my first attempt at a Dresden Plate and ended up being a tablerunner for a Christmas In July Swap. The quilting echoed the blades of the Dresden Plate.

Quilt size: width: 13" height: 10"

Colours Colours
By: Maria,
Blog: Maria´s Quiltbox

Background quilt: Linen, PaintSticks, FMQ
Little quilt: Muslin, Frottage, Inktense pens, acrylic paint, Paint Sticks, FMQ
I had a lot of fun and this quilt makes me happy.

Quilt size: width: 15" height: 26"

Feathered Crosshatch Charity Quilt Feathered Crosshatch Charity Quilt
By: Kathy S.,
Ohio, USA
Blog: Kathy’s Quilting Blog

This is a charity quilt for my local quilt guild. It sold in a silent auction for Autism awareness.

Quilt size: width: 45" height: 79"

Fiorabella Fiorabella
By: Sally Gould wright,
California, USA
Blog: Sally Gould wright Textile Artist

My SAQABenefit auction quilt a couple of years ago! this little quilt features a flower painted with Tsukineko inks and then thread painted and quilted. 100 wt YLI silk thread was used throuought. I used many of the free motion quiltingtechniques learned in a class with the wonderful Diane Gaudynski

Quilt size: width: 12" height: 12"

Hexagons Hexagons
By: Kelliebelle,

Made for Kay who was helped me while I coped with my husbands cancer followed by my total knee replacement. Both successful so far. The quilt is all hand done has almost 370 hexagons and took over 600 hours to complete. Kay is very special to us both

Quilt size: width: 114" height: 104"

Just doodling Just doodling
By: Rosalind Pollock,
United Kingdom
Blog: Down by the river.

This is literally a quilt worked out from a doodle! It is a wholecloth and any colour is just thread.

Quilt size: width: 83" height: 39"

Kid's drawing baby quilt Kid’s drawing baby quilt
By: 3patch,
Blog: 3patch

I have to design a baby (kid) quilt for the first baby of an artistic family. So I have sewn this quilt and love the result.
Here are details.

Quilt size: width: 38" height: 45"

Linen Doily .... Linen Doily ….
By: Fiona from BubzRugz,
Blog: BubzRugz

This is a mini quilt using an old linen handsewn doily. I laid it on linen, then wadding and backing. A lot of stitching around the edges of the embroideries and then quilted tiny feathers and patterns…. the piece showing in the picture is about 5″ square and the quilting took over 18 hours.

Quilt size: width: 13" height: 13"

Loopy Knots Loopy Knots
By: Eileen,
Minnesota, USA
Blog: Quilter in the Pines

I made this tablerunner as a gift, and went on to write the pattern for it (my 1st!). This is actually the back of the quilt, the quilting shows up much better here. To see more of the runner, go to this blog post:

Quilt size: width: 36" height: 14"

Maggie's flowers Maggie’s flowers
By: Elna Munro,
South Africa

It ws just a lovely pattern that I wanted to do

Quilt size: width: 62" height: 65"

Marcia's Barn Quilt Marcia’s Barn Quilt
By: Marcia,
Wisconsin, USA
Blog: Marcia’s Crafty Sewing

I created this quilt for a Project Quilting Challenge in 2012. I used 4 photos of barns & windmills & based my project on a combination of them. Raw edge applique’ with thread painting on the barn quilt. Original Post: http://marciascraftysewing.blogspot.com/2012/02/if-i-had-barn-imaginary-barn.html

Quilt size: width: 16" height: 25"

Moose Madness Moose Madness
By: Beret Nelson,
Alaska, USA
Blog: On The Trail Creations

This is the back of the sample quilt for a new pattern by my local quilt shop. I did not make the quilt, I just did the quilting. It ended up getting another backing over this muslin layer, if I had known how fun it was going to look on the back, I would have done a regular backing and left it :-)

Quilt size: width: 40" height: 25"

Oriental expressions Oriental expressions
By: Jenny in NZ,
New Zealand
Blog: jenny quilts

Custom quilted for me by John Nielsen, an extremely talented NZ long arm quilter in a mix of gold and silver metallic threads. I feel John did the most beautiful quilting in total sympathy with my quilt and take this opportunity to show his work and thank him once again.

Quilt size: width: 86" height: 86"

Pastel Whirlygigs Pastel Whirlygigs
By: Irene de Aragon,
Blog: Patches of my life

A quilt made for Jan Pol, a grand nephew who was born two months ago. This photo is from the back side of the quilt, because the quilting shows off in better way from this side.

Quilt size: width: 42" height: 42"

Pick Up Sticks Pick Up Sticks
By: Diane U.,
Ontario, Canada

Quilted on a long arm machine – beautiful swirls.

Quilt size: width: 64" height: 74"

Potpourri Potpourri
By: Debbie,
South Carolina, USA
Blog: Stitchin’ Therapy

Quarter log cabin blocks are used to create a faux braid design. The diagonal layout was a perfect place to fill with long sweeps of feathers. Waves of feather plumes were stitched in the border too.

Quilt size: width: 50" height: 62"

Red and Green Traditional Applique Red and Green Traditional Applique
By: Karen,
Arkansas, USA
Blog: Quilts…etc.

a traditional style applique and red and green . The blocks are from two different books the setting and most of the blocks are from a book by Jeanna Kimball. This quilt has been 2 years in the making and I am half way done with hand quilting. The applique is needle turn.

Quilt size: width: 100" height: 100"

Red, White, and Blue for Christopher Red, White, and Blue for Christopher
By: Tammy Pettus,
Alabama, USA

This quilt is made from my Daddy’s shirts, he passed away in November of 2010. I am making all of his grandkids a quilt. This quilt is for my oldest nephew. It is machine pieced and hand quilted. It took me exactly three months to complete this quilt.

Quilt size: width: 50" height: 63"

Rose Quilt Rose Quilt
By: CattleKate,
Utah, USA

“Rose Quilt” using the Stix Strips pattern. I made this quilt using various rose and flower patterns, then quilted it with a rose in each block and a vine of roses in the boarders.

Quilt size: width: 100" height: 110"

Salt Water Bargello Salt Water Bargello
By: MC,
Alberta, Canada
Blog: Slair’s Lair

A modern bargello quilt for a a graduation present. Each octopus and flower are separately outlined with matching thread, and the background is filled in with a boxy design in black for texture.

Quilt size: width: 72" height: 90"

Scrap Happy Scrap Happy
By: Becca,
Maryland, USA
Blog: Becca’s Crazy Projects

This is just one look at a quilt made up of scraps from years and years of quilt-making. Every block in the quilt was pieced together from orphan blocks and leftovers. The binding came from the leftover bin and the back was pieced, too. The quilting was meant to be as random as the piecing.

Quilt size: width: 60" height: 70"

Scrappy Squares Scrappy Squares
By: Kathy,
Manitoba, Canada
Blog: Tamarack Shack

This was a guild project were we exchanged 3″ squares and made a scrappy star quilt. I had fun quilting feather motifs, faux border cross hatching and continuous curves.

Quilt size: width: 50" height: 65"

Smowman Wall Hanging Smowman Wall Hanging
By: vandy,
Ohio, USA

I made a few wall hangings for Christmas gifts and tried a quilting technique that i learned in my quilt guild. I did this on my regular sewing machine.

Quilt size: width: 17" height: 28"

Spinner Spinner
By: Marlene @ KISSed Quilts,
Washington, USA
Blog: KISSed Quilts

Designed a layout for Electric Quilt’s challenge, this was the result. Also, my first attempt at ‘quilting to death’. Honored that it was chosen as their winner! My blog has a tutorial on how to draft the layout yourself and links to all the flag blocks. Stop by and leave a comment.

Quilt size: width: 58" height: 58"

Strippy Firefly Strippy Firefly
By: Vicki in MN,
Minnesota, USA

Firefly is a free pattern from Canoe Ridge Creations blog. I had so much fun quilting it on my Nolting Longarm.

Quilt size: width: 40" height: 50"

Summer Fun Summer Fun
By: Marija Vujcic,
New York, USA
Blog: Fabric of my life

This quilt is a play with 3D Flying Geese blocks and its design possibilities – curved edges, added fabric on top, color effects.
Even thought blocks have great texture and effect, it is with quilting that all of it came alive, for me. Loved doing some echo quilting and some free motion quilting to

Quilt size: width: 24" height: 24"

The blues The blues
By: Lies Bos-Varkevisser,
Blog: my website

In 2007 I had a fabric exchange with 14 quilters in the Netherlands. I wanted to make a big (queen size) quilt with lots of blues from very light to deep dark. The quilting was done on my home sewing machine (Janome).

Quilt size: width: 94" height: 94"

We Gather Together We Gather Together
By: Gayle Pulley,
Washington, USA

This quilt is whole cloth, hand painted on cotton. I machine quilted it on my home machine.

Quilt size: width: 25" height: 18"

White Quilt for Kate White Quilt for Kate
By: Mary Manson,
North Carolina, USA
Blog: Mary Manson Quilts

Quilted in white, off white and tan/gold, this white wholecloth quilt is heavily quilted in a feather and heart design. Lots of quilting! I make wedding dress quilts, and although this isn’t made from a wedding dress, it showcases some of my designs.

Quilt size: width: 38" height: 38"

Vote Now

Now it’s time for you to vote for your favourites!

  • Voting is open Friday to Monday, November 11th, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. (EDT)
  • One vote per person (based on IP address NOT email address), so have your family and friends cast a ballot for their favourite quilt
  • Winner announced next week

How to Vote:

  • Review the photos above and make a note of your favourites. You can select up to FOUR favourites this week.
  • Below, you’ll see the names of all the quilts with a square button beside each one. Select the buttons for the quilts you want to vote for. Then scroll down, all the way, until you get to the bottom of the list of quilt names. Press the vote button.

Quilting Close-Up

  • Spinner (28%, 80 Votes)
  • Fiorabella (28%, 79 Votes)
  • Scrappy Squares (27%, 76 Votes)
  • Moose Madness (20%, 57 Votes)
  • White Quilt for Kate (18%, 50 Votes)
  • The blues (16%, 45 Votes)
  • Appalachian Spring~To God Be The Glory (15%, 42 Votes)
  • Linen Doily .... (13%, 36 Votes)
  • Maggie's flowers (13%, 36 Votes)
  • Just doodling (12%, 34 Votes)
  • Red and Green Traditional Applique (11%, 32 Votes)
  • Colours (11%, 30 Votes)
  • Red, White, and Blue for Christopher (9%, 26 Votes)
  • Kid's drawing baby quilt (9%, 26 Votes)
  • Christmas Dresden Plate (8%, 23 Votes)
  • Block of the Month Batiks (7%, 20 Votes)
  • Oriental expressions (6%, 16 Votes)
  • We Gather Together (6%, 16 Votes)
  • Hexagons (5%, 15 Votes)
  • Summer Fun (5%, 14 Votes)
  • All Seasons Basket - Christmas (5%, 14 Votes)
  • Loopy Knots (4%, 10 Votes)
  • Marcia's Barn Quilt (3%, 9 Votes)
  • Salt Water Bargello (3%, 8 Votes)
  • Potpourri (2%, 7 Votes)
  • Strippy Firefly (2%, 7 Votes)
  • Rose Quilt (2%, 6 Votes)
  • Pick Up Sticks (2%, 6 Votes)
  • Scrap Happy (2%, 6 Votes)
  • Feathered Crosshatch Charity Quilt (2%, 5 Votes)
  • Smowman Wall Hanging (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Pastel Whirlygigs (0%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 285

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Next Week’s Show & Tell

The theme for next week’s Quilters’ Show & Tell is Remembering Veterans. This can be a quilt you’ve created in memory of a veteran or a quilt created for a veteran (such as Quilts of Valor). Please don’t submit a quilt you’ve already entered in the past… let’s see something different!

Read the Guidelines and submit your photo before Thursday, November 14th, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. (EST).

Enter your quilt here!


There are no more sponsorship opportunities left for 2013. The themes and dates for 2014 will be available in December.

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73 Responses to “Vote Now and Give-Away: Quilting Close-Up”

  1. apple blossom says:

    love the Santa Sacs. and quilt is awesome thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  2. apple blossom says:

    oops forgot to say I love the snowman and snowlady sacs

  3. Linda Webster says:

    I love the Santa and Rudolph Sac pattern.

  4. JeanP says:

    I like the Rudolph sack the best! I would not make one–I’d have to make at least 7 of them–one for each of the grandchildren!!

  5. Lori Smanski says:

    Wow these ladies really made it hard not to be able to pick them all. They are all winner’s in my book. Fantastic job all of you. Those Santa sacks are so adorable.

  6. Lynda wright says:

    I just love the Santa sacks. I think I would do the Santa one as I am about to have a first granddaughter in time for Xmas and it would be the ideal thing to make that she could cherish and use for years to come. Love your site.

  7. Judy says:

    My favorite are the Snowman and Snowlady. I would make one for my daughter.

  8. mariajose says:

    !gracias por el esfuerzo,de mantenernos semanalmente informadas!

  9. Frances says:

    Love your snow people sacks and I have a sweet niece who would love to receive gifts in such a special package.

  10. Naomi Vela says:

    My Favourite santa sack would be Snow boy and snow girl.

    Thanks for the chance to win


  11. Becca says:

    Some very beautiful quilts this week! You inspire me to go work on my quilting. Definitely need more practice to run with this crowd. :D

  12. Peggy says:

    Awww, they are all pretty cute, but Rudolph is my favourite.

  13. jackie says:

    I love them all, but if I have to choose it will be Rudolph, and I will make him for my 5 year old grandson, CASH, who loves all animals. Thanks for the opportunity. Love your site. Jackie

  14. Tammy Pettus says:

    My favorite is the Christmas Sac with Santa on it. I would make it for my great nephew.

  15. SewCalGal says:

    All of the Sac bags are so cute and I’d love to make them all, but Santa and Rudolph Christmas definitely has my attention.


  16. Barbara Pricola says:

    I love your Christmas Sacs. My favorites are the Santa/Rudolph sacs and the Star/Angel sacs. I would make them for my sister-in-law and nieces. I also love all of your quilt patterns, particularly the Bargello Sunflower and the Bargello Dahlia.

  17. Helen Bazinet says:

    I love the Santa and the Reindeer. with 6 great grandchildren could sure use the patterns.

  18. Linda McCoy says:

    Those Santa Sacs are delightful! I like the Star the best!

  19. How fun to see all the quilting details this week!

  20. Mary Chevalier says:

    All of the sacs are beautiful .They are all winners too me.

  21. Joan H. says:

    My favorite are Santa/reindeer patterns. I would like to make Santa for our great granddaughter.

  22. Calina says:

    My favorite santa sack is the snowman. Because I have tons of snowmen in my Christmas decorations… But they are all adorable!

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