Brownie’s Quilt

I don’t usually get many customer quilts during the summer months. This quilt was intended to be given as a graduation gift and was originally scheduled to be delivered to me in May. Unforeseen issues delayed its arrival.

This is another one of Deb’s well-thought out memory quilts. The care with which she gathers the shirts, harvests the appropriate segments, pairs up the coordinating fabrics is what makes her quilts so meaningful. To compliment Deb’s artistry she chose several colors of thread. She also made a request for custom quilting.

Even with this quilt’s multiple thread changes along with the unique stitch selections the process of quilting it went rather smoothly.

Let me present Deb G’s latest memory quilt.

Grams-Brownie #12

Grams-Brownie #11

Grams-Brownie #10

Grams-Brownie #9

Grams-Brownie #8

Grams-Brownie #7

Grams-Brownie #6

Grams-Brownie # 5

Grams_Brownie #4

Grams-Brownie #3

Grams-Brownie #2

Grams-Brownie #1



Deb G. has a talent for combining tee-shirts and fabric to make memory quilts for her family. This quilt was obviously made for a baseball fan. The more quilts Deb makes the more her talents are refined. This quilt is a wonderful display of what she can do with a pile of cherished memories.

For this quilt Deb selected a variety of thread colors. Chosen were red, white and gray. Several stitch patterns were used to compliment Deb’s artistry. Within the photos you will see straight lines, wavy lines as well as bubbles or circles. This is how Deb’s quilt looked when the quilting was finished.

The Back of Deb G;s Cooperstown Quilt
Bubble Stitches on Deb G’s Cooperstown Quilt
Deb G’s Cooperstown Quilt Top
Deb G’s Cooperstown Quilt
More Stitching on Deb G’s Cooperstown Quilt
Bubbles on Deb G’s Cooperstown Quilt
Stitching Around a Pocket on Deb G’s Cooperstown Quilt

Thank you Deb for your continued patronage! Your quilts are truly amazing!

Cindy Anderson

Deb’s Baby Quilt

Deb G, the queen of tee-shirt quilts, was at it again. Deb and I have been working together for several years. With the exception of one or two items, the subject of most of her quilts is tee-shirts. For her family, she is the go-to-person. She takes her family’s treasured shirts and turns them into works of art.

Late last fall she delivered a quilt top that was earmarked as a baby quilt. Now when I think of baby quilts I think of pastel colored fabrics stitched together using a pattern. This quilt top did not in any way fit my stereotype. Rather than using store bought fabrics and a pattern Deb used tee-shirts and her own imagination to assemble the pieces.The quilt that resulted from her efforts would have more meaning to the receiving family than any other option she could have used.

The theme of this quilt was baseball. As you will see from the photos below she inserted her own flair by making a few blocks inspired by her creative imagination. Look closely and you will find the two blocks I am referring to. On one of them she made her own baseball out of white fabric then added hand stitching mimicking that found on a traditional baseball. The other block sports a baseball glove and a baseball bat. To add even more flair Deb used fabric printed to look like grass for the sashing between the shirts. This was one well-though out quilt.

Typically Deb chooses one color of thread and one stitch pattern for me to use when quilting her projects. For this one she got very creative. Instead of one color of thread we used four and instead of one stitch pattern we used two.

Here’s how Deb’s baby quilt looked when it was finished.



So what do you think? Does it look as spectacular as I described? Doesn’t Deb deserve a round of applause for a job well done!

Thanks readers for taking the time to read this post. I appreciate your visit. I know your free time is valuable and most likely in high demand. If you have a few more minutes to spare, how about sharing your thoughts on this quilt. Perhaps you would even like to make an inquiry about having your special project longarm quilted by me. Whatever the case, leave a comment.

Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting

Deb G’s Memory Quilt for Hannah

She Did it Again –

Deb G, one of my faithfully regular customers, presented me with yet another tee-shirt quilt. Deb takes great joy in accumulating, organizing and stitching together quilts for her close relatives. Hannah’s quilt was her latest masterpiece. Watching and listening to Deb as she detailed the history behind the quilt it was obvious she had invested not only her time but also a great deal of emotion.

Plans Were Made –

As we examined not only the quilt top but also the backing we discussed possible stitch patterns and thread colors. Since Deb is one of my “regulars” she has been exposed to a large variety of stitches. Her familiarity made it easier for her to visualize and select options she thought would work nicely.

Keeping in mind Hannah’s sports background along with the circular pattern on the black border, Deb chose bubbles as her stitch of choice for the border and sashing. She let me choose the design for the balance of the quilt. Her only other stipulation was that I avoid quilting over the lettering on each of the tee-shirts. Chosen for thread color was Omni # 3024 Medium Grey.

A Bit of Stiffness –

Following the wishes outlined by Deb I set to work quilting her project. When Deb delivered the quilt I noticed she had used a stabilizer behind each of the tee-shirts. I assumed that since she had not taken the time to remove it I was to leave it in place. The Stabilizer with it’s paper-like texture made a crinkly sound when manipulated.

Although a single sheet of paper seems insignificant when it comes to added thickness, multiple sheets, coupled with paper’s inherent stiffness definitely had an impact on the quilt’s proper installation. The added thickness made the top roll somewhat unevenly but I was able to work around it and compensate.

The Outcome –

When the quilting was done and Deb’s project was removed from my machine I was quite satisfied with the outcome. There were, however, two things I wasn’t to sure of. The first was the crinkly sound made by the stabilizer and the second was the lack of quilting on the majority of the tee-shirts. The absence of stitching left some of the areas slightly droopy or puffy. Although I was concerned about these two factors the true judge would be Deb.

Another Satisfied Customer –

I knew Deb’s plans were to bind the quilt and give it to Hannah for Christmas so as soon as I was finished I let Deb know that she was welcome to come by and pick it up.

Deb was more then happy with the outcome. She was very pleased with the patterns she had chosen as well as the thread color. The slightly baggie tee shirts as well as the noisy stabilizer didn’t seem to faze her.

I’m Wondering? –

Now that’s she has most likely given the quilt to Hannah I’m wondering if Deb is still as happy with its outcome. If I think of it I will have to ask her the next time we get together.

Here It Is! –

Here’s a pictorial account of Hannah’s quilt as seen through the eye of my camera lens.

Vital Statistics:

  1. Quilt Size = 69″ wide x 70 1/4″ Long
  2. # of hours spent quilting = 10 hours and 24 minutes
  3. # of stitches applied = 246,383
  4. Thread color used = Omni # 3024 Medium Grey

Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting


Looking Back

It’s Almost Over

2015 is about to become history. Before it does let me take you on a pictorial journey of In A Stitch Quilting’s last 12 months. Enjoy!

Kari M’s Pretty In Pink
Kari M’s Pretty In Pink
Kari M’s Pretty In Pink
Cari M's Pretty in Pink
Kari M’s Pretty in Pink
Four Score Quilt
Four Score Quilt - Stitched and Quilted by Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting
Four Score Quilt – Stitched and Quilted by Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting
Four Score Quilt
Four Score Quilt
Deb G Memory Quilt
Deb G Memory Quilt
Deb G's Memory Quilt - Quilted by Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting
Deb G’s Memory Quilt – Quilted by Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting
Deb G's Memory Quilt - Quilted by Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting
Deb G’s Memory Quilt – Quilted by Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting
Deb G's Potted Flower Quilt
Deb G’s Potted Flower Quilt
First Year Quilt
iPad Tote # 3
Mr. J’s Quilt Top
Surprise Quilt
All That’s Left
Four Square
Remnants of the Past
The Blue House

While this was just a sampling of the activity that took place in my studio during 2015 I hope you found it to be enjoyable.

Cindy Anderson

A Potted Flower

Since the inception of my business I have worked on everything from teeny tiny to king size, expertly stitched to first timers, traditional to modern projects. I have been hired to quilt table runners, wall hangings, lap quilts, baby blankets and bed quilts of all sizes. With all this exposure I thought I had pretty much experienced every possible scenario, that is until I received this one.

I met with the owner early this Spring. She briefly shared the history behind the quilt and its intended recipient. We discussed possible stitch patterns and thread colors but no specified directions were noted. I always appreciate hearing the story behind each project because it helps me to get a feel for the quilt.

At first glance I was instantly drawn to the center of the quilt. The focal point was a large yellow sunflower bursting from a three-dimensional denim pot. I couldn’t take my eyes off the flower and its whimsical nature. The coordinating yellow border added a cheerful frame. I fell head-over-heels in love with the quilt and totally overlooked the challenges I would face when quilting it.

Most long-arm quilters will insist that all quilt tops must be free of embellishment. This means no buttons, snaps, zippers, fancy stitching, to name a few. Quilt machines controlled by a computer can not be programmed to avoid these obstacles. My machine is not computerized. I control when and where my machine moves. This allows me the opportunity to tackle items that would be impossible for computerized machines to handle. Three dimensional flowers and flower pots would definitely fall into that category, both of which were included on this quilt.

When I agreed to work with the project I never once thought about the challenges I would encounter. I was so mesmerized by the flower that I completely overlooked them. The reality of the situation didn’t set in until it came time to load the quilt on the rollers. All of a sudden it hit me. How in the world was I going to load a quilt top with varying thicknesses. There was no way it would load evenly. Obviously the sections containing the three-dimensional areas would absorb the impact of the tension, which normally would be spread throughout and across the entire quilt top surface. The remaining fabric would hang loose.

The best I could do was secure the quilt as evenly as possible by pushing the loose fabric beneath the roller. Then as I moved the machine back and forth, stitching the sandwich together, I made certain I paid close attention to how and if the fabric moved. Preventing the development of puckers in either the top or bottom fabrics was absolutely important. By paying close attention to every stitch and every inch my machine covered I was able to successfully complete my task.

Although I would never have thought it possible I was more in love with the quilt when I finished than I was when I received it. The only regrets I had were the inability to embellish the flower, its leaves and the stem. For one thing the customer had asked me not to touch the area and secondly the thickness would have made it impossible to stitch through. Although, the temptation was there every time I got close to them. I kept thinking if only…….

Not being able to venture into those areas was like being teased by a piece of chocolate; something of which I would always fall victim to. My mind kept racing with all the possibilities. Yet it was forbidden fruit. Perhaps next time I could suggest the artist leave out the stuffing and let me run wild with stitching.

This quilt needs very little introduction so without further delay let me present to you the Yellow Potted Flower!

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Now that you have had a chance to experience the joy I have had while working on this quilt do you have any comments?

Vital Statistics:

  • Quilt Size – 65 1/4 ” x 82 3/4″
  • Hours Spent Quilting – 7 hours 54 minutes
  • # of Quilting Stitches Applied – 240,889
  • Color of Thread Used – Perma Core White
  • Quilting Stitches Used – A Variety