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Do you have favorite block, quilt, or technique? Have you discovered a special trick? Are you incredibly proud of a particular project?

Well, Strut Your Stuff!!

Individual quilters, Strut Your Stuff and show us your prized projects

Shop owners, Strut Your Stuff and display your events or samples

Guilds, Strut Your Stuff and show the world your achievements

Send us photos of your pet projects and a description of why it is so special and we will post it and share it with our quilting community. Email your photos, name or group affiliation and description to StrutYourStuff@BlankQuilting.com



I fell in love with the Noah's Voyage collection, and made the attached quilt top for my grandaughter's birthday. The pattern is "Lots of Lilypads" from the "Circle of Nine" book by Janet Houts and Jean Ann Wright.

Next, I made a Multiple Madness quilt top for her sister from the Bugging Out collection, since she's a fan of the ladybug! It was a joy to work on these colorful, lively prints! Now I need to find time to quilt them!

Mary Beth Peters
Boyd, WI


Attached please find a quilt that I call "Lazy Dazee Joins the Circus". It was a mystery project in American Quilter magazine in 2011 that called for 7 focus blocks plus 12 other fabrics. All the fabrics except the light pink and dark purple came from my stash -- the only reason I bought those was that I didn't have any pieces large enough that worked with the color palette.

Susan Greene
Danville, CA


My son has been in the Air Force for 11 1/2 years. Last year he graduated from EOD, (Explosive Ordinance Disposal, bomb tech) school. I wanted to make him something special for his graduation. I took all his patches from the first 11 years of his career and put them into a quilt. He gave me 6 pockets from his uniforms that I incorporated into the quilt. I had so much fun making it and he loves it! Thanks for letting me strut his heirloom!

Robin Waldrep


Like my grandmother before me, I have been an avid quilter most of my life. I used the “Headliner” fabric to create this West Indies / African American inspired quilt. The red squares symbolize ‘the mojo’ or good luck charm to ward off evil. The Headliner fabric symbolizes the belief in some African decedents cultures that when an evil spirit enters a home they must read all printed words before they can do harm. The quilt pattern I chose is called “Devil on the Run”. I named this quilt “Keeping the Devil Busy”. You might also notice that the pattern has various ornate crosses.

Maxine Taylor
GLAAQN
Livonia, MI


This is a Photo Inspired Art Quilt wall hanging that I made for friends who take me four wheeling in the AZ desert. It is raw edge quilting from a photo that I took on one of our outings. I was inspired to quilt using this method by reading a book by Leni Levenson Weiner.

Julie Rush
Gilbert AZ


I finished the Halloween wall hanging for my son and had plenty of fabric left over for me!

Julie Griffiths
Sutton, NH


Here is my pattern from the Blank Textiles Rooster Collection ...

Pat Skinner


This pumpkin was so much fun to make...learned how to applique, do beading and couching...Fall is my favorite time of the year and I just may keep this piece on display all year! And I'm hanging it from a nice dried small twig tied on with yarn.

The fun quilt with dinosaurs was created for my oldest great grand child...the back side was a panel of United States with each state outlined...his Opa lives in Alaska...one night the little guy sleeps with dinosaurs and the next night with Opa in Alaska!

Sally Wolf


This project was done using my stash of left over fabric from other quilts. I did have to purchase the shadow grey and the cream to border the blocks. The pattern is a Mountain Peek Creations called ShadowBox.

Pat Judd


THIS KING SIZE FANCY DRESDEN PLATE QUILT WAS INSPIRED BY THE BEAUTIFUL BLANK QUILTING FABRICS, AND THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE MILLIONS OF WOMEN WHO ARE SUFFERING AND SURVIVING OVARIAN CANCER. PRAYERS AND DEDICATIONS TO ALL OF YOU.

Brenda Sutter
House Springs, MO


I saw the Inspiration Collection from Blank and had to make a quilt for my friend and co-worker Kate. Kate was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2009. I used the four-patch splash pattern that was in the June/July 2011 issue of McCall's Quick Quilts. It was quilted by KayLin quilting using a cancer ribbon design. I presented it to her on July 30, 2011 when we traveled to Milwaukee to watch the Milwaukee Brewers and to "paint Miller Park teal," an event sponsored by the Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance.

Karla Nevin
Almena, WI


Each year I make and donate a quilt to a non-profit organization in Houston named The Rose; for their annual fund raiser. The Rose is a great organization in Houston, Texas that provides free mammograms for women without health insurance.

My quilt for 2011 is named "We the People" and was made in honor of those whose lives were lost on Sept 11, 2001. The quilt sold at their live auction in July 2011 for > $5000; with all proceeds going to The Rose.

I am a member of the Blackland Quilt Guild which meets in Taylor, Texas. Your area representative, Barbara Crom has provided our guild with several informative presentations in the past – she is great and we really appreciate the time she spends with us.

Ella Thomas
Bertram, Texas



My son and his family really enjoy Halloween. I saw these fabrics and just had to create something for them.
Julie Griffiths
Sutton, NH


Clamatis The time when I really put Blank Quilting on my "fabric radar" was when I saw Radiant collection (by Ranae Merrill) some years ago - it was so unusual and stunning! I LOVE color gradation fabric and Radiant was amazing also in its texture and direction - I think I bought every color and texture I could find! However, in my favorite quilt shop (Threads of Time in Amherst, NY, where I also teach) it wasn't selling right away - probably because it was quite unusual and quilters (mostly traditional ones) didn't quite know how to use it? So I made this sample! As soon as I saw the black and white gradation fabric it looked as a perfect background for some "flower show" - so my challenge was also to use ONLY this fabric (Radiant) to make this whole quilt - it was fun! Flowers are made from red and leaves from green Radiant fabric and I quilted a trellis in the background. I call it "Flowers in the spotlight". I hope you will have some more of this kind of unusal fabric in the future!
Marija Vujcic Buffalo, NY


Poongo Neff of Quilters Corner is proud to show you the all Blank Fabric Quilt she has made.  She is very proud of her creation. 

Quilters Corner is located at 406 N. Florence Street in Historic Downtown Casa Grande, AZ


This was my first Art Quilt. I started with white muslin, painted the parrot with all purpose inks (made for fabric). Then I did free motion embroidery on the piece to give it dimension and depth. I call it thread painting. When I've finished with all of that I fussy cut out the bird and appliqué it to the background fabric. I layer the piece with batting and backing and do overall quilting.

My second piece was the tiger. Both pieces were done from photographs I took personally.

Carol Helmlinger
Newport, NC


After 9/11 I felt a strong need to create an American Quilt to show our pride and unity. It has won 2 blue ribbons and been appreciated by many. I'm proud to share.

Carol Helmlinger
Newport, NC


The blue quilt is a lap quilt I made for my cousin who recently lost her husband. It is made from 4 of his flannel shirts he always wore and made to cuddle up with when she gets lonely.

Here is a Hockey Quilt I made for my grandson. It shows all of the numbers and teams he was on since he started to play hockey with the local high school emblem in the middle. I designed it and made it myself.

Renee Conrad
White Bear Lake, Mn.


Bouncing Balls Last summer I bought a large package of Rock Candy fat quarters for a quilt class. I used part of it for the class I took at the quilt show in Sisters Oregon--everyone who loves to quilt should go to Sisters Quilt Show at least once! Then, a few weeks ago I had the opportunity to take a class from Deb Karasnik (Quilt Mavens) on paper piecing and I only had to buy the blue background to compliment my Rock Candy fabric. So, although this picture is just the center medallion of the Ringo Starr pattern by Deb Karasnik, you can see how luminous and effective this fabric shines in this design. Never stop making Rock Candy, when used properly, it can make a quilt shine--and the quilter too!
Marie Bryant Moonlight Quilters Guild
Sonoma County Cloverdale, CA


Bouncing Balls This is a blanket I made with t-shirts from the Ovarian Cancer walk in Chicago. I have done this walk for the past 9 years in honor of my mom who lost her battle with Ovarian Cancer in 2001. I outlined the shirts with the teal ribbon fabric to add that extra special touch. I generally make baby blankets, but I was so excited when I found the teal ribbon fabric that I had to make something special with it. Check out my website... www.BubbaBlankets.com
Thanks! Jessica Kozlowski


Bouncing Balls This is some of Blank fabric I designed a quilt with.  It was fun and most of my students love this quilt.  Check out my website: quiltpatternsbylinda.com
Linda Paladino


We made it back north for a visit this summer and I had taken a professional tote to a friend. I hadn't had time to make one for my other friend so had offered one to her if she wanted. She did and she wanted it in Purple, Blue and Green. When I returned home to Florida I went looking for that color group. Quilts n More in Port Charlotte had it all in one and it was a Blank Fabric. Guess it had been out for awhile but it was there when I needed it. Pattern #5273 along with the Purple contrast pattern #5276. Thank you Blank Fabrics. She loved the bag.


Mary Lou Sabin Port Charlotte, FL

Thought you might enjoy what I did with fabrics from both lines. I found it this past February in an Amish quilt shop in NW Missouri and just had to buy some of it, not even knowing at the time what I was going to do with it. It has turned into a baby quilt for a gift, along with the Dr. Suess book "Mr. Brown Can Moo. Can You?". Books and quilts...does it get any better?

The barn block is from Fons and Porters "Love of Quilting" magazine earlier this year. The rest are just traditional blocks.

Now if I could just find more of the fabric in a store closer to home! (The old order Amish don't have telephones, so not easy to see if it's worth the drive there to take a chance on finding more of the fabric.)
Susan Nickell Sedalia, MO



Sandra Hill downloaded a free pattern from the Blank website called Hoppy Days; a little frog quilt.



I loved the Marrakesh Collection the moment I saw it and knew that I was going to use it for my bedroom. The sea foam and brown is a great color combination and the stripe was perfect for the dust ruffle and curtains. Coordinating colors of Splash matched perfectly. Mulberry Twig in Wheat was used as the background fabric. The leftover "scraps" from the flying geese blocks were used to make matching pillows.
Stacie Wachtel, Rep


Owning and running a small quilt shop on my own has really cut into my sewing time so I have had to find other creative ways to use the fabrics I love. Making lampshades was the answer for me. Here is a a shade I made from the Barnyard II collection.

Mary Mussells
Village Comforts
Lake Placid, NY

My friend, Sandy Narayan, is helping me make samples for my stores to borrow. Here she used the Maribella to make this cute Simplicity Apron. She used the Contessa Court and the Shopping Pretty pattern to make this cute purse. I am lucky to have a friend that has as much fun with Blank fabrics as I do!

Katie McCollum - Blank Fabrics
N. California, NW Nevada, S. Oregon


I love Patrick Lose patterns because they are so whimsical. This Wintery Welcome banner is made using Simply Delicious for the snowman and Jet Black Eclipse and Splash for the rest.

This purse is great with all of the pockets! I made it using the Fun Dip and a pattern called Shopping Pretty.

Katie McCollum Blank Fabrics/ Quilt Woman Patterns
N. California, NW Nevada, S. Oregon

I thought you would be interested in seeing the items two members of the Main Street Quilt and Thread Guild of Round Rock, TX, created using the Blank Fabrics we received as a result of joining the Stash Bash. Raffle tickets for these items were sold to guild members and the proceeds from the raffle were donated to Doctors Without Borders to help recent earthquake victims.

These great fabric creations are only the beginning though! Several of our members are participating in a Mystery Fabric Challenge using the Stash Bash fabrics. The projects will be judged and winners will be announced at our April 27 meeting. I will send you pictures of each project and winner information after that date.

Thank you for the great fabrics! We still have several fat quarters left and I'm excited about the prospect of future guild projects using this fabric! Liz Bell, President Main Street Quilt and Thread Guild, TX.


Last November I was lucky enough to spend 3 days in Palm Springs CA. I was free to visit all the quilt shops in that area. Monica's was my favorite. That's where I found your fabric Yoshiko II. I have included pictures of the first project using that fabulous fabric.

I used Lisa Moore's pattern "Diamonds with a Twist" to make this topper. I embroidered the quilting on the center of the 3 blocks with metallic thread. Joan Brown, Dana Point, CA

My Dad passed away last Sept. He was known for his wild shirts(which I made for him). The brighter it was the more he liked it. When Mom was cleaning out his stuff I asked for all of his shirts back. I made each of my brothers and sisters and Mom (7 total) throws to remember him by.

On the front of the throw I cut the fronts of the shirt in strips leaving the pocket. I cut up the rest of the shirt into squares and rectangles and formed blocks. On one pocket I attached a photo key ring, which I placed a photo of my dad in one of the shirts I had made him. I handed them out at Thanksgiving. One of the photos was Mom and Dad. Each throw was placed in a bag, I had no idea which quilt had the photo of Mom and Dad. Everyone picked a bag. Later when I was visiting my Mom I looked to see which one she got. She had the one that had the picture of the two of them. I guess they were truly destined to be together. Being a quilter and someone who can not waste things, I was able to also make 3 jackets and manage to still have a few scraps left. I had 18 shirts to start with and scraps that were left after I originally made the shirts. Marietta Grajek.

I was asked to design a block of the month for a local quilt shop using Bethany Reynolds' Paisley Pleasures fabric. I utilized a kaleidoscopic effect in the 12" blocks, corner stones and sashings. I named the quilt IN LUCY'S EYES -- after my mother, who passed away earlier that year. Nancy Myers Newaygo, Michigan