I started designing in 2006 with my Mother who was making another baby quilt for her latest grandbaby and running out of new ideas. We started with a mosaic style picture made of 2 inch squares and half square triangles, similar to a counted cross stitch pattern. My husband, the engineer, said, "Why are you cutting the colors apart just to sew them back together?" Well, that is what you do when quilting.
After making a few more, I decided to have another look at the process. Still wanting the quilt top to be a pieced picture I tried cutting it into strips and breaking it in pieces at the different colors. This is a much quicker way to put it together.
That was it, I was hooked! I started designing patterns faster than my mother was having grandchildren. My sister-in-law suggested selling on Etsy. In 2011 I started my online store, and shortly there after sold to some local quilt shops.
It is the best thing in the world designing that perfect quilt for mother and baby to enjoy, and now I get to do it for you as well. I hope these patterns will help you make a special gift for that special someone young and old in your life.
Counted Quilts are as Easy as 1, 2, 3
1. Use a chart to cut 2 or 3 different widths of strips for each color
2. Use a set of charts to cut alphabetically labeled pieces from those strips
3. Sew the quilt top following a labeled full page color picture.
Shaping is done with quick corner half square triangles. Drawing a diagonal sew line from corner to corner and placing it on top of another square of the same size or a larger rectangle. Once you sew down the line you trim the corner a 1/4 inch from the seam and flip back the triangle.
With the whole process only needing straight 1/4 inch seams these patterns are great for beginning quilters.
Keep your eye out for new patterns which arrive all the time.
I also love to create custom patterns, so if you don't see what you are looking for just let me know. firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a quilt shop owner and would like to get some of my patterns for your store please contact me. I have trunk shows available for special events. Patterns are also available from www.quiltwoman.com.
I hope you enjoy Counted Quilts, or as my daughter calls them, Quilts that Count