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Patchwork rows before being sewn together.
An intricately hand quilted Amish quilt done on commission.
Contemplating the design at an art quilt workshop. Fun, but my devotion is still to functional, beautiful bed quilts.
Piecing half square triangles for a custom queen sized quilt.
I piece my patchwork on Scottie, my beloved Singer featherweight, born in the Clydebank Scotland factory in 1947

Anotherghost Quilts ... Hauntingly Beautiful Handmade Quilts, specializing in bed quilts

"She measured nothing. But she used
all notions of rough equality
to scissor the unlike prints similar,
then sewed them back together to clash."
- from a poem by Sandra McPherson

"Never hurry when it counts."
- Joanne Carner (Big Mama)

Quiltmaking, for me, is a labor of love. While I understand the time crunch in today's fast-paced world, I still believe it takes time to make something truly beautiful. And so, I craft my quilts the old-fashioned way.

I love the smallness and tedium of patchwork and hand quilting, the patience it both teaches and requires, the opportunity to feed my compulsion to work with color and hoard my favorite fabrics, the chance to combine beauty and functionality into something as elemental as a quilt in all its warmth and comfort. I love the personality, softness, and old world look that only hand quilting imparts.

A highly skilled hand quilter and patchworker, I have honed my techniques for over twenty years. I design my own quilts based on my interpretations of traditional quilt patterns that have lasted for generations. I welcome most custom orders and love to be able to give my customers a hand in the design process.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON QUILT-BUYING

1) WHAT IS A QUILT?
A quilt is not just a blanket. Technically, a quilt consists of three layers: a patchwork or whole-cloth top, batting on the inside (varies in loft and material from traditional low-loft cotton to puffy comforter-type thick loft in cotton, poly, a blend of the two, or wool.) The quilting in a quilt refers to the stitches that hold the three layers together. These can be done by hand or machine. The quilting stitches in a quilt are typically what give it its texture. There are some exceptions to this - for instance a log cabin quilt consists of many narrow strips and is often tie-quilted. The texture in this case comes from the many pieces or "logs". In a patchwork or whole cloth quilt, hand quilting gives quilts wonderful texture and bumpiness because the stitches can be pulled tightly by the quilter. Washing a quilt and gently drying it will also cause the inner batting to shrink a bit and this also gives that wonderful texture, but be careful about washing and especially drying an heirloom quilt. A good quilter will include care instructions with your quilt.

2) WHY BUY A QUILT?
A nicely made quilt is both functional and beautiful. Most quilters will tell you that they derive great satisfaction from the opportunity to combine beauty and practicality into their craft. The layering provides great warmth and comfort as well as durability, which is why a well-made quilt may be handed down from generation to generation. Quilts make special gifts, add a cozy feel to any space, and come in styles to fit any decor, from traditional to contemporary. Quilts also look great on the wall, and "art" quilts are made expressly for this purpose. It's important to hang a quilt properly so that the weight is evenly distributed to prevent stretching. Most quilters will add a hanging sleeve upon request. The buyer can then slip a dowel cut to size and easily hang a quilt on the wall. Art quilts and wall hangings are a wonderful decorative alternative to paintings and prints and add dimension and charm to any room.

3) QUILT SIZES SEEM TO VARY GREATLY. HOW DO I KNOW WHAT SIZE TO BUY?

Standard mattress sizes (in inches) are as follows:

Crib 28 x 52
Twin 39 x 75 long (dormitory) twin 39 x 80
Full (double) 54 x 75
Queen 60 x 80
King 76 x 80
California King 72 x 84

The size quilt you choose depends on how much overhang you prefer on the sides and bottom, and whether or not you want a pillow-tuck at the top. Many buyers say that if they see a quilt they absolutely love, they buy it and find a place for it. Most quilters will work with you on customizing a quilt to the size you need.

4) WHY DO QUILT PRICES VARY SO MUCH?

The advent of e-commerce has made quilts more affordable by eliminating the shop-keeper middle person. Prices vary widely depending on the size of the quilt, and the quality and cost of the fabric. This is important because a quilt is only as nice as the fabric with which it is made. Top quality designer cotton fabric costs 10.00 or 11.00 dollars a yard. Many quilters have serious fabric addictions and keep their eye out for sales and pass the savings on to the buyer. The third factor in price variance is the type and amount of quilting. A quilt that is simply pieced in large squares and tied will cost much less than an intricately pieced patchwork with lots of dense, fine hand quilting. With the invention of the long-arm quilting machine, many quilters now quilt by machine.

Crafting a quilt is a labor-intensive process. It requires designing, cutting, piecing, marking, layering, basting, quilting, binding, and labeling.

The key to buying a quilt that you love is to find a quilter whose taste, artistic eye, and design style correspond to yours. There is a quilt out there for every buyer.
Nancy
owner, Chief Executive Patchworker
My customers say three things distinguish my quilts: my unique sense of design in mixing contemporary fabrics with traditional patterns, my intuitive ability to read color, and the truly handmade look I get by hand quilting in small, even stitches.

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