Seasonal Door Quilts Make the Year Go ‘Round

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Seasonal Door Quilts Make the Year Go ‘Round

When I worked for a quilt shop, I started making small quilts as store samples and ended up with a “collection”. I shared most, but some I kept. I like to decorate for the seasons and, especially, holidays. A fan of handwork and always ready to learn something new, these little quilts let me practice new techniques on something I can finish. And there were plenty of familiar methods to make me comfortable with each project.

I like to remind the neighbors that we’re celebrating. So these small seasonal door quilts were perfect to hang on our front door. The door is protected from the elements, so the quilts would stay clean and dry (ish) in the damp Pacific Northwest.

Now, these quilts no longer hang on our front door. The design details are not easy to see from the street. So they hang on the door into the kitchen from the garage. In our neighborhood, our friends ring the garage door bell, and come in that way. It saves steps – and keeps shoes drier than wading through the grass in the parking strip. And I did say FRIENDS, as they are the only ones who could overlook the mess in the garage. 🙂

Everyone needs a “winter” quilt, and these penguins were so darn cute! They’re my Happy New Year quilt. The quilt is foundation paper pieced with a little embroidery for the skates.

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We’re Irish, so I had to have a St. Patrick’s Day quilt for Dad. I enjoyed the mix of techniques: traditional piecing, applique and long stitch with button embellishment.


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Halloween: too much fun for just one quilt – so I made two. “My Pritty” is a fanciful folk art wool applique quilt with some fun embroidery for embellishment. The black cat “frame” adds to the smile-factor of the piece. And, did I say I love black cats? I made the jack o’ lantern quilt twice – once for me and once for my cousin. With foundation paper piecing, I just had to sew on the lines.

For the Thanksgiving quilt, I got my mother into the act. I drew the outline pattern on fabric, then Joyce colored the design with fabric crayons. After Joyce finished coloring, I embroidered the outline and finished the quilt.


The Christmas quilt holds many memories for me. Years ago, I attended Laura Estes’ 3-D applique class in Leavenworth, Washington, with three co-workers. It was my first “girls’ sleepover” since college, and even though one of us got sick, we had so much fun! When I had a chance to make Nancy Pearson’s “Silent Night” quilt, I used Laura’s techniques to make 3-D holly leaves to add some depth. Every year when this “A Christmas Story” quilts comes out, I remember my years at QuiltWorks Northwest and the wonderful ladies I worked with those many years ago.

This quilt also provided a lesson in fabric choices. I wanted to stipple stitch the white-on-white background. After much frustration – and a trip to the machine repair shop – the technician asked me how important it was to stipple stitch that fabric. Seems that white-on-white is painted instead of printed. Who knew? The paint on the surface of the fabric deflected the needle and caused it to skip stitches. So, as much as I would like to do some background stitching on this, due to my choices, it is not possible. Word to the wise….


See all of the quilt projects on Create Whimsy!

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