Mark’s Little Quilts

I have always made many of my gifts for those I love.  This Christmas was no different.  I sewed nearly an entire wardrobe for Annie – four tops, two pairs of pants, a jacket, a skirt and a dress!  None of them were difficult or heirloom or couture, just easy-care, slightly unique clothes she can wear to work.  I made a t-shirt quilt for John, her “significant other.” And I made a tiny quilt for Mark to add to his collection of little quilts I’ve made for him.  So I thought I’d show you his little quilts!

This quilt, “A Little Opulence,” was actually made for the IQA benefit auction at the Houston Quilt Festival in 2008.  He bought it!


It is 19″ x 22″.  The ivory fabric is silk dupionni, and the appliqued paisleys (OESD) are cross-woven Thai silk.


The free-standing lace (Zundt) was made for “Opulence,” but I didn’t use it, so had it left over and used it here.  The center circle of lace is see-through – I cut out a section of the finished quilt, bound the edges, then stitched the lace over the gap.


A year before this, I had made a little quilt, also for the IQA auction.  I liked it so much, I made a large quilt with 25 of these blocks, plus a wide border, which took what seemed like forever to make!  Anyway, Mark liked the little quilt, so in 2009 I made another one for him.


It is 20-1/2″ x 22-1/2″, and you can definitely see my heirloom roots here – batiste, puffing, shaped lace, organza inserts, satin stitched gimp cord, etc.



This next little quilt was from 2010, I think.  I had just gotten my SWF 15-needle embroidery machine, and I was learning it, so I made this with large designs.  It is 14″ x 16-1/2″, and all the designs are Zundt.


I love the way the little running stitches of metallic thread are digitized into the design!  It adds just a bit of sparkle.


And, of course, more free-standing lace.  I used these lace designs in “Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining.”

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Then in 2013 I made this tiny quilt – it’s only 12-1/2″ square!

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It is made from white silk/cotton Radiance, with a Zundt design.  It’s similar to “Distraction II,” but smaller, and has yellow roses for my Texas guy!010_2

The teeny, tiny double piping is made from fabric-covered gimp cord.


And, finally, for Christmas 2014, I made “Frozen Margarita!”  Again, this is similar to a donation quilt I made which he liked, so I made another.  It is 14-1/2″ square, made from Radiance, and the designs are from OESD.


The embroidery and quilted flowers were done with metallic thread.

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Bluebonnet fabric for the backing


Finally, I’m showing the original “Frozen Margarita,” because the color of the photos I took today leaves something to be desired.  Mark’s quilt is actually the color of the one below!

Frozen Margarita

13 thoughts on “Mark’s Little Quilts

  1. Susan, wow your miniature quilts are amazing, I had no idea that you did that, what a great idea, to make small versions of your large masterpieces. I have always loved the lace that you used on Évery Cloud has a Silver Lining from Zundt. I tried to get that everywhere as they told me that it was no longer in production. Most disappointing, as the way that you use it I am sure would inspire many machine embroiderers to want to purchase. I wonder why they stopped selling it?


    • Thank you, Pamela. I just checked the Zundt website and was surprised to see that the large lace corner motif is not shown anywhere. I was not aware that it is no longer available. The lace I used as the border on Every Cloud is in the Adorations 6 collection.


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