Nancy’s Quilt

Nancy just sent me a photo of her finished quilt! Here’s what she wrote:

Hi Marguerita,
A few months back you helped me when I was in a panic over having made my blocks too large. After much thinking, figuring and praying, I took a deep breath and did some trimming. Everything turned out to my liking.

We are in AK right now and have given this to our grandson for graduation from Colony High School in Palmer.

Your books were a tremendous help and I followed the directions so carefully. I added arrows to the tags to further clarify whether the block was a center or side, top or bottom edge block.

Thank you.
Nancy Ballantyne
Gilbertsville, PA

Here are Nancy’s blocks before adding the borders to each block. She had these blocks left over from another project and wanted to make them into a quilt. She was working from my book Finish (almost) Any Quilt with Quilt As You Go. I think she made an outstanding, unique quilt!

Beautiful Maple Leaf Quilt

Bonnie Jenkins has sent me photos before of her quilts and here’s her newest and its story:

My husband and I visited the east coast of Canada last September, just in time to see the beautiful autumn leaves. I really loved the colours of the maple leaves. When we returned home I bought a copy of your book ‘Finish (almost) any quilt’ and was inspired to make a maple leaf quilt using your method. I found a maple leaf block on line and made the blocks but I didn’t put them on point as in your book.

I am so happy that it turned out so well and that I was able to complete it by myself. It is a gift for my brother Bill and his wife Dianne. Thank you so much for your help and the great tutorials on YouTube

You can read more about finishing almost any quilt with quilt-as-you-go here.

Nouli’s Table in Athens, Greece!

Quilters, I am always left speechless when I see how far my videos reach. I’ve received questions and comments from quilters in Australia, South America, the Middle East, and now Athens, Greece about my videos. I now have over 2 million views to my videos, and this one video has over 200,000. Unbelievable.

Take a look here at Nouli’s great blog post about building her table. She’s got great photos of the steps she took to create her custom sewing table and then gorgeous pics of her quilt.

For quilters all over the globe, it’s a small, wonderful, helpful world.

If you have never seen it, here’s my video:

Tracey’s Custom Quilting Table

Tracey send me pics of her new quilting table, along with her story and a pic of her quilt 🙂 Quilters, I can’t tell you how much a difference it makes to have a flat surface to sew and quilt on, especially for machine quilting. Be sure to check out my page on COMFORT for more info. Meanwhile, enjoy Tracey’s pics!

I am new at quilting..about 3 years now. I have tried to machine quilt a little with a brother I bought from Costco and the little pfaff passport 2.0. With this new flat surface and 10″ throat sewing machine I am hoping it won’t be such a tug of war!

Enclosed will be my first quilt project on my new machine. I hope to start quilting this weekend because I have the back finished. I will let u know how it goes. So far I have tried westerlee rulers and the flat surface for ruler work made it much easier to learn!

Thank you for all your great ideas and for sharing your knowledge and connecting with us and helping us succeed as quilters!

Best to you!
Tracey Towner

Janet’s T-Shirt Quilt

I received the nicest email from Janet about her t-shirt quilt:

I was re-reading your T-shirt Quilt as you go book and decided I should send you my first t-shirt quilt. I retired in March 2016 and promised my boss I would make her a t-Shirt quilt. Well I started it in October 2015 and finished it sometime in November! And gave it to Dr. Freeman at the Christmas party. I really enjoyed quilting the squares and then figuring out how to sew them all together was very well explained. I learned a lot on that first t-shirt quilt. First I will never mushy Batty! And the Stabilizer I got I don’t think I will ever get again. The hardest part of this was getting those squares to not be a mess after quilting. I had to redo each one after quilting. Getting those squares to smooth out was really hard. I was really happy with that I almost had everyone about the same size. My husband helped me with the sewing machine as I have not used a sewing machine for quilting – always did it by hand. He really tried to make sure I learned how to use this sewing machine which he purchased years ago to make stuff for his sailboat.

Everything you put in this book was so great. I did have to re-read things over and over but once I had done it once or twice, I could do it for all of the squares. I did a bad thing and that was I decided to not wash everything except the t-shirts. I told my boss to not wash the quilt. We shall see if she does. She said she would wash in cold water!! My fault. I just did not wash the material. I will do that for the next one which I will start making either in March or November. I do lots of RV trips in the RV and not sure I will take the squares with me to quilt. We shall see.

Just wanted to thank you for writing this book.

Janet L. Vincent

Thank you Janet! In my world a finished quilt is a beautiful quilt and I’m sure the Dr. loves and cherishes it!

Joanne D & Me

Joanne D and I have been emailing for a while, and I have to tell you that I— number one, admire everyone who can ask for help and —number two, love anyone who can laugh at their own mistakes. These are two qualities I value deeply, so she and I are hitting it off quite well.

When she signed up for my newsletter she mentioned that she needed help understanding the block joining process. I know that, no matter how many times I write it (in books) or how many times I teach it in classes, not everyone is going to say “aha!” the minute they read it. It’s confusing and what’s worse, it’s frustrating when your’re confused. I felt her pain.

I sent all my best tips and she took a deep breath – and she got it!

Then she sent me her pics and I notes and I just had to smile. She told me about her “oopsie” and I told her about mine (and I have plenty).

Here’s Joanne’s quilt, and I thank her deeply for sharing it and her quilting adventure with me. You won’t see any mistakes on the top, her tiny oops is on the back. I wish I could say the same for my quilts 🙂

Joanne DeS's Quilt

Joanne DeS’s Quilt

Bonnie’s Sawtooth Star Quilt with Quilted Borders

I recently received the nicest note from Bonnie about a quilt she adapted to quilt-as-you-go, using methods that worked best for her. That’s my very favorite kind of story! Thank you Bonnie for sharing your quilt and your tips!

Dear Marguerita and Sarah,

Here is a photo of the sawtooth star block quilt I made for our grandson.

I used the method as described in your book Crazy Shortcut Quilts however I attached the sashing so that I could hand sew at the back . Thank you so much for the chapter 6 from your new book about quilted borders. I quilted the borders with wavy lines using my walking foot and then joined them to the quilt.

I was having some difficulty with sewing on the back sashing as described on page 105. Then I noticed that you were using a different Bernina foot (not the walking foot), so I changed to my 34D foot. A lot narrower than the walking foot and so much easier.

Thanks again for your help.

Kind regards.
Bonnie Jenkins
Salisbury, South Australia

Robbie's Quilt by Bonnie Jenkins

Robbie’s Quilt by Bonnie Jenkins

Heather’s Modern Jelly Squares Quilt

Heather used my book “Quilt As You Go {reimagined}” and resized her quilt to king size and sent me the pics and this note – I am just speechless!

Hi Marguerita

I just wanted to show you the king-sized quilt I made from your Quilt as You Go Reimagined Book. It has taken me 2 ½ years (on and off) to make and I am so proud of myself. I am a self taught quilter and gaining more confident with my sewing all the time. Hope you like it.

Far North Queensland



Debbie C’s Special Quilt

I met an Alaskan Quilter – Debbie lives in Anchorage and sent me a pic of her quilt and the most heartwarming message to go with it:

I make charity quilts mainly for a NICU, but occasionally I will get a request to do a special quilt for a family. I thought I was in over my head with a quilt I promised to a family going through a really tough time now in the process of trying to adopt a little boy. I was given a bag of his clothing, and asked to use the pieces in a quilt. I had no clue how I was going to do this and then I remembered I had purchased your book on shortcut quilts.

Oh my gosh! Now I must admit, it wasn’t easy, it required a couple of wine coolers?!! And at times I looked outside to see the beautiful weather, I live in Anchorage too, and thought to myself, ” why did I volunteer to do this!?”

But… I finished it this morning, your instructions were easy to follow and I am so pleased.


Debbie C


Judy’s Corvette T-Shirt Quilt

Judy and I have been emailing since 2009, when she wrote to tell me about a quilt she made and about using my first book to make it. In the years between we’ve just kept in touch, asking a few questions here and there and and sharing brief updates. But recently, she sent me pics and I really need to share them with you.

Her newest Corvette Quilt!

Judy Simmons's Corvette T-Shirt Quilt

Judy Simmons’s Corvette T-Shirt Quilt

I really like the attention to detail she paid to the blocks. Her quilting makes each one stand out!

Custom Quilted Blocks

Custom Quilted Blocks