Backcountry Quilts

creative and functional designs inspired by the backcountry

Spring Runoff

I have a hard time even estimating how many hours I invested in this twin-sized traditional/wholecloth quilt (over 50 hours). I didn't have a completed plan in my head when I started, and each step left me with a puzzle... Continue Reading →

Christmas Diversions

Quilting had to take a back seat to the Christmas gifts I wanted to make this year. This one I'm especially pleased with: a coin purse for my 2.5-year-old daughter. Now she can carry her offering to Sabbath School herself.

Grandmother’s Colorado Garden

Most of these hexagon quilts were made in the 1920s, and this one probably was, too. Cut and pieced by hand by a Colorado quilter, this top was probably intended to be queen-sized. I have no idea how many days... Continue Reading →

Practice Stars

Whenever I accept donation quilts to work on, I think, 'It'll be good practice!' Then several years go by and I wonder if I should have taken on the project. After several years of working on these star quilts, I... Continue Reading →

Delectable Rocky Mountains

This quilt is for a munchkin living in Estes Park, a mountain girl in the making. Working with these colors was challenging; I chose too many. I'd like to make her another quilt and try again!   Lesson learned Keep... Continue Reading →

25-year Christmas Quilt

I started this sometime during elementary school, probably at around 9 or 10 years-old. And now (many years later), it's done! My mom started me on this project with an embroidery hoop and a needle and thread. I finished it... Continue Reading →

Spring Melt

I designed this baby quilt for a woodland nursery with tints of green and teal. This spring leaf pile is just starting to get dispersed by the wind. At least, that was my design inspiration. I also wanted the half-square... Continue Reading →

Quilting Retreat?

If I can't ski this season, at least I can spend the day in the cabin getting some quilting done while everyone else is on the slopes! (Yes, I brought my machine.) And I had my nephew to help me... Continue Reading →

New Challenge: Dresden Plates

These always seemed like too much work--but when you have a quilting group cut the pieces and everyone tries together, Dresden plates are not so daunting after all. Thanks to Amanda's guidance (from Hem and Hew), each quilter in our... Continue Reading →

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