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Charity Quilts

Purchase with a Purpose

When you buy one of these limited edition quilts, a portion of your purchase price will be donated to the ministries at Fuquay Varina United Methodist Church. Just look for "FVUMC" on the listing.

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Heirloom in the Making is just me for now. This is a woman-owned small business for the passionate creation of fabric arts by me but when the project is larger than a lap quilt, I'll send it out to one of my quilting community contacts who has a room-sized frame and longarm that does bed-sized quilts. One or two even have a computer-controlled system!

I've been sewing since I was 9 and learned on an old Singer Treadle my mother had. I loved pumping the peddle but 50 years later, I am delighted to use a highly-computerized Janome MemoryCraft machine named "Cindy Lou" for piecing your quilt and I have a HandiQuilter Sweet Sixteen stationary longarm named "Merida" for quilting small projects up to a lap size (65"x72" average). 

Together with the talents of Cindy Lou and Merida, my quilt designs tend to include applique--cutting out shapes and applying them to a background fabric. You could even say applique is my jam but I try not to have sticky fingers while quilting.

I can custom-design a cartoony layout (like the Minions I drew from pictures online) or I can use more classic shapes. Although I can hand-stitch (needle-turn) the edges, that is more expensive and I prefer to machine stitch my applique down anyway. More secure that way, too!

One unusual technique I specialize in is a combination of hand and machine work called "Shadow Applique." Here, a sheer overlay is placed on top of the shapes before they are hand-stitched down with a matching color thread. The background image on this site is a "Secret Garden" quilt I did in the shadow applique style.

I can turn any applique into shadow applique but it's particularly well-suited to baby quilts. All of just part of a quilt can be done in shadow applique. To see an example of a combination, please visit my Facebook business page where you'll see the "bears" are shadow applique (from grandparents' clothing) but the stars are not (just grandpa's tee shirts).

In 2020, I started doing T-shirt quilts and am finding that they're really fun and such an honor to make--a true heirloom in the making! I've made several necktie memory quilt projects and can work with a variety of shirts but I do not work with heavy materials such as denim, leather, lined suits or outerwear. I also do not provide laundry services, so please read the FAQs if you have a tee shirt quilt or other memory quilt you'd like me to make for you.

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