Tuesday, June 19


I finally finished my "Village" quilt.....all 132 houses.

I used up my stash of American Jane fabrics I had been hoarding for years....and years!

I knew the perfect pattern would come along one day and Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. created this one.
I think it's perfect!
You can purchase the pattern here at the Fat Quarter Shop.

I stippled the entire quilt - it's so busy you would never have seen any fancy quilting. 

 I had to include my last name, "Olkowski" - this "Kinder" line of fabrics, by Heather Ross, is perfect for these doorways!

I added a scrappy binding using some prints 
and a solid black.

 I fussy cut a few little characters and letters for some of my windows and doors.
Out of the 132 house I added 16 chimneys - one for each home I've lived in.....I had no idea I had lived in that many homes until I started counting.

I added "Ennis MT" in this row....my home town.

The backing has a couple of panels that come with the fabric lines and more chunky pieces sewn together randomly.
I had 3 little house left over so I added them to the back.

This was so fun to create.  
I taught this class with my friend, Lexie, at our Adult Education evening classes this past spring.  
The students were so fun and every quilt turned out differently - it's one of those quilts you get to add all kinds of personal touches to.

Just hanging out with my very weathered bird house. 

This might be my only finish this year and it was 
worth every single minute.
I love it so much. 
(Thank you, Danette, for letting me use your wagons and fences on your property for some of the photos.)

Saturday, May 26

Fat Quarter Friday pattern...

Allison, at Cluck, Cluck Sew, asked me to quilt this 
happy little quilt recently.
I love her color combinations.....and this one is no exception.
I wish I had that kind of color sense.

Fat Quarter Friday, an Easy Downloadable Quilt Pattern in 5 sizes

The pattern is, "Fat Quarter Friday".....
You can read about it on her blog, here.

I quilted an all-over popcorn/petal design.

I love the backing she used - it's a Bonnie & Camille print.

Allison used one of her own prints from her "Hello Jane" line for the binding.

Fat Quarter Friday Quilt Pattern

Darling quilt!
You can purchase the pattern from her pattern shop here.

Monday, April 30

Kate's quilt....

A Montana customer of mine, Kate, made this beautiful 
quilt for her mom.
The pattern is a free layer cake quilt pattern designed by April Rosenthal, called, "Moda Love".....found here.

I quilted an all over floral, paisley, feathery design. 

 I absolutely love this backing fabric.

This is the center star.  
Kate placed the colored fabrics all around this center.

This is probably my favorite print in the quilt - but, 
they're all fabulous!

Kate chose the perfect binding - a black & grey gingham.

This is Kate's second quilt - I tell you what.....she already has some serious skills!

She packed up this quilt along with her adorable little twins and hauled a horse trailer all the way to California so she could deliver this quilt (and the horse trailer) to her mom.  
That's love.....
Thank you, Kate, for trusting me with this beautiful quilt.  
I'm sure we'll be seeing many more quilts in your future.

Thursday, April 12

Carol's quilts

My friend, Carol - from Montana, is always creating 
such fun quilts.
She has some pretty serious skills when it comes 
to quilt making.
Here are a few lovelies she recently made...
This is one of my favorites - I especially love the 
low volume backgrounds.

 I straight lined her "X's" and swirled the background.
I believe all quilts look fabulous with a black 'n white 
stripe binding.

Carol made an entire quilt out of these blocks - "Nesting Churn-dash" - this is a pillow she made to go with it.  
Churn-dash is my favorite block - I was tempted to 
keep this pillow...

I wish I had a better photo of this little quilt.  
She used a border print for both sides of 
these very cool pieced blocks.

Here is the right side of the border print - I love it!

I quilted wavy lines with a "wood knot" every so often through the border print.

LOVE these chickens!  
Carol said this is one of her favorite quilts.  
I can see why.

I absolutely love this backing.  
I need at least a bolt of it!  
You can get it from Hawthorne Threads.  
It's from the Pastel Thrift line here.

I think this sweet little boxy quilt is so sweet - prints are 
from Sweetwater.  
I quilted a single wavy line from edge to edge.  
Carol uses the best backings on her quilts, too.

 I still love a masculine woven fabric quilt.  
Carol made this one for her son-in-law. 

 It's a very simple quilt and yet so appealing.  
I cross-hatched the entire quilt.

I quilted "wish bones" in the outer border.  
Carol used a luscious flannel for the backing.

Carol - you're an amazing quilter and a wonderful friend.
I only wish I could keep up with you and your quilts!
Thanks for always trusting me with your beauties.

Tuesday, March 27

Shari's Wallflowers

My friend, Shari, in New Jersey, made this beautiful "Wallflowers" quilt.
You can find this pattern of Allison's at her website,
"Cluck, Cluck Sew"....right here.
It's on my very long list of quilt patterns to make.
The blocks finish at 20" so they really show off your prints.
Shari used a variety of Denyse Schmidt prints.
She knows I love Denyse Schmidt prints, too, so it is always delightful to quilt on these.
Here are some close-ups of her blocks....Shari did such a great job combining the prints.
Here's the backing - a sweet DS print...
I quilted a straight line pattern in each wallflower and did a swirl/pebble combination in the background.
So lovely - thank you, Shari.

Wednesday, March 14

Amy's Single Girl

My friend, Amy - from Idaho, made one of the cutest
"Single Girl" quilts I've ever seen.
She really went all out with the pink - I love it!
She used all Cotton & Steel "Trinket" fabrics.
You can find the Denyse Schmidt pattern,
Amy wanted cinnamon rolls for the quilting design.
I think it's perfect because of the circular pattern of her quilt.
She also used wool batting - so delicious! 
Do you love this backing? 
Makes me smile!
I have made one "Single Girl" quilt
and I now I want to make about 5 more!
This is mine.
I think every girl needs a very pink quilt.
It's so lovely, Amy, thank you for letting me quilt it.

Thursday, March 1

Domini's quilt....

My friend, Domini, from Idaho, sent me this stunning king size quilt to quilt.
I love it so much.
She created sections of color going in a diagonal direction.
Most of her fabrics were Anna Maria Horner's prints...
 so beautiful.
Look at that backing, "Summer Totem", - perfect.
I quilted diagonal straight lines going the same direction her piecing is going.
Domini wanted minimal quilting because it's a summer quilt and she used wool batting.
 I wish I had an area large enough to show the entire quilt - it's so amazing.
 Thank you, Domini, for letting me quilt this beauty!