My name is Tammy.
I am a Quiltmaker.
|This quilt was hand embroidered by my mother|
and hand quilted by my great grandmother.
I've been wrapped in the love of quilts from
the very beginning!
When I was a little girl and dreaming of
"what I would be when I grew up"
I always thought that I wanted to be a
wife and a mother.
|Quilt made for my granddaughter|
As I got a little older I considered the other options open to me.......
Nurse, Secretary, Teacher.
As a child growing up in the 60's,
living in a very small, rural
town in Southeastern Ohio with very traditional values this is what I saw as my choices.
|Maple Island BQ2 quilt design|
High School in San Diego saw me taking typing, business and accounting classes.
Yep, I was going to be an accountant.
Talk about fitting a square peg in a round hole!
|This quilt was made to place on the floor so my grandbabies|
have a clean place to play
Fast forward.....I DID become a wife and mother and
I DID work in the accounting field and I DID work in the school system,
but never a Nurse. (too afraid of needles!)
Ironic since I now work with needles ALL the time!
I just don't stick anyone with them.
(My husband might disagree with that.....his feet always seems
to find the needles that I drop on the floor!)
|Quilt still in progress.|
I need to finish this one!
What I didn't realize was that my work training began in a tiny little house in the attic where I
sat under the quilting frames of my great grandmother.
|Small quilt made for a Breast Cancer fund raiser.|
Every day on my way home from school I stopped by grandma's house
to watch Dark Shadows.
Speaking of Dark Shadows....I'm not sure I'm going to like the
new movie that is coming out. Looks
like they are going to be making a spoof of the original,
but I digress.....
Before I left gramma's house
it was my job to thread 7 or 8 needles so she could hand quilt in the evening.
|Harmonic Convergence quilt made for my son when he got married|
I had free access to her scrap box that resided
under the bed in the attic.
I can still remember cutting heart shapes from the fabric,
sewing them together
then stuffing them to make little pillows.
My love of quilts and quiltmaking began with my
great grandma Lizzie,
but my "formal" training began in a 6 week quilt class
in Secunda, South Africa.
|This little quilt hangs in my husband's office.|
That was it! I was in love and have been quilting
for the last 30 or so years.
The last 6 years it has been my profession.
|Quilt I designed for my daughter when she graduated high school|
Each of the larger squares contain a picture.
I worked at a quilt shop for several years until I
purchased a professional Longarm quilting machine.
|High school quilt for my son|
Following in my grandma's footsteps I
now I put the decorative quilting stitches on other people's quilts.
Only I use a machine....she did it all by hand.
|Quilt design was inspired from a postcard made by|
New Orleans artist Jamie Hayes
All of the quilts pictured here are ones that I have
pieced and quilted.
(with the exception of the very first one pictured)
|Mariner's Compass Wallhanging.|
Some of them are patterns from a book,
or a class
and others are ones that I have designed my self.
|Scrap quilt made for my parents.|
Hey mom......are you using this quilt?
This is just a small sampling of the quilts I have made.
It doesn't include any of the t-shirt quilts
OR any of the customer quilts I've quilted.
|Baby quilt I designed|
The majority of the quilts that I make are quilts
that I want people to use!
Totally made from scraps.
My kids used to take this quilt to camp!
Quilts to cuddle up with
|Class taken in Durango Colorado|
and hopefully feel the love that I've stitched in to it
|Double wedding ring|
and hopefully feel my arms wrapped around them.
Some of my quilts are Art Quilts.
Quilts that are made mainly to hang.
|Teacup exchange quilt|
Each teacup was made by a special friend
Their name is written under the lace of each cup.
Definition of QUILT
a : a bed coverlet of two layers of cloth filled with padding (as down or batting) held in place by ties or stitched designs
This may be the dictionary definition of a quilt,
but my definition is :
Quilt = Love