Creativity Showcase

As I’ve stated before, I love all aspects of quilting. From the antique bed covers that kept our ancestors warm, to traditional versions of those designs right up to modern or artsy projects, I’m always on the lookout for new and fun ideas in the quilt world.

A few months ago I received an interesting email from Joanne Grimes. She is a self taught quilter with a very unique approach to quiltmaking. She purchases her fabric at thrift stores (this includes all sorts of garments and the fiber content is unimportant). She then creates her own designs from the inside out, using her own common sense, color sense and piecing techniques. Here are two of her quilts:

I think the intricacy of her designs is truly amazing and I told her so. She then sent me a picture of her most recent work in progress:

 Here’s what she said about it:

“I just finished the piecing part. I stopped counting pieces after the total of the stars went over a 1000 pieces.Thrift store for the fabric which includes a Packer t-shirt, some hospital scrubs, skirts, shorts,  shirts, pants and other t-shirts, but I did have the colors mostly decided before I went shopping.”

AMAZING! Atta girl Joanne. Keep innovating and thanks for the pictures.

I also want to share a quilt begun by Barb Setzer in a recent Compass Capers class I taught at Ben Franklin in Oconomowoc. She took the round class project to a whole new level and just sent me a picture of her compass creation. I so enjoy sharing what others are doing with my technique :-):

She never put the 4 quarters of that compass together, but instead she made 4 additional oval compasses and used the original quarters at the sides. Very creative! The class was last month and it’s quilted and bound! Quite impressive.

Thanks Barb and Joanne!

PS you may email Joanne at:

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  • LaurabKrasinski said:

    Very cool..That is a great use of recycling…and the compass quilt.. She must be an overachiever!! Beautiful!!

  • Barbara M said:

    the recycled quilts are wonderful

    Barb S compass variation and finished quilt put me to shame. I took class almost 2 years ago an my quilt is not even a quilt top!

    • clkquilt admin

      Remember Barb, UFO stands for “ultimately fabulous opportunity”! Your compass is just marinating until the time is right to get it done :-)!

  • Joanne Grimes said:

    Thanks Chris, you picked some of my better designs to display! The one on the left now graces my sister’s bed and my daughter uses the one on the right. They are meant to be used. I appreciate the accolades from everyone.
    Barb S’s take on the compass capers design gave me some new design ideas for another quilt. Alas! My designing ideas are getting ahead of the quilts.

    • clkquilt admin

      Thanks again to you and Barb for allowing me to share your quilts. I just checked the stats and over 600 viewers have read this post. What a blessing to be able to share with so many!


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