Welcome to Walnut Street Quilts

Welcome and thank you for stopping by for a visit!


I’m Patty and WSQ is all about my quilts, classes I teach, and helping you to become a better quilter (piecer, actually).  There are tutorials on blocks & quilt labels, a Quilting Journal of finished projects, and Quilts In Pieces (don’t we all have those?).

This Christmas will be our 25th wedding anniversary.  Goodness, where did that time go?  My awesome, supportive quilt husband and I have two great kids.  Emma is off to college this year; well not really since she will still be living at home, and August will be a junior in high school.

The first quilt class I took was hand piecing and hand quilting.  I learned quite a bit, but at the time, hand piecing didn’t appeal to me.  I was so disheartened by a class on a pineapple quilt that everything went into a closet for 14 years.  Have you ever had a class or quilt project that made you want to toss it all away?

While I wasn’t actually sewing, I did visit quilt shops to pet the fabric (you do it too, admit it!) and drool over the beautiful quilts.  I’m also guilty of buying kits that would live in my closet for 10 years.  When the kids got older, I tried another quilt class in 2007.  It’s probably more accurate to say I jumped head first . . .

Twisted Bargello 2008.  Chris Timmons design.  Australian Patchwork & Quilting Vol 8 No 4. Honorable Mention Autumn Gems Quilt Show, Large Wall Hanging-Pieced

Twisted Bargello 2008. Chris Timmons design. Australian Patchwork & Quilting Vol 8 No 4.
Honorable Mention Autumn Gems Quilt Show, Large Wall Hanging-Pieced

The instructor was fantastic and my love for quilting was born.  There were a couple more classes, but I really enjoyed the challenge of working thru a pattern on my own and tweaking the piecing techniques.  My favorite reference book is the Better Homes and Gardens Complete Guide to Quilting and I still dust it off on occasion.  Between 2007 and 2008 I pieced 13 quilt tops and quilted about half of those.  Yep, you can say it, I was obsessed!

A friend and I started teaching Quilt Club at our local shop in 2009 and that lead to  teaching classes shorty after.  In 2011, another friend asked me to teach a class on The Farmer’s Wife Sampler.  I had not even heard of this book, so it took me a while to investigate just what was involved in the making the sampler quilt.  I wasn’t thrilled about making 100 + templates, but soon discovered that there were acrylic templates and conversion charts on the From Marti Michell website.

While traditional methods are great and I believe every new quilter should start there, the acrylic templates are extremely versatile and make cutting and piecing a breeze.  Traditional cutting vs. FMM is like using scissors vs. a rotary cutter.  Scissors will get the job done, but it is quicker and easer to use the rotary cutter.

A few of my favorite quilts (most are from Quilt Club) . . .

I love to teach classes and help students work thru their piecing issues (we’ve all been there), try new techniques, and encourage them in their love of quilting.  Quilts are beautiful works of art (even the ones that have a blemish, or two) that give warmth when you’re cold, emotional comfort when needed, & joy and love when gifted to another.  They also remind us that our ancestors were able to make beautiful treasures from fabric bits and pieces.  While they didn’t have local quilt shops, or a wide variety of fabric, they did have  fabric scraps, hand drawn patterns and templates, and a love for quilting.

My quilting tip is remain open and positive to new experiences.  If your mindset is  I can’t do that, you will be missing out on wonderful opportunities.  You never know until you try!

My blogging tip would be to watch all the videos on setting up your theme and how to add items like widgets and buttons.  I’m not a technical person (I have issues with the Apple TV!), and the WordPress videos were a big help.

My dream vacation is to visit Scotland, and maybe Ireland.  That was on the agenda for this year, but was bumped in favor of a lay-about, relaxing vacation.

I love period show and movies; most anything on Masterpiece classic & mystery.

Fun fact:  I despise shopping for clothes and shoes, having teeth pulled would be preferable.  Now, shopping for fabric is another matter.  I can spend hours in a quilt shop and my husband aka chaufeur, usually finds a corner for a nap after he has made his fabric/quilt requests.  Which is fine, because I can pile my treasures on his lap!

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Please visit the other featured quilter’s in my Hive this week:

Cristy @ www.iloveyousew.com
Sarah @ www.goer.org/sarah
Eileen @ eileeninstitches.blogspot.com/

And the quilters from the other Hives

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Happy Quilting!




56 thoughts on “Welcome to Walnut Street Quilts

  1. I am glad to get to know you better through this post! I also got married over Christmas (on the 27th). My husband’s birthday is the 26th, so it is a busy time of year for us. Congratulations on your 25th anniversary this year! I love your tip that you never know until your try, and I have to say that is one of the things I enjoy most about the quilting community: its ability to be so open minded to trying new!

    • Hi Yvonne,

      Thanks for visiting me (twice) today! We got married 2 days after he graduated from college and honeymooned in an ice storm! Goodness, three days of festivities? How long did it take you to combine presents? Having our wedding anniversary around Christmas just makes the holiday more special.

  2. Hahaha! I hate clothes shopping too….my sister just dragged me to a store and made me buy new clothes then she threw out all the ugly things (according to her!) in my suitcase out! (Actually she donated them all but I was good and didn’t pick them back out of the pile!!!). I bribe her to be my wardrobe designer – she gets quilts and I get a new closetful of clothes!!!

    • Hi Allison,

      Thanks for visiting today! That is awesome you have someone to make you shop for clothes and weed your closet. I’d probably have to pick thru the pile; couldn’t part my sweaters with holes! My daughter doesn’t like to clothes shop either, which makes it “interesting” when we have to purchase school clothes.

  3. Patty, I love your blog post. It’s very “you” 🙂 Great introduction as to who you are and your journey. I’m so happy we have many more years of our quilt journey as friends!!!

    • Hi Hallie,

      I’m very glad we met at quilt club; we click in so many ways, and not just quilting! See you on Friday for Row by Row!

  4. You brought up a great point with the dreaded word “can’t.” I tell my daughter all the time that if you say you can’t you are 100% correct. Letting go of that mindset can be easier said than done though. Your quilts are beautiful. How long did it take you to make the Twisted Bargello quilt?

    • Thank you Tish, and thank you for visiting! I think the Bargello was 3 or 4 classes with a ton of homework, so it may have taken a couple of months to cut and piece. The quilting went fairly quickly.

  5. I just love your thoughts on quilting. It’s so true, and it’s why I love quilting. You can make something beautiful and comforting and warm and practical all at the same time, while putting your own spin on it through quilting or choice of fabric etc.

    You have some really beautiful quilts! I think my favourite is Santa’s Village!

    • Hi Cindy,

      Thanks for visiting today! I agree, when your mind is open good things happen.

  6. It was great learning more about you. That is some first quilt! I can’t wait to see what you are planning on making next.

    • Hi Cheryl,

      Thanks for buzzing over for a visit. The other ladies in class thought I was insane for making a bargello, but the instructor was awesome. There are quite a several quits in the line-up and I’m announcing my first stitch-along on Friday!


  7. So nice to have “met” you through your post, Patty! I am so impressed by your first attempt to make a quilt — that twisted bargello is stunning! It’s no wonder you became the teacher at your local shop… You’ve been a pro from the very beginning! Lovely work and great post. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Hi Kim,

      Thank you for visiting and the wonderful compliments! I think everyone should make a Twisted Bargello & a Drunkard’s Path, they elimate all piecing fears!


  8. Hi Patty, you have some wonderful encouraging words for those of us just starting out, thank you. I love the Devil’s Puzzle Quilt -very striking. I much prefer shopping for fabric than clothes too!

    • Hi Deb,

      Thank you for visiting! The Devil’s Puzzle was really fun to piece. I’ll be posting a tutorial for a mini version in the future.


  9. Hi Patty,
    Stopping by to visit from the blog hop. Your quilts and blog are both lovely. Where is Walnut Street, and what part of the country are you from? Is the woman in the photo one of your children? They look very proud to be standing next to the quilt.
    Congratulations on your upcoming wedding anniversary. My 19th is tomorrow.
    Time does really fly, and I feel like I want to slow down and savor all the good stuff.
    Have fun with the blog hop!!

    • Hi Anne,

      Thank you for visiting and for the compliments. I was having difficulty in coming up with a name for the blog, so I let my best quilting buddy give it a name. Walnut Street is actually the street we live on; hence the row of houses/barn being my header & logo. We live in central Illinois about 3 hours south of Chicago. That lovely lady with the Devil’s Puzzle quilt is our daughter Emma. That was her high school graduation quilt. She’s starting college this fall and my husband and I still wonder where the years went. The young man in some of the photos is our son August.

      Happy (belated) Anniversary! We dated for 3 years before getting married, so maybe it should be our 28th anniversary.


  10. Hi Patty, you have made some lovely quilts. That Twisted Bargello one – wow! Your husband is a good man sitting so patiently in the fabric store. I don’t think mine would enjoy that at all.

    • Hi Hayley,

      Thank you for visiting and for the compliment. My husband is awesome. He also finds shops for me to visit. Maybe your husband will come around. You could try going out for lunch afterward!

  11. This is an interesting post. I hope to pick up some of your piecing techniques in the future.

    • Hi Lisa,

      Thank you for visiting! I’ll be posting a couple of new quilt labels soon; a popsicle and a sailboat!


  12. Hi, fellow new bee! Your Santa’s Village quilt is adorable. You have a great philosophy on staying open minded and learning.

    • Hi Eileen,

      Thank you for visiting. I’m glad people are liking Santa, he’s pretty cute!


  13. hello and nice to meet you! You have made some beautiful quilts and your first one – the twisted bargello – is just amazing!

    • Hi Wendy,

      Thank you for visiting my blog. The Twisted Bargello is still one of my top 5 favorites.


  14. Buzzing around visiting your hive this morning. We also were married Dec 1990 and are celebrating our 25th this year, but we weren’t married at Christmas time.

    I love the twisted bargello. Doing a bargello quilt is on my quilting bucket list but I don’t feel like I have the skills to take it on yet.

    • Hi Cheri,

      Thank you for visiting our hive! The Bargello is much easier than it looks. You just need to keep your strips organized.


  15. Congrats on the upcoming 25th! My best friend got married on St.Stephens day 26th – we all thought it was a great idea until we started looking for a hairdresser and cakes and flowers! turned out to be a brilliant special wedding in the end!

    • Hi Ruth,

      Thanks for visiting! Planning the wedding was an adventure, but we wouldn’t have changed the time of year for anything. We had a Christmas tree and poinsettias behind the alter.


  16. Patty, I really enjoyed reading about you. I have never heard of FMM, I’ll have to check it out. I can see that you are a great teacher, because I can see your love for patchwork through your work and blogging. 🙂

    • Hi Silvia, Thank you for visiting and for the great compliment! The FMM templates are awesome and I use them for about 95% of what I make. They are that versatile and can adapt to almost any pattern. I’m working on adding my FMM sampler blocks to the Quilts In Pieces if you want to check out some of the blocks.


  17. Hi Patty: it was lovely to learn a little about your journey in to the world of quilting. It’s so like a lot of the journeys I’ve taken in life. I’m always putting things away and picking them up.

    I think it’s great that you run a teaching blog. I’ve very much enjoyed going through your past posts since we spoke over email.


  18. Wow woman! You make some pretty large and fantastic quilts! That black and white one with the curves is yummy! I am working on my first black and white quilt, loving it. With that being said, if you dove first in with that Twisted quilt, my hat is off to you dear! However we got sucked into the world of quilting and fabric, well, it definitely is always a story to tell. While I think they are all so alike, they are still so different as I am always fascinated with what really struck someone with their cupid air love with fabric and sewing. Teaching is so awesome and while I love it, I struggle with having the leadership to showcase myself off about it. One day! Maybe one day I’ll get to take your class!

    BTW – that fish quilt with the 3D dimension is something I haven’t been able to take my eyes off of… the quilting even sets is apart from itself and the bate!?!?! Come on now! Hehe Before I close, HAPPY 25th ANNIVERSARY! So precious and valuable!

    *Stopping by from the 2015 New Blogger Blog Hop – New Bee’s

    • Hi Megan,

      Thank you for visiting and for the awesome comments! I had the kit for the Bargello for at least 5 years and when a class was offered at the LQS my husband gave me a push. Very glad he did.

      I really am amazed by what catches my interest. I thought Civil War Repo fabrics were way behind me, but then I was sucked in my Temecula Quilt Company and their Little Gems EPP, and a friend and I shop hopped for the Row by Row Experience and there were some lovely Civil War EPP kits for Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses. Never say Never.

      As for teaching, if you’re confident with the skills you’re showing, the leadership will come. I still get butterflies with each new class. I would love to have you in class!

      The Something’s Fishy quilt is still one of my favorites. It was my first quilt using batik fabric. The echo quilting is funny, in that I didn’t know how to do anything else. But it works! We looked all over for fish lures as my husband was quite picky. Something about them being appropriate for the type of fish. Whatever honey!

      I added the pattern information to the photo in case you’re interested.

      Thank you for the Happy Anniversary!


  19. Patty, what a work of art your Twisted Bargello quilt is. I am in awe. I don’t see me doing anything that complicated for long time to come! I’m curious about your first stitch-along that you’ll be announcing on Friday. I’ll be looking for all the details! As far a project that made me want to toss it all away, a couple months ago I definitely had the experience of “I don’t want to do this any more.” I had started a nine-patch block quilt making blocks with solid grey fabric with a batik center which went fine, but when I started on a block with batik fabric and a grey center in the middle, I didn’t pay attention to the orientation of my batik fabric. It was vertical in some squares and horizontal in others. I pretty much said, “Enough!” I’m sure I’ll go back to another time but it’s not on my quilt project radar in the foreseeable future.

    • Hi Mary,

      Thank you for visiting. The Bargello is easier than it looks. It is strip pieced and you just have to keep your strips organized (numbered). I’m pleased with the interest in the Bauble Along. If you’d like to be in the giveaway, just leave me a comment on the Bauble Along post.

      I’ve had projects like your 9-patch. They usually go hibernate in a box for a bit, but always come back out, eventually. There’s one that’s been in a box for at least 7 years.


  20. So nice to “meet” you, Patty! I completely agree that you need to embrace new experiences…I’ve been afraid of quilts with curved lines, but I have a pattern lined up to (finally) try it out.

    • Hi Christy,

      Thank you for visiting. I learned from Marti Michell that too many pins keeps the fabric moving into the curve causing puckers. Five seems to be the magic number. I would love to see your curve project!


  21. I MAY also pet fabric…perhaps…okay, I do!! LOL Your bargello is awesome. I don’t like moving outside of my comfort zone, but I do (kicking and screaming), and I always learn something.

    • Hi Anja,

      Thank you for visiting. I’ve moved outside my comfort zone so many times, that it’s almost nonexistent. If you have to go kicking & screaming, that’s OK. You’re moving forward!


  22. Clothes shopping is horrible! I’ve never really like it, and I’m sure my wardrobe shows it too! Love your tips on quilting and blogging. There is always something new to learn in both areas. It was a pleasure getting to know you!

    • Hi Jayne,

      Thank you for visiting. I like your blog and have shared a couple of your tutorials via Facebook with my Quilt Club group.


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  24. Patty, that Bargello is amazing! I’ve always wanted to make one of those. I really enjoyed getting to know you through your post and I think we have a bit in common. I too love reading/watching period pieces and I’ve always wanted to visit Ireland and Scotland.

  25. Hi Patty, sorry so late to the party but have been out of the country for an entire month and am just catching up this weekend. I enjoyed reading your blog – love that twisted bargello thingy – that’s something. I too love to teach and really want to start teaching some quilting classes, too. Best of luck to you. Carrie

  26. Your bargello quilt is stunning – I’d like to try that style someday…but not too soon cause there is such a LOOOOOONG list of “wish quilts” to make 🙂 Enjoy your relaxing summer – and wishing your daughter the easiest of transitions into college!

  27. I’m so glad to get to know you! I love that your selection of favorite quilts have such a wide variety of colors and styles. I am particularly drawn to the black and white Drunkards Path- so striking!

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