Quilt Gallery

Here are some my finished quilts.  I don’t have pictures of the few that were machine quilted or that were made by commission.  I will add more as I finish more. (click pictures to enlarge)

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finishing-binding 020 finishing-binding 024 finished Ring Quilt 5-15-13 008 finished Ring Quilt 5-15-13 011 tie dye quilt finished 001 tie dye quilt finished 010 Dick and Jane Quilt 009 Dick and Jane Quilt 007

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Vintage fans, reproduction fabric for sashing

Vintage fans, reproduction fabric for sashing

quilting close up

quilting close up

112 thoughts on “Quilt Gallery

  1. antarabesque says:

    The quilt of the bare branches and tree trunks is still my favourite. Thanks for sharing these!

    • timquilts says:

      it is still my favorite too!…but all are different and that is my goal….no 2 alike

      • Deidre says:

        Hi, I was looking for some fan quilt images and I just found your site. I really like a lot of your quilts…the colours are really nice and the texture you put into them looks great…probably feels good too. I like quilts to look not only beautiful but that you could just curl up in them and …they will cope if your dog joins you. I am planning to start my own blog soon so I will add you to my list of lovely sites. Cheers
        Deidre from rural Victoria in Australia

      • timquilts says:

        Thanks!!….I hope to see you blog soon….I enjoy seeing as many different quilts and quilters as I can!! I also love the opportunity to see how quilting differs across the globe

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  3. WOW! Tim, I really like the embroidered birds on the batiks! Guess I’m going to have to put that one on my bucket list!

    • timquilts says:

      Thanks Karen
      That was my first quilt
      I hated it until I hand quilted it…at first it was just machine quilted between the squares …but now I love it

  4. Ginny says:

    Just came across your site. Wonderful!!!! I make tops, and sometimes into quilts, but mostly for the arts sake. Scraps and old patterns are my things. Love your old quilts. Snagged some ideas to play with.
    You are in my ‘favorites’ !

  5. Mary Catherine vonJess says:

    Wow, Tim! Beautiful quilting! Love those vintage and scrappy quilts especially the Pineapple applique and the pickle dish like ones. (Wish your photos had labels like the quilts-so I could call them by their ‘names’, haha. Cheers, Cathy

    • timquilts says:

      Thanks!…I guess I do need to name my quilts….I just can never think of a name that fits

      • sandy says:

        Hi, Tim we have in our possession a big usa hand quilted flag with pole that was found in a lansing home. it has 50 stars. have you ever heard where this may have originated?

      • timquilts says:

        wow that is a new one on me…I cant imagine where that might have come from or what it was used for. Perhaps the Lansing Historical society might be able to help?

  6. Kristen says:

    Hey, the Gallery needs to be updated with your recent quilts — I keep referring amateur sellers that I infect with the quilt bug to this page, and I want them to experience the proper shock and awe.

  7. sandy says:

    thanks will try them

  8. Kristen says:

    Hey! Where are the “new” ones?!

  9. Rose Sheifer says:

    How do you find the time for the hand quilting? It is beautiful. I make quilts from vintage tablecloths…but I hire someone to finish them. Just published my first book called Vintage Tablecloth Quilts with C&T Publishing.

    • timquilts says:

      I find hand quilting so relaxing….I never sit and watch tv….I quilt with the tv on…..I dont feel right if I dont get at least a few hours of quilting a day
      your book sounds great!…..I thought using a table cloth was a good way to make a fast quilt….I guess I am not the only one

  10. Judy says:

    Have joined this blog because of your hand quilting Tim, I also think it’s so relaxing and do it with the TV on, however often midd out on who killed who on “Midsomer Murders” ! Not to worry as they always come back on repeats.
    Your quilting is lovely. I am needing to cut back a bit due to RSI so alternate my quilting days with Needle turn appliqué days. 🙂

  11. Nancy Seefelt says:

    Someone provided link from the QB. Love, love, love every one of your quilts. Nancy (Wisconsin)

  12. Adrienne says:

    Your work is beautiful. Where would I find a vintage Christmas tablecloth to quilt for future family gatherings?

  13. Patricia Spears says:

    Absolutely beautiful work! Very inspiring!!

  14. Sara says:

    I still think you just need to do some drawings to win your quilts so you have more room to buy others….just a thought….

  15. adaisygarden says:

    Wow! Love so many of them!! I just love the 1935 signature, too! They are all beautiful and so different from one another. You have made quite a collection!

  16. F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S! Always amazed at the quantity and especially the QUALITY of your quilting. But my absolute favourites are the white on white Trees and Feather quilts.

  17. Trina Schellhammer says:

    I’d love to know, how do you display all these wonderful quilts?

    • timquilts says:

      LOL….I don’t display many of them….have one on each bed, one hanging…..I have a quilt rack with a few on ….mostly they are hidden
      they are layered on the spare bed…one on top of the next…which I think is better than folding them all

  18. Pam Gardner says:

    I just joined your site. Your quilting is exquisite. I am esp. fond of the quilts that contain what looks like a peachy orange on the web anyway. They are all beauties.

  19. Sandy Kerr says:

    Tim – Sandy Kerr here. My friend Claudia has some old quilt pieces or partial quilt tops that are 1. in need of repair, 2, not all there, or 3. no matching material to work with. If I send you some pictures, can you give her some suggestions. She has been trying to repair them where she can, and I sugested to add some “vintage” fabric to fill in the bad spots. I can get you her e-mail if being in touch with here directly would be better, or I can be the go-between. Just let me know.

  20. Gloria Ochoa says:

    Hi Tim, I found your quilts as I was trying to get an idea what design to use on quilting my 9 patch quilt. Wow! you have some awsome quilts and I’m glad I am not the only one that still hand quilts. I will look no further. Love your work!

  21. Tori says:

    Your work is very inspiring. Thank you for sharing the pictures.

  22. […] The quilts for the show come from these in the quilt gallery  Click here […]

  23. Stella says:

    Oh WOW! What a collection you have.The quilting is absolutely fabulous in that it suits each quilt . I am so impressed with your work . Thank you for sharing

  24. Sophia Horster says:

    Incredible! Although the double wedding ring quilts are unbelievably beautiful, the quilt made of vintage fan blocks you just posted will become my absolute favorite! I can´t believ how many quilts you finished since I last visited your blog and I really admire your technique! I´ve asked you some time ago which batting you used (and you had told me then) but I can´t find the answer – would you mind telling me again?

    • timquilts says:

      thanks!…..i am looking forward to doing the wedding ring…batting is a hard question…because I use a different one on every quilt….I use what I feel is correct for the quilt I am doing…..the easiest to quilt is wool…..I did a post about batting a while back and you can see that here http://timquilts.com/2012/09/02/batting-choices/

      I have done a few more since that post but this should give you an idea of the options….

  25. May Olson says:

    Tim your work is magnificent.These quilts took my breath away!I wanted to learn the whole cloth trapunto and saw your reply on Facebook to someone else’s question or comment to you.I am delighted that I tuned in to your blog and watched the video.I have subscribed to your blog mostly so I can see what lovely quilts you have here and to discover what other sage advice you have …perfection!

  26. Byrd says:

    I just love the variety of quilts that you have. A beautiful collection of beautiful work! Take care, Byrd

  27. Cathi says:

    What a stunning gallery of quilts!

  28. Sharon Eshlaman says:

    Amazing! I love them all, each for a different reason. I especially like the yellow/green pineapple quilt. I like it’s simplicity I may have to copy that one! Thanks for sharing and inspiring us to help preserve the old quilts that sometimes families discard due to their lack of appreciation of history and time/love given to those pieces of cloth! Next project??

  29. Eileen Mele says:

    Amazing quilts. I could be your gramma, but I stand in awe at your talent. You seem to do instead of just talk. Good for you! How do you store and keep all these. You’re a one man quilt show! Really!!

    • timquilts says:

      these are all stored on a bed…..just one on top of another on a bed…keeps them from getting fold marks and doesn’t take up any room….if I need the spare bed I just roll up the stack and move it aside

  30. karen says:

    many beautiful vintage quilt tops that you brought back to life with your quilting – how you get so many done is beyond me 🙂

    • timquilts says:

      Thanks Karen…I am not sure how either…but I do get 4 -6 hours a day of quilting in …. I spent a lot of last year being really sick so I was home a lot and just quilted non stop….since I am better ( They finally agreed to take out my gal bladder ) I am not getting as much quilting time …but much more work time

  31. gardnerpam6 says:

    they are awesome Tim! How do you display them all?

  32. Ann says:

    I saw your Tree quilt at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum last year. It’s even better in person!

  33. M J says:

    Absolutely beautiful!

  34. These quilts are so inspiring. You have really encouraged me to up my game for the next quilt I make (I have only made one quilt top so far, and am still in the process of trying to teach myself how to quilt it!). Did you piece them all, too, or are some of these the quilts that you have restored? I love them.

    • timquilts says:

      Thanks! Most of them are vintage or antique tops that I have restored and then hand quilted….Some I pieced and quilted and some are a combination of old and new, I cant decide which I like best so I continue to do all 3 🙂

  35. rachelle pare says:

    your quilts are absolutely beautiful

  36. Ollie Sharper says:

    Wow!!! I want to be like you…when I grow up. I am not new to sewing but certainly a babe in quilting…I find your work fascinating

  37. Julierose says:

    I just came across your blog in looking for a pineapple pattern to applique–I am a total novice and that pattern looks like a good way to enter into appliqueing. Did you draft your own pattern, or is there somewhere I can find it? I love your rendition here in the gallery.

  38. Mardell Shoemaker says:

    on page 18 of the Dec Jan 2014 quilters new letter magazine what is the pattern for the quilt at the top of the page. I would like a pattern somewhat like that. Can you tell me

  39. Kristen says:

    Glad to find another unfinished quilt top saver! There is a spot being saved in heaven for us you know! A true unselfish labor of love to see someone else’s vision thur!! Thanks for all your efforts to share your dedicated work !!!! A true inspiration!

  40. Hi again tim,
    I have now found the log cabin quilt (that I was admiring from your blog) finished. The hand quilting does give it a wonderful finish and texture – I’m still sticking to machine though! What a great mixture of quilts you have here but I have to say I absolutely adore the white tree. I’m off now to see how to sign up to your blog.
    Hilary Florence

  41. Gail says:

    Impressive quilting! I have so many questions… how long does each one take to quilt? What needle do you use? Thread? Tips? I’m thinking of trying to hand quilt… right now I just hand piece, and free motion quilt with a domestic machine. Your quilts are amazing!

    • timquilts says:

      thanks Gail!
      there is not only one answer to any of your questions…it depends on the quilt….some took a few weeks some several months…..needle depends on the fabric and the quilting I have used a small as a 312 between needle and as large as a size 5 embroidery needle….Thread ranges between 40 wt hand quilting thread and size 8 perle cotton thread…I write about each one I am working on in the blog and go into all the details so you if you follow the blog all the questions should be addressed

  42. Robyn Brown says:

    Wow! I just found your website. The quilts are amazing. Do you use templates and mark your quilts before quilting or do you free hand it? I’d love to know more about your techniques.

    • timquilts says:

      most often I do it freehand. I sometimes use templates…most of them I make specifically for the quilt. when I start working on a new quilt I always post about how I am doing it all, marking, what batting and needle and thread I am using etc. Happy to answer and specific questions ….thanks for visiting!

  43. Kara says:

    Dear Tim, your quilting is out of this world. My mother in-law turned me on to your blog, this proves how cool she is. Mom has always hand quilted, I have been machine quilting, mainly free motion. I am now inspired to try my hand at hand quilting, as I am finally piecing a log cabin top that will hopfully deserve the extra time. Thanks for sharing and inspiring. I love your trapunto vid, and your whole cloth tree is stunning. It is lovely to see this art being preserved and continuing to flourish.

  44. Jett says:

    Tim, you are amazing!!! It is wonderful to see that you are not letting hand quilting die. I collect antique quilts and tops because I love the workmanship and the feel in the hand quilting. Your quilting is fabulous!. Maybe someday you would be willing to quilt one of my tops that I have saved. 😉

  45. jean says:

    wow! all that hand quilting in one year? my hands ache just from the thought of it!

  46. Lorij says:

    The orange one with the fruit, white scalloped edge, Christmas, wedding ring, the circles with yellow centers, and the one after the Santa quilt are my favorites. Because the one with fruit has such rich colors it is my first choice. The white one is just almost unbelievable it’s so pretty and the Christmas one is simply timeless. Your work is such gorgeous art. You are most blessedly gifted.

  47. Mary says:

    I love your tree of life. I was wondering did you design your own pattern, and also is this just plain quilting or did you make the puffiness using a different kind of stitch. Love it.

    • timquilts says:

      it is my own design, the puffiness is created by the batting, and the very dense quilting compresses the batting and makes the unquilted areas look puffy

  48. Mary says:

    I’m going to get brave enough to try something like that some day. you do beautiful work.

  49. Sarah Coffin says:

    I was googling “how to learn to quilt in all directions” and it brought me here. It’s always nice to see adventurous self-taught quilters. I taught myself as a teen in the mid 90’s. A lot has changed since then. Handquilters are even fewer in number today. You’re doing a very meaningful work by bringing these unfinished quilts into their glory. Thank you so much for having an online presence! Your work is inspiring.

  50. Mary Ann Roberts says:

    I love art and I love quilts. I do not recall seeing anyone’s work that combines the two so beautifully. Thank you for sharing! Mary Ann, Austin, Texas

  51. sheila says:

    your hand quilting has brought back memories, Tim you have an awesome gallery of quilts. I’d like to get my old wooden floor frame out and try your whole cloth design love your work. any instruction you’d like to send would be greatly appreciated though since its been a few years for myself. using tracing paper, transfer papers etc.. I’m way up near Calgary Alberta Canada and around here wholecloth quilting isn’t all that popular its hard to find inspiration, sharing ideas, instruction with fellow quilters. Once again thank you for sharing! Sheila, Olds, Alberta,Canada

  52. Cindy Browb says:

    I can’t believe I just found your site. Where did you find days with more than 24 hours! Tim, your quilts are so varied, and oh so beautiful. Love the trees. I quite enjoy fabric art and am enamoured with wildlife and the outdoors. At present, I am making a wildlife quilt though I am quite slow. You talk about making twelve a year where I’m looking at finishing one a year, along with some wall hangings. Anyhow, Tim, I will bookmark your site and look forward to returning to it often. Cindy

  53. Tim , I am glad I found your Blog , I saw the quilted book covers , I love those , I too like to make art quilts , I made some Bible book Covers a few years ago,also covers for journals , I even made a couple that look like crazy quilts ,
    I also have a blog and you are welcome to look at it if you wish , I see you do a variety of quilts ,I love the quilting you do, also the quilted tree’s! Excellent work !

  54. andy clift says:

    The whole white trapunto quilt is amazing! I love it! I am going to attempt one soon and hopefully it will turn out just as half as good as yours. Thanks for sharing! Also, did you free draw the feathers?

    • timquilts says:

      Thanks! I made a cardboard template for the feathers (i did draw that free hand) so they would be uniform all the way around . Happy quilting!


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