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Dawn's Quilting


The quilting books I wrote. Please check them out!

How I Started Quilting

An adult education course introduced me to quilting. I started with a pieced pillow using hand-embroidered birds in the center of four blocks. My second project was a lap quilt in the quilt-as-you-go method, then I sewed my first bed quilt using the Log Cabin pattern.

One of my favorite techniques is paper-piecing where I can use tiny bits of fabric to create precision designs.

I used to hand quilt everything, but with time constraints (a busier life), I primarily machine quilt the larger pieces..

Quilting is a part of me...and I love it!

Digital Photography

Who knew I would become so attached to my digital camera! After I photograph my quilts, I save them on a portable hard drive to keep a record of every quilt I create. Sending photos to friends in e-mail or posting on Facebook is a "snap" too. I even used one of my photographs as computer desktop wallpaper. When I attended a quilt show that allowed cameras, I tookmphoto after photo of a lovely crazy quilt. Now I can admire every block in exquisite detail.

Mini Thread Catchers

I enjoyed sewing these mini thread catchers. They are designed to fold for easy carrying. They are great to stash in my travel bags so those snipped threads don't escape.


Here are some quilts I've sewn. I've been quilting since 1978 and sew with a Bernina 1260QPE sewing machine. I'm a sewing machine lover and also own a Janome Jem, which I bring to workshops, and two older Singer machines as well as the Singer toy sewing machine I first used as a child.


Cat in the Mystery by Dawn L. Stewart

Cat in the Mystery - Wall Hanging

I'm delighted that this wall hanging won a 2nd place ribbon at the 2016 Marathon Quilter's quilt show. The quilt also sold to be framed and displayed in a doctor's office.

Noodles and Squares  by Dawn L. Stewart

Noodles and Squares - Wall Hanging

A group of us traded batik fabric strips with the challenge to create a "noodle" style quilt. I finally decided on a design and finished it in 2016.

Halloween Quilt  by Dawn L. Stewart

Halloween - Wall Hanging

This 2012 Halloween quilt derived from a "Moose Challenge". We were given a list of several items the quilt had to include. The smaller house is constructed from the requested nine-patch block. For me, the hardest element to include was the color pink, but it is in there!

Modern Scavenger Hunt  by Dawn L. Stewart

Modern Scavenger Hunt

A 2014 challenge was to go on a fabric scavenger hunt. I found everything in my stash to complete the list of about 30 items. Since one of the items was a nine-patch, I opted to create a modern twist on a nine-patch setting, using negative space.

Happy Village  by Dawn L. Stewart

Happy Village - Wall Hanging

This 2009 Happy Village workshop was so much fun! It still amazes me that snippets of fabric turned into this incredibe village. The fabrics were fused into place, and I machine quilted the piece. It is edged with a black piece of lace over the black felt border. This photograph does not do justice to the rich colors and detail. Click on the above image to open a larger photograph.

Books by Dawn Lesley Stewart

Harriet's Horrible Hair DayMist-Seer300-Plus Quilting Tips, Tricks & Techniques
The Quilt Guild Companion101 Quilt Challenge Projects & Inspirations
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Copyright 2000 Dawn Lesley Stewart