Made By Gina's Custom Creations

Made By Gina's Custom Creations
Roses in the Garden

Made By Gina's Custom Creations

Made By Gina's Custom Creations
HD Themed Crib Quilt & Bumper Set

My Spoonflower

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Dreaming of Tinker Bell

For the past few weeks I'd been working on a quilt that a cousin of mine asked me to make for her daughter's birthday at the end of this month.  (She has three daughters, so this is the first of three quilts that will be made for their birthdays).
Pinks and purples were the main colors requested for this quilt, which was an easy request to fill!  I already had the Tinker Bell fabric in my stash, which just happened to be Tinker Bell on a PURPLE background!  So that gave me a great start!  I matched up the rest of the fabrics with the colors in the Tinker Bell quilt and it turned out fantastic!  I am just thrilled with this quilt!  I had a little bit of leftover fabric, so I decided to make a pillow to go with it.
First's a photo of the first block I made...
Next is the finished quilt top before it was quilted...

And here it is finished...

And here's a shot of the back...
...and a closeup of the strip on the back...

Here's a closeup of the quilting on the front...
(Long Arm Quilting done by Jan S. of Weston, WI)

The pattern that I used for this quilt is actually titled Playtime, which was designed by Susan Marth, and it can be found in the Winter 2014 issue of Quilt Trends magazine.
Finished quilt size is 52" x 66".

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Photo Memory Quilt

First time making a photo memory quilt, and it went pretty well!
This was made for a friend's daughter's wedding last fall.
I forgot to take photos of it before giving it to Mary,
so she got these finished snapshots for me...
 We purchased the pug centerpiece fabric on eBay,
as her daughter & son-in-law have and love pug dogs.
We pieced fabrics of her choice around the centerpiece, including photos
that we had printed on fabric of her daughter, son-in-law and their dogs.
We took it to Janny's Quilting in Weston, WI...
didn't she do a beautiful job!?!
 Below is the quilt top before it was quilted...

Autumn Puppies & Winnie the Pooh

A couple of crib quilts I got finished up...

"Autumn Puppies"

 No pattern available...
I just cut some fat quarters into squares and assembled and sewed them together.
It's the quilting that I just love!
This was long arm quilted by
Meandering Mary of New London, WI
 The above crib quilt was sent & donated to:

"Pooh & Friends"

Crib Quilt & Matching Tote

Below is a picture of the quilt top before it was quilted...
The pattern I used for this Pooh quilt is a free online pattern from
Changing Seasons Attic Windows Quilt

A View of the Bay

"A View of the Bay"

Quilt and Pillow Set
I bought the fabric for this quilt awhile back, but didn't get it made until recently!
I completed and donated this set to my son's church school's
Winterfest 2014 Silent Auction a couple weeks ago.

Pattern for the quilt can be found in the August/Sept 2011 Issue of The Quilter magazine.
Pillow pattern can be purchased from Lilly*Blossom on Facebook.

The picture below shows the quilt top before it was quilted...

"Night and Day"...with a touch of red

It's been awhile since I've joined an online swap...I used to be a regular at participating in craft swaps until life just got too busy.  I decided I needed to make the time for the Valentine's Day Swap 2014, since I just love Valentine's Day.
One of the items I made for my swap partner is this lap-sized quilt that I downloaded the free quilt pattern for a couple years ago, "Night and Day".  This swap gave me the perfect reason to make it, and was so happy to find out that my swap partner has always wanted someone to make her a quilt. :o)

This first photo is the picture that is on the pattern itself:

The next 3 pictures are of the version I made and called:
"Night and Day"...with a touch of red

This is a real simple and fun quilt to make.  The original version is a wall hanging quilt, but I wanted to make it a lap quilt, so I added the red border.  If you enjoy applique, you will surely enjoy making one of these quilts too!  You can download the free patten at:

Monday, December 30, 2013

Memoir Poem Pillow

I just LOVE making these heart shaped pillows by Sew4home!
This pillow uses the pattern / tutorial that you can access for free on their site, however I added the extra touch of a poem in memory of a friend's loved one, printed on printable fabric sheets, and using machine applique to attach it.  I love how it turned out...

 You can learn how to make these heart shaped pillows by going here:

Valentine's Day: Hoopla Pre-Cuts: Box o' Chocolates Heart Pillows

"Roses In The Garden" ...for my mom

Now that we've all opened our Christmas present for the season, I can post pictures of the quilt set I made for my mom.  She asked me to make her a quilt in 2011, and I finally got one made for her, along with some shams and bed pillows...

Silhouette: A Black Rose Quilt

Now that Christmas is over, I can finally start posting some pictures of my most recent projects!  One of which is this queen bed quilt "Silhouette: A Black Rose Quilt" and the matching shams & bed pillows.  This was given to my brother and sister-in-law for Christmas.

*You can buy the pattern for the square white pillow with the black center & bow, from Lilly*Blossom on Facebook and her Etsy Shop.
*You can get the pattern for the Box o' Chocolates Heart pillow free from Sew4Home
*You can get the pattern for the Gypsy Romance (triangle shaped) pillow free from Sew4Home

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Tornado Relief - Donate a Quilt!

In light of the deadly tornadoes that swept through parts of Illinois on November 17, 2013, Peddler's Way Quilt Co. in Washington, Illinois will be taking donations at the store. Needed are finished quilts, with a label, so the recipient will know who to thank, pillows, pillowcases, knitted or crocheted hats, scarves and gloves. There are MANY in need of everything, and in our own way we can help with these things. Thanks for all the messages of concern and offers to help.
(Above paragraph was copied and pasted from their website).

You can contact Peddler's Way Quilt Co. with any questions you may have about this.

Also, another way to donate and help comfort tornado victims...

Lost & Found... in Illinois...

"This quilt was found on Devonshire in Washington, Illinois. Look familiar? It has been washed up and is a bit damaged from the tornado, but it is looking for its home. Please help!"


You can read the full story here: Quiltville's Quips & Snips!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

ROUND Queen, Horse-Themed, Fleece Quilt FOR SALE

This is a project from the year 2010... I was asked to make a soft, fluffy, horse-themed quilt for a queen-sized ROUND bed, so this is what I made.  The buyers backed out on me, so I've been stuck with it and have been storing it ever since (in a clean, dry plastic tub).  It cost me a total of around $250 in materials alone to make this.  It's made entirely of fleece fabrics, and has a satin gold trim around the edges.  It is double layered fleece, NO quilt batting between the layers.
Even though it's made for a round queen bed, it also fits well on a regular shaped double/full size bed, and would work on a regular shaped queen size bed.  (I have taken a picture of it on a queen bed to give the idea).
I would like to get at least $250 for it, just to try and get back the materials cost I paid out-of-pocket for, but I'm willing to consider ALL offers, because it isn't doing any good just stored away for nobody to enjoy.
It would make a unique holiday or Christmas gift for the right person!  Please contact me with any offers!  I can ship, and would be able to get a shipping quote for anyone interested.
Thanks for looking at and sharing this post!

You can see my Craigslist post here as well:

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Michigan & the Fruits of my Labor...

I am slowly getting burnt out from all the canning I've been doing lately, and really missing my sewing room.  But I can't stop the canning as long as there is an abundant flow of fresh fruits and vegetables!  I hate to let things go to waste, so canning is one way I can preserve these wonderful gifts from nature!
Today was a very long day in the kitchen, and considering how many hours I spent canning, it sure doesn't seem like I got a lot canned!  But I only have one 4 burner stove and no dishwasher, so all the jars have to be hand washed, then sterilized in a HWB canner, so I can't use the canner for canning until the jars are's just the way it is here, and I am fine with it!  But what I wouldn't give to have a dishwasher....

Well, last weekend we spent a day site-seeing some places in Michigan, just above the Wisconsin border.  My parents and my dad's cousin (along with her husband & their oldest daughter) also went with.  We stopped at Irish Hollow Cemetery near Rockland, MI.  Then we stopped at the museum in Rockland.  We stopped at Old Victoria and toured the old copper miners' cabins...what a neat piece of history!  We had a picnic of homemade sub sandwiches at a park in Rockland before heading to Ontonagon, MI and Porcupine Mountains.  I have been up in these parts of Michigan, but not since I was a teenager.  My family used to camp up there quite often as I was growing up.  But Brian has never been up here.  I enjoyed being able to see it all again after so many years, and to show Brian some of what Michigan has to offer as well.
We also walked along the beach of Lake Superior and took in the sights there as well.  Here are some photos of our day trip to part of the UP in Michigan...

 ...Brian at Lake of the Clouds Scenic Area
  ...Brian watching Cliff & Dad looking for their namesthat they carved 50 years ago in the rocks
 ... Dad being goofy & pointing out his name...
and below is a closeup of his name...
he carved it when he was about 13 yrs old...
around 50 years ago...
and it's still there!

 ...Dad standing TOO close to the edge...
at Lake of the Clouds Scenic Area
 ...Brian & me at Lake of the Clouds Scenic Area
(above & below)

...Brian at the entrance of an old copper mine
 ...Brian & Dad at Lake Superior
 ...Brian & me at Lake Superior  
  ...Brian, Dad & me at Lake Superior

And now for some pictures of what I got canned today!

The apples we picked in Michigan... 

Brandied Apple Rings... 

Peach Rhubarb Jam, Apple Rhubarb Jam, Apple Maple Jam,
and the 2 oddballs in the front are Rhubarb Black Raspberry Jam.
(Not pictured is Blueberry, Apple, Banana Freezer Jam that is already in the freezer).

All the rhubarb came from our yard.
All the apples came from Michigan.
The peaches were fresh frozen from Spring Lake Country Store in Spring Lake, WI
(a Mennonite owned store with AWESOME fresh & bulk foods).
IDK where the black raspberries came from...
Brian had them in the freezer in a Ziploc freezer bag!

It's now time to say goodnight and head off to dreamland...