Petronella's Quilts

Living Among Americans

About Petronella's quilts

Petronella's quilts are made by my daughter and me. We use cotton fabrics from local fabric shops and online shops. We make our own patterns. Sometimes we see a quilt we like and we create a similar pattern to create something similar. Sometimes we don't use a pattern and let the fabrics “speak” to us and amazing quilts happen! We use cotton batting and muslin or quilting fabrics for backing. We either hand tie the quilts with yarn or mostly I stitch them together by hand. It takes quite a bit of time, but is pretty and soft. None of our quilts are machine quilted at this point. May happen or not happen in the future as we love the feel of the softness of a handquilted quilt. We use commercial bias tape to bind the quilts and occasionally use lace trim. We put a lot of work and pride in our quilts. They take many hours to assemble, but bring lots of satisfaction!

Wedding and Commission Quilts

The Wedding Quilt

I'm so proud of this wedding quilt my daughter and I made for my son and his bride. Her wedding reception colors were silver, green, and black. My daughter and I decided to make the wedding quilt in those colors.

My daughter designed the queen size pattern and we took several months to pick the fabrics from 3-4 different fabric stores. I did all the cutting of the quilt fabrics and it was a lot of little 2 inch squares, 1369 to be exact. And 49 white/silver rods.

Once my daughter pieced together all those pieces on the sewing machine. I basted the gorgeous top together with a 100% cotton batting and a bleached muslin back. Then I put the quilt on my quilting frame and carefully hand quilted around all the squares. It's slow and painstaking work, but so rewarding. Once the three layers were stitched together I put on a green binding by machine on top of the quilt and sewed the binding by hand on the backside of the quilt.

The final result was amazing. A bright and happy quilt that will last for years reminding this young couple of their special day.

The Scottish Fiesta

My daughter and I are so proud of this wedding quilt! The mother of the bride approached us with the idea of a quilt that would represent the strong Scottish heritage of her daughter and her lengthy experience in Japan. The mother of the bride also wanted the groom's Mexican heritage to show in the quilt.

The color scheme was blue, terracotta, yellow, and gold.

I was overwhelmed by the request, but my creative daughter not so much. She put hours into researching fabrics and symbols from the three areas. She special ordered Mexican fabric with a textile from the grooms Mexican region. My daughter found blue thistle fabric representing Scotland, as it is their national flower. The mother of the bride wondered if we somehow could put the McGregor clan tartan in the quilt as well. She did ask: Is that too much? My daughter said she'd figure it out.

My daughter built a 90x90 Queen size quilt where the pieces were cut in the McGregor tartan pattern.

It turned out lovely, representing this new couple's combined heritage.

Halloween Collection

It started with two quilts. We call them the Halloween twin quilts, one is an orange, black and cream full size quilt and one is a black and cream full size quilt. We used a surprising set of panels on the backs. They are both hand stitched with cotton batting.

After those first two Halloween quilts the imagination snowballed and we've made several Halloween quilts in a variety of sizes since then, but mostly throws. We try to give quilts a spooky vintage feel. Sometimes our fabrics have a more gothic or steampunk feel. We stay away from any cartoonish look.

Christmas Collection

First Christmas quilt I made was an ambitious red and white queen size quilt with all things Swedish Christmas (Jul). I wanted the quilt to have the feel of old Swedish wall hangings with a red ribbon border and embroidered bible verses or sayings. It was my first go at some appliqué quilting as well. Each piece is replicated in the quilt. I learned a lot making this quilt and I feel I accomplished the look I wanted.

This particular Christmas quilt was made to teach my daughter to make pinwheels. It's a very cosy yarn-tied quilt. Love quilts with soft muslin on the back.

Festive Christmas throws:

Baby Quilts

Throughout the years, my husband and I have worked with a lot of youth and young adults. As they grew up and began their own families, I started to make baby quilts with my daughter to send my congratulations. My daughter and I started pumping out baby quilts for not only the those people, but she also came of age were her friends started to have children and she wanted to send them baby quilts as well.

We don't have a confirmed number of how many we have made, but it is easily 50 plus. Eventually the group became too large to keep up with but baby quilts are where my daughter and I honed our skills that have served us well in our future quilting endeavors.

70 x 70 Throws

Why 70x70 throws? Why so big? That's a huge throw. Well, my family is tall so it's a handy size to keep you warm. It's also nice as an extra quilt on top of your bed to keep you warm in the winter.

90 x 90 Queens

Why are quilts so expensive?

Quilts are expensive because of the labor required to make them. Quilts require pieces of fabric to be evenly cut and sewn together to get the basic shape of a quilt. Then that piece must be sewn together with batting and backing fabric. This can be done on a regular sewing machine or a long armed sewing machine, the quilt can be hand tied with yarn, or hand stitched with small stitches throughout the quilt. Finally bias tape binding is used to finish the edge to create a beautiful quilt.

So how much do quilts cost? As a general guide, the going rate for a queen-sized quilt can be anything between $350 to $1500, while a baby quilt can be had for anything between $150 and $400. A hand made quilt makes a personal wonderful gift.

About Me

I was born and raised in Höganäs, Sweden. I moved to America when I was 24 1/2 years old after marrying my Canadian born husband in Stockholm, Sweden. I have lived most of my life among Americans.

How did I come to embrace such an old fashioned American art as quilting? Well, I come from a crafty background. My mother was a trained weaver and we generally had a big loom set up in the basement of our house on the beach in southern Sweden. I remember playing underneath the finished portion of the rugs my mother wove. I still have some of her rugs in my house.

My mother knitted sweaters, crocheted doilies and bedspreads. She sewed curtains and tablecloths. Embroidered on sheets and wall hangings. She occasionally sewed clothes. I learned many things from her as well as taking several clothing construction classes with her encouragement. I sewed many clothes back in the day, skirts, blouses, suit coats, even a full length coat. Together we made my fully lined wedding dress.

I remember wanting to do a special project for my church class to develop a new talent. I chose to make a American style quilt. I just put two large pieces of fabric together with some batting in between. I carefully tied it all together with yarn. I put most of my effort into crocheting a pretty lace to go around the edge of my quilt. I enjoyed that quilt for years as it laid on my bed. Over the years I enjoyed tying various quilts with other ladies at my church.

Fast forward many years, my twelve year old daughter was working on developing her talents and wanted to make a quilt. I had a pattern for a spring quilt with squares and rectangles. She picked flowery fabrics on her own and assembled a beautiful simple quilt. It turned out excellent. Over the years we made many baby quilts and occasional twin size quilts for gifts and personal use. It was a fun bonding hobby for us where we could use each other's talents and strengths.

We didn't get super serious about quilting until my daughter returned from a lengthy overseas stay of a year and a half and she suffered from some severe health issues. I showed her a picture of a huge quilt with thousands of two inch squares. I challenged her to make it. It took a few years, but we did it. She choose the fabrics and the design and did all the piecing on her sewing machine. I did the cutting, basting and hand stitching. Since then I don't think we've ever stopped making quilts.

I was born in the month of July and the nurses in the hospital at the time called me Petronella. It stuck until my christening in October.