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Rita F. Kostoff
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I've enjoyed quilting for a number of years.  I learned by watching my grandmother, so some of my methods may not be exactly what's taught as correct.  I have, however, learned some modern methods, such as using a rotary cutter rather than scissors.  Also, I chain-piece wherever possible, rather than make one square at a time.  In the past, most of my quilts were made to use up fabric left over from making clothes.  Now, I make quilts and not clothes, so I plan patterns and buy fabric accordingly.  I do like to use up remnants, so I tend to pick quilt patterns around the fabric that I have.

I've always said that I want to make more than one quilt in my lifetime, and since I really enjoy making the tops (picking a design and seeing it come together), and not so much the quilting part, I choose to tie my quilts rather than hand-quilt them.  I do machine quilt the baby quilts, because they're smaller.  I have quilted a couple of quilts by hand, so I know that this is something I don't like to do.  Plus I have other interests and don't have the time to do this.  Therefore, my quilts are more like comforters and are not intended to win prizes or become heirlooms.

Thanks for looking, and if you have any comments, I'd appreciate hearing from you:  ritak@virginia.edu


TRIP AROUND THE WORLD

ROSE GARDEN

CARD TRICKS

FLOWER APPLIQUE


AUTUMN LEAVES
(hand-quilted)


OHIO STAR

MAPLE LEAVES

PINWHEEL

RED, WHITE & BLUE
NINE-PATCH

SQUARE DANCE

RAIL FENCE (GREEN)

RAIL FENCE
(ROSE & BLUE)

RAIL FENCE
(PINK)

RAIL FENCE (PINK & BLUE)

LOG CABIN

GRANNY'S FLOWER GARDEN


NINE-PATCH VARIATION

 

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2/11/08

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university of virginia school of engineering & applied science