Amanda Kirby’s Quilts


Due to a technical glitch, Amanda Kirby’s quilts weren’t including in our 2021 AQS Quilt Parade. She was kind enough to share them with us here.

Amanda Kirby, Calabash North Carolina

Hibiscus Faux Trapunto

71″ x 91″

I love the look of the wholecloth quilt, but, for this project I needed something more transportable, where I could work on pieces at a time and assemble them all together.  So, I decided to take a “quilt as you go” approach and quilted each individual square, then sewed them all together to make one quilt.

I designed it for my sister, who loves the simplicity of Ansel Adams’ black and white photography, so I thought white quilting thread on off white squares would appeal to her and finished it right before her birthday!


Rainbow Puff Quilt

84″ x 84″

I was inspired by Lucy Fazely’s Heavenly Puffs that I saw in a quilt magazine and put my twist on it when assembling the blocks.

My goal was to use up my huge stash of 4 inch precuts for the rainbow blocks on the quilt top, so I had to scale my individual blocks to meet that size requirement and use whatever fabric I had in my stash for backing, so I did not have to order in additional fabric.  So, instead of creating the blocks and attaching them to one large backing fabric, I just sewed each individual block together and the back of each block is the back of the quilt.

This was designed for my 9 year old son whose favorite color is “Rainbow” and he helped me cut the batting squares to stuff the blocks and helped me stuff them as well – so he got to help make it, which he loved!

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