Quilting in the Woods

quilting from log cabin in the woods

One of the things I love about my job is getting together with interesting people. Or simply getting out and doing interesting things. This weekend I got to do both when I took pictures for Chris Kirsch.

Chris is a master quilter who stitches magic from her quaint log cabin deep in the woods of southeastern Wisconsin. With 24 years of experience, she crafts award-winning quilts, guides quilting tours abroad, teaches classes throughout the United States and has authored two books.

And because she needs a new website, we’re taking pictures of her stunningly beautiful quilts!

quilt on a stool

Not only does Chris have beautiful quilts, she also has interesting props. I love the contrast of textures—rock, wood and fiber.

quilt and grasses

Home Sweet Home

It’s home sweet home for Chris. Here’s her log cabin in the woods.


A hand-stitched quilt


Her dog Annabelle is such a sweetheart. And very active. Between her zooming around the yard and her shiny, black coat, getting her picture required good light and quick reflexes.

quilt on a wood pile

Chris’ yard has so many interesting settings—rocks, woods and…


…a POND!

Quilt in Canoe

…with a canoe, which we went out in. So fun!

Chris, pictured above, says she loves going out on the pond early in the morning with a cup of coffee and her Bible. How special to study God’s word amongst the beauty of his creation.

quilted cross

quilt with beads

quilt with beads

I love how the fringe gives this quilt a Bohemic look. And look at the beaded details. I think this one is my favorite.

quilt in woods

Or maybe this one is.

Oh, I can’t decide. They’re all so beautiful, aren’t they?

Which one is your favorite?

4 thoughts on “Quilting in the Woods”

  1. Beautiful! Is the close-up quilt (the one above the dog’s picture) hand-stitched? All of them must have taken lots of time and talent!

  2. My favorite is the one draped over the branch with the stack of wood behind it (you really should have numbered these). I like the boldness of the colors. And because I have wood like that sitting in my yard, lol.

    I love your shot of the blue one in the canoe. Good setting, Di. Very peaceful.

  3. Hi Di,
    I’m blown away by your photography. You took my quilts to another level :-). The answer to the question is that the stitching on the detail shot above Annabelle’s picture is done by machine. The technique is called “free motion”. To do it the feed dogs on the machine are dropped and I just doodle with my sewing machine in bright colored thread. It’s a lot of fun and quite addictive. Thanks, Chris


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