Birthday Quilts and Lyn Mann


Last month talented Quilt Designer and Teacher, Lyn Mann, came and spoke to our guild.  Lyn has taught quilters on land at places like Road to California, and at sea on 7 quilting cruises including Alaska, the Hawaiian Islands, and a cruise from the West Coast of Africa to Barbados.  To the left is one of Lyn’s quilt patterns.  You can visit Lyn’s website at to see more of her beautiful quilts and purchase her patterns.

We asked Lyn to teach a class on her Birthday Quilt pattern.

With her Birthday Quilt pattern, the combination of the numbers of your birth month and day correspond to two sets of half-square triangles which, when combined, make up your own very special birthday quilt block, which you then use to design your very own special birthday quilt.    The workshop was great fun, and we each came out of it with a very special quilt.   As you can see, each of us has a different birthday!

This was Lyn’s sample quilt for us:

This pic shows us hard at work, designing our own birthday quilts:

Sandy is deep in thought:


Here is Lyn consulting with Joe about his quilt:

And here are the completed tops (before quilting) at the end of the day.  Lyn says the secret to success with these quilts is to use two high-contrast fabrics.   (Mine did not have enough contrast for me to really see the pattern, so I am in the process of making another.)

This quilt top is by “Anonymous”:

This is Patty’s top:

This is one of Donna’s blocks – it takes four to make a wallhanging.

This is Betty’s top:

Corinne’s top:

Several more tops by “Anonymous”:

And this is mine, held by Corinne – you can see why I am making another – difficult to see the pattern.

These are really fun to make, and would make a thoughtful gift for a friend, loved one, or even a wedding gift, using their special dates.

Thanks, Lyn!



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