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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Barb's star

Barb pieced this is with beautiful fabrics.  Such soft subtle colors.  It's 46 x 46. 
 I used a grey thread that blended with all of the fabrics. 

I quilted elongated swirls in the diamonds to accent the direction they flow

I like the way the swirls all come together in the center of the quilt

The 9-patches have have double connecting curves to soften those straight lines

I outlined the edges of the narrow border

The black border has feathers that curve around the corners from center to center.  
The backing is this same black fabric

I used a gold metallic thread to outline the gold cord in the large print border

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Mr Fox

I made this for my great nephew for Christmas - for his playroom.  It's made entirely from 2.5" pieces.  The pattern is part of the Quiltmaker Magazine Patch Pals series.  It's  46 x 58

I quilted a meander in the face and body

The facial fur and tip of the tail have a swirly filler, with black whiskers done with a ruler to keep them straight.

The sky background has cross-hatching

The green border has loops,and the orange border has wiggly lines

I put a star in the green corner squares

I found the perfect fabric for the back

His Mom sent this picture - it's a hit :)

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Quilt of Valor

My guild has a great Quilt of Valor group that meets monthly to work on Quilts of Valor.  This is one I made using lots of scraps from my stash.  It's 62 x 70.

All of the blue squares have stars in them

The red sashings have many different fabrics.  Some have stars and others don't.  The white stars are the only constant fabric.  They are all the same - also full of stars.

I used a red/white/blue variegated thread to quilt a pantograph that has flags and stars.  The is a large flag with one star in the corner, then other stars between the flags.

There is an extra row of sashings around the outside to create a border, 
and to finish the stars on the outside

The backing is a red tone on tone, with a blue binding to finish

Friday, December 2, 2016

Life's a Beach

I bought this fabric in January 2014 when it was miserably cold.  I saw this and immediately felt like I was at the beach.  It's just so warm and sunny.  I finished piecing in September of that year, but just now got it quilted.  It's 56 x 76

There are spinning tops in two color-ways.  Pink and cream

pink spinning top

cream spinning top

I used a variegated thread that had most of the colors in it to quilt a pantograph that has fish swimming across, mixed in with swirls.  I thought the fish added to the summery feel

I love the yellow giraffe print for the border:

The backing is a great zig zag that is full of color. I used this same fabric for the backing

Thursday, December 1, 2016


This is my quilt - I ran a mystery for our guild this summer, and this was the pattern I selected.  It's from Marcia Hohn at Quilter's Cache.  The first clue gave yardage amounts, then at each meeting a clue was given as to how many units to make.  Then the final presentation of all quilts was at our November meeting.  There were almost 30 participants and everyone seemed to enjoy making it.  It was amazing how different fabrics create totally different looks for each quilt.  It's 54 x 70.

You can see how the melon fabric creates links that connect diagonally across the quilt

I used white thread and 3 different sizes of circle templates for the quilting.  The teal background fabric has circles, so I thought the quilting would bring that forward.  And they soften all those angles.

The backing is from my stash. 
 Actually - I think it's a piece my Mom gave me when she was cleaning out stuff.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Bonnie's Mini-Marathon

Bonnie is one of my golf friends, but she is also a runner.  She ran the Indy Mini-Marathon (13.1 miles) 20 times and saved all of her shirts.  She entrusted them to me to create this quilt for her.  She wanted them in chronological order, so the dates line up across the rows.  It's 70 x 85

The designs are all long, so I needed to add some width but not length.  That's why the sashing is only vertical, and not horizontal.

I used a white thread to quilt and used an pantograph that has swirls and spikey flowers.

The backing fabric is the same as the sashing and the binding.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Barb's Brown & Turquoise

Barb pieced this fabulous top.  I see another element every time I look at it. 
 It's 108 x 108 and is a wedding gift for a family member.

There are the obvious turquoise stars, but between and around them are 16 brown stars that are very subtle.  There are cream/brown blocks around the outside that create a border, and another block in each corner.  The batik fabrics add so much more movement to the quilt.  There is a narrow cream border around the outside that is hard to see under the brown binding that I applied to the front so she only has to hand stitch it to the back.

The small turquoise angle pieces create a circle around the stars:

I used 5 different colors of thread - 3 browns, the cream and turquoise

The cream thread creates a square-in-a-square pattern around a brown 4-patch

All of the diamonds were quilted with 2 hooks and stitch-in-the-ditch around them, 
with a line 1/2 inch away in the side angles

There are double connecting curves in the brown squares

The center square of the stars have a square in the middle, and curved lines around the edges

The brown stars were so subtle that I added a turquoise line along the edges to give them just a little pop

The corner blocks have just enough quilting to enhance them

The borders have scrips e's and l's to soften all of the points and angles in the quilt.  The 2 narrow cream borders have a wiggly line just to fill it enough to keep it from popping out too much.

The backing is a great batik that makes the turquoise on the front rally dominant.  The busy back hides most of the different color quilting threads.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Martha's blue birds and notes

Martha pieced this using lots of different fabrics, but the focal one is the musical notes.  One of the blue print fabrics has bluebirds - hence the notes.   It's 62 x 77, and I used a variegated blue thread.

Lots of different fabrics:

Focal Fabric:

I quilted an all-over pattern with different musical notes:

The backing is plain white, so the quilting really shows: