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Wednesday, September 16, 2015


A guild member pieced this envelope quilt - so named because the individual blocks look like an envelope.  It's 60 x 72, and will be donated thru the Quilts of Valor program.  

The envelop pattern is repeated in alternate color-ways

envelope block

She had friends write notes to the recipient and appliqued them onto the quilt:

I used a red/white/blue variegated thread to quilt a simple meander with stars:

The backing is a perfect choice for a Quilt of Valor:

Tuesday, September 15, 2015


I pieced this Quilt of Valor that started with some donated bonus half-square triangles.  A guild member brought them home from her group in Florida, and donated them.  I trimmed them to a uniform size, and was able to make more than 50 pinwheels after I matched up the fabrics.  The rest of the top was made from my stash.  The top and bottom borders are from our guild's QOV stash.  I needed that to add more length, and also to give it more of a patriotic pop.  It's 60 x 72.

Patriotic fabric for borders

pinwheels with curved line quilting to accent the spinning pinwheel

There is a lot of plain blue fabric, so I jazzed it up by quilting with red thread.  I chalked in a 3" grid and did some jagged line dancing.

One of the sections is red fabric with gold stars, so I quilting 8-pointed stars in those areas

a lot of the fabrics in the pinwheels had a bandana print, so I pulled this from my stash to continue that theme in the outer border

I found this perfect backing fabric in Paducah at Quilt Week in April.  It looks like quilt pieces, and has the bandana print that's perfect with the front of the quilt

Monday, September 14, 2015

Jan's Bargello

Jan and some friends each made this top as a class through our local quilt shop.  I like her bright colors, and she carried those through with her borders.  The black is a great way to separate the borders from the body, and makes the center looks like it's floating.  The quilt is 65 x 85.

We decided on a curved all over pattern to soften all of the straight  lines of the quilt.  I used a variegated thread that has a lot of the fabric colors in it.

border fabrics and close up of the quilting:

The backing she chose is perfect - has all of the colors from the front:

The quilting shows up well on the back too:

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Charlotte's Asian Braid Quilt

Charlotte pieced this beautiful Asian braid quilt for a friend who has Asian accents throughout his home.  The colors are stunning.  Most of the fabrics have a gold sparkle to them, so we decided on gold metallic thread.  She like dense quilting, so my squared swirls free motion design was perfect.  The quilt is 75 x 93.

center panel

close up of center panel

center of braids

color range of braids

quilting with gold metallic thread  - squared swirls

the back has gold metallic fans that adds to the Asian look

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Loon pillows

Mom was cleaning out her fabric bin and these 2 panels were in it.  So I made her 2 pillows for her summer cottage in Canada, where she has lots of loon decorations.  The back is the same as the binding - a soft tan that matches the first border in the panel.  The 16"  pillow forms are super puffy, so I had to put some stuffing in the corners to keep them from being so floppy.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Quilt of Valor

This is another great Quilt of Valor pieced by Becky.  This one would be for someone in the Air Force as there is a fabric with lots of old planes.  The airplane blocks alternate with a star block, with 3-part borders between them.  The size is 68 x 80.

I quilted a simple meander is all the airplane sections

Star block

There are 4 8-pointed stars quilted into each star block
8-pointed star quilted in star blocks

The border sections all have ribbon candy quilted on them:

The backing is a dark navy, making giving it a whole-cloth quilt look:
the fabric is actually much darker than this shows

Friday, August 21, 2015

Elephants for Bronson

My nephew and his wife are expecting Bronson in mid to late October.  Their nursery theme is "Elephants and Sunshine", so the colors are grey and yellow.  I bought a bunch of different grays and yellows and made a variety of pinwheels.  It's 48 x 52.

 I added applique elephants marching along each end, with trunks and tails connected.  They even have floppy ears!  

I created a quilting design of elephants and peanuts:


peanut ( a little blurry . . .)

The binding is a grey - yellow graphic print, and the border is grey with white polka dots.  Found out afterwards that Bronson's sheets are the same pattern.  A perfect match :)

The back is a soft fluffy flannel with elephants, with some of the border fabric down the middle:

full back with elephants on the label

cozy elephants

I also made Bronson some burp cloths from leftover pieces.  I love the yellow and gray dots.  That was a lucky find.   There are two of each design:

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Megan's T's

Megan and her grandmother made this t-shirt quilt.  What a great memory they created together.  This is a long quilt - it's 74 x 101

Megan is into music, so I quilted musical notes all over.  I used black thread because she wanted them to really stand out on the yellow back.

close up:

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Jessie's Memories

This is the third quilt I've made from my aunt's clothing.  This is for another grand-daughter.  The pattern is "Crayon Box" by Bonnie Hunter from Quiltville.  The previous two quilts can be seen here.

I quilted big hooks all over - and love the texture that created:

I did smaller hooks in the border, then decided it needed more, so went back and added the points between that kind of encloses each one:

Jessie said her favorite colors are lime green and purple, so I found this fun backing:

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Marine Corps Quilt of Valor

Susan in Michigan made this Marine Corps Quilt of Valor.  It has a Marine Corps insignia in the center, with lots of borders.  It's approx 60 x 60.

center insignia:

I outlined the center design, put a star in each corner, 
and wiggly lines in the small borders around the insignia

I quilted an 8-pointed star in the center of the red stars, 
with line dancing in the white surrounding them

Wiggly lines in the first border

8-pointed stars in the different sections of the second border

The outer border has a piano key effect

The backing is black like the outer border although the color is bad here.  It shows all the different quilting patterns and has a "whole cloth" look to it.  I can't re-take these pictures as the quilt is already on it's way to Susan for finishing.