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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.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Darla's Stars

This is a charity quilt made from BOM blocks that I won last winter.  It will be donated as a comfort quilt to our local children's charity.  The pattern uses 1/2 snowball blocks to form a slanted star.  You have to look closely, but they are there.  The body of the star is light, while the 6 points are the colored triangles.  It's 40 x 56.

I changed the look of the quilt with the quilting.  By adding lines and filling in triangles, I change the star to a broken dishes block.

Thanks to Judi Madsen of Green Fairy Quilts for her great instruction in the classes that I took at the AQS  quilt show in Paducah last April.

broken dishes block

I continued the quilting pattern in the border:


I found the backing at an  estate sale.  It's perfect for a children's quilt. 
 The words follow the tune of Row Row Row your Boat:

Brush, brush, brush your teeth
Gently till they gleam.
Flossing, flossing, flossing, flossing
Now your smile's a dream.


Monday, June 22, 2015

Katie's Mystery

This is another version of the mystery I ran for our guild last summer.  Katie made her's a Halloween version wit lots of great orange & black fabrics.  It's 56 x 80

There are lots of fun fabrics:

We decided on an all-over pattern.  So I made up my own pantograph of bats and ghosts with some loops to separate them.  It came out really great:



The backing is pieced also.  The colors are more orange than what shows here.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Hobo Heaven

My guild had a "recycle" challenge - we had to make a quilt using recycled fabrics.  I chose denim because I've been collecting them for a while in anticipation of making this quilt.  So the challenge brought the wait to an end.  Some of the jeans were mine, some my husband's and others were purchased at the Goodwill Store in order to get a variety of color.  Finished size is 72 x 72.  I quilted a blunt tipped spiral to give it a lot of texture.  It's one of my favorites.

The pattern is Denim Rails by Bonnie Hunter.

It's a simple pattern - combining a 9-patch block with a rail fence block:



I used a red bandana print for the back to give it a Hobo feel, and used the same for binding.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Charlotte's Mystery

Charlotte made this from a mystery pattern that I ran last summer for our guild.  However, she waited till it was done so she could put her own spin on it, and change the colors to create secondary patterns.  It looks really different from the original  (here) and (here).  She planned her colors well.  The quilt is 56 x 80.

I used a black/white variegated thread throughout.  There are loops in the white setting squares:

and "bananas" in the triangles and small squares:

The pattern forms two central stars:

Charlotte's color placement created some very different sections of the quilts.  She got all her stripes going in just the right directions:

I continued the "banana" feel in the borders.  The variegated thread gives them a great look:

The backing is a black on white print that hides the quilting well: