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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Harley Memories

Rochelle wanted a 2-sided quilt made from her husband's Harley t-shirts.  She had over 350 to choose from.  This is 58 x 69.

The front side faces sideways so the shirts display nicely across the back of the couch.  The gold fabric blends with her caramel colored wall.

The second side faces the long-ways:

I used grey thread for the quilting that is a pantograph that looks like flames - a great one for a Harley quilt

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Memorial baby quilt

Heather was expecting her first baby when her father-in-law passed.  She wanted a quilt for the baby made from his shirts.  This is 49x58.  I used a thread that matches the solid blue fabric that I purchased to go with the shirts.  She did a great job of picking out shirts that all blend well.

I used Bonnie Hunter's free pattern - Weed Wacker.  (available here:  http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2005/06/weed-whacker.html )  It's a great pattern to use when there are lots of different fabrics.

I had 11 different shirts to work with, plus one sweatshirt.  That is  the "Chicago" in the middle.

I quilted 2 hooks in each strip, and continuous curves in the blue triangles.

I carried the hook theme in the small border - that is a shirt I didn't use in the body:

The backing is a batik that fit with the shirt colors:

Monday, July 2, 2018

Quilt of Valor

This is another from the national organization.  It's 58x74.  I like the pattern that the placement of the  blue/white HST makes throughout the quilt.   I used a red/white/blue variegated thread.

one block:

The quilting pantograph has stars with a swirl in the middle:

The backing is red with stars:

Sunday, July 1, 2018


This quilt was pieced by someone in my Quilt of Valor group.  It's a fairly simple pattern as it uses large pieces to create the star.  It's 55x70

I quilted 8-pointed stars in the white areas and the corners of the colored triangles.  I put continuous curves in the remaining triangle

one 8-pointed star

4 stars together

continuous curves

I put wiggly lines in the red/white stripes of the first border

and X's in the blocks of the outer border

The backing is a great flag print:

Monday, June 11, 2018


This is one I pieced.  It looks complicated, but is really quite simple.  The piecing uses all rectangles, but a specialty ruler is used to trim blocks to create the small blocks. 
 Four blocks are sewn together to create the pinwheel effect. 

I like the effect of the blocks staggered rather than lined up.

The blue pinwheel is obvious, but there is also a red one -
 those you have to fill in the blanks  to see a full one.

I used a red white and blue variegated thread to quilt connecting curves in the red, white, and blue areas, and a gold thread to quilt the wiggles in the gold areas.

I used a blue thread and a ruler to quilt in the sashings.  the top picture is the horizontal sashing, and the bottom picture is the vertical sashing.

wiggly lines in the border also -  spacing is based on the piecing in the blocks

the backing is a mottled gold - the same fabric seen above for the binding

Sunday, June 10, 2018


This is one from the national organization sent to me for quilting.  I used a gold thread throughout for the quilting. 

It's the 10-min block, but with a variation.  
Instead of using all 10" blocks, some of  them were pieced to add more variety:

I quilted a pantograph that has flags with a single star in the flag field:

There are stars and loops between each flag:

the backing is a bright blue - not the grey seen here:
The quilting shows well on it.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Quilt of Valor

This is another one sent to me by the national organization.  They pair me up with local groups that piece the top.  This one was a group effort by several people.  It's large - 72 x 90.  I used a red/white/blue variegated thread throughout the blocks and inner border.

There are several different blocks.  People made their favorite 9" block, then they were all put together and borders added.

churn-dash variation

flying geese


friendship star

I put a zig zag line in the narrow white border, with another line going out to the corner

there is a simple meander with navy thread in the dark outer border.  
Nothing fancy would show, so I kept it simple here

the backing is a great patriotic print:

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Quilt of Valor

I pieced this 10-minute quilt pattern.  It was taught at my Indiana QOV group after I had moved to Florida.  So I found the directions online so I could sew along with them.  This quilt will get mailed back to them.  It's 60x72 and really does go together quickly.  A border is added top and bottom to give it some length

one block with red added in the center

8-pointed star qilted in the center of each block

more stars spaced evenly in each border

backing is a plain navy so the quilt shows well

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Quilt of Valor

Jackie pieced this for her QOV group and sent it to me for quilting.  It's 58x69 and I used a red/white/blue variegated thread in the red and blue areas, and a matching thread in the neutral areas.

block - I quilted with connecting curves

stars in the red and blue sashings

The backing has a message for the vet that will get this quilt: