Wednesday, March 5, 2014
This is a Bonnie Hunter pattern that took over 1 year to complete. It was started at our guild retreat in Sept 2012 and worked on as a leader/ender project. There are a ton of different fabrics, including some donated by friends at the retreat, and even a few Goodwill shirts. All blocks were complete by the 2013 retreat, where I had a lot of room to lay out all the blocks and make sure they were all facing the right direction. I numbered them all so I wouldn't turn any the wrong way. Borders were added, and it was a 3-day project to quilt. It's all free motion, with daisies, roses, feathers, swirls, leaves, and loops and zig zags used to get to where I wanted to go next. There are 3 different fabrics on the back, solid white, solid blue, and white with grey polka dots - all pulled from my stash drawer. The solid backings create a whole cloth look - the quilting details really show up. Finished size is 97 x 108 - BIG!!
Couldn't get the whole quilt in the photo unless I was so far away you couldn't see the pattern!
close up of pattern
close up of quilting
polka dot backing
Monday, March 3, 2014
This was pieced by Betty C in Ohio. I love the pattern, and her backing is perfect too. This will be donated to a veteran through the Quilt of Valor program once she binds it. It is 70 x 72.
A fabulous patriotic pattern
The backing has Snoopy doing a happy dance with the words "Hugs for Heroes" around him.
I quilted feathers across each red and white stripe, line dancing in the star blocks, and a meander in the blue side borders.
Monday, February 17, 2014
This is a block-of-the-month project. I presented the block to our guild. My friend Pat won 12 blocks, and promptly gifted them right back to me. I made 13 more at our retreat last fall, and finally got it all put together. The pieced border is made from bonus triangles created by double-sewing the flying geese blocks. The skinny red border and corners adds a little pop. I only had to make 16 more half-square triangles to have enough to fit around the quilt. The backing is black and white squiggly lines, and that same fabric turned out perfect as the binding also. I did a cable in the large border, half circles in the red border, and line dancing in the pieced border. I quilted a free-motion mock Baptist Fan pattern in the body. I used a white/grey/black variegated thread that really adds to the "abstraction" of the quilt. Sometimes you see it, sometimes you don't - depending on what thread color shows up on which fabric. The completed quilt is 72" square.
mock Baptist Fan quilting
borders and binding
Friday, February 14, 2014
This was a quilt-along with Judi Madsen from Green Fairy Quilts. The quilt uses a jelly roll and a layer cake from the same line, so all of the fabrics coordinate. I chose Simple Marks, by Malka Dubrawsky, for Moda Fabrics. I quilted the background pretty tight, so the flowers would pop. I quilted a big loop and 2 hooks in the 4 petals of each flower, and a swirl in the middle. The two focus flowers have leaves and daisy's in their frames. The back is from the same line, and has a little bit of all of the other fabrics. It's 60 x 77.
quilting pattern the same on all flowers
daisy and leaves on focus flower border
leaves on focus flower border
close up of backing
Sunday, February 9, 2014
This was a ROW challenge in my guild last summer. I made the top row, then 5 other members added rows. It was all kept a surprise - you didn't know who was working on your quilt or what they were doing. I provided the fabric and pre-cut sashings, then passed it along for others to work on. So it was a complete surprise when it was returned to me. I quilted line dancing and squiggly lines since each row was different. The back is almost as much fun as the front as it's made from leftovers. This quilt was made almost entirely from stash - the only fabric I bought was the cheddar. Its 55 x 83.
green area of backing
quilting on back
Saturday, February 1, 2014
This is Dorothy's "Robin on a Wire" or ROW guild challenge from last summer. She made one row, then 5 others added a row. Dorothy added the applique's at the end. Sunbonnet Sue has daisies in her dress fabric, and is holding a daisy, so I quilted daisies and some leaves all over the quilt, and outlined the three appliques. I used a light green thread that blended well everywhere. The backing is the same as the blue border fabric, with strips of leftovers from the front making a strip down the middle of the back. The quilt is 50 x 64.
Daisies and leaves
Sunbonnet Sue applique
Sunbonnet Sue applique
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
My friend Pat pieced this from all different fabrics. No two of the coffins are the same. The pattern is repeated sometimes, but always in a different color. I quilted some connected hooks in the dark green border, and did the math to make them meet in the center. In the body of the quilt I did line dancing, with a hook coming out from the corner of each coffin. There is also line dancing in the setting squares, but it doesn't show well as the thread is an exact match. It creates a great secondary pattern, and looks awesome on the back. The back is two different fabrics. The quilt is 67 x 82.
Close up of quilting
Hooks in borders
corner quilting pattern
quilting pattern show on blue backing
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Margaret bought this top and had me quilt it so she can enter it in our show in March. I used a maroon thread in the borders and sashing, putting a paisley design in the borders to go along with the fabric, and diagonal loops in the sashings. I used a grey thread in the geese doing loops with line dancing. The backing is a batik that has most of the same colors in it. The blue color is really a dark maroon that matches the front. It's 56 x 72.
|paisley design in border|
Monday, January 13, 2014
I did this as a quilt-a-long with Judy Laquidara at Patchwork Times. It will find a home through the Quilt of Valor program after it hangs in our quilt show in March. The entire top was made from stash - I only had to buy fabric for the backing - a light blue with navy, white, and red stars. I quilted a medium meander in the dark outside border, feathers in the red and blue borders, and a squiggly line around the 1" squares in the middle border. I spent a long time doing Baptist Fans in the body of the quilt. A first time for me - I love the way they look, but boy do they take a long time! I also made a matching presentation case. This quilt finished at 66 x 82.
|close up showing Baptist Fans|
|Backing - light blue with navy and red stars|
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Thanks to Deb Moffit at Sew Fun Fabrics in Chesterton for graciously teaching this class to just two of us. Thanks also for the great lesson on mitered corners. She helped me to cross two things off my quilting bucket list - a Bargello quilt, and learning how to miter borders. I quilted diagonal lines in each little square which enhanced the curved effect of the piecing. The border quilting was simply lines straight out from the piecing seams. This is 55 x 82
|quilting lines look curved|