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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Memories of Nancy . . .

These two memorial quilts were made from my aunt's clothing for her daughter and grand-daughter.  They both measure 54 x 66.

This one is for Barb, and is called Bento Box - and contains 28 different fabrics.  There are jackets and pants and robes all included.

I quilted a meandering curved vine to soften all the straight lines:

Here is a close up of the quilting:

I added some diamonds to the border:

the back is a black print - much darker black than is showing here:

This is the second quilt - a "plus" quilt pattern.  Betsy had this pattern on her phone for three years because she loved the pattern so much.  This has the same 28 fabrics as the first one:

This one shows the detail a little better:

She requested the straight line quilting as that is what was in the photo.  This type of quilting fits with the current "modern" quilt movement.

The tight quilting in the border fits that same style.  This is the same black fabric as the backing on Barb's quilt:

The back is a beautiful grey modern fabric that compliments the front perfectly:

I had some extra blocks so I made a pillow to go with Barb's quilt:

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Recycled Stars

Pat and I made these stars from recycled Goodwill shirts.  Everything on the front is from the shirts.  Our guild has a Quilt of Valor sew day each month, and we worked on them there.  This will be donated to the Quilts of Valor program.

Two different colors for the borders

I quilted a ribbon into each point of the stars with line dancing in the neutral areas

the same quilting in the blue stars.  The red/white/blue thread shows up well.

a simple meander quilting int he borders

a great patriotic fabric for the back and binding

Monday, March 23, 2015

Tetris times two

Lisa and a friend each made this quilt.  They are both the same, except the space fabric in the background is a little different in each one.  They wanted a simple stitch in the ditch with some "swirly spacey things" in the background.

The Tetris Police Call Box

assorted "spacey" quilting - even a Big Dipper !

a spike

a swirl

some of everything on the back

Sunday, March 8, 2015

A Patriotic Beauty

Maria and I first connected through the Quilts of Valor program.  She pieced a top and it was sent to me for quilting.  See it here.  She liked what I did, so she has sent me two of her own tops to do.  This is the first one.  I love the fabrics she chose from the Stonehenge line.  This is obviously a patriotic quilt, but I'm not sure if Maria is using as a Quilt of Valor or not.   It is 66 x 82.

I quilted curved lines in the star sections, with an 8-pointed star in the middle of each star.  There are red stars and blue stars, and I did them both the same:

Blue Star

Red Star

I'm crazy for feathers, so I did 2 pairs going in opposite directions in the alternating blocks.  This way there is no top or bottom to the designs in the finished quilt.

The borders have the same pattern - but they mirror each other:

The backing has stars on a blue field:

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Quilt of Valor

Mary pieced this jelly race quilt but wasn't really pleased with the way it turned out.  So I told her I'd jazz it up with some gold metallic thread.  I wrote patriotic words like I did on this one.  There is a fabulous variety of patriotic fabrics, and a lot of them had gold in them, so I used a metallic thread that really glitters when the light catches it just right.  I did all the lettering first, then went back to change thread colors for the borders.  It's 70 x 72.  Mary will trim and bind it, and then it will be presented to a veteran.

I quilted a wiggly line in the blue border, and loops in the red border

A mix of great fabrics.  I don't think any are duplicated

I quilted a star between words to separate them

The only thing I couldn't do was dot the i's . . .

The backing is a navy print.  Here you can see the border quilting.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Quilt of Valor

Becky pieced this great Quilt of Valor top.  A little more on the feminine side - hopefully it will be presented to a female veteran.  There are red and blue stars and the center is a rail fence pattern.  I had fun being creative in the different sections.  It's 70 x 72.

red star with an outline meander quilting around it.  I also added some texture to the leaves and stem.

I used the same motif in the blue star sections

rail fence pattern in the star center with a simple meander

I quilted swirls in the small sections that break up one of the borders

quilting in border sections

The inner border has fun little people

The back is a plain navy which shows the quilting well

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Baby Quilt

Lynda pieced this cute baby quilt for a friend.  I love the bright colors.  I used a variegated thread to match the colors, and since the fabric has hearts and stars, that's what I used in the quilting motif.  It was quick and simple, and we both loved the end result.  She will trim and bind it and get it on it's way to a lucky baby.  It's 50 x 60.

bright, fun fabrics

hearts and stars

quilting shows up great on the bright fabrics


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Quilt of Valor

I made this jelly race quilt and added some stars to the areas that end up with  several rows of the same color, and also in the corners.  I had some extra gold fabric that has stars in it, so I used that between each jelly roll strip just to add some more color.   It measures 65 x 72.   I made a presentation case to match made from the gold fabric.  It has a red accent strip,  and 2 red stars on each side of the top blue band.  I forgot to take a picture of it.  The quilt and case will be presented to a veteran.

I wrote patriotic words across each row, with a star to separate them:

Gold squares between strips:

I did a simple meander in the borders:

The backing is a bright gold with stars: