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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Spring Mountains

This is a bargello quilt for a customer.  She picked out a pattern that was a wall-hanging, so I had to totally re-do the pattern to make it bigger.  I used up lots of graph paper to plan it all out.  She is giving it as a wedding gift - the bride requested black, green and silver.    Finished size is 56 x 80.

The quilting thread is a high-sheen poly that looks sparkly when the light catches it right. 
I quilted an all-over hook and swirl pattern in the body, loops in the small black border, and in the outer border -  parallel line that mimic the spacing of the piecing in the body. 
The backing is stripes in the same colors -  a great find. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Quilt of Valor jelly race quilt

This is a" jelly race" or "lasagna" quilt.  2.5" strips are sewn end to end to create one long strip.  That is then folded in half and sewn down one side.  That process is repeated over and over until the desired size is reached.  I started this at the National Quilt of Valor sew-in day on Feb 1.  This will presented to a veteran through the Quilts of Valor program.  It's 66 x 76.

I wasn't happy with it when it was done - there were too many spots where there was a large section that was all one color.  At the next guild meeting, someone had a supply of stars and flags that were already cut and had "heat 'n bond" on them read to go.  I grabbed a few of those, made some more on my own, and put them in  appropriate spot. 

quilting pattern - I quilted an all-over hook and swirl pattern with red thread to perk it up even more.


Monday, March 17, 2014

Camp Mack Magic

I started this quilt at our guild retreat at Camp Mack in September, 2012.  I finished the piecing during that winter, but just now got it quilted.  I knew how I wanted to quilt it, but had to do some research first on how to do it.  The inspiration came from Judi Madsen at Green Fairy Quilts.  I'm a long ways from what she does, but it's a start.    Thanks also for help from Susan at Quilt Fabrication. 

There are two layers of batting, Hobbs wool on top of Hobbs 80/20.  I used a clear poly thread to SID the entire quilt to hold all the layers together, and to give definition to each individual piece.  That took 6 hours.  Then I went back and did the detail work - another 17 hours of work.  A total of 23 hours of quilting. Whew - I was sure glad when all that was done.  The biggest thing I learned was that this type of details needs to me on plain or much lighter colored fabrics.  All that work should also be done on a smaller quilt so it doesn't take quite so long!!  A lot of the detail is lost in the darker fabrics.  But it was all a learning experience, and I'll do better next time.  The backing has two leftover blocks, and is a batik that has all of the colors from the front side.  Finished size is 66 x 76.

Texture shows better with side view.  There are the same circles in the cranberry fabric.
the two different blocks - detail close up. 

"button" close up - This element is one I had seen elsewhere and was the start of this whole idea.
borders - diamonds in brown border and squares in  cranberry border.  The yellow is a flange - only attached on one side.

2 extra blocks on back.  The detail shows up better on the back than the front!!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Easy Street

This is Easy Street - Bonnie Hunter's mystery from fall 2012.  The top has been done for a year, and I finally got it quilted. There are Baptist Fans in the body.  I love the look of them even though it takes forever to do them. There is a zig-zag line in the gray border, 1" circles in the narrow blue border, and piano keys in the outside purple border.  I used a template for those circles - they took forever also - had to make sure they were exactly within the border.  I found a batik for the back that has all of the colors in it.   This quilt took 3rd place in our 2014 quilt show.

Baptist Fans

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Blue Ridge Beauty

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!!  This quilt took second place in our 2014 quilt show.

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
border quilting
blue backing

polka dot backing

white backing

Monday, March 3, 2014

Quilt of Valor

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

Flower Patch

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. 

focus flower

focus flower
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.


line dancing

squiggle lines
quilting on back
                                                                   green area of backing


Saturday, February 1, 2014

Dorothy's ROW Challenge

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