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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Darlene's scraps

Darlene used up a lot of her scraps to piece this smaller quilt - great for wrapping up while watching TV.  It's 58 x 58.

Each block has the same dark brown, and the rest is all scrappy:

She wanted simple quilting, so I just did an all-over with hooks and swirls:

The backing is from her collection of Civil War reproduction fabrics:

Friday, July 21, 2017

Brian's Memories

Brian's family is big on T-shirt quilts.  I've done 4 for his kids, and now one from his shirts.  This one is the biggest - 90 x 108.  There are 75 printed pieces, plus 17 plain filler spots.  
It's pretty heavy due to the size.  

I quilted one of my favorite pantographs - "Shades of Anasazi".  It's a great all over pattern for t-shirt quilts.

Purple is his wife's favorite color, so that's what I got for the backing and binding.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Barb's Giant Dahlia

Barb finally pieced a top for herself.   I've quilted quite a few tops for her, and most of them were gifts for others.  This Giant Dahlia will go on her bed.  It's 85 x 102.  The flower is not centered as she was smart and put extra space at the top to tuck under a pillow.   The binding has been attached to the front, and is the solid red used in the borders.

She showed me some pictures of one already quilted that has tons of feathers, and that's what she wanted.  There are feathers in every single section of that dahlia.  Many of the shapes were fussy-cut so as not to cut up the printed flowers:

There is a center circle with one flower that I outlined, and then feathers all around:

The outer edges of the circle have feathers also:

I quilted a long swirly pattern in the background.  It gives it lots of texture and movement:

There are lots of borders, and I treated each one differently:

The backing is a fabric from the same collection:

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Sarah's Hexies

Sarah got this top from her aunt, but isn't sure if the aunt made it or bought at a garage sale.  Either way, she wanted it finished. It's 68 x 77.

I used a white thread and quilted simple connecting curves to highlight the hexies, and also to give it some strength since it was all hand-stitched.

yellow diamond

Each diamond has a white center, then a round of prints, then a solid, with white for the pathways between each diamond

gold diamond

I found a pretty yellow 30's print for the backing and binding.  I had to make a bias binding as the two sides are scalloped.  Some of the hexies at the outer edges are distorted as those outer hexies are smaller than the ones in the diamonds, and the edges had pulled up badly.  I had to stretch it some to get it to lay flat.


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Girl Scouts

Gloria brought me the Girl Scout uniforms that her Mom and aunt wore in the 1940's.  There wasn't a lot of fabric, so the quilt is a small wall hanging - 28 x 32.   I quilted simple wiggly lines on the seams so as not to detract from the embroidery and embellishments.

She did the research and found the names of each badge so I could label them. 

I made pinwheels from the 2 different fabrics and used that as a border.

The sleeve of the tweed fabric had the troop number, region name, and a trefoil

I kept all the buttons and pockets and was able to incorporate them

The tweed uniform had embroidery on the collar

There is even a Girl Scout fabric that I found for the backing and binding

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Storm at Sea

Kathy pieced this Storm at Sea pattern as a wedding gift for her niece.  I used a cream thread in the background, and a blue/green variegated in the colored areas.  It measures 85 x 100.

The coloring creates 2 large blue hearts - a variation of the traditional Storm at Sea coloring.

I quilted a curved fill around the larger diamonds, which creates a secondary star pattern.

I quilted a large swirl with a hook to fill the diamonds, along with connecting curves to help fill the space

The smaller blocks have figure 8's and connecting curves

the larger blocks have the hooks and connecting curves

I put feathers in the narrow border, and the hooks on a vine in the large border

She found a great backing that has all the same colors

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

En Provence

This quilt pattern is Bonnie K Hunter's 2016 mystery.  I'ts titled "En Provence" - named after her travels last year in the Provence region France.  She chose the colors based on what she saw there - mostly the fields of lavender.  I pieced and quilted it for my guild's raffle quilt for our April 2018 show.  All of the fabrics are batiks except for the solid light grey in the border 4-patches.  It measures 87 x 87.

I did lots of ruler work - as that is my favorite type of quilting.  I followed the piecing to create cross-hatching in the border:

I created triangles and diamond shapes in the red star blocks, with loops in the center and a wiggly line through the red

The diamond shape is repeated in the purple block, with straight lines through the corner 4-patches that align throughout the quilt

The green/yellow block have straight lines, hooks, and the same loops in the center and in the small triangles

I found the perfect purple batik for the backing and binding