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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Darlene's bow-ties

Darlene pieced this for her niece's graduation gift.   Size is 85 x 85.  I used white thread in both the top and bobbin.

I love the bright colors
I quilted loops in the white part, and line dancing in the bow-ties.
Cool daisies growing out of the border!
quilting in the black border
  (oops - a bit of lint there)
the backing is pieced.  Would you believe that the white loops on the front ended up in exactly the same place in the left over bow ties on the back?  Perfectly aligned!!
quilting detail shows up well on the back.

Sunday, July 13, 2014


Di, our state QOV rep, pieced the blocks, Pam F put the top together, and I quilted it.  It will go back to Di for the binding, and donation thru the Quilt's of Valor program.  I used the same "olde golde" thread throughout the quilt. The pieced backing uses the two border fabrics.  Finished size is 75 x 72

This is a star block with sashing,

and a 9-patch block.  Quilted X's with wiggly lines
I quilted wiggly lines in the petals of each star,

and an 8-pointed star in the blue middle of each  9-patch

Friday, July 11, 2014

Summer Fun

This is a mystery that I ran for our guild this summer.  There were 5 clues beginning with yardage needed (March) and ending with the reveal. (July)  One clue was presented at each meeting for 5 months.   Finished size is 56 x 80.

 It's a free block pattern called 4-patch ladder from the Quilter's Cache.  I used navy and black for my dark fabrics, scrappy brights for the medium, and I bought a white as a constant.  This was all from stash except for the white.
Blocks were set 4 x 6 with a pieced border that really carries the pattern to the edge.
I used a variegated thread in the bright colored sections doing squiggly lines

white straight lines thru the white
Navy zig zags thru the border sections.  The binding is leftover backing fabric from this quilt
the backing is a solid that I bought online for another quilt  but didn't like the color once it arrived.  So I found a good use for it here.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A charity quilt

"Mary" pieced this top then contacted our guild looking for someone to quilt it.  She wants to donate it to our "Comfort Quilts" program for children.  She will bind it then return it to me to get it donated.
I used a rainbow variegated thread on top, and a bright green on the bottom.  It's 55 x 62.

Love the bright colors in this quilt. 
close up of pantograph
The perfect backing fabric - it will also be used for binding

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


Someone in our guild cut the strips for this jelly race quilt, and Pat put it all together so I could quilt it.  She is going to bind it in the same red fabric as the top and bottom borders.  It will be donated to the Quilts of Valor program.  I did a simple meander with some stars in a red/white/blue variegated thread.  Pat also made a presentation case for the quilt.  Finished quilt size is 57 x 72.

close up of quilting
presentation case
close up of presentation case fabric - perfect with the backing fabric

Monday, June 30, 2014

Cars and Trucks and Trains

Cathy paper-pieced this for her grandson, and I'm sure he's going to love it. There is so much going on, he'll have lots of things to look at.  I quilted a simple meaner in the borders and the lower blue background.  The star fabric in the top had a meander and some stars.  There's a zig zag through the pieced border.  Stitch in the ditch around all the letter and vehicle blocks.  The backing was a light tan fabric with tone-on-tone cars and trucks all over it.  Finished size will be 74 x 92.

not yet trimmed and bound - Cathy will do that.
lots of different vehicles

pieced border and more vehicles

cats in the window!

trees and mountains and a house
How much is that doggie in the window???
Grandma Gigi added her name and the years that she has worked on this

quilted star in the starry fabric
Thomas the Train for the outer border
Sun and Moon

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Taylor's T's

Taylor started out wanting a twin quilt, but had so many favorite shirts that we ended up doing a full size.  Her  Mom had done a great job saving little shirts from when Taylor was young.  We chose a light grey for sashings and borders so all the shirts would stand out.  She also wanted the orange and black cornerstones to separate each shirt more.  The finished size is 87 x 93.

The backing is basketball fabric, which is perfect because it is orange and black like the school colors.  I also used this fabric for the binding:
I quilted loops and wiggly lines in the sashings and borders:
In the center of each shirts I used a circle template, then added lines to make it look like a basketball.  Then I added a simple meander around that.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Quilt of Valor

Jill in Ohio pieced this fabulous top.  I love the pattern and I love the fabric she chose.  It's really rich and vibrant, and every triangle point is just perfect.  I did a little extra on the quilting because this top deserved it.  I quilted "e's" and "l's" in the cream border, a wiggly line in the red border, and a meander in the outside border.  I forgot to get pictures of those.  The finished size is 65 x 77.  This quilt will be donated to a veteran through the Quilts of Valor program.

This one doesn't need any more explanation  - the photo says it all  :)

I quilted 8-pointed stars in the background squares, and lines of ribbon in the blades of the star.
cross-hatching in the checkerboard.  The lines go one way in the cream squares, the opposite way in the red and blue squares.
The backing is muslin, so the quilting shows up well.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Colleen's T's

Colleen is the third of three daughters.  I had them all in school, and now I have made quilts for all of them.  Colleen chose the colors, and I thought the gray sashings were going to be dull, so I added a bunch of quilting to liven it up.  I decided the gray look great as the shirts show up great.  The backing is turquoise.  Finished size is 71 x 94.  There were a lot of large designs, so this one ended up a little longer than normal for a twin quilt.

quilted loops and wavy lines in sashing
meander on each shirt
piano keys in border

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Scrap basket

I made this using 7" squares and batting scraps.  There is a different colored button on each side.  It is a scrap basket to take when I am not sewing at home.  Quick and easy to use, and the perfect size.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Trenee's T's

Trenee wanted a t-shirt quilt without sashing - just shirts.  This allowed for almost double the usual number of shirts I put on a quilt this size (queen - 94x108).  So it's really heavy because there are 58 shirt pieces in it.  She also had the great idea to turn the shirts on the sides side-ways so that when it's on the bed they will be straight up - an idea I will definitely offer again.  Quilting is a large meander.  Backing is a bright blue.