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Monday, May 11, 2015

30's reproduction fabrics

Maria pieced this top of cute 30's reproduction fabrics.  It's 67 x 85.  I love the pastel colors and the secondary design of big circles that the pattern creates.  It's a combination of two blocks, shoo fly and 54-40 or fight.

I quilted a similar pattern in each block.  There are 4 flower petals in the center square and corner squares.  The triangle pieces and the plain white blocks each have a hook, then some filler in the other areas:

54-40 or fight block

shoo fly block

The border is a soft green, and and I quilted hooks to match the body of the quilt.

The quilting shows up great on the back as it is a plain white. 
 It almost has the look of a whole cloth quilt:

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Bridal Accessories

I made these for a beautiful bride from her Mom's wedding dress.  The garter is made from the scalloped lace at the bottom of the gown.  She'll be keeping the garter as most of her friends are already married.  There is a little blue bow for her "something blue".  The purse also has some of the lace applique from the dress to add a little bling.  I embroidered the "H" for the bride's first name, but it's also for her new last name.  It was meant to be :)

purse and garter



"bling" on the purse

Friday, April 10, 2015

Sylvia's Quilt of Valor

Sylvia made this Quilt of  Valor to give to a family friend Memorial weekend.  It is 40 x 60, and has a central section of blue with flags, then lots of borders around it.

I quilted a meander and stars in the 3 outer borders, and in the center blue section:

I put a pointed meander in the white border, and the central red border:

There is a wavy line in the narrow blue borders, and a small wiggly line across the white sections of the striped border:

The 3-colored border with stars around the center section is all one fabric.  I quilted loops there:

The back is a dark red with gold stars:

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Kathy's Mystery

Kathy ran this quilt as a mystery for her guild.  It's the same one I ran for my guild last summer.  (here)    It's 56 x 80.  She used all beautiful batik fabrics.

I quilted flower petals through the white diagonal squares

and the same in the squares in the central square.  All of the triangles got a figure 8:

I put curved hooks in the black border:

The backing is a fabulous batik that picks up all the colors from the front:

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Karen's Lone Star

Karen was working on this at our guild retreat last fall.  It's paper pieced and I enjoyed watching her work through the process.  Lots of patience there :)  The colors are fabulous and all the fabrics work perfectly together.  It's 60 x 60.  I used 17 different threads . . .

I quilted pebbles behind the spikes in the cheddar sections and also in the bright yellow spots to help those spikes stand out:

The central star got line dancing with loops in the middle of each side of the diamonds:

I love the multi-colored fabric that borders the star and pulls all the colors together.  I used a variegated thread that has all those colors in it, and just followed the waviness of the fabric:

I put reversed "C's" in the black border:

I used wavy lines on the seam lines and in the middle of each cheddar border piece.  I can't believe all the different cheddar fabrics that are in there . . 

The back is a black/white paisley print:

Monday, March 30, 2015

Jane's Baby Quilts

Jane is soon to be a grandma to twin girls, so she made these baby quilt tops for me to quilt and bind for her.  They are made from Japanese fabrics.  The first two are one piece of fabric and have a double wool batting so they are super fluffy and will be warm for winter.  They are both bound with the fabric from the backing.

1st winter quilt front and back:

close up of front fabric:

Second winter quilt front and back:

daisies on the front

Close up of daisy fabric.  I outlined all the purple daisies with a meander to connect them:

daisy quilting

The second two are light seersucker and flannel for summer use.  The front and back are identical.

Pink baby quilt:

I traced the swirls with a meaner between them, and outlined the roses in the side panels.
  This one is bound with a white print fabric.

Blue baby quilt:

I meandered from flower to flower and traced the white centers. I copied that pattern in the blue flannel at the bottom, and again outlined the roses in the side panels.
  This one is bound with the blue flannel.

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 - a little 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.   This quilt measures  63 x 74.

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 in the borders

a great patriotic fabric for the back and binding