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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

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Megan's Memories

This is the third t-shirt quilt I've done for Megan.  One for high school, one for college, and this one is a little bit of everything.  It's 84 x 88

I did an all-over quilting pattern - some swirls, straight lines, and jagged curves.

The backing is red dots, and I used the same fabric for the binding

Friday, April 28, 2017

Joan's Applique

Joan did a beautiful job on this applique.  The stitches are totally hidden.
  It's 52 x 52, and will be a  wall hanging 

She wanted a filler in the background -

and cross hatching in all the baskets -

lines 1" apart on the large center basket

lines 1/2 inch apart on the 4 corner baskets

I did simple fills in the 2 inner borders -

she pieced the backing from her stash -

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Charity Rag Quilt

I made this for my guild's favorite charity.  Quilts are given to children that are taken from their homes for various reasons.  Teen Mom's are also allowed to purchase them with points earned through their program.

I made a flower quilt for my Mom and these are leftover fabrics, as well as some that I decided not to use.  It's 60 x 72.

I put raggy seams on both sides rather than just on the front.

I bought yardage for the back because I didn't have enough fabric to cut 2 of each block.  So the back is all the same.  Kind of nice to have it different.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Maureen's Dahlia

Sarah's mother-in-law - Maureen - started piecing these dahlias in 1943 when she was 16 years old.   They are hand appliqued to the purple background with black embroidery floss - typical of that time period.. She completed the top herself, but Sarah wasn't sure when.  It's 78 x 95.

I sewed in the ditch around each flower, then again 1/4" away to keep it separated from the background fill.  The meander filler pushed the purple to the back and lets the dahlia pop.  I also used white thread to add an outline of each petal 1/4 inch from the edge.

There are some very different fabrics included.  some are very shear, and there is even an eyelet fabric:

I added feathers in each of the sashings, and flower petals in the cornerstones

More feathers in the white border, and meander again in the purple border

I found the perfect backing - the colors are a great match and the design is from the same time period

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Janet's paper piecing

Jane made a quilt for her grandson several years ago, so I guess it's only fair that she made one now for her grand-daughter.  This pretty green quilt is 51 x 65

She paper pieced little 9-patch blocks, then added irregular sashing strips between.


She wanted a simple meander for quilting, so this one went together fast.

The backing is a plain white sheet:

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Pat's 4-patches

8 of us did a 4-patch swap several years ago.  This is what Pat created with hers.  It's Bonnie Hunter's 4-patch and furrows pattern.  It's 78 x 84 and is now on her bed

She combined 4-patches to make a 16 patch, then added half-square triangles to create the pattern.

I did a hook with a crown on top throughout  the quilt:


 3 of them meet in the center of the triangles

the backing is a fun chevron:

Friday, February 3, 2017

Tanya's Wall Hanging

Tanya paper-pieced this wall-hanging to give to her daughter.  They always go to visit her during Easter, so it  has a definite Easter theme.  It's 26 x 29.

I did a stitch-in-the-ditch around each block and each element so make them standout, then did a dense fill around each to really make them pop.

Then I added a lot of detail:

pads of the feet of the bunny, and ridges on the carrot

accent lines on the wings and dress of the garden angel

A crack in the egg, ridges on the carrot, and petals for the flower

shingles on the roof, and curtains in the windows :)


I put feathers in the two borders to create some movement around the quilt:

The backing is the same dark blue as the outer border, and really shows off all the quilting:

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Quilt of Valor

A member my guild made these Quilt of Valor blocks, and Amy put them together.  It's a simple pattern, but makes a great looking quilt.  It's 64 x 76.  The binding (a red/white/blue print) has been applied and is just waiting for someone to hand-stitch to the back.

All of the block are different fabrics:

 I quilted 8-pointed stars in the corner and center squares:

and the diagonal lines in the pieced squares make a secondary star though the block"

I used the piecing as a guideline for X's in the white sashings:

The backing is a red/white/blue floral:

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Darlene's Geese

Darlene pieced this just for fun - for herself.  I don't know if she has a name for it, but I think "Goosey Pinwheels" would be perfect.  The way the flying geese units look like a pinwheel and seem they are flying around looks awesome.  It's  61 x 72.

I quilted a double loop in the geese units:

and wiggly lines in the white background pieces,  They copy the movement of the geese:

There is a red flange around the outside before the black border, 
where I put a simple back and forth to fill it in:

She used a great paisley print for the backing: