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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Tonya's Strings

Tonya has made this colorful string quilt for her grandson.  There a lot of different fabrics, and her neutrals are varied and really add life to the quilt.  The blue binding has been applied to the front, but Tonya will hand stitch it to the back.  It's 91 x 91.

The stars are made from really bright and colorful fabrics:

I quilted random curls all over in various sizes:

The backing is a cream tone on tone:

Friday, November 20, 2015

Barb's Black & White

Barb pieced this great black & white graphic quilt for her son.  It is a "modern" quilt in that there are bigger pieces, with lots of quilting.  It's 70 x 90

I followed the lines of the trapezoids and triangles  - quilting two lines half inch apart.  The white areas also have a line of pebbles between the two lines.

The backing is the lighter gray fabric.  The quilting makes an interesting pattern on the back.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Underground Railroad

Joanne pieced this Underground Railroad quilt.  The blocks tell a story of how the slaves were given information on how to travel safely north to freedom.  It is 86 x 92.

The story in included as one of the blocks:

Some of the blocks include:

Drunkard's Path:


Wagon Wheel:

Birds in the Air:

and a Basket:

Each block was custom quilted, so there are a lot of different motifs throughout the quilt.  I added cross-hatching in the sashings and cornerstones:

There are curls and feathers in the 4 borders:

Monday, October 26, 2015

Quilt of Valor

Mary Rose from Michigan pieced this beautiful Quilt of Valor that will be donated to a veteran.  It's a combination of a star block and a stars-stripes block and is 64 x 80.

The white setting triangles have parallel lines:

I put a ribbon line in the red stripes.  The blue star field has a simple meander as the navy thread doesn't show on the dark fabric:

There is line dancing in the white background and navy triangles of the star blocks, 
with a red 8-pointed star in the middle:

The backing is a red with gold stars:

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Shanna's T's

These are Shanna's t-shirts from Ball State.  It's 64 x 87.

 The neutral grey sashing makes them stand out.   She didn't want them all lined up evenly, so they are off-set according to size.  There were a lot of tank tops, to there are several without corners.

The quilting is a simple loopy meander:

Shanna picked out the black backing:

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Pat's Carousel Horses

Pat embroidered these cute carousel horses and put them together in a quilt.  It took her 10 years to get them all done.  It's 84 x 108

The quilting design was pre-printed on the horse blocks.  

There are daisies on each horse, so we decided on daisies to fill in the purple sashings and borders.

The backing is a pretty mint green, although the color does not show well here.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


A guild member pieced this envelope quilt - so named because the individual blocks look like an envelope.  It's 60 x 72, and will be donated thru the Quilts of Valor program.  

The envelop pattern is repeated in alternate color-ways

envelope block

She had friends write notes to the recipient and appliqued them onto the quilt:

I used a red/white/blue variegated thread to quilt a simple meander with stars:

The backing is a perfect choice for a Quilt of Valor:

Tuesday, September 15, 2015


I pieced this Quilt of Valor that started with some donated bonus half-square triangles.  A guild member brought them home from her group in Florida, and donated them.  I trimmed them to a uniform size, and was able to make more than 50 pinwheels after I matched up the fabrics.  The rest of the top was made from my stash.  The top and bottom borders are from our guild's QOV stash.  I needed that to add more length, and also to give it more of a patriotic pop.  It's 60 x 72.

Patriotic fabric for borders

pinwheels with curved line quilting to accent the spinning pinwheel

There is a lot of plain blue fabric, so I jazzed it up by quilting with red thread.  I chalked in a 3" grid and did some jagged line dancing.

One of the sections is red fabric with gold stars, so I quilting 8-pointed stars in those areas

a lot of the fabrics in the pinwheels had a bandana print, so I pulled this from my stash to continue that theme in the outer border

I found this perfect backing fabric in Paducah at Quilt Week in April.  It looks like quilt pieces, and has the bandana print that's perfect with the front of the quilt

Monday, September 14, 2015

Jan's Bargello

Jan and some friends each made this top as a class through our local quilt shop.  I like her bright colors, and she carried those through with her borders.  The black is a great way to separate the borders from the body, and makes the center looks like it's floating.  The quilt is 65 x 85.

We decided on a curved all over pattern to soften all of the straight  lines of the quilt.  I used a variegated thread that has a lot of the fabric colors in it.

border fabrics and close up of the quilting:

The backing she chose is perfect - has all of the colors from the front:

The quilting shows up well on the back too: