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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Football Fever

Janet pieced this 68 x 88 top for her grandson.  She used some of his t-shirts, some fun themed fabrics, and plain grey alternate blocks to fill in.








She even added some embroidery:



Mitchell plays football, so I quilted footballs in the plain grey blocks:



The other blocks got a simple loopy meander since it really doesn't show much.  The sashing have a wiggly line.  The backing is a masculine Stonehenge fabric, and shows the quilting well:

Monday, November 10, 2014

Jill's Mom's birthday napkins

Jill had an 80th birthday party for her Mom, and used these beautiful cotton napkins.  She had a great idea to sew them together to make a quilt for her Mom.  I added the border and quilted it for her.  Mom is Irish, so we used a pantograph that has clovers all over.  It's 45 x 52.


 
close up of napkins:
 
 
 
quilting:
 
 
 
 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Jane's Satin & Silk

Jane pieced these self-dyed satin and silk fabrics that were left over form other projects.  She wanted "puff" so she had me use a double layer of Quilter's Dream Puff batting.  I did a simple stitch in the ditch so it could be really puffy.  The back is a plain blue.  This one is 40 x 52.  The satin makes this really soft , an will be a great "cuddle" quilt.



The side view shows the puff a little better:




Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Memories of Ed

This was made for Jane, using her husband's ties and a few shirts.  The fabulous colors of the ties led me to the color wheel.  Some of the ties are traditional prints, and some are just fun - cats and dogs holding umbrellas, palm trees or golfers.  The t- shirt piece in the middle has bible verses in Ed's handwriting.  The middle of the top and bottom rows have the skinny ends of the ties.  I pulled the padding out from all the ties, but it's still pretty heavy.  The shirt fronts I left whole - with buttons and pocket attached.  The backs of the shirts are on the back of the quilt.  The backing fabric and binding are a blue print.  Size is 60 x 80.



 
upper left section
 
 
upper right section - includes  a Cincinnati Reds baseball hat
 
 
center t-shirt
 
 
lower left section
 
 
lower right section
 
 
I quilted radiating lines following the points and centers of each tie.  The top and bottom sections are a simple meander.  There is a wiggly line where the ties overlap.
 
 
wiggly lines on back
 
 
The back shows the quilting well.
 
 
 
 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Quilt of Valor

Martha and her daughter Maria, in Ohio, pieced this top and the QOV organization paired us up so we can get it completed and sent off to a veteran.  I love the pattern, and she did a great job piecing.  It's 62 x 82 and has been sent back to Martha so she can bind it and get it sent to the appropriate vet.

Edit:  Martha and her Mom gave me permission to print this story:

"The vet it is going to is 93 years old.  He is a relative of ours and served in WWII.  He resides in a nursing home.  Back in the 80's he and his wife would drive their motorhome from California and spend the summers on our dairy farm.  He would help drive tractors to help my husband with the field work.  They did this for about  16 summers.  They became very close to our children while they were growing up and have a special spot in their hearts.  He would tell many stories of his time in the service.  This quilt is just one way we want to thank him for his service to our country."
 


 


I did a meander with stars in the outer border, and 2 stars in each of the smaller star fabric sections:



outer border
 


star section


then added loops in the red and blue sections:





followed by a wiggly line in the narrow blue border.


1" blue border


The backing is light colored, so all the quilting shows up well there:




Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Quilt of Valor

Sharon in Ohio pieced this beautiful top as a Quilt of Valor.  I love the pattern.  It has been sent back to her for binding and presentation to a veteran.


 
I did a meander in the blue  and cream areas, and added 8-pointed stars in the star centers:
 
 
The corners have stars also:
 
 
 
The flying geese are 3-D, so the white stitching is basting stitches to hold them down while I quilted.  Sharon will pull them out before this is presented.
 
I did loops in the brown border, and a meander in the larger flag border:
 
 
My favorite part is the feather in the red "stripes"
 
 
The backing is red, white and blue stars on navy:
 
 
The cream stitching in the stars makes a neat pattern on the back:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Jane's Log Cabin

Jane pieced this log cabin that was meant to be wonky.  If it doesn't fit - cut it off!  The sides are not meant to be straight.  It's made from non-traditional fabrics - much heavier fabrics - almost like upholstery samples.  The finished quilt is quite heavy.  Finished size is 45 x 50.



 
She wanted lots of feathers - so that's what I did.  There is a feathered circle in the center:
 
 
More feathers in the corners:
 
 
and more feathers through the diamonds:
 
 
The backing is a heavy canvas, and creates a whole-cloth look:
 
 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Brooke and Scott's wedding quilt

Patti made this quilt for her daughter and son-in-law for their second wedding anniversary.  She had the cream fabric blocks at the wedding reception for friends and family to write messages to the newlyweds.  She put it together using the colors of the wedding.  The backing is a tone-on-tone cream fabric.  I put the binding on the top by machine, and she will flip and stitch it to the back.  Finished size is 80 x 96.




I quilted loops in the sashings around the blocks, and left the signature area untouched. 

 
The small brown border just has a wiggly line, and the large border has a meander with loops.  This continues the theme of the blocks, and also the border fabric itself.
 
 
There are all kinds of messages - both fun and more serious and loving.
 


 
 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Susan's Memories

These shirts are from Susan's "significant other", whom she lost in January.  The shirts were his favorites, and bring back memories of activities they shared.  The cornerstones are from 6 of her favorite ties.  The backing is the same blue that is on the front.


 


I quilted a meander in each shirt, with loops in the sashings, and a wiggly line in the narrow ones:

 
 
 
There are wiggly hooks in the large border:
 
 
 
 
Ties for the cornerstones:
 
 


Friday, August 15, 2014

Halloween fun

Mary pieced this to be donated to our comfort quilt group.  She will bind it and get it back to me so it can go with the rest of our donations. 


 
I used orange thread and quilted a simple meander all through it.  I left the two bigger yellow blocks open and went back and added a spider that matches the ones in the fabric.  She can go back and add eyes with a black sharpie marker. 
 
 
 
 
There are some super fun Halloween fabrics:
 



 
The back is perfect - lots of spider webs: