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Thursday, December 10, 2015

T-shirt's for Audrey

I made this t-shirt quilt for Audrey's daughter.  It's 58 x 66.

She wanted a teal background, so I think I found the perfect fabric:

I quilted a swirled star pantograph with a variegated thread that adds some color and definition

the backing is a medium grey:

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

T-shirts for BJ's daughter

BJ made this t-shirt quilt for her daughter.  It's 60 x 66.

I used red thread and quilted a swirled star pantograph that adds a lot of detail to the large open spaces:

The backing fabric has a bunch of Spanish ladies dancing.  Love it.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Sunbonnet Sue

Sandy's Aunt embroidered some of these blocks before she passed.  Then Sandy and her sister finished the rest, and Sandy finished the top all by hand.

I outlined each doll, then added a daisy to the upper corners to fill in the space:

There are feathers in the sashings, and another daisy in each cornerstone:

I added feathers to the outer border to carry the same theme

Monday, December 7, 2015

Mike's Coaching Career

Mike coached cross country and track for 24 years, so he has accumulated LOTS of t-shirts. He had me make two for each of his kids - one from cross country shirts and the other from the track shirts.

His daughter's cross country quilt is 84 x 92.  There were so many shirts that I eliminated any  sashings or extra fabric to leave more room for shirts.

I had to add small filler pieces to fill in bare spots:

I used a simple meander for quilting:

The back is a neutral grey/black swirl pattern

The son's cross country quilt was done in a similar fashion, and is 88 x 96

I did a double loop on the quilting for this one - similar but different

The back is a black dot in a diamond pattern:

The track quilts didn't have as many shirts, so I created a shadow effect using black fabric on two sides.  The one for the daughter is 70 x 80:

close up of shadow effect :

the background makes the shirts look like they are floating on a stone wall:

The quilting has a tighter meander, with different thread colors to match the background and each shirt, with a loopy line in the black borders.

The backing is a soft grey:

The son's track quilt is 72 x 80

His background fabric looks like burlap fabric:

close up of shadow effect:

The backing for this one is a black/grey stone look:

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: