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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

Monday, March 23, 2015

Tardis times two

Lisa and a friend each made this quilt.  They are both the same, except the space fabric in the background is a little different in each one.  They wanted a simple stitch in the ditch with some "swirly spacey things" in the background.

The Tetris Police Call Box

assorted "spacey" quilting - even a Big Dipper !

a spike

a swirl

some of everything on the back

Sunday, March 8, 2015

A Patriotic Beauty

Maria and I first connected through the Quilts of Valor program.  She pieced a top and it was sent to me for quilting.  See it here.  She liked what I did, so she has sent me two of her own tops to do.  This is the first one.  I love the fabrics she chose from the Stonehenge line.  This is obviously a patriotic quilt, but I'm not sure if Maria is using as a Quilt of Valor or not.   It is 66 x 82.

I quilted curved lines in the star sections, with an 8-pointed star in the middle of each star.  There are red stars and blue stars, and I did them both the same:

Blue Star

Red Star

I'm crazy for feathers, so I did 2 pairs going in opposite directions in the alternating blocks.  This way there is no top or bottom to the designs in the finished quilt.

The borders have the same pattern - but they mirror each other:

The backing has stars on a blue field: