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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:

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Charlotte's Asian Braid Quilt

Charlotte pieced this beautiful Asian braid quilt for a friend who has Asian accents throughout his home.  The colors are stunning.  Most of the fabrics have a gold sparkle to them, so we decided on gold metallic thread.  She like dense quilting, so my squared swirls free motion design was perfect.  The quilt is 75 x 93.

center panel

close up of center panel

center of braids

color range of braids

quilting with gold metallic thread  - squared swirls

the back has gold metallic fans that adds to the Asian look