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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Grant's birthday gift

Darlene made this quilt for her husband's birthday.  Nice gift :)  It's a big 95 x 110.  She likes the 1800's reproduction or Civil War fabrics.

There are two alternating blocks - a snowball and a 16-patch:

I used an oval template to quilt a common motif in the center of each snowball block,

and put line dancing with hooks in the middle of the 16-patch blocks:

line dancing

hooks - or question marks

There are 3 borders, and each received a different treatment:

the large  outer border is a simple meander, since anything fancy wouldn't show in the busy fabric.  The red center border has clovers that are copied from the ones in the outer border, and the black has straight lines .

clovers in red border

The backing is some nice soft flannel at each end, with reproduction fabric in the center:

Monday, February 22, 2016

Quilt of Valor

Ruthie made this top for her brother-in-law as a thank you for his service.  It's 48 x 82.

I quilted lots of 8-pointed stars in the red and white sections,

and free-hand flags in the larger white sections:

The blue area has line dancing, and 8-pointed stars in the center of the white stars:

The quilting shows up well on the back, which is a cream tone-on-tone - the same as the binding:

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Cheryl's memories

Cheryl lost her husband, but had me make this from his shirts for their daughter's graduation in June.  It's 56 x 62.

He was a fan of teams in two cities - Chicago and Pittsburgh:

She wanted a plain white background, and I used the same fabric for the binding.  The quilting is a pantograph that is big and flowery:

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Charity rag quilt

I made this for our local charity that supports children taken from their homes for various reasons.  They are given a quilt so they have something of their own.  It's a simple rag quilt - using fabrics from my stash.  It's 48 x 60.  I did just a simple X to hold the 3 layers of each block together, then sew the seams and snip.  Then wash and dry so the seams "rag".  Perfect for a young girl.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Kathy's cruises

Kathy made this with photos from all of their cruises.  It's got lots of fun pictures and she will make a list of things to find when this hangs in our show in April.  It's 60 x 52.

There are photos of places they went:

and things they saw:

I quilted clouds in the sky,

and wavy lines to show  movement in the water:

There is even a shark lurking - 

the back is a purple-blue tie-dyed fabric - 

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Deb's baby quilts

Deb made these 2 baby quilts for 2 friends having grand babies.  The yellow had cute owls, and the red has puppies.  The red is 35 x 46, and the yellow is 38 x 50.

The red is a friendship star block and the yellow is a churn dash

Love the fabrics she chose:

dog bones



These have simple quilting to keep them light and soft.  Line dancing, meander and some straight lines on the yellow:

red backing is the same as the sashing:

Yellow backing is the yellow print in the border:

Friday, February 12, 2016

Barb's applique

Barb appliqued this cute little quilt to drape over a rocking chair in her kitchen.  The 30's repoduction fabrics are perfect.  All the fabrics are from a Pat Sloan collection.  It's 56 x 56.

There are so many cute fusible appliques.  I outlined every piece to be sure it stays on, and quilted a dense fill in the background to make those appliques pop.

I added swirls to the dots on the butterflies

stems on the leaves

swirls in the flower centers

waves on the boat - love the fussing cutting of the sail fabric

I did a piano key border, with feathers in the narrow red border:

The backing carries the theme from the front.