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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Quilt of Valor

My guild has a great Quilt of Valor group that meets monthly to work on Quilts of Valor.  This is one I made using lots of scraps from my stash.  It's 62 x 70.

All of the blue squares have stars in them

The red sashings have many different fabrics.  Some have stars and others don't.  The white stars are the only constant fabric.  They are all the same - also full of stars.

I used a red/white/blue variegated thread to quilt a pantograph that has flags and stars.  The is a large flag with one star in the corner, then other stars between the flags.

There is an extra row of sashings around the outside to create a border, 
and to finish the stars on the outside

The backing is a red tone on tone, with a blue binding to finish

Friday, December 2, 2016

Life's a Beach

I bought this fabric in January 2014 when it was miserably cold.  I saw this and immediately felt like I was at the beach.  It's just so warm and sunny.  I finished piecing in September of that year, but just now got it quilted.  It's 56 x 76

There are spinning tops in two color-ways.  Pink and cream

pink spinning top

cream spinning top

I used a variegated thread that had most of the colors in it to quilt a pantograph that has fish swimming across, mixed in with swirls.  I thought the fish added to the summery feel

I love the yellow giraffe print for the border:

The backing is a great zig zag that is full of color. I used this same fabric for the backing

Thursday, December 1, 2016


This is my quilt - I ran a mystery for our guild this summer, and this was the pattern I selected.  It's from Marcia Hohn at Quilter's Cache.  The first clue gave yardage amounts, then at each meeting a clue was given as to how many units to make.  Then the final presentation of all quilts was at our November meeting.  There were almost 30 participants and everyone seemed to enjoy making it.  It was amazing how different fabrics create totally different looks for each quilt.  It's 54 x 70.

You can see how the melon fabric creates links that connect diagonally across the quilt

I used white thread and 3 different sizes of circle templates for the quilting.  The teal background fabric has circles, so I thought the quilting would bring that forward.  And they soften all those angles.

The backing is from my stash. 
 Actually - I think it's a piece my Mom gave me when she was cleaning out stuff.