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Monday, February 27, 2017

Maureen's Dahlia

Sarah's mother-in-law - Maureen - started piecing these dahlias in 1943 when she was 16 years old.   They are hand appliqued to the purple background with black embroidery floss - typical of that time period.. She completed the top herself, but Sarah wasn't sure when.  It's 78 x 95.

I sewed in the ditch around each flower, then again 1/4" away to keep it separated from the background fill.  The meander filler pushed the purple to the back and lets the dahlia pop.  I also used white thread to add an outline of each petal 1/4 inch from the edge.

There are some very different fabrics included.  some are very shear, and there is even an eyelet fabric:

I added feathers in each of the sashings, and flower petals in the cornerstones

More feathers in the white border, and meander again in the purple border

I found the perfect backing - the colors are a great match and the design is from the same time period

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Janet's paper piecing

Jane made a quilt for her grandson several years ago, so I guess it's only fair that she made one now for her grand-daughter.  This pretty green quilt is 51 x 65

She paper pieced little 9-patch blocks, then added irregular sashing strips between.


She wanted a simple meander for quilting, so this one went together fast.

The backing is a plain white sheet:

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Pat's 4-patches

8 of us did a 4-patch swap several years ago.  This is what Pat created with hers.  It's Bonnie Hunter's 4-patch and furrows pattern.  It's 78 x 84 and is now on her bed

She combined 4-patches to make a 16 patch, then added half-square triangles to create the pattern.

I did a hook with a crown on top throughout  the quilt:


 3 of them meet in the center of the triangles

the backing is a fun chevron:

Friday, February 3, 2017

Tanya's Wall Hanging

Tanya paper-pieced this wall-hanging to give to her daughter.  They always go to visit her during Easter, so it  has a definite Easter theme.  It's 26 x 29.

I did a stitch-in-the-ditch around each block and each element so make them standout, then did a dense fill around each to really make them pop.

Then I added a lot of detail:

pads of the feet of the bunny, and ridges on the carrot

accent lines on the wings and dress of the garden angel

A crack in the egg, ridges on the carrot, and petals for the flower

shingles on the roof, and curtains in the windows :)


I put feathers in the two borders to create some movement around the quilt:

The backing is the same dark blue as the outer border, and really shows off all the quilting:

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Quilt of Valor

A member my guild made these Quilt of Valor blocks, and Amy put them together.  It's a simple pattern, but makes a great looking quilt.  It's 64 x 76.  The binding (a red/white/blue print) has been applied and is just waiting for someone to hand-stitch to the back.

All of the block are different fabrics:

 I quilted 8-pointed stars in the corner and center squares:

and the diagonal lines in the pieced squares make a secondary star though the block"

I used the piecing as a guideline for X's in the white sashings:

The backing is a red/white/blue floral:

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Darlene's Geese

Darlene pieced this just for fun - for herself.  I don't know if she has a name for it, but I think "Goosey Pinwheels" would be perfect.  The way the flying geese units look like a pinwheel and seem they are flying around looks awesome.  It's  61 x 72.

I quilted a double loop in the geese units:

and wiggly lines in the white background pieces,  They copy the movement of the geese:

There is a red flange around the outside before the black border, 
where I put a simple back and forth to fill it in:

She used a great paisley print for the backing: