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Friday, May 31, 2019


A member of my Quilt of Valor group pieced this from orphan blocks and I brought it home to quilt.  I used a red/white/blue variegated thread, and used a pantograph with swirls and stars.  It's 54 x 68,

Some of the centers of the log cabin blocks were fussy cut to show a flag:


I used leftover backing to do the binding


Thursday, May 30, 2019


A member of my guild made this top and I quilted it.  I used a red/white/blue variegated thread and used a pantograph with swirls and stars and partial flag stripes.  It's 62 x 75.


I was given a striped binding to use.  


Wednesday, May 29, 2019


This is the second of two quilts Kathy did for her grandkids.  This one is sheep, and the other is puppies.  This one is 41 x 52.  Kathy did all of the embroidery.

She didn't want quilting through the embroidery, so I made a box around them, then filled behind to make them pop.  Each sheep had swirls as part of the embroidery, so I did the same in the background - it kind of looks like the sheep's curly fur.

She added the baby's dates and info:

I quilted continues hooks in the yellow border, and a meander in the white border.  She didn't want anything in the middle border:

The backing is the sheep fabric:

Tuesday, May 28, 2019


Kathy made quilts for her 2 grandkids.  They were lots of fun to quilt - so cute.  This one is puppies, and the other is sheep.  She did all the embroidery.  This one is 48 x 59 for her grandson.

She didn't want any quilting through the embroidery, so I made a box around them, then filled in behind to make the embroidery pop more.  The white fabric had little circles, so I quilted pebbles to carry the theme:

The sashing and borders have loopy lines, with a meander in the outer border because nothing else would show there:

The backing is the dog fabric, which was the basis for the quilt theme:

Monday, May 27, 2019

Vintage Stars

My friend Ruthie bought this at garage/estate sale in the 70's  She's has held on to it all this time.  She finally got it to me to quilt. It's 72 x 91.

It was not in very good shape.  There were some stains, but the worst part was the very tiny seam allowances.  Some of the borders were wavy, but I didn't dare try to take it apart and replace with those same small seam allowances.

I quilted connecting curves with white threads in the stars and their white background. Hopefully that will give it some strength.

And feathers in the white border:

The setting squares were not really square, so a traditional feather wreath would work.  So I used a bigger feather with a wavy end that I could fill in with.  And cross hatching in the center.  I used a gold thread so it would show a little better. I started out to do this in the white thread, but you couldn't see it, and I could barely see where I had already quilted.  So the gold works well.

The outer border had to be starched and steamed to get it to lay flat, then I could do the piano keys:


She found a great little calico print for the back:

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Metro Rings

My Mom wanted a new quilt for her bed.  She had a traditional double wedding ring pattern, and it was getting very worn.  She wanted the same pattern, so I used this Metro Rings pattern that is very similar but much easier.  She and I went shopping together to buy fabrics.  It's 95 x 107.  She wanted the extra width because of her deep drop mattress. 

I used white thread throughout, and did some heavy duty quilting.

I stitched 1/4" away from the sides of the arcs

I used a curved ruler to create the star in the centers

hooks in the corners where the blocks come together

back and forth in the arc centers to make them standout

feathers in the outer border

The baking is actually a pale blue, and hides the white thread well

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Barb's Quilt of Valor

Barb pieced this top that will be a retirement gift for her boss in June.  I love the geometric pattern.  I changed thread colors with the fabric.  It's 66 x 87

I quilted an 8-point star wherever I had a square, and wiggly lines in the areas that are not square.

She used a lot of the leftover strips in the backing