Block of the Month Beauties

Recently I quilted 3 quilts made from the same pattern. They were sent to me by friends Randi, Maritza and Pam.  The pattern was offered as a Block of the Month last year on the internet show “The Quilt Show” with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims.  The quilt features some New York Beauty Blocks and some gorgeous applique.   All three of my quilt top makers did a fabulous job.  With varying fabric choices, and with some variation in the applique, each looks totally different.  My challenge was to do vary the quilting as well.

This first one was pieced and appliqued by Randi.  Her colors are bright and cheerful.

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Maritza’s quilt (except for the borders) has much lower contrast giving it a softer look.  I quilted a lot of pebbles in this one.  ImageImageImageImageImage

The fabric choices in Pam’s quilt achieved high contrast.  I would have never thought to use these colors, but is works!

Very striking.

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It was a fun challenge doing these three quilts.  But I am also glad they are finished and out the door!

More Quilter Eye Candy

I recently finished quilting a couple more quilts for Georgia.  She makes the most fabulous quilt tops, and these two are no exception.  I love the colors and oh the fabrics!  Each circle is made up of 40 different prints!  So fun to look at.

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I quilted each circle like a sunflower with “seeds”in the center with “petals”

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What a gorgeous, FUN quilt!

Image  I especially love the arcs appliqued on the border.  I used several free motion quilting designs to give it even more pizazz!   Each quilt just seems to speak to me and tells me what it needs.Image

Another one just finished is a “cat” quilt.  It’s a smaller wall hanging size.  Isn’t it wonderful?!Image

The wonderful fabrics are really busy, so it’s difficult to see the quilting.  I wish you could see it in person.  I used a higher loft wool batting.  With the heavy quilting in the background around the cats, it gives them real dimension.  Image

It was hard to let these quilts go out the door!  They really brightened up my week as I worked on them.  I have a few more of Georgia’s fabulous quilts I have yet to tackle–so there are more wonderful quilts to come!

Santa Rides Again

Here’s another quilt by Georgia.  Santa’s reindeer must be on vacation.  Image

 

The fabrics were so busy and there were so many tiny pieces, I used invisible (clear) thread to go around all of the shapes.  Then added some gold stars to the night.

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Merry Whimsical Christmas!

 

More Quilt Show Quilts

I thought I would share a few more pics of my quilts that were in the show last week.  First is one I call  French Baskets.  The blocks were made by friends in my guild for my birthday.  When I was deciding how to make them into a quilt top, I found this great fabric (sashings and border) in my stash.  I was so proud of myself for using fabric I already had!  I designed the swag appliqué on the sides because I didn’t have enough of the striped border fabric to go all the way around.  I really like how it turned out.  The primary color scheme is reminiscent of French Provance.  For the back, I incorporated a vintage tablecloth I got off of eBay that had the same colors.  Then I did some fun free motion quilting.ImageImageImageImage

Also in the show was a quilt that I designed and made for my son Scott’s wedding to Robyn (I’m ashamed to say how long ago that was–but it took we a while to finish). Now that it has been in the show, I can no longer come up with any more excuses not to hand it over to them!  The color scheme is a traditional blue and white, but I was sure to leave a lot of negative space for quilting.

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My Star Quilt

I have always wanted to make a Lone Star quilt, but was a bit intimidated by the pattern–all those bias edges!  Well, Jan Krentz came to our guild last year and taught a workshop on this very quilt.  So I jumped in.  My star quilt only measures 44″ x 44″.  I knew if I made it larger, it would never get finished.  And it still wouldn’t be finished except for the fact that I wanted to put it in our guild show this past week (I finished it with 2 days to spare!).  I attached a solid green border that would show off my quilting.  I put two thicknesses of batting to give the quilting more definition.  I am quite pleased with the result.

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Here are some quilting closeups.  The circles I thought added a funky, modern touch.

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Vintage Valentine

Between my daily paintings I have been quilting a gorgeous quilt pieced and appliqued by Georgia.  The pattern is by Verna Mosquera.  It’s 72″ square.

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ImageImageImageQuilting closeup:  I quilted the background with pebbles, swirls, hearts and a feather or two.ImageImageImageSorry the pictures are kind of dark.  But I’m sure you can tell that this is one BEAUTIFUL QUILT.  Way to go Georgia.  It was such a pleasure to quilt.

 

On Broadway

I’m been working on a couple of interesting quilts lately.  At first glance, they appear to be T-shirt quilts.  But actually, they are made from jackets that actors and other participants receive for each Broadway show they are involved in.  They were pieced by Lois from PA.  The piecing and quilting are a little more challenging because the jackets were made out of wool or satin and are heavy.  But I think they came out great.  A wonderful memory.

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Block of the Month Beauty

Here is an incredible quilt pieced and appliqued by Abby W. from New York state.   She said it took a year and a half to complete the top.  I’m not surprised. She did a wonderful job!  The pattern was a block of the month offered a couple of years ago on The Quilt Show  (with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims) on the Internet.  It was designed by Sue Garman.

I did my best to compliment the top with combination of straight line quilting , stitch in the ditch, and freehand flowers, leaves and feathers.  It took a while, but the results were worth it.  The back side (last pic) looks like a whole cloth whitework quilt!Image

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Flower Girl

I often quilt embroidered quilt tops and quite enjoy it.  This quilt is from Maureen–she pieced it and her aunt did the stitching on the blocks.  It’s king sized.  I quilted some daisies in the background of each block.

ImageImageI also tried my version of Lori’s (The Inbox Jaunt) Fabulous Flower pattern in the yellow outer border. I liked the motif so much that I wanted it to really show so I used bright purple thread on the solid yellow. Yeah, you can’t miss it!

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Spoonflower Contest

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Pop Art Chicken Contest

I made some fabric on Spoonflower and entered it in this weeks’ Pop Art Chicken contest. It features my red funky chicken drawing. I haven’t figured out how to get it to show here, but I would appreciate it if you would go to spoonflower.com and vote for me. Thanks!

Color and Value

Quilting with solid fabrics are all the rage now.  This quilt top was pieced by Judi Y.  She did a beautiful job.  The pattern is by Annie Smith from her workshop on value.  If you haven’t realized it already, all nine blocks are the same pattern.  The only difference is the placement of the colors, but more importantly the light and dark values.  As they say “Value does all the work, but color gets the credit”.  Another plus to using solids rather than prints is that the quilting really shows!  I had so much fun with this quilt and even got to use variegated thread.  I wish this quilt could come and live at MY house!

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