Welcome to Music Class

I must confess that even though I didn’t teach music for several years, I was still collecting music themed fabric.  Most of the time I didn’t know what I would ever do with it.  But this was a no brainer.Music classYou know this HAD to go into a quilt.

I just love this print and was so pleased to finally use it.

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The kids will need a special quilt to great them the 1st day of school.schoolbus

The final quilt, that will fit nicely on my classroom door, will greet students through the end of Sept.  The red apple fabric for the border was a must.  These seasonal quilts are very fun!

original quilt by Pam Schoessow  pamelajeannestudio.com

original quilt by Pam Schoessow pamelajeannestudio.com

America the Beautiful

Every classroom needs a map.  I purchased the center panel years ago.  I added strips of fabric for the border and quilted it.  It will be a great addition to my music room. IMG_1197

I’m not sure who designed this, but they obviously didn’t use spell check.IMG_1198

It will be fun for my students to identify the spelling mistakes.IMG_1199 Nevertheless, I love the kitchy vibe of this print.  Though it has that 50’s look, It was printed by Moda fabrics just about 10 years ago. IMG_1201 IMG_1202

I’m trying to use up my vast stash of fabric, so I put another panel with similar colors on the back.IMG_1203

America the Beautiful quilt by Pam SchoessowCan’t wait to hang this one up.

Half Square Triangle Exchange

I thought I would share a bit of my latest quilting project.  I designed this block to use several half-square triangles I have been exchanging with members of my quilting bee.  We plan to make and exchange 24 of the little squares with triangles (in the center of my block) each month for the next 5 months.

original block by Pam Schoessow

original block by Pam Schoessow

I plan to make a large quilt to go on the wall in my living room.Pam's quilt blocks

The colors come from an area a rug that has brown, rust, aqua, gold and red.monkey wrench with half square triangles

As you can see, I only have 3 blocks finished so far.  I plan also to design some simple appliqued flowers for the borders or sashing.  I’m still designing as I go.  I keep you posted on my progress.

Flying Geese Quilt

I recently finished a lovely quilt pieced by Sandy.  I believe she said the pattern was by Pam Bono.Flying Geese quilt by SandyIt’s is quite large–about 88 x 110.  It was hard to get it all in one photo.  I think it is striking!Large Flying Geese Quilt I did straight line quilting in the small pieced blocks.  It gives it a chevron look.IMG_1108Swirly “wind” quilting behind the geese seemed a good choice.quilted "wind"The fact that there are pieced geese along with flying geese blocks was not lost on me.  Quite clever!

Sandy said this is for her brother.  What a beautiful bed quilt it will make.

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Natalie’s Quilt

My watercolor brushes have been dry lately, but I have been quilting.  I don’t much like to follow quilt patterns.  I feel like I should be more original.  Must be the artist in me.  I designed this lap quilt    (58″ x 70″) as a wedding gift for Natalie who is getting married tomorrow.  It’s a simple design with large (12″ x 14″) blocks.  It was well received at her bridal shower this past week.  Her requested colors were navy, mustard and blush.  I was able to find a fat quarter bundle online: “Athena” by Angela Walters for Art Gallery Fabrics.  It fit perfectly into this color scheme.

"Athena" quilt designed by Pam Schoessow  pamelajeannestudio.com

“Athena” quilt for Natalie and Charles designed by Pam Schoessow pamelajeannestudio.com

Since it was a wedding gift I quilted it with my all-over Curly Hearts pattern.

Curly Hearts quilting pattern by Pam Schoessow

Curly Hearts quilting pattern by Pam Schoessow   

There was enough left over fabric to make a simple pieced back.IMG_1100  Hopefully Natalie and Charles will spend many an evening cuddled under this.Natalie's Quilt by Pam Schoessow

A Quilt for Me!

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Pam’s drunkards path quilt

Being a professional machine quilter, I do a lot of quilting.  But rarely are the quilts mine.  I finish other people’s quilts.  I started this quilt way back in July, I think.  I start LOTS of quilts.  They don’t always get finished.  This one did!  And it is just for me!  I wanted something warm to cuddle up in when I’m watching TV.

It make it extra warm, I added wool batting and backed it with a cuddly fleece.IMG_0851

You may recognize this pattern from an earlier post.  The setting is a variation using the curved drunkard’s path block.  All the fabrics were from my stash, so this was stash busting!   Those cream colored “paths” were just screaming for some feathers.IMG_0844 Of course since it’s my quilt, I quilted my name in the center.

It looks great on my new sofa.  And yes, it is very warm.IMG_0836

Greet the Day Quilt

Sometime ago, I painted a little painting that featured a red bird basking in the sunshine.   I thought the design would make a great applique project.  So I recently drew out the pattern and made this small quilted wallhanging.  It hangs in my front entryway.Greet the Day Quilt

I used machine applique (my preferred method because it is faster!) and added some simple quilting.  Yes, I actually pieced those little red squares!Greet the Day quilt close up.

It came out pretty close to the original painting.  So what do you think?Greet the Day 1

 

Greet the Day original watercolor painting on board 5″ x 7″.  Available in my Etsy Shop.

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!

Log Cabin Quilt

My friend Kathy, recently finished this small quilt that she started in a workshop last Fall with designer Edyta Sitar.  She called the pattern Broken Star Log Cabin.Image

The quilt is just 40″ x 40″.  The “logs” in the blocks are just 1/2 inch wide!  I thought it must have been paper pieced but no.  Kathy did a super job piecing this.  It came out square and flat and was a pleasure to quilt.

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I quilted it with my free-hand all over feathers.  

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I wish you could see it in person.  It is a really lovely quilt!

 

 

Christmas Gift

I’m really proud of myself for actually finishing  a quilt as a gift for my daughter in law, Robyn. (OK, it really didn’t get finished until Dec 27th, but who’s counting?)  It is actually done and bound. Finished!

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I made up the pattern as I went along.  I used a couple of charm packs of 5″ squares. (Simple Marks by Malka Dubrawsky for Moda)  I sewed them randomly together into 20- 4 patch blocks.  Each 4 patch was bordered by a skinny 1 1/2 inch border in a solid cream.  I had extra yardage (the blue print) that I had purchased that was from the same fabric line as the 5″ squares.  I then added the blue sashing (with cream corner squares) and finished it off with a 4 inch border in the same blue print.  It was pretty fast to put together.  If you wanted to do the same, you would need 2 charm packs, and a couple of yards of the cream and blue.  The finished quilt measures aprox. 55″ x 70″–a great lap size.

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Robyn wanted something cozy and warm, so I backed it with cream Minkee fabric and used wool batting.  I quilted it in my all-over “daisy” pattern.

Though I didn’t finish (or even start) everything I thought of to make for gifts this Christmas, I am very pleased that this one thing actually did get finished and delivered!

Affairs of the Heart

I recently finished quilting this amazing quilt.  It’s called “Affairs of the Heart” and was designed by Aie Rossman.  All of the applique is done by hand.  This is another fabulous piece of work by Georgia.  She does amazing work!  I used black thread to do some background fillers around the applique.  I also used several different variegated threads to outline and embellish the handwork.  It was tough to see this one go out the door!

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The photos really don’t do it justice, but I did my best to capture this wonderful work of art.

 

Barn Quilts

I’ve read in magazines only about areas of the U.S. where there quilts painted on barns.  If I was free to roam, how fun it would be to take a drive in the country and go from farm to farm to see this outdoor quilt “show”.  Sounds like the Quilt Life to me.

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Autumn by the Lake

Day 30 Yay!!    Now I can take a rest.  I feel like I’ve really grown as an artist.  I like the work I did this challenge better than what I started with the last challenge in January.  Leslie will have to do this again so I can keep improving!  I almost doubled the number of people following my blog for which I am grateful.  In means so much to me to have someone look at my creative efforts.  I hope you will keep checking out what I’m doing in the days and weeks ahead.

I am especially grateful for all of you that sent such nice, supportive comments on my paintings.  It has really given me the confidence to keep trying.  I thank you for that.  I will keep painting and I will keep quilting.  And I will try to believe that the best is yet to come!

Here is my last painting for awhile.  It is larger than the rest and I really tried to push myself to do my best work for the 30th painting.  I love color, pumpkins, houses, funky birds and quilting.  I tried to get them all in this last one.

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Celebrate Autumn

I think this will be my last Autumn painting for awhile.  The leaves are just starting to turn on the red maple at the end of my driveway.  As I observe the changing colors, I am reminded of what a glorious world we all live in.

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I went out last week to a farm stand in Wisconsin and bought 10 pumpkins of various sizes.  Then I stopped at Walmart and got several inexpensive mums.  This is how I decorated by my front door.  It won’t win any awards, but it makes me happy.

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I used an antique wooden ironing board that I got years ago as a plant stand.

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The quilt was an inexpensive buy off of Ebay.  It’s in pretty ragged condition, but it looks great by the front door.  And I don’t worry about it getting dirty or faded.  

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I have several vintage quilts that I use on my front porch.   I change them with the seasons.   It helps establish me as the “quilting house” for my long arm customers.

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Hope you enjoyed this little tour.  Happy Fall!

 

 

 

Wedding Quilt

The last several weeks I have been working on a wedding quilt for my niece, April.  I finally finished just minutes before I left for the airport to attend the wedding in Las Vegas (my hometown).  The wedding was last Saturday and everything was beautiful.

ImageHer colors were blue and salmon so I picked several blue prints and designed an elongated monkey wrench block.  I didn’t want the quilt to be too “girly” so I just adding a touch of salmon in the corners of the blocks.  

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ImageI presented it to the happy couple a couple of days before the main event.  They seem very pleased with the results!ImageApril and Brandon on their wedding day, August 17, 2013.  Best wishes to the happy couple!  I know they will appreciate the quilt and that makes it all worth it.

4 Block Lollipop

I was looking through a book on antique quilts and found one from 1855.  It was an applique quilt with whimsical motifs that I found very appealing.  Apparently, it has come to be known as the “Lollipop” quilt.  This is my 4 block version that was inspired by that quilt.  The original was predominantly dark green.  I lightened up the color scheme a bit in my version.

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June Pumpkin

So why am I quilting pumpkins in June?  Well, this block design has been going around in my head for weeks.  I love the Fall colors and pumpkins.  And since our guild bi-annual quilt show is this October, I thought a pumpkin quilt would be just the thing.  So I thought I would start by making one block and see how it goes.

The pumpkin itself is pieced from strips to make it scrappy.   I created the stem and the black “border” (really a block within a block) with improvisational piecing to give it a wonky look.  I used machine applique (with a wide satin stitch) for the leaf and vine.  I also had some fun with the machine quilting.

This small wall hanging  will go in the silent auction at the show.   I’m hoping to make the quilt about twin sized.   I have a few other quilts I have designed (in my head) that I would like to make as well.   I’m not a very fast piecer, so we’ll see what happens.  I’ll post my progress and maybe that will keep me on track as the summer progresses.

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