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 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
There was enough left over fabric to make a simple pieced back. Hopefully Natalie and Charles will spend many an evening cuddled under this.
I enjoyed making the red and cream quilt so much, that I decided that I would use the same pattern to make a wedding quilt for my niece, Nicole. This one is queen sized.
I again made it scrappy because I am really trying to use up my stash. Nicole said she liked olive green so I incorporated that in the border. I thought blue and green would make a nice color palette for the quilt. I had fun with the custom quilting.On the back, I added some blocks I had made in an improvisational piecing class taught by Jackie Gehring. Who says the back should be boring?Congratulations to Nicole and Josh! They were married November 15, 2014. And I’m happy to say the quilt was finished in time so that they could open it on their wedding day.
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.
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.
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.
Her 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.
The few salmon blocks I did make became part of the pieced back.
I quilted it with several different designs in the blocks and traditional freehand feathers in the borders.
I presented it to the happy couple a couple of days before the main event. They seem very pleased with the results!April 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.