Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Gemstone Quilts, soft and cuddly

A Colorful Pink Tourmaline 

Exquisite Emerald

Alexandrite in blue

These gems follow the pattern by MJ Kinman but use fabrics I already had making them different from hers, but I tried to keep the colors close.  Some are closer to the pattern recommendations than others.  There are 12 gems in the pattern covering the year of birthstones.  If I start changing colors there may be more than 12.  I’m finding this pattern intriguing.  The results are a bit of a surprise and that is fun.  

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Baby Quilts

Teddy Bear Picnic

Thomas the Train

Quilts for the cancer center

Made from polyester neckties.

Photos of completed quilts

Where Flowers Bloom So Does Hope

Feed the Butterflies

Eye See You - made at a mystery quilt retreat at the Southwest Virginia 4-H Center in Abingdon, VA

The back of ‘Eye See You’ and how this quilt got it’s name

There is a story about the making of this quilt.  I was gifted the zebra fabric but it was already cut into pieces for a garment.  I needed 9 large squares and tried to cut out as much of a zebra head as I could from the oddly shaped fabric pieces.  The zebra heads were like ‘finding Waldo’ in the fabric and continue to be elusive in the quilt.  Every scrap of zebra fabric was used in the smaller pieces.  

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Georgia Bonesteel strip picture piecing class

Here is my first attempt at Georgia Bonesteel's technique.  It is currently waiting to be quilted, but I was anxious to show-n-tell.

This inspiration piece from a magazine completely changed my plan for this quilt.  In fact, it turned my original plan upside down. 

Seen here with the fabrics I had taken to the class (before painting)

When I selected fabrics to take to this class I was planning to use the blue and gray water color-ish fabric for the sky and then to use the whites and greens to create snowy, evergreen covered mountains.  

I used some water color pencils to mute a couple of fabrics that popped out as too bright.  

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Around the Block

This quilt was the 2014 Block of the Month (BOM) for the Wolf Hills Quilt Guild.  I am in love with the "on point" setting triangles and the way it all comes together in the end.  I deviated from the pattern when doing the multiple borders, only because I decided to make it totally from fabric I already had and I came up short to make the borders as directed in the pattern.  I tried out some new longarm quilting on this quilt.  I learn more with each one I quilt.  This is a Debbie Mumm pattern and available on her website.  http://www.debbiemumm.com/Projects/QuiltBlocks/2010/