|I love how you can take a simple design like a half square triangle, and make something as fun as this quilt.|
Egypt. Sara said she was holding a snake, but she didn't like that, so changed it to an ankh. Much better.
I used to have a copy of two books. "Stash Envy" and "That Dorky Homemade Look." I believe it was Stash Envy where the author talked about Sunbonnet Sue, and wondered what she was hiding. Was she really a space alien? If anyone has a copy of either of these books, I'd love to borrow them if you've got a copy. The library doesn't, I tried. If you haven't read them, check them out. They are laugh out loud funny. Especially if you're a quilter.
It's graduation time, so time for t-shirt quilts! Johnathon and others started to assemble this quilt, but then decided that they were in over their heads for quilting. They had an interesting method of assembly, some of the blocks are stitched together, but others are simply fused with fusible fleece. I stitched around all of the blocks to be sure that all was held down, and then also quilted my usual meander stitch across the top of the quilt. Looks like this dance team went to state for each of her 4 years of high school. Well done team!
|I think that "Quilt Biography" is a perfect name for this. We all have those bits of fabric that are too big to throw away, but too small to use in another project. Michael took those, and made a great Rail Fence quilt out of his.|
My dear friend Xande (who shares my love of biking and quilting) gave me three 1/2 yard cuts of fabric, all with a sewing theme. Isn't she the best? I fussy cut one, and just cut the others down to 6.5" blocks. Then pulled things from my strings to make a courthouse step style block. For the police, of course.
|I love the license plates. I looked and looked, and can't find Oregon in this quilt.|
|"Perfect Piecing Pond". Wish I lived on the shores of that!|
"Long Arm Lane". Now that's MY street.
Driving to work on May 5th, I happened to see a police cruiser pulled over. I approached them, and gave the officer the quilt. I loved his reaction. "A quilt? Well that's a first." Then this afternoon I received an email from him, and here is the content of that email.
Hi Beth, I'm the Officer you gave the quilt to this morning. I just wanted to let you know it was an honor to give your quilt to a person in need. The person in the photo was trying to keep warm with a plastic tarp. I'm sure he will cherish your quilt in honor of your father, David Turner.
|And finished. Yummy!|
|Pat and I had agreed that feathered wreaths in the setting blocks were the way to go. So large, med and small feathered wreaths. Then really tightened up the diagonal stitching in the parallelograms. Much better.|
|This will be a wedding quilt for Sara and Tyler. I made the label into an envelope in the hope that the history of the quilt will be written down and stored in the envelope so that it's always kept together.|
|I have made many quilts using this technique of English Paper Piecing. I have only ever done it by hand, as shown above.|
|I know that this quilt was pieced by at least a couple of women, and someone did portions of it by machine as shown here.|
|Quilters usually use 1/4" seam allowances, but the green sashing pieces here have quite a bit more than 1/4" at times.|