Another police quilt finished.
I know that I made these pieced blocks for the previous stars of hope quilt, but they were not included in that quilt because I didn't like the color or something. So, adding large settings squares gave me a chance to play with rulers.
|Isn't this adorable? I love elephants to being with, but what a great baby quilt.|
|This was the first one, and it was a challenge. Not because of the quilting designs, but because of the thickness of the fabrics. Seams were an extra challenge. However, my wonderful "Pearly" machine from APQS sailed through them with ease.|
|This was a new one for me. Take 2 pieces of upholstery velvet, and quilt them together with wool batting. This one was the easier of the two, because the fabric is thinner and lighter. Just lots and lots of circles looped together.|
|It's really not orange, but a lovely dusty rose pink.|
|Laurie brought me 4 fabrics to cut up into squares and make into a pretty table runner. She had marked the scenes that she wanted fussy cut, so then I got to do the fun part of assembly!|
This was a block of the month from Heart to Hand, way back in the day. I'm sure that Sharyle has had her quilt top finished, but has been waiting for a home for it. This one goes to her granddaughter.
|Perfect thread choice, matches all the colors in the background fabrics. Also perfect quilting design because it matches the cute and fluffy owls on the backing. I keep thinking that they are kittens, but really, they are owls.|
You'd think that being a quilter, math would be a strong suit. Sadly, no. In fact, the only 8am class I ever took in college I "affectionately" refer to as "Bonehead math". It was probably math 101, or the equivalent.
Sometimes though, my inability to count turns out in a positive manner, such as this one. It all started out with the extra 2.5" wide strips in the light blue with leaves. Crud. I've got all these leftovers, what to do with them? Joined them with some leftover strips of yellows, and made them into scrappy 4 patch blocks. Just the 4 patch blocks was going to be a microscopic quilt, so I'd better add something else. Add in the pale yellow with dots left over from a friends wedding quilt. Still pretty small quilt. Hmm. Let's cut larger squares of this two left over blue fabrics, and alternate them. Oh look, just enough of the blue that started it all to make a border out of it, and enough of the yellow for binding.
The name of the quilt comes from the fabric with lettering. It's "The Lord's Prayer", or the "Our Father" depending on your history. Both of the blue fabrics came from Officer Tori with the Portland police, so obviously it needed to go to her. Quilted with the "Dove of Peace" pantograph that she chose for her daughter's school quilt.
Since I'm so lousy at math, I still had more of the original blue strips. More 4-patch blocks made with yellows More lager squares made from left over fabrics from Officer Tori. This one isn't quilted yet, but be on the lookout for "Dove Chocolate."
Update to this quilt. I carried it around in my car for about 2 weeks looking for an officer to give this to. Never an officer when you need one, but that turned out well in this situation. During the 2017 snow storm, I was working extra meetings for others who couldn't get out. Stopped at the coffee shop where I tend to see officers, but no one there on my way in. Back in the car, and heading the last 1/4 mile to the center, when there's a patrol vehicle! Wait for me! I'm shouting in the car, even though they can't hear. Pull up and park really badly next to them, and who should be outside her vehicle but Officer Toni! Hurray! I knew that the "right" officer would receive this quilt, and it was her! So glad to be in the right place at the right time, and that she got to see her extra fabric put into something useful. Now I'm glad the quilt got to visit so many other locations along with me in the car.
Oh my goodness. Here's another one that's been in my studio patiently waiting it's turn for quilting. I think this one was well worth the wait. I had such a good time working on it! I went back to the 265 free motion quilting designs book, and went to town. Each animal is outline quilted at approx. 1/4" from the outside embroidery. Then each bock got a different background fill around it. So much fun! I really hope that Leigh will consider entering this into a show. Let's see how many animals I can name.
|I think this might be an Ibis|
|Sorry, no clue.|
|Duck bill platypus|
|Leigh has been at it again. Actually, I've had this quilt in my studio for some time because she had other ones that needed to be done, but finally! It's finished. I still can't believe that she does all this by hand. The small circles are probably about 4" in diameter, and the 4 larger ones are approx. 8".|
|The label reads "Faded Glory". Most of the patches were in pretty good shape. A few needed a little extra attention and underpinning with an extra piece of fabric.|
|I remember this one, it's "Bamboo"|