Stars of Hope with rulers

 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.
 It's hard to tell above, but there is a Greek Key ruler in the grey squares, and the center red square.  The rest is done freehand.
And the back side.  Although the backing is really a black marble, it turned out a scary gold color in the photo.  At least you can still see the quilting.
Here's the setting block.  I'm please, but my ruler work still needs work.

Elephant #2 by Sharyle

Isn't this adorable?  I love elephants to being with, but what a great baby quilt.
 Quilted with the African Pull Toy's panto.  Here's a rhino in the corner, and below a zebra in the middle of the elephant.  You've kind of got to know what you're looking for there.




The first of the Heirloom coverlets for Revive Designs

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.

Again, two layers of upholstery weight velvet with wool batting.  This one must weigh at least 20lbs though.  Wow!  Hope it's not for a small child to sleep under, they'll never be able to get out of bed!  Both of these lovelies were brought to be by Leland of Revive Designs.  Here's a link to his website and be warned, serious eye candy!  http://revivepdx.com/index.htm

Heirloom coverlet for Revive Designs

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.


Blue Pagodas bed runner for Laurie

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!







"Frankenquilt #12" by Michael

 First, "Frankenquilt is his title, not mine.  I love how all these random pieces of fabric come together to make a really fun and vibrant quilt.  Michael said that he ran out of yellows in his scrap bin making this.  Guess that means that it's time to go fabric shopping!  Quilted with the sunburst panto and colorburst thread.  Both excellent choices.


"Let's Go Dotty." by Sharyle


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.


"Our Father" by me


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.

"Aboriginal Animals" by Leigh




 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.
Turtle
Koala

I think this might be an Ibis

Sorry, no clue.

 Frilled lizard.  Or as everyone has been telling me "You know, those ones that can poof out their necks."
Duck bill platypus

 Some type of weasel

Dingo

 Dolphin
 I hope you can figure this one out on your own.
 Wombat


Crocodile

English Paper Piecing and wool applique

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".


Should have taken more detail pictures.  However, each block has a circle appliqued onto it, then either wool applique, or English Paper Piecing appliqued on top.  Pretty amazing.

NIck's Denim quilt

If I understand correctly, Judy purchased this quilt for her son Nick when he was much younger.  He's now in college.  The quilt had been loved to death, and the flannel backing was torn.  Judy took it all apart, and I merely put it back together.  Nick only wanted it to be tacked at the corners, so each seam has a little circle of stitching.  About the size of the rivet that you'd find in your jeans.
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.


"Gravity"

I am very sad to be coming to the end of a wonderful series of quilting mystery books by Barbara Graham.  This quilt is from the "Murder by Gravity, the Funeral Quilt"  Whatever will I do when I don't have a mystery quilt pattern ready to play with?  Don't worry, I'm sure I'll find something.  As usual, I pulled from my stash.  The yellow is something I purchased for my mother in law, the dark blue is leftover backing fabrics. The lighter blue came from a wedding gift, and the red background is something that someone gave me.  I've loved having that red fabric around, and am sad to say that I think it's nearly gone.
 The backing is made from the original backing to a quilt I re-did for Marielle, my niece.The panto is called "Fantasy Flame".  One I have never used before but it's one that's been kicking around for way too long.  I really like it! Also for the police.

I call it "Signs"





This started as a practice piece, then I saw the sci-fi movie "Signs". (don't waste your time watching it.)  Anyway, the premise is that the aliens arrive and make crop circles in the fields.  So, I started by stitching a bunch of circles, then added a bunch of different background fills.  My inspiration came from the book "365 Free Motion Quilting Designs by Leah Day.  She challenged herself, and wrote a daily blog about coming up with a new free motion quilting design every day for a year.  I'm impressed!  This quilt went to the Portland Police.




I remember this one, it's "Bamboo"