Quilt for granddaughter Madeline by Kelly

 This is a different Kelly.  Sweet quilt for her granddaughter.  Start with a jelly roll, add one extra fabric, add a border.
Choose a lovely quilting design of clematis, and the perfect thread that repeats all the soft colors of the quilt, and someone is very lucky to get this special treat from her grandma.

Black and White baby quilt by Kelley

I love how you can take a simple design like a half square triangle, and make something as fun as this quilt.

 Of course, when you start with adorable sleeping bears in opposing prints and through in some stars, then quilt it with clouds, how can you go wrong? Darling!



International Sue by Sara

 I'm sure we've all seen the many variations on Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Sam, but this was a new one for me.  9 different "Sues" from 9 different countries in traditional dress.  So cute!
 Native American.
 Scotland (I think it's my favorite because of the kilt, and my Scottish heritage)
 Mexico? She's holding a parrot in her arms.
 France (because of the paint pallet)

 Africa, love her headress
 Japan
Egypt.  Sara said she was holding a snake, but she didn't like that, so changed it to an ankh.  Much better.
 Australia, gotta love the boomerang.
And Canada.

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.

T-shirts for Johnathon's step daugher

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!


Michael's "Quilt Biography"

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.
 Lots of fun memories for me in this quilt.  I remember his "Sponge Bob" quilt and the "Space Ships" one below that.  I believe that both were for Camp Erin.
 To to love Cat in the Hat, and the wood grain print from the log cabin quilt made from wood grain prints.
 Superheros!
 What's not to love about "Dora the Explorer", ladybugs, and all of those left over bits of 108" wide backing fabrics from previous quilts? Michael asked for white thread in top and bobbin, so I used King Tut on top.  Then he said to choose my favorite panto, so I opted for "Tangles", the title seemed appropriate for the "Tangle" of fabrics.


Bailey's t-shirts

 Another amazing young adult is graduating from high school and on to her next adventure.
 Bailey plays Lacrosse, in case you couldn't tell.  The red and black logo above if from a shirt of her dad's.  I love that they've included that as well.
Sorry, I've been fighting trying to get this oriented correctly, to no avail.  The shirt says "LaCrosse.Skirts are just a formality."  By the way, the black and white stripe above this shirt is from one of her referee shirts.  She's now getting paid for this fun.  Well done Bailey!

"Shop Hop"


 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!

 "Seam Ripperville".  That's where I live!


 Love the Mariner's Compass above. 





"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. 
 

2nd wedding quilt

 The top photo is a "before" I started the quilt trying to give myself some ideas of how to quilt it.
 Started with echoing lines in the parallelograms (as word I haven't used since 6th grade geometry), but wasn't happy with that.  Think more on that idea, but keep quilting.

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.



 Feathers that radiate out in the stars.
 And some shots that show how it all works together.



Wedding quilt in blue by Pat

It must be wedding season in Pat's family.  Here is the first of 2 wedding quilts to finish for her.  This one is done with an edge to edge design of paisley.



Grandmother's Flower Garden broughtby Donna

 Here is the completed quilt from Donna and her husband.  I'll have to have them remind me of who exactly, but I know that it was pieced by relatives from earlier generations.  Probably started in the 1930's or so, and the piecing was probably finished in the 1980's or so based on the pattern that they had in the box with the quilt top and backing.
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.
Quilted in an all over pattern of vines and leaves.  I am so very glad that Donna and her husband liked this pattern.  When I got into the quilt, I found that it had some piecing "Issues", and these were much more easily dealt with by doing an edge to edge design.
Here is the quilt on my machine.  There is a bit of extra fullness in the first flower at the top.









And here.


And also here.


In these last two photos, the top one with the quilt still on my machine, you can see where I've worked in some of the fullness.  There are some serious wrinkles in the quilt top simply because all of that extra fabric has to go somewhere.  However, I am pleased with how it turned out, and I hope that the newlyweds will treasure this very special gift.