I believe that this is to be birthday gift for someone special. The background around the deer had to have some sort of fill or it would have been a mess after it was washed. Same with the deer itself. So, leaves in the background and then just a few details added to the deer. Claudella wanted a feather meander in the main body of the quilt, and then there is cross-hatching in the borders. I think it really turned out well, and I hope she thinks so too!
My favorite! Again, "do what you think is best". Since this was a small quilt, I wanted to be sure that Grace got her money's worth on the quilting, so I went all out. Stitched in the ditch around each block and the borders, then feathered wreaths in each of the setting blocks and pieced blocks. Thankfully, I'd started to take a picture of the back, because that's when I noticed that I hadn't quilted 2 of the blocks! I couldn't see them from the front, but boy did they show up on the back side!
You've got to love the Baptist Fans on traditional quilts like this one. Just very calm and soothing. The prints are what appear to be civil war reproductions to me, but I could be wrong. What a beauty.
Grace is one of the most prolific as well as accurate piecers I know. When I dropped off her last 2 quilts, she handed me 3 more tops to quilt!
My instructions were to "do whatever you think is best, I trust you", so here's what we did with this one. Shimmery, color changing thread, and then fun "spacey" designs like stars, flames, loops, etc. Such fun.
Laverna has been at it again, and piecing yet another lovely quilt. She told me who this is for, but I don't want to spoil the surprise. I quilted a feathered wreath in the star blocks and outer border. Then a bamboo design in the first border, and kind of a poinsettia star design in the smaller star blocks. The background fill is branchy spirals, not that they show at all. The thread color she chose is a nearly dead on match for the background, so it gives it a wonderful texture. Boy is someone going to be lucky to get this one!
This quilt is so special. It was hand appliqued, partly hand pieced and partly machine pieced by Annette's mother, who has since passed away. This quilt will be a wedding gift for Annette's daughter in 2009. What a wonderful and hopefully soon to be treasured memory of her grandmother.
This is an amazing quilt, and even more so when you realize that it's one of her first, if not the first quilt she has ever made! The points are perfect, everything matches, and it lays so flat! I wish my own piecing was this wonderful! She chose to have it quilted with a double plume pantograph in the body, and then some free hand designs in the borders. So beautiful!
Carol's son is certainly lucky, he gets this quilt! He chose the colors, and Carol did the piecing. He then was quite specific in how he wanted it quilted, so diagonal water meander in the body, and bears in the border. I used a cookie cutter that I had purchased in Alaska, and I think that's the most use it's ever received!
Marshall was out sweet little Corgi dog. Sadly, we lost him suddenly in January, 2009. This quilt will go to the Dove Lewis animal hosp. where we took him, and hopefully they will be able to use it for a fundraiser. I had been gathering dog prints, and then several of my friends from the shop brought me some more after a trip to WA state. The block is called "King's Crown", appropriate for Marshall since he was very self important. The sashing strips have dog prints on them, and I found them on my trip to Iowa. It's quilted with a dog bone pantograph, and includes one fire hydrant. Sure miss the little fuzzy buns.
After Lisa and Rachel took a trip to Alaska, and seemed to hit every quilt shop in the area, Lisa made this beauty. She used techniques from the Circle Around book to inset the circular pieces, then made 9 patch and rail fence blocks to compliment them. What a great quilt!
My mother, Pat, started this quilt for her grand-daughter Madeline I don't even know how many years ago. Her first quilt, and the whole thing is applique! Many of the fabrics are leftovers from clothes that she sewed for Maddie, so it's even more precious. This was a block of the month project from the sewing store where we both bought our machines. So sweet!
Someday, maybe, I'll attempt to piece a double wedding ring. It'll probably end up being a table topper, certainly not the queen that this one is. All hand pieced with scrappy rings. Nice placement of the colors though. I'd love to know the history behind this one.
I have to admire Deanna's willingness to take on a challenge. This quilt has more "Y" seams (which are difficult to piece at best) than I can count. Really lovely in blacks, whites and reds with silver grey thread for the quilting.
The customers at Heart to Hand did it again! These are bow tie blocks from the Lottery Block of the Month that I won in January, 2009. Each "tie" is quilted with a different design, but a consistent background design. This quilt will go to the Portland Police Sunshine Division. Thanks to everyone who made blocks!
I love what Jane has done with this panel from Heart to Hand. I never know what to do with panels, so I never buy them. I might have to make an exception to that rule in this situation. She chose the King Tut Nefertiri thread (another favorite), and I quilted it with leaves and flowers.