Spanish mystery by Diana

Another fun mystery quilt from Heart to Hand. This is Diana's version of the Spanish mystery, you can see mine by looking for "Espange". Although the pattern is the same, Diana chose different fabrics from the same designer, so it gives it a different look. Diana loves leaves, so we've got leaves all over this quilt. In the border, the leaves and berries of the fabric are outline to give it texture. A leaf border design flows over the two narrow borders, and then a viney swirl meander through the body of the quilt. Another quilt with my favorite King Tut thread, and So Fine in the bobbin. This time, the thread color nearly matches the top and backing, so you get texture on the quilt, but don't really see the design.

Moda Oz by Norma

I'm not sure where the name for this quilt came from, but that's what Norma told me for the name. I'm guessing that it started out as a jelly roll and maybe a layer cake. For the non-quilters out there, a jelly roll is a collection of fabric cut into 2.5" strips and rolled together to look like a jelly roll. A layer cake is a collection of 10" squares of fabric stacked together. I guess quilters tend to like to pastries as well as fabric.
This quilt is for Norma's grand-daughter and with a flannel back and wool batting, she'll often be wrapped up in a warm hug from grandma. The quilting design is called Dresden fan, and we used a King Tut thread in the top, and a green So Fine in the bobbin that really lets the quilting show on the back.

Stack and Whack #2

I thought I had included a full front shot of this quilt in the previous post, but I must have been mistaken. Cool quilt!

Stack and Whack

Again, not exactly the correct title for the quilt, but that's the best fit for it. Stack and Whack is a type of cutting where you carefully lay out several layers of fabric and match the design up perfectly. Then when cut out the triangle shapes, you get the triangles placed in different areas of the original fabric and therefore different looking stars on your quilt top. The focus fabric in this quilt is actually all the same fabric, but because of how it's cut, it looks completely different.
This is one of those quilts that you don't want to finish because you are having so much fun quilting it. Mary and I decided that doing continuous curves in the stars of the quilt, and then a design I call Mimbari for the background. Ferny feathers in the borders complete the look.

Christmas Star

The actual name of the quilt isn't really Christmas Star, I'm not exactly sure what it's called. However, it's a star pattern, and Mary's giving it as a Christmas gift, so that title made sense to me.
The quilt is made of flannels on the top, and a fun batik for the backing. Mary chose the Swirls pattern for quilting and some of my favorite King Tut thread. It's even got wool batting for extra warmth for someone special.

Roses for Ursi and Veronika

I don't know about you, but I have a collection of quilt tops that I've made that have yet to be quilted. Yes, I know, I have the longarm quiting machine, but still. Sometimes you have made a quilt top for whatever reason, but haven't decided on it's home, so it doesn't get quilted. This quilt was the 2008 (Oh I'm ashamed to say it's been that long!) Block of the Month from Heart to Hand, called Everything's Coming up Roses. I added a few extra blocks because I wanted my quilt to finish at queen sized.
After learning that my dear friends Ursi and Veronika were going through some changes in their life, I finally realized that this was their quilt. Suddenly, I couldn't get it finished fast enough. The blocks are all quilted with feathered wreaths, and that is repeated in the sashing and border. In the outer border I finally got brave enough to use my cable board from R&S Designs, and it's just perfect for the quilt.
The batting is wool, so very light and warm at the same time. I even dried it in the dryer on low, and its turned out great, so no more needing to dry them flat on the floor.

I didn't quite have enough backing fabric for the entire quilt, but was able to find some more of the green from the quilt top in my stash to even out the sides of the quilt.

Here is a hug for my friends to wrap up in, and to know that they are loved.

Fundraiser quilt

I love doing quilts for fund raisers. This one was for one of my wonderful sisters in laws son's classroom. Let me specify, I have many wonderful SIL through Randall, and Nancy's son Nicky is here holding the quilt. The kids in the class made the quilt blocks by using water colors to represent different aspects of the Bible. I believe that the teacher then set the blocks and sashed them, I got to play and quilt it. The quilt was then auctioned off to raise funds for the school. Great job kids!

Sharyle's Pink Elephant

How cute is this! From the book "Lickety Split Quilts for Little Ones". Sorry, I don't recall the author, but I believe it was published by That Patchwork Place. The design is so simple, but so sweet! Sharyle chose Laurel Burch fabrics, including pink flannel for the backing. Rainbows thread from Superior and a swirly quilting design to try to mimic elephant hair. This is one lucky little girl that's going to receive this one!

Laverna's Stars

Laverna has done it again. I want to be like her when I'm in my 80's. Her sewing room is a former 2 car garage with more sewing machines and sergers than I can count, and she still sews clothes and quilts. Plus she gets out to walk daily for her heart. Doctor's orders, you know.
This is a pattern by Jinny Beyer called "Moonglow". Most people would paper piece, or foundation piece this. Meaning that you would actually sew the fabric to pieces of paper, and then trim them to size. Makes for perfect points. Laverna made templates out of cardboard or cardstock, and then pieced the quilt. A much more difficult manner to accomplish. She chose and overall design called "Earthquake" for the quilting. Well done again, Laverna.

Margaritas anyone?

Here is Rachel's version of the Mexican Mystery quilt from the Heart to Hand quilt shop. She chose the "Margaritas" color way, and I love how it turned out. Since it's called "Margaritas" she chose to have it quilted with fun stemware. Darned if I can draw them! I ended up tracing a design my friend had drawn up for me from the back of the machine, and then connecting the designs with loops. You'll notice that there is one cocktail shaker on the quilt.

I love her pieced backing, makes it fun on the back of the quilt too. The best part about this quilt is that you can really never have too many quilted margaritas!

Student Union

Doesn't this just make you think of the Student Union? Not that I ever spent much time in there, but it still makes me think of it. You'll notice the outdoor scenes in several of the photos for Needle and Thread Memories. That's because we did a photo shoot for their website with their quilts.

Marching Band

This quilt is designed to simulate the formation that a marching band might take on the field at half time. Quilted with a music notes pantograph

Rainbow Blessing

This quilt is HUGE! Really lovely though. A donation quilt designed and pieced by Lisa of Needle and Thread Memories. Quilted with a rainbow colored thread, in the "Fold" design from R&S designs.

Square in a Square

I took a class at a recent trade show, and this is the quilt that we made. The class was designed to market a wonderful ruler for making Square in a Square blocks, and we were given the fabric as a part of the class fee. The quilt is quilted with a new pantograph that I found called "Herald".
Soon after I finished piecing this quilt, I heard from a friend that I had lost contact with for some time. She is facing a lot of health issues, and I suddenly knew that this was her quilt. I just love it when you know the purpose of a quilt. Sometimes you make them because they are fun, you get the urge to use certain fabrics or something like that, but the finished quilt has no "home" decided for it. Then, something like this will happen, and you suddenly know where that quilt is supposed to go. That's what happened with this one.

Joan's 1st Saturday

I know it's hard to believe, but this quilt is made up of the same blocks as Norma's in the previous post. Amazing what different fabrics and a different setting can do for a quilt. I certainly can't say which is my favorite because I love them both! I love 1930's fabrics, so I love Norma's, but I love the setting that Joan chose for hers. It just makes the blocks stand out so beautifully. Hard to see in the photos, but I did try to show it. The quilting is a feathered wreath in the blocks, and a single row of stitching between the blocks. The outer border is done in continuous curves, and I love the look that it gave to those blocks. Well done Joan. She says that it doesn't have a home yet, but I'm sure that anyone would be thrilled to have it for their own.

1st. Saturday, 2009

Here is Norma's version of the quilt from the Heart to Hand quilt shop, 1st Saturday club, 2009. Wendy and I chose the book "Better by the Dozen", and we all made the same 12 blocks, but chose our own colors, and settings for them. Norma did hers in oh so sweet 1930's prints, and set them with log cabins. Let me tell you, those are tiny little logs! I believe that this quilt is destined for some lucky person in her family, but I can't say who, that would spoil the surprise. Merry Christmas whoever you are!

2 quilts by Sylvia

Sylvia and her husband are snowbirds, so they live in their RV in Oregon in the summer, and then back to Arizona for the winters. I can't imagine creating so many fun quilts in such a small space, but she makes it work.
This is a pink flannel quilt and it's quilted with ginkgo leaves.

This one is the same pattern done in greens and browns and salmon pinks. I think it gives it a completely different look with the different colorway. This one was quilted with vines and leaves. See you in the spring Sylvia! Keep on quilting!