I so admire people who do applique by hand. Nancy is one of those amazing people. Sure, I'll spend 3 years hand piecing and hand quilting a quilt, but hand appliqueing the blocks? Not so much. Nancy intentionally has all of the apples going different directions so that the quilt isn't directional. She chose the palest yellow thread color to blend with all the creams in the backgrounds, and the Apple Crisp pantograph. So fun!
The baby's are coming! Actually, they seem to be all arrived. Not multiple births, but lots of women making lovely baby quilts. This is Mary's version, done in blues and greens. So sweet! She appliqued a few birds, and pieced several different block designs. She chose and all over design of a swirling meander in my "Lime Squeeze" from Rainbows. Probably my favorite color of this type of thread.
I'm sorry to say that I can't remember how many great grandchildren Norma has now, but I'm sure that each of them has a least one quilt from Grandma to keep them warm.
Norma chose the "Automotion" pantograph for quilting this, and a really fun lime green thread. Makes you want to be a kid again so that you could have a quilt like this.
Carole pieced this quilt for her husband so that he can have "a blankie" when he takes a nap in the afternoon. I love the star design made from squares and 1/2 square triangles. So simple, yet so elegant. Carole chose an all over design of loops and stars which I think perfectly compliments the quilt. The backing is a solid blue, but with the flash on the camera, one shot came out pretty dark. I wanted to include a heart in the quilting so that Carole's husband would always know how much Carole loves him.
I was introduced to Noah, his mother Chris, and brother Lars by my dear friend Wendy.
In 2009 I pieced and quilted a quilt for Lars' high school graduation, and in 2010, it was Noah's turn. Sadly, the day that Chris and Noah were going to come to Wendy's shop to choose fabric was the day that she entered the hospital for the last time. After Wendy had passed, Chris approached me about making a quilt for Noah. He had already chosen the pattern, "Entwined" from the book "40 Fabulous Quick Cut Quilts." by Evelyn Sloppy. I always laughed that this was the one quilt from the book that I didn't want to make. However, I love how Noah's version turned out. The poor guy had about 15 women "helping" him to choose his fabric, but he was strong and able to stick with what he wanted. He talked about a river running through a forest, and I believe that's what the quilt turned out to be.
Congratulations to both Noah and Lars, these are two of the nicest young men I have had the pleasure to meet. I wish that Wendy could have seen your quilt, but I know that she is smiling down on us.
Joan's beloved sister began to piece this quilt top for her son, but never quite got it finished. Joan took it on herself to finish up the top and pieced the backing. It's quilted with Swirls to mimic the baseball theme of the quilt. Go Giants!
Oh my Heavens! This quilt is machine pieced, and hand appliqued. Parts of it are hand quilted, but I was fortunate enough to be able to finish the quilting. Liza contacted me saying that she had begun this quilt, but needed help finishing it. It was a wedding gift for her friends who were married some time ago. Liza worked on it while on bed rest during a pregnancy, and wanted to finish it herself. However, with 2 small children, getting a large quilt out to quilt just wasn't happening. I followed what she had begun to hand quilt, stitch in the ditch around the motifs, and then adding feathers in the background and leaves in the fans. Both Liza and her husband were pleased with how the quilt turned out, and I'm sure that the lucky couple will be ecstatic to receive such a wonderful gift.
I love Dresden plates, but I'm not sure if I'm ready for all the work of appliqueing them. This is the second one I've done for Harriet, and her piecing is perfect. We did Baptist Fans on both of them, and they are both so soft and lovely.