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.