I can't quite decide if this is an Irish Chain quilt or not. Either way, it's really turned out lovely. I believe that Evelyn said that she got all of the fabrics from a thrift store, so doing a good deed by supporting charity, and getting a good deal of fabric as well.
She chose and all over design of Clamshells, and I think it really works on this quilt.
While sad, I love the forethought that Evelyn is using. She has many grand-children, and probably greats too, and wants them all to have a wedding quilt from her. Knowing that she won't be around forever (that's the sad part), she is making them ahead of time so that they'll be ready for the kids as they are needed. Isn't that just cool?
The name of this block is called a "Drunkards Path", and I must have been intoxicated when I chose these colors to go together! I remember that the plan was a scrappy yellow and blue quilt, allegedly to be a 12 block, block of the month. I made 4 blocks before giving up on it. Now I see why I stopped! This one will be a dog bed, and we'll surely hope that dogs are color blind. It certainly looks better to me with my eyes closed!
We'll try this quilt again in the future, but we'll stick with 2 distinct fabrics, not go for the "scrappy" look this time. Horrors! However, this is one more "PhD" (project half done) that is out of my closet and on to a better home.
Last grouping. All of the panels were outlined with a tight meander, and no quilting in the design itself. The top left photo shows the binding before I got it sewn down. I love bias binding when it's a stripe. Makes it look to pretty.
Here's some shots of the back of the quilt. Aren't I mean? Colleen was so excited to get her quilt, but I didn't want to show her the whole thing until the binding was finished. Besides, she'd seen the front of the quilt before it was quilted. So I sent her these photos of the back to show off the quilting. I think it turned out great!
This is going to be in several posts because I have so many photos, I can' fit them all at once! Colleen introduced me to the Betsey Tacy books when she brought a quilt for her friend to be quilted. Then she was able to find more panels and had a bed quilt made for herself. I just had a great time playing with the quilting on this quilt. We chose a poly batt to give it some loft, and because Colleen is sadly, allergic to wool.
Michael and I share a love of scrappy quilts. I love to work with and look at scrappy quilts and remember the project that the fabric was initially purchased for. This quilt will be a Christmas gift for some lucky person, so Shh! Don't tell!
Joyce is Carol's mom, and she did the machine embroidery of these Hummel figures in the blocks. Carol then put them all together into this lovely Irish Chain quilt. Then I got to play with continuous curves in the chains, feathered wreaths around the embroidery, and just fun border designs. I bet it's gorgeous on the guest room bed.
This quilt has had a quite a history. The two primary fabrics in the top came about after Wendy asked me to piece a quilt of her design for Lars. Either my math was off, or her computer program, but I ended up with a bunch of blocks that were the wrong size. This was in about 2009. I gave those to a woman in Australia after the fires in Christchurch. In Dec. 2011, I've decided that I can't start anything new until I clean up abandoned projects in the sewing room closet. This quilt top is made from leftover fabrics and partial blocks that I had stuffed into a ziploc bag about 9"x6". Lots of corners that were cut off from making snowball blocks. While this quilt will never win any prize at a quilt show (there's not a single corner that matches I don't believe), it will keep someone warm. The entire quilt came from my stash and all of it came from former projects for friends. Even the wool batting was leftovers that were pieced together. Plus, I've got one less project in my closet!
I needed a hand project to do, so I figured I'd make another English paper pieced quilt. I've lost track of how many of these I've done. This one is mostly pulled from those 5" squares of fabric that I collected for some time, but never did anything with. I could get about 4 hexagons from each square, so many of the fabrics are repeated, but it was still fun. Wool batting for extra warmth, and a chance to practice my continuous curves.
Michael is rekindling my interest in log cabin blocks with the past couple of quilts that he has brought me. I love how the layout of the blocks makes you want to just fall into the quilt visually.
Now I have to confess. Michael chose a rainbow colored thread to quilt this quilt with, but I grabbed the wrong one! I ended up using the same purple thread as we used on his fossil batik quilt, and I think that it really works, but I'm still annoyed that I messed it up. Next time, read better!
This is a really fun quilt. The green batik looks like it's got fossilized skeletons in it, so that's what I called it. Since it's so organic looking, we went with a leaf quilting design, and then I had fun and put some with leaves in the leaves instead of just a spine. Really, a fun quilt to play on.
Grace and I share a love of 30's prints as well as a love of quilting in general. This is a small quilt, only 42"square, but still really fun. Grace said to quilt it with "just a meander", but I thought it needed something more, and did my favorite pantograph design, "Tangles" on it instead.
Grace has 3 grandchildren, this lucky little girl is getting a new big girl bed since there's a new baby taking her little bed. Grace chose minky for the backing, and I quilted it with a lime green thread. The green was perfect and it shows ups just enough.
Isn't this the best way to learn the states? I remember the my brothers and I had map floor puzzle when we were kids, probably very much like this, not not as soft and cuddly. Grace told me to "have fun" with this, so I just played and did different designs in the various states. I must admit, that my US geography still needs a lot of work.
One of my many wonderful sister in laws, Nancy, asked me to quilt this quilt for her church as a fund raiser. Wow, what a stunner! The red in the photos shows way too orange, but poor lighting where I could get photos taken. We chose continuous curves in the star, a meandering feather in the white background, and in the widest outer border. Molar feathers in the red border and regular feathers in the green border.
I believe that this quilt will be raffled off, so if you are interested in tickets, drop me a line, and I'll put you in touch with Nancy.
Don't you just love the softness of the colors of this quilt? The pattern is by Fig Tree Designs, but I don't know the name of the quilt pattern. Laura chose to have leaves across the body of the quilt, and in the border, then a tight meander in the green border and setting pieces. Very nicely done, Laura!