Sandy made this quilt for a special boy in her life. I think that he chose the fabrics and then she pieced it for him. Difficult to see, but she chose a stars and loops pattern for the quilting design.
Because the mother of the bride has nothing else to do prior to her daughter's wedding, so she made a .quilt top for her and her husbands bed. Leslie is truly amazing, she hosted a buffet dinner for the wedding at their home. Wow.
Leslie and Gordon also chose wool batting for their quilt, and I love how the fans show off with this batt.
Family wedding #1 for the summer was between Elizabeth and Jon. Elizabeth was the flower girl at our wedding and she made a beautiful bride.
This quilt caused me a little grief initially. I was having a really good time suing my Accucut system to cut the pieces for the blocks and then sewing them together. I had purchased what I thought would be plenty of fabric for the quilt, but ran short. Dang! Back to the store, but they don't have any more. I was able to find it online, and finished the quilt top.
The next problem was that I didn't know how to quilt it, so I posted some photos online for friends to offer suggestions. I got some great ideas, but the most helpful comment was to point out that one o the blocks was turned the wrong direction! Oh no! Thankfully, Mrs. Sharp Eyes found it before I started to quilt it.
Once I got the top loaded and started to quilt, it just came together and I'm really thrilled with how it turned out. This quilt also has wool batting, so I wanted to make the feathers stand out. That's why there is fine detail quilting behind the feathers in the setting triangles.
|Here are a couple of shots of the back of the quilt.|
This lovely Log Cabin quilt is destined for a baby of a co-worker of Meredith. Lucky baby! I surely enjoyed quilting this quilt, but I think it may have been my one and only to do for Meredith. She says already that she knows that there is a longarm quilting machine in her future.
I think this might be an international quilt. When Karin contacted me about quilting it for her, she was living in Europe, and her daughter will be taking it with her to some other country. (How embarrassing! Karin told me where she was going, and I've forgotten!) It's going to be hot there though, so we chose a cotton batting. Karin actually mailed me the quilt top, backing and fabric for the backing, and my instructions were to do and edge to edge design, and I would also choose the thread color. Karin seemed to like it, although she states that this was out of her usual comfort zone. She prefers to use brights, so earth tones was hard for her. Very pretty though!
Another wedding quilt, and this one spans 4 generations. Patty's daughter Lauren is soon to marry Jerry. This quilt top was pieced by her great-grandmother Cora Riggins. The triangles are all about 2" wide at the side, and it's all stitched together by hand. Patty says that she remembers Cora stitching, and has several of her quilt tops to be quilted. We chose a very traditional Baptist Fan design and a cream thread to blend with the background.
I don't think that Michael sleeps. How else could he possibly make all these glorious quilt tops? Someday, I'm going to try my hand at paper piecing again, but I'm not quite there yet. I also won't start with something this complicated.
When Michael left the quilt with me he chose a very fine turquoise thread and told me to "Have fun" for the quilting design. So I did! Flames and fathers and what I call "Mimbari" Such fun to play with.
Michael and I described this quilt as "Blue Squares", but I'm sure there's a much better name for it. I love the optical illusion that it gives of being nearly three dimensional.
Quilted with my favorite type of thread, King Tut, in a swirl design to give it lots of movement.
The oh so prolific Michael is at it again! He made several quilts that are all the same size, and will hang in
a specific area in his home. They are all seasonal and can be easily changed out.
Michael chose a variegated red, white and blue thread for quilting, and then I quilted freehand fireworks and stars. I love the setting triangle fabric of flags. I think that really makes the blocks stand out.
It has been a summer of weddings in our family. This was the second of three. Joe is my husband's nephew. Joe's mother told me that their colors were "French Blue, Cream and Merlot" I had the background fabric already, and then made a run to the store to find the other two. I'd started a few blocks in another design, and really wasn't pleased with the outcome. Then I saw this pattern in a quilt magazine, and I knew that this was "their quilt" I really had a good time quilting this with oodles of feathers, continuous curves, and some tight meandering to really make the feathers stand out. The batting is wool so very light, but a much higher loft than the cotton that I also love to use.
Wishing them both many years of happiness together.
|This is the back of the quilt, showing some of the quilting.|
I love quilts and I love weddings, so this was a great combination of the two. Barb was referred to me by the prolific Michael. I believe that they work together. Barb made this quilt to celebrate her daughter's wedding. Quilted with a fine beige thread that would blend into the background, in a leafy vine design. There is no quilting over the appliques, kind of a quilting "no-no". Barb also says that she intends to embroider the names of the happy couple and their wedding date into the center of the wreath. Kind of makes me want to get married again so that I could receive a gift as precious as this.
My quilting is now starting to travel across the United States. Ally initially e-mailed me all the way from Hawaii. She and her husband like to vacation in Oregon, and they were going to be here for a week. She brought me this fun t-shirt quilt that she had made and asked me to quilt it while they were at the coast.
|Gotta love cows on skis!|
Dianna says that ever since Brandon was a baby, she's been planning on making him a quilt out of his shirts for when he went to college. Well now it's happening. Brandon leaves to be a Utah "Ute" in a few weeks.
Dianna doesn't sew or quilt, but she's not one to let that stand in her way. We'd meet up every once in a while at my house, and I'd show her the next step in the process. Dianna chose all of the fabrics for the borders of the shirts, and pieced those. I took on the task of sashing strips, cornerstones, borders and quilting. Sorry Dianna. I'm willing to let you play on my baby sewing machine, but you're not taking Esther Pearl for a test drive for a while. Since Brandon is a swimmer, we chose blue wave fabric for the borders, and quilted the quilt with a wave pattern
|This is my favorite shirt. The bear is holing a sign that reads "I am not a bear."|
|Laverna does it again with her black and white quilt.|