Pat's Monkeys

Alphabet Baby quilt by Pat

 This is an alphabet quilt, so A is for apple, etc.  However, I need some help on "X" and "Z"  I haven't a clue as to what they are supposed to represent, so if you know, or have a suggestion, please add it to this.

We have two suggestions for what they stand for from Michael.  "X" could be for Exercise, and "Z" for Zzz's since they appear to be going to bed.  His other suggestion is that "Z may be for Zoloft".  Anyone else want to offer up an idea?  Serious or funny, all are taken.

Family Quilt by Pat

 Quilted with the Clematis Panto

It's a Friendship star block inside of the larger stars.

Michael's Tree skirt

On my every growing list of things to do is to make a new tree skirt for our house for Christmas.  Probably won't happen this year, but at least I've got Michael's for inspiration.  I love the idea of sampler blocks so you never get bored making the same block over and over.  Then the 1/2 square triangles on the edges add the perfect finish.

Two Nativity wall hangings by Michael

 Michael, you are amazing!  First, the amount of quilts that you produce is astounding.  Then you do exquisite paper piecing.  I can't believe how tiny some of these pieces are!  Then one isn't enough, so you make two at teh same time.  Wow.  Made my life easier though.  I loaded one backing fabric and batting, and then quilted the left one, then the right.  Advanced the quilt and changed thread, and back to the left, then the right.
Michael brought some "Halo" thread from Superior threads.  The company may "guarantee" that the thread will work, but I still have a love/hate relationship with it.  I love the way it looks, but it's rather finicky to work with.  Really loosen up the tension, and quilt really S-L-O-W.  I put loops and little stars in the skies with that, and added a "swirly design" in the outer border.

In the sand of the quilts, I used my favorite King Tut thread and quilted two different "sand" textures.  One horizontal, and the other on the diagonal.

Asian Squares by Michael

 This is another on of those quilts that you don't realize how cool it is until you hang it up to take a photo.  I hadn't noticed the darker sashing on the center squares until then.