The House wedding quilt by Pat

I'm never going to get all the relationships correct, but here is a synopsis.  Pat made this quilt top for her niece and  her new husband.  They chose the fabrics from Pat's stash, and Pat designed the quilt.  The appliqued leaves and flowers go around 3 sides of the quilt since the top of the quilt will be tucked under the pillows and not show. Instead, I quilted a similar design in that area to complete the look, but still a little different.
 Here's the back, showing the quilting.  The house represents their house, and the 3 panels on the roof are actually solar panels.  Great idea Pat!

I went off the grid on the quilting of this quilt.  Pat and I had discussed how to quilt this, but knowing that she trusts me, I changed the idea.  There was supposed to be quilting in the pieced triangles, but when I got to quilting the quilt, I decided that they didn't need anything, and adding quilting would be distracting.  I also found the "plaid" design in the blue border in a magazine and knew that it was the right thing for Pat's quilt.

Today, I received the sweetest note from Pat thanking me for helping with her quilt top.  She referred to as a "so so quilt top", but I think I had a great design to work with.  I just got to enhance it.  Check back here in the not too distant future, I've got another one of Pat's to do next and I'll be going "off grid" again. 

Tom's dragons for the police

 I need to spend more time piecing quilt tops for the police because the last several quilts have been whole cloths where you take two pieces of fabric and quilt them together and "poof" it's a quilt.  The front of this one is some patriotic fabric that's been kicking around for a time, and this was a good use for it.  The backing is actually a chocolate brown solid, but made the perfect place to show off my new "dragons" panto!  Love how they turned out.  Too bad I'm not a better photographer as this is a little blurry, but it went to Officer Gallagher yesterday.  Bless his heart, he said "I still remember that night" in reference to the night Tom was killed.  It was an awful time,  but I'm glad that I'm able to make something positive out of it.  Also, it's just so much fun to "stalk" cops!

Irish Chain by Marni

The color is a much better representation in the closeup to the actual color, but I love the design that you see in the photo of the entire quilt.  A lovely watercolor design using 3 fabrics to create an Irish Chain.  Well done, Marni.  Quilted with the hydrangea panto and thread called "Mauna Loa."

"Rim Ride and "Hell on Wheels"

Xande, my biking buddy, and I took some "artsy" photos to send on to Cycle Oregon in the hope that they'll agree to raffle these quilts off.  Mostly seems to show how sad my front grass looks in early August.

"Nativity" by Michael

Michael and his amazing paper piecing is at it again.  All I can say is "Wow."
this is a shot of the back of the quit top as it's loaded onto my machine.

Simple quilting, just rays from the star, and a little background fill.

Patriotic by Sharyle

This is one that Sharyle made for her niece.  Lucky girl.  This quilt is huge!  King sized is a lot bigger than I realized.

 Start with a lovely center block to focus on, and then frame it with borders and more borders. 

Stars, spools, triangles and 1/2 square triangles, plus a plan border in between.  All quilted with a panto call "Where Eagles Dare." Perfect for this quilt.

"Rim Ride" by me

Another Cycle Oregon quilt.  I titled this one "Rim Ride" because we'll be riding the rim of Crater Lake this year.  I think that the blue fabric in the settings squares pretty well matches the blue of the water of Crater Lake.

This started with the purchase of a bolt of fabric from the "Cycles of Life" line days after we returned from my first Cycle Oregon Ride.  Then I found a "layer cake" from that line.  (A layer cake is a collection of 10" squares.)  I found a pattern that I thought would work, and here we have the quilt.

The quilting in the yellow borders is to represent the mountains that we'll be climbing to get to the rim of the lake.  As well as all the climbing around the rim.

I wish I had a great reason for choosing the molar feathers wreath quilting design in the setting squares, but "because it looks cool" is the best reason I have..

"Hell on Wheels" by me.

My second Cycle Oregon ride was "Hell on Wheels".  A trip to Hells Canyon in eastern Oregon, and a day trip into Idaho.  90% of the fabric in this quilt was purchased on the ride, and chosen to represent things that we saw on the ride.  Quilted with a nearly edge to edge design of free handed flames.  It's called "Hell on Wheels" after all, what else could I use for quilting?
So we have fabric with black kittens for the kitten that one of the sag drivers adopted.  Cowboy and cowgirl boots.

Barbed wire, cow prints, alfalfa fields, and the fabric that we chose to represent the vicious Goat Head weed that caused more flats that many could count.
We've got coffee to start our rides, and stars at night, but I pulled the fabric with the cows  and map look to it from my stash.  It was too perfect not to include.  In the above photo, right in the bottom right corner it says "Them Thar Hills" (or did until I had to cut the word "hills" off for piecing.)

Right above the cow here is says "Ride off That-A-Way."

Blue and White batiks with an ocean theme by Susan

This is a fun quilt of blue and white batik fabrics with an ocean theme to the fabrics.  Consequently, it needed to be quilted with an ocean themed panto, specifically "Sea Life".  Shells, Seahorses, and water throughout.

While I'm not usually a fan of pieced backings, this one really added to the quilt top.

"Winsome Wreaths" by Torgi

I think this is the sweetest thing.  Torgi hand appliqued all of these blocks, one for each month.  The finished quilt will go to her niece who lives in the Faroe Islands.  I'm international! 


Quilted much like the pattern showed with outline quilting around the pieced blocks, and then wreaths in the setting squares.

Superhero quilt repair for Megan

Drat.  Just realized that the photo is a little fuzzy.  Megan made her very first quilt for a darling nephew, and is (rightfully) so proud of her work!  Sadly, the seams popped when she washed it the first time, and she needed some help to get it back together.

I went around all of the blocks with a freehand "zigzag" stitch on my longarm, doubling over any where the fabric had frayed.  She was thrilled with the results, and I'm sure that the baby will get many years of enjoyment from his Superheros

Two whole cloths for Dad and Tom

My goal is a quilt per month for Tom and Dad, and a couple of them on their birthdays, Father's day, and the day that they both died.  Sorry Dad, no photo of yours, but it looks the same as Toms, only quilted with Baptist Fans instead of Fold.  Both with the same patriotic print, both 45" wide by about 60"  Wholecoths because I just ran out of time and didn't have time to piece two tops, but had this fabric ready to go.

Now the funny bit.  I like to "stalk" the police officers and give them a quilt.  I found 4 of them enjoying their coffee on a lovely sunny day, and figured that this was the perfect time to give them this quilt.  But I was rejected!  By the police!  Okay, so the 4 officers were all on ATV's, no place to store a quilt, and they said "It would get so dirty."  I was able to find another officer to give this one too, in a cruiser so he had a place to put it. 
Thank you officers for your service, even if you did reject my offering.

"Sea Life" by Leigh

Leigh does it again.  All these amazing creatures hand appliqued while she spends time with her husband as he watches television.  Amazing use of your time and talents!


Sea Monster


 Killer Whale
 Sea Otter