"North Star" by Michael

 This is a pattern by Elizabeth Hartman.  She also designed the "Delightful Desert" that Michael made as well as "Awesome Ocean".  There's at least one more of hers that Michael has made, but this is the first one that I have wanted to make as well.  (check back here in a year or so to see if mine is done.)
 So we have an owl,
 walrus
 polar bear.  For which Michael chose this fabulous "nubby textured" fabric to piece the bear.  Perfect fabric!
 A Narwhal.  When I was quilting it, I initially thought this was a whale and that it was upside down.  Then I noticed the tush..
 Otters

 Foxes
and my favorite, the musk ox.
Quilted with an edge to edge design called "Snowflake Splendor"  So fun!

Dr. Suess by Karen

 And another grandson gets Dr. Seuss. Excellent matching of points on the triangles in the borders.
Quilted with "Fantasy Flames" panto

"The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Karen

 Some lucky kiddo is getting this quilt from Karen. Start with a panel of your choice, then add fun borders, some pieced, some not.
Quilted with the "Wing and Wind" panto since Caterpillars turn into butterflies.  Sweet quilt!

Emily's "Lone Star"

 Emily called me up to ask for help finishing this gorgeous Lone Star quilt that she's making for a friend's wedding.  Emily is also Maid of Honor, and a teacher and school has recently started again, so where she found the time to piece this, I don't know.
Quilted with the "Tangles" panto and wool batting to give it some loft.  Nice piecing Emily.

Black and White by Gerry


And here is Gerry's black and white quilt.  Quilted with the Dog Dreams panto, and the photo on the right shows the back of the quilt with the fire hydrant that is included in the design.

"Butterflies" by Gerry

I wish I new the name of this pattern, I really like the layout.   Gerry and I both called the quilt "Butterflies" because of the fabric, and then she chose "Wing and Wind" panto for quilting which has butterflies scattered across it.  Very pretty!


Something to keep you warm

Let me start by stating that I am not proud of either of these quilts.

It all started with a new "Tumbler" pattern for my accuquilt cutter.  Too much fun to play with!  So fast and easy to cut fabrics, so let's just cut a bunch of stuff up.  Started by pulling "What was I thinking?" fabrics.  You know, the ones where you wonder why the heck you bought them in the first place.  Cut up a bunch of those, and had a brief though of matching them to make "Lava Lamps".  That didn't last long, required too much planning, and I didn't have enough of all the fabrics to do it.  So, started to just grab them at random, and see what happened.  Much more my style.

Stitch the one on the left, but realize that it's just getting too big, and I've still got all this leftover fabric already cut.  Okay, make a baby quilt to go with it, and use it up.  Ugh.  These are not attractive!  Used a scrap of wool batting to finish off the baby quilt, and cut a piece of poly for the larger.  Bind them quickly and put them into the car to give to an officer.

Between WW meetings, I often try to stop for a cup of coffee, and this is also where my cop "friend" Tori often takes a break with her co-workers.  No time for a cup for me, but there's a police vehicle in the parking lot.  I'll just drop the quits off on the hood of the car, and be on my way.  I drop the quilts, and am getting back into my car when I glance up and see the officer coming around the back of his car with coffee in hand.  (Drat!  Caught red handed!)  You could tell from his expression that first question was "What are you doing to my cruiser?" I explained what I had done and that he should talk to Office Tori for further details.  He kind of smiles and says "That's okay, I'm very familiar with this (pause and then air quotes) program."   I'm about to leap back into my car, my day brighter by having to passed off these quilts to a good home.  One last leap out of the car to state "I'm really not proud of these quilts, but they will keep somebody warm."  So please, as you look at these, be gentle, and understand that their role in life is to try to keep someone warm, not to be pleasing to the eye.

Flying geese and trees by Carla

 Ahh, cozy flannels.  Hard to think about those when it's 80 degrees out, but it's going to get cold and wet soon. Carla made some lovely tiny trees and flying geese to snuggle under.  Then quilted with leaves.  Almost (but not quite) makes me wish for a rainy day to cuddle under it and eat soup.

Butterflies and Hexagons by Joy

How can you not love this quilt?  It's in pinks and purples, and pieced with hexagons.  (Even if Joy did them by machine, I still love grandmother's flower garden quilts), and then sweet butterflies appliqued across.  What a lucky little girl to get this one.  
 Quilted with a meander of butterflies in the border and figure eights in the body on the quilt.  SID around the butterflies.

"The Love Quilt Project" by Judy

 I got a call from Judy about 4 days before I left for a week's vacation.  She has 2 quilt tops that need to be quilted and bound by the end of the month.  Can I help?  What else can you say, but yes. 
 These quilts are bound for Africa, through a charitable organization that Judy works with.  The blocks are designed by kids across the country, I saw that some came from Florida.  Judy puts the tops together, and then quilted most of the pink quilt herself before becoming overwhelmed with trying to do it on her domestic sewing machine.  I finished up the borders only on the pink quilt.

I wish I could ready the language.

"Leigh's Leaves" or "Collage #2 by LeighAnoth

Leigh is another of those amazing people who do hand embroidery.  Then to take all these little fiddly bits from your stash and to create something like this.  Astounding.

 Wool yarn couched down into a flower.
Flowers embroidered

Buttons and lace bits.  Quilted all over with a leafy meander

"Rebecca's Bookcase of Dreams" by Xande

 What is wrong with this woman?  She actually likes paper piecing!  This lovely and amazing quilt is probably by now in London and in the hands of it's lucky recipient.  Rebecca is now about 2 years old, and the daughter of Xande's friends.  Lucky little girl.
 We have the "Harry Potter" shelf, complete with the "Sorting Hat"
 The shelf of "Dragon" books, and I really do love the dragon.
 Here's the shelf of the "Lord Of the Rings" books, with the panel of them walking along.
Gotta have cat books!

"Candy for Cops"


I call it "Candy for Cops" because most of the prints are some sort of sweet treats.  It all started years ago with a specific candy fabric that I loved, but never quite knew what to do with.  Finally decided "What are you keeping it for?", and started this.  I pulled the pinks, greens and purples from the stash thinking that there was enough of one to be in a consistent spot, but there wasn't enough of anything for one specific part.  I even ended up piecing many parts of the sashing just to have enough
This is the original fabric, but then I had others that went with it, but didn't necessarily match the "theme", and added those.


My giggle about a few of these.  I was on the Mt. Adams Century bike ride, and passed the quilt shop for the 3rd time in as many years.  Pass on the final climb, let's go to the quilt shop Xande!  So we did, and found several fun fabrics that had to come home with us.



"Frogs" by Sharyle

I always have to laugh at myself when I hand up a quilt to take it's final photos and realize just how darling it is.  Stuff I didn't see when I was quilting it.  Like the fact that the blocks are sashed with green and yellow/red fabrics on the diagonal. How sweet!

Green minky fabric on the back and quilted with "Frogs" panto
All of the blocks are fussy cut from a frog print to feature a specific design.

Hallowwen Embroidery by Sharyle

First, let me say that anyone who does hand embroidery astounds me.  But this many blocks?  And the detail?  Wow.
 She filled the center of the quilt with these 9 patch blocks set on point, and surrounded by the black setting squares.

Now the embroidery begins.  I stitched about 1/4" from all the exterior seams, and echoed around the stitching.  then a background fill, a different one for each block. 
Since "The Black Cauldron" serves hot soups, I quilted "steam" in the background.

Spiderwebs

 An easy meander to attempt to look like popcorn
 Vines to go with the vines growing from the pumpkin patch

 Water meander to go around the laundry line
 Peacock feather meander, not sure why I chose it.





 Ribbons to mimic the "fly thru" banner.
 Not sure what it's called, but I love how it echos the design that she has stitched around the blocks.

 "Mimbari".  A design of my own.
It's supposed to be "hair" to go with the hair salon.