Friday, February 28, 2020

Three More Baby Quilts

All three are for the grandchildren of some friends at our church, two baby girls and a boy.
 The label is hard to read, the thread is too close a match darn it! The girls quilts are almost identical except for backing and binding. This is October's quilt [a very unusual name for a little girl I know.]
 And Avery's quilt
It has a cute pieced flannel backing
One of the fabrics looks almost orange but it is actually a nice soft salmon color, and I used a pale pink thread 
 The nursery rhyme quilt is for the boy.
 "The Cow Jumped Over The Moon" is a flannel collection from Connecting Threads, but it's a couple of years ago so there is none left anywhere I looked. Consequently I had to fill in with a striped yellow flannel that did nicely for the back also. A pale yellow thread blended in nicely. All three quilts of course have that lovely Quilter's Dream Angel batting that is genetically engineered to be non flammable, absolutely no chemicals and soft as can be.

Two More Quilts Of Valor

These are for Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Reunion in May when four QOV's will be presented to veteran's.
 This is the back of one only, no pic of the front!
 The second, lots of mainly ruler work in these quilts, it seems to suit the patriotic style blocks best

Pretty In Pink

The adorable baby girl for whom I made this quilt, Erica's granddaughter, what a doll!

Monday, January 27, 2020

"Setting Sail" Baby Quilt


For an expected baby boy, I think it's adorable. The pattern came from issue #19 of the now extinct Modern Quilts Unlimited magazine. I was very sad to see this magazine die, but I did find a substitute in an online Aussie modern quilting magazine.
The quilting is meant to resemble waves and I placed a fishy looking row at the very top and bottom. I love the clean modern look of the quilt and it's so fast and simple, once the HST's were done it went together really fast.  I used batiks for the three blues and the yellow but next time I will make more contrast between the two darker blues. I say "next time" because I am sure I will make this again.
As frequently happens in my quilting life the backing I chose from stash was a bit small so I was able to use up most of a scrap of blue to enlarge the back and make it more interesting.
And of course the wonderful soft and safe Dream Angel batting from my favorite [and really only] batting company, Quilter's Dream!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

The Very Cheddar Quilt

An Angela quilt with major emphasis on cheddar- she is from Wisconsin, maybe that's it?
I quilted a swirl down the colored/pieced ribbon and ruler work in the cheddar-are you getting a theme here? I am hooked on rulers! When we return from vacation I have two more QOV's to quilt and you know what that means? Yep, more ruler work, LOL.

Two Comfort Quilts

This past year saw two members of our quilt group fighting cancer, and one of the members donated two quilt tops and I quilted them for these ladies
 This one was for Anne who is doing splendidly now. 
 Quilted with a freehand floral E-E and the same design in the borders.
 Very sadly our friend Limbania lost her six year battle with cancer so we took this quilt to her family and hope it will be a comfort.
 Lots of ruler work in this one.
 Another of Shiela's creative backings.



A Quilt for Aunty!

This sweet quilt's colors were chosen by an "older" lady for her bed!
So her loving niece made it for her.
E-E feathers in the body of the quilt, and feathers in the border
 Another of Shiela's interesting backings with label.

My 2018 Bonnie Hunter Mystery


Last year I decided to take the pressure off the very busy Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons and make a smaller size version of the mystery.It is around 60+" square.
I was guessing at how many of each clue I would need and came up short of one clue for the border so I had to do some creative thinking!
 Working from stash I pieced the backing.
 I started out doing ruler work for quilting but soon tired of that and ended up with an E-E for the body of the quilt.
I was not very enamored of the colors but one of my daughters in law liked it for a lap quilt for their TV room so that's where it now resides and if I wanted I could visit it LOL.

Nicky's Dinosaur Quilt

This has gone to Poland, my friend Shiela made it for her little grandson.
 The dinosaur tracks lead to Nana's house so I decided to put Nicky's footprints around the border
 Shiela's backings are always very creative.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Erica's New Granddaughter's Quilt

We searched the web while on our recent visit to Rocky Point to find an idea for this quilt.  It turned out exactly as planned and I like it so much I will probably make a few more in the same colors, I have the fabric now! I especially like the striped binding.
 The backing is a delicious soft pink minkee, the baby will love it!

Quilt Of Valor

This one is for a Vietnam Vet, Purple Heart recipient.
The border has a variety of historical names, places and military units chosen because the recipient is a historian.
 A simple white backing shows the quilting detail, lots of ruler work which I do enjoy!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Baby Shower Update

Just a couple of pics of the expectant couple with their baby boy's quilt.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

A Modern Baby Boy Quilt

The baby shower is Saturday and normally I would not post quilt pics until after the event, but this couple doesn't know my website and no one else is to tell them OK? It's so easy to get busy with family, church, quilting, the gym etc not to mention a little social life and then I can fall waaaay behind with posting quilty/family updates.
The quilt is for a couple whose wedding quilt I made, you can see it here. These are their chosen colors so I followed pretty closely only omitting the darker tan.
I chose a simple design
 and pumped it up with some fun modern quilting.
 It ended up about 40+ x50
 The backing needed to be a few inches wider so I inserted a few extra blocks that were left over. I think the back is really cool and will still be interesting for baby.
 Of course I used DreamAngel batting, that wonderful product by Quilter's Dream that is genetically engineered to be flame retardant.
Shhhhh, remember the shower isn't until Saturday!

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Trouble And Boo

If you are not familiar with Trouble And Boo Designs you can find them at this link. They have some very cute patterns, and I simply could not resist this one called"Desert Denizens", especially as we live in Arizona where they all hang out!
This sort of project is very fiddly and time consuming and for the labor invested I do not find them rewarding so I usually choose not to make them but some times it's just too tempting and this was one such a time!
I loved the simple quilting and that was what drew me to make it.
 But fussy it was, all those tiny pieces on the owls and quail. I also
cut and attached half inch wide strips to get the color variation [yellow and blue] of the pieces to the side and bottom of the quails.  The original design was a piece of striped fabric. Those little pieced blocks are also smaller than what I would normally choose.
In the end I enjoyed the project even if it did take the better part of a week to construct-but quilting was fast! Then I saw another Trouble and Boo design that lured me and I purchased the pattern-it's now on my bucket list! Some people never learn..............

Quinceanera Quilt

 Myna chose the lavender/lilac color for her quince and also for her quilt
 I chose the design and made it to cover her bed to the floor.
The center of the quilt has a freehand feather design and the border is feathered with a piano key on the edge

As you can see Myna looks very happy with her quilt!