Approaching an opportunity to retire (and the age for wearing purple and red!), I realized that life is really a series of decisions. Some have trivial consequences, while others are more significant, each an opportunity. Every "leaf" on the quilted tree represents a decision or opportunity.
I began this quilt in a workshop with Rosalie Dace at Art Quilt Tahoe.
This quilt is adapted from Tomoko Tohno’s “Orange Range” pattern, and draws on my beautiful (but out of print) collection of Paula Nadelstern “Opulence” prints. While Tohno’s blocks had pieced centers, I redrafted the pattern so I could feature the radiating medallions, as well as the different colorways, within the limits of my available stash.
This is my quilt group, Bayou Pierre Quilters, 2017 raffle quilt with proceeds going to St. Jude's. This was the 2011 BOM from the Quilt Show. We have been working on the quilt for about 2 1/2 years. It is machined pieced, and is being handquilted. Almost finished. Ours is aproximately 94" square, in springtime vibrant colors. It is being quilted by women from ages of now 50-93. If anyone is interested in tickets our email address is: email@example.com. They are 5.00 each. The raffle will be in 04/2017.
Designed using a panel of fabric designed by Alfred Shaheen. This was done as a challenge for the April 2016 Machine Quilter's Expo in Manchester, NH. The exhibit showcased many different panel designs all quilted and finished differently according to the designer's vision. I chose to applique velour pandas and green bamboo leaves onto the black & white bamboo panel. Background quilting mimics bamboo stalks & leaves. Though I used a preprinted panel, I designed the rest of the quilt.
This is the forth in my series of confetti pieced seasonal quilts. I took a picture of my husband and our Bernese mountain dogs on the beach. I changed the season and added our home. In the tree line I used dryer sheets to get the foggy look. Again there is bags and bags of confetti pieces . I quilted the whole thing with embroidery threads. can you find the rabbit and deer?
This was made for my Italian Exchange Student. The colors are his favorites. Some of the blocks have meaning: Card Trick, because he liked to play cards and he could do card tricks, Jacob's Ladder because that is my husband's name, Marion's Choice because that is my name, Cat's Cradle because the cat loved being in his room. I also found some blocks entitled Roman Stripe, Roman Cross, and Italian Tiles. He is a typical Italian: he was appalled not only that we put pineapple in pizza, but also hamburgers, chicken burgers, roast ham...so there was no choice but to put 4 large Pineapple blocks in the corners!
This was made for my French Exchange Student. I included blocks that had meaning, such as Cat's Cradle because he loved our cat, Card Trick because he loved to play cards (but not lose!), Jacob's ladder because Jacob is my husband, Marion's Choice because that is my name, and, of course, the French Braids in a giant X. Putting it all together was tricky and involved Y seams and incomplete seams. There are two miracles in this quilt: the blocks just fit magically together without any adjustment, and it lays flat!!!!
I designed this quilt based on a Missouri Star wall hanging by Jenny Doan. I wanted it to be larger and more accurately represent Old Glory. I used math to determine the best size trapezoid template to give me the overall proportions. I used small white trapezoids to be suggestive of stars instead of using real stars.
I intended it to be for the Quilts of Valor program, but it is too big. I will be gifting it to a Vietnam Vet who still suffers today from injuries sustained almost 50 years ago.
My vase is full of the flowers in my gardens, This wall quilt is raw edged applique. I made patterns from photos I have taken over the years. I hand painted the background fabric. The quilt is heavily quilted with lots of embroidery threads.This was a lot of fun to work on!
This quilt was made as part of a group challenge. The subject was Famous Female Faces. Our group won first place at AQS in Grand Rapids. I had never made an art quilt before so it was a real challenge for me. The face is appliqued with hand dyed fabric and partially hand painted. The headdress is embellished with ruffled tulle.
For years, I have been planning to do a landscape quilt and have spent a lot of time collecting the fabrics, as well as learning techniques from various quilters. When I found one of my Dad's paintings after he passed away, I immediately knew this was the inspiration for my first landscape quilt.