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!!!!
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.
This is the second in my series of quilts related to women down through history who have seen their men go off to war or other dangerous jobs for extended periods. It is something of a remake of the first in this series "Waiting...". This time, the woman has her young tween or early teen daughter with her who hasn't seen her father for over a year and she is a little nervous. I had a very difficult time making the sky. I painted four pieces, using Setacolor fabric paints and finally chose one and added more paints. Then I pieced the storm-at-sea part and pieced it together where it turns into the pictorial sea, but I ended up overdying them together after piecing so they melded better. I nearly quit making this quilt several times along the way, but it is finally finished. I used over thirty different colors of threads..most of which are variegated. The sea foam is represented by Angelina Fibers.
A baby quilt I designed for Baby James using the "bubble" pattern in the batik fabric that I bought in a shop in Texas while we were moving across country from Pennsylvania to Texas. I loved the rich aqua & blues in the 'bubble' batik and decided to save it until the right project presented itself. Not long after we moved in to our new home in Georgetown, we got the news that a family friend in California was expecting their 1st grand baby.
This was a pattern from Cozy Quilt Designs which I thought was very striking. I added the butterflies as an accent. After I added the large white border, I thought the quilt needed something more so added the feather motif using my Go cutter and a die from Sarah Vedeler. This quilt looks great on my couch & is handy on a cool night.
The Celtic fox symbolized a need to think quickly, to employ cleverness and wisdom. Often described as cunning, that word comes from “Kenning”, meaning to know and understand. Shape-shifters, illuminated by the moon, they are associated with transformation and the need to take a new approach to our lives. Silent and Swift, Owls are the Crone Goddess’s messengers, helping to unmask those who would deceive or harm you. Rabbits are connected to the moon and femininity. They talk to us about conceiving new ideas and holding them in our hearts. In Ireland eating a hare was like eating your own grandmother.
The quilting on the Moon was the most difficult part of this quilt. Three books and Youtube finally helped me to draw that celtic knot work design.
I made this quilt back in the late 90's.The center medallion was pieced first, then sat in my UFO box for a couple years. I had enjoyed drafting it, and decided to complete it with stars drafted from octagon wedges. It is an original design, drafted on graph paper using plastic mylar templates for all the star pieces. They were "fussy cut" and sewn together. The rest of the design followed after.
Medallion quilts are enjoyable for me, as you start with a spark of inspiration and build on it throughout the quilt making process.
It is a throwback, I got a laugh out of Pantone's color (s) of the year this year...yep I've done that back in the day, twice actually in my beginning quilt days.
I am sure I got the basic octagon wedge from Jinny Beyer's book The Quilters Album of Blocks & Borders. A wonderful reference and source of inspiration.
From a photograph my daughter-in-law sent to me. A beautiful doorway in France, painted on 100% PFC cotton. I used Pebeo fabric paint.and quilted around the details of the doorway and the stone wall to provide dimension. The quilt sandwich was then stretched around an artist's canvas frame "gallery wrap" style. The piece was then sprayed with a fine art varnish to provide protection.