Made for the McCall’s 2015 “Be Creative! Quilt Challenge”. This quilt was selected as a finalist in the contest. It is currently traveling around the country and appearing at the Quilt and Sewing Expo shows. The contest was sponsored by McCall’s Quilting and sister magazines Quilters Newsletter and Quiltmaker.
Although I love the four seasons of Montana, the winter seems to wear us
down quickly with the cold and snow. I go to the Studio to anticipate spring.
It is easy to pull the colors of spring, shades of blue skies and green grass.
Moisture, robins coming home and we come out of hiding.
During a visit my brother planned a ride on the High Trestle Trail, part of the Rails to Trails Conservancy. I was so awestruck as we approached the bridge, I knew I had to make a quilt. Two years to the day after our ride, it was finished. The sky is pieced with angular squares. The bridge is done with a modified paper piecing technique, as well as applique. The rider is done with applique and thread painting. The Des Moines River is quilted in the sky, as well as rotating squares to reflect the design of the bridge. There is also quilting to pay homage to the railroad, with the ghost of an engine and a coal car. It was accepted into the AQS Des Moines Quilt Show October 2016.
This quilt is based on a photograph I recently took of my daughter as I watch her grow and blossom into a beautiful young woman. I hand drew the mosaic design. It is raw edge, fused and then free motion stitched. There is over 4,000 tiny pieces that make up this quilt.
Color Crayon Challenge from the Central Virginia Modern Quilt Guild. I got magenta, light purple and dark purple. It could be any size, any techinque and you could add any other colors you wanted. Most were hand dyed fabrics were from Vicki Walsh except the lightest purple and the cream background. Machine quilted on my home Bernina.
About ten years ago I took a picture of three children playing in a huge Live Oak tree. I always wanted to try to make it into an art quilt but did not have enough confidence or skill. The children would be young adults now and I felt ready to try making this quilt. I used commercial and hand-dyed fabric and for the skin and face painted tan fabric with Caran D'Ache crayons and then covered with fabric medium. It is heavily quilted using my home machine. I hope someday they get to see the quilt and recognize themselves and remember the moment.
The inspiration for this quilt was from my photos and memories of being at this fort, at sunset, on the large Aran Island, Inishmore, off the coast of Galway
The fabrics are my hand-painted cottons, and silk radiance, (Robert Kauffman fabrics), and silk organza.
Size: 53" wide x 73" high
Every year my family draws names for gift giving. The only rule is that the gift must be handmade. It has become the highlight of our Christmas. This year I drew my niece's name, so I decided to do a pet portrait after seeing Barbara Bates Beasley's episode.
Alphabet quilt. based on Baby Bunting by Quilt Routes, on Craftsy. Made in lots of different coloured and sizes of polka dots, with complementary plains for the fused appliquéd letters and numbers. Quilted in the ditch, and free motion quilting on a domestic machine. Made for my grandson.
"Saxony Farmhouse" was inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement. The outer border is a nod to William Morris while the Dresden Blades throughout the quilt bring a traditional flavor to this quilt. The blocks are set on point and have applique sashes and posts. (Yup - those sashes were appliqued, not pieced!)
This is a great design to use up all those small florals and prints from other projects!
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My resolution last year was to learn to FMQ. This was a practice piece. I have some lovely ferns in my garden and particularly love them when the fronds are unfurling. I used Kaffe Fassett Shot Cotton and Hobbs Tuscany wool batting.
Once again I was asked to create a mini-quilt for the silent auction at IQA's International Quilt Festival in Houston. Here is this year's creation. Its name is Spot On! and, with the exception of the binding, all of the fabrics either have dots/spots on them or I quilted them on. It was fun to make!