I have always found Michael James strip pieced quilts an inspiration. When I saw Louisa L. Smith's book Strips and Curves, it inspired me to make this quilt.
My mother made a quilt for each of my 3 children and gave me the left over fabric for the quilt she made for my daughter. She was always an excellent seamstress, yet started quilting after I took it up. It is wonderful being able to share our passion for quilting together.
I had always wanted to do a quilt that included black and white fabric with colored fabric. I love the contrast and reflections of the combination. I also enjoy quilt projects where the creativity continues throughout the quilt making process.
I strip pieced the fabrics, then made Drunker's Path combinations and inset circles using the pieced strips and whole cloth "Fussy cut" images from the fabric. I then played around on my design wall with the arrangement of the squares. I added the striped extensions and appliquéd animals that expanded the animals into and off the edge of the quilt.
MQX NE 2016 has called for quilts in their Alfred Shaheen Vintage Panel exhibit and I decided to make one just for relaxed fun. After it was finished, I decided to enter it into the juried part of the show because I liked the way it came out and they waived the entry fee, so why not. I found my beautiful linen panel online and designed the borders around it. I was fortunate to find exactly the right solid colors for the borders, and so I quilted, then painted the light green border. The dark green border is my first venture into ruler work for a show quilt, since all I did was make a row of touching circles using Lisa Calle's new circle rulers with my Bernina 830. They are hard to see, but I quilted in a frog, a pig, a parrot, and a flying bird in the white background of the central panel and then did a circular twirl fill with that. Fun to make...since I'm competing against some of the country's best quilters, I would be really surprised if it wins anything, but that's ok. It makes me happy. This quilt will be available for purchase on my shop after it finishes its show season (it will be shown in the fall MQX also).
This is my entry in The National Quilt Museum's contest "The Gala if the Unexpected". It is a tradional log cabin with "applique" constructed entirely from duct tape. It involved lots of head scratching but I had more fun making this than almost anything else I've done. It has a piped binding and was hand-quilted by punching over 12,000 holes with a leather punch so that I could stitch through all layers.
This was the 2015 Block of the Month four-part pattern named Blooms for Julie. I was able to use fabrics from my stash, especially border prints collected at a previous quilt run. Lots of fun techniques were used such as making templates and using them to cut patches, several ways to applique, bias strips, partial seams, working with stripes, and creating 3-D yo-yo and folded-hexagon flowers. This was my first attempt at raw edge applique.