This quilt was created to display tee shirts worn by the Friends of Appalachian Summer during the first 20 years of the festival. In addition to 4 tee shirts, the quilt includes fabrics with music and mountain motifs, since the Festival is held in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains of Boone, North Carolina.
After my Mom passed in 1998, I found several beautiful crocheted items she had been working on. Among them were five 10 x 10 inch crocheted squares. For years I tried to figure out how to use these in a way to honor her memory. I was not a quilter at that time, but I did do a lot of sewing. So in late 2018 I decided I could use them on a quilt. It took me about six months to design the quilt after I figured out I could make them form a star by placing them together in a certain way. This quilt took me another year to make after I got the design. I made it with polyester crepe back satin (white) and polyester dupioni (2 blues). I added machine embroidery in the borders, and the center star is also machine embroidered. I painted the flowers and birds around the white part after I quilted them. Then I finished it off with a row of pearls along the binding, hot fix pearls throughout the quilt, and sewed on five pearls in the centers of the crocheted squares that came from one of her broken necklaces. Her name was Zephana Compton Bivens and she was a master craftsman in woodworking, handwork, and sewing. This picture shows a bend in the right that is not really there. I will replace the picture when I can.
An homage to William Shakespeare. The wreaths are on a garden wall covered in ivy. Each wreath has a quote from Midsummer Night’s Dream and fruit or berries or flowers appropriate for the quote. All drawn by me from nature, hand applique and hand quilted. Took 3 years to complete.
I started these hexagons last year from scraps, put them up on my design wall in February,and could not take them down until they were together. Quarantine happened so I hand pieced all through March then didn't want to cover the creatures with stitches so I faced it! Then 'quilted" it with beads in each point. Entered it in the Quarantine Quilts contest(not accepted) but covered every stitch on the back with lille fused circles, just in case. I Love looking at this quilt and I will never forget the circumstances in which it came to be!
This quilt is the result of a short term BOM issued by Ricky Tims. I chose the "Wizards's Wardrobe" color option. I received my kit in the the summer of 2018, but did not begin work until February of 2019. I completed the applique in the summer of 2019 using a double blanket stitch and several colors of Glide thread, but only completed the machine quilting and machine embroidered binding in July 2020 during the quarantine days. I machine quilted around each applique shape and inserted as many tiny feathers as I could fit in the background. I used my Brother Scan 'n Cut to scan and cut all the applique shapes. The quilting fabric was Ricky's hand dyes, the batting is Hobbs 80/20, the thread was two colors of Superior's 'So Fine". I did the machine quilting hand guided on my Innova long-arm machine. In the borders, I followed the pattern's spine designs, but quilted much thinner feathers than the pattern showed.
Thanks to Alex's videos and her updated FPP book, along with her straight-line quilting tutorials, I was emboldened to join in a swap with a group of quilters. This is my finished quilt, sent to my recipient Lynda in Florida. The back has a hand applique VW Bus (one of Lynda's favorite things) from a Tula pink pattern. All of the prints are Tula Pink and the background and binding are Moda Grunge. Thanks to Alex for prepping me and giving me the confidence to participate in this fun quarantine swap!
I made this family quilt for a gentleman whose intention was to use it on this beautiful guest bed, and more importantly, to have it passed down through his family. I included fabrics that showed his many interests. Images of cats, chickens, fawns, and the many frogs that roam his country property. He enjoyed a trip to Hawaii, so I found pineapples and flowers. He loves cars, especially Corvettes. On eBay I found a Corvette fabric by Alexander Henry from the 1990s. It was used as part of the backing, so that when the top of the quilt is turned down the Corvettes are right side up, facing you.
I included a diary that I wrote in as I made the quilt, recording the work, and both the joys and frustrations, of the project, as well as the times. I suggested that future owners add to the book.
I love batik fabrics, and I love fractal art designs. I wondered if I could make a wall hanging out of batiks in a fractal-like design. This is the result of that experiment and my own original design.
It's made from mostly batiks and done with raw-edge applique with fusible backing. I stitched-in-the-ditch around each shape and then free-motion quilted the background. It measures 31" x 36".
On my first and possibly only cruise, I came back with Alaska wildlife panels and some coordinating fabrics. The design is totally original and impossible to replicate as it wasn't easy to put together! But, I love the outcome.
I tried my first Bargello with this pattern. My practice project were 6 placemats and a runner that were my own design. Taking on this project was a major undertaking but the colors & outcome turned out beautiful for a dear friend.
fell in love with this wonderful large floral print and needed good pattern to feature the large flowers. The pattern is April in Paris. It was a free pattern from eQuilter and Lorene Smith. I had fun with my fairly new HQ Sweet Sixteen trying out new quilting motifs in the sashing and borders.
I was really drawn to the colors of this quit so I purchased the kit and incorporated some of my fabrics. The barn block was added by me and was fussy cut from fabric that I had in my stash. I used Deb Tucker's, Studio 180 Designs, Square Squared ruler for the square in a square block which worked very well. The quilting was done using free motion quilting techniques and with Cindy Needham's stencils. Thank you TQS for so many wondereful learning opportunities and inspiration.