Made for charity Ox Comfort Quilts for distribution to a child impacted by the Australian bushfires in summer of 2019/2020.
Uses a dinosaur panel, cut into its constituent pictures, each framed in bright plain homespun and sashed in black.
This was TQS BOM for 2014 designed by Janet Stone. I used an olive green polka dot fabric for the background instead of cream or some other light neutral. I machine quilted the quilt on my long arm quilting machine with blue, green, and black Bottom Line thread as well as accents in gold metallic thread all by Superior. Although barely visible, I quilted the entire alphabet in the outer black border. I added heat set crystals as accents to all the blocks. Each letter of the alphbet has a crystal, too. You can see more details on my blog at https://quiltsbyjoyce.blog/2016/08/31/a-to-z-for-ewe-and-me-completed/ .
Growing up on a ranch, it always stirs emotions when I come across an image as this. Once a treasure now 'put to pasture' begins the thoughts of the stories this relic could tell. My heart ponders as I create my art piece and finally conclude that life has a way of moving on.
This quilt is a combination of Sue Garman's Bed of Roses and my layout. After watching the 2020 BOM show, I realized I had never posted it at TQS. I wanted to do something a bit different, so I did the applique out of Kaffe Faucett fabrics and combined it with a Civil War Reproduction red background and some lime green. I enterd it in Houston and won an Honorable Mention. I was fortunate to communicate with Sue prior to her death. She and I had a nice conversation about how I chose to quilt it and why I chose the colors I did. How I wish I could have met her.
I really liked the pattern "Moon Over Mountain" by Jean Wells. Once I started making them, I decided to improvise. It would have been so much easier if I had made all the little mountain blocks, but no, I have to make 4 of the large ones. Making a double row of small block for the borders was also too easy. This sat for a couple of years while i pondered how to put it together. I tried a few new things, pulled out a few seams, and finally came up with an appropritate name for hthis quilt: Climb Every Mountain.
Quilting was central to our mother/daughter bond, taking us from international quilt festivals to guild retreats together. Yet our tastes in fabrics and techniques were so different that we’d never collaborated on a quilt before.
When we saw this pattern (“And to All a Good Night” by Sue Garman), we knew we had to make it together, because Margaret loved hand appliqué and Anne loved machine piecing.
Margaret passed away with Anne by her side while the quilt was hanging in a show.