I made this quilt for my mother, Margaret Montague Geldart, in 2012.
Her parents were commercial carnation growers in Victoria and Penticton from 1930s through the 1960s. They also had a flower shop called Monty’s Flowers in Penticton from the 1940s to the 1970s.
Carnations were Mum’s favourite flower.
I hoarded the Turkish-style carnation border fabric for several years before I found the stylized carnation appliqué design in an issue of Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. I modified the pieced part of the design and made this wall hanging for Mum’s birthday.
My mum and I saw a quilt like this in a Victoria show.
After ten minutes of trying to figure out how it was sewn together, we asked the maker, Pat Watson. She told us she’d studied an antique quilt and figured out how it was done.
I had to know, too! When I took her class (“Antique Braid”), I was gobsmacked at how slick the technique was. I still am. It’s just like doing up a zipper!
Truly a labor of love. I bought this fabulous kit from Ricky and changed out the background fabric for a very different look. So much stitching! I scheduled a couple of “at home” retreats over the summer and had my friends keep me company. Brandy Rayburn did her magic quilting and the result is pretty amazing. Finishing this project got me motivated to finish my first Rhapsody that I started 10 years ago in La Veta with Ricky’s guidance. And off I go again!
Started at a quilt retreat at a Montana dude ranch in 2004, finished on New Years 2019. Each time I went to the Nine Quarter Circle Ranch near Yellowstone, I started two projects, each taught in classes with Georgia Bonesteel and Charlotte Warr Andersen. A few I never finished, and some I finished independently. Then I got the idea to put several into one quilt...it turned out queen sized. Techniques included needle turned appliqué, fused and machine stitched appliqué, layered appliqué with wash-away thread, strip piecing, strip piecing with Grid Grip, hand piecing, paper piecing, etc. The hand-pieced eagle took years to finish, as I got frustrated working on the talons. One photo shows the stitching on the backside of the eagle. In early 2018, I put it all together and had it custom long armed by a talented friend. I finished the last stitches in the binding at the beginning of 2019.
When I moved to Colorado from Kingwood, Texas, friends gifted me with quilt squares made from two bright triangles and a white strip connecting them diagonally. Each person made two identical blocks and signed one in the white strip. I decided how to set them and added two narrow borders and a wide batik one. Nine friends in Colorado helped me hand quilt it on a frame. It has a wool batt and muslin backing. The border was not marked; we just quilted around the motifs in the print. For the first time, I rounded off the corners, so I used a bias binding.
Made as a Leader/Ender project per Bonnie Hunter. Decided it’d be just right for my five year old grandson, so I put a cute barnyard print on the back. I’d been wanting to try straight line quilting for awhile, and chose a colorful variegated thread. Worked on the tumbler rows throughout 2018 and into 2019.
Baby quilt for our only granddaughter. The color choice was left overs from parents wedding quilt. As i was putting it together and was doing the outside corners, the quilt said that it needed something a bit different. So I went along with it's suggestion.... hence the spheres in the corners. I was trying to use up the "reminants" from the other quilt. I found a feather pattern online and traced the outline for design. I also traced my hand and sized it to fit. I also used some templates on the border. She was born in AZ and tried to keep to her birth place.
Watercolour measures 77 inches wide and 78 inches long and is a kaleidoscope/star quilt and has over 900 pieces of raw edge appliqué that have been individually basted and quilted and was constructed using the hover-quilting technique. Hover-quilting is a fresh new approach to raw edge appliqué, absent of fusible web. This innovative technique allows for a beautiful controlled frayed edge and creates the illusion of piecing hovering above the quilt top and turns fabric into watercolour.
I was so impressed when I saw several stunning, unusual white peacocks in person. Working with a white peacock focal point was new to me. I added beads and sequins to its feathers and used tone on tone cotton and satin fabrics. The quilt was made for an online Song Bird challenge for the group, Art Quilts From Around The World. The peacocks were designed in computer software , and cut with an electronic cutter.
Payton is 11 years old and completed 95% of this quilt on her own, minus cutting, lol. She learned a lot about color value and contrast, precision piecing and quilted her creation on Nana's Innova Longarm. She used a machine finished binding. Her label says: Payton , 2019 and....Let's "taco" about this Amazing Quilt.! I am very proud that as she was stitching the binding she mentioned that it was wonderful to do the quilt and a little sad that it was finished.
What a fun quilt to do! It was designed for the National Qult Museum New Quilts from and Old Favorite. The challenge block was bow tie. Once this idea came to me, I was able to get it done quilckly. I purchased drapery fabric and quilted it prior to adding the cats. I machine stitched the cats on and embroidered each face before I put it on. The one final part was to add shocking pink piping to the binding for a more 'formal' look. All of this was done tongue in cheek. If only all quilts were this fun. It received a 4th place and has been travelling for a couple of years.
This quilt was conceived when our mini group decided to do a denim challenge. I was looking for something to add to the denim and came across some 4" vintage shirting squares that a friend of mine had given me. At the same time, I had seen Yoko Saito's applique pattern featured in Quiltmania. Yoko's quilt was huge and I knew I would never finish it. I used bits and pieces from her applique to top my denim and shirting background. Love this quilt! Yoko was very complimentary when she sent her email allowing me to enter it in a show. It has been at Houston and Fall Paducah.
After finishing this Dresden quilt...I looked at it and knew I need to add "Ave-Maria" to it!..
It was created, designed, appliqued, quilted by me on my domestic machine.
Not the usual pattern, mine has 19 blades, hexagon center, lots of thread work, free motion quilting, decorative stitching.
This is how I dresden!
"A Milagro Pondering" was made for the Quilting Arts February/March 2019 "Mended" Reader Challenge. It was published in the magazine. I entered it into the Miniature Art Quilt Category at the 2019 Houston IQF World of Beauty show and it was accepted. It was displayed in the show. My first time being accepted to the Houston Show, and my second entry there.
The words on the quilt are: "Sorrow interrupts the happiness of life, still life goes on, night, day, stars shine, birds sing, flowers grow and we heal our sorrows and marvel at the beauty that surrounds us." I was thinking of a dear friend and teacher who passed away when I made the quilt, and the words came to me as I worked on the quilt and design.
I made this little quilt for a December 2018/January 2019 Quilting Arts Reader Challenge. The theme was "Notions". It was published in the magazine. The eyes in the design are my eyes, drawing printed on fabric.
A Journey to India was made for an International Miniature Quilt Exchange with Jean Ameduri of St. Louis, Missouri. I met Jean at the International Quilt Festival in Houston last November while admiring The Quilt Show's special exhibit of The International Miniature Exchange. Jean has done over 300 exchanges!