I made this quilt after I took an online quilt class that Lea McComas did on The Quilt Show. It is based on a picture I took f my grandson when he was 18 months old. He was at my backdoor looking out the window of the storm door. It made me think of him looking out at all the possibilities in his future. This quilt was juried into and exhibited at both AQS Quiltweek Daytona 2018 and AQS Quiltweek Spring Paducah 2018. Though it did not win any prizes, I felt it was a winner just being in these two AQS shows.
This was inspired by my Berner puppy Casey's first walk in the fall leaves. Background is crazy pieced with batiks. The leaves are from the fabrics I paint in the hot summer months. His body is raw edge applique. I used 40wt. rayon for the thread painting and the leave background.
Worked on this quilt for two years. I made the quilt as a wedding present to a couple who climb mountains and are outdoor athletes. Their favorite color is blue. I saw the mountains in "Twist-and-Turn Bargello Quilts" by Eileen Wright. I only did the mountain peaks and down the side of the mountains. I used McKenna Ryan fabric "Starry Night" for the sky. The gradients fabric worked perfect for the sun coming up or the sun setting. I cut strips,sewing them vertical instead of bargello the fabrics. The Lake, I found fabric that I thought looked like a water, these strips of fabrics are sewn horizontal. Clip art on the computer aided in pine tree design, bear and deer. I printed out the design I liked. Then drew the design on Heat n Bond. Ironed on fabric I would like to use. Then ironed on the Quilt. I Thread painted a eagle in the quilt between the pine Trees. The flying geese I thought was a good idea for the border with the outdoor theme. Meckeena Ryans gradient fabric used to make the center of all four sides white and gradually gets darker blue to the corners. The quilting I had ideas and the long armed did a great job. I did swirls for the white snow tops with a different bead sewn in each swirl. Four different beads used to had shine and sparkle. Flang is used to separate the center design to start the borders. Black piping done to end the borders with a dark blue binding.
This the very first pattern I've published and is a variation on a block called "Deck of Cards" the difference being is that traditionally that block was constructed like a log cabin block.
This pattern is different and uses a unique way of constructing it that I think is a lot simpler than that so there is no partial seams, Y seams or any kind of paper piecing involved. This quilt is made up of 2 slightly different blocks that can be arranged in many different ways so the quilt pictured is just one way to arrange them
pattern is available on craftsy as a downloadable pattern
I live in Tavernier, the Florida Keys, and my parents live in St. Augustine. Last summer when we made the trip up to see them we stopped at 9 quilt shops participating in the Row by Row Experience. I recommend to every quilter to do this at least once. It was so awesome to see all the different ideas and shopping in each store was a dream.When we got home I started immediatlely and made my largest quilt yet. I free-motion quilted each row a little different and just wanted to share my results.
the Tri-city Quilt Guild has a challenge every year, and this year's was called "OCD: Obvious Circle Disorder." It gave me a chance to use a technique I learned in an online class called "darned Quilts" by Dena Crain, in which you cut circles (or other shapes) in the quilt and reposition them or put them elsewhere. I had a lot of fun making this. The expression on the bottom circle's face is pure chance -- but I'll take it!