during the summer/autumn 2017 i spent an hour here and there playing with lots of scraps and many bits and pieces - by late autumn i had all the squares to turn into a quilt for my sister-in-law. it was a lot of fun to make and i really love the result.
This quilt was three years in the making. The top didn't take that long, though. It was deciding on the quilting that took the most time. I really wanted it to be special, so I built up my free motion skills on other projects and continued to work on it slowly. It was recently displayed in a local art gallery highlighting my Quilt Guild's 25th Anniversary along with other artists' work. I think its my new favourite!
I love learning new techniques! I watched the "Slice-a-Block" technique by Rob Appell on Man Sewing and was inspired to add some birds using thread painting in the negative space. It was a lot of fun watching it come together.
I have always wanted to use thread painting to depict fireworks. This piece won "Best of Show" in a challenge at a local art gallery in Sault Ste. Marie, ON Canada in 2015. It uses local landmark references such as The Roberta Bondar Pavillion tent and our city hall. The threads I used were Sulky Rayon and Holoshimmer threads for the fireworks.
Enthusiastically, as soon as it came out, I began working on the 2009 BOM, Stars for a New Day, but as work and health interfered, I lost interest and set it aside half-done. Then 3 years ago, when my son announced his engagement to his earliest childhood best friend, I showed it to her, asked if she would like it as a wedding gift, and explained that she would have to patiently wait until it was done. It needed to be bed-spread sized for a king bed, so I first had to decide how I might make that happen. She did not want a pillow tuck, either. Working with the height of their bed, and the sizes of the rows, I began adding to the quilt, first by making a wider spacer that fit perfectly along the 3 edges of the bed, and helps to frame the patchwork and give the eye a place to rest when the quilt is on the bed. After completing the piecing, I long-arm custom quilted it, adding their names and wedding date in the bottom corners. The quilt has no less than 5730 pieces of fabric and over 1.14 miles of custom, hand-guided stitching.
I wanted to try making an 8 pointed star and when that was done it sat in a box.Fast forward to 2017 at the Tangled Threads Quilt Guild and we did a quiz to see wwhat kind of block we were. My answers indicated that I was a star block. The challenge: make something with your block hence in my case "star". I took this out of the box and pondered what to do: Medallion quilt Ok I set it on point and got stuck there and did a smaller challenge with my "hunter star" block.
Back at the design wall I desided to use Ricki's curved piecing with freezer paper a modification of the rhapsody concept. The quilt got carried over to our UFO challenge for this year. I added applique pieces to represent fragments flying off my spinning star. (Note: my motto is "Done is better than perfect"
A quilt begun when Ricki did the Rhapsody lessons and not completed until 2016. I used my Accuquilt cutter to cut the applique. I had started as an entry for our Black and white and one other colour challenge. I finished for our UFO challenge.
I wanted to learn how to quilt and this was the pattern I selected as my very first intro into quilting. I loved the piecing, but not so much the quilting and binding. It has been sitting in my sewing room unfinished for too many years. I finally decided it was time to get some of my UFOs completed, and this is the first one I worked on. I used my emboridery machine to do all the quilting, and that was a first as well. I learned a lot since I started on this quilt, and have ejoyed my journey of quilting. It all started with this quilt.
- I had these chicken blocks for several years and finally was motivated to put them together into a quilt for our 2016 bird-themed quilt show titled, Feather Your Nest With Quilts”. The blocks are from That Radical Roosters quilt patterns by Florine Johnson. I found great fabrics to highlight the fun roosters in the quilt. Quilted by Lori Johnson of Redding.
Still life by the aquarium is part of a series I have designed. I have enjoyed making still life pieces using vintage doilies and laces. It is pieced and appliqued. The fish in the aquarium are hand painted and all the fabric is dyed by me.
This is a quote from my grandson Aiden as he tried out his new birthday gift. 5 year olds believe anything can be accomplished. A photo from that day was my inspiration. I painted the face and hands and the quilt is hand appliqued. I also hand macraméd the butterfly net so that it would flow free. As the appliqued boy was being assembled it hung on my design wall next to another partial pieced project, I noticed how well the disappearing hour glass fit with the image and the theme. At age 13 Aiden thinks the statement was silly.
Calypso is my version of Jacqueline De Jong's Brilliant Beauties of Joy quilt. I used my collection of grreen fabrics and a couple of Ricky Tim's hand-dyed scraps packages.
I took a class with Jacqueline to get going on this quilt. She has seen the pictures of it finished - not her colours :)
There is a lot of paper piecing, but it was fun! So happy it's done.
Lora Nale did an awesome job quilting this for me!
This is a quilt throw I made for my dad who loved eagles. He passed away in December of 2004 and I was given back the throw from the VA in Glendive Montana. I free-motioned this quilt with my sewing machine back in 1998 before they called it free motion, as I did not have a longarm machine at the time.
I now own a Babylock Longarm and quilt for others and for those who want a quilt mae and quilted in Wyoming.
I made this for my daughter for Christmas. She likes things "plain", I like lots of color and pattern. So, this was my attempt to make a "plain" modern quilt! It was a challenge for me not to have a lot of pattern, but instead I created pattern through the design.
I had nurtured my hydrangea plant for a couple of years and finally had blooms on it when a heavy rainstorm hit. I was worried that I might not have any petals left with the hard rain, and went outside during a lull in the storm to see that the blossoms had survived. It inspired me to make this art wall quilt using a snippet technique to form the flowers. It is covered in tulle and machine quilted. I then hand beaded it using clear bugle beads to simulate the rain.