Sitting high in a Ponderosa pine, a female puma keeps watch over the landscape, ever vigilant for potential prey. A striking photo called me to capture her beauty using fabric collage techniques and thread. This is the fourth in a series of wildlife art quilts. Winner of Judges Choice Award (Elizabeth Spannring) at Quilt Canada 2019 (CQS NJS).
This quilt was designed by ladies from a quilt guild in Missouri and featured in Quilters Newsletter magazine in Nov. 1997. When I saw it I couldn't imagine ever being able to make something like that. Going through the magazine again in 2011 I decided I now had the skills necessary to give it a try. There were some new skills to be learned, but it was fun to make. Making the dimensional flowers reminded me of my old craft activities.
Note: Did not realize I had posted a full size photo of this quilt years ago, but this photo highlights the dimensional flowers nicely.
In 2014 I started a BOM called Afternoon Delight by Sue Garman. It was easy to follow the pattern as written. I usually stitched the appliqué in the evenings and often read Sue’s Blog before or after stitching. Thus I always thought of the quilt as my “Evenings with Sue.” It was quilted on a longarm by my great friend Jill Zollinger.
In 2016 this quilt won “Best of Show” at the Williamson County Fair in Franklin, TN and the Tennessee State Fair in Nashville, TN. In 2017 it was voted Viewers Choice at the CVQA Historic Franklin Quilt Show, in Franklin, TN.
This quilt is for my grandson, Bruce. It shows a young boy sitting at home under a tree dreaming of all the things he loves about Beaver Island, in northen Lake Michigan which is his summer home. The image of Beaver Island is in the middle of the water and his favorite animals, activities, and all things Beaver Island are scatered around the quilt. The quilt was pieced, appliqued, thread painted, and embellished.
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!
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.