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!
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.
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 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.
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).
In November of 2018, my daughter had a baby who lived for 5 hours. (Her rib cage was too small for proper lung development). While she was being born, I was watching the 4 boys (ages 4-9). They chose the fabrics for a small quilt that would go in the casket, so she could have a blanket in heaven. They ironed them onto the fabric themselves. This is the full size one I made in her memory. There is a butterfly for every member of the family.
My sister emailed me a 4 word message: "I am a grandmother." It took several emails to get all the details: girl or boy, how big, whose baby, etc etc. They wanted purple and white, and this is the results.
SUMMER DREAM is the forth in my confetti landscaped quilts. The stone house is raised and each stone is quilted. My Bernese Mountain dogs Shiloh ans Casey are hand painted. The main parts are confetti pieced. This quilt is a joy to look at on rainy days.
Splendor is my first Art quilt. It features Hand applique, Machine applique, embroidery, sequins and vintage beads. This was completed with the consultation help of my sister LaShawn Krom of Brushworks Art. The machine quilting is raw edge to give impression of feathers.
This picture pieced quilt took about 18 months over 4.5 years to make. There’s ~6000 pieces not including the individual patches of batiste sewn in with every light grey and white piece. These were there to hide the seam allowances. Pieces start from the size of a pin head and work their way up. With that amount of seams, they are not going to sit nicely even in an alternate universe. Natural trapunto??? Many days of full time work would only produce about a 4” square of quilt. The quilt doesn’t photograph well. There is also a layer of batiste either side of the batting to help stabilise the quilt.
I noticed one night that the reflection of the quilt in the window gave it a lot more depth and looks very different. There’s a photo of it in reverse on my blog fionaschiffl.com along with the more in depth story of the quilt. I also noticed an almost full sized face looking up in the rocks.
I love Lake Louise and I feel I’m really a Canadian trapped in an Australian’s body. If you can’t go to Canada, bring Canada to Australia is my motto.
This quilt got me through some of the worst and best times of my life. Looking at this photo in detail becoming a quilt was a blessing during this time. I’m glad to say I’ve done a lot of healing!
The quilt won runner up (2nd place) in pictorial quilts in our state show so I’m over the moon.
Quilt size 165.5cm x 105cm. It weighs 2 kilos.
Original photo by James Wheeler (used with permission).