This quilt is a half-size version ot the Block of the Month 2014, by Janet Stone. As I chose my colors each month, I saw the "sea" theme developping, so I changed some of the blocks to fit with that theme: the S with a Storm-at-sea block, the N with a Nautilus block, and the H with a house by the sea. I changed a few elements in the borders: I chose starfish and a few seashells, and the bottom border is completely different and has my favorite block, the Mariner's compas.
If you scan this quilt with a QR code reader on your smart phone, you will be taken to my blog, Riverwoods Ramblings. It is made up of 1089 2-inch squares. It is machine pieced and macheine quilted in the ditch.
Paducah came about because of a stash of Cherrywood fabrics purchased in Paducah. My Guild had a challenge to do something with the Ohio Star block. I chose to make the block a diamond based on a show of Cheryl Malkowski quilts. The diamonds are paper pieced and then appliqued to the pieced background. I love circles and needed to add some of these using the Karen Kay Buckley perfect circles templates. I feel this quilt is a modern success and it also got a first place ribbon in its caategory at our show the end of June 2018.
Forest fires in 2011 and 2012 threatened my home and wreaked havoc on my mountain town of Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico. Through the smoke and haze we watched helplessly, unable to do more than document the devastation from our back porch as the fires moved down the valley. Finally, after two weeks of much needed rain in the summer of 2013, green shoots of grass and undergrowth sprouted through the ash amid the charred remains of our precious trees. When this new growth blossomed into brilliant yellow wild flowers carpeting the whole burned mountainside, I was suffused with hope for the future of our home and community. To reflect the transition from devastation to new life I generated a silk screen from one of my photographs and printed it on pieced backgrounds reflecting the stages of renewal in my surroundings.
This quilt was made for a quilt challenge at our Log Cabin Quilters Guild of Wisconsin. Our task? Use your personal initials to create a quilt.
The first initial was for the block itself. In my case, my first initial was "B" and I chose a version of the "Broken Dishes" quilt block, using four of those completed blocks. Hence the "Dinner For Four" title.
For the second initial "C", you had to choose a color by that name. After a Google search I found chartreuse, cherry red, and cyan. So I went to my stash to see what fabrics I might have available with those colors. I'm pretty traditional and the colors that came together were totally out of my comfort range, but the pattern lends itself to just this kind of creativity so I forged ahead.
The final letter "A" was for a technique you used on the quilt. Conveniently, I love to applique and added it to my finished piece.
It was exciting to not be tied to a pattern or color scheme! I also did some experimenting, furthering my free motion quilting experience. It was a wonderfully rewarding challenge and I love the final result. Now where am I going to hang it?
This quilt is inspired by a wonderful painting by Joel Christopher Payne, a Disney artist, from whom I bought the rights for making one show quilt. I loved his painting, but it was darker and did not have much of the Spanish Moss. So it is not a copy of his painting, but an inspiration from it. I had made a collection of wood print commercial fabrics over the years and used every one of them in the making of this quilt. The cabin and the houseboat are made by cutting "planks" of wood and "building these two homes with stitched, raw-edge applique. The big trees are made by using a variety of wood-bark fabrics and are turned-edge machine stitched appliques. The limbs of the trees and the weeds and bushes in the water are free-motion couched on wool yarn of various colors. I then free-motion embroidered the Spanish moss using Aurifil's 12 weight wool thread. I had to make small straight marks to keep the direction of the moss hanging properly. The fireflies are made with a back drop of Neon Nights UV Fabric black light paint and topped with tiny hot fix tangerine and yellow crystals. The reflective water is made with raw edged applique that has been overpainted to blend into the water background, and top painted to highlight the ripply look. This was great fun to make and I expect to make more landscape quilts using some of the same techniques.
This 12" x 12" art quilt is my SAQA donation for this year. This is part of a series exploring using asymmetric Dresden fans and plates in various somewhat pictorial designs. Construction etc is detailed in a BLOG post. https://susieturn.blogspot.com/2018/03/dresden-day-at-beach.html
See also the 2018 SAQA Benefit Auction (http://www.saqa.com/auction-quilt2018.php)
This is a portrait quilt of my grandson when he was 18 months old. He was looking out the storm door window in my computer room when I took the picture. After cropping the picture, I tried to replicate the photo except for the view through the window. For that view I tried to create a symbolic view of all the possibilities of the future ahead of him. I was given the courage to try this quilt after taking the online class from Lea McComas on portrait quilts that was available on the TQS website.
I found these little animals beautifuly odd . After researching tamarins, I learned that they live in South America and are becoming rare. This quilt is my atattempt to "capture" one. It was made for donation to Southwest Solutions to be auctioned.
I loved this pattern when I saw it several years ago. Last Christmas my son asked me for "something from me that he could pull out every Christmas" and I knew immediately this pattern was THE ONE! I began in January and enjoyed the entire process, sewing on it mostly at our quilting group's regular Thursday gatherings. He will be given this right after Thanksgiving so he and his wife can enjoy. A lot of fun to make.