I've always wanted to make a sunbonnet sue quilt and I live in the Florida Keys, so this quilt was born. Since I could not find a tropical pattern for a sunbonnet, I took the opportunity to create my own design. I had just finiished a starfish quilt so had the fabric for the ones fused all over and for her outfits. It's like playing paper dolls again! This quilt was also QAYG practice which is a learning curve to keep your brain right side up. It's hard to see but the sashing and binding are sand dollars. Super fun to make, hope you enjoy! Don't know why my pictures are sideways!!!
This quilt is a replication of book jacket art, with permission from the Publisher. I had the privilege of working with the author...Dr Sambo...to his friends, for many years. After attending my first Houston quilt show I was inspired to look for art that was meaning ful to me and to replicate it in fiber. This is the result, finally completed after languishing in the UFO pile for a very long time. It was waiting for me to have the courage to put it on my longarm.
This was made as part of a quilt challenge that I co-chaired for my guild titled, "HERstory; Notable American Women" featuring American women whose accomplishments occurred in or while representing America. I have had an interest in Susan B. Anthony since I was in college and did research papers o her. In 1978 I acquired 2 letters found folded inside some old books that I purchased. The letters were on National American Women's Suffrage Association letterhead and were signed by Susan B. Anthony. I wanted to use copies of the letters on my quilt and feature aspects of Miss Anthony's life that she was known for in history. While working on the quilt one day, I was listening to the news and was alarmed at some of the sexist/misogynistic comments being made by some of our current politicians. I had been reading many of Miss Anthony's quotes and realized that some of them were just as relevant today as they had been over a century ago. There wasn't room to include all of the quotes that I felt needed to be on the quilt, so a decision was made to make the quilt double sided. The back side of the quilt contains a timeline of Susan B. Anthony's life as well as her quotes. I added embellishments including feathers (from my fly tying collection), vintage buttons from a friend born in 1920 (the year the 19th Amendment was enacted), and a Susan B. Anthony dollar given to me by one of my co-chairs. The title of the quilt came from one of Miss Anthony's well known quotes. The quilt is being displayed at the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum in Adams, MA until Feb. 29, 2020, to be a part of the 200th anniversary of Susan B. Anthony's birth on Feb. 15, 2020. What an honor to be part of the celebration of this amazing woman's life!
I was inspired by a Japanese fabric that included the trees and background fabric. The fabric had to be manipulated in order to make a level forest and I added additional trees in the forground. I added textile paint and inks on the snow and the rocks and used an ombre Stonehenge fabric for the sky and the water. The sky fabric blends with the Japanese sky fabric. I added rheinstones for the stars and it is quilted heavily with a Wonderfil Tutti variegated thread.
This fun fishie quilt is a combination of TQS techniques. First, I used Paula Doyle's method of easy stack to make the fabulous blocks then had to cut out the fishie appliques. Second, I used Susan Clevland's Prairie Pointer tool and techniques for the embroidered prairie points. When I free-motion quilted,I used Lori Kennedy's continuous fish design all over and I echoed the fishie appliques. The back is coral reef fabric so under this quilt you are definitely under the sea!
Our guild was having a cathedral windows class that I could not attend so I searched YouTube and found The Masquerade site and she made it entirely by machine! She showed the difference between hand and machine stitched samples, so informative, and once you make your first little package, you need to make more. Also figured since they're "church" blocks Jesus had to be represented! Can't really be called a quilt since there is no batting, wanted it see-through to hang in front of a window. There are also 36 Perfect Circles(Karen Kay Buckley!) that are SO fun to make with her tools and technique.
This quilt was made from a dear Grandmothr’s silk scarves and a few of her embroidered handkerchiefs that she made herself. Her Grandchildren asked me to make it for their Mother. Truly a family keepsake that will be passed down for years.