This was made for my Italian Exchange Student. The colors are his favorites. Some of the blocks have meaning: Card Trick, because he liked to play cards and he could do card tricks, Jacob's Ladder because that is my husband's name, Marion's Choice because that is my name, Cat's Cradle because the cat loved being in his room. I also found some blocks entitled Roman Stripe, Roman Cross, and Italian Tiles. He is a typical Italian: he was appalled not only that we put pineapple in pizza, but also hamburgers, chicken burgers, roast ham...so there was no choice but to put 4 large Pineapple blocks in the corners!
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.
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.
Worked on this quilt for two years. I made the quilt as a wedding present to a couple who climb mountains and are outdoor athletes. Their favorite color is blue. I saw the mountains in "Twist-and-Turn Bargello Quilts" by Eileen Wright. I only did the mountain peaks and down the side of the mountains. I used McKenna Ryan fabric "Starry Night" for the sky. The gradients fabric worked perfect for the sun coming up or the sun setting. I cut strips,sewing them vertical instead of bargello the fabrics. The Lake, I found fabric that I thought looked like a water, these strips of fabrics are sewn horizontal. Clip art on the computer aided in pine tree design, bear and deer. I printed out the design I liked. Then drew the design on Heat n Bond. Ironed on fabric I would like to use. Then ironed on the Quilt. I Thread painted a eagle in the quilt between the pine Trees. The flying geese I thought was a good idea for the border with the outdoor theme. Meckeena Ryans gradient fabric used to make the center of all four sides white and gradually gets darker blue to the corners. The quilting I had ideas and the long armed did a great job. I did swirls for the white snow tops with a different bead sewn in each swirl. Four different beads used to had shine and sparkle. Flang is used to separate the center design to start the borders. Black piping done to end the borders with a dark blue binding.
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.