Pottermania - I am completely obsessed with Harry Potter. I've placed the blocks in a sort of chronological order, and to me they tell a story. They represent various things throughout the books. They are paper pieced and 5" in size. Some of the pieces are very very small! Most of these blocks were designed by Jennifer Ofenstein and are available for free at sewhooked.org. I'm posting this as a top, because I honestly don't know if I will ever be able to quilt it :-)
Van Gogh's Blue Vase w/Flowers - My small art quilt group (The Van Go-Go Girls) had a challenge this year to make a small quilt (maximum size 80-inch perimeter) based on a Van Gogh painting. I did a variation of one of Van Gogh's Vase of Flowers. The background behind the flowers was confetti blue and yellow with a very pale yellow tulle to capture anything that would not stay fused down. The flowers and leaves are all 3-D, using two pieces of fabric fused with heavy duty fusible. The small blue flowers were each beaded in the center and then glued on. The daisy-like flowers have yo-yo centers with beaded stamens. The vase was hand-appliqued and did not lie well after quilting the background and was completely beaded in a free-form design, which only took 10 days to complete. I used Superior Thread's Bottom Line for the beading. The blue and yellow fabrics were all hand-dyed. The background and leaves were commerical fabrics and the tablecloth is Cherrywood.
Circular Confusion - I bought a couple grab bags of scraps at a previous COGQ quilt show. I cut whatever pieces would fit using drunkard's path templates. After supplementing with a few fabircs of my own, I auditioned on the floor to determine the most pleasing yet confusing design.
Free motion quilting as one big quilt would have been a royal pain so I assembled it in fourths. The quilting designs are intended to represent wind, fire, earth and water - the four elements.
The Secret Life of Ice - Made for the 2010 AP&Q & AQC challenge "Remember", this quilt explores how delicate microscopic Antarctic Foraminifera, Protozoa, Terapods and other small sea creatures live their lives mostly in secret, yet provide valuable scientific data to scientists concerning climate change- and the future isn't looking good. Their message could easily be 'remember there's only one earth'. Juried into Paducah 2011- semi finalist quilt.
Maui Rainbow - The batik strips used in the center were purchased while on vacation on Maui. The strips were sewn together to form a tube. The tube was sliced into 6" sections. Stitches were removed as you do for Bargello and the sections sewed together for the final placement. The boarder is from a piece of Ricky Tims' hand dyed fabric purchased the Super Quilt Seminar in Seattle. The quilting is done with various sizes of Hybiscus which is the state flower of Hawaii.
Made in Chris Timmins Take Six class in 2012. The first of my tops quilted on my new Sweet16 this year, in time for our guild quilt show. The name "Nimbin" reflects the rainbow colors, and refers to the "hippy" community of Nimbin in Queensland.
ALWAYS WATCHFUL - This majestic bird is 20.5 X 24, Eagles are often used to represent our country because of their proud bearing and great courage. In the last few years another trait of the eagle has become necessary for our country, Always Watchful. FOR SALE $700.
Safari Reflections - This is my sixth quilt, and my first attempt at the color block technique. The quilt went together very quickly for me, and my results were very pleasing. The corners matched, and all else went well. It was fun to do .
Sunriver Batik Scrappy Sampler Quilt - Sunriver Batik Scrappy Sampler Quilt. This quilt was started on a vacation to Sunriver, OR and the top was completed on a subsequent trip to Sunriver. It was a joy to make and I love the batiks and bright colors. Quilted by Karen Farrell, MO
Thinking Baltimore - Tresa and I hold a retreat the last weekend in February we call The Annual Euphoric Applique and Quilting Getaway. We have participants come from all over the country. Tresa designed the project for 2006 and this is my rendition.
Wholecloth Bluebirds - I loved the greeting card and thought it would make a good quilt. The bluebirds and flowers are handpainted. I used trapunto in the hand quilting. The back also has a flower painted on to cover a spot of blood. It won a first place ribbon in the Fine Arts category at a local county fair.