Category: Quilts

Plus Sign Quilt and Group Quilt

Plus sign quilts are great for large prints you want to show off and they are easy to cut and assemble.
This one is a kid’s quilt measuring 45” x 50”.
I backed it with some sale fabric that happened to match the stripes in the elephants’ legs perfectly.
For some added color today – this is a group quilt that my modern quilting group created. Each quarter we do a challenge to create a quilt for donation to the Red Cross. We all made blocks inspired by the QuiltCon 2014 charity quilt colors.
To account for the different size blocks and also to make the quilt bigger (54” x 70”), we added strips of neutrals (white prints, gray print, and the purple solid) around groups of the blocks. It’s so fun to see all the different blocks come together.

Figures Pink

Earlier this year a local quilt shop was selling everything so they could move out of state – I picked up a yard or two of a few prints and continued to wade through the chaos. When I saw charm packs of the Zen Chic Figures line, I took almost all o them knowing that I had mini charm packs at home that had arrived with an online order.
When I started piecing this quilt together, we had recently created Buckeye Beauty blocks for a bee my modern quilting group is doing. I had made more half-square triangles than four patch blocks so I had to modify the pattern slightly.
There are still diamonds, but he secondary pattern is broken up. I love the overall effect. I know quilts created from a single fabric line can seem a bit boring, but I sometimes just want to sew without thinking about if the colors or needing to cut yardage into pieces.
On the back is a print with pink and yellow from some other fabric line. I liked the lightness of the backing against the blues and yellows on the front.
Inside is polyester batting and it’s quilted with my usual square spirals. Why polyester instead of my usual cotton batting? I had received several different battings from a friend and was trying them out. The quilt feels nice and my cats really enjoyed sitting on it while in progress. Unfortunately, we don’t really need another throw size quilt – 48” x 64”, so it’ll be available at an upcoming holiday bazaar.

Commission – Wedding Quilt

Remember the baby quilt commission? I also created a throw size quilt (58” x 70”) as a wedding gift using more of her grandmother’s needlework and bit of my usual art quilting. wpid-IMG_1294-2015-09-13-18-40.jpg
I cut apart tablecloths, napkins, pillowcases and placemats, sometimes cutting around holes or stains that I could not repair or clean.
With the addition of a polka a dot cotton/linen blend, I created 9 oversized improvisational quilt blocks.
The recipient couple likes hiking so I used cotton fabrics to create a small art quilt to add into the throw.
On the back is an organic cotton print which I also used on the binding. I quilted it with my usual square spiral using a walking foot.
I had so much fun making this quilt. It’s almost an adult eye-spy quilt as you look at all the tiny embroidery. Once washed and dried, it got the crinkly, well-loved quilt look I hope to see.

My client passed on comments from the recipient who was thrilled with the wedding gift. So were Ford’s parents when they received the baby quilt. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to bring joy to this family.

Commission – Baby Quilt

A local lady asked me to use her grandmother’s embroidered linen and my usual style to create two quilts.
This one is for a baby. Her grandmother had created 7 nursery rhyme pieces that seemed perfect for a baby.
Since the baby is named Ford, we discussed adding trucks to the quilt.
Baby Ford’s parents are journalists so I used a text print for the trucks and the sashing.
The quilt is backed with this Dr. Seuss print, quilted with concentric squares and bound with rainbow stripes.
I call this quilt Newspaper Trucks and measures approximately 45” x 50”.

Mushroom Fox

Diamonds of foxes surrounded by color and mushrooms.
I used these fabrics to create a quilt for an auction to benefit the Girdwood Center for Visual Arts held during Fungus Fair.
The quilt is 70” x 80”. I quilted this with straight lines in an offset diamond pattern.
The back is covered in more foxes and mushrooms.