Category: Quilts

Plus Sign Quilt and Group Quilt

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Plus sign quilts are great for large prints you want to show off and they are easy to cut and assemble.
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This one is a kid’s quilt measuring 45” x 50”.
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I backed it with some sale fabric that happened to match the stripes in the elephants’ legs perfectly.
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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.
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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

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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

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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.
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With the addition of a polka a dot cotton/linen blend, I created 9 oversized improvisational quilt blocks.
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The recipient couple likes hiking so I used cotton fabrics to create a small art quilt to add into the throw.
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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.
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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

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

Mushroom Fox

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