March 16, 2014

Dee Dee's quilt

I made this quilt for my sister, Dee Dee.  She and her husband, Ricky, take care of my mother's every need.  And I know that's not always easy.  So I decided to make them each a lap quilt.  This seemed like a good way to use up some printed fabrics from my stash and make room for more batiks.
I found a quilt called "Seams of Opal" in the April/May 2009 issue of "Love of Quilting" magazine.  I think the pattern called for paper piecing and the pieces/blocks were much smaller than in my version.  I just wanted to make mine stress  free--bigger pieces, fewer blocks.  So I chose red, orange, and yellow fabrics for Dee Dee's quilt and purple, blue, and green fabrics for Ricky's.  Dee Dee's is the first to get quilted.

One of the things I most love about a scrap quilt is remembering the other projects made with those fabrics.  Or remembering where you purchased them or who gave them to you.
This is one of my favorite preloaded Pro-Stitcher designs.
The sashes were quilted with this freehand wishbone design.
The outside border is quilted with swirls and pebbles.
I pieced the backs of both quilts. For this one, I pieced the leftover strips from making the log cabins on the front of the quilt into similarly sized strip sets, bordered them with a dark maroon, and set it in white.  Some larger pieces in my stash were sewn together for the wider strips.

Angie's wedding quilt for her daughter

Angie made this gorgeous batik quilt for her daughter's wedding.  I love the color scheme, the block pattern, and IT'S BATIKS!

The curlicues in the thin border are freehand, but the Pro-Stitcher made those evenly 1/2" spaced parallel lines in the wider border a snap. 
I love feathers.  LOVE them.  I really would love to be able to do those fancy formal feathers, but I don't have the confidence yet to try them on a customer quilt.  And I was wary about doing these simpler feathers on a quilt as important as a wedding gift, but I must say, now that it has been a year since I've seen them, they look pretty darn good!
And pebbling in the corner pieces of each block.

March 14, 2014

Jennie's Orca Bay

I did NOT buy a lottery ticket this day. 

Instead I cursed the 4", yes, FOUR INCHES, of bobbin thread I was lacking to quilt this without having to wind a new bobbin.  If that sounds shallow (it really IS), just know that if I had removed the bobbin when finished and found only 4" left ON the bobbin, I would have felt like I'd been kissed by a unicorn. 

Sigh.  It's the little things, you know?

This is Jennie's Orca Bay, a mystery quilt from Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville.  Here is a link to get Bonnie's latest mystery quilt, Celtic Solstice (until June 2014, then she removes it).
That's a LOT of pieces. 
This pantograph by Norma Sharp is called Steam, but quilted sideways, it looks like waves.

ELIQ's 2013 Raffle Quilt

Before I show photos of LAST year's raffle quilt for the Eastern Long Island Quilters Guild, you can see photos of THIS year's raffle quilt at
Last year's quilt was made of redwork blocks hand embroidered by members of the guild. 

Crosshatching was requested.
My Pro-Stitcher helped with the feathers in smaller triangles on the edge of the quilt.