This Christmas tree skirt came from a pattern published by
and Paula Kemperman and measures approximately 45". I machine pieced
hand quilted this one in 1989 or thereabouts -- I can't remember! ;)
I made this wallhanging in 1999, since we thought at the time
wouldn't be spending Christmas at home. Huh? Let me explain. Since we
going to be home, I didn't want to put up my tree. However, I wanted something
to look like a tree in order to get into a holiday mood. Hence, the
of making this quilt was born! As it turned out, we did stay home,
all, so I ended up with this and the regular tree!
The quilt, machine pieced and machine quilted, is
by 44" and comes from a pattern by Gail Abeloe (Back Porch Press). It
pretty nearly perfectly into a little niche in one of the inside walls
of my house.
12 Days of Christmas
This quilt started life as a Benartex panel depicting the 12 Days of Christmas; I bought it at the end of 1998, but I didn't get around to doing anything with it until the summer of 2001. The pattern was designed by Jackie Robinson, putting the individual pieces of the panel into a log cabin setting with dimensional stars in the sashing and border. I modified the pattern just a bit in size, so it ended up measuring roughly 43" x 65". It was machine pieced and machine quilted. I didn't think that it needed lots of fancy quilting, since the fabrics are so busy, so I just stitched in the ditch along some of the "logs" and then used gold metallic thread to free-motion outline the motifs in each block center. This is a photo of the quilt:
And here is a detail of one of the blocks:
I made these two stockings in September, 2001, for two of my grandsons. Both use machine appliqué and machine quilting. The appliqué motifs were fused onto the fabric and then blanket stitched in place. Each stocking measures approximately 16 1/2" tall and 11" wide from heel to toe. The first one is for Benjamin.
And this one is for his younger brother, Dominic.
Here's yet a fourth stocking! Our
son-in-law had noted that his stocking was the only one hanging in
their home that wasn't handmade; it was one of those generic ones from
a discount-type store. He had definite ideas on what he wanted his to
look like, and he finally sketched those out for me so I wouldn't be
guessing. Yesterday I spent the day making his stocking, so it's ready
in plenty of time for next Christmas, since it's only April (2012) now.
;) Can you tell what his favorite sport and team are?
Wreath Table Runner
I saw the pattern for this block online (the pattern is no longer online, sorry to say) and decided to make it into a table runner, which I finished in November, 2001. I didn't have enough of any red or green Christmas fabrics to do all of the stripes the same, so I decided to use two reds and two greens in each block. It worked fine. :) Then I added sashing, borders and triangular end pieces to the blocks. The finished table runner measures approximately 68" x 16.5". This is a photo of the runner on my table:
And here is a detail where you can see part of the machine quilting. I used gold metallic thread on this, since most of the fabrics had a touch of gold in them, too. The quilting motif in each block is a snowflake, though it's difficult to see here.
The only piecing necessary for this was to stitch the pockets onto the panel. Then I machine quilted the whole thing. The panel already had black outlining the various parts of the picture, so I free-motion quilted in black over much of that. Parts of it, however, I did with silver metallic thread in hopes of giving the outdoor parts a sort of icy effect. That doesn't show in the photo, though. Oh well. This is the first quilted piece I've made without a binding for the outer edges. Instead, I turned the edges in and topstitched them. The finished piece measures 30 1/2" x 27" and was completed at the end of September, 2002.
Swirling Branches Wall Hanging
I saw the pattern for this in the November, 2010, issue of American Quilter
and was immediately intrigued by the very curvy effect of the
straight-line piecing. The tree itself was paper pieced, though the
background was added with traditional piecing. The pattern was designed
by Renae Merrill. The finished piece measures 22.25" x 19.5", and I
machine pieced and machine quilted it, finishing in October, 2010.
Using a variegated green thread, I put feathers into the light- and medium-green tree branches, with a swirl in the darker green. The background is done in straight lines of cream thread to suggest the light coming from the candle flames, and the area beneath the tree is done with a simple curlicue. Here are a couple of detail shots to show a bit of the quilting:
Dimensional Christmas Tree
This was one of our
monthly projects at Green Valley Quilters in September, 2012. The
layers of the tree are attached at the top of each and then tacked down
at the outer corners, giving a dimensional effect.
'Tis the Season
In August, 2015, I took a two-day class in Phoenix from Claudia Dinnell; I'd fallen in love with her digitized quilt design, and taking the class was the only way to get the pattern. The class was well worth it, too, as she has a special technique to make multiple hoopings for embroidered blocks a bit more precise. I worked on the quilt on and off for several months and finally finished it in April, 2016. It is completely machine embroidered and machine quilted. Most of the quilting is free motion, though I did use the walking foot for the parallel lines in the red borders. The quilt measures approximately 62" x 62".
Can't See the Forest
Last winter I saw a lovely quilt made with a variety of embroidered trees -- and I loved it! I immediately went to the digitizer's site and bought the designs in order to make my own version. As soon as I'd finished 'Tis the Season (above), I got busy with this quilt. I ended up buying sashing fabric three different times before finding one that I thought worked well! The quilt is machine embroidered and free-motion quilted on my Bernina 780. For the quilting, I used several different all-over fillers in the blocks, followed by circle-filled swags in the borders. I finished it in September, 2016, though I may go back and add some crystals to it. The quilt measures approximately 26" x 40".