Miscellaneous Projects



On this page:

Steph's Quilt
A Small Wallhanging
Pieced Hearts
Pineapple Quilt
Ramada Gals
Spring Wall Hanging
Magical Hexagons
Teatime
"Braided" Quilt
Northwind
Confetti Cupcakes
Feathered Folkart
Colorwash Table Runner
Bed Runner
Macaroni Quilt
Sakura
Bargello Flag
Paris
Dresser Scarf
Cruising
Road Trip


These are projects that really didn't belong on any other pages! They aren't large, they don't have stars or photos, they aren't samplers, etc. So here they are; be sure to check out the second miscellaneous page, too!

Steph's Quilt

This quilt was machine pieced and hand quilted as a gift for my younger daughter's best friend (since eighth grade) when they graduated from high school in 1994. Stephanie lived on a ranch, which is the source of the theme here. The black and white fabric (more visible in the detail below) says "moo" all over. The quilting pattern I chose was the livestock brand Steph's family used on the ranch. The quilt is approximately 28" square.





A small wallhanging
This is a very small wallhanging (about 14" square) that I made as a beginner. I liked the pattern of the saguaro cactus, since we have so many of them near where I live. I machine pieced and hand quilted this.
 
 














Pieced Hearts

This quilt (35" square) is machine pieced and hand quilted. I learned the technique for doing this from a class with Moneca Calvert at Quilt Camp in the Pines in the summer of 2000. The quilt presented a couple of challenges for me. First, I had to learn to do the curved piecing. Second, I couldn't find a ready-made feathered-heart template in the right size for the quilting, so I had to learn how to draft my own. That was made much simpler thanks to Marianne Fons' book, Fine Feathers. All of that was worth it, though, when the quilt won third place in its category in our local show in 2001. :)
 
 










Pineapple Quilt

Once again, I attended Quilt Camp in the Pines in July, 2002. One of the classes I took was from Freddy Moran to learn a technique for making a pineapple quilt.  I used batiks for the colored portions of the top, and the background is a mottled off-white. The pink batik in the center of each pineapple block is repeated as one of the two inner borders and again in the binding. The outer border is made of simple four-patches set on point. I'd originally intended to hang this in our entry hall as a symbol of welcome, but it grew too large for the space. Instead, it will hang over the bed in our guest room

Here are details of the quilting patterns I used in the pineapple blocks and in the outer border:

         

As you may be able to see, I used pineapples for the quilting motifs, too -- a more ornate pattern in the blocks and a simpler one in the border. The quilt was completely machine pieced and machine quilted with invisible thread, and it measures approximately 50" square. I finished it in September, 2002.

 

Ramada Gals

I took another class from Freddy Moran when she came to our area in May, 2003. This time we made her Garden Party Ladies blocks, along with topiary trees. My ladies' dressses are made from provençal fabrics I bought in Houston at the festival, and they're on multicolored backgrounds. When I was quilting this, I decided to make the quilt a memento of my first trip to Houston and the wonderful time several quilters from RCTQ had while staying at the Ramada there. Seven of the dresses have the name of one of us "Ramada Gals", and the remaining two have related information. The quilt will hang in my guest room when we use the Doggie Brick Road quilt. The ladies can look after the dogs and vice versa! ;) Here's the quilt:

This was machine pieced and machine quilted and measures 51 1/2" x 46 1/2". I finished it in late August, 2003 -- just in time to get ready for the next Houston show! ;) Starting on the left in the top row, the ladies/gals are: (row 1) Wendy/Frood, Ramada gals, IQF 2002 Houston; (row 2) Ally, Sandy in Henderson, Marilyn/Nurse Ratched; (row 3) Pat in VA, Kris in northern VA, Kathy Z./lurker.

For the label, I took a photo of one block and made the photo very pale, superimposing the text I wanted over that:

Spring Wall Hanging

A few months ago, I came across a preprinted panel that I just loved; it was in colors I like, and it was a good size to use as a spring-time wall hanging in my dining area. I bought the panel and brought it home, only to find that I already had the perfect fabric for a border in my stash. It was meant to be! ;) Since the panel didn't need any piecing, this was a very quick project, and I finished it over Labor Day weekend (2003), working on it part-time. It's free-motion machine quilted in rayon threads to match the various colors of the panel. It's fairly small, measuring only about 28" x 48 1/2".





Magical Hexagons

I was intrigued by Martha Thompson's technique, outlined in her book and shown on Simply Quilts, for taking hexagons and turning them into what she calls "swirligigs". This is one of the patterns from her book, though I used several colors of hexagons where she used a single one. I happened to have some hand-dyes in my stash, so I used them with a background that I also already had and came up with this piece:



This was a fast, fun project. It took only parts of four days from start to finish! Since the hexagons-turned-swirligigs seem to have a lot of movement in them, I quilted them with a swirling pattern to underscore that movement. Here is a detail of the quilting:


The little quilt measures 21" across the narrower dimension and 24 1/2" across the wider one, and I machine pieced and machine quilted it, finishing in October, 2004.


Teatime

In April, 2003, our local quilt guild had its annual show, and the judge for that show came here from the Phoenix area. In the course of discussion, she mentioned that she designs patterns and that one might appeal to me, since it was in blues and was teapots -- she'd discovered that I love tea. She was right, too! The blocks are all blue work and, while I don't normally do embroidery, even I can handle stem stitch. ;) The patterns were originally available as a block of the month designed by Valerie Boman's and and Debbie Foley (Cotton Pickin' Designs). I had some fabric on hand for the borders; I'd bought it some time ago with no idea what I was going to use it for. But it was just about perfect for this project, since it has teapots, cups and saucers, jugs and little flowers all over it. The quilt is hand embroidered, machine pieced and hand quilted. It measures approximately 40" x 45", and I finished it in March, 2005.



"Braided" quilt

This quilt was the result of a project at the local quilt circle I attend. It uses lots of fabrics, so we had a strip swap first in order to get a huge variety for the quilt. I machine pieced and machine quilted it, finishing in January, 2006. It's a small throw, measuring 36" x 42".








Northwind

In October, 2007, I attended a workshop given by Sharyn Craig to learn her method of making Northwind blocks. The people in the class swapped fabrics to get a variety to use in our blocks, and later I used EQ6 to figure out what border I wanted to make. I quilted feathers -- one of my favorite motifs -- all over this quilt. It measures roughly 42" x 57" and was finished in April, 2008, in time to be a wedding gift for some friends.

Here is a detail of some of the quilting.







Confetti Cupcakes Table Runner

I saw a pattern called Confetti Cake and really liked it, except for the size. The blocks were over 11", and I'm on a "smaller-is-better" kick. <G> I decided to cut the strips necessary for making it at half the required size, and my blocks ended up being 3.75" -- much better! I only had enough of my fabrics to make ten blocks, so I set them on point into a table runner that measures 29.5" x 15.75". I used corded piping on either side of the border and machine quilted more of the feathers I like so much. It was finished in June, 2009.



Here you can see a bit of the quilting in the border and one of the setting triangles:





Feathered Folkart

This table runner was the result of playing with paint sticks at our local group in November, 2009. I made three painted blocks and then decided to set them into a table runner. 

It measures 43.5" x 15" and was machine pieced (what little piecing was necessary! <G>) and machine quilted with lots of my favorite motif: feathers. Here are some details of the quilting, finished in January, 2010.

 




Colorwash Table Runner

This was a project my local group decided to do together; we each made this in our own choice of colors. As for me, I raided my stash and was able to finish the runner without buying anything at all! :) It measures 55" x 22", and I finished in in February, 2011.



And here is a detail of the feathered quilting I did on it:





Bed Runner

The thought of having to wash the large bed quilt I'd recently made was a bit daunting -- having to do so frequently was even more so. Why would I have to do that? Why, because our adorable little Bisou loves to sleep at the foot of our bed, of course! ;) The solution seemed pretty simple: make a bed runner for the foot of the bed. This could be washed much more easily than the entire quilt. I purchased a Moda layer cake grouping (about 40 10" squares of coordinating fabrics) and found a simple pattern called "Slice of Cake" designed by Denise Sheehan. The leftover squares that weren't needed for the quilt top became the backing. The bed runner was quick to make, and you can judge for yourself whether or not it's serving its intended purpose:



The runner ended up being about 19.5" x 91", completely machine pieced and machine quilted, and I finished it in May, 2011. Below, you can see a detail of the feathered quilting I did, first from the top:



and now from the back:


Macaroni Quilt

In January, 2012, some friends and I attended a retreat in Lake Havasu City, AZ; it was such fun! There, I took a class from Susan Cleveland, who developed the technique I so often use in putting corded piping next to my quilt bindings. This time, though, we used the corded piping within the blocks to go around curves -- a really fun effect! Check out her book, called Piping Hot Curves for this pattern and technique. I used fabric I already had in my stash; it was pretty dated, but it's made a cute little quilt I'm planning to use in my car with our little dog takes a ride; it will save the upholstery from getting road oil (we have a lot of road oil!) all over it from her paws.


I finished the quilt, which measures 28 1/2" square, in February, 2012, and it has very little quilting in it, for a change. ;) That's because the piping in the blocks would begin to bulge if I'd quilted a lot. So I've quilted in the ditch and a couple of curved lines in the background of the blocks and borders. I also added piping next to the binding -- of course. <g> Here's a closer shot of one of the blocks:








Sakura

I saw a gorgeous quilt at my local quilt shop and fell in love with it. Since I had a gift certificate I'd won, I decided to buy the kit for this quilt, even though I don't normally do kits. The pattern was by June Pease for Red Rooster Fabrics, and it went together quite easily.



I machine appliquéed the circular pieces in the four corners, but everything else was simple piecing. For the machine quilting, I did a lot of outlining of the major motifs in those corners and in the center panel, using gold metallic thread to echo the gold tracery in the fabrics. The same gold thread made scallops in the various squares and rectangles of the borders; but I used black thread in the top and bottom portions of the center panel, doing swirls in the top section and leaves in the bottom. This is a detail of the center panel:



There is also corded piping between the outer border and the binding. I pieced, appliquéed and quilted this by machine, finishing in September, 2012. The quilt measures approximately 60" x 70".


Bargello Flag

A friend of mine demonstrated how to make this small quilt at a meeting of our local quilt circle. I really liked the effect of the bargello, and I didn't have a wall hanging in a patriotic theme, so I made this. It's completely machine pieced and machine quilted and measures roughly 27" x 21.5". I finished it in April, 2013.



Paris

I happened to see a set of machine embroidery designs at the local quilt shop, and I fell in love with them. I used the pattern for a cushion found in Creative Expressions magazine (issue 34) to make this little (18 3/4" square) wallhanging. The embroidered center is bordered by braids done with the Double Diamond ruler, and I added corded piping before the binding. I finished this in May, 2013.






Dresser Scarf
This began as a kit -- a very small kit -- that I was given some years previously and had put away for "someday". I got it out and decided to make it while I debated what my next "real" project would be. As I was making the blocks, it occurred to me that it would go pretty nicely in my granddaughter's bedroom, which is mostly pink with some yellow. Since her birthday was coming up, I decided to make it as a gift for her. I used a ruler foot on my Bernina 780 to do the free-motion straight lines in the yellow triangles and then did spirals in the pink ones.

The dresser scarf measures approximately 41" x 6.5", and it was made in April, 2015, for the May 1 birthday.

      




Cruising

In May, 2014, I took a quilting cruise, something I'd never thought I'd get to do. But things just sort of fell together, and off I went. As a souvenir of the trip, I bought three small fabric blocks representing the three islands we visited -- the same three that my husband and I had visited several years previously on our first-ever cruise! I also bought a little quilt hanger that looks like a cruise ship -- very cute. :) The blocks stagnated for a year before I finally put them together at the end of May, 2015. I found a gradated Moda fabric for the little borders and quilted flowers (hibiscus, sort of?) in those borders, keeping the quilting in the blocks themselves minimal. I chose the border fabric and the piping fabric in hopes of suggesting the sky colors in the blocks. The quilt measures 23.5" x 8.25".





Road Trip
During the summer of 2015, I downloaded weekly blocks, done in machine embroidery, thinking to practice this technique. The blocks had a theme of travel around the US, and they were fun to do. I finished the quilt in September, 2015, using some echo quilting in the blocks and the corded piping I so like to place next to the binding. The finished quilt measures 21.75" square.



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