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.
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
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
so I had to learn how to draft my own. That was made much simpler
to Marianne Fons' book, Fine Feathers. All of that
though, when the quilt won third place in its category in our local
in 2001. :)
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.
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".
The little quilt measures 21"
narrower dimension and 24 1/2" across the
wider one, and I machine pieced and machine quilted it, finishing in
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.
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.
And here is a detail of the feathered quilting I did on it:
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:
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:
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.
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.