Sunday, May 03, 2015

Quilt for a new grandson!

I finished this and mailed it early in the last week of April! A gender-neutral baby quilt!

On Friday, baby Ben arrived! Here with his proud papa! (Our son, Andrew!)

Another quilt sent earlier is this one....

made by me and quilted by my mother , another gender neutral quilt, as they weren't finding out before the birth!


Flowers for a May Day birthday! The "Lorna Doone" quilt.

This quilt is a birthday gift for our daughter, Laura.

We brought it to Georgia with us, for her birthday!

It is Queen size from a kit ordered from Glorious COLOUR, the website for Kaffe Fassett fabrics.

I have not made a quilt from a kit before, but loved the light bright floral pastel look of this one! Even so, I changed the border and the binding into non-Kaffe fabrics! A pale lime for the border and a very colorful batik for the binding.


I was beautifully quilted by Sonja Koch of Fayetteville on a long arm quilting machine.

I love how she did the swirls, leaves and flowers!


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Handwork lifts I have decided to keep making quilts!

I found this inspiring blog post ( recommended by our quilt guild president in the latest newsletter).....which reminded me that I am seldom despondent or hopeless, or stressed when I am planning and making quilts!


So yesterday I took four blocks made last year and made them into this quilt top. Today I pieced the batting and the backing. I may machine quilt this one, because ......

...I am already hand quilting on this nice little pastel quilt.....surely for a grandchild one day.....We have 5 grandchildren already and there may be more to come.

Meanwhile, other family members received these quilts this week. The top one, called Bento Box, used family scraps from our childhood + more. It went to my sister, Elaine. The scrappy string pieced star quilt went to my cousin, Judy.

Making quilts is a lifeline for me, finding homes for them is usually not hard! This quilt below will go to our quilt guild's small quilt auction this coming April!

I am LOVING my new Sew Easy cutter ruler!


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Liberty Road quilt--- nap size

Summery and pastel flag blocks. Hand quilted with big stitch , # 12 perle cotton and a Sashiko needle.

18 light and airy blocks! Fun! Now I have a second top almost the same to baste and quilt!


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Flower wheel wall hanging

This beaded embellished scrappy quilt was fun to make! I used a 20 degree wedge ruler to make the circle.

It is my Day of the Dead flower wheel small quilt. [Part of the therapy of dealing with Mom's death' I think.] marigolds are used in the Day of the Dead celebrations....somI used flower buttons.

I gave it to the quilt guild for,their upcoming small quilt auction!


Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Found in a scrapbook from the past...

Just flipping through the pages from the early 1980's.

2 of my quilts featured in Quilter's Newsletter magazine....the bright red and yellow was a honorable mention winning quilt in a contest held by Woman's Day...and later featured in a book.

The Tumbling blocks wall hanging hung above my fireplace for several seen in this photo of my sister, Elaine, during the 1980's.

This article was in the Arkansas Gazette Little Rock newspaper.

I designed a quilt for the 150th anniversary of the city of Little Rock. It features the traditional block called "Little Rock" and a spiky 9 patch star. I designed and drafted the pieced border.

More wall hangings from this era and an article in Quilt magazine.



Then, I was invited by Fairfield, the batting company, to make a garment for their fashion show at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX. I made a kimono using the "Tumbling Blocks" pattern. It was hand pieced and hand quilted....with some velveteen and border print added.

It was photographed on the model and was used in Quilter's Newsletter Magazine.


These were fun days for quilt making ......we were lucky even to find cotton fabrics!

VIP fabrics, Cranston print works, Peter Pan and Concord fabrics were popular!


Thursday, April 03, 2014

Granddaughters need quilts!

These 2quilts are about to be shipped!

One is a disappearing four patch....

with a "Hello Kitty" border.

The other is a "plus sign" quilt in reds and aqua.

It has a peppermint striped binding.

The twins were escaping from their cribs and now adjusting to sleeping on a pallet. They will eventually each have a twin size big girl bed....below Sophie and Nina try out the pallet.

For now, their pink ruffled crib quilts, in a tangle here, are not quite big enough. The new quilts will be just right!

No matter where or what quilts...there is nothing sweeter than the sleeping child! Nina here.


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Strings and selvedges

This is a top from last year...pale and feminine. Selvedges with words like "fleur", and "garden"...with pastel string pieces. The one pale beige block in the center features the Eiffel Tower . The border fabric (and backing) has roses, post marks and cursive script and the word, "Paris"!

I had to use my Singer Featherweight on the kitchen counter to piece the back. Because MY back has flared up, and sitting at the machine is part of the problem!

Voila! The back is ready for the batting and quilting!

This will be a gift for my first granddaughter, I think!