Awesome

Pattern:  Awesome by Sunflower Seeds – for Moda Bake Shop
Size:  46.5″ x 55.5″
Methods of Construction:  Machine Piecing, Machine Quilting.
Fabrics used:  Buttercup by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda Fabrics

Completed January 2012

This top was made in April 2011.  I am known in the guild for the use of Moda pre-cuts, especially Jelly Roll Quilts.  If you don’t know what a Jelly Roll is – it is 40 strips of fabric, 2.5” by the width of fabric.  I had to include at least one Jelly Roll quilt in this collection since it is what I am known for.

This quilt top was made when I was sewing with my friend Susan one day.  I kept having to rip the seams because I kept sewing them wrong.  Even after I thought the top was complete and posted about it, I noticed there was still a messed up seam.  The pattern was very simple, it was just a matter of distractions while sewing – namely fun and friendship.  Strait line stitching was the best for the quilting to accentuate the lines of the quilt.

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Oh Peacocks!

Pattern:  Quilted Tote Bag by Val Wilson
Size: Large Tote Bag
Methods of Construction:  Machine Quilting.
Fabrics used:  Plume by Timeless Treasures

Completed April 2013

This bag was made while taking the latest guild class by Val Wilson.  I learned so many new tricks with this bag.

I chose to use this peacock fabric before I realized that the pockets that the bag intended to have would cover up the beautiful peacock.  What to do?  I agonized about it until the class got to that step.  I had started to just omit one pocket so that the peacock could shine through.  I then realized with some of my extra fabric, I could make a hidden pocket!  By matching up the lines of the peacock, I made a pocket that still showed off the motif.

I also added a zipper to the top since I like to have a little more security in my bags than just one button that the original pattern called for. 

The fabric was bought again while out with friends.  I have made a matching laptop sleeve and a matching tablet sleeve with the lining fabric for when I travel to the mainland next month.

The beaded zipper pulls are also my creations.

Val Wilson’s pattern is a great one!  I can’t wait to make another!

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Drop

Pattern:  Drop by Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company
Size:  19” x 25”
Methods of Construction:  Machine Piecing, Machine Quilting.
Fabrics used:  Sanctuary by 3 Sisters for Moda Fabrics

Completed January 2013

This little quilt was inspired by the “Another Year of Schnibbles” blog hop parade.  Each month, a pattern is chosen and each participant makes something with the pattern in their choice of fabrics.  The pattern was written to use 2.5” pre-cut squares of fabric (mini charm squares).

When I saw the pattern “Drop”, I immediately thought of my hoard of single charm square packs.  The “Sanctuary” one in particular.  Particularly, because I had a bit of yardage to go with the charm pack in my stash.  I also envisioned the wonderful dark pink as a mini-flange.

I had a hard time picking only 25 fabrics that the pattern called for and went with 35 instead, to make it a little bit bigger.  Each block measures 2.5” when finished.  The top was completed in November of 2012.

As a participant in the parade, you are eligible to win prizes.  Most are small gift certificates to various quilt stores, a charm pack or two.  Two participants, however, are chosen to win the larger prize – a fat eighth bundle of a particular fabric line from Carrie Nelson, (the designer for Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company) herself!  I happened to be one of the lucky winners of the bundles for that month!  I have to still find a great pattern to use the fabric for, but don’t worry, it will come to me eventually.

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Flourish

Pattern:  Fleur de Lis Flourish by Sue Garman
Size:  40″ x 40″
Methods of Construction:  Hand Applique, Machine Piecing, Machine Quilting.
Fabrics used:  Rouenneries Deux by French General for Moda

Completed March 2013

This quilt was my first real hand applique project.  My friend JoAnne was working on another pattern from Sue Garman when this pattern came out in Quiltmaker Magazine, July/August 2012.

When constructing this quilt, I used the paper-cut method of cutting out the pattern.  I traced 1/8 of the pattern onto a folded piece of freezer paper and then cut it out like a snowflake.  Once the pattern was cut out, I fused the freezer paper to the back of the background fabric and traced around the pattern.  I then used the back-basting method of applique to construct the four blocks.

Using the Fleur de Lis fabric was a natural choice for this quilt.  I had some extra from another project that is still ongoing (and I ordered a bit more just to be sure!).  Trying to make sure all the Fleur de Lis were going the same way when using scraps was a task.

The quilting of each applique piece took me what seemed like forever to complete.  I went really slowly with my walking foot.  The border quilting was my first “intricate” quilting pattern.  I even photocopied one of the Fleur de Lis “petals” and used it as a pattern to quilt the corners of the border.

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Fireworks

Pattern:  Marti Michelle and Homestead Hearth Quilt Shop
Size: 83 x 83
Methods of Construction:  Machine Applique, Machine Piecing, Machine Quilting.
Fabrics used:  Prairie Paisley by Minick & Simpson for Moda Fabrics

Completed May 2013

One of my favorite types of quilts to make are sampler quilts presented in a block of the month format.  I also particularly like challenging blocks.

This quilt was presented as an internet shop hop “party” (this is where you buy a kit for a different block from 12 different stores selling the individual Marti Michelle blocks and then each store has its own finishing kit for the quilt designed by that shop).  I had participated in a couple of these “parties” previously and had never liked any of the finishing kits. Until this one came along in 2007.

The setting for this quilt was designed by Homestead Hearth quilt shop.

I completed the blocks fairly early – probably in 2009.  There it sat until May 2011 when I finally was challenged to make the top. At the time,  I was still having anxiety attacks over hand applique and I really was not fond of fusible machine applique.  I decided to try a new product, “Charlotte’s Fusible Web” thread.  The product does not act as stiff as traditional fusible applique, which is one of the reasons I really don’t like machine applique.

Typically for me, quilt tops have to “marinate” for a while to either have a purpose or until I feel comfortable with how I want to quilt the project.  This one was the former.  The purpose of finishing the quilt was when I was asked to be the featured artist for the annual Quilt Show.  I thought it would look awesome on the staircase wall – so it was completed just for the show!  Unfortunately, I was not able to hang it on the staircase wall, it was too big!  It is residing above the piano, and looks like it was made for that wall.

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