Japanese Jigsaw

Pattern:  Japanese Jigsaw by Tracy Brookshire
Size: 24″ x 43″
Methods of Construction:  Machine Piecing, Machine Quilting.
Fabrics used:  At Water’s Edge by Blackbird Designs for Moda Fabrics

Completed February 2011

This reversible table runner was made after attending a lecture the guild had with Tracy Brookshire.  She had a very interesting slide show of her work and of a quilt show in Japan.

Tracy was selling patterns and templates for the Japanese Jigsaw.  I had seen several guild member’s quilts at shows and decided I wanted to make one.

At the time I bought the pattern, I had joined “Layer Cake of the Month” and “Jelly Roll of the Month” clubs from The Fat Quarter Shop.  I received a Layer Cake (Forty 10” squares) and a Jelly Roll (Forty 2.5” by the width of fabric) of the same fabric line – this was the only time that both were received in the same month.

The pattern called to have 9” squares cut into quarters.  I figured a layer cake would be optimal for the pattern.  I set out to make the pattern.  I laid the squares out on my design board in a pleasing manner, but forgot to number them when I took them down to work on something else.  I then put away the project for a while.

The backing was made with the matching jelly roll strips to make it a reversible table runner.

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Puanani

Pattern:  Art Quilt
Size:  12” x 14”
Methods of Construction:  Machine Applique, Machine Piecing, Machine Quilting.
Fabrics used:  various Batik fabrics

Completed February 2013

This little wall hanging was a result of the “Dare to Dresden” blog hop that I participated in.  After completing my Anuenue quilt for the hop I was loving Dresden blocks.  I would see them everywhere in the blog world.  My day to showcase my quilt was in the middle of the hop, so I had plenty of time to see what other’s had done before me.

I was inspired by many on the “Dare to Dresden” blog hop to create this quilt.  You can read more about it here.

The whole time I was making this quilt, I kept saying “beautiful” to myself, and they are flowers.  I had to look up on Google what “Beautiful Flowers” meant in Hawaiian – “Puanani”.

As my time in Hawaii comes to a close for now, I will be forever reminded of it by this quilt and my Anuenue quilt.

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Bouncing Baby Boy

Pattern:  Bounce by Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company
Size:  39” x 48”
Methods of Construction:  Machine Piecing, Machine Quilting.
Fabrics used:  various blue scraps

Completed January 2013

A dear friend of mine that I met while living in Oak Harbor, WA recently had a baby.  I like to try and make a baby quilt for each of my pregnant friends, though sometimes it doesn’t happen until well after the baby is born.  This time it was going to be different.  She was due in early October.  I had asked her to let me know what she was having when she found out – another girl – that would make two boys and two girls.  I was happy for her.

I kept procrastinating and procrastinating over the summer when it would have been the best time to make the quilt and get it sent out early.  I then went back to school for a few months and ANY quilting was out of the question during that time.  The beginning of October came and I thought I should make the quilt, but something kept holding me back. When she gave birth, her baby turned out to be a boy – he was just shy in the ultrasounds.  I am glad I procrastinated now.

At the time of the birth, Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company released this pattern.  It was chosen for the “Another Year of Schnibbles” parade for that month.  I figured it would be perfect for making a baby quilt for my friend. I found most of the blues in my stash and my friend Maureen helped me with some of the others.

I really loved the way the border was pieced.  I loved it so much, I put it on the back of the quilt and around a matching pillowcase that you can see here.

I guess this was a lesson to me to wait until the child is born to make the quilt because you never know if the technicians have their information right or wrong.

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2012 Quilt Challenge

Pattern:  by Erin Russek
Size: 13″ x 13
Methods of Construction:  Hand Applique, Hand Embellshed,  Hand Quilting, Machine Piecing.
Fabrics used:  various Batik fabrics

Completed April 2012

This quilt was created for last year’s guild challenge.  The theme was applique and embellishment.  Both of the things in quilting that I have not ever done before.  I was actually afraid of appliqueing by hand – though you could do any type of applique you wanted for the challenge. You can see the other challenge quilts for 2012 here.

I chose the pattern from the blog One Block at a Time by Erin Russek.  She offers a free applique block of the month pattern every year.  I had long admired the patterns, but was not sure I could do them myself.  I bit the bullet and reduced the pattern size to ¼ to fit the challenge requirements.  My friend JoAnne taught me how to back-baste applique and I was off and running on this quilt.

This quilt was the jumping off for me to do hand applique.  While still not my favorite way to create a quilt, it is relaxing sometimes and is extremely portable.

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Pineapples

Pattern:  Pineapple Tidbits by Buggy Barn
Size:  53” x 57”
Methods of Construction:  Machine Piecing, Machine Quilting.
Fabrics used:  hand dyed fabrics

Completed November 2010

In September 2010, I took a class offered by the guild to learn how to hand dye fabrics taught by Joan Santoro.  I had a lot of fun in the class.  While taking the class, I talked to my friend JoAnne that I had always wanted to make the pattern Pineapple Tidbits by The Buggy Barn, and had always thought that hand-dyes would make it beautiful.  She agreed and we decided to both make the quilt and dye our own fabrics to make it.

I dyed the greens, oranges, and backing for the quilt in October.  JoAnn and I then met to make the quilt.  I completed the top in November 2010.  It did not take long for me to complete the quilt after the top was done – less than a month.  I showed the quilt in the 2011 Hawaii Quilt Guild Show.

It remains one of my favorite quilts.  I have reduced the pattern size to make a smaller sized block for when I need an “Aloha” quilt block for someone leaving the island.

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