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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Oz

Pattern:  Yellow Brick Road by Terry Atkinson
Size58.5” x 85”
Methods of Construction:  Machine Piecing, Machine Quilting.
Fabrics used:  various fat quarters and yardage

Completed March 2013

This quilt was my first quilt I started after I joined the Hawaii Quilt Guild in 2007.  It was offered as a mystery class during a retreat shortly after I moved to Hawaii.  My friends Stacy and Mary Ruth, took me around the island to show me all the quilt stores – I bought the fabric during this trip for the mystery quilt class.

This was everyone’s first introduction to my “lime green obsession”.  When I first made the quilt top, I thought it reminded me of Neapolitan, cherry, and pistachio ice creams, so I called it “Triple Scoop”.  It remained a top from 2007 to 2013, when I decided that I wanted to showcase my time in the guild and this was the perfect top to complete to show the start of my time with the guild.

Bolstered by the success of taking part of my Fleur de Lis applique motif and turning it into a quilting motif, I photocopied part of the border fabric and made the flower motif that adorns each block.

That evening after completing the quilting of this quilt, my husband and I went to see the movie “Oz, The great and powerful”.  I thought it funny that the quilt I worked on that morning was a “Yellow Brick Road” quilt.  Then it hit me – I needed to change the name of the quilt.  I decided to change the name to Oz.

This quilt will forever remind me of the first few months of Hawaii and the fun I had at the class and visiting all of the quilt shops around the island with new friends.

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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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Anuenue

Pattern:  Traditional 12-step Dresden
Size:  17.5” x 17.5”
Methods of Construction:  Hand Applique, Machine Piecing, Machine Quilting.
Fabrics used:  hand dyed fabrics

Completed February 2013

I made this wall-hanging for a blog hop (a listing of different blogs all talking about the same subject, organized by one or two “host blogs”) in February.  It was called “Dare to Dresden”.  I had seen it advertised to gather participants.  I suggested to my friend Maureen that she should join the blog hop; she had the cutest little mini Dresden quilt she could showcase.  The more I thought about it though, the more I had wanted to join too.  I had never made a Dresden quilt of my own before.

When I thought about what fabrics to use, my immediate response was “Rainbow”.  I had previously created my own hand-dyed fabrics and knew one of the basic learning to mix the primary colors was to make a 12-step rainbow.  I dyed the fabrics.  The only problem… most of the Dresden plate templates I came across was for a 20-part Dresden.  Even the “EZ Dresden tool that I ordered was for a 20-part Dresden.

What to do?  I didn’t want to waste the fabrics that I had hand-dyed and I really wanted to use them in this project.  After many attempts of Googling “12-step Dresden”, that I came across an actual pattern.  It showed how to make your own.  I then drafted the size of circle that I wanted to use and then divided it into twelve parts to make a template.  From there I completed it like any normal Dresden.

The cross-hatching in the background was gridded with tape and I used scraps for the binding.  To see more photos about this quilt plus a tutorial on how to make the binding visit here.

I have seen rainbows from day one since I came to Hawaii and this made me think of all of those beautiful rainbows.  I had to look up on Google what “Rainbow” meant in Hawaiian – “Anuenue”.

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Steelers

Pattern:  Cathedral Windows
Size:  11.5″ x 12″
Methods of Construction:  Hand Applique, Machine Embroidery,  Machine Piecing.
Fabrics used:  Moda Bella Solids

Completed April 2013

My husband, a die-hard Steelers fan probably has a lot of available Steelers paraphernalia.  He has been a fan since he was a boy.

A few years ago, I made him a quilt for when he is on the couch lounging.  He wanted me to put that one in the show, but it has been well-loved.  I also don’t think he could be without it for that long either!

This past Christmas, I had seen an image and realized that the logo of the Steelers looked like Cathedral windows!  After researching how to make them, I decided to make him a small wall-hanging to put in his home office after we move.

It was a labor of love, because I kept not wanting to finish the project.  I finally decided to honor his wishes and put at least one of his Steeler’s quilts in the show!

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