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Northwest Grand Adventure
For my grandson's wedding quilt, Missouri Star Grand Adventures pattern seem to fit the bill. He enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and other outdoor activities that the northwest has in great abundance. The quilt size 93” x 90” is a generous size. I selected the digital print Wildwood Way 10 inch layered precut Handpicked Exclusively for MSQC from RJR Studio. The background of light green/white small checked fabric called “Flourish” by Natalia and Kathleen of Piece-n-Quilt from Moda Fabrics. The 20 large blocks 15” x 18” allowed for the beautiful patterns of the fabric to shine. I also added complementary batiks from my stash collection. I embroidered and quilted northwest woodland scenes and designs and I incorporated one of the background blocks with the wedding couple's name and wedding date. Sewed matching pillowcases from the remaining fabrics.
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My sister and her husband purchased a lovely piece of property in the country, with a barn as the only building. For several years, they have been converting the barn into a home, which they recently moved into. Unknown to her, I started a couch throw for her in 2020, using Donna Jordan's "Ribbons" pattern and two packages of precut 5-inch squares from a line called "Urban Farmhouse". My sister told me that her new home would be decorated with neutrals (browns, greys, and black), which are her favorite colors. As I lay out the fabric pieces, I decided to add more variety with browns and blacks from my fabric stash. so I ended up with a larger quilt. When I finished quilting and binding the throw, this year, I named the quilt "Farmhouse" and mailed it to my sister as a surprise housewarming present. She declared it "perfect," and is using it as a topper over a neutral, solid-colored spread in her master bedroom. I am pleased that she loves it!
Window Pane Garden
Remember the border print fabric from the 70's? They were used to make the Sheath dresses. In my Mom's stash was one cut out in blues and fabric for another in pinks. We thought they would make neat wall hangings. When the fabric popped to the top of the To-Do pile, I thought they would look the best as the window looking out to the garden. After a google image search I found one that more closely resembled the idea in my head. While the narrow strips and Y-seams were a bit challenging it was more challenging to make sure the sashings were perfectly lined up when putting it all together. Using my chalk pencil I transferred the intersections on the long white strips. It worked really well! I only had to adjust (unsew) one intersection! We will now have to go on fabric safari's to find the perfect border prints. We want them to resemble wallpaper in the room. Not sure what that is until we audition a bunch of fabrics! I am planning on stitch in the ditch for the sashings and will do a lot of stitching around the flowers in the garden. I sent my Mom the picture of the blue one and she immediately claimed it. Which is exactly what I expected to happen, What I didn't expect is she wanted another one in the pinks for my Aunt. Yikes! Had to go shopping for the fabrics as the first was created from bits of grays in my stash. I was able to create 5 kits with pattern out of the remaining fabrics. (just the window, no outside border fabric included) I have 1 of the blue and 2 of the pink left. See my profile for contact information.
I needed a wedding gift for a young couple at church. I loved how easy Jenny's tutorial was. This was one of the fastest quilts I've done. The fabric is Berry Sweet by Wilmington Fabrics. I used flowers and cherries quilting pattern. I also had a few charm squares left over so I made a picnic basket cover and two napkins. I added a couple snaps to hold the cover onto the basket. I rolled up the quilt and put it inside the basket. The couple was so grateful. As Jenny said: "Keep dating the rest of your life"
I offered to make a quilt for my 11 year old grandniece. She picked out the pattern and the fabric. This is the first quilt I have done on a long arm machine with a pantograph. I love the way it turned out. My cat, who runs my quality control department, approves. The pattern is split pinwheels by Orange Dots Quilts. It is available at orangedotsquilts.etsy.com The pattern resulted in lots of extra half square triangles, so I made several pillows.
Disappearing Hour Glass
This is the first of several quilts I’m working on for Christmas presents for my 6 adult children . This quilt is actually my second quilt. I used a layer cake named Coral Canyon and a white layer cake from Missouri Star Quilts. I am now in the process of adding the borders one 3 inch border of sea foam and emerald green and one 4 inch border of Coral Canyon of coral reef. The son that this is going to is the Captain of a crew/supply boat in the gulf out of Venice Louisiana.
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