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54, forty or fight
I like the illusion of curved piecing in the 54 forty or fight quilt pattern. I watched the Missouri star tutorial which really simplified the piecing. I used two different gray fabrics in the background with the lighter in the center blocks which kind of gives a medallion effect. I wanted to quilt it simply and quickly but of course that didn't happen.... Feathers, swirls, and curved dot to dot with a ruler. This is for the full size bed in the guest room. Quilt is 88x82 inches so has a nice drop on the bed. Now just need to make a couple of coordinating shams....
Quilt #13. Edyta Sitar/Laundry Basket pattern and their Blue Sky fabric collection with Michael Miller's Cotton Couture cream for the background and backing. Quilters Dream wool batt. Finished size 89" x 95" (original pattern size was 64" x 82"). Started 06-24-18 and finished 03-07-19. Took my time with this one! The pattern used the Blue Barn fabric collection from Laundry Basket Quilts, but I liked the Blue Sky collection so much more ~ it's brighter and has more contrast plus it has lilacs and hydrangias, my favorite flowers. I picked the fabrics I liked best from that collection, plus enough more for an extra vertical row of houses and three borders to make it big enough for my bed. Just for fun I cut one house in reverse and put it in the center of all the houses. I mitered the borders, which was easier than I thought it would be and so worth the elegance it added, and I made two pillowcases to match. Our long-arm quilter, Lyn of Camlyn Quilts in Marysville, WA, did an edge-to-edge feather meander inside the cream border, curls in the cream border and then curling vine feathers in the three outer mitered borders. She did an amazing job joining the vines together at the corners, so pretty. . . I love this quilt. posted 080219.
Summer In The Park
Wanted to make a quilt for my brother and sister-in-law and also use up some jelly rolls I had in my stash. The tutorial by MSQC worked out perfect. I had this pattern on my list of quilt patterns to try. Really like how it turned out and would really like to keep for myself but I know my sister-in-law is going to love it!
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One Fish Two Fish
I went to see my Aunt Martie after about 50 years. She is 92. I told her I would be making her a quilt. She likes a lot of color and she lives at Vero Beach, FL. I thought an ocean theme would be perfect. Her and Uncle Henry used to go to Bermuda so I added some Beach huts, ocean shells and creatures, a beach sign that says "Life's Better in Bermuda" and a sailboat. I used fabric margins in the sailboat mast about a Cookie Jar for fun! They absolutely loved the quilt. She also said "Make me 2 and I will pay you." I did not care about the money but she insisted! I have never had anyone with enough moxie to ask for 2 but I thought: "When you are 92, you can ask for WHATEVER you want!" I used ombre fabrics in rainbow colors and a strip race quilt was the other pattern.
Tic Tac Toe
I used at least 6 charm packs with metallics in most of them to make this Laundry Basket Quilts pattern. I made the blocks bigger than the pattern, tho. It’s an anniversary gift. Wish it was for MY anniversary! The pictures can’t do this quilt justice. They are Star Wars fans and her name is Rachel.....this the backing....
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Wedding gift for John (Hunter’s Star)
I started this quilt last year to give to my husband on our wedding day. I was first introduced to quilting by his mother who pasted away 2 years before we were married. We were married in June. Needless to say, it wasn’t finished on time. The other thing I should tell you is, he and I were marrying for the second time. We were reacquainted via Facebook in 2012 after no communication for almost 30 years. The next year, I lost both my sons under separate circumstances. John and I were together when they were children. Our splitting was my doing, but I could not forget him. My children’s deaths just intensified my feelings for him. After a grieving period and many, many notes and posts, I finally declared my feelings in 2016 on Christmas Eve. Moments after hitting the send button, he made it clear that he felt the same way. We met up in January. Our circumstances that prevented us from being together are complicated. That being said, we were only able to be together 6 or 7 times a year. During our second reunion in February, he asked me to marry him. We were planning our new lives, when in March, his mother passed away. I need to add that during this same period, I was reacquainted with my ex-mother-in-law. She and I talked for hours. I think I missed his family as much as I did him. She told me she knew John still loved me and she was so happy we had plans to be together again. Due to said complications, John knew nothing of the subject of our extensive talks. His mother’s death sent him reeling. We were not to see each other until June of 2017. After many emotional ups and downs and logistic obstacles, we were finally engaged on Christmas Eve 2018. I started this quilt in June 2018, determined to make the quilt, as I told his mother I would. I found the fabrics at Joanne Fabrics and cut the fabrics all by hand (no precuts). Honestly, I didn’t know any better, but I don’t think I could have found this theme in precuts, so I guess ignorance is bliss. Our last year has been a whirlwind. Between moving and buying a house together and planning our wedding, the quilt got put on hold. I was not sure how to proceed. Finally able to take a breath, I finally had time to explore Missouri Star Quilt co. I am so glad I did. The tutorials have been a real eye opener. Now I have the knowledge to make this quilt so much better than I originally planned. Along with the patching in the first picture, I plan to add a black inner border, another border of small arrow shapes, a second inner border and a 6 inch outer border and a contrasting binding. The backing is on back order but I won’t need it for a little while. We have a queen size bed but we are both blanket hogs. This thing is going to be huge!
Oh the joys of getting a cute fat quarter bundle, only to realize you can't do what you wanted to do with it. The majority of prints were one directional, or so big that cutting them wouldn't do the fabric or quilt justice. While we waited on Hurricane Dorian to leave the Bahamas, I worked on quilt tops. This baby quilt, is for the next baby shower. It wasn't what I had planned at all, but I love it all the same.
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