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Pattern #PAT1207 from MSQC. Jenny did a tutorial on it. My 6th quilt, made during April -Sept 2016. Entire quilt is Cotton + Steel Basics Collection, the main colors, the background and backing fabric. Finished size, 87" x 88", a little bigger than the pattern. Quilter's Dream wool batt. Free-motion quilting by Camlyn Quilts in an edge-to-edge pattern called Slinky. It shows best on the backside. I made 4 pillowcases to match. I fell hard for the Basics Collection and thought it would be great for Hunter's Star. I started with charm packs, pulled out colors I didn't want and then filled in with yardage to make it more my colors. After all the squares were done, I layed them out on the carpet, rearranging until I was satified. I took black and white photos to check the light vs dark clusters. I put on a tiny 1" border, as I really love an edge-to-edge full pattern look. Lesson learned: fabric with a huge metalic component is way heavier than regular quilting fabric, and 9 yards of it for backing adds a lot of weight to the quilt. It was on sale for $6/yard though, so...cool! I do love a sale on yards and yards of backing fabric. posted 09-22-18
Patchwork elephant tou
I saw this pattern and fell in love with it. I had absolutely no one to make it for so Milly is officially mine! She was made by piecing 2.5 inch squares into a rectangle then the elephant pieces were cut from the patchwork. I didn't have experience in toy making but enjoyed the process.
The FlowerGarden Quilt, designed by M. Golimowski
I started this quilt in 2001 as a block-of-the-month, when I pieced about half the blocks and then stashed it away, but not before one of my daughters saw it and asked if she could have the quilt, when I finished it. I pulled it out this year, when the daughter announced that she was remarrying in October. I have spent nearly every day, all summer, finishing the piecing and quilting the quilt on my home sewing machines. I kept two machines threaded with matching thread, one for seaming and one with a walking foot for quilting. I carried the quilt back and forth across the house, as I seamed and quilted, seamed and quilted, first individual blocks, then pairs of blocks seamed vertically, then columns of pairs, then center columns and outer columns, then borders. Finally, it's done, two weeks before the wedding! It's the largest quilt I've ever finished. Shh...don't tell my daughter, it's a surprise!!!
For the love of a homesick Irish man
My youngest niece 'suggested' that I make a 'hug-quilt' for her boyfriend as he was feeling a little homesick and missing his mum. He has been at university here in England and is now looking for his first job. The said homesick young Irish man is a 6 foot 3 inches tall rugby player!! What I don't think he knows is that a 'hug-quilt' has a very special meaning for my niece and I. It refers to the second quilt I made for her (she has several and has issued me with a restraining order!) when she was about 15 years old and facing extensive reconstuctive plastic surgery and very worried about it. Her hug-quilt has a special place in both ourhearts. In asking for one for her boyfriend I realised just what this young man means to her. So what could I do but make a quilt using a 'Dear Mum' jelly roll from Robin Pickens for Moda and the single Irish Chain pattern. The background fabric is a Kona Solid in 'Shale' which has a lovely green sheen to it. The wadding I've used is Quilter's Dream Puff.
I made this quilt for my granddaughter to be. She is due next March. Her name is not really Daisy - just what they are calling her. I chose these fabrics and design to tell her, “Be feminine, but strong; Be strong, but not afraid to mix things up; Love Nature, but explore all angles; Be game to try new and different thIngs.” The front is HSTs - so versatile and the back is a mish mash of ideas - soft greys, ombré, stripes and pops of colour.
Heather's Cutting Corners
My friend's daughter Heather was very close to her grandmother. Her granny made all her clothes when she was a child, and after granny passed away I inherited all her scraps and unused fabrics. This is a housewarming gift, made from all those memories.
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