With the flowers out of my system and the tree, oh the tree! I thought of some pictures my sister had shared of a sea gull and a heron. Would the stained glass process and my drawing ability capture the movement in her pictures? We settled on the heron. The next step was finding the right grey blue water colors she picked. This turned into a multi physical stores and even an online store search for the right fabrics. Then my Uncle saw it and wanted one...but in greens...oh, and I thought the grey blues were hard!
Have you seen all the ways quilters are using the cathedral window trick to create a new pattern? It was a tulip table runner that did it for me. It tickled my brain for more than a year until I sat myself down and started searching for poinsettia quilt blocks. A combination of a couple, samples in several sizes, and a reversal of color placement proved to be the winning combination.
I had a picture of a twisty tree in her fall glory that I wanted to quilt. But how? Then I saw the reverse stained glass process and decided to try it first in flowers. It took eight before the drawing itch was satisfied. I did Roses, Poppies, Pansies, Tulips, Wild Roses, Morning Glories, Daffodils, and Fuchsia.
The light must have been just right when we exited a quilt show to make this tree so inspiring! It took two years to figure out and then get comfortable with the process to make this wall hanging. The foliage fabric was leftovers from a quilt for my Aunt, the variety of colors were perfect.
The plight of the homeless is ever increasing. In Shenandoah County, VA local churches have partnered to sponsor families who need help with finding a home, getting a job and food. This quilt was created and made by several ladies at my church for a fundraiser.
A friend showed me the basics of quilting, I started with table runners and placemats, not thinking I could ever make a quilt. I found Missouri Star and lived all the tutorials and felt I could do this. I wanted my first one for my bed. Here’s my final project and I’m quite happy with it. I still have more to learn, but I’m excited to start another project.
Quilt #17. This was a kit from Connecting Threads called "Instructions" by Cheryl Arkison. I can still find it on google by typing in 'instructions quilt cheryl arkison tag' even though it's no longer available on Connecting Threads, but at the time it cost about $35.00 on sale. I didn't want a twin size so redid the pattern to a square throw, discarding the center design panel (which I just couldn't use because it was...not attractive) and using the cut-off yellow for the center instead, hence the name of my quilt: Checker HACK. It took one day in November 2018 to cut pieces and then I waited for our 2019 July quilters retreat to make it. It took less than two days to sew it together. Great retreat project. Finished size, 69"x69", batt is a washable wool/cotton blend and I found the perfect backing on sale at Calico Creations in Mt. Vernon, WA. Quilting pattern is large meander by long-arm quilter Lyn at Camlyn Quilts in Smokey Point, WA. Start to finish the project was 4 (non-sequential) days, including the binding which I sewed on September 20th, 2019. ........... Posted April 1, 2020