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.
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!
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.
After the orange Irish chain I figured, why not make another one! This one is a wedding gift for my step-daughter and new husband. She's from Seattle and he is British, so I had a lot of fun hunting for Seattle and British themed fabrics. I tried to fussy cut some of them, a little hard to do with a 2 1/2 inch squares. I hope they like it!
Nearly every summer we visit our good friend on Deer Isle in Maine, an artist and Veteran, who lives on the seacoast in an 1850s white-shingled farmhouse with a clapboard barn. I made this Big Wonky Stars pattern from Missouri Star Quilt Co to say thanks for his hospitality and snapped this photo in front of his studio. LA design is Star Spangled Allover by Urban Elementz.
Update: quilted and bound. Her daughter is choosing which sibling gets which quilt. I'm piecing memory quilts for my friend's long arm business. This is the third quilt made out of lovely women's clothes. Three tops, two nightgowns, a scarf, and a pair of pants were used in this quilt. Irish chain pattern. Recipients of the memory quilts are children of the lady that passed. The lovely clothes were embellished with beads, rhinestones, and texture so that she knew what she was putting on, as she was blind.