A few years ago I bought a Fatquater bundle of gorgeous orange and terracotta civil war reproductions. I had a pumpkin theme in mind. But somehow I never got started...until I saw this amazing living room my friends created. On a black tiled floor stood a huge terracotta sofa. All of a sudden I had this vision of orange charms and dark framing. To add a bit of sparkle some yellow and cream toned charms were introduced. The quilt finally got rather big and the quilting was quite a job.
I recently got back into sewing and am in the process of making quilts for my family. This one is for my daughter-in-law, Ashtyn. I saw the pattern on a magazine and recreated it using colors from her wedding and glittery fabrics since she's a glitter girl. She is also a pokemon fan and there is a square devoted to searching for a pokemon.
My brother-in-law requested this pattern quilt while watching me viewing a Jenny Dolan Y-tube. He requested I sew it on his grandmother's Singer treadle. It was most difficult item for me as cutting and even seams are not my best thing and this is a must for this pattern. Longarm professional Karen Marchetti did the quilting and made the blocks pop for sure.
I picked this pattern by Southwind Designs to make a quilt for my brother and sister in law. The look of it seemed to fit their San Antonio home. I bought the background fabric, but pulled the rest from my stash, building up from the maroon flower centers. I cut out the pieces one weekend, and put them together the following weekend. The overall effect was truly gorgeous. They were both very happy with the quilt.
This quilt started as a pile of neutral and white fabrics, embellished with touches of metallic silver. It sort-of “grew” on its own, without a pattern. When I decided to applique some of Jenny’s Wonky Star blocks onto the starry/snowy border, my granddaughter appeared at my side and exclaimed, “Grandma, the stars match the trees!” I couldn’t resist…..”There’s a story about that,” I said: “Once, there was a grove of young pine trees growing in the mountains. The trees wished and wished that someone would come to decorate them for Christmas, but no one came. A bunch of wonky stars in the sky heard their wishes and felt their disappointment. The stars began to shimmer and shine more brightly than the other stars in the sky. Magic stardust sprinkled onto the snowflakes, which fell to the grove below and covered each young pine tree with its own silvery, patterned blanket that matched the Wonky Stars. And the pine trees were beautiful and happy!” “Aaaah,” nodded the granddaughter, “so THAT’S what happened!”
My friend and I made this purple mushroom quilt for my friends husband to give to his wife for her birthday (she loves mushrooms and purple). My friend paper-pieced the mushrooms at a retreat months ago. We cut and sewed the remaining part of the quilt all day today. Her friends are visiting in four days. Quilt is 63" square. Mushroom pattern is from the book "A Paper-pieced Garden: 27 Mix-and-Match Blocks Plus Unique Quilts" by Maaike Bakker and Francoise Maarse
I drew this pattern out on graph paper and had two colors in mind. This one I have made 2X's. I gave this one away to a great nephew for graduation last year. I guess this was the only gift he received and won't take it off his bed. I did an overall quilt pattern and made a label also, but I haven't found any pictures of when it was completed. I must of forgotten to take some before it left my house.