This is a college graduation gift for my nephew who plans to join the Air Force. I’m very proud. Orange is his favorite color. Once again I give so much credit and thanks to Mary Ann, my LAQ. The fabric is Color Master by Art Gallery Fabrics, the Tangerine Summer Edition.
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.
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!”
I pieced 14 memory pillow tops using stabilizer on nightgowns and cotton fabric for my friend who is a longarm quilter for one of her customers. They wanted a frog included on each pillow, since the relative that passed away loved frogs. They wanted a different quilt block pattern for each pillow. My friend quilted the pillow tops and used the back of the nightgown to make an envelope back of each pillow.
I wanted to complete a challenge to make a red quilt (using reds and neutrals) to celebrate the ruby anniversary of my local guild. I found this kit and thought it fit the bill perfectly. The pineapple effect was achieved by adding strips to an initial square, and then snowballing the corners before adding another row of strips.