Update: Quilted and bound. I just finished this "BQ" Maple Island Quilts pattern quilt top. It is a retirement quilt for a docent that worked at a museum. The large squares are from his suit jackets and the colorful lines are made from his silk ties. 90" x 108"
It's fun browsing through fabric stores and finding fabrics that are so special they just have to be used together. That's what I love about White on White for the body of pillowcase, with a cuff that is simply the perfect match. I hope the pictures are good enough for you to see the Dragonflies in the white on white, the Ginkgo white on white, and the Holly in the white on white - each of the sets have perfect cuffs to go with. These make really special gifts for an anniversary or a new home. I use the 'burrito' method for sewing pillowcases with a 27" body, 9" cuff (18" folded in half), and 1" trim (2.5" folded). It makes for a big ~35" pillowcase, but I do this for 2 reasons: a) it's easy to figure out the yardage for 1, 2 or 4 pillowcases and b) they fit standard and queen size pillows. Some may even use them on king size pillows. Posted March 31, 2019
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!”
A teacher friend of my husbands will be retiring soon and this “girly” quilt will be for her. This is the easiest way to make a charms on point quilt. Watch Jenny’s video it sure simplifies the process. This was quite fun and very easy. I pulled leftovers from my stash so I had plenty for the “piano key” border. I used a bright pink Minky on the back as it gets very cold in the winter here. I used a double heart edge to edge quilting pattern with a variegated thread in matching colors. The quilting really shows up on the white sashing and on the Minky.
For about three years I collected fabric license plates from fabric stores from all 50 states. Some of the states are represented by more than one license plate with a total of 68 plates in this quilt. I collected license plates from some states while traveling, some were given to me by friends and some I had sent to me from fabric stores in states I didn't visit. Each fabric license plate has its own cute title from the state it represents.
Inbetween quilt projects, I like to make sets of pillow cases to give as grad student graduation gifts or shower gifts to brides. I especially like using a solid Cotton Lawn for the main body, and beautiful florals for the cuffs. The cotton lawn fabric is so smooth and fine, and lovely to sleep on. I also like adding a flange trim for a touch of elegance. I use Jenny Doan's flange binding tutorial as a guideline for the flange trim.