Update: I quilted with Urban Elementz Nemesh's Feather's Grande. I hand bound it with a dark red. ** I made a scrappy twin size quilt top of the Cambie Quilt pattern. I'm a pattern tester for Amateur Quilting Hour. I've been making quilts for my Aunts. This is the last quilt to make for my Aunts. My Aunt picked the colors. I picked the fabrics and pattern. I hope to quilt it soon. 68.5" x 92.5"
I created this pattern to pay homage to one of North America's beautiful native creatures, the luna moth. It is comprised of mostly half square triangles, with some flying geese and quarter square components. I (self-guided) quilted this on my Simply 16 long arm on little foot frame.
This is mainly constructed from the leftovers from other projects. I saw a quilt on the wall at a quilt store and thought, "Ah Ha!" I know what to do with all those white with black and the brights from a quilt for my Aunt. I did have to buy the yellow for the border, but all the rest came from leftovers or stash. Including the antique fabric from my Mom's Stash I used for the backing! One of those old border fabrics meant for a dress or skirt from the 70's. I did a medium meander through the body, shadowing all the bright squares to they would pop. Then I just played in the yellow border. Swirls, hooks, and feathers with an occasional heart thrown in.
I love hexagon quilts and wanted to make one that was actually a hexagon shape instead of a square! This quilt is 159" around and the quilting is 1/8" apart spiral "polygons" in the "Mood Ring" itself. Not very easy to do on a domestic machine that has a lot of bulk! Someday I'll own a mid or long-arm . . . LOL! No. 20, 21 and 22 of my "I Walked the Line" Walking Foot Challenge. You can see more of my quilts at nlowequilts.com
Another from my Mother’s stash that I really wondered what to make or even do with it. An idea I had meshed well with a friend’s proposed Magic 8 lesson for our quilting group. We gave each member two 8 inch squares and a specific HST block pattern. We asked them to use one cream or white neutral and then something that matched in a darker color. When all the blocks came in I was charged with assembly and quilting. Well, some of the blocks were small and a few others had hard to make it work colors. I disassembled them and remade them. Layout was pretty easy, I just scattered the darkest purples to give it balance. Then a bunch of borders later it was ready to be quilted. Because of all the thickness at the seams I knew the center could only be quilted with a meander. I put my feathered hook in the cream border and more meander in the outside border. This poor fabric actually made a pretty quilt! So, pull out that weird fabric in your stash and give it a chance.
My mom wanted a square box bag for her coffee bar. I have made a few of these bags already, they're really fun to make, so I picked out some fabric and I think it just turned out beautiful! The pattern is free from Yoan Sewing Studio and the fabrics I used are a charm pack called Fiorella by Robert Kaufman.
This quilt is the Moda Blockheads 3 quilt. It was a block a week for all of 2020. I worked on it the whole time I was in lockdown from the Covid 19 pandemic. When I finally finished putting all of the blocks together, the quilt felt very chaotic to me and the pandemic was a chaotic time so I thought that Pandemic Chaos was an appropriate name for this quilt. It will be gifted to my sister-in-law Shelli.
I loved improv quilts many years before I tried them. I picked up a little sack of odd colored, odd patterned, 18" flannel squares at the MRC fundraiser one year. Instead of planning this quilt, I chose a solid to match or contrast with each flannel piece, then cut them to make the largest balanced blocks possible. Then I filled in with strips and arranged them as balanced as possible with respect to each color. Very happy with how this one turned out. Recently it made its way from the closet to the wall in the living room for the summer.
The winter scrap project from 2019-2020. For several years, I have endeavored to do a large quilt from scraps during the winter months. It's my way of trudging through January and February, then waiting out March for spring. With bright colors and batiks, it's hard to throw away the smaller scraps! So I used 1" black sashing and just built blocks in an assembly line. No hurry, it was a joy to work on. I just tried to keep the colors balanced as the blocks grew. Originally, I planned to make the whole quilt one large block. Again, it was just too much. Dividing it with wider black sashing helped settle it down--easier on the eye. That is, the eye can take in one section at a time without being overwhelmed about where to look. This quilt went to a lovely and loving home--always the absolute best outcome!
For my daughter's British roommate in LA. I've wanted to work in solids for a long time. I'm fascinated by doors--especially the ones people paint red to keep out evil spirits. This quilt design just evolved organically on the fly, as you can see. I just used colors that were pleasing together or NOT pleasing together from my box of solid scraps--mainly strips. I intended to use a sashing of checkered black and white squares, but it was just too much visually, so I pared it down by cutting these strips in half and adding black to both sides for a road. Designing as you go is not the easiest way to work. I was stuck on the bottom row for several weeks before it came together. Also, I took the bottom row apart twice... which is rare for me. I love the little mistakes in a quilt, like an occasional piece sewn wrong side up. But when a color snafu draws your eye to it in confusion or discomfort... that's a problem. My husband is a wildlife artist, and we discussed this top for quite awhile. He asked me, "Where does your eye go first? Then where does it move?" When I answered these questions I was able to figure out how to rework the bottom row for better color balance.