Butterfly Strip Quilt
I went to a local workshop for this MSQC pattern and I wanted to make it look more like a butterfly. I added extra corners on the bottom and solid bodies instead of the background strip. I used a Sugar Pie by Lella Boutique for Moda jelly roll, a lightweight silky Art Gallery denim and a bamboo batting. I love how it feels! This quilt is so soft and feels so wonderful to touch with the different textures. Hooray for selfish sewing!
I designed this quilt with summer in mind. The bright cheerful colors and laid back linen just scream picnic! I decided to submit this design to QuiltCon magazine not holding out much hope that it would be accepted because my past two design had not been but I'm excited to announce it was and the pattern is now available for purchase! The quilt, (55 x 65), will also be hanging at QuiltCon next week. So exciting!! www.quiltachusetts.com
Exploring the World with Ethan
This is a Project Linus mystery quilt, which I completed and then entered into a fund raising competition for Project Linus. My quilt was selected to be in the top 30 and it is my challenge to raise funds for the cause by having quilting friends vote for my quilt. Today I am in the top seven but the campaign is still far from their goal, voting closes Friday, Feb 16. I would like to ask you all to please consider supporting my efforts to reach this goal. Please go to https://www.projectlinus.org/contest/voting/ and vote for my quilt #6 Debbi Isted. This is such a worthy cause, and very dear to my heart! Thanks so much for your consideration.
The Oak Bay Two Step
My brother in law and his wife bought a summer home not too far away from us in Oak Bay (Victoria BC). At about the same time, I saw the Two Step quilt tutorial by Jenny of Missouri Star Quilt Co. and thought it would make a nice gift for them. Craftsy was having a fabric sale so I decided to give them a try. I used the layout from the Block Magazine pattern rather than the one used in the tutorial as it suited my fabric better.
I made this adorable quilt to be raffled as a fundraiser for our Upper Elementary School’s library. My mother is the librarian there and has struggled with absolutely no budget for years. I purchased Lori Holt’s book called Spelling Bee Book and couldn’t resist making this for her. I hope whatever funds it brings will be a help to her and can make her job a little bit easier.
Ribbon Box Quilt
I made this for a friend to give her best friends new granddaughter. She wanted bold colors, no pastels or baby prints, although I used Aunt Grace's Scrap Basket on the back because it has children playing. Size is 55 x 65, the largest project I have quilted myself, using my Janome 9400. The same fabrics in the ribbons were used to piece the binding.
My Canada Sunset
This quilt started with a photograph 4X6 for my niece's graduation. Lots of fabric collecting. The 90"X 80" quilt has warm and natural under the art work, steam a seam under all applique with clear YLI thread to secure, metallic thread for waves and accent in leaves. The backing is Minky Dot, royal blue. Quilted on Janome 7700, domestic machine with matching french seam pillow cases.
Disappearing 9 Patch - 2 versions
I love the Disappearing 9 Patch! Great way to use those fabulous charm packs I'm always purchasing from MSQC. The first one is Finnegan's Happy Camper Quilt which we keep in our RV for our grandson to use when he is with us. The second was a gift for a grand niece that was born in 2016 Clara's welcome quilt. Finnegan's quilt has sashing around the blocks and is backed with Cuddle fabric and Clara's was backed with flannel fabric.
Frog Patch and Octopus
I recently made an Alphabet Sampler quilt and had some left over fabric. The theme this year is “Under the Sea” and I thought that it would be fitting to make an octopus to go with the quilt. Well, I still had some fabric left and found the Frog Patch Pattern by Me and My Sister Designs and made 2 frogs: 1 for my 3 year old niece and the other for my librarian mother. I embellished hers with glasses, lips, and the classic librarian bun. The glasses and lips are made from felt and the bun is yarn and a rolled up (clean!) sock. Each strand is meticulously hand stitched onto the frog.