This quilt was made using Kona "citrus" solids jelly roll. Center squares were "garden treasures" purchased through Missouri Star Quilt Company "daily deal" for $1.78. White paths were made from honey buns. The pattern used was Jungle Paths free from Kona. I added an extra row to the bottom, thinking I was going to use it as a tablecloth, but it came out so pretty that I decided not to use it.
The making of charm quilts, in which no two pieces are cur from the same fabric, was popular around the turn of the century. One legend associated with the charm quilt says that it should contain exactly 1.000 different fabrics. According to the legend, when a maiden had collected exactly 999, the man she was to marry would appear, bearing the 1000th fabric. I used a few more in order for the quilt to cover my King sized bed.
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Big Star Quilt
Another one down the tube!! Over a year ago I took Jenny Doan's "Big Star" class. It started out to be a table topper, then I thought I should make it long enough to go on the back of my couch. A friend of mine pointed out that if I was going to do that, I needed to add another row so it could hang down the back of the couch so...this is the result. Finally finished it today.
While in Sarasota, FL I found a great quilt shop which had lots of beautiful batik beach fabric. I decided to make a quilt for my sister who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She wanted to recuperate from her surgery at her beach house. Hanging up at the quilt shop was a "Baby Sails" quilt. It gave me the idea to use sailboats. I used Atkinson's "Lucky Stars" pattern and substituted sailboats for the stars because I wanted a lap quilt size. Adding 3 borders brought the quilt to the size I wanted. I always use flannel fabric for the backing for extra warmth and snuggle-ness. (Is that a word?)
I found this pattern in a magazine 16 years ago. It took me a little bit to figure out how to make the blocks. I made a small sample then and have saved it, with the magazine, all these years. Now that the kids are older I thought I would give it a try. The quilt is 94 inches square. The reason I made it square was because I did end into 16 small pieces. The put those together by fours. It is done all on a regular machine.
This was a great way to use up a lot of my scraps! I made the rows longer and added more rows to make it wider as well. I use it as a bed spread on our queen size bed as a result of its larger size. This quilt is one of my favorites because my husband's aunt hand quilted it for us.
My mom and I decided to make the Disappearing Pinwheel quilt. My mom made the original version in reds and I made the churn dash version in blues and then we switched half our blocks. That way we both got unique quilts. It was easy and a lot of fun. The blocks are made out of scraps. I gave this quilt to Jill for her wedding.
"You've Got Mail"
I wanted to create a quilt for our grandson (Patrick) which would become his personal heirloom! A couple of years ago I just happened to watch the video by Missouri Star Quilt Company which showed a quilt that is composed of envelope blocks called "You've Got Mail". The fabric chosen for this quilt was a line by Tim Holtz called Eclectic Elements. The dictionary defines eclectic as "selecting what seems best from various styles, doctrines, ideas, methods, etc. or composed of elements drawn from a variety of sources, styles, etc.". This immediately painted a picture of Patrick and it's what the fabrics represent! Since he is a member of the Generation Y, web savvy, and growing up with email correspondence, as well as a history buff, I felt like this quilt idea was a blend of the old and new. The backing fabric was decided when I stumbled across the Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln. His amazing interest in history and reinactments made this the perfect backing choice. So with the procurement of fabrics, the quilting process began with many artistic decisions to be made along the way. I used a varied neutral layer cake for the background rather than white and I added a cursive script inner border and cornerstones. The label was an embroidered envelope with the "To & From" names/addresses as well as an eagle stamp, postmark and cancelled stamp with his graduation date. Inside the label envelope was a letter from us with congratulatory remarks of his achievement at The George Washington University and also explaining the meaning of quilt worthy. He loved it! Thank you MSQC!!!