Thursday, September 8, 2016

I have been working on a new quilt with appliqued butterflies and pieced flowers.  Here is the EQ design.  I will be changing the colors in the final quilt.

I had a lot of trouble piecing the flowers so changed the patterns to paper pieced blocks. Problem solved.

Here are some the the 12 appliqued butterflies.

These were all in the blues and aquas.  I ave also used reds, yellow, orange, etc. Also, each pair are mirror images of the patterns, but not the colors.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

About a year ago, July or August,  I was talking to my sister Louise.  I was telling her I would be putting two quilts in the East Idaho State Fair, one was Davids Wild Jewels, that I made for him last year. She asked when she was going to get a quilt from me.  I had been planning to do a lone star quilt as a gift for Christmas.  Her husband is from Texas.  She immediately asked for a red and white quilt. My heart sank, because the Lone star quilt was one I had done a few years ago and only needed to be quilted.  "Wouldn't you like a nice starburst quilt with yellow and other fall colors?" No, she had her heart set on a red and white quilt. OK...

I didn't have much red in my stash.  Orange and red are not my favorite colors.  So I started acquiring red fabrics.  While doing that, I started looking at patterns and finally decided on a feathered star quilt.  I only have a domestic machine, so I usually sew larger quilts in strips, sort of like quilt as you go.  David and Mike's quilts were done in strips.  I quilt the strips of blocks leaving about 1-2 inches unquilted where the strips join Then I sew the top pieces together, join the batting with strips of lightweight fusible interfacing and then join the backing by hand.  Turn it over and finish the quilting over the new seamline, go on to the next strip, etc.  This makes a secure join of the strips and is not very noticeable.

Here is the EQuilt pattern:

I did the split between the top and bottom rows of 16 inch star blocks and the center block and its two flanking blocks: 3 widthwise strips to quilt. By the way, the center of the large center star is also a feathered star 9.25 inches square.  It replaces the white octagon in the center.  I also split the borders and quilted the long side borders after joining the strips.  The print I used for the outside border hardly shows the fact that it is in three pieces.  As usual, I didn't get a good picture of the quilt when it was finished.  I had to mail it right away to get to Virginia in time. Here are the pictures I did take:

  Just getting started with the blocks. See the tiny feathered star in the center of the 33 inch center star. I love paper piecing. I used it for all the 16 inch starts too.  I used it for the "feathers" of the large star.

  Tiny machine, big star.  I did feathered circles and half circles in the white spaces.

Above, the joins in the print border are not even noticeable.

These are the best pictures I have of this quilt.  I want to do another feathered star (glutton for punishment) and do the center as a color wheel with a different color in each star point,  and each outside star in a corresponding color.   That's on my bucket list for now.

At one of the quilt guild meetings, I won a packet of 5 inch squares.  I generally don't buy anything smaller than fat quarters.  I was puzzled what to do with them.  The colors were very bright and fun.  I looked through my stash and found plain colors that matched the blocks and made little fans.  I used a rainbow rickrack on the curves and a piano key border from the solids.  It hasn't been quilted yet, but it turned out nice. I showed it off at the next quilt guild meeting. I bought enough of the rainbow rick rack to use in the binding, too.

Here are some of the quilts I have done in the past few years.

Here is a quilt I made for my brother David.  He is a wildlife biologist for the Forest Service here in southern Idaho.  I had the animal picture fabric for years.  You never know when something will be just the right fabric!  I wish I had a better picture.  You can just see the youngest members of the guild holding it up for the guild to see.

When I was just about done with David's quilt, I asked my other brother, Mike, what kind of pattern he was interested in, and he pointed to this quilt, finished and folded on the back of the couch, and said I want that one.  I think it is very nice. His version of "very pretty".  So I said he could have it on Christmas, when we gave out the presents.  Again, I don't have very good pictures.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hi all. I have been absent for a couple of years.  I was not designing and just let my blogs slide.

I have a question about patterns that I would love feed back on. I have 3 patterns published and had a Four Seasons series in a magazine. I love the designing, and construction of the tops, but have a hard time getting them quilted, and detailed patterns written.  I was wondering if any of you would be interested in buying patterns that are what I would call " bare bones" patterns. 

 I would include a picture of the unquilted top, some general fabric requirements, templates and/or placement diagrams and any hints as to how to complete the top. I would then leave it up to the individual to make any changes they wanted. I hate writing up detailed instructions and I very seldom use them anyway, except for diagrams and templates. These would usually be "stash" type quilts or as I call them "Planned Scrappy". I thought I could charge about $5 each and list them on ETSY or some other pattern outlets as PDF downloads. When I finally get the top quilted I could change out the old picture for the quilted one.

 Does this sound like something any of you would be interested in? I have more ideas than time to work on them and this way I could get to more of the fun stuff! I will try to show my latest project soon.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

McCall's Design Star Contest

Hi all.  
I have been working on a quilt for the McCalls Design Star contest. I had to enter as a professional because of my quilt patterns and having sold the Seasonal Mat series to McCall's Quick Quilts. Anyway, here is my entry, number 31 in the professional division.

I think it turned out pretty good.  When I was in college, one day when it started to rain, the many colored umbrellas started popping open like flowers.  That is where I got the idea.  The pattern curved piecing, but could be done as applique.  I have never had many problems with curves.  After mastering the set-in sleeve, for clothing, this seems kind of easy.  

I hope you like it and vote for my entry, there is a link on the right hand side of the blog that will take you there, 

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Owl Party quilt

This is the newest pattern I am working on. I have the pattern almost ready for testing. What do you think?

I love scrapy quilts. It was fun finding three related pieces for each owl.

I have just a little of the pansy print left. It is so happy looking.

The body fabric is acually a scale print I bought to make dragons from, but it looks great here.

I love the paisley print for the belly, and the wings are from a scrap of ocean print fabric I had.

If anyone is interested in testing this pattern or the elephant pattern, email me.

I use the freezer paper applique method I show in a previous post for the Valentine's Day quilt.