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Memory Quilt

This quilt is quite the memory quilt.  I wish my photos could capture how dear this is!  As the maker’s nearly first start into quilting, that in itself is a memory to hold.  Based on ideas from the book, A Quilter’s Diary by Mimi Dietrich, this quilt holds a rich family history!

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In the quilt, there are special blocks for parents, for their marriage, for each of their children, family name, and lots of fun memories.  Do you see there is even an Ohio Star block?  🙂

I wish you could hear the stories behind the blocks.  It is so fascinating!  The near top row of mostly cream blocks fall across the pillows on a made bed.  Great planning!  The center block of that row is an old quilt block made by her great-grandmother.  Then she repeated that block pattern across the top and my quilting in those blocks mimics the original block.

Here are some close-up peeks at the blocks and borders.

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I did custom freehand quilting on all of the quilt.  Each block is quilted to go along with the block design and I kept a swirl theme throughout the quilt.

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Elaine’s Asian Quilt

A beautiful quilter wanted her wallhanging custom quilted to highlight the center panel and accent the borders.

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My favorite is the mosaic style maze border that she added.  Just beautiful work!

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And the back showing part of the center panel quilting….

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Carole’s Baskets

This quilt is just amazing!  Pieced baskets and appliqued flowers set on point.

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She said she wanted to finish the quilt with a scalloped border so I left space on the border to allow her room to work.

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At our local guild show, I finally got to see the finished quilt!  I love her scalloped border.

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T-Shirt Memory Quilt

Several customers have asked about tshirt quilts so I finished this one using my daughter’s shirts.  I hope this helps show you a new way to have a tshirt quilt.  I like the layout with a variety of shirt sizes and the added fabric pieces between the shirts.  I used my daughter’s favorite colors and those that went well with the shirts.  It is bright because she likes bright!  Not all tshirt quilts scream like this one!!  🙂

I was able to use fronts & backs of the shirts as well as the little emblems that are above the front pockets.  I also used small designs on the sleeves.  Quite fun!

This quilt was quilted with Superior Thread, Rainbow, Gypsy which is a bright pink variegated thread.   Here is a photo of the back showing the turquoise flannel backing and the quilting.  I used a freehand floral design in the border and then a variation of that with swirls for the body of the quilt.

Let me know if you’d like me to make a tshirt quilt for you.  Of course, the price varies depending on the size you want and the number of shirts.

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Bargello

This is one of my own quilts but I’m pretty happy with the quilting so thought I’d show you.  I’ll be teaching a version of this quilt in June at my local guild if you are interested.

It is 33″ x 46″.  I used all my own hand-dyed fabrics for this.  It is very bright, but I’m loving it!

 

Here is the back since many have been interested in that view as well with this quilt.  I sewed my label on before quilting this time.

I used a double layer of batting; Hobbs 80/20 on the bottom and Hobbs Wool on the top.  It added some additional dimension to the unquilted areas but I also think it is too heavily quilted to really see the benefit this time.

This quilt will head to our daughter’s once I’m done with my workshop in June.

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Shoo Fly, Oh My!

I started this quilt at a quilt retreat in July and worked throughout the fall on the piecing.  I finished it over Christmas & New Year’s.  The pattern is called Shoo Fly, Oh My. The regular Shoo Fly block and then little ones in the sashing that make you say, “Oh my!” when you are piecing them!

I added the yummy Wool & Needle flannel for backing and with the Hobbs 80/20 batting it is so cozy on the couch!!  However, I kept forgetting to draft my men to hold it for a photo.  (Well, and the fact that I stumbled on the steps and when my back is out, my brain seems to go with it!!)

I made this from 22 fat quarters of 80’s & 90’s blue fabrics from my stash.  I added in a new tan fabric for the background.  I’m quite pleased with the quilt and that I could make something nice from the dated fabrics.  🙂

I quilted this in a circular pattern using a pantograph.  I think the circular quilting compliments the angular piecing.

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Cross-Stitch Quilts

My sister made these cross-stitch blocks with a quilt theme several years ago and asked me to make a wallhanging with them sometime.  I started this spring and then it was put on the back-burner.  I promised she have it by Christmas and she does!  🙂

I designed the layout and chose the fabrics using her paint swatches for reference.

Nancy let me have free-reign with the quilting and I knew just what I wanted to do.  Loved the pink & peach variegated thread that went with it perfectly!   As an added bonus, our parents were here when I quilted it and they just were delighted to hang out and watch the process.

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Pieceful Nights

This is another quilt I showed at the guild’s show last weekend.

The aisles were too narrow for me to get back any farther for a better photo.  It is so nice at shows to have the quilts hanging.

I made this during a 2008 Block of the Month program.  I made the optional center medallion and used their setting instructions.  Then I added the extra green border to make it closer to bed size.

The blocks have in the ditch quilting and the bigger areas and the borders have free-motion quilting.  This is the last big quilt I quilted on my home sewing machine.   I finished the piecing in February of 2009 but didn’t finish the quilting until September 2009.  I offered this quilt to my son since I finished it the year he graduated from high school.  He didn’t want it then so I’ll ask him another year.  🙂

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Endless Summer

I thought I’d take the next few posts to show you the quilts I made for myself that I took to my guild’s quilt show last weekend.

I just love the fabrics in this quilt named Endless Summer.   It has 14 pieced blocks alternating with the coordinating printed blocks.  The piecing pattern is a Schnibbles pattern but I made more blocks than the patterns suggested 9.

Endless Summer is quilted with an all-over pantograph design of flowers & swirls.  I love this pattern and while it fit with the quilt fabrics, it doesn’t detract from the pieced blocks.    I use this quilt on my side of the bed when my hubby isn’t interested in more covers yet.  Plus it is a joy to awaken to!

Pantograph designs for quilting are priced between an all-over meander and custom quilting.

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L’s Baby Quilt

This is a gift I made for L & her baby A.  Dear L is my nephew’s sister-in-law.    The 2 sisters (my nephew’s wife & her sister) are a delight to me, so I told the SIL back in December that I was adopting her as my own.  Henceforth, she had a new baby in February and since all the great-nieces & great-nephews get quilts from Great Aunt Joyce, I set out to make one for little A as well.

I knew they liked the bright pink & black combo so I was thrilled to find these fabrics to use.   At one point I considered downsizing the quilt. However, when it came time to make it, I kept it big.  It is a huge baby quilt!  More room for the new baby to grow.    🙂   The colors are most accurate in the first photo (here) and the last one.

The quilt is 48″ x 56″.  I loved the look of jumbo blocks (16″)  and think I’ll use this pattern again.

Custom quilting with variegated black & white thread.  I love the look of it!

The border has freehand flowers dancing along the edges.

And to end it all in style, striped binding cut on the bias.  A favorite touch of mine.


Sadly, this family lives 5 hours away so I shipped the quilt to them last week.  I’ll be happy to meet this new one when I can.  The embroidered label on the back has the baby’s full name and birth date.  Signed by “Great Aunt” Joyce in quotes since I’m a fake.  🙂

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