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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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Island Breeze

I was honored to have a quilt shop owner ask me to quilt HER quilt for her.  She liked some custom quilting I did and wanted that look on her quilt.

The colors are so calming, I hope they translate to the computer correctly.  A light aqua and medium celery with white sashings so I named it Island Breeze!  LOL!! What looks like a variety of square fabrics is really a pre-pieced panel she bought.  What a terrific use of those fabrics!

The border squares were each quilted with a freehand design of a frond & leaf.

The wide border has leaves and fern fronds… thinking that is the new name for them!  🙂

This is quilted with Superior’s King Tut variegated thread.  It was perfect with the fabrics!

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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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Red & Black

My customer made this wallhanging to take when they visit with her friend this month.  It really is real, pure red and black; not sure why the colors are wrong in my photos.

Close-up of the freehand quilting in the blocks —

The back showing the quilting; here the colors are accurate.

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Golden Yellows & Olive Greens

This quilt is so calming and the colors are just right for fall!  I was glad to meet a new customer via one of the quilt shops.

This is a large quilt and my photography capabilities at this size are rather limited.  (Especially with my long armed men working extra hours this time of year!)   There are daffodils in the green prints!!  I loved these fabrics.

The 3 printed sections are quilted with a floral vine to fill the wide space.  Then I used variations of that in the pieced blocks, framing a flower set in each one.  The borders include parts of the main floral design using the leaves & scrolling bud branching out from the seams.

The customer was pleased and I really enjoyed quilting this design!  The quilting is all freehand and has an natural feel with slight variations to all the floral designs.

As usual, the backing showcases the quilting!

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Twister & Pinwheels

Last week L had 2 small projects for me.  A twister tablerunner that is just dynamic in her brights with a black border.   I want to show you the full top even though this photo is blurry.  Sorry!

The colors of the fabrics are just fantastic!

I gave the border a leafy bud design and the center has a meander.

Her second project is a larger wallhanging, about 40″ square.  I just love the 3-D pinwheels made with prairie points!  She’ll tack them down now that the quilting is done.

A light-medium density meander in the center helps the pinwheels stand out and I added a circular quilting design to the borders.

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Irish Chain

E made this Irish Chain in neutrals for her granddaughter’s wedding gift.   I added a custom bud/leaf combo that she had chosen to the cream squares and a double swirl meander to the remaining areas of the quilt.  E was thrilled!

One of the cream squares. They are placed in a variety of directions and they are all about the same but all a bit different.

It is about queen size.

 

 

 

 

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American Jane Charms

S made this charming wallhanging from the American Jane charm pack.

She had a good idea for quilting that she requested and sent me a photo.  A freehand leaf design around the square in a square blocks was then adapted for the border.

The 9-patch blocks have an almost pinwheel effect going on.

I loved working on this and S was happy with her quilt as well.  She plans to bind it with the green paper doll clothes fabric.  One of my favorites in the collection!

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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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A Family Memory Quilt

This family talked to me in December about making a memory quilt for the mother’s 80th birthday.  I thanked them for being another affirmation from God that my quilting business was the right step to take!

They collected the family blocks and gave them to me in mid-April.  The 2 sisters & I had worked on design ideas and we had the design and colors decided at that time as well.  They are not quilters and agreed to have me do the shopping for the fabrics.   I had about 3 1/2 weeks to make and complete the quilt.  (that’s where I’ve been in the last month!)

I’m pleased with the final quilt and so were my clients!   The sisters have both thanked me extra times and the mother who received this gift just called the other day with her thanks as well.

This large wall-hanging is 88″ x 88″ so I had a bit of a struggle getting a photo!  (Plus this was during a busy time for my husband to help me.)   This photo shows the scrappy red & blue stars.

I took this photo without the flash to show the quilting designs better.    I did basic custom quilting on this with a special border design, repeated round the center photo.   With custom freehand quilting, I was able to quilt each family block individually and customize it to their design.   Most of the quilting is with So Fine thread and the borders and special designs were with King Tut variegated thread.  I used Superior’s MonoPoly thread on the the quilting for the photos.

The center photo and one other one, I printed on photo fabric for them.  I’m thrilled with the quality of the photos on fabric.   The family requested I add a saying which I embroidered for the corners of the middle border around the photo.    The star blocks not filled with a family block include coordinating quilting in the centers.

While the quilt was still on the frame, I took this photo from the underneath side.  This shows the freehand design I used in the borders as well as around the center photo.

I added a wide sleeve across the back for hanging and the owner is thrilled to have this in her living room now to enjoy all the time.    A lovely birthday present!

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