Quilt Archive

Friday, June 23, 2017

No Worries!

Greetings Blog Friends!

I thought I would share the pages I made last night at Scrapping Group.  Thanks to my daughter, Kristy, for the design and leading us through successfully.  

The paper is from Close To My Heart "No Worries" paper packet.  Tropical in theme, it will be perfect for Florida or Hawaii pics (yes, friends, thinking about a trip to our 50th state next year!).

Here are the pages:

Meanwhile, back to the sewing machine.  More Show and Tell next post....

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Prismatic Rainbow

Hello Blog Friends,

One day a few weeks ago, I was out shopping and making the rounds of our local quilt shops.  One of my stops was Keep Me In Stitches quilt shop in Appleton.  KMIS is a smaller size shop, but it is packed to the rafters in quilt ideas and fun fabrics.  You can find them on Facebook.

The owner, Jacqui, has been running a Stash Busting Club since the beginning of the year.  Remember Seeing Red?  That pattern was the January installment.   I missed the next two projects, as I was tied up with other things.  The latest club project covers June and July and is based on this pattern:  

Switchback by Jacqui's daughter, Amy.  

I came home with the pattern and dug through my fat quarter stash, and found 12 fabrics suitable for a rainbow quilt.  I chose small, mostly tone-on-tone prints in various colors of the rainbow.   I wanted a slightly larger quilt, so I added the border and chose black, which makes the rainbow really pop!   The center rainbow section is heavily quilted in rows and rows echoing the zig-zag of the pattern.  Here is my rendition of this pattern:

I call it Prismatic Rainbow, and it is a done deal (finished with binding!).  This quilt will stay in my own collection.

A riddle for you:  What is Red and White and Black Allover?  My next project, of course.  Tune in next time for details.


Hello Blog Friends!

I have been very busy since my last post several weeks ago.  Multi-tasking is my middle name this month.  I have actually been working on four different projects, and I'll share them with you in the coming weeks.  First, however, is Flame...

As you can see, Flame is finished.  This is definitely a modern piece, somewhat of a departure for me, as I tend to prefer more traditional designs.  Every now and then, however, a pattern catches my eye and VoilĂ  , another modern design is added to my repertoire.

I first saw this wall quilt several years ago at Going to Pieces Quilt Shop in Appleton. The pattern is from the Modern Applique Workbook by Jenifer Dick. I used a fused, raw edge applique technique on the flames. Raw edges are sewn down with a blanket stitch. The background "sky" and "water" are both heavily quilted, which is also a departure for me. I used an echo quilting technique in the "sky" portion to suggest heat waves emanating from the flames. The "water" portion is quilted by free motion lines, close together and in a back and forth pattern. This is to suggest movement in the water.  The flames themselves are quilted very little, in order to make them stand out from the background.

My husband, Denis, will be making a wooden decorative wall holder for this item.  Soon it will be adorning my living room wall!

Till next time...

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Up in Flames

Hello Blog Friends!

No, things are not as dire as this post's title suggests...Just a little play on words from me to get your attention.

A little bit about my current project...it is a modern wall art quilt, somewhat outside my usual more traditional quilts.  I saw the finished sample in the store and it has the desired effect on me...I bought it.  

This is an applique quilt, and I have chosen to use a blanket stitch, however with thread matching the fabric piece, so the shapes seem to float on the background.  

Here are the main fabrics I'm using for this project:
 Shades of fabric from deep red to pale yellow.
Here is a close up of the fabrics.  I like them because of the gold accents.

Oh...and a little hint of the piece's name....Flame.   I'll let you ponder on that one until next time....