Monday, February 25, 2019

Photos of some of my recent quilts.

I have been busy finishing quilts. The unfinished ones were piling up in the quilting room and falling on the floor.  It was getting too messy. Even for me! So I quilted and bound 6 quilts and there are even more waiting.   

This one is a Challenge for Dee Dee Menge's fall retreat.  I am ready early! 
It still needs to be quilted and bound but the sandwich is thread basted. 
It is tiny. No title yet, it is 13" x 18"
This one is DeeDee's fault also.
I had all the scraps sewn into Half Square Triangles but they were on the design wall in a square pattern.
Then Dee Dee showed me a picture of 4 stars, made out of hst's, and so this little quilt came into being.
It is about 27" x 37" and is known as "Warp Speed, Mr.Sulu"
This little Angel has been hanging around the house for about 12 years.  The pattern, Angelz, from Stargazey Designs says 2006.  About a year ago I refound her, and framed her with the scrappy blocks.  She rested like that for a while until the Minot Quilt Show (this coming March) sent me a registration form and their Challenge this year is to use piecing, applique, color or paint and dimensional embellishment. I found the border fabric which matched the center background and finished her up.  She is quilted with 12 weight thread in the scrappy bits and Glide 40 wt. white in a serpentine stitch in the background.  This picture was taken before I rouged her cheeks.  Note the cat pin at her feet.  I bought it in Montana when I was visiting family last year.   She is about 18" x 27 " and is called, brilliantly, Scrap Angel.    


This is the block I made as a sample for a beginner's Quilting class at Gail's Flutterby Quilt Store in Mayville.  The class was to make a Wonky Stars runner.  The ladies were not really beginners but they said they just wanted to restart quilting after not doing it for years.  They did great!   I made three stars for their samples but instead of a runner I made a quilt out of them.  
Here is the complete quilt.  The friend who gave me the half yard of the cat fabric has a young daughter and that is where this quilt is going.  Don't tell her. It is backed and bound with a golden yellow Cuddle that just matches the stars in the body of the quilt. Sadly this picture was taken before it was quilted or bound.
The Stars are made with nine 5" squares and each one measures about 14" unfinished. 
The body of the quilt is a yard of fabric.  It finished at about 42" x 50".
I have another one ready to sew the large piece of fabric onto the three stars...
This quilt was made to fit just behind my Lime green and silver tinsel Christmas tree.  It is a cat fabric called Jingle Cats.  A very simple pattern that was, once again, from Dee Dee Menge.  It is backed with scarlet Cuddle and bound with a red cotton fabric.  This picture was taken before the quilt was bound because it was Christmas and I didn't have time to bind it! I is now bound but not photographed...:-( 48" x 54"
More Christmas quilts. 
This tiny little table runner was a "class" at the Opherphun Retreat last November.

Here it is without cat embellishments.
This was going to be the Christmas Quilt behind the  Tinsel Tree but then I found the Jingle Cats fabric so this is still in a box.  I think I had sewn two or three strips before it got bumped.  :-(  I have been looking for it a little bit this last week.  It is one of those things that is in a "safe" place.
This is my "Black Cat Whirlwind" One Block Wonder Quilt.  It is 83" x 100 inches and will fit on our Queen sized bed.  This is just after I had decided on the inner and outer borders and sewn them on.  These difficult design decisions (borders) need the help of my Twisted Sisters Quilting buddies.  Thanks Ladies!
The following pictures are closeups of the quilted top before I put the binding on.  Also some detail shots of the quilting done by my friend Lois Koester.  Thanks Lois.  I love what you did.



Cat approved!

Lois calls this quilt pattern the Sand dollar.

I love the border vertical stripes. They go up to the points of the inner black border.
She also ditched the beige inner border perfectly. 
It is only 1/2 inch wide and she ditched it on both sides!  Amazing

This is another One Block Wonder.
It was not sewn by me but by my student Marion.  She was at one of Faye's retreats where I was teaching a class and she wanted to learn the cubes.  You notice she put quite a few in her quilt!  She finished it up at the Opherphun Retreat and I got a picture.   It is going to her daughter for a wall hanging because it is the same material as the quilt that Marion made for her.  
This Two Fabric Bargello pattern is addictive.  This one is still unquilted and the one below is not completely sewn yet.  Already I want to do another.  These are also the fault of Dee Dee Menge.  I don't know if I could quilt without her inspiration.  They are wall hanging size.  About 45" x 60". 
This one is still two fabrics but I cut the secondary fabric into two strips and separated them a little bit. I am sewing it slowly while I play with a few other things.

This is a bag I made for my Stripology Squared ruler after I decided I needed to protect it.
I broke one of the half inch separations somehow.  Grrrr.
(I repaired it with Sally Hansen Hard As Nails clear nail top coat.)
The bag is made with a foam batting so it is soft but strong and the front pocket fits the Mini Stripology Squared ruler.  Both pockets also have room for a cutting mat.  The larger one is a folding mat so it is really nice and big.  :-)

Helen Howes pattern "Twelve Trees".
Helen is a British quilter and I love her improv work. 
You can buy the pattern online and download it.  I used a few more than 12 trees
and only Benartex Fossil Fern fabrics. It is about 45" X 48".
A scrappy quilt.  The binding, not shown in this picture, is a black repeat of the tiny inner border.  I have lots of fun playing with my scraps to make the blocks for this.  I think the black and white stripe helps quiet it down a bit. I am really enjoying making these smaller quilts.  Again this is a lap size one. 
Finished about 48" x 54"

I can see three more unfinished quilts from where I am sitting at my sewing table.  I will try to keep up with them a little better.  I will update the posting when I get pictures of the completely finished quilts.  I promise...LOL.
Hugs,
Nancy