Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas Quilt

I made this quilt while in Singapore -- it was for a challenge -- I didn't win.  I got the idea for the quilt from Hallmark Christmas wrapping paper.  It's hand & machine pieced & quilted & I used sashiko stitching to look like swirling snow.  And also around each snowflake.  Call me crazy.

Family Photo

We took this family photo -- Adam, Bob, Teddy, Sue & Jay -- on Thanksgiving day, 2010.  It snowed briefly so we took advantage & went out on the deck & Adam set the timer on the camera & ta-da -- we used this pix for our Christmas card this year -- the first cards we've sent since 2002.  We were due.

Oh Christmas Trees

The smaller, foyer tree is a fake one -- we decorate it using all white lights & snow-related decorations.   The great room tree is decorated with multicolored lights -- I know -- that's so last year!  But we can't help it -- we love the multicolored lights & we caved for outdoors & went all white this year but inside, we're sticking with the colorful lights.  And we've been using red, plastic beads for years as the garland -- we love that too -- it's a bit hard to see here.

Marie's Apron

I made this apron for my friend Marie -- she supplied the main fabric -- it is Batik she bought in Indonesia; I added the pink with white polka dots to make it more "retro" style.  And also the Very Cute Buttons.  She loved it.

The Mantle & A Snowman Party

The first two pix are from our mantle; the last pix is obvious -- it's a snowman party if I ever saw one!

Christmas Pillows

Here are some pillows I've made over the years -- mostly while living in Singapore, except for the last one which is needlepoint.  It's official -- I don't like to do needlepoint.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Geisha Pillow

I made this counted cross-stitch pillow for my friend Cheryl.  I sent it to her recently & she loves, loves, love it!  Makes me so happy.  It took me 16 mos. to complete -- there are glass beads & gold thread throughout.  Then to say "Thank You," Cheryl sent me several jigsaw puzzles.  I love to do puzzles.  And wintertime is perfect for puzzling.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Emily & Jeff's Table Runner

I've been lax -- I've been remiss -- it's been over a month since I've added anything new to my blog.  'My bad!

I just finished Emily (my niece) & Jeff's (her future husband as of October 30, 2010) table runner.  Yay.  I did the photos outside in the front of our house.  Fall is in the air & it's lovely.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Library Window Display

Today Kathleen (my book-mending mentor at Parkland Library) & I set up the display window case in the entryway of our community library.  It was fun!  The theme is, obviously, Contemporary Quilts.  We had no idea what we were going to do until we started doing it.  I brought along spring rods, bamboo quilt rack, double stick tape, signs & quilt books & we took it from there.  This is the end result.  It will stay on display for about a month until the next volunteer showcases their idea.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Peachy Paisley Cabin

These are dustier & more muted color choices than I normally make -- I was experimenting.  Machine pieced; hand & machine quilted.  June 2006.

Butterflies are Free

This quilt started with the center square way back when I lived in Taipei -- I was learning how to hand applique.  After I became more experienced, I decided to use it in the center of a quilt & build off of it.  And there you have it.  The color purple in person is deeper & less bright than pictured here.  I hand quilted it -- good grief -- all of those stitches! 

Monday, August 16, 2010

Shanghai Bricks

I bought this fabric while visiting my friend Vreni in Shanghai.  It was thicker, less refined fabric so I wanted to make a quilt with big pieces.  This pattern fit the bill.  I made two throw pillows to match.  Machine pieced & quilted; July 2006.

Asian Star

This quilt was made for another ANZA quilt group challenge.  Use a star in your quilt -- that was the challenge.  I chose the very cute fabric with Asian figures & chose complimentary fabrics to go with it.  The pattern is Hunter Star.  The quilt is lap sized & is machine pieced & long-arm machine quilted in Easton, PA. May 2006.

Butterscotch Plaid

I love plaid!  This was made using a lot of plaid in warm, rich colors.  Machine pieced, hand & machine quilted.  ~46"x 52"; February 2006.

Nine Kimono

This is such a simple pattern but so appealing.  Japanese inspired fabrics were used for each kimono.  A friend took it to Australia to be long-arm machine quilted -- it was my first time doing this.  The quilting is lovely -- not too busy.  And again I made an interesting back.  ~40"x 48"; August 2001.

Batik Batik

I made this double bed sized quilt in two weeks & burned dinner while in a quilt-making trance.  Once I started it, I couldn't stop until it was finished.  I used all batik scraps & simply cut squares -- 3-1/2" I think -- & placed them on the floor in a pleasing pattern, then started sewing.  This is one of the first backs that I made interesting.  And after this one, I now make almost all of my quilt backs pieced.  Machine pieced, machine quilted. September 2000.

Jay's Graduation

I made this double bed sized quilt for Jay when he graduated U. of Delaware in 2007.  I used an Indian tablecloth for the back of the quilt.  Batiks were used for the front -- all cut in 3-1/2" squares.  It's such an easy quilt to make -- the pieces were chosen not by random but rather I laid them out into a pleasing design, then sewed them together.  Some people like to make this type of quilt by placing the squares in a bag & choosing one by one & sewing, no matter how they look together.  I can't do anything blind like that.  I rather like to see how it will look beforehand.  But that's just me. 

Scrap Happy

This was a 'Charm Square Challenge' that our ANZA Quilt Group organized.  We met for lunch & came prepared with 30-4" squares of one fabric.  Then all 30 of us at the luncheon exchanged squares & we left with 30 different squares.  The challenge was to make a quilt using all 30 fabrics.  I came up with this design -- sort of countrified but in a good way -- at least I think so.  It's another small quilt -- ~36"x42" -- machine pieced & quilted.  March 2001.


Another hand-appliqued quilt -- I don't like doing hand applique but while living in Singapore, I often needed something to work on during our weekly get-togethers.  So I made this little quilt to keep me busy. 40" square, hand quilted. April 2003.

Comfy & Cozy

This is an all-flannel quilt.  It measures about 42"x52" -- just big enough to use as a lap quilt.     January 2004.

Little Amish Quilt

This is one of my very first quilts!  I made it in Taipei for a class on Amish quilts.  I learned so much in that class & to this day I'm very fond of Amish quilts.  Simple yet perfect.  I put a "mistake" in the quilt just like the Amish normally do.  Can you find it?

This quilt measures ~30" square.  I learned a big lesson making this quilt.  When I washed it, the red fabric bled onto the light blue fabric.  It was inexpensive fabric.  I was just learning that not all fabrics are created equal.  Live & learn.

Singapore Daze

I think I was in a daze when I tackled this quilt.  I had no idea what I was in for -- it's paper-pieced which is the easy part.  The hard part is sewing the curved edges to the curved edges.  Pins, pins & more pins is all I can say.  An experienced quilt friend who I met in Singapore helped me.  There are so many layers in this quilt that there was no way I was going to attempt to quilt it -- I was inexperienced at everything quilts at this point.  So I sent it off to Indonesia to be hand-quilted by ladies there who do the job quite nicely.  ~72" square; May 2000.