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.

Stop the Madness

Lynne Edwards (quilt book author) was touring through Singapore & I attended one of her classes.  The only instruction we had before the class was to bring a variety of two contrasting colored fabrics.  I'm not crazy about the color combo but they are indeed contrasting.  There's a block in there somewhere -- sort of like a log cabin using peach on one side & blue on the other.  Once I started making the blocks it was so much fun, hence the name.  Machine pieced & quilted.  January 2007.

Purple Hearts

This was an ANZA quilt challenge -- we were given a few fabrics (I forget how many exactly) & were allowed to add two more of our own choosing.  I machine appliqued the hearts and machine & hand-quilted the quilt.  Approximately double bed size; May 2002.

My Man

This is Bob -- my man -- & this is how he looks when asked to hold up yet another quilt for a photo.

Sarah Johnson Quilt

This is my version of the Sarah Johnson quilt.  It's only ~40" square -- Sarah Johnson's was full bed size.  I took a class in Emmaus, PA, shortly before moving to Singapore.  I wanted to learn how to make an old-fashioned quilt -- I used some reproduction fabrics copied from the original quilt -- plus I added some old-looking new fabrics.  There's a lot of hand applique in the center piece, which I don't particularly enjoy doing.  The quilt is hand quilted using original patterns from SJ's quilt.  I took the class in 1998, then moved to Singapore in 1999 & took this quilt -- unfinished -- to one of my first get-togethers with the ANZA quilt group.  It started a bit of a rush to make the Sarah Johnson quilt.  Several ladies loved it so much that they started to make their own.  I'm glad my little quilt caused such a stir.  Who knew?

Aboriginal Dots

This fabric was purchased on a trip to Sydney, Australia -- I kept the center rectangle in one piece cuz it was too beautiful to cut -- I hand-quilted around the circles & along the squiggly lines, then added borders.  Teddy couldn't resist jumping up on the quilt -- he's always looking for a comfy place to sit.  The quilt was finished in October 2002 -- it's hand & machine quilted.  It's ~42"x 56" -- lap size.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

I "Heart" Green

Another Kaffe Fassett quilt.  I don't remember what his original one is called.  This one was made for an ANZA quilt challenge "One Color Quilt."  I think this particular challenge was my idea.  What was I thinking?  It was tougher that you might imagine but I guess that's the idea.  Get the creative juices flowing.  I do "heart" green so went w/that color.  This quilt is paper-pieced which is fun & easy to do.  Then I did both machine & hand-quilting.  It measures about 46" square.  I made it in June 2004.

Yellow Madness

This another Kaffe Fasset design based on his "Nona's Quilt."  I took a class with KF's quilting sidekick, Liza Pryor Lucy, in Montgomeryville, PA, one summer during home leave while living in Singapore.  It was a fun, freeing way to make a quilt.  No precision cutting was necessary until we squared up the blocks -- if you notice, each block is sort of wonky.  The quilt measures about 66"x 84" & was made in July 2002.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Give the Dog A Bone

I made this small quilt (36" sq.) after learning a new technique to make "flying geese," a standard quilt pattern.  This one is three dimensional -- hard to see in this pix.  And the "sashiko" style stitching of the dog bone is actually a real Milk Bone that I traced around to get a perfect bone shape.  The black & white bone fabric matches the back of the Dalmation cross-stitched pillow. 

Dalmation Cross-stitch Pillow

Another counted cross-stitch pillow I made & the back side.  Also Very Cute!

Scotty Dog Cross-stitch Pillow

This is a counted cross-stitch pillow I made -- & the back side of it.  Very cute!