Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Jessica's baby quilts

Jessica made this adorable little quilt with Lilly Pulitzer fabrics.

So bright and cheery- these fabrics. we love to 'I spy' all the animals and things in them.

I used a bright pink thread this time with an all-over feathered curly-Q design.

She also had this baby quilt. Love the colors in this one.

I did a simple little paisley swirl or I've seen it called a clamshell design too.

Thanks for the super cute quilts as always Jessica! Check out all her quilts in her Etsy shop Home in the Heartland.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Bride's Garden--a raffle quilt

This quilt is called Bride's Garden and was made by my Mom and Janet for their church raffle.

There is actually a top and a bottom to this quilt if you look at the green leaves. So I made sure to keep my feathers going the right way.

I ended up doing the same petal design in all the curved pieces, but made each center 4-patch unique.

I did a fancy feather in the outer border, followed by big circles, and then a S-curve or half of a grassy feather in the brown border.

those little brown spaces were kind of awkward, so I just filled them in with some quick meandering.

I did use the same thread throughout the quilt. A light brown I think.

Whew! I hope it raises lots of funds!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Pat's embroidered baby quilts

Pat worked on these adorable embroidered baby quilts.

An all-over design is what she requested, but mentally I still have a hard time stitching through the embroidery. I kind of feel like I'm just scribbling all over a pretty picture. So I try to avoid the more detailed areas. Especially French knots.

And here's the girl version. So sweet!

Sweet enough to put curly-Q's and hearts on it! I think they both turned out really nice.
Thanks Pat!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Mother's Garden- a hexie quilt

June was my month again for DGS and I chose this Wanta Fanta block from Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts.  She is doing a whole series of different blocks that are perfect for bees such as this. You might want to check them out. There are some really neat ones in there that I'm pretty likely to use my next go-around.
 I had my circle-mates use blues and lights. Well, it's August now and I actually have the quilt top together and loaded on my longarm already. So pictures of that will be coming soon!

This quilt I'm sharing today is another collaboration with my Mom, sister, and me.  We like to make quilts together to give to family members as wedding gifts. But we only have about 3 unwedded cousins left, who do not seem to be in any hurry to get married, so we started making them to give to the oldest cousins who missed out on our quilts. Then we decided to give one to our aunts when they turned 65. (We just needed some reason to make a quilt!)
So anyway, Mom picked out this pattern called Mother's Garden from a book on hexies. 

It worked out really well since each person hand sewed a few flowers on their own, then when we got together, we just needed to piece the top together. Mom took it all home with her and stitched all the stems and flowers over the top. Then it's passed into my hands for the quilting.

My first step was to quilt the borders like the one in the book--a grassy looking design. I also quilted in the green stems as I went along.

Next, I changed to a cream thread and filled in the background with leaves off of the stems.

Each flower I did a bit differently.

And changed thread colors to match. Lots of stops and starts on this one!

We surprised Aunt Shirley with it recently and she loves it! I'd say it's time to get going on the next one!