Archive for the ‘Quilts’ Category

On September 28th I took a class through our local guild that was presented by Edyta Sitar from Laundry Basket Quilts.  The pattern she was teaching that day was “On Eagle’s Wings” which is one of the first quilts she made.   It is a foundation piece pattern based on the pineapple quilt pattern.

On Eagles Wings Table Runner

Edyta had the fabric kits all ready for us, and all the pieces were cut for us.  Her feeling was that we already knew how to cut fabric, she wanted to show us the technique of foundation piecing.  She then had the whole class do their first block together and she was very attentive to everyone in the class.  She went to everyone’s station and made sure they were on the right track or got them on the right track.

On Eagles Wings Table Runner

Once everyone finished their first block, she then let us work at our own pace.  Edyta was a very down to earth, funny person and she stayed very focused on all her students throughout the whole class.  She provided us with the tools to make and entire quilt for this pattern, but gave us the materials to finish a table runner in this day class.  She wanted to make sure everyone had something they could use at the end of the day as well as the tools to take this pattern farther.

On Eagles Wings Table Runner

Not only was she very attentive but she gave the class some very good pointers, some new techniques for building quilts, and showed us some of the new patterns that she was working on.   If you get a chance to take a class with Edyta, you will not be very disappointed.

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Kathy Myers Baby Quilt

Kathy Myers, the wife of a co-worker of mine, couldn’t find a long arm quilter to finish this baby quilt in time for the baby shower so she asked for my assistance in trying to do it herself. I got her started on doing some free-motion quilting, but she didn’t feel she could get herself up to speed in a week so I quilted it for her.  It is a cute quilt that she made for her grandson and I was quite honored that she trusted me to quilt it for her. Behind the bunny I did some feathers and small stippling, in the yellow border I did some leaves, and in the blue bars below the bunny I did some diamonds. and finally some circle inside circles in the outer border.  I really liked how the quilting behind the bunny really made the bunny pop off the quilt. Thanks again Kathy for trusting me to work on your quilt!

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Mt. Pleasant Children’s Discovery Museum Quilt (I Spy, Infant Pond Theme)

UPDATE: June 28, 2011.. I have added to this quilt since my last post, I added some 3d figures (turtle, crab, seal, lizard and bird), I also added some glitter butterflies, and some paper fish and signs on the barn.  These items I found in the scrapbooking section of a store and thought they would add to the texture and feel of the quilt and draw your eye outward from the quilt. This is an Educational/Community Project quilt that I signed up for on behalf of the Mid Michigan Quilt Guild that I am a member of.   The Mt. Pleasant Children’s Discovery Museum is building a brand new building in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan and they asked if the quilt guild could make some I Spy or Picture Play quilts for the museum.  Their intent is to give the kids, when they come to the museum, items to find within these quilts. This quilt’s theme is “Infant Pond” and I received a 1 yd. piece of batting, two 5″ squares of materials with frogs (the yellow frog and the red frog), and two 5″ squares of material with small barn animals and objects within the material.  Other than those items the instructions were to make the quilt no larger than the piece of batting I received and to utilize the pieces of materials that I received.  It is my understanding that the pieces of material I was supplied would be the items that the museum would ask the children to look for. My inspiration for the quilt was the I Spy books by Walter Wick and Jean Marzollo and I used this inspiration to create this original piece.  (Click here to see an example of an I Spy book page). I first drew out a simple picture of a pond with a cutout showing under the water also, some grass, a barn and a tree, and used this as a template to build the theme or background of this quilt.  From that point, I used some material I had, some material I received from friends and relatives and the material received from the quilt guild to start filling in the picture at that point.  I tried to place items so that they may be a little more difficult to locate, and I tried to place items within the pictures where they would normally fit.  I also bought some patches and added these to the page to give it a little different texture and add to the complexity of the picture. It was fun to take a look at all these materials I had in a very different light.. right down to the smallest bug that was in the material instead of looking at it as a whole 36″ x 42″ piece.  I encourage you to enlarge this picture and take a look at all the items there are to find in this picture.  I have also added into the gallery close up pictures to view of the quilt.

Update August 2011:

Since I finished my I-Spy quilt for the Mt. Pleasant Children’s Discovery Museum, I have learned that the focus fabric which the kids are going to look for in each quilt is the same material and that I needed to incorporate it into my quilt.

Focus Fabric for children to find in all the quilts in the museum

Finished I-Spy quilt with the focus fabric.

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This is the focus fabric that the children will be shown when they come to the museum, and all the quilts in the museum have incorporated this fabric into their quilt.  Above is the finished quilt with the above fabric incorporated into the quilt.  See if you can find the fabric.. and leave a comment below if you find the fabric!

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This is  a One Block Wonder that I have recently finished.  My mom started this quilt a few years a go, she had cut it out and got the blocks ready for design, but in the design phase she got frustrated and handed it over to me. (Thanks Mom, for all the initial hard work!)  Once I had the pieces my daughter and I put them up on a design wall basically by putting similar colors together.  From that point, we took pictures on our digital camera and then started rearranging the blocks until we came up with a design that we were satisfied with.

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Baltimore Halloween 12 Month Quilt

Here is the completed Baltimore Halloween Block of the Month. I chose a green binding that matched some the green in the applique and I really like the color.  I wasn’t sure which color binding I would use, but I just keep pulling bolts of color out until I finally settled on the green and I’m really happy that I did. It also took me a while to figure out how I was going to quilt this, and after drawing up some patterns that I thought I would use.. I finally just sat down at the machine and started a circle or pebble pattern around each block and I think it frames them nicely..

In the borders I continued the circle pattern, but this time they are smaller circles within bigger circles.  Both borders have the same quilting pattern, just different color threads.  I also used the same color thread in the bobbin throughout so that the back of my quilt was consistent with thread color.  In the center block, I quilted around the shapes in the middle because it is such a big area that was left not quilted and it really makes the shapes pop out of the block.  I used invisible thread to go around these shapes with the bobbin thread being the same color I used through the quilting process. I finished it off with a sleeve on the back so I could use it as a wall hanging in the future.  The finished size of this quilt is about 60″ x 60″ square.

I started this in October of 2009 because I needed something to sew and didn’t know what to do, saw this in Keepsake Quilting and decided this was for me.  A year and a half later, here it is. I did not hand appliqué this as the directions say to do.  I used a light fusible and then did some satin stitching around all the pieces to keep them in place.  I love halloween and I’m glad this was a block of the month or I may have pulled my hair out. Read the rest here -→