Anna's Bed Quilt - Completed Spring 2103
While we were in Sisters during Christmas 2012 Anna chose this Valori Wells quilt pattern and fabric for a double bed quilt.
The quilt provided a good opportunity for me to get some more practice with free motion quilting.
Connie's One Block Wonder Table Runner - Spring 2013
My sister-in-law Connie had created a table runner using the One Block Wonder technique and asked me to do the quilting. For a novice quilter, Connie did a great job on the piecing and arranging of the hexagon blocks for the final design.
Ava Hughes Baby Quilt - September 2013
Ava's quilt was the first chevron quilt I made. The colors were inspired by some hedgehog fabric I saw at Cool Cottons. The lighting was not right when I took the photo so the colors are dulled somewhat.
For one of the chevron stripes I pieced the fabric to help unify the design.
This detail shows a bit of the hedgehog fabric from Cool Cottons along with the flannel aqua elephant backing (also Cool Cottons) . The gray dog fabric was also used in the sleeping bags I made in 2012 for Ava's brothers, Brett and Davis.
The label. This time I quilted an animal alphabet. Using animal outlines from different free online sources, I printed them out to the desired size and pinned them onto the quilt. Using the shapes as a template I quilted around each shape. A little constrictive but it did insure that I would be able to fit all 26 of the animals onto the quilt.
After completing the quilting I thought it would be a good idea for Ava (and her two brothers) to have some way of helping them identify the various quilted animals (what is a zorilla anyway?). I created three coloring books for the kids utilizing the same animal outlines I used for the quilting.
And here is little Ava catching a nap outdoors on her new blanket.
Attended two workshops at The Stitchin' Post - September 2013
- Journey to Inspired Quilting with Jean Wells
Here's what I put together in the workshop. Hope to get it finished in Jan 2014 (quilted, backed and edged). I have an idea for another piece based on what I learned here.
- Susan Carlson workshop
It was an interesting process - collage with fabric - and a great way to utilize all those itty bitty leftover scraps of fabric. Not sure just yet where I will go with this trout from here. It is looking very static. I need to spend some time thinking about a way to add movement to it (not easy when it looks like a stuffed and mounted fish).
Maybe I should cut it apart and rearrange the pieces. Hmmm......
Anna's 24th Birthday Lap Quilt - December 2103
Anna liked Ava's quilt design and colors so much that I decided to make a lap quilt for her.
New projects on tap for 2014:
- Hilde Morin January quilt workshop with friends
- Baby quilt for Roberto (grand-nephew #4 due in March)
- HS Graduation lap quilt for niece Amy