Thursday, April 23, 2015

First Three Rows of the 1718 Coverlet


I'm having so much fun with the 1718 Coverlet!



The first three rows are sewn together.



I'm sticking with the original colors as much as I can, 
adding a few Dutch repro prints, plus some stripes and dots.  




I'm also simplifying some of the blocks. 
This project is addictive!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

My Latest Obession--The 1718 Coverlet!


Ever since my dear friend, Katell, posted about The 1718 Coverlet 
last January, my quilting mind has been able to think of little else.

  
I've been gathering fabrics, 




Piecing little 5 inch blocks,




 and brushing up on my appliqué skills.




They have a plan to finish the quilt by the end of the year.
Not me.  I'm giving myself until 2018.




I also went to see the tulips in LaConner / Mt. Vernon Washington, last weekend.  
Always a stunning show!









Sunday, March 29, 2015

Carnival at Night Fini!

Carnival at Night, 75" x 75"
This quilt began in a class with Freddy Moran over a year ago.




It all started with my large print fabrics that had black backgrounds.  




I wanted them to mush together with sparks of color.




Eventually, it needed a little lightening up, 
so I added a few prints that didn't have black in them.  




It was fun to finally use those little comical faces.







Besides picking the fabrics for this quilt, 
the most fun I had was doodling around the dots!

The Lone Star pattern comes from Freddy and Gwen Collaborate Again
by Gwen Marston and Freddy Moran.















Sunday, March 22, 2015

Feast for the Eyes

I went to the show of Freddy Moran collage quilts at La Conner Quilt Museum yesterday.
WOW!  She is so very inspiring.  


Inspired by Edrica Huws, Freddy began making collage quilts when she turned 80.
She applies fabric pieces with a glue stick, 
and Judy Irish stitches them on with her playful quilting.
Enjoy the show!







































Are you itching to get out your scraps and glue stick?  I am!






Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Five-Minute Quilt Sleeve


Rushing out the door today to deliver quilts for a show.  Oh no!  
I forgot to put a sleeve on one.  
What to do?



Good thing my friend, Patty, gave me this idea.
Yup, it's a couple of shirt sleeves, quickly attached with safety pins. 
Wa la!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Half Done!



I've been stitching this in the evenings with black perle 8 thread.
At first I only stitched around the appliqué edges and pieced seams.



Then I was inspired by Sujata's recent travels in India, and added more thread.
The lines are about 1/2" apart.  
I'm always astonished by how texture adds so much to a piece.



I'm so glad I spent the extra time.  I love running my fingers over it.



There are 48 blocks total, 24 more to go.  
Probably done by April.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Cowgirl Dreams

"Cowgirl Dreams" 80" x 80"

This is one of those quilts where I can honestly say,
"The fabric made me do it."



Since before I started making quilts, I've been collecting fabric with a cowgirl theme. 
Some of it goes back to 1997!
I think it's because of watching all those TV Westerns as a kid.


  

One of my favorite things about this fabric is the names of the characters.
The cowgirls are Emmy Lou, Grace, Red, Ma, Kitty, Ginny, Nell, Jesse, Jolene and Rosa.





The cowboys are Hal, Hap, Slim, Squirt, Tex, Luke, Jeb, Rey, Gus and Pole Cat.




The horses are Sadie, Smoke, Maverick, Rio, Blanco, Big Star, Cookie, Juniper,
Mojave and Freckles.




A cowgirl needs her boots, too.  So they fit in the corner stars.




I decided it needed fringe, and found this fake buckskin.  Perfect!
I'm looking forward to quilting on those rope lines.





I think the cowgirl spirit might fit for all of us quilt-makers.

The pattern for this quilt comes from the book, Freddy and Gwen Collaborate Again, 
by Gwen Marston and Freddy Moran.
It tells how to make the large center star.  I added the corner stars and border.