Saturday, May 31, 2014

Gatsby Quilt is Finished!

This string quilt is loaded with floral fabrics arranged in rows and divided by narrow strips with the black background. That narrow strip sort of comes into view, then hides. There are also lots of surprise images: teacups, jellybeans, etc. This formal garden/party treats theme led to the name "Gatsby." 
You can see more about this quilt here. I may make a pattern for newbies. It's easy; no seams to match.

It measures 67" x 84." It was machine quilted by Linda Aquavia of New Hartford, CT.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Does She or Doesn't She?

I think she does! Color her hair, that is. How did she get such great color? It reminds me of beautiful hand-dyed yarn. 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day

We remember. I remember my uncle Bill Hart who died at age 17 in a typhoon in WWII. I never met him.

Here are some beautiful patriotic quilts found on Google.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

16-Patch Wedding Quilt

I like this quilt so much that I decided to offer similar custom quilts on Etsy
Would you Pin, facebook, blog or Tweet this photo and link? Thanks so much.

This weekend at the wedding I'll try to get a photo of the bride and groom with their new quilt. 

The backing is lighter and prettier than it looks on my screen. I always add a sleeve just in case anyone wants to put it on a wall. It might be charming on a guest room wall. I like that fabric with the sticks on it (see below, bottom right). It's new from DearStellaDesign

Friday, May 23, 2014

Wedding Quilt Finish and Pincushion Giveaway Winner

The wedding quilt is finished and ready to be given this weekend. I really like how the machine quilting gives a nice finished look. It was done by Linda Aquavia of New Hartford, CT. 

The winner of the little baby shoe pincushion is Loretta from West Virginia.
 Her blog is 365 Days and Other Ramblings.  Yayy, Loretta!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Jacket Perfect for Selvages

 This jacket is offered on from the UK. She also has a page on Google. 
Kim Brandt sent me this link. She suggests making this out of selvages. That would look great!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Selvage Eggs?

Another clever idea from Riel Nason of Canada! She is so creative. Read more about her selvage Easter Eggs on her blog: The Q and the U. Nice work Riel!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Riel's Green Selvage Quilt

This green recycle symbol selvage quilt is the creation of Riel Nason of Canada. Her blog is The Q and the U. Browse her blog for more amazing selvage quilts. Riel is also the author of The Town that Drowned, available on Amazon. It's a very good story. And it's not scary, despite the title. I highly recommend it. Good for young readers too.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Pincushion Giveaway!

I made this baby shoe pincushion from a flea market find in Bethlehem, CT. The cushion is silk dupioni. It makes a charming decoration for any sewing room. Enter the random drawing by leaving a comment on this post. Tell us what's going on in your quilt room. Mine is a mess. Lots of quilts and quilt ideas in the works. Winner will be announced on Friday. 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Wedding Quilt Update

Here it is, so far. I hope to finish the top today. I think it needs more light blocks. The overall look isn't as light as I was expecting. Maybe it's that cheddar fabric that's bothering me. I like the dark rose print (you can see it near the top of the photo below). It adds a little sparkle.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Happily Ever After

Today I'm piecing a quilt for my nephew's wedding (May 25). It's just a simple 16-patch quilt, but the soft colors and floral patterns make it work. In some places the checkered effect blends block to block. In other places it doesn't blend. I think that makes the overall quilt top more interesting. It's less predictable. Back to the sewing machine! (Each little square is 2" finished.) 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Selvage Spider Web Quilt

This quilt was made by Karin of Cascade Quilts in NW Washington. It measures 80" x 80." Wow, that's a lot of selvages! Nice job, Karin!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

Roses for you on Mother's Day! 
I hope you get some good sewing time today.  :)

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Quilt Humor

I found this on Pinterest, originally posted on Made me chuckle.
Happy quilting! 

Friday, May 9, 2014

Junk Mail Selvage Quilt


I made "Junk Mail" in 2011 using some of my favorite selvages and novelty fabrics. 
I like how black and white prints go with selvages. The outer border has a serrated postage stamp look, consistent with the junk mail theme.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Adirondack Quilt

Here's the latest in my series of "camp" quilts. That is, quilts that would look at home on the set of the movie "On Golden Pond." It was long arm quilted by Linda Aquavia of New Hartford, CT. Now it just needs a binding and a label. 

My next camp quilt has lots of zigging and zagging. Stay tuned. Happy quilting!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

More Quilts from the Somers, NY Show!

"Chimney Sweep NY" was made by Mary Cannizzaro of South Salem, NY. She used Ricki Tims hand dyed fabrics for this quilt.

"Sun or Sand? Which Way Up?" by Karen Carlson of Briarcliff, NY won the Judge's Choice award.
"Fireworks" (below) by Claire Hibbard of Katonah, NY, and quilted by Angela Vertucci is a gorgeous blend of Westminster fabrics. This quilt was made for Claire's daughter. Lucky girl!

"Cookies and Cream" was made by Patricia Loquet of Ossining, NY, and quilted by Janice Jamison.

Thanks to the Northern Star Quilters' Guild for a great quilt show!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Wedding Annniversary!

Jason and I were married 36 years ago today (1978) in Southbury, CT.

Brian and David were born in 1983 and 1987.

Here we are in 2005: (left to right) David, Karen, Jason, and Brian.
Brian will be married in May 2015.
I don't know how we'll celebrate. Maybe we'll have some champagne and look at our old family photos. Or go to the place nearby where there are millions of daffodils in bloom. 

More quilt show photos to come tomorrow. Stay tuned.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Quilts by Cherri House at Somers Quilt Show

Some of the quilts from Cherri House's new book Urban Views were on exhibit at the Northern Star Quilters' Guild quilt show. "City Beat" is shown above.
"City Lake" is shown below. I like that dense wavy quilting.

Cherri made "Jemma" (below) to showcase a collection of fabrics by Lonni Rossi. She used the bow tie block to great effect!

The herringbone pattern in "City Tracks" (below) gets depth and sparkle from all the different shades of red, orange, purple and gold.

"City Sky" (below) is a soothing blend of sky colors.

"City News" is all about creating transparency using solid colors. The bow tie block is more evident in this quilt than in "Jemma." 

These quilts are from the book "Urban Views" by Cherri House.