Quilt Therapy Challenge for 2019 is Pairs, Pears, Peres

What to make?

Quilt Therapy Challenge for 2018

A self portrait was the challenge this year.  Much more difficult than I anticipated, but then, I don't like how I look in photos most of the time so I should have guessed I would struggle with my own self portrait.  But, it is finished, and it works.

Quilt Therapy Challenge 2017

This year our quilt group had a challenge to make a quilt based on the theme word "Door."  Initially, I thought of many possibilities, but as time got closer the the deadline, I was not inspired by any.

When visiting my son in school at Ann Arbor, he showed me the fairy doors that abound near the school.  Tiny doors cut in next to the real front door, or in a tree in the yard or garden.  Sounded like more fun to me.

So, here is my fairy door quilt.  There is a fairy peeking out of the window in the door, birds flying by the left side of the tree, a bench to sit on with a gnome to keep you company, and love flowers along the path to the door.

Fun French Braid Quilt

This is the largest quilt I have made to date.  The colors were chosen to complement the painting on the wall and also tie in with the carpet.  It was a gift for my older brother, measures 100 x 100 inches, and was custom quilted on a longarm machine by Sue Fox.

Links of Interest

    Bay Quilts
    New Pieces Quilt Store
    Stone Mountain & Daughter Fabrics

Latest Quilts

I have long wanted a lone star style quilt for myself, and finally made one out of the many batiks I have collected over time.  I love how it turned out and knew that I wanted feathers to be the main idea of the quilting design.  Melissa Quilter is the best at quilting feathers that I know and she was kind enough to quilt this large queen quilt for me.  She used wool batting which is warm and light and makes the feathers pop nicely.

I have been trying my hand again at English Paper Piecing.  I tried about a year ago and did not like the process or the results.  Not sure why, but this time is much more successful.

I have completed the piecing on this lap quilt using various shades of teal and turquoise, accented with black.  The perfect border fabric is by Jason Yenter.

I made this lap quilt a while ago but never got around to quilting it.  Decided to have fun trying different free motion patterns in each of the rounds and have been using it to keep warm the last couple of months as we get the very unusual rain storms (at least for us here).

I made  a disappearing nine patch in gray, black, white and raspberry for a friend's sister who was redecorating her bedroom and wanted a queen sized quilt.  I set the blocks on point for more interest and to drive myself crazy figuring out the border triangles.  But I love how it turned out.

My granddaughter loves anything with letters or numbers on it.  So, of course, I had to maker her any alphabet quilt.  I had the center yardage with all of the colorful letters and just added half square triangle and strip blocks in dots and solids to get it to a good size for a floor quilt.

I am not generally a person who gravitates to panels to use in quilts, but there was one in the store that captured my attention.  A really quick and fun way to make a generous sized baby quilt.

Pieced, Quilted, and Bound

A couple of years ago, I bid on a set of Grandmother's Flower Garden blocks at a silent auction at my quilt guild, East Bay Heritage Quilters.  I hadn't seen anything else I wanted but did want to support my guild.  I put in the minimum bid of $10 expecting that someone else would outbid me.  And maybe hoping they would as I wasn't sure what I would do with the blocks.

Well, no one outbid me so I became the "proud" owner of 100 blocks that looked to be hand pieced in the 1920's or 1930's.  I decided they deserved to be honored, so spent time laying out the blocks to distribute the colors, and many an evening hand piecing the blocks together.  By the time I was done, all but one block was used and I had a king-sized quilt top.  I had to find a muslin that was as close as possible to the background color of the quilt to finish off the edges, then cut these little 1 1/2 inch hexagons and pieced them in.  

Initially, I thought I would hand quilt this one, but soon realized after working with a test quilt that there was no way that would happen.  Happily, Melissa Quilter (yes that is her last name), who is a long-arm quilter, agreed to take on the challenge of quilting this large quilt in a way that would preserve the original blocks and honor the maker.  She did an outstanding job.   Because the edges aren't straight, and I didn't want to cut off any of the original blocks, nor add more to get a straight edge, I opted to finish the quilt by turning in the front and back edges and hand stitching them together.

Love the way this turned out.

Over and Under

A friend of my son's recently got married and I made a king-sized quilt as a wedding present for Ryan and Ellie.  This is a lattice quilt called Over and Under.  The goal was to make a quilt with navy blue and brown for the groom and rainbow colors for the bride.

Simple quilting lets the lattice pattern shine.