Sunday, August 26, 2007

A few of the finished quilts

"Candy is Dandy" I made this quilt with a friend. (well, we each made our own, but together) We both had been collecting Kaffe Fassett fabrics and I tend to go for the warm colors and she goes for the cool colors. To make the block, you make a strip set that is 10 1/2" square--then cut it in half diagonally and swap the triangles with another strip set. So we each made the blocks we needed and then swapped one half of the triangles with one another. We ended up with a huge variety of fabrics.
Close up of the quilting. It took me almost a year to get up the nerve to freehand motion quilt this without doing more loopy loops or stippling. I practiced on the borders, where semi-following the flowers got me into a rhythym and I continued inside the quilt. I'm tickled with how it turned out.
Omigosh--this was an OLD quilt! "Quilt Friends Row by Row" I swapped the rows with my internet quilt group (Nancy is part of that group) in 2000!!! I had it put together and partially quilted and then never knew how to finish the rest. I don't like an allover stipple on every quilt. But couldn't think of anything else. Well, I decided this was the time to finish it...and man, have I improved on my quilting since then!! LOL Oh well, it's done and THAT is a good thing!
"Looking into the Windows of Kaffe" My first challenge to myself to use up all my FQ's--this was number one. I don't have close ups of the quilting--it's just okay. But again..it's done!!
"Coneflower" My own design. Well, actually I saw the background pattern somewhere and thought it 'needed' something. So I added the outline of a coneflower using bias binding (the fusible kind). Again, it was another quilt just waiting for me to get the nerve to do 'something different'. I took a few long arm classes last year and really liked the look of the 'onion slice' for a background. I finally did it and I love the way it looks. I created my own design for the last pieced border--a half of a daisy--flip flopped back and forth and somewhat interlocking. I took a close up of it and it doesn't really show. So you'll have to trust me. LOL

6 comments:

Libby said...

All VERY gorgeous, but I especially love the coneflower!

jovaliquilts said...

Wow! What a wonderful collection of quilts, all made by you! I just love the first one -- the color layout is wonderful. And the coneflower is so creative!

Wish I could have seen your quiltshow in the woods...

Mary said...

All the quilts look great - good job getting them all finished up whether it was quilting needed or something inventive like the coneflower. Love the onion quilting too!

Norma said...

Wonderful quilts. ...and what a gorgeous location to display them!

ruth said...

They are all stunning, but I love the last 2 especially!

chq said...

I love your Candy is Dandy quilt - the colors absolutely glow!