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In October I received a stack of blocks made by my late mother-in-law Thelma. There were 44 Maple Leaf blocks in a variety of interesting prints.
I used all but 5 blocks, leaving out the “loudest” of the bunch. All the others were made with floral prints in much more muted tones.
I experimented with quilting each block on its own, adding in sashing to connect the blocks and then quilting in the ditch to connect the backing.
I pieced a back with two additional blocks and a light floral print.
I think my M-I-L would like it and be proud that it was finished. All it needs is it’s binding which I have, a nice deep dark green. It will feel good to snuggle under it with my hubby.
The Hands Across the Valley Quilt Guild’s bi-annual quilt show is fast approaching. I need to get my entry bound and ready for hanging.
Bubble quilting courtesy of Lenny from A Notion to Quilt.
Binding made from fabric designed by Amelia Caruso.
My husband, an incredible talented artist and writer, has begun a series of drawings and paintings he has titled Intentional Women.
I took one of them and decided to try my hand at an art quilt. It’s not finished yet, but here is what I’ve done so far.
I began by enlarging the print of the drawing and making templates. I cut pieces out of different fabrics to make appliques.
All the pieces are individual, including the ear
Here she is appliqued onto her background. I embroidered her eyelashes, eyebrows and mouth/nose details.
I chose a teal backing fabric with a sort of thatched pattern.
I have to create her mantra and then I can get to quilting it!
I had the honor of creating a baby quilt for the newest member of the Best family. Our friends, far away in Georgia, welcomed their first son on 12/18/13 which was my husband’s birthday as well, albeit a little earlier!
Baby’s grandfather is not with us anymore so, a quick thinking new mama, sent me a big box of grandpa’s shirts to create with. Lots of seersucker and plaids to go with the nature theme of Gabriel’s first room.
I went with a disappearing four patch and tried to pair up the colors in contrasting ways so they’d stand out from each other. I made two quilts, one for Gabriel and one for his aunt. I backed them in soft brushed flannel. One in a soft blue and the other in a soft gray.
Gray sashing with a soft blue back
Blue sashing with a soft gray back
Traditional knots for quilting
What an exceptional day at the Farmer’s Market here in North Adams. My lovely Floral Garden quilt, my husband’s favorite, found a new home with a lovely woman in Northampton MA!