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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Mini One Block Wonder Panels

Here is the finished sample for my upcoming class.

This is the full panel, I cut it apart to offer as kits to cut costs and  time for students. 

Here is the original panel. After stacking 6 and lining them up, I cut 2" strips.

I used a blunt tip 60 degree ruler to cut triangles. I stack them on paper plates to keep them straight.










Sewing the triangles into strips. I press all seams open.


 
The frame of hexies ready to be appliqued on to the panel. I like to press it over onto freezer paper to get a nice crisp edge.  




I cut away the extra fabric after finishing the applique.

Auditioning border fabrics

 Details: fabric and strip sizes.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Getting the circle placement just right!

I'm on the final push to finish my brother's quilt. Just adding a few more embellishment circles now that the borders are on. It took a few tries to get this end right. The lower right picture is the winner

Monday, February 12, 2018

Sweet Shop Quilt

This was a long process. the inspiration was the novelty fabric in the alternate blocks. I just love the turquoise, pink and brown. I chose the traditional cake stand quilt block and used chenille for the "ice cream" with a cherry on top. 

On a visit to the University of Illinois Mom's weekend, I met a lady who was making these darling dessert spoons and forks. I was able to have her make a set to match my quilt. At the time I didn't know how I would use them. 

I call this my "candy wrapper" border. I took pleated grosgrain ribbon, cut it and formed it into a semi-circle. 

I printed the silverware onto fabric, backed it with fusible and attached to the setting triangles. The beads weren't as vibrant as I'd like so I embellished the images with matching beads. I had to make the larger pink beads out of polymer clay since I couln't find just what I wanted. 

this is a view of the back


Available for Sale
$850

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Blended Panel quilts

Bonsai in the Wild, panel from Northcott fabrics, Designed by Ira Kennedy. Surrounded by hexagons in the One Block Wonder style
Available for Sale
$450

Flora and Fauna at Dusk panels by Rubin Design Studios for equilter.com The alternate fabric happened because only one set of panels was available and I had a deadline. I am so glad that I had to figure this out because I am really pleased with how Flora and Fauna and  Stepping Out turned out. I used some fabric from the panel and several from my stash to fill in the green.

3D flowers made with fabric backed with fusible web

Available for Sale
$850

Howl at the Moon another panel by Rubin Design Studios for equilter. There were 7 images so there will be more.
Available for Sale
$150

Stepping Out, this is the companion to Flora and Fauna. I cut the strips at 3" and cut a 3" strip from each side and the bottom to incorporate into the hexies surrounding the panel.
Available for Sale
$750

Friday, December 15, 2017

Jimmy Buffet t-shirt quilt

This so much fun to make. The "waves" were created from Hawaiian shirts using the Snail Trail traditional block pattern. The large fish were made from t-shirt fabric. The smaller ones are make from cotton fabric since they were 1" half square triangles, the t-shirt fabric would have been too thick.
 The Parrot's tail was on a white t-shirt and would have looked odd with just a big expanse of white so I turned it under and it is appliqued on top of the shirt below.
This is the first time that I've used an Ombre fabric for the setting strips but it won't be the last, I love how it looks.

I used a lightweight microfleece blanket from target for the backing. It worked great and it was nice to be able to get just the size that I needed. It quilts up nicely too. 


Showered with love

This collage quilt is made by backing fabric with fusible web and fussy cutting elements from the fabric to create the images. I used pattern ease and drew the outlive of the elephants. I found a teflon sheet at Aldi that I attached to a foam board. This was I could place the pieces and then iron them down all in one step. 

Available for Sale
$100

Wind on the River

Wind on the River, fabric panel by Northcott fabrics, designed by Ira Kennedy. 

I embellished with the circles becasue I wanted to highlight different aspects of the image. I love the movement of this piece.

Available for Sale
$450