This is my new camp quilt "Adirondack." It was beautifully machine quilted by Linda Aquavia of New Hartford, CT. The quilt measures 65" x 88," good for a tall person's bed quilt. I like the saw-tooth borders and the odd fabrics. Some are the latest prints and some are oldies.
Take a close look in the photo below to see the quilting, a digital design called "Curly Arcs." The quilt top is so busy that the quilting doesn't show up very much.
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Make a cup of coffee or tea before getting started! You can browse quilts, gardening, recipes, fashion, travel, diy ideas, interior decorating, anything you can think of! Have fun.
I've recently been gathering fabrics for a sea-glass quilt. I love the colors. They are brighter than they look on my screen. I'm not sure about using the lime green and the dark green. Maybe just a little bit. And a little sandy tan will be good. And maybe some amber/root beer brown too. I have no idea what the design will be. I'm thinking rounded edges, not straight lines. Any ideas out there?
Another camp style (rustic lodge) quilt is in the works. This photo is just a sneak preview. I'll pick it up from the machine quilter on Saturday and show it to you on Sunday. I can't wait to see it. This one is similar in personality to Golden Pond. I searched my stash for some unusual fabrics for this one!
I made this crazy quilt with silk fans in the corners about 10 years ago. My Mom crocheted the little white fan in the photo below. She made it for this quilt. She also taught me how to embroider about 50 years ago, and I'm so glad she did. I love to embroider on quilts. Beads make it nice to run your hands over the surface of the quilt too. You know what I'm going to say: click here to see how to make fans.
This gorgeous silk quilt is the creation of my friend Barbara Harrison of Doylestown, PA. I wish you could see this quilt in person. The colors are so vibrant, and the quilt looks different as the light changes. She used some plaid silks too. I love the pointy gold border. Nice job, Barbara!
Barbara is an accomplished artist and a frequent lecturer and encourager of other artists. She certainly has inspired me.
I made this sampler quilt for my Mom years ago. She has it on the wall in her guest bedroom. She likes green and the shamrocks are a favorite Irish motif. She has a good sense of humor, so I put some goldfish swimming around in there too.
The house (above) is her house. Haha, I used artistic license here!
If you want to see how to make fan blocks, click here.
Sampler quilts are so much fun to make because there's very little repetition. I made this one years ago. See the photo above, in the middle, there are 4 red and gold 9-patch blocks? That's what started this whole quilt. I made them with 1" wide strips, so that was enough! Instead of making more, they became the centers of 4 log cabin blocks. There are 2 more identical 9-patches in the quilt; see them (below)?
This quilt has 2 center medallions. Notice there are solids and a few prints? There are even some batiks in there. I like the triangles in the outer border. I was surprised (and delighted) to see how this quilt looked when it was finished.
Let's have another give away! This little pincushion basket has a rick rack print cushion and two pretty pinsies. I put some rocks in the bottom so it has some weight and won't flop around when you use it. The rocks are wrapped in batting so they won't jingle around.
Your comment is your entry. Random winner announced on Monday March 24.
Tell us how old you were when you
made your first quilt. I was 13.
The winner of the little purse is Karen M. from Kentucky!
I made this quilt years ago for the AQS/National Quilt Museum "New Quilts from an Old Favorite" competition. This time it was chosen for the traveling exhibit and book: "Sawtooth."
This quilt started with the four pineapple blocks in the center of the quilt. I played with them on the design wall until I got them into this funny arrangement. You can see this was made during my 1" strip phase.
I like how the fans look like wheels in this quilt. Ironically, these busy wheels seem to provide the "place for your eye to rest" in this quilt. Could it be?
This is my latest quilt, still warm off the sewing machine: Golden Pond. Each log cabin block (courthouse steps variation) has an "+" on it. When I added the coin sashing, the quilt became rather chaotic. I really like the wild black and orange striped fabric, the hounds tooth fabric, and the large prints too. I think this quilt would be perfect in a casual camp setting, like in the movie "On Golden Pond."
I made this quilt using the same method as for the Ferris Wheel quilt. This quilt now lives in the Netherlands. I love it when my quilts have interesting lives.
As I chose each strip for the fans, I tried to keep it basically "dark, light, dark, light," with some areas of higher contrast, and some areas of lower contrast. I think that adds depth. There are so many interesting ways to use this block.
This is the center portion of a red and white sampler quilt that I made a while back. When I learned a fast and easy way to make half square triangles, I made a bunch of them and decided to create a tree of life design. The foliage got so big that it needed a big root system to balance the design. I made the "root fan" by eye. It's the same method as used in the Ferris Wheel pattern. Are you getting sick of me talking about all the cool things you can do with these fans? I hope not because I still have more, I'm pretty sure.
This is the whole quilt. See what happens when you learn how to make fast and easy hst's? This is one of my favorite quilts ever. This photo is from a quilt exhibit at the Pearl S. Buck estate in Dublin, PA when I was a member of the Charm Girls quilt group. Hello to my friends Barbara, Helen, Linda, Ellen, and Stephanie!