Saturday, January 30, 2016

seeing stars sew-a-long, top completed

Seeing Stars sampler
80 by 99 inches

Turning Twenty had a sew-a-long Seeing Stars. I altered their set a bit, making extra blocks to make my version work. I used several yellow solids for the block backgrounds and found this fun yellow floral for the setting blocks and borders.
It was a fun sew--I look forward to seeing more versions.

Friday, January 29, 2016

visiting my quilts--tea at Sharon's edition

My neighbor Sharon and I try to meet for tea each a week. The sun in her house this morning was so lovely, and lead to me getting beautiful pictures of how she displays two of my quilts. 
Pepper the Dog approved.

Friday, January 22, 2016

stars sew-a-long

Turning Twenty had a sew-a-long and I kept up! I am now setting it together, playing with the setting a bit to make best use of my fabrics. I am making some extra blocks to make my adaptation work.

It really is a lovely pattern and is available:

Saturday, January 16, 2016

red cross

57 inches by 70 inches
block measures 4 1/2 inches finished

I pieced this in 2010 in celebration of 30 years in nursing. And, finished it in 2015 in celebration of 35 years!
Crosses are made from deconstructed red plaid shirts

Crosses are cut from 2 inch strips to 2 inch squares and a 5 inch rectangle
Sashing is cut 3 1/2 inches, finishing 3 inches
Borders cut 4 inches, finishing 3 1/2 inches
Bound with red solid

And, faculty week is over, so I am back with students in the classroom, clinicals, and the lab.

Saturday, January 02, 2016

visiting my quilts--a churn dash

We spent new year's eve with friends who several years ago gave us a beautiful week at their dacha when I was recovering from surgery. In thanks I gave them this churn dash quilt.

Blocks finish 7 inches, with the triangle squares finishing 2 inches and the center square finishes 3 inches, the strips finish 1 by 3 inches. (triangles cut from 2 1/2 inch strips with ez angle, center cut from 3 1/2 inch square, strips cut from 1 1/2 inch cut, then into 3 1/2 inch segments.)

Monday, December 28, 2015

jack and jill--a quilt for Beth

Jack and Jill. Measures 60 " by 78".

Made with rectangles cut 2 1/2 by 4 1/2 inches (finish at 2 by 4). I ran out of the teal and decided to keep going with the strong yellow. I debated what was the top of the quilt and the yellow kept saying it belonged on the bottom.
Backed with a delightful toys fabric given to me by a quilting friend--when I showed her how I used it she said she could not for the life of her figure out why she gave it away.

I usually don't like cute quilting patterns, but this tumbling boys and girls continuous line one seemed made for this set. Quilted in red.

For my sister Beth with whom I spent many times rolling down the hay and straw bales in the haymow.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

rick rack--a quilt for Henrietta

Made with 2 1/2 by 4 1/2 inches cut (2 by 4 finished) rectangles. The construction left one side with more of the solid--I could have trimmed it to match the other, but I like this little quirk.
On the back I used a wonderful Jane Sassaman fabric from her first line for Free Spirit.

Mom had boxes full of trims in her sewing supplies--when we were little, Wrights had an offer on their labels for children to send in for bits and pieces of trims. Mom would do that with us and we had fun sorting them out into styles and colors. Mom would also order the Penny Packet of mixed seeds for us from the Gurney's seed catalog and give us a place in the garden to plant and see what would come up. She knew what each seed was and advised us how to plant them.

Mom celebrates her 86th birthday this week--Happy Birthday, Mom!