Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Batik Beauty

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Cathy made this rail fence using the best and most colorful batik fabrics she could find. It is so bright. It reminded me of a lazy day on the beach of a tropical island. I can almost taste the cold drink with the fruit and colorful little umbrella stuck in it. I found the perfect panto for this quilt. It is a Deb Geissler panto named Flamingo with Palm trees. There are waves, clouds, big palm tree and the coolest flamingo. The panto had clouds but no sun. I had seen a quilt by another quilter, bstucker, that had a cute little sun poking out of the clouds. Barb found the sun in the clouds in a Laura Lee Fritz Continuous Quilting design. The book has 250 little designs - I will be using some more of the goodies in that book.
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The outer border is a dragonfly stencil. Some of my dragonflies look like they are on steroids. I also used a wave stencil inside the body of the quilt to stretch the pattern to fit the body. The back is a fresh bright blue batik. The batting is Soft & Bright. I used Superior thread Rainbows variegated poly in color Mediterranean on top and wound my own bobbins using the Mediterranean.
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Sunday, August 06, 2006

Floral Block





Sally's Floral Block quilt is amazing. The fabrics are all large print florals. 30 of them. There are matching inner borders and a navy blue outer border. The sashing if a green leaf print, very tropical looking. Since the fabric was so beautiful, I didn't want to cover it up, so I outlined the flowers using the color of thread to match the block. Then I did scrollwork quilting in the inner border in thread to match. I stopped counting the thread changes. But I collected them together and had to take a picture so I could remember. I used 11 colors of Signature thread, 2 YLIs, 5 Star threads and even 1 Gutermann.
YIKES, 19 different threads. It took me 7 hours and that was all stitch time since there really was no design work, chalking or drawing required for this beauty.

Get out your sunglasses for this one




Danielle, a 15-year old local girl made this quilt for her little sister. She used a pattern developed by Martha, the shop owner. The pattern is called Marth'as Crazy Dozen. You can make the quilt with 12 fat quarters. It goes together very fast. The only requirement from Danielle's sister was that she wanted a "pink" quilt. Yeah, she got that. I think Danielle used every pink fabric in the quilt shop. And the back, what else, PINK. I used YLI Maui Sunset on the top and Superior BL SuperBob Dark Pink bobbin. I used Jody Beamish Whirlygig pantograph.

Watermelon Log Cabin



Susan Baker taught another great class at Ramona's Crazy 9 Patch. This one was Danielle's. I used Signature Scarlet on the top and seafoam green pre-wound SuperBobs on the back. It was a fun class, always is. I just used the log cabin pattern as the form to quilt a rind diagonally on the furrows.
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My life has changed in the last couple of years - some bumps, I retired from quilting, and then I moved to Texas. I'm anxious to see what new adventures await me in the next phase of my life.

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I started quilting when a quilt shop opened in our little town in January 2004. I have been hooked ever since.

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This is called Fruit Cocktail

This is called Fruit Cocktail
It is all batiks