Monday, December 16, 2013

Joy to the World

This 40" X 40" wallhanging is from a Nancy Halvorsen ART TO HEART pattern titled Joy to the World.  It is machine appliqued and quilted.   This was a fun  project to match up and use lots of leftover fabric.  I made the complete project but it could be easily broken down into smaller scenes if desired.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Christmas Placemats

After making 3 placemats for the Guild's recent charity placemat project for Meals on Wheels, I decided this  year I would do placemats for Christmas presents and also make a set for me.  I made my set reversible with two different looks.  The more casual side on top was made with a Charm Pack while the reverse side has a fancy cardinal fabric strip.  The fabrics are more "wintery" than "Christmas" so the placemats can be used after Christmas is over.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Thanksgiving Welcome Banner

This turkey is one of the three seasonal designs that come in a pattern/kit from Cotton Ginny.  I used really old brown flowery cottons for the feathers.  That fabric came to me when my mother decided she couldn't quilt anymore and gave me her "vintage" stash. The kit also includes a jack-o-lantern for October and a Santa head for December.  I have made other designs to use on the banner the rest of the year.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Happy Halloween!

One of my favorite Halloween "quilt" decorations is this wallhanging I made using a pattern I saw in a Keepsake Catalog several years ago.  The witch hair, spider web and spider body are made of yarn and added after the machine applique and quilting was done.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Barn Quilt

My barn quilt is finally up on the shed at the top of our driveway.  My husband even put new siding on the shed before hanging it.  I do not have a very visible location for it so it is not easy to see from the road because of the location of our garage and shed.  I have a perfect view from my kitchen sink so that is a plus.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

This small quilt is the result of winning a charm pack at our guild's July meeting when the topic was Modern Quilts.  I tried to apply the speaker's guidelines for "modern" quilts when trying to decide what to do with fabric that I never would have chosen on my own.  After lots of research on internet sites for modern quilts I settled on this design. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Fall Wallhanging

This is the Fall quilt from the pattern Every Season Quilts found in Nancy Halvorsen's 2004 Cottage Charms book in the Art to Heart series.  This book is one of my all time favorites - I have made 10 different projects in the book, some multiple times for gifts.  It has ideas for all four seasons.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Pumpkin Table Mat

This Fall Table Mat is one of my favorites.   It is done with machine applique and hand embroidery on the vines and leaf veins.  The pattern is from Primitive Gatherings.  I especially like the various shades in the leaves cut from the same batik fabric.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Fall is in the Air

I needed something for a Chinese Auction this past weekend and I decided to make a table topper.  I found just the right fall harvest themed fabric in my stash.  I machine quilted a grid in the center instead of my usual stippling.  Change is good!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Baby Nines

This quilt is from the April 2000 issue of McCalls's quilting and is called Baby Nines.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Disappearing Four Patch

I made this  Disappearing Four Patch to use up some of my blue scraps.  Since I planned to use it as a picnic quilt, I recycled an almost new sheet for the backing and a piece of flannel for the batting. 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Apple Runner

I adapted a pattern that had a Christmas theme to this apple themed runner.  I used up lots of reds and green homespun fabric scraps to make a runner I can use anytime of the year.  The pattern is available in the Keepsake catalog and they also now have a patriotic version that I hope to do soon to use up red, white and blue scraps.  It is about 20" by 50" in size but could be easily altered for a smaller runner.  The blocks here are all 2" finished squares.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Going in Circles Workshop

This is my finished project from the guild's workshop with Gyleen X. Fitzgerald this past Saturday.  It was lots of fun and I definitely learned a lot about color placement.  This project took me way out of my comfort zone but change is good!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Finally finished!

This king size quilt has been on my "to do" list for a very long time but now it's done with a little help from the guild challenge to finish UFO projects.  It has 360 3 inch nine patch blocks and 360 3 inch hourglass blocks in the center plus hundreds of leaf and flower petals in the border all made from stash scraps except the white background.  The patchwork, applique and quilting were all done on my Bernina.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Pinwheel Quilt for CONCERN

This quilt started with a pile of half quarter triangle blocks that I found while sorting through my "scrap bag".  They were extra blocks from a table runner I made at the first quilt retreat I ever attended in 1992! It's way past time to use these blocks in a quilt to be donated to CONCERN, the guild's current Community Outreach Program.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Charity Sewing Day

This quilt top was created for the Quilts of Valor project.  Four guild members made blocks and assembled the quilt at the last Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild Charity Sewing Day.   

Friday, February 22, 2013

Scrappy Quilt

Bonnie Hunter's method of cutting leftover fabric bits into usable pieces appealed to me as soon as I read about it.  So I have a box of 2.5" strips and another box of various size squares.  I recently scrambled them into sets of 9 and made blocks.  A few are traditional 5/4 nine patches.  A few have 3 or 4 pieces that match and others are just related bits.  After 20 blocks I had some soft pretty blocks and lots of bold strong blocks.  These are the bold blocks that I hope will appeal to a young boy sent off into foster care in Tioga County.  I made some more soft, pretty blocks and will finish that one soon.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Think Spring!

On a cold winter day when I was avoiding the layering process of a queen size quilt, I decided to use up some scraps and make some new items to brighten up my kitchen.  One thing led to another and now I have matching table topper, mug rug, wine shades and mat.  The mats were all based on a free pattern that was included in the September issue of JoAnn's mail ad.  P.S.  The quilt top has been layered and is ready to go!