Archive for the ‘quilt design’ Category

Heart of my Heart

April 30, 2012

I made this little quilt a while ago, to use as a class sample for a class that never made it off the ground. So it’s been waiting it’s turn for quilting and I finally got around to it last week. More practice on my new Tin Lizzie quilting machine.

Vegetable Medleys

April 18, 2012

I belong to a small art group called Northern Michigan Art Guild (NMAG for short). At a recent meeting, we set up some vegetable still life scenes. While the rest of the group painted and photographed, I made some drawings and translated them into small wall hangings. They will be offered for sale at the Earth Day event being hosted by the Cadillac Transition team on Sunday, April 22 , at the Rotary Pavilion in Cadillac, from 2-5 pm. If you’re in the area, please stop in and see us.

 

 

 

On the Way to Charlie’s Bunion

January 15, 2012

That’s the title of my latest quilt. I went hiking a few years ago with my son and his family. We were in Tennessee for my niece’s wedding, and the next day we hit the trail. From the trailhead, it’s about a 4 1/2 mile hike to Charlie’s Bunion, a rock formation on the Appalachian Trail (and another 4 1/2 miles back!). Somewhere along the way, we encountered this old tree, twisted and gnarled from years of weather, so we stopped for a photo-op. It’s been simmering in my mind for a while, and I finally got around to making a quilt based on the photo.
The techinque I used is freezer paper piecing, which is how I make my pictorial quilts. I didn’t take any photos of the quilt in progress. This method is a class that I teach. That’s my son and grandson posing for the camera.

After I got the quilting done on this scraggly pine tree, I thought it needed a little “something extra” so I free motion embroidered some needles on the branches. I don’t normally do much embellishing, but this quilt just called for a little bit.

Zentangles–Again!

May 26, 2011

I just recently made this little tree–only 8.5″ x 11″. These little quilts could become addicting.

Tangled

March 18, 2011

A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a site called zentangle.com then saw a couple of quilts made in that vein. So I had to try my hand at it. Tangled is constructed by fusing shapes of black and white fabrics onto a base fabric, then satin stitching over the raw edges.

Cosmos

January 29, 2011

I’ve been finishing up some ufo’s lately, and came across this block which was started in a class with Debra Danko a couple of years ago. I went into my basket of 2 1/2″ scraps for the border. Of course I had to cut more! I really like the way it turned out. I did a little thread painting in the flowers, and machine appliqued them with a double blanket stitch.

Rising Star

May 6, 2010

Kettunen Center, near Tustin, MI, is a conference center and 4-H leader training facility. West Michigan Quilters Guild sponsored this Rising Star/4-H quilt block for their building. The center hosts several quilt retreats a year.

Flying High Ninepatch

May 6, 2010

John is a private pilot, and Mary makes nine-patch quilts to give as gifts. Both of them are represented in this Flying High Ninepatch block on their barn.

Pineapple

April 23, 2010

Our quilt trail team decided to place a Pineapple quilt block on the building where we do our painting as a thank-you to the owner who has generously let us use it all winter.  We realized after we had the block finished that the pineapple is a symbol of hospitality, so it was very appropriate.

Broken Dishes

April 23, 2010

It’s been a while since I blogged. Much has happened since then. We have two more quilt blocks installed, and another one going up tomorrow. This Broken Dishes quilt is probably close to 100 years old, and is the source for the design of the quilt block on the Marion Historical Museum in Marion, MI
Some of the members of the Historical Society came and helped us paint the block by adding some embellishing to create the look of printed fabrics.

The block was mounted on a shed next to the main building, which houses the antique tool collection.