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Celtic Vest

February 25, 2012

I don’t do a lot of wearable art, but came across a Junk Jeans pattern I had bought several years ago, and acquired some not too worn jeans, so I thought I would have a go at it. However, I do not care for western style, which the pattern showed, so I adapted it to use some Celtic designs. The back motif is from a quilt I made a few years back, called Twist, which featured several Celtic-style appliqued designs. The front is a basic 4-strand Celtic braid. I took it to my quilt guild meeting before I had the applique stitched down, or the vest sewn together, and sold it!


Boxy Stars

March 18, 2011

I’ve been downsizing (cleaning out) my stash this winter. One of the patterns I chose to make was Boxy Stars, a block by Bonnie Hunter. It’s an easy block to piece, and makes a wonderful scrap quilt. I added the 6″ border of “piano keys” . Quilted on my Tin Lizzie 18.

A couple of new quilts

September 20, 2010

I haven’t done a lot of quilting this summer, what with being so busy with the barn quilts and other stuff (like a garden that went wild!) but I did recently complete these two.
The first one is my birthday quilt from blocks that my local quilt guild gave me for my birthday. We had a group of 12 people who each gave all 12 a fat eighth of a focus fabric, and we were to make each other a block on our designated “birthday month”. I set mine with a garden maze setting in order to make the quilt large enough for a queen size bed.

The second one is a commission quilt for my late husband’s cousin in Utah. He wanted a large wall hanging with a barn on it. His grandfather was a barn builder in the 1920’s, so I used one of the barns he built, which is still in the family, owned by another cousin, for the image.

It won first place viewer’s choice for wall hangings in our local quilt guild show last weekend. Now it is off to Utah.

Flowers for Spring

May 16, 2010

We’ve installed two more barn quilts, only this first one is on a house, a 4 foot Tulip Basket.

Yesterday we put this Amaryllis on an old barn.  The women who have lived in this place have always had wonderful flower gardens, so this block is in honor of all of them.

Next time, maybe I’ll have some actual fabric quilts to post.

A Pair of Plates

March 27, 2010

Dresden Plates, that is. They’re both going on the same barn, one facing US131 freeway, and the other facing US10.

They’re still hanging out at the painting studio for a while, until the barn owner gets the barn painted.

Road trip

March 6, 2010

I took myself on a little road trip yesterday to check out some barns. Surprisingly, I took over 40 pictures, and hardly left the main road. Some good potential sites for barn quilts.

#4 is painted and waiting for spring

February 19, 2010

We finished painting the fourth barn block which will actually be mounted on Kettunen Center, which is the 4-H leader training facility and conference center near Tustin, MI. West Michigan Quilt Guild sponsored the block, and some of the members were at Kettunen for a retreat and got to help with the painting. The block will be mounted in the spring. Too much snow and cold now.


December 27, 2009

It was a quiet Christmas here. My grandson and his daughter and I braved the icy roads and went to my daughter’s for Christmas breakfast. We ended up hanging out there all day. It rained all day and by the time we were ready to go home, the road was mostly just wet.

Flow River Flow

November 15, 2009

I just finished this quilt based on this photo I took of my grandson when we were on a hiking trip a couple of years ago. It was taken in Letchworth State Park in western New York.
river picture

I struggled a lot with how to make the background look like the river. I couldn’t get just the right blues, greens, browns for a solid piece of fabric, which was my first thought. Finally, I took the fabric that I had dyed, overpainted some of it, and some commercial batiks and cut some long skinny diamonds. That way I could give the colors some movement like the river flowing.


Mostly I am a piecer, so the applique and thread painting are not something I do regularly. I went through many changes of mind about how to accomplish my goals. In the end, several different techniques were used. The rocks are appliqued with turned under edges (invisible machine applique). The figure of my grandson was fused to stabilizer and thread painted. It was not attached to the quilt until after the background quilting was done.

Same with the tree branches.
The bright green weeds were fused and thread painted before quilting, but the flower heads were done after quilting. The leaves on the trees went through many idea changes. I fused two green fabrics together, and cut out leaf shapes with a “pinking” rotary cutter blade. When I placed them on the quilt, it was just too much and didn’t look right. So I went back and sliced the leaves up into smaller random shapes. They were placed on the quilt and held down with some machine stitching.

Rambling far from home

October 19, 2009

The elf really went rambling far from the quiltorium last week-all the way to North Carolina, to view quilt barns and get in a little hiking, too.

Two for one

Two for one

Autumn glory

Autumn glory