Saturday, May 31, 2014

Graduation Quilts

My church has three students graduating from high school this year. Here are the quilts that were made for them, to be presented in church on June 1.
This first one is for the girl; the pattern is from the book Transparency Quilts by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr.
The other two quilts are for the two boys. It is always a challenge to make quilts for the boys; the church stash is built on donated fabrics, and by far the majority of the fabrics are suited for girlish quilts! I supplemented a bit from my stash for both of these...

I am not sure what pattern this is as I saw a picture of one like it and basically planned it out on my own. It sure is a striking quilt!
This next quilt is from a pattern called "Buckle Up", designed by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting. We used all solids for the greens and blues; the dark fabrics are all black on black.

Monday, May 12, 2014


I took a trip with my family to Europe! I insisted on finding at least one fabric shop in The Netherlands!
Quiltkelder in Putten

I found the distinctively Dutch fabrics in a basement corner.

 A few fabrics came home with me!

The top row are fabrics for costumes,
while the bottom row just tickled my fancy!
And I wanted a few Dutch themed fabrics as well;
I wonder if Dutch women ever use such fabrics in their quilts?
"Tiles"--I had to have this print too!

In the city of Urk I saw a display window with some Dutch quilt projects...
I was particularly fascinated with the cobblestone roads and walkways throughout the country. The bricks are all shapes and sizes, laid out in designs that can change abruptly!

This was the floor in a restaurant!
I am excited to get busy with those fabrics, maybe incorporating some of the cobblestone designs into a memory quilt of Holland. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Superbowl Mystery Quilt Sew-along

The Seattle Seahawks go to the Superbowl, and I spent the day sewing a quilt top! I am not a 12th Man Fan, so the game did not interest me. Well, I stumbled upon a blog that was hosting a mystery quilt-along for those quilters who would rather be sewing during the big game!
I had to choose colors. Hmmm...I belong to a non-guild quilting group, and we were challenged to make a monochromatic quilt, using paint chip cards as a guide. I drew this chip, a bluish purple. 
So I dug through my stash of purple fabrics; most of them are on the red-ish purple side...
...but I did find a few that matched the chip and that met the fabric requirements of one dark, two mediums, a light, a border fabric and a zinger.
My lightest fabric (second from the right) was not light enough so I used the wrong side and it worked! For the zinger, I used white as it was allowed by the monochromatic rules.

And here is the finished quilt top; it measures 49" square. I think it will need some special quilting in the blank spots, or maybe I could add some applique!

This was my first mystery quilt and it was a lot of fun!
To see more mystery quilt finishes, check them out at
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