Sunday, June 29, 2008

Puzzling Nine Patch

Not much to say about this except the puzzle pieces are raw edged applique.

Since it is only 9" x 10" even though I hate to let it go I'm going to send it to Ami Simms for her Alzheimer's auction.

Here is my block, assembled and the parts all stitched down in place. It is a 24"x24" logcabin. Two identicle blocks shaded from lightest in center to darkest outside in complimentary colors woven together to make one block. I used all hand dyed (by me) fabrics.

It is as yet unquilted as I can't seem to make up my mind what to do? I would truly appreciate some suggestions!

I will post another picture when finished :-)


Serengeti Sunrise

I actually made 9 of the same block for this, I have always wanted to do one of these blocks and never did so figured now was the time. And here's a the corner circles? I sewed them together first and then FUSED them onto the background once it was pieced. So technically I still haven't attempted to make this block but I am very happy with the results anyways!
I am considering whether or not to add borders to this, and I have some small embellishments I want to add after I decide. Will post a completely finished photo then. At this time it is a 24" square
As usual comments welcome :-)

Trees and Butterflies

23" x 17 1/2"

The closest I have ever come to making a traditional quilt block is the old log cabin pattern, so I started out with that. I designed it from the center out, and the further out I went, the more I deviated from the standard. Since the challenge did not say anything about using traditional methods of construction, after the central three green pieces, I used my more usual raw-edge appliqué for the additional pieces so I could cut the shapes as I wanted them. The butterflies were there, in my mind, from the beginning, though.

And yes, surprise, this is a straight, rectangular piece! (There are a few others I've done that way, it just happens at

Update: 7/11/2009
I wasn't really satisfied with this picture, and several months later, picked up a do-it-yourself frame, replaced the water with more of the fabric just above it, and let it "flow" out of the frame. It is now re-titled "Overflow of Trees and Butterflies", and is now, officially, finished!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Challenge #22 - Spot the Block

Challenge # 22 - Friday, June 27, 2008

Guest Hostess – Katie Wilson

Theme or Technique - Spot the Block

Distort a traditional block so that it is still recognizable, but more interesting or abstract. You can change the proportions, for example, but we should still be able to find the original block fairly easily. Think outside the block!

Design Concept - Balance

Due - Saturday, Noon EST July 5, 2008

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Deconstructed Log Cabin

I started with a "liberated" log cabin made from fabrics in my scrap bag. Then, I stamped it all over with two colors - the gold didn't show up so I over stamped it with black. then I cut it up and sewed it back together mostly with 1" strips so I could maintain the original size.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Purple Mountains

17" x 18"

"Before" is actually the FFFC effort for Challenge #8 which I didn't like well enough to even post. I had, however, loaned it to a friend who loves purple so much that she has named her insurance company "Purple Ink" -- anything purple goes on her walls or shelves -- and I only thought of it this past week. I think she'll like "After" even better!

My thought of what to do with it came in the wee hours of wakefulness one night. My original intention was to put in the wavy diagonals in one direction, then cut it further to put another set crossing those, but decided to stop after the first set.

I'm not sure of what I want to call it -- suggestions welcome!

Monday, June 02, 2008

That Dog "Gone" Quilt

My UFO was made from a ugly fabric exchange. (the little flower's red,orange,yellow,green...ugly?). I folded the UFO in half and cut wedges.

Wedges from both sides of the UFO are in both fans. In my stash I still had some of the dog fabric....I scattered little dogs around That Dog "Gone" Quilt and on the ends of the fans with a fusiable and stitch finish.I also used eye-lash yarn around the fans.
I'm not sure if I like the UFO or That Dog "Gone" Quilt better. (Done is better!!). I know my quilter friends here in Marquette would be upset with the cut up designs on the fans. I like the idea of cut and sew you never know what you will get....