Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Feeling Patriotic!

So...   I retired AGAIN a few weeks ago, and am back to quilting more regularly,,,,

I've been on a patriotic binge lately; here are the fruits of my labor!

Missouri Star Baby Blocks quilt

Wall Hanging

Pillow Covers

Tabke Runner and Dollar Tree dishes I sponge-painted

It's not a holiday at my house without a themed tree!

Friday, January 13, 2017

A Huge Honor

In early December, our little community of Americus, GA was rocked by the senseless killing of two young law enforcement officers, Nick and Jody.  The two were best friends.  As the wife of a retired law enforcement officer, this hit me especially hard.  I was reminded how very blessed I was to have had my husband return home safely after each shift for 33 years.


Last weekend, I was approached by organizers of a special event to celebrate the lives of these young officers with their families and the community.  They asked me to make memory pillows from the uniforms of the young officers.  It was one of the hardest things I've ever done, but what a privilege it was!

Here are the finished pillows.  Each had a piece of the other's uniform included because of their deep connection.  Their names and badge numbers were embroidered on the front, and a special poem was added to the back of each pillow.  My prayer is that the pillows will be bring comfort to the families of these young heroes.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Catching up once more...

Goodness!  It;s been more than six months since I posted!  A lot has happened in that six months... our second grandson, Mick, was born a few weeks early;  we lost my mother in law just days after the new grandchild was born; and I've been helping launch a new charter school in our community (opening in just two weeks!)  But I have done some quilting in between, so will share some of my work from the past several months...

This is a quilt I made for our son...  the scripture is one my hubby shared with him on the birth of his son...  Psalm 127:3-5.

Here's one I made for our pastor and his wife when they moved away this spring after seven years...  sniff, sniff...

I liked my pastor's quilt so much that I made myself a smaller version for a wall hanging.

I made another Lulu quilt for baby Mick...  these are the quilts I'm making with pieces of my mother's favorite gowns...  The bunnies on this one are from one of the gowns.  Labels on these quilts read  "This quilt was made with love so you'll have a piece of your Lulu who's watching you from Heaven above."

This is the latest finish... my first try at English Paper Piecing. I had grand plans of making the background with muslin hexies, but once I saw how long it took to simply make the medallions, I ran out of patience. Hexies are machiine appliqued onto wholecloth muslin. I really like how the quilting came out! It fits a full-size bed.

Lastly, here is a peacock panel quilt I made for a dear friend who loves peacocks. I started with the printed panel and added mitered borders of solid black and floral striped fabric.

I;ve also done a number of tshirt quilts on commission. It's been a busy six months!

Please send me comments if you'd like how-to info on any of these quilts.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Princess Quilt

A young mother from our church recently commissioned me to make a princess quilt for her three-year-old's birthday.  I really had a good time doing something "girly!"

For the main section of the quilt, I used half square triangles to make the chevron pattern.  I used white Kona and some cute Waverly prints.  The outer border is also a Waverly print, as is the stripe for the binding.  (I LOVE striped bindings!)

The darling 3D applique came from Bows and Clothes on Etsy.  She has several other princess appliques.  I'll be getting more!

Here's a closeup of the princess.

And one of the back and binding....

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Catching Up!

Mercy!  I just realized it's been nearly three months since I posted!  I kept meaning to catch up, but I guess life got in the way....

Anyhow, I've completed several quilts/quilted items in the past couple months, most of which were Christmas commissions.  I also did a few charity quilts and wall hangings AND some things for a crafts show. Plus I made several quilted Christmas gifts...

NOW I remember why I haven't posted:  TOO BUSY SEWING!

Here are SOME as finished products...  sorry, no in-process pics were taken.

I made 2 sets of these scrappy strip placemats for Christmas gifts.  (This is my daughter's dining room.)  I also made but never photographed a set of solid woodgrain-quilted placemats and a runner for Christmas gifts.  Both sets were reversible.  WHY didn't I take pics???

This is one of the commissioned memory quilts.  It was for Pat Spann,  a local restaurant/pub owner, using tshirts representing the 30-plus years he's been in business. This quilt measured 110" square; the largest I've ever done!  I had a blast doing this one; it brought back lots of memories!  I've whiled away quite a few hours there, beginning way back in high school, when my dad forbade me to go!  In fact, it was there that my hubby asked me out for the first time...

Here's another memory quilt commissioned by two daughters of a departed Harley rider, for their mom.  Each shirt was from a different state.  I can't wait for us to have time to really travel on my husband's Harley and collect shirts like these!

And another memory quilt...  This was for my husband's cousins, whose sister lost her battle to breast cancer a couple years ago.  They presented the quilt to their parents for Christmas.  This was a bit of a challenge, as it combined tshirts and woven blouses.

Here are a couple of the charity quilts.  They were small; about crib size.

Baby quilts...  The golf themed one was a commission; the modern one was for a dear girlfriend of our daughter.  The modern one has wood grain quilting I learned from Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt. http://theinboxjaunt.com/2014/11/18/woodgrain-a-free-motion-quilt-tutorial/.  She posts new tutorials daily.

I made OLAF just for fun; had been wanting to play around with strip piecing and quilting with wavy lines. I learned wavy lines from Megan at Canoe Ridge Creations.
http://sewsweetness.com/2011/09/back-to-school-free-motion-and-other.html.   I also quilted in some snowflakes.

This next two items were for ME!

I did the pillow cover out of suede cloth; my first attempt at quilting feathers in a circular pattern.   I learned (and am still learning) this technique from Ivory Spring.

I learned the Icicle Lights quilting design on this embroidered and quilted wall hanging from Leah Day at The Free Motion Quilting Project.  http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/2011/03/day-264-icicle-lights.html  I've learned MANY techniques through Leah's blog!   She has a new tutorial nearly every day!

Before Christmas. my sister sent me a picture (below on the left) of a Star of David quilt,.along with a request that I make one for her. http://quiltingafterdark.blogspot.ca/2013/03/star-of-david-finished.html.  When Christie came to visit a few weeks ago, just after Christmas, we made the quilt on the right while our hubbies watched college football.  We hadn't been able to find a pattern, so we used her photo and a 60 degree triangle template to work one out.  Christie counted all those triangles and figured out how many of each color to cut and then laid them out in order for me to sew.  I sewed and she ironed.  We make a pretty good team!  I quilted most of the stippling, but she tried her hand one a small section.  You can't see it, but we quilted a scripture from Zephanaiah 3:17 into the white border...  She did the first 3-4 words and then went home to Alabama, leaving me to finish!  I quilted a simple swirl wave into the blue border. It turned out very nicely, we think!  Thanks to Angelina Kendra for the inspiration!  http://quiltingafterdark.blogspot.ca/

WHEW!  Now that I'm caught up with blogging, I can go back to sewing.  I'm working on a girly quilt for my daughter in law; can't wait to share it!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Winn's Baby Quilt

Recently, I was commissioned to create a baby quilt for the newborn son of an avid fisherman.  The client asked that the baby's name be embroidered on the quilt and selected the fishing bear applique. She left the rest up to me.  I LOVE it when that happens!

Color selection came first.  Lately, while perusing Pinterest for nursery ideas (I have another grandson on the way!), I've noticed gray being used in nurseries.  It's a great departure from the traditional pinks and blues, in my opinion!

With the fishing theme in mind, aqua blue seemed the natural choice for a secondary color.  I'm in love with the combination of colors!

This quilt began with strips of varying widths ranging from about 3" to about 7".  No pattern here...  if you follow my blog, you know I rarely use a pattern.  Too many rules!

Next, the appliques were added: the bear, the baby's name on an oval patch, and two trout. That bear is so cute!

Then came my favorite part, the quilting!  I used my midarm quilter for the free motion quilting, which included some wavy lines to resemble water and pebbling to resemble, well, pebbles in the water.  I also quilted the outlines of several trout "swimming" across the quilt. 

The quilt is backed in the aqua and white crosshatch fabric and bound with one of the gray prints.  

Making it was tons of fun!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Welcome to Heaven!

One of my latest creations... inspired by one of my mom's paintings....

Honestly, I cannot take credit for this alone...  the painting (on the left) that inspired the mini-quilt was done by my mother, Coy Lou Ryan.  My sister, Christie, and I discovered it while cleaning out her things after she passed away.  Neither of us had ever seen the painting.

A little history...

Our mother battled cancer off and on for about 27 years, beginning with breast cancer.  She was one of the most creative, glass-half-full, deeply spiritual people I've ever known.  Her positive outlook and her faith were, I am certain, what kept her alive all those years.  She was beautiful inside and out, and brought joy to everyone she encountered.  Here she is with one of the many Santas she created.

So back to the painting and the quilt...

Since we didn't get to talk with Mom about the painting, we are left to speculate about its meaning and her thinking as she painted it.  Daddy didn't remember the painting or ever hearing her talk about it.  Christie and I believe it is a depiction of Mom in heaven. We think she is the woman, welcoming someone new, who is being escorted by the angel at the bottom of the painting.  Note the city of gold in the upper right corner and the lion and the lamb below the city.  In the sky, you can see angels flying...

Both my sister and I really liked the painting, and each of us would have liked to have the painting in our home.  So I decided to make a replica in a quilted wall hanging.

We made photocopies of the painting (in sections) and then pieced them together to have a same-size reproduction.  We cut the copy into pieces and traced the pieces onto fabric, fusing the fabrics in place on our background fabric.  Christie did most of the tracing and cutting while I did the sewing.  This took HOURS!!!  It was great sister time.  All told, we spent about 18-20 hours over the course of a day and a half on the quilt.

The plan is that we will take turns trading out the painting and the quilt in our homes...  we each like both so much that we decided that was the fairest solution.