Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Underground Railroad

Mom decided to clean out her stash and give away some quilts she didn't really want to finish. She had started this quilt and had two squares done. I took on the challenge of completing this quilt. Mom sent the fabric and the book and off I went. I like the way the quilt turned out and I enjoyed making the different blocks.

Jingle All the Way

This is a quilt I made in the Fall of 2007 in my first quilt class ever. I took the class at my favorite quilt store in Southern California, Cotton and Chocolate. The sample quilt was beautiful. My classes were during the big fires that surrounded Santa Clarita (and we got three days off school for). The quilt is from the book 11 Laps from Fats and is called Jingle all the Way. I used fabric from the In the Pink line by Buggy Barn. I enjoyed the three other women in the class and my instructor and I really like the quilt.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Anne Nicole's Civil War Blocks

For the Christmas of 2007 I made my friend Anne Nicole a small quilt to hang in her house in Savannah. She has an old fashioned wash stand and I wanted to make a quilt she could hang there or anywhere else in her house that she wanted. I called her oldest and had her measure so I could make something that would fit. I also wanted to learn how to paper piece, so I decided I'd make her some Civil War blocks from the Civil War Diary book. It's an appropriate choice since she immersered herself in the Civil War when she moved to the South. I like a lot of the blocks and most turned out pretty well. I sashed them with a tea dyed/stained muslin and a blue border and backing.

Courthouse Steps with Terri Nussbaum

Earlier this year I took a class at my favorite quilt store here in Washington - Carriage Country Quilts in Des Moines, WA. The class was a courthouse steps quilt and it was taught by Terri Nussbaum, the author of Quick-Change Quilts. I used my stash of Civil War and other reproduction fabrics in hopes of taming the huge pile. I had to be really careful and plan out the quilt so that all the blocks would match up with the right block. The quilter did an amazing job quilting it. I wasn't sure I'd love the blocks this way but I really love this quilt and I can't wait for it to get cold so I can use it!!!!