Mini Quilts

Uncategorized | April 5, 2014 | By

Come out today, April 5 and tomorrow, April 6, for the Kaw Valley Quilters’ Guild annual show in Lawrence,  KS. We are 200 members strong, so you can imagine the variety of beautiful quilts that will be on display! Show hours are 10-5 Saturday and 12-5 on Sunday, at Crown Toyota on south Iowa street. I made a couple of fun mini quilts that will be included in the silent auction. Come on out if you’re in the area!

Vintage Table Topper

Uncategorized | March 19, 2014 | By

This is a vintage table topper I found recently in an antique shop in Russell, KS, http://www.dpalmaco.com/  It’s a beautiful shop with incredibly reasonable prices.  A nice stop along I-70 if you need that halfway break!

I loved the crochet edging, which is why I spent the whopping $2!

And I decided the middle was way too white so I added a tiny line of black hand stitching to make it pop!

The corners were original embroidery.  I did a heavy stipple to make the corners and small embroidered flowers pop.  Then added glass beads for the finishing touch.

And wa-la, a beautiful new table or wall piece.  This will go into our annual quilt shows silent auction for mini quilts.  If you’re in the area, April 5 and 6 at Crown Toyota in Lawrence, KS.  See our website for more details http://www.kawvalleyquiltersguild.org/quilt-show-2014.html.

Quilt for Mary Kerr!

Uncategorized | March 5, 2014 | By

I am tickled to have finished a quilt that will be added to a traveling exhibit called “Quilt As Desired”, curated by Mary Kerr.  She gave me this vintage top last November after I met her at this very exhibit in Kansas City.

Ironically, I had just put on my own vintage top that looked very similar to Marys….

So it took me awhile to get hers on the frame.  I let my own become the experiment!

One of my new, favorite “rough draft” ideas is to take regular kitchen plastic wrap and tape it over my design.  Then I use a sharpie and draw my design on top.  Works great, just don’t let there be any holes in the plastic wrap!!!

Some days I get a little help from my granddaughter, Juniper.  I think one day she’ll use my quilts as a fort!

And the back is a mix of mostly vintage fabrics…..

And after 56 hours and a couple of weeks on the frame, TA DA!!!!

You can see the schedule for this exhibit here http://www.marywkerr.com/quiltasdesired.html and it begins in Baltimore, Maryland, this weekend March 6-8.  It is an exhibit worth seeing!  Enjoy!

Vintage Hankie…..Quilted!

Uncategorized | February 21, 2014 | By

How many vintage hankies, doilies and linens do you have in your home, tucked away in a drawer or closet?  Between large quilts, I love to do a quick, small vintage piece.  I bought this hankie a few weeks ago in a local antique store for $5.  Even that is a little expensive for me, but I adored the handwork in the small squares.

I decided I wanted those squares to have some bling, so I backed it with 30 year old satin from my wedding dress (created by my mother-in-law so I have scrap).

And here is the “sandwich” before I got going on the quilting.  I didn’t end up with much of the satin showing, but I really wanted the handwork to stand out this time.

VOILA!!  The finished product.  I added some glass beads for some sparkle.  Do you have a special hankie or linen piece that you would like displayed and not hidden in a drawer?  Let’s make something out of your treasure, email me!

Garage Sale Quilts!

Uncategorized | February 6, 2014 | By

My favorite summertime activity is garage “saling”.  Hope that’s a word because I use it often!  I find the best fabrics, blocks, sometimes orphaned quilt tops, for amazing prices.  I found what were only pieces of this quilt a couple of years ago and just finished hand piecing last summer.  It took a LONG time to finish.  It is only lap size, but perfect for a little girl.  I bought it for $2!!!  Once on the frame it came alive.  I used a digitized computer border and just a simple loop for the center so I could hold down a few corners and seams.  Once again, my granddaughter and daughter were perfect models 😉

Future Generations of Quilting

Uncategorized | January 28, 2014 | By

I’m always a little concerned with who will be the quilters of the future?  Will the 20 and 30 year olds pick up where their mothers and grandmothers left off?  I hope so!

One of my grown daughters recently finished a scrappy quilt she had been working on for quite a few years.  She was hand quilting the whole thing and got to the border and just wanted it done!  Maybe having a baby slowed the process?  So we put it on the frame and I machine quilted the rest.  Lucky to have a pretty cute quilt model too!

Vintage Top With Edge to Edge Design

Uncategorized | January 7, 2014 | By

Some quilt tops just need to get done!  I chose to do a swirly edge to edge design on this vintage top.  Dusty Farrell was the digital designer on this one.  The density of the swirls really made the top secure.

It has become a favorite design for many customer quilts.  The whimsical nature makes the quilt live again!

Odd Vintage Top….Modernized!

Uncategorized | January 6, 2014 | By

We have a fabulous quilt guild in Lawrence, KS, with loads of great speakers and almost 200 members strong.  Last summer I picked up this already pieced top, roughly 35″ x 35″, from our “give and take” pile of treasures that ladies add to and subtract from monthly.  One of the women saw me pick it up and told me it was her mothers and that she was trying to purge things she would never finish.  Of course, I told her I thought I could do something with it!  I pulled it out of my stash a few months later and put it on the floor so I could really look it over.  All I saw in the bag were these odd colors.  I had no idea it was a flower until I stood back!  I’m sure her mother got to a point and thought it was not the flower she was hoping for.  Well, I put it on the frame and boy did it come alive!

Backs are beautiful too!

Quilting softened the whole thing and gave it a new, modern look.  I’m guessing from the fabrics it was probably made in the 80’s.  The best part……I had no attachment to it so I decided to give it back to Betty.  I took it to our next guild meeting and would you believe she sat right next to me!  I went up for “show and tell” and before showing, I told the ladies that I had salvaged this from the share pile.  Also, that if anyone recognized the piece to be theirs, they could have it back.  WOW, was that fun!!  You should have seen her face.  And she had NO idea that it was a flower!  She was tickled to have it again!

Wedding Ring Tile Pattern!

Uncategorized | January 4, 2014 | By

This was finished for a customer who started this in the 1970’s.  She used remnants of her children’s clothing for outer pieces of the hexagon.

I used a computer generated flower for each center and then did a free motion loop through all of the colors.  She HAND PIECED the whole thing!

 I think it’s pretty phenomenal!!  I was tickled when I saw that end flapping on the machine.  It was almost king sized….whew!

Happy New Year!!

Uncategorized | January 2, 2014 | By

Do you have a most spectacular quilt from 2013?  Mine is a quilt top I bought on Ebay, from Kingman, KS. I think I paid $25 for it and find it to be one of the most beautiful tops I’ve finished this year.  I was drawn to it because of the simplicity.  The white space brought on so many dreams that I found it even difficult to begin.

I took my time working through each pass.  I have about 30 hours in the whole process.

At some point my granddaughter, Juniper, was over and I was on a roll and had to continue quilting.  So far I had been able to strap her in a carrier and stitch.

I found out quickly how long her arms were when she reached out and grabbed a handle!  That is a true LONGARM!!!!  So I decided it would become her quilt and I stitched “Junie was here” in the quilt along with the date.  A nice reminder of a moment that only I will be able to see.

The finished quilt is a one of a kind for sure and I LOVE it!  Glad Junie was involved!

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