Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A Mother's Love

Anna Maria's beautiful southwestern batik log cabin.

I will quilt any of her masterpieces.  What a joy to quilt this beauty.

Bri is loved, well loved.  Happy Birthday!

4 weddings in a weekend = Bricks and BlocksBri

Bricks for Bryn
Brick dimensions based on DaVinci's Golden Ratio.

"Lei" border for her Hawaiian husband.

Sister and Brother, married on consecutive days = busy weekend.
Bryn's Bricks and Colin's Blocks
Similar but different.

Colin & Lynzie's Blocks -- they are building their future
on a firm foundation.

Wedding Quilt for Danny & CC

Lucky Danny!  His mother is a quilter!

Pattern:  Boardwalk

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Paulie's 1st grade class Bullseye quilt

Paulie and his 1st grade classmates used gluesticks to layer and secure 3 circles of polka dot fabrics on top of a word print square.

Some of the kids used the whole glue stick on two such stacks...  They were stiff as a board!  1st graders love their glue sticks.  Wowzers!

I took their layered stacks and stitched the outer circle, 3/8" from the edge.  Then flipped it over and trimmed out the large circle 1/4" from the stitching line (this created a smaller circle that will be used with another class.)

You can see the outer stitching and where it was trimmed away.
Then I repeated the process for the middle circle: 1) stitching, 2) flipping and trimming out.  Repeat for the smallest circle.

Why do this?  Because the layers need to be removed.

Paulie and his 1st grade classmates 
created this darling bullseye top.

Once I longarm it, I will snip and fluff the edges of the circles.  The sweet students are choosing to whom they will give this cheerful quilt.  Teaching them the joy of giving! 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

I Spy -- all boy

A mom & dad have a string of girls and the news of a boy was big news.  So an all-boy quilt was the request and I thought snails, bugs, sharks, karate, etc.

The 'boys are made of ' idea meant:  an I Spy quilt!

In my pre-cut stash I knew there was an I Spy layer cake.  Sure enough!  A previous version by Kanvas Studios that I purchased at Missouri Star Quilt Company.
Added Kona Ash and used a super, simple you-tube tutorial
by Fat Quarter Shop called
No-Bake Jolly Bar (in the Shortcut Quilt Series.)
One Layer Cake actually made TWO quilts 47x54" !!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

O, Remember, my Son

Equilateral triangles (60 degree) with FMQing that reminds me of the mountains in our backyard
and the mountains that we can climb with the help of the Lord.

Alma 37:35
O, remember, my son, and learn wisdom in thy youth; yea,
learn in thy youth to keep the commandments of God.

Kona Ash

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Every Picture Tells a Story Quilt

All of the beautiful black and white photos for our musical production, Savior of the World, were taken by Heidi Christensen of Sunflower Six Photography.  They are stunning.  They capture the spirit of the people singing and performing this sacred play.

So the quilt made for Heidi is in tones of black and white and in fabrics with words and sheet music.  The pattern reminded me of the focus frame in cameras.

Tic Tac Toe pattern was designed by Toby Lischko
and is from the book, Kickin' Back Quilts
(one of Fons & Porter's Best of series.)
I added an additional row to create a 60x76" throw.

Heidi Christensen at

Heidi is an amazing photographer.  Thank you, sweet friend, for capturing this sacred effort for forever.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Look what arrived in the mail: Crossroads QAL!!

Crossroads QAL by Fat Quarter Shop
Cannot wait to get started!  Strawberry Fields Revisted by Fig Tree.

The BOAT, the amazing boat!

 Without hesitation Jeremy Cottle built a boat of bent wood that appeared to float on the Sea of Galilee.  
He did it in two days.  He was inspired.
This quilt represents the waves, the wood, and the indomitable faith of fishers of men.

In our production of Savior of the World, our director asked a very busy man with a busy family if he could make a boat for the Fisher of Men scene.  She handed him a sketch.  
 One little caveat:  it had to be two halves that looked full and huge beyond what it really was.  Not a whole boat but 2 halves that could be carried on and off stage through standard sized doors...  Can you see the center beams that we clamped together while on set?  

It filled a corner of the stage & build out and became a scene on the Sea of Galilee.