Friday, April 30, 2010

Miniature Quilt!

This miniature quilt is being held by some Barbie-like dolls! Is this clever, or what? The photo is from Steffi's blog: Steffi is from Germany, but fortunately she writes both in German and English.
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Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Mercer Museum Crazy Quilt

I made this crazy quilt in 2007 for the Mercer Museum's Folk Fest in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Embellishments include: a little clock that works, a pearl necklace, yoyo's, a little eyeglass frame, a crocheted fan, a subway token, charms, buttons, beads, lace, crystals, a spider web made with shiny gold thread, a silk ribbon rose, a crocheted granny square, an old Girl Scout uniform button, a little doll from Peru, a tiny glove, buttons made from seashells, and much more.

The quilt was first machine pieced on a muslin foundation fabric, and then hand embroidered, embellished and quilted. Most of the fabrics are silk. This quilt was made over a period of three months. During that time we moved too! This was very relaxing and satisfying. The quilt raffle raised over $2,000 for the museum, and fortunately the woman who won it really likes crazy quilts. I'm glad it went to a good home.
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Pig on a Quilt

This pig lives on a crazy quilt made for Barbara Harrison of Pennsylvania by Karen Griska of Connecticut. There was a big loop on the top of this charm, so I piled up black beads as I sewed the charm onto the quilt. See more crazy quilt embellishment in the Exhibit: "Still Crazy in the Twenty-First Century" at the
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Monday, April 26, 2010

Sudoko Quilt

Linda Eichhorn of Doylestown, PA made this quilt by placing a specific black and white fabric the way you would place a certain numeral in a Sudoko game. So each fabric appears once in each row, once in each column, and once in each "9-Patch." Very clever, Linda. In this photo Linda is holding her quilt.
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Sunday, April 25, 2010

A Sunshine and Shadow Quilt

This Sunshine and Shadow quilt is one of my favorites. I like the ones that have some areas of subtle color shading, then an area where the contrast is extreme. Perhaps this Amish style quilt says “Pennsylvania” more than any other.
Keep an eye out for the upcoming Amish Quilt exhibit at:
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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Chat Noir

Ellen W. Johnson of Pennsylvania made this quilt using fabrics that her daughter brought home from a trip to France. This is a close-up view of just one block. The backing is completely covered with text! See this quilt in Ellen's Gallery at:
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Friday, April 23, 2010

Carolina Lily Friendship Quilt

This quilt was made by Barbara Harrison of Doylestown, PA, and some of her friends. It was a birthday present, of sorts. Barbara prepared packages of fabrics and instructions for nine quilting buddies. As you can see, the instructions were not rigid, and we all did our "own thing." Fortunately, Barbara likes this happy-heartedness. She did the stunning border, assembly and quilting herself. Happy Birthday, Barbara! :)
P.S. I made the block in the upper left corner. I like the curvy stem in the center block.
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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Irish Blessing

This charming Irish Blessing quilt was made by Helen Wolf of Pennsylvania. I see 4 four-leafed clovers. How lucky can you get? Beautiful job, Helen!
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

National Tribute Quilt

This is a close-up view of part of the National Tribute Quilt, made in honor of the people who lost thier lives on Sept. 11, 2001. There is an entire Exhibit at: this topic. So if you can't make it to New York City, just click on over to the OQM. It's open 24/7!

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Fancy Shaped Quilt

This fancy shaped quilt was made by Eileen Lovett of East Providence, Rhode Island. It's a Thousand Pyramid quilt with an optical illusion. You can view an exhibit of Optical Illusion quilts at
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Monday, April 19, 2010


This improvisational quilt was made by Karen Griska of Connecticut. She was inspired by the quilts of Gees Bend. In fact, she enjoyed the improvisational style so much that she made a series of 26 quilts. See 16 of them in her Gallery at
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Sunday, April 18, 2010

1960's Quilt

Lynne Jakubauskas, now of Montpelier, Vermont made this quilt in the 1960's when she was in middle school. It's a showcase of "vintage" fabrics. Some of her quilts have been in use for over 40 years and they're still going strong. See Lynne's Gallery at the
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Saturday, April 17, 2010

"Oriental Fans" by Nancy Poor

Nancy Poor of East Providence, RI made this quilt called "Oriental Fans." It took 7 years to make this quilt. Her friend Pat Smith added machine embroidered koi fish and Japanese writing to some of the unpieced areas of this quilt. You can see more photos on Nancy's Gallery at
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Friday, April 16, 2010

Ruby Slippers

This Log Cabin (Courthouse Steps variation) was done in red and pink, hence the playful name "Ruby Slippers." The piano key border has every shade of red, burgundy, turkey red, reddish purple and eggplant that I could find in my stash. Made by Karen Griska.
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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Hearts and Stars Quilt

This antique quilt was made in North Carolina in the 1800's. You can read about this quilt in an exhibit at:
Collection of Karen Griska, it was purchased on eBay.
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