Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day Selvage Quilt

Today in the US we are honoring those who gave their lives serving our country.
This patriotic selvage quilt is the creation of Diane Schneck of New York City and fellow member of Empire Quilters.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Stacked Rotary Cutting

This detail photo of a quilt by Norah McMeekling shows the wonderful results of using the stacked rotary cutting method originally invented by Bethany Reynolds. Norah offers a workshop showing how to take this method to the next level. Looks like fun.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Landscape Quilt by Norah McMeekling

This is a detail photo of Norah McMeekling's quilt "Hielan's Home." She's the author of "Bella Bella Quilts," and she offers a workshop on making landscape quilts. Norah's website is:

Friday, May 28, 2010

Liberty Jack Quilt by Janey Forgan

Janey Forgan made this Liberty Jack quilt using Liberty of London fabrics. A real classic.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Trip Around the World

This antique Trip Around the World quilt was made by an unknown maker. The pastels are really jazzed up by the addition of the red squares. This quilt was listed on eBay this year.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Presidental Election Quilt

Every four years I make a quilt while I'm listening to the election news. This past election has historic no matter who won, a black man or a woman.
This quilt was auctioned to benefit the Pearl S. Buck International Association.
It resides in a living room in Pennsylvania.
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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Amish Monkey Wrench

This Amish style Monkey Wrench quilt was made by eye (the little triangles are all slightly different sizes). I liked using so many different dark solids in this quilt. Adding the medium cocoa brown adds interest, I think. This quilt is in the collection of Marsha Hicks of PA, mother of a talented young quilter, Rachel.
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Monday, May 24, 2010

Quilt to Cheer an Injured Young Woman

The blocks for this quilt were made by quilters worldwide for Bree, a girl who lost her leg in a car-wash accident in Florida. She was a soccer player and they were raising money for their team when the accident happened. Quilter Michelle Lancaster put out the call for blocks on the Internet. She got so many that she also made a quilt for Bree's friend. According to newspaper accounts, Bree has a prosthetic leg and is doing very well. She has a great attitude.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Woven Ribbons on a Crazy Quilt

This antique crazy quilt by an unknown maker was brought to a quilt show in PA to be evaluated and appraised. I liked this detail, woven silk ribbons. It has held up well over the years!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Antique Red Dot Fan Quilt

This antique quilt by an unknown maker was for sale on eBay this year. What a lot of action in this quilt, red dots surrounded by fans make a series of targets. The fan blades are high contrast too. I'd love to know the story behind this quilt!

Friday, May 21, 2010

This Seven Sisters String Quilt was simple to design. It was just a matter of string-pieced triangles made with either darks or lights. Then they were arranged on the design wall, and sewn into rows. Easy as pie. And fun too, especially hiding little pictures like a blackbird, a fish, some bicycles, an airplane, etc.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Little Dress

I made this quilt for a guild challenge when I lived in Tennessee. The challenge was to use black, white, and one color. The little dress on this quilt is really only a dress front. It has lace, tiny buttons, and ruching. There's batting in it to make it nice and soft, and poly fill in the sleeves. The wavy yellow "border" is done with ruching. That was fun. After making the yoyo's, I put black fabric inside the opening so that it looks like you are seeing the quilt through the yoyo.
I had a sewing machine that embroidered text, so I listed popular names for girls in each decade of the 1900's. This quilt won First Prize, Viewer's Choice, and Best Design. This is one of my all-time favorites.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Red and White Variable Star

I made this quilt a few years ago. It was machine quilted by Lauren Dougherty of Jamison, PA. I thought this quilt needed some "real" quilting, and Lauren did a wonderful job. I love red and white quilts.

Monday, May 17, 2010


This is one of the quilts I made when I was going through my Gee's Bend phase in 2002. One of the things I like about this quilt is that the binding was made from a print, and the rest of the quilt is all solids. It also felt good to ignore "dye lots."

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Monkey Wrench

This Monkey Wrench quilt was made by Karen Griska of Connecticut. She used a variety of blues and tans to make it more interesting, but still quiet. Note the cool spiky border. :)
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