I though today I’d post pictures of a few the quilts and table mats I’ve made over the years with Christmas in mind. These are in no particular order:
I think I made this about 10 or 11 years ago, I didn’t put a quilt label on the back so I am guessing. The motifs are machine embroidery designs I purchased from The Stitch Connection and embroidered on my Brother machine. I changed up the borders a bit from the original quilt pattern. What a great project from this equally great company! I machine quilted this project on my domestic Juki using a single poly batt.
This small quilt measures 9’x12″ and was made as a donation for auction item to support Quilt teacher/designer Ami Simms. She began a program called the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) to raise money to fund Alzheimer’s research. I printed vintage graphics onto natural medium weight muslin fabric and embellished the surface with seed and bugle beads, ribbons, mother-of-pears buttins and small metal charms. If memory serves me I believe this little piece raised approx. $350.00.
I started this quilt with a group of friends in the Seabrook, TX area. I’d never worked with a combination of both white and ivory background fabrics. The pattern is from a long forgotten magazine. I fussy cut the star center squares from Christmas/Winter bird fabrics. If you look carefully you’ll see the quilt is hanging a little odd. I was in a rush the evening before “quilt turn in day” for my guild ( Quilt Guild of Greater Houston )show. I frantically got the sleeve stitched on, the label attached just in time to beat the deadline. Imagine my surprise as I strolled through the show and saw my quilt hanging sideways… that’s right, I mistakenly sewed the sleeve down the side rather than across the top. I finished this quilt in 2013. I machine quilted this project on my domestic Juki using a single batt. It has a tone on tone ivory backing.
Not really a quilt but rather a felted wool applique table decoration, this pattern is from All Through the Night, Bonnie Sullivan. If you’ve ever made any if her project then you’ll already know she’s a fantastic artist! For this piece I both felted and hand over-dyed my own wool. I shop resale stores looking for old 100 % wool garments with interesting texture. This mat measures approx. 16′ across. This piece is hand appliqued using DMC embroidery floss.
Another Bonnie Sullivan pattern! I had this piece finished, held it up to show my hubby the completed work and he said to me “What is a Vison?” I had neglected to stitch the second “i” in vision. Luckly I had room to squeeze it in! This piece is also 100% hand felted and hand over-dyed wool from old garments. I machine appliqued this project on my Bernina. It measures approx. 16″ across.
And finally, a project started and finished in 2016, this is a quilted vintage Christmas tablecloth measuring approx. 48″x51″. It is double batted and quilted with Glide thread everywhere except on the red border where I used YLI Smoke mono-filament. The backing fabric is 100% cotton bleached muslin. I quilted this piece on my Innova longarm, hand guided free motion. The piece is completely finished, sadly I can’t find a picture of the finished and bound quilt. Maybe tomorrow…
Hope you enjoyed!
Blessings for a wonderful 2017!