7/14/2018 - Grandmother's Lovie Lap QuiltEasily made Carolyn's Homesewn Lovie Lap Quilt with pockets for my 100-year old Grandmother. Backed with flannel. Pockets are flannel on both sides as well. See the finish post HERE.
5/14/2018 - Autumn Dimensional Pinwheels Table TopperMy neighbor friends Joe & Angela asked me to sew a huge Thanksgiving tablecloth together for the 2017 holiday. Angela and I went to Joann's for her to purchase the fabric. I took it home along with the measurements and proceeded to create the tablecloth with a French Seam and my first rolled hem. It was a hit at Thanksgiving dinner. With the fabric scraps left over, I wanted to make a Dimensional Pinwheels quilt from Laura Ann Coia's SewVeryEasy YouTube video. Joe provided input on the preferred matching color using the colored dots along the selvage. The matching Kona Cotton and a variegated brown thread finished the quilt nicely.
> 2018 Rebecca's Reel Quilters guild show 2nd place in Miniature
5/13/2018 - ParasolsThis Queen-sized Silk Charmeuse and Dream Orient batting quilt was inspired by the 2016 Treasure Garden catalog cover. The company has provided permission to enter this into Quilt Shows. To create the quilt as desired it required a unique construction method to align the octagons and create the wrap-around self-binding. The parasols have a second layer of batting over the silk squares before any of the quilting triple & satin stitches that can be seen on both the front and back of the quilt. This Queen-sized quilt was sewn entirely on a home sewing machine.
> 2018 Rebecca's Reel Quilters guild show 3rd place in Applique
> 2018 Finalist - Quilt accepted into A Day in the Life at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza in the Innovative Category
3/17/2018 - Freezer Simple Table TopperHubby asked for a simple table topper for the chest freezer that holds the dog food. Had the supplies in my stash and finish it in one day. A fun break from satin stitching Parasols every day. Used Janome's wavy stitch to create a quilted grid. A flange binding finished it quickly.
Note: Needs the corners hand stitched closed and a label created and hand-stitched to the back, but it's not for any competitions or shows so that's extreme low priority.
11/5/2017 - Kimberbell Basics TablerunnerPhyllis Garnat's Rebecca's Reel Quilters Guild Tablerunner workshop on November 4, 2017 used Pellon 702D Quilter's Secret lined iron-on interfacing to easily create a fun little quilt. I used a Charm Pack (5" squares) from the 2017 Maywood Studios Kimberbell Basics fabric line and arranged them in a rainbow-ish fashion to create the effect I wanted. Kona White was an easy add for borders. This quilt now sits on the side-table next to my TV watching chair and it makes me smile.
> 2018 Rebecca's Reel Quilters guild show Honorable Mention in Pieced Small
11/5/2017 - Thread Painted SunflowersMy first Thread Painting workshop was hosted by Rebecca's Reel Quilters guild. Joyce Hughes came in on October 7, 2017 providing the pre-quilted background and appliqued unique set of sunflowers for each participant. I finished the last few Thread Painting steps at home and then trimmed the quilt and added a matching flange binding to finish it. I'm looking forward to seeing where thread painting takes me in the future.
11/3/2017 - Tux & Kipper's dawn beach adventureRebecca's Reel Quilters Guild started a Batik Challenge on April 2, 2017 with a target delivery for the November 5th Harvest Luncheon. It took me until October to determine what I would make with the various sized fabrics I received from my group. Pictures of my dogs were resized to be the same scale to create the original design based on my vision with these fabrics. The red/yellow batik was my one add fabric. the water blue was my color and I had an extra yard of it (originally purchased for something else) so it also became the back and main binding color. The center applique is all raw edge stitched down during the quilting process. Both Free Motion Quilting and decorative machine stitches were used on my domestic sewing machine.
> 2018 Rebecca's Reel Quilters guild show 1st place in Miniature
7/10/2017 - Port in a Storm At SeaDavid Sirota's No More Tears paper piecing method for Storm at Sea workshop on 3/3/2017 during The Quilt and Sewing Fest of New Jersey was fabulous. I made this 2 color version with a border and flange binding. The quilting was simple Stitch-In-The-Ditch. The fabrics go with my curtains. This was my first wall hanging made for myself.
> 2017 NJ Monmouth County Fair 1st place in Machine Pieced Wall Hanging Quilts
> 2017 NJ Middlesex County Fair 2nd place in Wall Hanging Quilts
7/9/2017 - Wonky StarsUnused star blocks from the Wedding quilt and other extra fabrics easily translated into another Maple Island Quilt's BQ3 pattern small size quilt for the Rebecca's Reel Quilters Dolly Quilt donation. I enjoyed putting this together and using up a little bit of my stash.
> 2017 NJ Middlesex County Fair 2nd place
9/7/2016 - She BeesWhen purchasing my first quilting swing machine from Fabric Inspirations (closed LQS) an example of this Maple Island Quilt's BQ3 pattern featuring one of Tula Pink's Bumbles fabric hung on the wall. Tula's fabric was so soft that I wanted to make this quilt for a friend's new grand baby and the following quilt for a different friend's first daughter. I started on August 15, 2015, but didn't know how to finish the quilts after I got the tops together. It took me a while to come back and finish these. I cut Bumble outlines out of batting and double-layered them before Free Motion Quilting around the Bumbles. There were several thread ends to bury since I used 2 different top threads for quilting. It was so much fun to do these.
9/7/2016 - Her BumblesSee the She Bees description for this one. The layouts are different because the row blocks matched best with alternate setups.
6/2/2016 - RRQ NametagIn 2016 when I joined the Rebecca's Reel Quilters they provided a name tag 'blank' with the embroidered symbol for the guild. I used the Raw Edge Applique technique Sue Nickels taught on March 17, 2016 at the AQS Workshop Basic Stitched Raw Edge Machine Applique - Tulip and Heart in Lancaster, PA to add my name characters. Microsoft Word text effect curved my first name and allowed me to print the text backwards. I used scraps from the Wedding quilt for my name, to back, bind, and for the neck strap. I did buy the D-rings to attach the neck strap. I have gotten several compliments on the name tag specifically that it is easy to read.
5/3/2016 - Time Pirate's CannonballCreated for Rebecca's Reel Quilters (RRQ) 2016 Small Quilts Raffle. The center was from Carolyn Forster's Comfortable With Curves workshop at my first AQS QuiltWeek in Lancaster, PA on Thursday, March 17, 2016. Scraps from Timeless Love Hugs were used and then the ships and wavy blue & white fabrics were in the RRQ available fabric stash. It was fun to create something whimsical. My inspiration was both the TV show 'Once Upon A Time' with Captain Hook and 'Doctor Who'.
|Pieced Quilt Back with written ship label|
12/26/2015 - Timeless Love HugsMy first Janome dealer was called "Fabric Inspirations" and they were a great quilt shop. They taught a Learn To Quilt class from Debbie Welch's Beginning Quilting by Machine. The quilt was supposed to be for my husband but he likes it mounted on the wall showing off it's ribbons for my first official quilt that I made entirely by myself.
> 2016 Rebecca's Reel Quilt Guild 2nd place in the Large Pieced category
> 2016 NJ Monmouth County fair 1st place in Bed Quilt Pieced Machine Quilting
> 2017 NJ Middlesex County fair 3rd place in Bed Quilts Machine Pieced work
Unknown Date: Wedding Quilt top only
The quilt design was based on a magazine's mystery quilt. I adjusted it to fit our Queen-sized bed instead of the Twin-sized from the magazine. I hired someone else to sandwich, quilt, & bind it. We enjoyed the quilt every night for years. Now, there are rips in the backing and the piecing has separated in some spots more than I want to try and hand fix.
Unknown Date: Wedding Puppy Quilt top only
From extra Wedding Quilt blocks put together a 'baby' quilt that the same person finished for me. One at a time my Whippet dogs enjoy using it to curl up under while sitting on my wide chair when we watch TV.