Catherine’s Memory Quilt

Catherine’s Memory Quilt

I finished this about a month ago, just now getting around to sharing it.   A very recently widowed gentleman brought his wife’s clothes to me for a memory quilt.  He was very sure of the type of quilt he wished to have- wonky…funky…asymmetrical…lots of curves.  The clothes were mostly double knits, sweatshirts, rayon, and a little bit of quilting-type cotton. Catherine loved the beach. Therefore, lots of ‘movement’ was called for in the finished piece.  It was something I enjoyed, I took very seriously, and I was in frequent contact with Ronald to make sure I was not straying from what he envisioned.  It was a great partnership. Here’s what evolved, to the pleasure of us both. Thanks for looking! Debbie...
The Halloween Quilt

The Halloween Quilt

This is a 102″ square quilt that a customer brought into the shop, asking “Can you do this by Saturday?”  And I did! The shapes are traditional, so I just thought ‘that won’t take long’.  When will I learn? It’s so cute, I had to take out my bigass stand to take pictures. So many different fabrics were used, and they each lent themselves to different quilting designs, so I just dug in and had fun.  I free hand stitched a lot of new things and it was definitely enjoyable.  I didn’t photograph every block, but almost….   I wish I had outlined this hat in black. And lastly, the back.  Oftern undervalued.   Thanks for looking!...
Fido

Fido

Disclaimer: This isn’t my quilt, and I don’t know its’ name.  That said, I’m calling it Fido. I’ve come to love this quilt despite my initial reaction – “This thing is not laying flat and why, in the name of God, has it landed in my studio.”  But it is a really cool quilt.  This woman had no pattern. She just started building this awesome dog.  And, in her words, she’s not a quilt maker. I originally offered (and she accepted) to ‘square it off a bit’.  But with time, I came to appreciate the asymmetry of its’ shape.  It reminds me of a Gees Bend quilt in that way. My first step was to nail down the turquoise background. And right after that, I had a problem. I took the suggestion of an IG follower, and opened up a seam to insert a 2nd layer of batting. This, I am certain, goes against the Constitution of the United Quilters.  Nonetheless, I proceeded. AND I like beer… I cut a fitted piece of batting and, using my husband’s reacher, managed to get it all the way to the butt end of the dog. I also put a piece in the front thigh.  I DRINK BEER Next, I used a slip stitch to fix that seam I opened up.  Of course it wasn’t as neat as the original seam, but you’d be hard pressed to find it now that I’ve quilted it. SOMETIMES I DRINK TOO MUCH BEER Having finished this major operation, two things were obvious – see below.  1) It helped, and 2) it didn’t help enough.  I would do it again though, because every little bit helped here.  I EMBRACE BEER And then I just leaped in.  I STILL DRINK BEER Once Fido was stable, the rest was fun! I used three different shades of thread in the red section.  Hard to tell, even in person.  Red is like that….  I STILL DRINK BEER And that’s it for Fido!! Good dog….! Thanks for checking in! Debbie PS: I hate beer. Vote in November.  ...
Angel Fire

Angel Fire

My last quilt before the Taos Studio Arts tour over Labor Day Weekend. (Unless I come up with about 10 more hours to make another one just like it, but in a different colorway.) I really like the size of it for a decent wall hanging. Plus, I don’t usually play with just solids.  But I love this design.   I went with nice simple straight horizontal lines using the channel lock on my Innova.  Such a clean look.  Nothing too fancy! I’d really like to squeeze out another one before Labor Day. We’ll see….. Thanks for looking! Debbie Update.. I DID make another quilt.  In fact, I made two! More to come after the show starts. 2nd Update: Here they are. RED RIVER QUESTA...
Riodoso

Riodoso

I’ve taken about 6 weeks off from customer quilts so I can get caught up on my own.  The Taos Artists Organization is hosting the Taos Studio Arts Tour over Labor Weekend.  I decided to throw my hat in, therefore the pressure is on to finish up loose ends. This is a quilt is rare (for me) in that I started it many months ago, then put it aside and didn’t finish it.  I didn’t have the right fabrics to finish. I wanted to use the rulers I purchased from Victoria Findlay Wolfe, so I created the center medallion using those, along with some Alison Glass fabrics, and some solids.   Eventually, I came up with a simple plan, adding some squares, half square triangles and rectangles.  There was enough negative space to allow some room to play on the longarm, so that was fun….   Delete saturation…just for fun! I’m almost caught up with posting my quilts!  Almost…. Thanks for looking!...
Unyeilding

Unyeilding

There’s been a stack of blues, and denims, and tans on my work shelf for almost a year. Torn between a double wedding ring quilt (also on my list) and a wonky log cabin, I went with the latter.  I made four squares, each about 55″ square, and starting with a red center.  The idea was to be on the wonky side, although I couldn’t forgo the ruler altogether.  The edges are straight, but the widths of each strip followed no plan.  This will eventually go to my brother.  I may try to get it in a show first. These last two are the back side…. Thanks for checking in!...