Finished 2013

2013 started with a Fence Rail quilt for my son, Kevin. 

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My niece, Jillian, requested "something brown", and wound up with this.  It went well w/ her neutral room.

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Our dear friends, Rob and Linda, married off both their kids this summer.   It was a fun opportunity to try  some patterns I'd not attempted before.    I tried to stay somewhere in the neutral range as I had no idea what their homes would be like.

For Katie & Michael

For Katie & Michael

For Barry & Afton

For Barry & Afton

I was itching to work with bolder colors.  This is what I like to call a Picnic Quilt, a 65"x65" square for my daughter Hannah and her boyfriend Adam; something to sit on while at that gorgeous beach in Santa Monica, or at the outdoor concert in LA. 

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Two of my favorite co-workers decided to move on with their careers/lives...and leave us.  🙁  I should not have rewarded them, but I tried to take the high road, and made them each a memory of their days with us in that crazy office.   And I suppose, to thank them for all their great help.  Pillows for Kate, Crazy Quilt for Crazy Kat. 

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Then, I decided I had to try a medallion quilt.  I settled on the ever so popular Marcelle Medallion, found in Liberty Love, by Alexia Abegg.   There are so many to view on the web.  I chose to work with mostly low volume fabrics, and mildly succeeded.  That particular quilt is not listed here yet...since, in a weak moment, I decided to hand quilt it.  Just one.  Just so I can say, "Oh, yea, I've hand quilted a quilt before."   BUT, with the remnants of that quilt, and to take a break from that quilt, I threw together this quilt, which I LOVE!.  I had no plan, I wanted to try curves, I wanted a canvas to practice my longarm skills, and I ended up with a real homey looking quilt, IMHO.  The wide, middle plaid panel is made with $1.00 shirts from the resale shop.  I call it...Marcelle's Daughter. 


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Like the rest of the Quilting World, I seem to enjoy having two ongoing projects, one always a lot easier than the other.  It's nice to switch gears.   This is a quilt made for my friend, April, yet another cancer fighter.   Nice to have in those cold hospital rooms.  Simple 6" blocks, some half square triangles, some not.  All scraps. 

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This little pretty is an inspiration from Rita at Red Pepper Quilts, always generous with her skills and patterns.  This will be in my etsy shop soon...i'm holding off till I can at least get 3 things on there.

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Crunch time...November.  I'm trying to complete all WIPs before the end of the year, and most certainly before starting another project.  I still have two unfinished Marcelle Medallions, but they are oh-so-close.  In the meantime, I finished this baby quilt for Betsi; something for her to have at her house when her granddaughter comes to visit. 

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I did some quilting for a friend.  She's had a few vintage quilt tops hanging around.  This was a very fragile top, made w/ mostly sheer nylon material.  It had the typical skewed, misshaped form that, to me, just adds authenticity to the quilt.  I just added a neutral backing and stitched it w/ a large stipple.  The whole time I was quilting it, I wondered how she had the time to handquilt this, and why did it go unfinished?

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The Sister Quilts.  Great story, read it here.

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A Christmas Table Runner

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The Marcelle Medallion....blogged here

 

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Last, but far from least.  I give you....The Notre Dame Quilt.

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