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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Cosmos in Lavender and Green on: January 27, 2010 09:23:15 AM
This project started as a class with George Siciliano (http://www.georgesiciliano.com).  George specializes in miniature quilts based on the twirling log cabin block but the block is only the beginning.  He has some really good techniques and tools for foundation piecing and a wonderful eye for color.

I set the class piece on point and added borders to bring it up to a nice size for a wall hanging.

The whole quilt:

Detail of one corner of the motif:

Don't let the tiny pieces scare you away from this project, I never handled anything smaller than 1/2 inch square.  George's technique has you sewing on a "reasonable" sized swatch then trimming it as you go to the final size. ;-)
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Eight Petals and a Pot and ... on: January 27, 2010 09:05:11 AM
I haven't posted in a while, so it's time I put some of my recent work out there for comments.

This piece was based on a class I took with British quilt artist Jennie Rayment (http://jennierayment.com/) called Eight Petals and a Pot.

I added beads, beads and more beads (Jennie had suggested covering the center of the flower with a button).  The leaves and butterflies were done with a technique I learned in classes with Christine Fries-Ureel (www.loveabideth.com).

Overall, it was a lot of fun and I LOVE the result.  They don't show up that well in the photo, but the red blobs near and on the flower are ladybug beads.  I used a flower shaped bead for the center of the flower.  I'll try to get some detail pictures of the rest of the quilt next week and add them to the post.

This is the whole quilt:

This is the detail of the pot section showing one of the butterflies:
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Finished baby quilt -- Spring's Awakening on: April 20, 2008 06:50:05 PM
Just over 3 weeks ago I was notified about a baby shower for today (4/20).  After I finished panicing I got busy and picked a pattern.  I selected this quilt from Quilts With Style May/June 2007.  It was a stretch, but I finished it last night in time for the shower at Noon.

The flowers are paper pieced on a tumbling blocks background.  I used outline quilting to give the front and sides of the blocks and quilted a small snail on the top of each block.  The outside border is quilted with a butterfly motif.

Here are a couple pictures with the Mom-to-be.  I really love the way the colors came together.

4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Postage Due (I and II) on: February 14, 2008 02:58:49 PM
OK, these aren't my most recent projects, but they are my pride and joy. ;-}

This pattern was shown in Quilter's Newsletter June 1974 as a reader submitted clipping from an 1865 paper.

I fell in love with the design but quickly realized that 1974 methods (scissor cutting, paper templates, hand sewing) made it unrealistic to complete.  The layout is 72 squares  x 72 squares -- you do the math!  Now add in the extra pieces for 1/2 and 1/4 square triangles.......

Luckily, 2005 quilting techniques made it very possible.  This version was based on a 1-1/2 inch square grid. 

Of course, after I finally figured it out, I just had to do it again --- SMALLER.  This version is based on a 3/4 inch square grid.....  This one was shown at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza in 2006.

If anybody wants to try it, I've got the construction documented.
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