2015 Finishes

The year 2015 was one filled with lots of ups and downs. There were many more positives than negatives, but a couple of major shifts have slightly altered my path. I had intended to complete my Master's in Gerontology, but instead have focused on quilting and teaching quilting which brings me so much joy! Life goes on, changes are embraced, and my passion for quilting is only getting deeper.

I've also been doing more custom quilting for customers. This is an exciting new venture for me and I'm having fun working with my clients on making their quilts pop! 

For those projects I've written about, I've added a link to the name. Several were intended to be blogged, but I just didn't keep up last year. I hope you enjoy my 2015 quilty finishes.


Autumnal Equinox The 2015 Maple Leaf Quilt Guild Opportunity Quilt

Peeking Through the Window (Cathedral Window). This miniature was made as a sample for a class I taught in early 2015. It is amazing how 10" squares can become 4" blocks--truly origami for quilts!

Let's Fly Away, a miniature One Block Wonder wall-hanging eeked out of 1 1/2 yards of a small scale print butterfly. 

The Iris, a hexified panel quilt made with 7 panels--six cut up to make the hexies that frame the seventh.

Unto Us a Child is Born and We Have Seen His Star in the East. These two wall hangings were made with 7 repeats of a large scale print that was split lengthwise down the fold, allowing enough hexies to surround insets of the fabric motifs in a similar fashion to the hexified panel wall-hanging size quilts.
You are my Sunshine! This quilt was made and donated to the daughter of a young family who lost their home to a forest fire in Texas.
Here Comes the Sun! This 15" framed Ohio star block was made and quilted as a sample of possibilities for the students in my free-motion quilting classes.

Autumn Pumpkins is a modern double wedding ring appliqued in sections onto 18" blocks. Custom quilting brought life to this commissioned throw. 

Grandmother's Blossom, an adventure in hand quilting. The 2015 Maple Leaf Quilt Guild challenge was a year-long project designed and presented to our members by Karen Kohn and myself, co-program chairs. At our monthly meetings, we taught our members how to hand piece, English paper piece, hand applique, and hand quilt. At our annual guild quilt show in October, 13 of these projects were displayed, each with variations representing the personalities of the members who made them. The variations included added hand embroidery, machine embroidery, beading, or additional flowers or buds, plus one made in an alternate colorway to suit the personality of its maker. Each one was beautiful in its own way. 

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