Tuesday, January 11, 2011

My Christmas Presents

The week before Christmas, I finished up gifts for all of my family members. This is a castle quilt for my 3 year old granddaughter.
I searched castle images and was inspired by a castle cake and a castle wall decal. I combined my favorite aspects of them and came up with this design.

Then I had fun quilting.

I ran out of the blue sky fabric but the quilt wasn't big enough. I started adding a rainbow - but got the math wrong. So it just has some interesting "arch" borders.

This stack and whack quilt was made for my daughter's boyfriend.

He is in the construction business so this fabric was perfect. The quilting design is woodgrain.

Some aprons for my son and fiance.
An I Spy Bag.

Placemats with quilted with dancing silverware.

My grandson probably HATES his gift of bibs. I used button closures because he can rip off the velcro ones.
These clogs have yet to be felted. Right now they look like clown shoes!

Peggy's Redwork Baskets

Peggy's embroidery is absolutely beautiful! I wanted to show it off as much as possible.

Sarah's Batik Quilt

This quilt has many, many wonderfully pieced triangles! I wonder how many different batiks there are.....
It is quilted with fern meander.

Candy's Samples

Candy wanted a leaf theme with this quilt.
This oak leaf and acorn filled the bill.

Betsy's Wedding Gift

Betsy made this for her son and new daughter in law. I don't want to think about how many half square triangles she made - but they were perfectly pieced and Betsy gets an A for her pressing.
The body was quilted with an overall flower.

In the border, I transitioned from the leafy flower vine to feathers.

First quilt of 2011 - Michelle's Baby Quilt

Michelle made this sweet quilt for her new grandchild.
It has luscious Minkee on the back.

Schley's Straight out of Line

Schley whipped this up at the last minute for her daughter's boyfriend.
She loves circles and this was a fun pantograph to quilt.

Bunnie's Strips and Curves

Bunnie and I collorborated via e-mail to come up with these quilting designs. She wanted it to be symbolic of one of her favorite vistas in California.
It represents underwater (seaweed above), the shoreline, the land and the sky.

More seaweed in the border.
A jellyfish and seashells.

A seahorse, fish and another jelly fish.

I admit - this isn't your typical fish - but I had to have fun with the shapes I had to work with!

It was a rewarding challenge to combine our artistic visions.

Robyn's Quilts

Robyn made this T-shirt quilt for her son who moved away to pursue his career.
She put flannel patches on the back representing many of the things he likes.

Then she made a quilt for her daughter who is studying Culinary Arts.
We couldnt resist this pantograph of dancing knives, forks and spoons!

Julie's Gift

Julie makes big beautiful quilts for many of her lucky relatives. This one if for her aunt.

Becki's Quilt

Becki made this beautiful quilt for her mother-in-law.
The body it quilted with an over all design and the borders have cross hatching and cable quilting.
I didn't get a photo of it, but Becki did a spectacular job binding the quilt when she very precisely matched up a thin blue border. A very special touch.

Barbara's Christmas Quilt

Barbara chose gold metallic thread for this Laurel Burch panel quilt. There are snowflakes quilted in the body and part of the border.
Merry Christmas and Peace on Earth were quilted on the top and bottom borders.

Lynn's New York Beauty

The cool blues, greens, browns and grays that Lynn chose are so pretty and soothing!
The background was quilted down allowing the foreground to poof off the quilt.

The quilting shows well on the plain dark green backing.

Sarah's Christmas Quilt

Sarah had a special place to hang this beauty on a custom made quilt rack above her mantel.
The quilting theme was pinecones and feathers.