Thursday, May 29, 2008

Quilt 51 - Recalling Double 4-patch #2

aka "The Shoebox Quilt"
In quilt entry 3 you can read the story about the quilt on the right in this picture (Quilt #1). In May 2006 the exhibit of some of the quilts from "Passing on the Comfort" by An Keuning-Tichelaar and Lynn Kaplanian-Buller, was held in Minneapolis, MN. Following the exhibit there was a book reading and I got to meet Lynn. I showed her quilt #1 and told her its story. She said that An really liked that quilt but it couldn't be in the exhibit because of its frail condition. I knew then that I wanted to make another quilt to send to An. I was fortunate that friends had more background fabric to share with me. Most of the background fabrics for these quilts are from designer Marsha McCloskey for Clothworks. It took a while to make quilt #2 but it was sent to Holland the end of May 2008. I'm just Passing on the Comfort.

Half of the quilts shown in the book "Passing on the Comfort" have returned to the Netherlands and will be on exhibit from June 21 through the summer at the little Mennonite church in Witmarsum, Friesland, the Netherlands.

I took a picture of the quilts together before mailing Quilt #2 to its new home half way around the world.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Quilt 50 - Leaves on Black

2004, 25 x 35
This quilt was inspired by a quilt featured on the cover of a Quiltmaker Magazine. As is typical of most of my quilts, I did not follow the pattern exactly. My background squares are a little smaller to accomodate some small scraps leftover from black and white quilts posted previously. I combined a few leaf patterns to come up with one I liked and used it in various sizes. Mom and I came up with the idea to use a varigated thread to hand quilt veins on each leaf but left the edges loose. I haven't made many three-dimensional quilts, so this one is special to me.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Quilt 49 - Brian and Andrea's Harmonic Convergence

2005, 100" x 100"
This quilt was started at a Quilt Makers Get-Away at Pacific Beach, WA, at the end of February 2005. My cousin, Marlys, from Minnesota, came to the retreat and this was one of her projects. She left the quilt top with me to quilt. Two weeks later I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph system, but I said I would still quilt the quilt if she would be willing to leave it with me for a while. It was on the machine for several weeks, but it did get finished.
This quilt had started as a "What If" (a large adaptation from a small quilt pattern), but suddenly it had many memories in it. Marlys usually makes quilts and gives them away immediately but this one just lived at her house. After 3 years of "All Clears" from my doctors and my son's wedding coming up, Marlys knew where the quilt would go.
When Brian and Andrea joined the family at a reunion in Diamond Lake, they received this quilt as a wedding gift. Along with the quilt was a note from Marlys telling the story of this quilt and the memories that come with it.
-posted by Ione

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Quilt 48 - Hearts All Around

2008, 54 x 72

This fund raising quilt was made for an Oregon Parent Training and Information Center Workshop to be held the end of May 2008. This organization was established to educate and support parents, families and professionals in building partnerships that meet the needs of children and youth with disabilities. Quilt was made by Sue, Adele and Ione.

Monday, May 19, 2008


Sorry, Everyone. We will be on a short hiatus. The saying "Have computer, will travel" also means "Have computer, will leave it behind". Until I retrieve my laptop on Thursday, we won't be able to post quilts.

We got a good dose of inspiration at Quilt Market, so maybe we'll use the hiatus to sew up some of the fabric we purchased! See you in a couple of days.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Quilt Market

Well, so much for a quilt each day! Mom, Aunt Adele and I are having a wonderful time at the International Quilt Market in Portland, OR. We get back to the hotel too exhausted to think about our quilt stories, so we'll resume those when we get back home. This picture is of items we got during School House (short classroom sessions before Market that showcase new tools, techniques, fabrics and/or books) and the things we bought at Sample Spree. Too fun!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Quilt 47 - Manitoba Curves

2008, 12 x 12
We taught this class at Pacific Beach after learning the technique at a Blue Meadow Quilt Retreat in Manitoba. (Hi, Myra and Cori!) Neither of us were too happy about doing curves, but once we learned how easy it was, we couldn't get enough!

I made these jewel tone blocks as the class sample and just love how the light sections make a secondary circle. This will be finished as is for a wall hanging. This is another one of those blocks that looks completely different depending on which fabric you use.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Quilt 46 - Brian's Fish Quilt

1995, 70 x 96
The fish panels used in this quilt were purchased in a by-the-pound bag. I had no idea what I was going to do with them. I also had some sweatshirt material that had backpackers and mountain bikers on it. We decided that Brian could use another quilt, so we put them all together and he got this very usable quilt.
-posted by Ione

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Quilt 45 - Brian's Bear Paw

2000, 48 x 84
In honor of my son Brian's birthday on Friday, we will post a couple more of his quilts. I used a bear panel with bear paw blocks around it for this one. It was given to Brian at Diamond Lake during a family celebration. We put flannel on the back.
-posted by Ione

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Quilt 44 - Brian's Graduation Quilt

1991, 60 x 84
This sampler quilt was made for Brian's graduation in 1990. (Brian is Ione's son and Karen's brother.) It was a couple of years in the making but he had it by the time he went to school in Three Hills, Alberta, Canada.

The flying geese sashing was an idea I thought would be a great use of scrap half square triangles. Many, many hours later the two rows were finished.

Below is a list of people who contributed blocks to this quilt:
Matanuska - Glaciers to remember Alaska State Ferries - Aunt Adele

Bear Paw - Mom (Ione)

Ohio Star - Sue

Log Cabin - Grandma Ewert

Cross - Aunt Edith

Log Cabin - Aunt Betty

Ohio Star Variation - unknown

Cross Country Skiing - Sam

Moon over Mountain - Aunt Gladys

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Quilt 43 - Tulip Applique Wall Hanging

2008, 20 x 30
I purchased this pattern many, many years ago. Then one year at the Westsound Quilt Show I saw some hand marbled fabric that I thought would look great as the tulips. I started the applique in 2007 on my birthday trip to Pacific Beach and finished it on my birthday trip this year. It is hand appliqued with embroidery on some of the stem. Not sure yet if I am going to quilt and bind it, or use stretcher bars.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Quilt 42 - Patriotic Sisters Quilt

2000, 50 x 65
For many years, several of us made friendship quilts. We would meet at the Gazebo in Sisters, OR, during the outdoor quilt show every other year to share the quilts we had made with our traded blocks.

This quilt was finished in 2000. Thanks - Trulee, Annie, Kathy, Fred, Betty, Adele, Wilma, In Memory of Rosemary, Carol, Ione, Jill and Malinda. Trulee and Fred combined their blocks and made a king size quilt. Trulee, Fred and I hung our quilts at Machine Quilters Showcase in Springfield, IL.
- posted by Ione

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Baseball Distraction

Mom and I spent this evening at a ball game (Mariners v. Texas Rangers) instead of getting a quilt picture ready to post. (This is Ichiro at the plate.) We lost 10 to 1. That will teach us!! Back to quilts tomorrow.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Quilt 41 - Deb's Brown Double Irish Chain

2005, 60 x 60
This was made as a Christmas present for a friend of mine. She had just purchased a new leather couch and the one I had given her a few years earlier was definitely not going to match.

I started with the paisley print and matched the dark brown and tan to that. It was meant to be a cuddle quilt so we backed it with flannel.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Quilt 40 - Jen's Double Irish Chain

1998, 65 x 80
For many years the Double Irish Chain was our "go-to" quilt for wedding presents. This one was made for a friend of mine. Mom quilted it for me and put their names and the wedding date in the stripes along the top of the quilt.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Quilt 39 - Batik Bear Paw

2001, 16 x 16
Occasionally Mom heads for the batiks. This was a class sample for a class she was teaching on the bear paw block. She used a dark sash to really make the paws pop and finished with more batik scraps.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Quilt 38 - Ally's Baby Quilt

1998, 30 x 45
We found this border fabric in one of our by the pound fabric bags. There wasn't much of it, but we knew some day it would make a great little girl's quilt. When I found out my friend Carla was having a girl, I knew this would be just the thing.

I wanted the border fabric to stand out, so we made simple primitive hearts for the center. I had made Allison's older brother a tractor quilt and Carla decorated his room around it. Carla being the clever gal she is, refinished a dresser and painted angels to match Ally's quilt on the side of it.