Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Quilt 118 - Andrea's Disappearing Nine Patch

2008, 50" x 50"

I bought the fabrics in this quilt at the 2008 Quilt Market in Portland. It was a set of fat quarters from Sandi Henderson's Ginger Blossom collection. I just loved the fabrics and wanted to keep them all together and use a pattern that would show off my favorites. Mom had recently shown me the Disappearing Nine Patch pattern (a large 9 patch cut in half to form 4 blocks) and I thought it would be the perfect thing.

I pieced the blocks the week before Christmas and had enough to make two lap size quilts, so my sister-in-law Andrea was the lucky recipient of the second one! I don't have mine finished yet, but I actually gave a completed quilt as a present...and Mom didn't even need to finish the binding on the car ride over!

Below is a detail of the quilting and a shot of the cozy Minky fabric we used for the back. Thanks for the great quilting, Mom!

Happy New Year, Everyone!!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Quilt 117 - Birthday Snowflake Quilt

Alma's 90th Birthday Snowflake Quilt
2004, 104" X 84"
This quilt was an inspiration to Adele from the February 2004 McCall's Quilting Magazine. Lori Housel's pattern was adapted from Possibilities "Let It Snow" in the Joy to the World Quilt Book. Our mother, Alma, celebrating her 90th birthday in 2004 was the recepient of this quilt. Top picture shows Alma and Adele putting the quilt on her bed. Bottom pictures shows Ione doing the quilting.
Each of the 10 children had a different white on white fabric for their family's snowflakes and sent their snowflake designs to Adele to assemble. The 18 grandchildren's snowflakes were smaller than their parents. The 11 great grandchildren had even smaller snowflakes. The quilt was presented to Alma over the Labor Day weekend at Adele's new home but the quilt stayed in Washington to hang at the Innovations Quilt Show in October. The snowflakes were fused to the quilt and then were attached with thread while being quilted on the Longarm machine. Hobbs wool batting was used in this quilt and has been on Mom's bed winter and summer. We were in Oregon to celebrate Mom's 94th birthday last week.
Happy Birthday, Mom!!

- posted by Ione

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Quilt 116 - Gazebo Lunch Bunch Christmas Quilt

1996, 48" X 48"

This is the Christmas quilt from our series of Gazebo Lunch Bunch Quilts from the Sisters Quilt Show. Blocks were made by Adele, Malinda, Karla, Annie, Betty, Carol, Ione, Rosemary and Jill. We each made 9 blocks. We had 1 year to get them to the others in the group and then the following year we would meet at the Quilt Show in Sisters, OR at the Gazebo in the park to have lunch together and show our finished quilts. It is always fun to see how others set the same collection of blocks. I like to use checker-board sashing when setting exchange blocks together. Great way to square up blocks made by many people.
When I quilted this quilt I quilted the names of the participants in the green border so I would remember who the piecers were. Glad I did that. It is fun to remember those who shared in making this quilt with me. I also didn't get to quilting my quilt till 1998, I had that info quilted in the green also. I chose to just outline the great pointsettas in the outside border.
The back of this quilt is flannel with teddy bears and red ribbons. Great quilt for on the couch to keep warm on this 20 degree night. The snow may return tonight but we can stay warm with our quilts.

Happy Birthday wishes to Jed and Aunt Tena!

Submitted by Ione

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Quilt 115 - Trees with Dancing Block Border

After taking a workshop from Ricky Tims and learning the Caveman Style piecing technique, I designed a tree table runner. I love the dancing block border idea, too. For several years I designed different Christmas Tree quilts for my students at Tacoma Community College/Gig Harbor Branch. The students enjoyed this pattern, too.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Quilt 114 - Christmas Ohio Star Table Runner

Ohio Star Table Runner
early 1990's

Gladys and I were making Ohio Star blocks and designing table runners that we thought we would write directions for and sell patterns. Remember that idea, Gladys? We ended up with some really neat table runners but the patterns were never published.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Quilt 113 - Wedding Wall Hanging

Aunt Gladys took a class in using old handkerchiefs and pictures printed on fabric. This was her class lesson project. It is a picture of Grandpa and Grandma Ewert on their wedding day December 12, 1935 (I think).

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Quilt 112 - Rudy Wallhanging

25 x 40"

The Rudy pattern was in a quilt magazine in the early 1990s. On one of my many quilting trips I found a quilt shop in the middle of nowhere in Eastern Washington. When I saw the reindeer fabric on sale, I knew it needed to be the border for a Rudy quilt. This is one of 2 quilts I made like this. I don't think I got a picture of the other one.

Happy Birthday, Dan and Michelle.

-posted by Ione

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Quilt 111 - Karen's Christmas Stars

60 x 70"

I found this collection of fabrics at the quilt shop in Chelan, WA. We were over there for a Christmas vacation and like any good quilter, we brought our sewing machine just in case. Mom had just made a quilt with the same blocks only smaller. I just love them on point, and thought it was a great way to showcase the lovely fabrics. I am so happy I chose the stripe for the small border.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Quilt 110 - Pooh Rail Fence

45 x 65

This is another quilt for Rosemary. She purchased a set of Pooh panels that were meant to be part of a crib set. I wasn't sure how to incorporate them into a quilt due to their unusual shape. I finally decided to applique them onto solid backgrounds and fill in with rail fence blocks. Not sure who she is giving it to, so I tried to balance the pink with more neutral colors so it could work for a boy or girl. I think the unusual shapes add to the character of this otherwise simple quilt. (Thanks for holding it up for the picture, Mom!)

The blue and green rail fabrics are from Blue Meadow Designs. Thanks for such wonderful tone on tones, Myra and Cori. The pink is Fossil Fern.