Saturday, October 31, 2009

Quilt 149 - American Hero Quilt Sew In, October 2009

We had 2 very productive days at the American Hero Quilt Sew In at Pacific Beach. WA last weekend. Ended up with 9 quilts turned in, 5 of which still needed binding sewn on. Then we made 1 - 9 Patch/Hour Glass Quilt and pieces for almost another one.

Below is one of 2 Log Cabin Quilt Tops that were made with almost enough blocks made for another one.

There were 4 - Disappearing 9 patch quilt tops sewn. Also Strips with 2 Stars quilt top and a Rail Fence Quilt Top were made. A great time of sewing and sharing.

Make plans to join us in 2010 at Pacific Beach Conference Center for more American Hero Quilt Sew Ins:
January 31 - Sunday, 10 to 9 and February 1 - Monday, 10 to 6
April 18 - Sunday 10 to 9 and April 19 - Monday, 10 to 6
October 10 - Sunday, 10 to 9 and October 11 - Monday, 10 to 6
For more information about the American Hero Quilt Project please check out the website
There will be a fund raiser at Sound Foods on Vashon Island on Saturday, November 7, 2009 check out the blog

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Quilt 148 - Go Green Flying Geese

12" x 18" 2009

This simple wall hanging is a class sample for a class I will be teaching at Tacoma Community College - Gig Harbor Branch. Four techniques to make the Flying Geese Pattern will be taught and the students will have a small wall hanging when finished. Then I will show several different ways to use the Flying Geese blocks to make other items, including the Folded Flying Geese Tree I designed. So far there are 2 prototypes, of course both different and now a third one is in the works. You may get to see all of them shortly!

- posted by Ione

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Quilt 147 - Pink and White Stars

Pink and White Feathered Star
50 X 50

This is the 4th year we have made a quilt to go with a picture that has been donated for the Gig Harbor Quilt Festival Silent Auction. At first glance, the quilt in the picture looked like a Feathered Star, but upon closer examination we realized it was a painted picture that kind of looked like a Feathered Star. So out came the paper and Karen drafted the pattern to be like the painted Feathered Star in the picture. She finished putting on the borders while out at Pacific Beach, WA. We went for an afternoon American Hero Quilt sew in but stayed a couple of days to work on our own projects. As usual we were very productive: 17 projects many finished and a few new projects started.

When it came to the quilting part of this quilt we realized that the painting was only a quilt top. No one but me thought it would be great to just present the quilt top as shown in the picture. I resized many feathers and just wasn't happy with any of them. Then in the morning, when I said I needed to get this quilt finished, I thought of the square feathers. I pulled out different size lids for the center circles and blue painter's tape for the grid work and away I went. This was a fun quilt to quilt and it felt good to be enjoying quilting again.

I think this is another "winner quilt" for this Mother and Daughter team. The quilt brought many bids and the auction was a success. It's always nice to be part of this project that gives the money from the auction to local breast cancer programs in the area.

- posted by Ione
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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Quilt 146 - Calico Comfort Quilt

50" x 65"

This comfort quilt was made for a friend's mother. We used calicos in pinks, greens and blues for the front with green dot Minky on the back. Nice and cozy! Mom used a loose all-over pattern for the front. Just perfect for the irregular pattern of the disappearing nine patch. (Sorry the color in the picture is not great, but you get the idea!)

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Monday, October 5, 2009

Quilt 145 - 2009 Gig Harbor Quilt Festival String Scrap Quilt

2009 Gig Harbor Quilt Festival
String Scrap Quilt
50" X 76"
When you do something 2 years in a row people think it should be a tradition. We were given a puzzle that was framed to make a companion quilt for the Gig Harbor Quilt Festival ( auction this year. The puzzle has a Singer sewing machine and a string quilt in it. After finding blue fabric with white polka dots Adele went to work making string scrap blocks.

The blocks were sashed and corner stones were added like the picture. The quilting was a Baptist Fan quilting pattern so on the way out to Pacific Beach, WA for an American Hero Quilt Sewing Day( we stopped in Ocean Shores. Our friend Jean had a Groovey Board with the Baptist Fan design so we quilted the quilt there. Thanks, Jean! The quilt was bound while at the ocean so it is ready for the auction.
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