Many years ago, I purchased this pre-printed pot holder fabric in a thrift shop. I always intended to do something with it. Finally that day arrived. I quilted them with a double layer of cotton batting and then bound them with a red tone on tone binding. I hand stitched the binding to the back on a plane when traveling to a Caribbean snorkeling holiday last week. A small compact project with a high ratio of hand stitching to surface area works best for me when traveling.
Someday, these will be a gift. I like having things on hand for impulsive gift-giving!
These pot holders stated when I noticed a category in the fall fair list for two hot mats. I dug though my orphan block box and found the red stripped fabric. Then I looked in my scrap bin and found a small piece of the rose fabric. I fussy cut the roses and cut the strips into sections that could be partial pieced around the roses. At about 8 inches square, they make a nice sized hot mat. I doubled the thickness of the batting to give extra protection to a table, then quilted them in a nice crosshatch flower design. If I were to make them over, I would quilt them less densely as they tend to get stiff with the double batting and the dense quilting. However they will work well as hot mats. We tend to use a lot of hot mats and it is nice to have fresh ones every once in a while.
This little panel quilt was machine quilted with Dave Hudson’s “Tools” edge to edge design. I used a royal blue thread that blended well with the front of the panel and contrasted well with the light blue solid backing I used. The quilt was donated to my little fall fair in cottage country for the hand made items silent auction table where it raised money for the operation of the fair. It is not often I get to meet the person who is the recipient of a donation quilt, but the grandfather who bought this quilt gave it immediately to his son and grandson who were standing close by at the end of the auction. I asked permission to take their photo for my blog. I’m happy it goes to a good home.
I was cleaning out my stash of Christmas fabrics and found this large panel which I remember purchasing about twenty years ago. Time to do something with it! I added an inner border of a candy cane print and then a wide outer border of a tonal red. It was quilted with a Candy Cane digital pattern by Ann Bright. The blue binding coordinated with the main colour of the panel. It will make a great Christmas Sofa quilt!
This quilt was inspired by the center panel which I purchased at the quilt show of the Mississippi Valley Quilters Guild in Davenport, Iowa. Sometimes you need a simple project and this was definitely it! I pulled the small green checked inner border and Christmas ribbon weave print outer border fabrics from my stash. It was backed with a fun novelty Santa print and quilted with a Christmas Lights design by Deb Giessler. The hand stitched tonal red binding finished it off nicely.
This quilt makes a wonderful Christmas Sofa Throw. It was selected by my niece Jaime and her husband Travis as their wedding quilt.
Last winter, I mounted on my longarm a length of fabric with printed panels for eighteen place mats. I treated this as an opportunity to experiment with different crosshatch designs for place mats. I created simple crosshatching, double cross hatching, double diamond cross hatching and a cross hatching with an ivy border. My favourite is the double diamond cross hatching.
It took me a while to get the binding applied and either top stitched or hand stitched. However, after what seems like months, I have all 18 bound and ready to be given away as gifts.
I ran into a phenomenal deal on the fabric for this quilt, so I bought the remainder of the bolt. Number twelve is the last of the lot. I am glad they are all done! It feels like I have worked on this quilt forever! The good news is that I have many baby quilts finished and ready to give away whenever the need arises.
They were quilted with a digital design called Bubblelicious by Lisa Calle that goes well with the printed panel design. They were hand bound with a coordinating fabric.