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.
When I finished the Autumn Tumbler Quilt (2016-29), I had some cut blocks left over. That reminded me I still had a small bag of leftover tumbler blocks remaining from my Tumbler Strippy Quilt ( 2014-1). I pulled those blocks out of the cupboard and mingled the two batches of blocks to create the centers for four place mats, alternating pieced and plain blocks. With the addition of a coordinating rust border and mossy green binding, I ended up with four very nice place mats. They were quilted with an olive green thread with an ivy pattern by Ann Bright. Isn’t it amazing what you can do with the blocks that didn’t make it into the original quilts?
And best of all, no more blocks left over. Hooray!
This little table topper started with some leftover batik strip blocks in my orphan block boot box. Occasionally, I go through the box to see what I can make from the leftovers. These strip blocks spoke to me. I decided to team them up with a tropical batik print and make a little table topper. The deep fuschia inner border and binding unify the prints to make a fun little topper.
It was custom quilted with a large tropical leaf design done in a teal green thread.
This will make a good hostess gift. It feels good to have gifts ready at hand.
This quilt was inspired by the border fabric. I bought this fabric at the member boutique at the Quilt Show of the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild in Ann Arbor, Michigan. What a great sale! I spent lots of money there and was particularly pleased with this border fabric. (Their show was exceptionally good too!)
The size of the quilt was determined by the amount of border fabric I had. First I calculated how big I could make the quilt considering the corners had to be mitered to keep the flow of the design. Once I knew the outside dimensions, then I built the inside of the quilt to fit. I used some six inch nine patch blocks that came from a Guild exchange of blocks and made a few extra to expand the center. After playing with several layout options, I selected a lovely rusty-orange fabric for the setting triangles. It is quilted with Superior Omni thread in Ginger Spice using a digital design called Damask by Ann Bright. I’m pleased with the result.
I have put it with the group of quilts from which I invite brides and grooms to select their wedding quilts. However, I hope no one picks this one because I like it. I could live quite happily with this quilt.
This table topper (40″ by 40″) was created with the blocks leftover from my friend’s Pat’s Winding Ways Quilt (2016-17). Some of these blocks were my tester blocks when I was figuring out how to get the best results. a few of these do not meet well in the middle, so they were not good enough for Patty’s quilt. (Look closely in the bottom row and you will see what I mean.) Some of the blocks are just leftover because of color placement and balance in the quilt. So at the end of her quilt project, I had 16 leftover blocks.
I do not like having left-overs in my studio, so I try to make them up into another project or just give them away. Sixteen blocks is just enough to make a table topper that can double as a small table cloth. It went together quickly. Since I had scraps of Pat’s borders still sitting on my cutting table, I put the same borders on this one too. It was very simple to make because most of the work was already done.
The digital quilting design is “Wild Mouse” by Ann Bright. It is an edge to edge design that gives great movement to the topper but can be executed quickly on the longarm. The matching binding was attached to the front and hand stitched to the back.
This is a nice outcome for blocks that did not make the cut to go into the large quilt. It will have a very useful life!
This queen sized quilt was inspired by some vintage Dresden Fan blades I found in my UFO cupboard. I wanted to make them modern, so this is the result.
The pale peach background fabric is a wide fabric that I bought in the night market in Cairo, Egypt. I have great memories of that shopping trip when a friend and her doctor-fiance negotiated for me in Arabic. He advised me to stay silent because as a man, he could get a much better price from the male vendors. He did get an awesome bargain for me!
The Dresden Fans are appliqued onto the background in a non-traditional asymmetrical arrangement that gives the quilt a fresh, modern appeal. The broken inner border is also a modern element. The quilting design is an edge to edge digital pattern called Dresden Fan by Kim Diamond of Sweet Dreams Quilt Studio. It is stitched in a peach thread that matches the background and backing. The same fabric French fold binding is applied to the front and hand stitched to the back.
Modern Dresden won first place in its category, Grand Champion Machine Quilting and Judges Choice at the Caledon Fair as well as Grand Champion Machine Quilting at the Fergus Fair. I love pretty ribbons!
This topper was made with some leftover blocks from a workshop I led. With just enough flying geese to make four Dutchman Puzzle blocks, I decided to put them together into a table topper. There was enough fabric left over to add the navy sashing and yellow inner border and navy outer border. The backing fabric is the same as the light blue flying geese.
The quilting is done in a medium blue thread that goes well with the navy fabrics, but seems too contrasting on the yellow. If I were to do this over, I would change my quilting designs so that I could custom quilt the yellow flying geese with yellow thread. We live and we learn. That is one of the things I find quite inspiring about quilting. We can always find a way to do it better the next time!