|Criss Cross Applesauce Backing|
|Criss Cross Applesauce|
|Bright Hearts / Foreshadowing|
|Bright Hearts - quilting detail|
These were both tops done as mystery quilt test tops. The one with hearts was half of the blocks originally made for the 2011 mystery. (another youth top was finished and gifted 2 years ago) and the one with the yellow and green crossed lines was started last March.
I love testing new patterns! Especially mystery quilts. It's fun to see if I can figure out where the designer is going. This designer, Jessica Smith, of the Quilt and Needle always keeps me on my toes. My mind does not think in the same brainwaves as hers, and she always surprises her mystery followers with a wonderful finished project. My biggest problem, is that the tops get to the finished top stage, and if I don't have a specific recipient or home for them, they don't get quilted right away. If you look at my "to do" list, it has several mystery quilts from the Q&N that need finishing. I'm hoping this is the year.
|Sticks and Stones|
This donation quilt is finished! Last year, while going through some boxes of donated fabric with my quilting sisters in Corbett, (The Windy Hill Quilters), I came across some partially cut and sewn blocks, lots of them!
|Sticks and stones - detail|
There were probably enough for 3 quilts worth . The majority of the fabrics are from the 80's.. blue/ pink, plaid with hearts.. very outdated and country looking. However, while looking through the bag, I thought.. if I replace the plaid center on these dark blue blocks with a cream, they would go nicely with these other blocks. (There was a pattern in the bag, called "sticks and stones", but it had been copied from somewhere, with no reference to the designer. A google search helped me find 3 more images of the same quilt, but again, no designer credit. So... whoever designed this quilt, I'm sorry I can't give you credit.
This measures 60 x 72. No one else in the group was interested in working with the bag contents so it came home with me. There will be more to come from that bag, but I will mix it with some more updated fabrics and use some of it in pieced backs.
I also finished 4 star blocks for a Quilt of Valor. These blocks need to be mailed in the next few weeks to the person who will piece the completed blocks into a quilt for a well deserving veteran.
|Quilt of Valor blocks|
I also got four more tops finished that were in progress. Campfire Cowboys and Rodeo were made from some flannel in a tote of fabric I purchased at a garage sale in the fall of 2014. I had some of the smaller plaids in my stash that coordinated with the two large scale prints. I used the pattern " Just Can't Cut It" by All Washed Up, to allow the prints to be seen. These both measure out at a Twin size 75" x 87" . I still have some of the branding iron fabric to use for backing. These will be donation quilts when done, possibly to a homeless shelter, or to an Indian Reservation that our small quilt group is sending quilts to this spring.
The other two Thomas the Tank Engine tops are ready for quilting now as well. These are going to the new family homeless shelter with the three quilts I finished last month.
|Thomas the Tank Engine II|
|Thomas the Tank Engine III|
See the black fabric with the bright hearts? I purchased that fabric when my granddaughter was born on Valentine's day, 20 years ago! She has always been a hot pink & zebra kind of girl, and this little print and it's companion never made it into a quilt for her.... It is all gone now... only thing left are a few 2 1/2" squares that are in the scrap drawers. In fact, the binding on this quilt is about 1/2 and 1/2 of the two prints to make it all the way around.
The bright yellow print used as backing in the top photo, has been one of my favorite prints, and I'm down to less than 2 FQ.... It is such a fun print to put in children's quilts. I'll miss it.
The checkered border has been in my stash for a long time as well, and it's time to move it along. I got it for a great price, there is enough for another large border, or to piece into a back somewhere.