This is a lap quilt. I was given a piece of fabric with African animals on an
old-world map higgledy-piggledy over it. I decided to make a quilt by
cutting a block round each animal. A few of the animals were pieced,
because half was on one side of the fabric, and half on the other! Like Topsy, it grew, and here it is. I am using it as a reminder to pray for
my friend who is a medical missionary in Ethiopia.
I have a friend who loves pansies. A mother that does too. So, when my
mum sent me some pansy fabric, I decided to make this bag for my friend! I
put a pocket inside made from an experiment from scraps from something
Here is another bag I made.
I belong to an online Quilt group (British Quilt Group on Yahoo Groups),
and this was my present for a Secret Santa gift. You make the bag in the
shape of a long armed cross. Then you sew up the inside parts of the
cross legs. It comes out looking like the pieces twirl round the bag.
The top is on the bias.
"The Year That Was"
Our quilt group was challenged to make a Calendar Quilt
in 2001. Each day we chose a piece of fabric to represent that day. This
was an idea we got from an Australian group.
I decided to do mine as a crazy quilt block a month. I never had done
crazy before, but thought it would be fun to learn. (Mind you, that wasn't
the easiest way to learn!!) Some ladies chose to do a block a week or
whatever. Some of us chose to keep a Journal, as well.
When the year was up, I framed the blocks with other fabrics that had
special meaning to me...things I collect, or like to do. Then I used Cow
print for the sashing, as I like cows. Each month's block also began with
some sort of cow motif. Because the quilt used mostly novelty fabrics, I
decided it was to busy to do much embellishing.
My mum (thanks!) had sent me a cloth
calendar at the beginning of 2001, so I chopped it up to use in the
sashing next to each block. I have now added small charms next to the
calendars. I quilted it using the programmed letters on my machine.
Vertically it has the abbreviations of the month, and horizontally at the
top, it says 2001-The Year That Was-BQL.
Pictures of each block.
Yorkshire - 2002
"Leather and Grace"
In 2002, we had another challenge. We received fabric
from the co-ordinator, which we then had to do something with. Once again,
I thought I would use the chance to learn some new things. A lot of it is
fabric manipulation. This time, I thought I would do more of a sample
block in each technique, and then put them all together.
You really can't see the texture of the manipulations. So here are photos
of the blocks, and a description of what I have done.
NB: NA smocking is my abbreviation for North American
free motion embroidery; NA
lace insertion and trapunto
smocking (lozenge); leather (slot seam + strips) smocking (flowers)+ embellishments + ruched fabric;
leather with bias strips; manipulated tucks
+ rolled fabric with blind hemstitch
NA smocking (lattice2); + beads with couched copperwire
reverse appliqué and faggoting
Quilts, UK 2006
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