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Green Hexi Kaffe Quilt

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Green Hexi Kaffe Quilt
Green Hexi Kaffe Quilt (close up)

Green Hexi Kaffe Quilt (close up)

Green Hexi Kaffe Quilt (front)

Green Hexi Kaffe Quilt (front)

I love that hexigons have been making a comeback!  What a great shape to show off these beautiful Kaffe fabrics.  If you look again you can see 6 pointed stars in this amazing layout.  The quilting is subtle but I did an allover leafy vine pattern to complement the colors and print of the fabrics.  This is a quilt that will grow on you.

Mexican Star Quilt

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Mexican Star Quilt
Mexican Star (close up)

Mexican Star (close up)

Mexican Star (front 2)

Mexican Star (front 2)

Mexican Star (front 1)

Mexican Star (front 1)

This gem of a quilt only measures 30 inches by 30 inches!  Ironically enough the time I spent quilting this beauty was 30 hours.   Much of the work is “behind the scenes” such as stitch in the ditch, marking the spacing in the border and sashing and using a curved ruler to get the perfect arcs, but the result is incredible!  The blue squares look like nuggets of turquoise in a southwest desert!

Southwest Rainbow

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Southwest Rainbow
Southwest Rainbow (close up 1)

Southwest Rainbow (close up 1)

Southwest Rainbow (close up 2)

Southwest Rainbow (close up 2)

Southwest Rainbow (front)

Southwest Rainbow (front)

The colors on this stunning quilt look just as bright as a summer rainbow in the southwest desert.  I outlined the printed blocks and the black silhouettes, added background fill and then quilted the black sashing in a bright variegated thread with a southwest motif.  The result is amazing!

Earthtone Cat Quilt

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Earthtone Cat Quilt
Earth tone Cat Quilt (close up)

Earth tone Cat Quilt (close up)

Earth tone Cat Quilt (back)

Earth tone Cat Quilt (back)

Earth tone Cat Quilt (front)

Earth tone Cat Quilt (front)

Some times the story of the quilt inspires the quilting.   When this quilt was brought to me, I was told that this was for the guest room where the cats sleep. The customer loved the idea of quilting cats on the quilt.   I used an earth tone variegated thread so that it would really stand out on the backing.  This quilt turned out to be the “cat’s meow”!

Antique Bed Runner

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Antique Bed Runner
Antique Bed Runner (block)

Antique Bed Runner (block)

Antique Bed Runner (close up 1)

Antique Bed Runner (close up 1)

Antique Bed Runner (close up 2)

Antique Bed Runner (close up 2)

Antique Bed Runner (back)

Antique Bed Runner (back)

Antique Bed Runner (front)

Antique Bed Runner (front)

I was commissioned to take a stack of pieced star blocks from a cedar chest and make a quilt.  The blocks were both hand and machine pieced.  I used off white fabric on the background and the backing to keep the quilt looking antique.  I quilted feathers and more feathers and hand bound the runner on both sides.   It was very labor intensive but the results were worth it.  It is spectacular and sure to bring back memories of the original piecer.

Kia Oro

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Kia Oro
Kia Oro (close up)

Kia Oro (close up)

Kia Oro (back)

Kia Oro (back)

Kia Oro (front)

Kia Oro (front)

The fabrics for this quilt were bought on a trip to Australia.  What a fantastic layout!  And because of that I wanted quilting that would not distract from the layout, piecing or fabric patterns.  Seen from the back the quilting pattern has a primitive feel, almost aboriginal.