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Cherry Scraps

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Cherry Scraps
Cherry Scraps (close up)

Cherry Scraps (close up)

Cherry Scraps (front)

Cherry Scraps (front)

I chose the name because the backing (not pictured here) are little bundles of cherries on a white background.  I love this color combination of bright turquoise and red!  It’s so cheerful.   Maybe I should change the name to Cheery Scraps.

Fish Curtain Quilt

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Fish Curtain Quilt
Fish Curtain Quilt (back)

Fish Curtain Quilt (back)

Fish Curtain Quilt (front)

Fish Curtain Quilt (front)

This was a pieced top that served as a shower curtain for a great many years.  Not willing to part with it, I am adding a backing and quilting to turn this into a camping quilt.  I found a fabulous fish and water pattern that is set off on the plaid green backing.   I know this will be cherished for years to come.

Christmas Snow

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Christmas Snow
Christmas Snow (close up)

Christmas Snow (close up)

Christmas Snow (back)

Christmas Snow (back)

Christmas Snow (front)

Christmas Snow (front)

Its Christmas in July!  Using a silver metallic thread I quilted a whimsical snowflake pattern and matched the shimmering threads in the darker gray fabric.   With the light hitting it just right, it looks like magic!

Cross Stitch Sunbonnet Sue

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Cross Stitch Sunbonnet Sue
Cross Stitch Sunbonnet Sue (close up)

Cross Stitch Sunbonnet Sue (close up)

Cross Stitch Sunbonnet Sue (back)

Cross Stitch Sunbonnet Sue (back)

Cross stitch Sunbonnet Sue (front)

Cross Stitch Sunbonnet Sue (front)

These delightful cross stitch blocks came together with pieced sashing to create a beautiful quilt top.  I feathered the sashing and did all sorts of custom quilting in the blocks.  NO all over pattern for this quilt!

Black and Gold Jelly Roll

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Black and Gold Jelly Roll
Black and Gold Jelly Roll (close up)

Black and Gold Jelly Roll (close up)

Black and Gold Jelly Roll (back)

Black and Gold Jelly Roll (back)

Black and Gold Jelly Roll (front)

Black and Gold Jelly Roll (front)

The little black triangles are a great way to break up this jelly roll quilt and the two borders frame it beautifully.   I used a black thread and quilted a whimsical flower pattern to off set the stripes!  Everything from the backing to the piecing to the quilting is now a fabulous quilt!

Golden Girls Harvest Spice Quilt

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Golden Girls Harvest Spice Quilt
Golden Girls Harvest Spice (close up 2)

Golden Girls Harvest Spice (close up 2)

Golden Girls Harvest Spice (close up 1)

Golden Girls Harvest Spice (close up 1)

Golden Girls Harvest Spice (back)

Golden Girls Harvest Spice (back)

Golden Girls Harvest Spice (back close up 1)

Golden Girls Harvest Spice (back close up 1)

Golden Girls Harvest Spice (back close up 2)

Golden Girls Harvest Spice (close up 2)

Golden Girls Harvest Spice (front)

Golden Girls Harvest Spice (front)

Sometimes the quilt makes the Quilter cry!  I was contacted by the daughter of my long time quilting mentor and Bible study teacher and she said her mother gifted her the quilting by Ideal Stitches for her Christmas present.  This quilt top was a long time combined work of the mother and daughter.   She wanted a snow white background and gold thread so that she could have a reversible quilt.  I love the backing because it shows how much quilting there truly is on this quilt.   I enjoyed every stitch!