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Hand Dyed Patchwork

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Hand Dyed Patchwork
Hand Dyed Patchwork (close up)

Hand Dyed Patchwork (close up)

Hand Dyed Patchwork (back)

Hand Dyed Patchwork (back)

Hand Dyed Patchwork (front)

Hand Dyed Patchwork (front)

The colors of the hand dyed fabrics are bold, vibrant and gorgeous.  It wasn’t until I looked at the quilt through the camera that I saw the diamond pattern emerge.   What a huge undertaking to cut and place all the two and half inch squares.  Using a bright variegated thread, I quilted stars and swirls.  I love how the thread stands out on the purple blue backing.

Fall Flippers

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Fall Flippers
Fall Flippers (close up)

Fall Flippers (close up)

Fall Flippers (back)

Fall Flippers (back)

Fall Flippers (front)

Fall Flippers (front)

Ideal Stitches is get a jump on Autumn with this Fall Flipper Quilt.   Look closely the front is quilted with a variegated warm and gold metallic thread.  On the back I used an orange variegated poly thread which contrasts the sage green fabric and brings a little fall coloring.  Now I am ready for the smells of roasting green chili and the sight of balloons in the air.

Prairie Point Quilt

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Prairie Point Quilt
Prairie Point Quilt (close up 2)

Prairie Point Quilt (close up 2)

Prairie Point Quilt (close up 3)

Prairie Point Quilt (close up 3)

Prairie Point Quilt (close up 1)

Prairie Point Quilt (close up 1)

Prairie Point Quilt (back)

Prairie Point Quilt (back)

Prairie Point Quilt (front)

Prairie Point Quilt (front)

When I received this quilt it was partially quilted and already had the prairie points.  The quilting was a straight echo stitch in the white fabric around the purple logs.  What a challenge to load!   I quilted a grape and leaf all over design from border to border.  What a difference from the droopy borders and plain white logs.

Grandma’s Flower Wall Hanging

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Grandma’s Flower Wall Hanging
Grandmas Flower Wall Hanging (Front)

Grandmas Flower Wall Hanging (Front)

This wall hanging came from a larger quilt that was in tatters.   The best remnant was cut and bordered to make a memory wall hanging.   I used a stipple stitch; great to cross all the seams and to mimic yesteryear.  What an amazing way to preserve both the memories and the best of the quilt.

Purple Tumblers

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Purple Tumblers
Purple Tumblers (close up)

Purple Tumblers (close up)

Purple Tumblers (front)

Purple Tumblers (front)

Have I mentioned recently how much I love my job?  There is always a place to let my creativity shine when I am working with quilts.   The piecer’s vision was for large wavy lines to flow across the quilt.  In my large repertoire of patterns I had nothing remotely close so I set upon designing a flowing pattern that would span the width of the quilt.  With slight adjustment to randomize the spacing the pattern was perfect.   It almost took more time to design than quilt!

Mosque Wall Hanging

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Mosque Wall Hanging
Mosque Wall Hanging

Mosque Wall Hanging

This wall hanging is full of memories for owner and myself.   The peacock fabric was passed down from a common mentor, Genette.   The owner’s daughter brought back the glitzy Indian trim from her time in India and I did the stitching.   What a creative piece!