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Birch Trees Quilt

I have a passion for trees and I love the fall, so this quilt really appealed to me. The inspiration came from a pattern I bought through Keepsake Quilting. There are many changes from the original pattern. Ryco was able to get just the right fabric to make the trees. The leaves are three dimensional.

Bookshelf Quilt

 

I originally saw a quilt like this at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show a few years ago but was unable to find a pattern - so I did my own thing. On the flight home from Oregon, I brainstormed titles for the books so they would tell the story of my family. It was great fun to be creative and make up my own rules for this quilt.

Alaska Quilt

While my husband and I were traveling on our own in Alaska, we flew in a tiny four seat plane to Kennecott to tour an old copper mine site. At the gift shop there I saw this beautiful quilt. As soon as we returned home, I bought the pattern book, Welcome to My Cabin by Nancy Smith and Lynda Milligan. I made our quilt in less than two months. If you look closely you will see that tiny airplane in the mountains.

Fishing Tales Quilt from Quilts for Wilderness Kids of all Ages by Debbie Field

I made this as a housewarming quilt for a friend’s daughter who loves the outdoors. I designed the two people in the canoe to look like Sharon and her husband Kyle.

Sweat Shirt Quilt

The T-shirts in this quilt belong to my son Jeff. They reflect some of his interests as he moved through Rhode Island School for the Deaf and Lincoln High School. He designed some of the shirts on the quilt.

The Lady at Sunset

My original design is done with a fabric painted sunset, thread painted hair, and her dress and shawl are three dimensional.

The Sleeping Mouse

This original design was inspired by a weekend workshop I took with Christine Fries-Ureel. The sky and moon are fabric painted, the mouse is thread painted, and the plants are three dimensional.

The Angel

This is also an original design. The hair is thread painted, the dress is three dimensional, and she has glittery wings. The hardest part for me was creating a series of faces for the students in my class.


Our Water Garden Quilt

This quilt was the most exciting and rewarding project that I have created. After years of trying to represent out water garden with fabric, this idea came to me while flying home from the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show – a very inspiring place in Oregon. I allowed myself to experiment with any and all techniques I have ever learned….basically I allowed myself to play!

  The lovely water hyacinths that cluster near the waterfall

 

The sergeant-major plant that has such interesting seed pods. These seed pods are buttons covered with brown paint.

 

The Waterfall

This was the most difficult block to do to get the right perspective.

  The goldfish

These fish refused to stay still long enough for me to get a good look at them. They are fabric painted and then highlighted with copper metallic thread.

  The Frog

The pond has a number of frogs and it has a snake. You will notice that I did not put a snake into the quilt!

 

Water Lilies

This was the first block for the quilt. I couldn’t wait to make the three dimensional lilie

 

The Dragonfly

It was fun to choose the beads for his body. We get giant dragonflies around the pond.

 

Tall Grasses

Our pond has a variety of tall grasses along the edge. Choosing the individual background squares for this block took quite a while.

Pine Trees in the Snow

I chose to use fabric paint for the sky and snow. The thread painted pine trees are done with a free motion zigzag stitch.