Bonnie's Small Quilts!
Small Quilts are a favorite! They cover walls, tables, chairs, couches, you name it!
October, 2007: Out On A String!! I foundation pieced these little gems onto diamond shapes cut from recycled phone book pages. I also used the old fashioned tried and true method of using inset Y seams to sew this block together. I know there are "easier" methods out there, but I just didn't want additional seams in my block corners or in the side triangles. Sometimes a bit of extra effort is worth it! Quilting detail Fun "crabby" fabric on the back to suit the mood I was in that day! *LOL*
May, 2007: Nine Patch Split! I love to take out my precut scrap squares, triangles, bricks and lay them out just as if I were playing with building blocks and see what strikes my fancy. I made this quilt for my youngest sister who is expecting her second child, a boy, any day now! (yes, I am rushing to get the label on and the quilt out the door before his arrival!) Close up! Quilting Detail!
August 2005: Midterms are over! I have 3 months....12 weeks....of school left! YES! It has been such a hectic time that I haven't been able to really concentrate on tedious piecing, but felt the need to be sewing something mindless and brainless. I made these little string blocks out of left over snippets accumulated from trimming scraps down to strips and squares and bricks. These little blocks finish at 3.5" square! I named this quilt Midterm Mayhem because that was what my life was like at the time I was piecing it. I machine quilted it, placing a plume in every square, following the direction of the pink X's formed by placing a pink strip down the center of each block. I used a variagated rayon thread called "horizon". Perfect name I thought, since the end of school is on the horizon! Close up pic.
Not really small, not really bed quilt? I'll put it here anyway! I made this snuggle quilt for my friend who is undergoing chemo. This was my attempt at playing with 'bricks' in a layout I had in my mind. It didn't turn out quite the way I had envisioned, but I like it, and because of playing with this I've got more ideas to do a different variation! I love things that open the doors to other options. Keeps things interesting! I call this quilt Brick Bowties. Made with 2" strips, 3.5" squares, and 3.5"X6.5" bricks. Close up pic.
July 2005: My DH and son have been installing laminate flooring downstairs. It's a war-zone down there! I retreated this weekend to the quilting room and loaded a top into the quilting machine that I had finished a while ago. It's a 1/2 log cabin design. I'd done other log cabins before, but never played with 1/2 log cabins. I tell ya...these leave too many logs to match up! From now on I'll either stick with purposely liberated and wonky, or stay with the kind where the logs go all the way around the center square instead of just being on two sides. That said, I do like how this turned out! I set the blocks in a pin-wheel design and called it Whirly-gig Logs! Here is a pic of the quilting in progress. And a close up hanging on the fence outside.
June 2005: It's been a while since I have added anything SMALL to this page! I have been making some smaller quilts, but just have been VERY BAD at getting them uploaded. I hope to correct that.....at least on the ones that I haven't given away as gifts! I've been in love with "liberated quiltmaking" ala Gwen Marston lately. Just LOVE the freedom! Here is a pic of a Liberated Log Cabin that I made with random width strips from my string piecing bin. I love purposely crooked! how can you go wrong with that? :c) I hope you can see the machine quilted baptist fans. A big favorite of mine. I'd hand quilt everything with baptist fans too, if I had the time, but I don't!
June 2005: I was in the mood for something patriotic since 4th of July is getting close. These framed 9 patch blocks were leftovers from my red & yellow 9 patch quilt. I sashed them and added cornerstones, set them with an old fashioned soldier blue and added borders. You can't see it, but I used a flag fabric on the back and quilted it with MORE baptist fans :c)
February 2005: A long time UFO gets quilted and bound! I've had this Pineapple Swirl top done for a LONG time. It was a quilt retreat project from when I lived in Texas. I was using up EVERYTHING thing in this top, paper piecing the blocks from my scraps, even using the uglies. It got to be a joke when I would pull it out to work on it at yet another retreat day, and the other quilters would hand me their uglies and DARE me to use them up in this quilt! I've got christmas fabrics in here, halloween fabrics, lovely fabric (??) from the 50's and 60's, even a piece of "VW bug" fabric with mod flowers that came from a girlfriend who was making her teenage daughter a quilt with VW bugs on it. EVERYTHING went into this quilt! Pic of quilting detail. I used 3 leftover blocks and leftover border in the back! Close-up shot of weird fabrics!
After loving how the fans turned out on the Home-Spun Stars below, I had to do it again on something else! I had made a bunch of 6" paper pieced blocks with my beloved civil war reproduction fabrics. 25 blocks done and I was at a stand still! What ever made me think I could make enough to make this a bed sized quilt? I had lost momentum and decided enough was enough. I sashed the blocks and bordered the quilt and played with more fans for the quilting. I call this one Civil War Criss Cross.
March 2004: I participated in a birthday block swap with an online quilter's group. We got to choose the block we wanted and any fabrics/colors they should use. Blocks were sent to their recipients for their birthdays! What a fun swap! I chose 9" Ohio Star blocks in plaids and homespuns, with muslin as the background. Homespun Stars is the result of this swap! I had just recently purchased a circle maker for my longarm machine and I did my first baptist-fan quilting on this quilt.
I had alot of fun making this String-Along-Stars baby quilt top. String quilts are a favorite of mine! Here is a pic of ME with the finished quilt after machine quilting and binding!
This Patriotic Bear Paw quilt was made out of 4 lonely blocks that had sat unfinished for about 10 years! One day I got the urge to set them together and put borders on them...perfect for some child as a cuddle quilt! This quilt was recently donated to Sunshine Quilts.
I tried a Scrappy Bargello quilt in amish solids after coming home from a trip to Lancaster PA! I really like how this one turned out. Amish Bargello is machine pieced, but I am planning on hand quilting it!
A guild challenge fabric was the beginning factor for this Halloween Kaleidoscope quilt! Just the shape of the triangles reminded me of candy corn, so I couldn't resist using the Kaleidoscope pattern as the building blocks for this project. Halloween and Autumn are two of my favorite things! I love the colors so much better than Christmas colors, or pastels for spring...I just love orange and black and purple! This quilt lives as a table topper for my kitchen table all through October.
1995! A Quilt Shop Challenge Fabric inspired me to make this Virginia Reel using the fabric. I didn't win anything, but the quilt was finished, and it was a pattern I always wanted to try. This is also when I first fell in love with reproducing the look of antique quilts by using lots of scrappy lights and darks. This was also just prior to getting my long-arm, so it was quilted on my little bernina.
This is a pic of my first quilt! I was 20 when I made this in 1982 as a baby quilt for my baby sister when she was born. It's faded over the years of course, but it touched me when Mary sent the pic that showed she still had and treasured this little humble quilt. DH's grandmother showed me how to make cardboard templates, trace them and then cut the pieces. It's a wonder I ever finished this thing at all because I really hated that process, but it got me well on the way to my quilting obsession, and I haven't stopped since! The fabrics came from a children's clothing outlet in Boise, Idaho. They would sell the bags of factory scraps, I had bought two bags, one pink, and one blue floral stripe. I guess I didn't know too much about contrast then! I quilted it in the ditch, not knowing any other way to do it, and learned to do prairie points for the borders. Oh, my quilting thread? Regular sewing thread, a double strand! I'm not sure I buried knots on the back either...Oh how far we have come, and enjoyed the journey!