Bonnie's Bed Quilts!
Irmo, SC 2003!
I guess you could call me a traditionalist in the quilting sense of the word. I love the look of antique quilts. Well worn, well loved and having stood the test of time, they just have a warm *living* feel to them. Quilts that you can crawl under, wrap up in and dream in. Most of my fabrics and quilts are along the traditional lines. I will never apologize for being a traditional quilter, even if I love to color outside the lines a bit and do things extra scrappy and utilitarian style!
I think I might be taking "Decorating with Quilts" a bit too far!
This is a stack of my quilts on top of a small chest in my guest room. I am 5'9" and the pile reaches up to my nose :c) All of these (and more) are displayed below.
Newer quilts are towards the top!
"True friends are the Brightest Scraps in the Patchwork of Life!" Two blocks contain Tonyas initials, and my own. She also has the same initial blocks for her own quilt :c)
I was out fondling fabrics one afternoon (oh yes, we all know this scenario!!) When I came across some music fabrics too fun to pass up! They just seemed to jump into my arms and said "Buy me!" I knew this was the perfect focal fabric for this quilt.
I really like how this one turned out...even the back! Several years ago I received a quilt top for machine quilting that was too fragile to quilt, but the pattern was sooo cool I had to replicate it before sending it back. It was for a large star that made a 4 block quilt. Well, you know how it goes, I only got two done and I never got back to it. So I decided that these two large blocks were going to go on the back of this quilt. I think I like the back as much as the front and it sure makes things interesting! Again, this one was perfect for the baptist fans.
One Block! Close up of quilting detail Close up of piecing
It was well worth the effort! Detail Pic
Pic of fun "cows over the moon" backing and label
30's Trip Around The World was a kit from Common Threads Quilting in Waxahachie TX. I pieced it for the shop, it was displayed there as a demo for a while, and then it came back to me. Close up of the quilting
These two quilts were given to friends graduating from massage school in the class just ahead of me!
Simply Multi Strippy
Here is a pic of the quilting detail on the Simply Blue Strippy!
I'm a bit behind at updating this page. Some quilts have been done for a while but I didn't have a hanging sleeve to hang the quilt for picture taking. Bad excuse I know! I love string quilts, always have always will! This quilt is a queen sized Spider Web. Easy and fun to make and used up alot of smaller pieces. I fell in love with an antique spiderweb I had seen in a magazine, also set with the same antique 'dirty pink' background and I just had to give it a try! The string pieced border was also alot of fun. Here is a pic of quilting detail showing the machine quilted baptist fans. This pic of the back shows a great way to use up odd ball fabrics! I cut 10-1/2" squares of a lot of left over pinks and corals that I wanted to clear out and pieced them together for the back.
The only thing that is "new" about this quilt is the pic of the full quilt! The directions to this Oklahoma Backroads quilt have been on my site for some time, but I never got around to getting a decent pic of the quilt when quilted and bound. I have found that the fence on my side yard and a cloudy day makes for good lighting! Here is a pic of the quilt back using up lots of 10-1/2" purple squares, and a pic of the quilting detail.
This is another one I didn't have great pics of either. Here is a pic of the Chunky Churndash quilt outside hanging off the deck rail. It was hard to get the quilt to 'stand still' as there was a storm brewing and the wind kept sweeping it off the rail before I could get a pic taken! Here is a close up of the quilting.
Basketweave Strings! This is another one that I have directions for on my website. (see menu to the left of page) What a fun way to use up all those oddball strips! I really enjoyed making this. The quilting adds so much texture to the straight straight piecing. Wonderful fun!
I've been promising my son Jeff a Sponge-Bob quilt for a long time! Valentine's Day was around the corner, so I quickly put together his Road to Sponge-Bob quilt using the Yellow Brick Road pattern by Atkinson Designs.
Scrappy Double Irish Chain was another leaders/enders project! I had alot of fun watching this quilt grow while I was working on other projects. I've always liked chain patterns that leave space for wonderful fancy quilting!
I spent over 3 years piecing on this Ocean Waves quilt before the top was done! Tons of tiny triangle squares, they finish at 1.5" square! I really love how this quilt turned out, I've always wanted to make one. I machine quilted this one using wool batting. Wow...was it NICE! I'll be using wool again in the future. Here is what the top looks like on the bed. Close-up of quilting detail! I pieced the back using up alot of pieces of black and grey that I wanted to whittle down. Pic of quilt back. How long have THESE fabrics been in my stash? :c)
The story is that Susie passed away this year due to lung cancer (yes, smoking related *sigh*) and her family donated her stash to the guild. We held a sale to raise money for guild programs and what was left came home with ME since I am the charity quilt chairperson. I had to use Susie's stash to come up with a quilt pattern that would be fun and easy, and the quilts we make will go to the breast cancer center. I chose this simple delectible mountains pattern because I could do it scrappy in controlled colorways (alot of susie's fabric that was left over is green or florals!) and I can make kits easily out of 8.5" squares out of the fabric.
Spring 2004 brought with it a trip through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. At the time I had already been working on scrappy blue/neutral 4 patches and triangle squares for a 'buck eye' beauty variation...but after travelling through the beautiful country side and the Blue Ridge Mountains, I knew that I had found the right name for my quilt. I named it Blue Ridge Beauty. Pic of unquilted top on my bed.
Close up showing border fabrics. Even closer pic of one block unit!
Another demo top for Common Threads. This one was a pain because the directions for cutting were completely wrong! (*&@#&! I figured out where the problems were, and tho I wasted a bit of fabric, I still like how this quilt turned out. Pineapple Logs is made with reproduction prints. Close up of Border and fabrics.
I had been working on these 16 patch blocks and pinwheel blocks during sit and sew days at the local quilt shop! I used 2" strips from the 2" strip bin in darks and lights to make the 16 patch blocks. The triangles were cut from 3.5" strips using the easy-angle ruler! I love this ruler...it works with the sizes of strips I like to keep on hand and I don't have to worry about adding that 7/8" to the finished size of the triangle to figure out what size to cut! This quilt was inspired by an antique quilt I saw on ebay. I used up lots of 10.5" squares of neutrals in a fun pieced backing that cleaned out a lot of stash I didn't want anymore!
Who doesn't love braid quilts? This is a variation I call "Friendship Braid". This is a replica of a quilt that my friend Denice bought in Roundtop TX...it was nearly in shreds, but the 1800's fabrics in it were WONDERFUL! I wanted one of my own, and through trial and error came up with this quilt. Big enough to fit my kingsized bed! Close up of fabrics and quilting detail.
August, 2002: This past year we have had a 'block swap challenge' going with my sit n sew group in Sulphur Springs. Each month we would exchange 4" 'Mary's Triangles' blocks and at the end of the year we were to put them together in the setting of our choice. I took my blocks up to Sun River, Oregon with me to work on while retreating the week of the Sisters, Oregon Quilt Show. I finished the top while there! Here is the top without borders. This is a pic of the finished quilt hanging from the quilting machine, and finally a pic of the quilt on my new mission style bed!
I am the proud mother of a highschool graduate! I never thought it would happen....how could so many years have gone by so fast? But they did...and my oldest son, Jason, graduated from Waxahachie High this May! He requested a black and white color scheme for his graduation quilt. Since he is about to fly the coop off into the great big world...I thought it only appropriate that his quilt be in the "Birds in Flight" pattern! Here is a pic of me with Jason in his well earned cap and gown on graduation night.
I am SO inspired by the patterns, colors and fabrics of antique quilts from teh 1800's. I love trying to achieve a 19th century "feel" to many of my quilts. This simple Diamond Four Patch was made with 2 1/2" strips of reproduction fabrics to help use up leftovers from my Dear Jane Quilt..(which is STILL in the handquilting process!)
Somewhere In Time: This quilt is a replica of a late 1800's top that came to me too fragile for quilting. I fell in love with the"ocean waves variation" design and the turkey red background. Of course, I HAD to recreate it! I used the original top as a guide for pulling reproduction fabrics from my stash, and stayed as close to the original as possible. The real struggle with this pattern was that all the red squares are INSET SEAMS! *ackckk!* But it was good practice...and I mastered the challenge! Here is a pic of the ANTIQUE TOP that I worked from. You will notice the blocks are bigger than in mine..when I drafted the pattern, I made it so I could work with 2 1/2" strips, and have MORE blocks to play with!
I finished piecing my 10,000 piece postage stamp quilt and am SO thrilled with how it turned out!
I plan on quilting it as soon as I can squeeze it in between customer quilts...
Curious as to how this quilt is broken down into units? Here is a break down of one block!
Here is a pic of the beginning layout of 144 blocks before sewing together. There are 400 5" 25-patch blocks in this quilt, with each square measuring 1".
Notice: this quilt, named "Perkiomen Daydreams" after my love of perkiomen valley split 9 patch layouts took a 3rd place ribbon in the "artisan pieced" category at the 2002 Dallas Quilt Celebration! YAY!
Got any sports fans in your life? There is a variety of sports fabric on the market...all big prints, directional in design, and I had NO idea what to do to use this fabric effectively! This had to be a special quilt for my friend Lynn's 8 yr old twin boys to snuggle under while watching Steelers games! I decided to use the focus Steeler fabric in large 8" snowball blocks, and set them alternately with 8" red and blue star blocks using black as the background. Here is a close up of the Stars & Steelers top in progress with a few blocks laid out on the floor. Click here to see the finished Stars & Steelers quilt hanging on my fence before sending it off! Click here for a close up of Quilting Detail.
Guild retreats are a great place to really concentrate on finishing UFOs! I finished this 9 patch cross quilt for my son Jeff while at a retreat in Texas. I used a pic of an antique quilt to inspire the color and lay out!
Playing with 9 patches! Two different 9 patch blocks, half with scrappy blacks in the 4 corners and centers, and the others with scrappy colors in the center sides with black in the center. Muslin for lights.
This pattern was admired so much that I was requested to make it AGAIN to fit a queen sized bed in autumn colors. Click here to view! This quilt was machine pieced and heavily machine quilted with swirling feathers in the borders and lots of background stippling for a very antique look!
one of the reds still decided to bleed after the quilt was HAND QUILTED and washed! (*&@#$(