QUILTS

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This quilt is for our youngest son and his wife. It's the first king size I've made in several years. I thought I'd never finish! But here it is and it's gorgeous in burnt plum, khaki, and a little orange, yellow and green. (Click here or the title to read the post.)


I sewed this pretty baby quilt while we were on vacation and finished it up when we got home. These pink bricks (2½ x 5") sew up very quickly and look great in a scrappy mix of pinks. (Click on the title to read the quilt story.)

       


Building Blocks I
I made this little quilt, and the one below, for Rory and Meggan's two girls, who share a room but are a year apart in age. When they are old enough to have separate rooms, the quilts will be able to follow without the girls feeling that their rooms have to match.





Building Blocks II
I made this little quilt, and the one above, for Rory and Meggan's two girls.  The idea is that the two quilts match without being exactly alike.





Math is an Expletive 
 I spend quite a bit of time fretting over the math necessary to quilt efficiently.  This quilt is my attempt at a bit of humor to laugh at the fact that my favorite hobby requires my most difficult subject.  Thanks to Leah Day's website for the many quilting motifs.  














Almost Modern
One of several quilts I've made using orphan blocks and fabric scraps.  They will become donation quilts once I've made a few more. 




Crazy X Quilt 
(bee quilt)
Bee members mailed their version of the X block in February (2015) and I put them together, added a few more, and then quilted the top.  It was fun and interesting to figure out how to make everything fit since nothing really matched in size or shape.
The Louisiana Traveling Quilt 
(bee quilt) 
Based on my theme "Squares in a Round" this top visited each person in the bee until it made the full circle.  Each member interpreted the theme in her own way, add the block and mailed to the next person.  This is the final product.  The block in the red square was the first block, which I made.
Cotton Gin Quilt
After making a couple of barn quilts, I had to challenge myself with something a little more challenging.  This is an art quilt of the Cotton Gin in Cottonport.










Gavin's Memories
A memory quilt commissioned by a mom whose son was graduating from high school.  She provided his tee shirts, a baseball cap, sports jerseys, and karate belts for the quilt. I used the belts for the binding. This one was a challenge but fun to make!

"Thank you so much for the quilt.  It is awesome!  We love it!!"  -Kasey               
(Click on the quilt title to read more.)



Modern Dresden
A stack and whack quilt with a modern bent.  The flowers are Dresden plates with repeating blades.  The leaves, vines and seeds are my interpretation of a modern fantasy land.        Detail of Modern Dresden




Commissioned LSU Quilt
Made for a graduating LSU student from her tee shirts. Her aunt wanted to give her a memory quilt as her graduation gift.

"What a wonderful memory quilt! I can't wait until her graduation to give it to her!"  -Janice


(Click here or on the title to read the quilt story.)
Mayeux Barn Quilt.  
A couple who saw "Daddy's Barn" (below) commissioned this art quilt of an old barn they own.  It was a thrill to create.  






Mandy's Quilt. My sister commissioned me to make this red and white chevron quilt for her daughter who recently moved after graduating from ULL.






Reception Signature Quilt.
A wedding quilt with signature blocks for the guests to sign (instead of a guest book).  The bride chose blue, gray, green and navy for the quilt colors--favorite colors of the bride and groom.  This photo is of the almost finished quilt top.  After the signatures are on the quilt, I'll get it back to quilt and bind it.




Daddy's Barn.
One of my favorites....an art quilt of the barn at my late parents' farm.  Although I used a photo, much of the details are items I remember from playing in and around the barn as a child.  

The rope swing (see detail) is a memory that my sons insisted upon. They played on an old rope swing in front of the barn until the pecan tree finally gave up.




Reflections in Grey.  A gray quilt made from a block that I created after discovering an old quilt top in my parents' house.  My sisters and I were cleaning the house after their deaths and found the top.  Someone insisted that I keep the top and eventually I quilted it.  Later we were able to determine that my grandmother made the quilt top (before her death in 1991) and my mom had put it away.  I fell in love with the quilt and the odd pattern.  This quilt was juried into QuiltCon in 2013. 



A couple of quilts commissioned for my sister's grandsons.  Well, some of them anyway.  They are meant to coordinate without being too matched.  This is so that the two quilts will look good in the same room without looking like they were made for twins.






Erica's Hot Pink Girl
A commissioned quilt for a young woman in Kansas.  She chose the colors and fabrics based on a quilt she saw on the blog and fell in love with. I had a great deal of fun with these bright, jeweled pinks.
"Oh Mary, the quilt arrived today! It's exactly what I wanted. It's beautiful, thank you for creating the quilt of my dreams!"  -Erica





Studio Quilt. Cute little pattern I bought at "Quilt in a Day" while in Paducah.  I made a few modifications while making this version for the studio.





Modern He Loves Me. 
Two versions of the same quilt, "He Loves Me."  This one with the white background is a modern version.  All the petals are made with coordinating batiks.




Right below is a more traditional version of "He Loves Me."  Notice the green background and yellow/green sashing.  The petals are made with different fabrics--some are small print calicoes and others are solids or wovens.

He Loves Me (Traditional).
  


Daniel's Chemo Quilt.

This quilt is for a student who is receiving chemo treatments.  His classmates and friends signed the quilt in the white triangles so that it would be good reminder of the people who care for him and are praying for his recovery.  Read the quilt story here or see the tutorial for half square triangles.






Maggie's Memory Quilt. 
click here to read the quilt story and see more pictures





Lindsey's Memory Quilt.                     click here to read the quilt story and see more pictures






Ordered Chaos.
Meggan's quilt commissioned by her husband, our youngest son, Rory, for her Christmas gift.  Unfortunately, she didn't get it until February.  I'm so sorry, Megg.
Tulips are her favorite flower.  These are appliqued in random fashion.  The neutrals are meant to work with the neutrals in their bedroom even though this is a sofa quilt.



Sophie's Quilt.
A simple little nine patch with babuska babies appliqued on just for fun.  I'd read about these and made a couple for the grandkids to play with, then while making the quilt, I just could't resist.  The hair and faces are embroidered.














Butterfly Quilt.  
A little butterfly quilt that I made for the Etsy shop but haven't put it up yet.  It was a just-for-fun project.





























Nimble and Quick.  I wanted to make a bargello quilt but got tired of it really fast, so I did the next best thing--made a baby quilt. It's called "Nimble and Quick" because it had me thinking of the "Jack be Nimble" nursery rhyme.  The rhyme is quilted into the border of the quilt.  Part of a nursery rhymes series.




























Quilted for a lady in Shreveport

Christmas guild quilt I quilted for the 
Cotton Quilter's
Guild of Cottonport, LA


Adam and Jenny's Wedding Quilt.    This quilt is the one I made for Adam and Jenny, our middle son and his wife.  She wanted something simple in beige and browns and when I suggested a monogrammed quilt, she jumped on it.  I would now make the letter thicker but other than that, it's perfect.  


I surprised them with the embroidered cross and the "Our Father" prayer written around the border.  The entire poem is quilted in thread followed by the words for the Catholic Sign of the Cross.  They are both very involved in the church and faith, so it is quite appropriate.  Of course, she was thrilled!  Look at those two different shades of brown how they work so well together.  The monogram is in the darker brown.  Those were some of the first feathers I quilted and are pretty sad looking now, but I was very proud to quilt this entire extra-queen on my Bernina.  



















Pretty Pink Bows.
uses the bow tie design.  In the center of each connection, I added pink ribbons.  The sleeper can tie up pretty little bows while waiting for sleep to come.  Finished in 2008, it's a queen size quilt at 90 x 100. 


Rose Square.
I made this queen size quilt (90 x 102) and hauled it around with me to every Beta convention for years.  It's hand-quilted, colorful and fun! 



Les Boites Des Fleurs.  
The title is French for the flower boxes.  It's one of my favorites because it's so colorful.  The flowers are huge and remind me of hibiscus flowers.  This art quilt measures 56 inches square .






"The Coolest Bug Collection" was made several years ago when I decided I wanted to figure out how to make the jar pattern.  I recently gave it to a family friend who is expecting in just a few days.  I hope she enjoys it.

























 


 


Marley's Quilt. This sweet little quilt is now Marley's baby quilt.  I had so much fun with the piecing and the rosebud binding.














In fact, I had so much fun with the pink one, I made a green one something like it.



A little triple Irish chain quilt with sports motifs embroidered or appliqued on. SOLD 







Dee's Dresden.  
An older quilt I made years ago after I made a small quilt for my sister.  I loved the Dresden Plate design so much that I wanted one for myself.  It's name is "Dee's Dresden."  I'm Dee....it's my family's nickname from when I was a small baby and my older sister couldn't say "baby."  She called me DeeDee and the name stuck, as nicknames are wont to do.  Check out that close up of "Dee's Dresden," isn't it just too cool?  Love the way the design forms a flower!

Rory and Meggan's Wedding Quilt.  This log cabin quilt was commissioned by a gentleman from Natchitoches, La.  I made the largest quilt I possibly could at the time.....I just had my Bernina home machine, but it wasn't big enough for his king bed.  In the end I gave it to my son and daughter-in-law because she loves the colors and design.  She has decorated their room to coordinate beautifully with the reds and golds in the quilt.
 

Grandmother's Fan. This pink and blue smaller queen quilt (86 x 96) also uses the Dresden Plate design of fussing cutting so that each plate forms a flower pattern.    This one is "Grandmother's Fan" because I used only 1/4 of a plate, placed in the corner of a block to make a pretty little fan.  It's one of my favorites because it reminds me of my grandmother.  Such soft, soothing colors are very restful.   
 














A darling baby quilt I quilted for Mrs. Pat, one of my new friends from the Cotton Quilter's Guild.




Paisley in Pictures.   An original design that took me a couple of years to complete.  I was not able to finish quilting it on my Bernina and put it away until I got the Innova long arm machine.  Of course, I had to practice before attempting to quilt this!
 
Lily pad quilt using thread painting for my niece

A couple of stained glass quilts made in 2006, I think.  The one at right was donated to our church for a raffle to help raise money to repair the stained glass windows.  The design is from the actual windows in church. The second one was my practice quilt.  I got the design from a postcard that came in the mail.
 










Aggie Baby. 
Made for my sister Lee for a friend.





Around a Girl's World.



















        
Autumn Splendor.

The rich colors of late summer and fall take center stage on this quilt of leaves encircled by log cabin blocks.  Queen sized and super warm and soft, it's perfect for a winter nap.




















Out of the Crayon Box: Color inside the lines

This quilt won a first place ribbon at our local quilt guild show in 2010.  I made it while caring for my invalid mother when she had both Alzheimer's and cancer.  I needed the bright, happy colors in my life at a time when every day seemed gray and dismal.  Mom has since passed away, and dad followed only a year later.  I think of the quilt as a memory of their love and the blessings I received while caring for them.