Mark’s Little Quilts

I have always made many of my gifts for those I love.  This Christmas was no different.  I sewed nearly an entire wardrobe for Annie – four tops, two pairs of pants, a jacket, a skirt and a dress!  None of them were difficult or heirloom or couture, just easy-care, slightly unique clothes she can wear to work.  I made a t-shirt quilt for John, her “significant other.” And I made a tiny quilt for Mark to add to his collection of little quilts I’ve made for him.  So I thought I’d show you his little quilts!

This quilt, “A Little Opulence,” was actually made for the IQA benefit auction at the Houston Quilt Festival in 2008.  He bought it!

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It is 19″ x 22″.  The ivory fabric is silk dupionni, and the appliqued paisleys (OESD) are cross-woven Thai silk.

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The free-standing lace (Zundt) was made for “Opulence,” but I didn’t use it, so had it left over and used it here.  The center circle of lace is see-through – I cut out a section of the finished quilt, bound the edges, then stitched the lace over the gap.

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A year before this, I had made a little quilt, also for the IQA auction.  I liked it so much, I made a large quilt with 25 of these blocks, plus a wide border, which took what seemed like forever to make!  Anyway, Mark liked the little quilt, so in 2009 I made another one for him.

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It is 20-1/2″ x 22-1/2″, and you can definitely see my heirloom roots here – batiste, puffing, shaped lace, organza inserts, satin stitched gimp cord, etc.

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This next little quilt was from 2010, I think.  I had just gotten my SWF 15-needle embroidery machine, and I was learning it, so I made this with large designs.  It is 14″ x 16-1/2″, and all the designs are Zundt.

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I love the way the little running stitches of metallic thread are digitized into the design!  It adds just a bit of sparkle.

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And, of course, more free-standing lace.  I used these lace designs in “Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining.”

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Then in 2013 I made this tiny quilt – it’s only 12-1/2″ square!

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It is made from white silk/cotton Radiance, with a Zundt design.  It’s similar to “Distraction II,” but smaller, and has yellow roses for my Texas guy!010_2

The teeny, tiny double piping is made from fabric-covered gimp cord.

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And, finally, for Christmas 2014, I made “Frozen Margarita!”  Again, this is similar to a donation quilt I made which he liked, so I made another.  It is 14-1/2″ square, made from Radiance, and the designs are from OESD.

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The embroidery and quilted flowers were done with metallic thread.

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Bluebonnet fabric for the backing

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Finally, I’m showing the original “Frozen Margarita,” because the color of the photos I took today leaves something to be desired.  Mark’s quilt is actually the color of the one below!

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Quilted Christmas Banner

Here’s a quilted Christmas banner that I made six years ago for my husband to hang on his door at work.  It was a mercy project.  His co-worker at the time enthusiastically decorated for Christmas, but her idea of décor involved paper plates, yarn, pictures cut from old Christmas cards, and other Kindergarten-ish art.  I don’t like to speak unkindly of anyone, but my husband said it was embarrassing to have this on a professional’s door!

This is one of the few quilted projects – maybe the only one – I’ve made that is not my own design.  I wanted something easy and quick, and this fit the bill beautifully!

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It is a pre-cut, fusible applique from Dilys Fronks, who makes gorgeous wrought-iron applique quilts.  The concept is brilliant – black fabric, backed with fusible web, laser-cut to create the design!  All you have to do is peel off the paper backing, carefully place the intricate, cut-out shape onto another fabric, and press to fuse.  An instant quilt top!  I bought my applique at the Houston Quilt Festival, but found this particular design online: http://www.quiltingcreations.com/store/item.asp?Category=196&SubCategoryID=40&GroupID=&SKU=CDF5101

The backing fabric was a piece that was “aging” in my stash.  It was perfect for this, a beautiful turquoise/blue/purple/magenta batik with little orange stars scattered throughout.  To make my banner a little larger, I used a piece of backing fabric several inches larger all the way around than the pre-cut fabric, and added strips of my own fusible-backed black fabric to make the border.   Because I extended the lines on the curved top, it looks like the frame was part of the original design.  For the star, I slipped a piece of gold cotton/metallic lame under that section before fusing.

I honestly don’t remember what threads I used for quilting this, but I know it was quick and easy quilting!  Black binding completes the leaded glass look.

Christmas Sewing From Years Ago

Like many of you, I made lots of Christmas and other holiday garments for my children.  Here are some photos of a few of those outfits.  These were from before I discovered Sew Beautiful magazine, before I started writing about sewing, before I started teaching, before I started quilting!

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This is the only picture I have of this dress.  It’s a cute photo, but doesn’t show the dress very well.  The jumper was a light sage green cotton velveteen, with an ivory cotton blouse.  The pattern was so sweet!  I’m sure it was McCall’s/Simplicity/Butterick/Vogue; I didn’t know of any other patterns at the time.

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This dress was also velveteen, this time in sapphire blue, with white lace trim.  Synthetic lace, as I had not yet been introduced to lovely French cotton lace.  Again, this was a commercial pattern.

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Little girls’ dresses were shorter then (I think this was probably 1987), but, you know, their little legs are so cute! 🙂

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And, of course, Annie’s favorite part of the dress was the ruffle-butt feature!

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Here we are a year or two later.  I made the red jackets from a gabardine, maybe a poly/rayon/cotton blend.  I know I made Annie’s skirt, too, but I don’t remember if I made David’s pants or if they were purchased.  He doesn’t look too sure about being on that horse, does he?!

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And going back even farther, here are my sister and I in pretty turquoise velveteen Christmas dresses made by my Mom!