In case you hadn't noticed, there has not been a lot of quilting going on lately around these parts. It's just been too hot to work on a quilt. But that's all about to change because I've just come from my quilt group meeting and I've been inspired and am now motivated to get going on some of my UFO's.
We started our meeting off with our monthly American Hero blocks - and one of our over-achievers brought in 8 blocks!!! Wowzer! We have just been collecting these blocks each month and some time in January we'll get together to sew all of the blocks together into a quilt tops. Even though the war has ended, sadly there is still a need for quilts for our wounded warriors.
Our color this month was purple and these are just some of the blocks we collected. These color blocks will make "interesting" quilts, no? We are going to sew these blocks together along with some others for Project Linus on Thursday September 17th from 9:30 until noon at the LDS Church on 216th in Sammamish. If you're available to come and help, PLEASE DO!!! Bring your sewing machine and your scissors and come sew with us for a few hours - we would love it!
This is Michelle's quilt, and it's a beaut! I love house quilts and this one is truly wonderful - don't you just love that inner pink and white border?!?
Our dear friend Barbara just returned to our group after being gone for two years. We decided to give her a little quilt show of things we've finished during the time she was gone. This is Helen's quilt - it's all hand quilted. Just take a moment and let that sink in. Hand quilted. Almost a lost art! As Helen herself would say, "It's really quite wonderful."
I didn't get pictures of everyone's quilts at our meeting...too much talking and eating I suppose. Mea culpa. So this is another of Helen's - she does have a distinctive style! What sets her quilts apart is her use of color - her fabric choices are pretty amazing and if you'll notice, her blocks are simple designs, it's the fabrics she uses that makes them so wonderful.
Check out the border fabric on this Helen Masterpiece! Scrappy fabrics sewn together then cut into blocks. It's crazy-mad-genius.
Denise brought in these two recently finished quilts to show Barbara - look closely at the fabric in the top quilt - even though it's upside down the little kid in the fabric is hilarious!
Jenny brought her American quilt - it's pretty dang wonderful!!! The quilting on it is truly exceptional, wish it would show up better! This is one of those "life-time" quilts which is impressive considering Jenny is only thirty-something!
This quilt almost had me singing the National Anthem! Makes me want to shout God Bless America and God Bless Quilters and God Bless Jenny!
This is Jenny's Alaskan quilt. It's been shown here before but is definitely worth a second look! I love how each block has a pieced part and an applique part on top of the piecing. It's pretty unique and downright wonderful!
Helen showed us her latest applique project - which she started after seeing Stephanie's red, white and blue appliqued quilt top. After I saw Stephanie's quilt I went home and ordered myself some fabrics to make one just like it - never would have thought about using the colors Helen is using - but they are super fun!
This is a wall-hanging Janet made. It looks much larger here but it's actually about 20x20-inches, would make a great pillow! Isn't it cool? I loved this, but then I love all things zebra, including zebras themselves! Always wanted to own one...and an elephant, too. Perhaps in my next life?
Terry made this fabulous quilt from Japanese fabrics she purchased in Japan. They are the real deal and because of that, this quilt still "bleeds" a bit blue, so Terry can't put this over her new white sofa, where she hoped it would go!
We had a bit of drama at our meeting so I missed some of the quilts that were shown! Oh well, I'm just a little mountain girl with lots of letters after my name...PMS, ADD, PTSD. OLD.