Scenes of the Orient – in progress
This is one of my current projects. I purchased the kit as a Block of the Month from Keepsake Quilting. It took me a bit longer than one month per block. But I finally finished all of the applique in early November and pieced (by hand, of course) the quilt top.
My other current project is a two-fabric applique project that I hope will be ready to use for Christmas decorating next year.
This is my quilt, the one on my bed, that I love to snuggle under. I began it at Christmas of 2002 while visiting my parents. I used Diana McClun & Laura Nownes’ Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! as a starting point and bought fabric. Then I couldn’t wait until I got home to my sewing machine to start, so I began piecing it by hand, in spite of having very little idea of how to proceed. Later I found Jinny Beyer’s book Quiltmaking by Hand. In the end, I pieced the entire quilt by hand and quilted it by hand as well. I designed the quilting pattern in the alternating blocks myself and used a contrasting blue thread for those. It only took me 7 1/2 years to complete. It was the first real quilt project I ever started. But it kept getting put aside in favor of quilts and hangings for other people. Here are some more pictures of this quilt:
This quilt was a special gift for a special man. He loved the outdoors and had a special fondness for pheasants. I started with a smaller version of Crow’s Path from Claudia Olson’s book Two-Block Applique Quilts (click on the book cover for more information about this book). Then I found a picture online of a pheasant in flight. My son, Daniel, graciously helped out by adapting the image to a line drawing I could use as a basis for an applique block. The quilt was hand-appliqued and hand-quilted. I was really pleased with the result and was very glad that this quilt gave Jack so much pleasure!
Hand pieced and hand quilted. I adapted the Boxed Blocks pattern from Jinny Beyer’s book, Quiltmaking by Hand. Rebecca chose the fabrics opting for a really bright color palette. I planned the rainbow layout and designed the borders. I used a variegated quilting thread in primary colors for all of the quilting except the black borders and I think the quilt looks as gorgeous on the back as it does on the front. I love the look on her face when, a year later, she snuggles with it and says that she loves her quilt!