Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Love of Travel

My latest inspiration is to make a memory quilt of our travels.
We have visited over 50 countries and more to come.
I have collected fabrics and needlework samples from a number of those countries.
I want to design a quilt that features as many parts of the world as possible.
I found this panel at Hancock that I'll cut up to show our love of cruising.
I purchased these fabrics to supplement my stash.
I appliquéd these stacking dolls to represent Russia.
I want to also appliqué a maple leaf for Canada.

I'll post more on my progress as I plan and start piecing. I don't want to move too fast as we have a upcoming trip to Africa in the works.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Ready for binding

This quilt was a collaborative effort of my teacher friends (3 + me) for our beloved secretary, Betty, retiring this year.

We went into our stashes and put together this design in Betty's favorite colors. We strip pieced squares tying in the "white on white" background.

The appliqué, suggested by the pattern, was turned with fusable interfacing.

I did a combination of machine quilting, in the ditch and free motion, on the colored parts with hand quilting in the white background.

Now its Debbie's turn to put on the binding.