This quilt was made from 12 hand pieced blocks that my mom had started circa 1990. I finished this project in 2011 by adding the green fabric, setting on point, and using the remainder of the flowered and white fabric. I custom quilted this on my long arm. I gave this quilt to my parent's long time neighbors as a momento of my mom.
Bow Tucks Tote in Teal - This versatile tote was made in a teal color way and donated to the President of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Northern New Jersey Chapter, also an ovarian cancer survivor, to help raise awareness.
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Most of the fabrics for this quilt were purchased by my mom in 2007 while we were at the AQS Quilt Show in Paducah. The dresdan plates were needle turn hand applique. My mom loved this quilt. She started hand quilting it in 2009. She didn't get too far with the quilting, when her condition worsened and the meds caused too many side effects. My good friend, Del, finished the hand quilting and I think my mom would be quite pleased with it. I keep this quilt proudly displayed on my bed.
Using Hoffman Fabrics digitally printed Forest Friends panel, coordinates and a couple of Hoffman Watercolor Batiks, this easy project went together very quickly. We loved the panel as is, so we framed it, quilted it and attached the binding. This quilt is ready to bring comfort to a child at Bayonne Medical Center.
I was approached by a previous co-worker who has a son attending a private non-profit school. Each year, the school holds a gala event with both a silent auction and live auction to raise funds for school supplies and programs. The kindergarten classes every year put hand and feet prints on fabric with paint. The initial request was inquiring if I could sew together these squares of fabric with the hand and feet prints.
Conversations went back and forth and I ended up taking on the task of the entire project, including supplying the fabric, except getting the hand and feet prints onto the fabric. They were able to provide me with a verbal description, including their visions, but no pictures of previous year's quilts. I took to my graph paper and colored pencils and sketched out a design.
The project progressed with no hiccups, including the embroidery, piecing and quilting. Everyone was overly pleased with the result.
The gala event took place the 2nd weekend of March 2015 and was a huge success. This class's quilt was the hit of the evening and in the words of my friend, "under the influence of alcohol, there was a bidding war for this quilt. The winning bidder won the quilt for his donation of $1,450". Wow!
It was a dark, dark night, on a dark, dark street. And on the dark, dark street, there was a dark, dark house. . .
Our haunted house isn’t really scary. It’s actually full of fun surprises behind each of the working 3-dimensional window shutters and front door. In our haunted house, our surprises are Halloween specific embroideries that we placed to fit within the opening.
The working window shutters and front door include working hardware which was acquired from a craft store in the jewelry making department. There is even a piece of hardware that resembles a door knocker!
Our haunted house also includes a line of floating ghosts at the roof lines which are buttons sewn into place.
And spooky Jack-O-Lanterns leading up to the front door.
The ominous sky around our haunted house contains a few embroideries giving the impression of a frightful Halloween night. Our quilting stitches add spiderwebs, bats and more.
This wall hanging is then framed with dimensional folded fabric borders.
For added fun, we used one of our iron on Stkr.It patches with a QR code. When you scan the QR code on our haunted house, you will hear Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Click here for more information about using our Stkr.It patches.
Would you like to create your own haunted house with working 3-dimensional window shutters and a door? This easy to follow pattern, by RJR Fabrics, shows you how to add dimension to your roof, shutters and door with the use of folded fabric.
Click here to download the FREE pattern.
Your Halloween surprises can be fussy cut Halloween fabric images, solid fabric with small Halloween appliques, your child’s Halloween artwork copied onto printer fabric, then used behind the shutters or door. Other options would be Halloween buttons or sew on patches. You could also paint your own design on fabric.
Other embellishments that can be used include Halloween themed trim or ribbon, Angelina fibers and beads or crystals.
As always, please send a picture of your completed project – we are “dying” to see what you create!
Kaleidoscope of Hope is a non profit organization in Northern New Jersey, formed by ovarian cancer survivors to actively promote awareness, education and research of ovarian cancer. Each year, KOH sponsors several fund raising events to assist researchers and award grants. 2015 marks their 15th anniversary and is being celebrated on June 7th at a luncheon in Basking Ridge, NJ.
LoveQuilting.com volunteered to donate a quilt to be used in an auction for Kaleidoscope of Hope at a fund raiser luncheon. KOH promotes education and awareness of ovarian cancer, a cause near and dear to my heart.
Traditionally made with the dreaded inset “Y” seams, simplified in the modern world with half square triangles, this timeless quilt design has always been a favorite. With careful placement of light, medium and dark fabric values, the star gives the appearance of standing up right off the quilt.
Click here for the free downloadable tutorial to make your own HST Carpenter's Star.
To further personalize our donation, we included a Story Patch on the back of the quilt that contained a short video dedicating the quilt. Story Patches are a great way to include a personalized message, video or photo on your projects. Click here to see how easy they are to use and click here to get yours today for your next project.
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