Saturday, February 18, 2017

Valentine's Week

Happy Valentine's day! Well, belated! My small quilt group in Japan, the Tama Quilters, does "summer homework" every year. One summer we each made 6 heart blocks and swapped them with each other. This is the quilt I put together from that summer.

This heart is made from the end of bobbins of thread saved over 3 years. I save them in boxes at either end of my quilting machine and the boxes were finally full and I had to empty them out. My most commonly used color of thread is khaki, so I was glad it came out this colorful.

I quilted this cardinal quilt for Jane this week. It's a throw she wants to keep for herself. I quilted it in cardinal red thread and the "Flirtatious" edge-to-edge design.

This quilt is my sister, Bonnie's. Love the indigo fabrics. The pattern is Follow the Leader by the Modern Quilt Studio. A modern quilt calls for modern quilting, so I quilted it in Figure 8s. Denyse Schmidt, one of the original modern quilters, has most of her quilts quilted in Figure 8s.

And here's a little tabletopper I also quilted for Bonnie. More Figure 8s! I love quilting them.

I made more of these cute needle cases this week. We are making 100 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child this year: 50 for boys and 50 for girls. So we're hoping to make at least 50 needlecases for the girl's boxes by November, which is collection week.

I added patchwork to a couple of dish towels this week. Our DS requested a few more, after I gave him one for Christmas. The one I gave him previously had hand embroidery. I switched to patchwork, thanks to a tutorial by Crazy Mom Quilts.

And our guild's annual quilt show started this week Wednesday. The Dakota County Star Quilters quilt show runs until March 11, 2017. It is being held along with the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild, so our theme is "Modern Vintage".

This green quilt is a quilt I made in the past year using a 15 degree ruler. The heart quilt to the right is made by my cousin, Sue. And the quilt behind mine in solids is made by Amanda Jean Nyberg, Crazy Mom Quilts.

These are two of my 16 quilts in the show. They're both made from jelly rolls.

My cousin, Sue, also made this beautiful quilt using mainly Tula Pink fabrics. I quilted it for her with one of my favorite modern edge-to-edge patterns, Marmalade.

Here's another one by Amanda Jean Nyberg.  She has a great new book out called "No Scraps Left Behind".

And both of these quilts are made by Sunny Klein, one of our guild members. The circular quilt is the Minnesota state flower, the Lady Slipper. Beautiful!

Grace and peace!!!

 Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts, Fort Worth Fabric Studio, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, A Quarter Inch From the Edge, Busy Hands Quilts, Cooking Up Quilts, Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework, Love Laugh Quilt, Let's Bee Social


  1. Wow, this was a quilt show in a post! I love your quilting. The Cardinal quilt is wonderful.

  2. Gorgeous quilts! And you have been so productive! All your quilts are beautiful. I especially love the one you made with the 15 degree ruler. I am also impressed by your collection of kokeshi dolls. I have one, but seeing yours, I am thinking maybe I should make a collection!

    1. We lived in Sendai, Japan, land of kokeshi dolls, for 4 years. Kokeshi dolls abound there in shops and even better, in antique stores. The antique store ones have that natural color-aged look that makes them so beautiful. Thanks for stopping by Lori!

  3. Thanks for showing us so many gorgeous quilts, an outstanding show. You Follow the Leader quilt is perfectly enhanced by the indigos and especially the quilting. I love the doll collection, so simple and aged so well. Too much to say it all, just congrats!

  4. Looks like a busy week! Thanks for linking up with TGIFF @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge!

  5. You have had a productive week! I love your heart quilt - makes me miss Okinawa! How I wish I was sewing back then! Your thread heart reminds me that most quilters make use of all things quilty! The quilts are all stunning! Ok, I've seen so many pretty patchwork dishtowels that now I'm off to buy some and make my own! Thank you for sharing at Busy Hands Quilt - so glad I found your post!


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