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Donation quilts – part deux

Here are some more quilt tops that were donated to gals who make quilts for various charities and support groups in Tucson.

First on the list is Floral Frenzy using the Floral Whimsy fabric line. I fell in love with the blue in the border when we got it into the shop and designed this. The final pattern was a bit less than I was hoping for. I also was never been able to get a true color picture of this quilt. I took about 15 pictures before giving up. The actual fabric is much brighter.

Floral Whimsy bright abstract floral quilt quilts purple pink green

This quilt uses the 2nd line of Wizard of Oz fabrics. I machine appliqued the little pictures in the pink, blue, and yellow squares. I was never enamored with this fabric line because the faces looked kind of creepy. I had that same problem with the I Love Lucy fabric line that came out around then.

Wizard of Oz Glinda Witch Munchkins Oz Yellow brick road Dorothy Ruby Slippers

These two are possibly the first quilt that I designed. I fell in love with the Robert Kaufman Fusion line and bought a yard of the 20 or so that my quilt shop had (and still haven’t used all of them up!). I was going to make a reversible quilt – one side would be the brights and one side would be the pastels. I made the tops and didn’t get any further.

This pattern is for the Potato Chip Quilt, named because “it’s so easy, you can’t just make one”. They were right – I made two.

This is a Row of the Month quilt through a quilt shop. They gave us little accessories to decorate each month – buttons for the snowman’s face, kite tails (which are in the picture), floppy ears for the bunnies, etc.

Row of the Month ROM Block of the Month BOM Seasons Snowmen flags Christmas trees turkey pumpkin apple bunny heart watermelon

Lastly, I procured some of Michael Miller Fairy panels and made this. If you look close enough, you can see the purple and yellow Fusion fabrics to make everything square.

Michael Miller Fairy purple yellow flower fairies quilt top


Baby quilts

These are the last few baby quilts that haven’t been shown yet.

This was made for a friend who is an engineer. We got this fabric at the quilt shop and sold out of it so quickly.

Robot quilt baby cogs blue white blanket

This was for a gal that I worked with at H&R Block. I made 3 quilt tops to try to stay ahead of everyone having babies!

Baby quilt minky duck ducks train trains bear bears blue boy numbers soft quilt

This is a panel that I wisely got for when I quickly needed to put a gift together. I used this to practice my longarm quilting (which doesn’t show up in the picture).

Baby boy quilt minky panel Humpty Dumpty nursery rhyme star

Flamingo Beach

Many moons ago, my LQS had a contest. They had just bought a bunch of flamingo fabric from Clothworks called “Oh So Flamingo”.

Clothworks Oh So Flamingo

The challenge was to use it in a quilt/project. The only requirement was that there had to be one complete flamingo in it. When I did was to get an exacto knife and very carefully cut out each and every flamingo (only one lost part of its leg). I made a beach scene and then glued each of the flamingos into a spot. The sand right by the ocean is a gold ribbon with seashells sewn on. I got scrapbooking stickers to use as accents plus some tree buttons for the mountain. I used DMC Embroidery thread for the road.

Clothworks Oh So Flamingo flamingos Beach art quilt beach scene sidewalk sun tree buttons scrapbook scrapbooking stickers applique embroidery


Unfortunately I didn’t win, but I did have a great time making the quilt. It now lives with my dad in San Diego.

I Am Ninja

Today’s quilt top is “I Am Ninja” using the fabric line of the same name by Robert Kaufman fabrics. When we received this fabric in the quilt shop, I immediately claimed a kit. The pattern is the free pattern from Kaufman that came with the fabric line. The quilt itself is only about 40″ x 45″, so a nice little quilt. I have a red, white, and black stripe for the bias binding. I plan to quilt this one myself… someday.

I Am Ninja Robert Kaufman fabric quilt ninjas ninja panel red black and white Japan yin yang lanterns

Batman – the 2nd

A few years ago, I made this Batman quilt for a friend. About a week after I delivered it to him, I found out another friend loves Batman, so cue Batman Quilt Part Deux. My inspiration for this was a film strip. I used a solid black to offset the crazy busyness of the fabric. And, oh, a few days after I finished the top, I found out another friend loves Batman…

Batman fabric Marvel DC superhero superheroes film strip Michael Miller black

A few block close ups:

Mom’s Turning Twenty and Monster Mash

Continuing with secret quilts that I can finally talk about…

The first quilt is for my mom. I started in probably 5 years ago and finally have it finished.

Turning Twenty 20 quilt coffee fabric kokopelli chilis southwestern dog paw prints chocolates cactus cacti

I was on a Shop Hop in Southern Arizona and saw these fat quarters and knew that I had to get them and make a quilt for my mom. We’re from Tucson, so there were always chili, cacti, and kokopelli around. My mom loves coffee and chocolate (who doesn’t?) and, at the time, I was going over to her house every Saturday for dinner. She loves her puppies, so there were the paw prints.

My mom used to say she was 29 and it became a family joke. I think a few years ago she finally turned 30. This quilt pattern is called “Turning Twenty”. You take 20 fat quarters, make a few cuts, rotate the fabrics, and turn the blocks. So it seemed like a very appropriate quilt name.

The second quilt is for my stepdad. This one is only 3 years in the making :-/ He is big into classic monster movies so when I found this fabric with Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, the Mummy, and the Wolfman, I knew I had to get it. I used a faux attic window block (mine is all rectangles) to showcase the fabric. The black fabric has bats on it.

Monster Mash fabric quilt Dracula vampire Frankenstein monster mummy Wolfman bat bats film strips popcorn classic monster movies faux attic window block

Block closeups:

Beatles quilts

Growing up, the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine was one of my favorite movies (though I get it a lot more now). When this fabric line came out a few years ago from VIP Cranston Village fabrics, I had to get some. I made two quilts, one focusing on the All You Need is Love panel and one with Yellow Submarine. I wanted to showcase the fabric so I used simple rectangles of fabric and basic quilting to make the fabric pop.