Featured Member Quilts: April 3

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This is one of the most precious quilts we’ve ever seen. It was made by Mary Ruth Kolk for her second daughter’s 40th birthday. This is the story:

“Theidea for this quilt came to me all of a sudden one morning. When she was little she gave me a homemade Mother’s Day card. She titled her card, “What A Mom Is For”. She cut out little squares of loose leaf about 16 of them. On each piece of paper she wrote something about “What A Mom is For” for example, “A mom is for marrying a dad”. Each square of paper also had her own stick figure artwork.

I decided that I would make her a redwork quilt using those squares. Idesigned the quilt and my husband helped me work out the math. 🙂

She was as thrilled to get it as I was to give it to her. She has it hanging in her hall near her living room. Each time I see it, I feel a happy heart!”

As one of the commenters on Mary Ruth’s post said, “Quilting = Love”.

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This very sweet and feminine quilt was made as a combined effort between Carol Spacagna and the 9-year old daughter of a friend. Carol writes,

“Shecame to me asking if I could show her how to make a quilt. I first taught her how to use the sewing machine which she picked up very quickly. She sewed up lots of 9 patch blocks which we then chopped into 4blocks and then she bordered the blocks in a white solid. I then pieced all the blocks and rows together and quilted it for her. Here itis on her bed. She did a fantastic job.

We agree. One of the commenters on the post said she loves the “Disappearing Nine-Patch”. It does make for a lovely quilt. And there’s nothing better than teaching a child now to follow in the footsteps of hundreds of years of fabric artists.

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Pat Orner made this 9-Block with the Glittering Star/Lone Star pattern in those vibrate shades of rose. It is captivating. Pat made it for a HEADStrong Lymphoma Research fundraiser. We want to thank Pat for her post and for sharing with us her work for important research. We wish you all the best at the event.

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Vicki Ibarra and a friend created this quilt by expanding a pattern they already had. The original pattern was smaller and square and they wanted a queen sized quilt. So, rather than adding more borders, they expanded out the star, adding another ring to it. They call it the “Expanding Carpenter Star”. It is well-done!

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Our readers always appreciate how Sonia Chang does not only beautiful work but gives good information about the design and its source. Sonia writes,

“ROSE IN BLOOM, paper pieced. The pineapple design was from “Paper Piecing with Alex Anderson”, C & T Publishing, Inc., P.O. Box 1456, Lafayette, CA, 2002. The design was re-published in the 2nd edition, 2011, p. 26. http://www.amazon.com/Paper-Piecing-Alex-Anderson-Techniques/dp/1607051788 . I completed the quilt in 2008 and gifted it to my late husband’s grandniece in Fuzhou, China.

Thank you, again, Sonia, for sharing your art with our quilting community at 24 Blocks.

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