Featured Member Quilts: April 8

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Leann McClain‘s quilt is named “My Butterfly, Flutterby”. It’s her own design and represents a butterfly’s view of Texas in the Spring. It is amazingly creative. Butterflies symbolize so many things, but we usually don’t stop to think what a butterfly would see. Leann did. She describes the quilt,

Comprisedof 100% cotton batiks, designed, pieced, and free motion quilted by me.It is embellished with machine embroidered butterflies & flowers. The center block contains several appliquÈs including an appliquÈd house, path, and tree with lots of embroidered bluebonnets and butterflies. I like to try something new with each quilt!

Leann, in her post, also said something that most of us understand. She said that she has enjoyed sewing since she was 10 years old and thought, back then, that “quilting was for old ladies!” She remembers the quilts that her mother put together from the family’s older clothes and the enjoyment that gave everyone. She continues, “Now, 50 years later, I have discovered how much fun quilting is and have become addicted myself…” We understand!! Thank you, Leann!

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We may be thinking Spring, but don’t forget that warm and soft lap quilts are really good on chilly nights and for older people in air conditioned environments. This lap quilt, made by Sonia Chang and called “Celtic Lap Quilt”, is not only beautiful but it is very functional, too. It uses top notch classic materials and is 46 x 60 inches in size. Sonia writes,

“Somebody in the sewing club tossed a bagful of 6″ Pendleton wool squares on the freebie table. I retrieved these, re-cut them to 5.5”, laid out the design on-point; then sewed the blocks together with half inch seams. The red plaid insets were 100% cotton and reinforced with ultra sheer Pellon fusible interfacing. The final border and backing were were a lush flannel. The quilt was completed May, 2012 and gifted to a fellow seamstress who watched its construction from beginning to end, fortunately catching my mistakes in time to correct them.

We’d like to thank Sonia for posting it on our Facebook page so that everyone can enjoy it. We also appreciate her description of the process she used. It’s a simple beauty that warms.

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Karin Rodeheaver made this “Bear’s Paw” a few years ago for a fundraiser, but it is not an ordinary quilt. The center block is very precise needlepoint of a local landmark. Karen tells the story,

Aquilt with a little history.Machine pieced and hand quilted this bear’sPaw quilt many years ago for the Garrett County Arts Council as a fund raiser.The center block is a needle point piece and took the maker 700 hours to make.The scene is of the1884 Queen Anne Style B & O Train Station,it is located in Oakland Maryland and is now totally restored into a gift shop.When the quilt was raffled off my husband bought several ticketts and luckily won the quilt.We gave the quilt to our son as a gift on his return from the War in Iraq.”

Thank you, Karen. It is the most precise piece of needlework in the center of a quilt that we’ve ever seen and we’re so glad it has found a home with your son!

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Cari Stukenholtz made this quilt for her son when he was just 2. He loved airplanes, she said, especially the Piper Cub. It was her first paper pieced quilt. We love the colors. Thank you, Cari, for sharing it with us!

Airplane quilts date back at least to around 1930. In 1929, the Kansas City Star wrote a piece about “The Aircraft Quilt” and it’s growing popularity due to the emergence of transcontininal flight through Kansas City. It was considered a modern quilt just as the “Log Cabin” came from an earlier time. (from Jinny Beyer’s “The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns“)

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Kathleen Castillo writes that this beauty can be rapidly created for when you need something fast. It’s clear, however, that the secret for the appeal is in the fabric. This is just stunning! Thank you, Kathleen!

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