Featured Member Quilts: February 3rd

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Doris Stenberg made this “Friendship” quilt for her sister. When you look at the scenes in the blocks of two little girls it’s impossible not to remember our own childhood friends. And what a wonderful quilt to make and give to a sister! Doris writes that the pattern came from the August, 2004, issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine. Don’t you love her use of fabrics that all have the same intensity?

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Deborah Lancaster made this quilt several years ago for her son. He wanted a quilt just in black and white but she added the red, saying about the quilt, “I thought it was asking for red”. We all know that feeling. We love how her red fabric is modern, an electric wave feel to it. It “makes” the whole quilt.

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Nora Dean writes, “Signature quilt that I made for my son, Michael, and his bride, Devon. The handprint is my label.” It is a beautiful quilt, something that we all know will be treasured for years and years. The handprint label, too, is just a fantastic idea.

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Deborah Evenich‘s Hawaiian quilt has been popular with our readers. Her hand quilting is just beautiful. She writes,

“This was my first Hawaiian quilt. I read a lot on how they were supposed to be quilted(by hand, with no markings) and I did it that way. Now I just need to find a place to show it off!

Hawaiian Quilts are made from a large geometric design cut from a single piece of fabric that has been folded like children fold paper to made a snowflake. It is then appliqued onto the background and the hand quilting follows, or shadows, the design. It is a traditional art form that traces its roots back hundreds of years in Hawaii before the first missionaries brought woven fabric along with Western culture.

Traditionally, Hawaiians made a type of quilt called a Kapa from the pounded bark of certain trees. It had layers sewn together. They would paint the top with a geometric design. When missionaries arrived with fabric they wanted to teach piece quilting with cutting up fabric and then stitching it back together. The Hawaiians thought it made a whole lot more sense to just update their Kapa design, folding the fabric and then cutting out one piece for sewing. Some of the early designs replicated the shadow of the breadfruit tree and a tradition it would help bring a fruitful life.

Today there are over 1500 patterns of Hawaiian quilts identified. The Hawaiian Quilt Research Project has worked to document over 1200 quilts in both private and public collections. There are patterns, instructions and kits available on the internet, plus tutorial videos and books on the technique both for purchase and in many local libraries.

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We’d just like to conclude this morning with this photo from Sandy Lee. She wanted to do a bit of work on this applique that going for a raffle and her cat, Roco, didn’t want to move. Btw: it’s always nice to see well-done quilts used as fund-raisers for charity auctions. We can tell this one is beautiful. Roco has good taste.

Thanks to everyone for sharing photos of the beautiful quilts you’ve made with our readers.

We inspire each other.

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