River City Quilt Guild Opportunity Quilt

River City

If you glanced through my web site you realize that I like to design appliqué quilts. I have more ideas than time. The local guild inspired me to design one for them. As usual, a design is simply a problem to be solved.

Problems:

  1. The guild needs to make money by raffling off the quilt.
  2. The quilt needs to look great from across the room inviting people to get close enough to buy raffle tickets.
  3. The quilt must have sections that can be given to other quilters to stitch.
  4. The quilt should represent the Sacramento valley.
  5. The design must be approved by the quilt show chair for 2018.

The quilt show chair expressed a wish for a stained glass window quilt so I looked at the best for inspiration.

tiffanywindow

Louis Comfort Tiffany

The advantage to this design idea is there are a variety of shapes that can become quilt blocks for other guild members to stitch. I wanted to simplify the design so it wouldn’t be intimidating for those who are new to appliqué. I started with a mountain and a few hills. We can see the part of the Sierra range from town. I added the basics of a tree.

Print

I worked with Korey Chase and Sandra Mollon the Quilt Show Chair and the Artistic Adviser until the design looked like this:

oak tree birds

There were many modifications and adjustments plus a few terrific group appliqué lessons lead by Sandra.

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Fabric Garden offered us their classroom for our first stitching session. The room was FULL! I was delighted.

Our next sewing session was at Meissner’s. Thank you to both venues for their generosity.

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Due to all the hard work we see results.

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Several weeks later the sashing and borders are stitched and the quilt top is done except for stitching down a few birds.

quilt-top

The quilt is now with the long arm quilter. I can’t wait to see the results.

 

Geraniums

Geraniums-blue-2Sometimes my quilt ideas evolve and include the latest amazing fabrics. The interesting fabrics used in these 2 quilts come from Northcott. Which colorway do you like best? My favorite is the one with the copper bowl. The deep orange to lemon yellow fabric is an ombre as well as the fabric that made all the leaves. Find the pattern here. The appliqué shapes including the doily were cut using my Silhouette CAMEO. The petals of the geraniums were sprayed withTerial Magic and dried over marbles to give them shape. I did all the quilting myself using my Bernina. Find the pattern for the Geraniums in Blue here:

 

Church Quilt Banners

My church asked me to make banners for their 40th anniversary. I quilt, that is what I do. They shrugged and said that quilts would be fine. The quilts are 3′ x 10′!  I cut out the words with my Silhouette CAMEO using Heat and Bond Feather Lite fusible web. The quilting was done by my friend Lin Squires. She stitched feathers using gold thread. Very beautiful. Now that I can see them full length I notice a few mistakes.

Lava Lamp

Some quilts have a long and twisted story. This Lava Lamp quilt I completed yesterday on 6-24-14. It started over a year ago at Spring Market in Portland when Northcott Fabrics showed me their upcoming line of Shimmer Fabrics. The fabrics are a collection of colors with 9 shades per color way, all with gold or silver accents. I designed 2 quilt patterns. My pink and grey Lava Lamp design was made by Northcott people.

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I completed the Gladiola quilt just in time for Fall Market in Houston.

Gladiolas

After Market I began my own blue and green version of Lava Lamp and it hogged my design wall all winter and spring. The ovals are machine appliqued and all the other curves are pieced. The edges are faced to preserve the curves. Lin Squires quilted it with a modern design with circles and triangles. She used Superior thread in a gold color and it looks wonderful with the gold highlights in the fabric. What a joy it is to have it completed!

Good news for Whisper Color quilt patterns!

April quilt pattern

I am happy to announce that a selection of my patterns are now available from E. E. Schenck. This makes it easier for quilt shops to order patterns while they order their fabric and notions. The patterns carried by E. E. Schenck are:

Appliqué Academy 2

The Elly Sienkiewicz Appliqué Academy is really a remarkable event. Never before have I met a group of quilters that are afraid of nothing. No amount of complexity, curved piecing, Y seams or hand work raises their eyebrows. Well, OK, they are afraid of one thing. That their eye sight or arthritis will keep them from the appliqué that they love. I long to return.

Display of Laurel's Quilts at the Dessert Reception
Display of Laurel’s Quilts at the Dessert Reception

 

Ann Holmes
Ann Holmes
Leslie Hickland
Leslie Hickland