The quilt above is a special favorite of mine. It is constructed using fabrics which all have some symbolic meaning for the person who received it, starting with the black and red color scheme (school colors)! The primary block pattern is known as the Bear's Paw but it is also known as the Illinois Turkey Track and Wandering Foot. The blocks in the corners are the Chimneys and Cornerstone block. Bear Paw blocks are often set with sashing between the sets but in this case sashing was not used in order to create the additional geometric shapes. Often I use a white or natural cotton backing but in this case it is solid black. The quilt was machine quilted using an outline style of quitling around the major block design elements so that the Bear's Paw is recreated on the back of the quilt as well. The fabric that appears pinkish in the photo is actually the same deep red as in the other blocks but with a tiny white print. A label commemorating the event and detailing the fabric symbolism was stitched to the lower right corner of the back.
The quilt above was created around the center set of blocks. They were originally pieced as a project in the recipient's Girl Scout troop. Although not visible in the photo, several of the center blocks also feature embroidery she included at the time. This sampler style quilt features a variety of traditional blocks including Sawtooth Star, Chimneys & Cornerstones, Shoofly, and Nine Patch. The fabric and size variations give the same block different looks. The pieced portions on the top and bottom are a variation on a Postage Stamp block pattern. The sashing (dark blue portions) is a denim colored cotton with a sparkling silver effect which gives a modern twist to very traditional quilt blocks. A pieced back in several shades of the blue prints used in the front was used to continue the more modern feel of the quilt. Warm & White batting was used. This quilt was machine quilted along the seam lines to retain the integrity of the fabrics and block designs. A 3/4" double thick binding was used to add the feel of a small border to the outside edge. The binding is hand sewn to the back. This is a queen size quilt.
The quilt above was created for a California king bed to not only coordinate with the homeowner's chosen colors but also to highlight the floral arrangement above the bed. The block pattern used is called "Fun o' Fair" and each block measures 12” x 12”. Overall dimensions are 114" x 127". The rotating focal point in each block is a deep brick red/burgandy tone with lighter rose magnolias to pick up the magnolias in the floral arrangement. The same fabric is used for the border, binding, pillow shams, and a valance over a large picture window to the right of the bed. It uses Warm & White batting, was machine quilted along the seam lines and has a matching double thick binding which is hand sewn to the back.
The quilt featured in the above photographs was designed based on an antique quilt that belonged to my great-grandmother. It is a traditional Log Cabin block, featuring the darker foundation colors in the bottom and left side positions, with the lighter colors in the right and top positions. This quilt was designed for the higher profile queen size sleigh bed shown in the photo. Quite frankly, I wanted a quilt that would be wide enough to reach the side rails and completely cover the box spring. The fabrics are all 100% cotton with an Egyptian cotton backing in a single piece. Warm & White batting was used and the quilt is hand tied in the centers and intersection points in order to mimic the original. As with all Patten Creation quilts the binding is a double thick binding for enhanced wear.
The majority of blocks in this quilt are well over 50 years old and were acquired in an auction. They are handstitched in a pattern called Grandmother's Fan. I’ve upcycled them in this quilt with the addition of a coordinating calico in the lower corners to even the numbers. They were combined with brown "marble" print tone on tone sashing. The cornerstones and binding are a tan with a frost of gold.
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The pattern for this quilt is called "Nature's Beauty". The multiple large focus blocks feature sea turtles and dolphins. The small ivory blocks feature sand dollars in a tone on tone print. The remaining pieces include a variety of batiks and tone on tone prints in shades of blue and sea foam green. You might think you can dive right in, but it would be far better to cuddle under it!
Believe it or not the quilt in the photo above is the SAME pattern as the dragon quilt, but with a completely different color palette and fabric selection. The result is a quilt with a holiday flair and very different appearance.
A quilt is any item that is layered together with a top, a bottom, and some sort of warm filling which are stitched together. They can have elaborately pieced tops, be all of a single fabric and quilted with fancy stitches, or somewhere in between. The possibilities are nearly endless! Below are only a few examples to get your ideas flowing. Please click the contact link at any time to start the design process for YOUR special quilt. Or just to ask a question!
The quilt above was designed around the center dragon panel and the red Chinese character print, featuring both characters and English for wisdom, courage, peace, love and similar sentiments. The blocks making up the area around the center panel are traditional fence rail and Ohio Star blocks but done in the oriental themed fabrics they take on a completely different appearance. It is quilted with both a free motion design outlining the dragon and straight stitches outlining the rest of the blocks. A red thread was used for the quilting as the recipient asked for a "red" dragon!