Several quilts in my collection were made with contributions from friends between 1987 and 2000. Without the support of my quilting community I would not have enjoyed this hobby as much as I continue to do. These are among my most favorite friends.
Iowa Barns* (1988)
This quilt was my first original design that I came up with after visiting a quilt show in Kalona, Iowa, the year before. The staff Christmas party at the Quilt Patch that year included a block design we were each to make. One person won that set of blocks. We enjoyed the project so much we continued on a monthly basis until we each had had a set of blocks. I contributed this barn block to the drawing but did not win them. I then taught a class in the barn block and used fabric from the different students to make this collection of barns. The set is also original.
Virginia is for Quilt Lovers* (1991)
The executive board of Quilter's Unlimited (1989-90 - the year I was president) came up with a group project involving all ten chapters that would result in an educational quilt that could be used in the schools. This quilt, featuring patterns representing the state of Virginia, is the result of the efforts of dozens of members. Another member, Barbara Bockman, and I wrote a pattern book to accompany the quilt. A copy of the book was given to all elementary schools in the county. The quilt has since been given to the Virginia Quilt Museum, and appears in the book, Virginia Quilt Museum, by Joan Knight.
Escaping the Herd* (1992)
The theme was purple cows and my Dirty Dozen quilting bee was asked to make a block that coordinated with that theme. This is one of my favorite quilts and plays an important role in my lecture on Quilt Sets. My friend, Pat Gallagher, designed the block with the purple cow escaping the herd - thus the title.
Off-Kilter Square Within a Square (2000)
This is the result of a group project with my Dirty Dozen friends. About eight of us were involved. At first I had the units arranged into a rectangle, but decided to move some of the units into the border for interest. We were inspired by the cover of the Kaffe Fassett book, Glorious Patchwork, but came up with our own way to make the blocks. Machine quilted by Kathy Gray.
D12 Flowers (2004)
Another stash user!!! One of my favorite quilting bees is the Dirty Dozen. We are allowed to request a block when it is our month to hostess. I selected this flower block and about 10 of them are from members of the group. They combined well with a great black and white stripe I wanted to use. The green outside border fabric is the only one purchased for the quilt.
Nine Patch Quilts (2012)
64” x 82” – Streak of Lightning Set, machine quilted by Judy Hendrickson
36” x 45” – Red and Black Spinning star set, quilted by Carolyn
There was an exchange of nine patch blocks in McLean QU. Both quilts were made by me using sets I particularly like and fabrics in my stash.