Here are the tops I have pieced together. They are
waiting until they get to be quilted:)
(click each picture to view a larger image.)
Harlequin Fancy - Mystery Quilt
Here is a picture of the top:) I'm looking and thinking
about the perfect way to quilt this.
This mystery quilt and the monthly sampler stars came
from Down Home Quilting
2001 Monthly Star Sampler
This top was made from a online pattern from Down Home
Each month of 2001, another star pattern was released
and then the finishing instructions at the end of the year...I really like
how the stars stand out:)
Black and White Free For All Top
These blocks came from a swap. No colors except black
and white are in the blocks and they are 6".
I think the pink sets them off nicely:)
Now to find the time to quilt it!
Friendship Swap Top
This top is made of blocks from LCS's Friendship swap. I
used a coordinating print for the sashing and the border.
I hope to make another top with Birthday blocks from a
bee, then they will be back to back.
Wizard of Oz Swap Block Top
This quilt top is made from blocks from the Wizard of Oz
swap that was hosted at The Cozy Quilt Patch.
The theme was Wizard of Oz, and we used that fabric line
along with Kona white.
The Ugly Duckling Top
I saw this fabric and just loved it! It was part
of a little quilt fabric kit.
I'm looking for a nice backing and then on to the hard
part of figuring out how to quilt the little duckys!
Nifty Fifty 13 - Civil War Reproduction Fabrics
This top is made from the
Nifty Fifty Quilters Swap
#13. Each block represents a state, D.C or a general USA block.
The focus fabrics were from Benartex's Savannah line. Those fabrics
didn't have to be used in the blocks, but the fabric each person chose had
to go with the focus fabrics.
I used a brown tonal fabric for the sashing, with a
flower cornerstone. The brown will be used for the backing as well.
I hope to quilt in the blank squares the dates, the NF swap and other
Thanks to all the ladies...it is an awesome top!
This one will be cherished by me, always!
Purple Passion and Cream, Please! Top
This top was made from the one set of blocks I did for
the Purple Passion and Cream, Please swap.
To make the top a bit bigger, I decided to add plain
blocks. The plain blocks and a couple of the borders are purple
Fossil Fern fabric. The Cream borders are Kaufman scroll print...the
binding will also be this scroll fabric. The backing is a pretty
purple fabric with cream flowers on it.
Now to find time to quilt it. I am hoping to do a
feather wreath in the plain blocks, and maybe stitch in the ditch or
outline quilting for the swap blocks.
Rings of the Rainbow
This was the Summer 2002 mystery quilt from Down Home
Quilting. There is a naming contest going on for the pattern but my
submission was Rings of the Rainbow.
Part of the borders are not
visible in the picture but
they really are there...its just too big to hold up and get it all in the
shot so I did the best I could:) Will have to lay it out when its
quilted and bound.
I did my quilt in all Benartex Fossil Fern fabrics, the
two primary colors were two shades of yellow and then the six accent
colors, I used 6 shades of purple, going from light to dark. I
really think the colors bring out the great pattern.
There was a stencil given to help you with quilting this
pattern. Not sure if I am going to use it yet, but I think it is
very pretty so I just may whenever I get a chance to quilt it!
Purple Star Hunt
This little top was put together from a star block that
I had from a birthday block swap. I put it together thanks to Deb,
Quilter in the Woods Remembrance Quilt Hunt!
Bali 5-0 Swap Top
This top is put together using my two sets of the Bali
Big 5-0 Swap blocks. The swap fabrics were to be purple, blue and
green Bali batiks and hand dyes. Each person signed up for a state
and made a block to represent the state.
I made the top using 100 blocks,
set 10 by 10 with a 1/2" sashing. The binding and backing will be
out of the same fabric as the sashing.
Behind the Shadows Chinese Top
This top was made from the book, Batik Beauties, in a
class on the Behind the Shadows quilt. I used two batiks, black with
red Chinese characters and black with gold Chinese characters. The
"chains" on out of hand-dyes in red and gold. I am going to use a
red bamboo fabric for the backing.
Harmonic Convergence Top
I made this top in a class for the Ricky Timms
technique, called Harmonic Convergence. Not sure what border I
should add to it, or if I should leave it plain.
Mailbox Mystery Swap Top
This top is made from a swap called Mailbox Mystery.
There was a color theme of red, orange or yellow Bali hand dyes or batiks.
Participants were split into groups of 6 and each person made 6 blocks and
sent one to each person. I joined two groups, and sashed the blocks
in red, orange or yellow hand dyes and the border is a multi colored Bali
hand dyed fabric.
30's Bows and Bows
This top is actually made of blocks from two separate
swaps. I was in an 8" bowtie swap in 30s reproduction fabrics and
Kona white. Then one of the ladies posted a pic of her top, with
some little 4" bows in the borders. It inspired this setting in my
mind, but I didn't want to buy 120 pieces of repro fabric to get a bunch
of little bows, so I talked the original swap hostess into setting up a 4"
bowtie swap if I swapped them out. I think these blocks are so
I am going to bind this with a lot of different 30s
fabs, maybe with 1/2" showing on the front to frame it up. I plan to
back this in an Aunt Grace flannel I have used on lots of baby
quilts...why? Because I love that fabric!
This top is from a swap of fall colored leaves.
There were several different sized blocks in a set, 14, 12, 10, 9, 8 and 6
inches. I made two sets and combined them both into one top...I
really like this orange fabric, it has leaf impressions on it. It
will be used for part of the backing...need to find a complimentary fabric
to put about 6" wide frame around the orange fabric.
This top is from a watercolor kit, called Whispering
TRPQG Mystery Quilt - Cabin in the Stars
This top is from our local guild's mystery quilt.
Tamara Kennison from Down Home Quilting, created a mystery quilt for us to
test. The pattern has been named Cabin in the Stars. It does
have borders on the top, I just didn't take a picture of it after I put
Shoebox Swap Top
This top is is made from a shoebox swap that was done
with my bee, the "Busy Bees." Twelve of us each filled a shoebox
with a focus fabric, a background fabric and several FQs of accent
fabrics. Each month we swapped the blocks and made a block for each
member...everyone made the same block for all twelve boxes. When the
boxes got back to the owner, we all looked at the blocks...it was amazing
how different the same block looked in different fabrics.
I choose a butterfly fabric as my focus fabric and a black Moda Marble for
the background. My accent colors were Moda Marbles that picked up
the colors of the butterflies. I surrounded my blocks with one of
the accent colors and then sashed them with the black. The borders
are the butterfly fabric...I think the results are amazing!