Saturday, January 24, 2009

Shooflies in the Snow

This is a baby quilt that I made for an old friend of mine from high school who just had a baby right before Christmas. I designed the pattern myself. I started with a snowball block then added cornerstones and sashings around the squares. This made a secondary pattern of shooflies emerge from the intersection of the blocks with the sashings. I decided that I had to complete the shooflies around the edges so I added a narrow pieced border, and then I added a 4 inch border all the way around in the same fabric as the centers of the snowball blocks. The snowball blocks are 6 inches square, finished, and the sashing is 2 inches wide, finished. The final quilt is 38 inches square.

It is machine pieced and hand quilted. The snowballs and sashes are outline quilted a quarter of an inch from the seams. And I quilted a sun motif in the center of each snowball block and quilted the border in straight lines two inches from the edge of the quilt.

Sampler quilt squares

A lady that goes to church with my parents is making a sampler quilt and asked all the quilters in the church to make two blocks for it. She is going to donate the quilt or raffle it off or something, I'm not really sure. But anyway, I decided to make a couple of blocks to donate and here they are. I think they turned out rather nice. The one on the left is an Ohio star. I'm not really sure what the name of the other one is.