Sunday, November 13, 2016

Trunk Full of Quilts 2016

Soma of Whims and Fancies is hosting a virtual trunk show.  She has invited us to share our favourite quilts in a new post and to go get inspired by other quilters' trunk shows.  Sounds like a fun community activity to me!  I'm in!

Trunk Full of Quilts 2016

However, I ran into trouble.  They're all my favourites!  I don't think I can fit them all in one post.  I tried to think of themes to narrow things down, but that didn't help much.  In the end, I passed the buck.  I asked my family to choose.  Keep in mind that I only gave them 5 minutes each to think of two or three.  Still, I figured whatever popped into their minds first is probably what made the biggest impression.  I'll list them in chronological order.

M's House Quilt - 2003

My son picked this house quilt.  It's the second quilt I ever made, all flannel and hand quilted in the ditch of every seam. This one is pre-blog and pre-digital camera.  The colors are actually all bright primary colors.  What shows up as black here is actually a deep bright green.  There is also bright orange,  red and royal blue, but you wouldn't know it from this picture! You wouldn't know it from the state the quilt is in now, either, because it has been well used and faded quite a bit.  But it was well loved and apparently I'm not allowed to ever dispose of it.

Wandering Geese - 2012

My daughter chose Wandering Geese.  She claimed this quilt before it was even quilted.  This was my 17th quilt and the first pattern I wrote up to sell, and the pattern still sells quite well.  The sales might slow a wee bit soon because though my daughter agreed to let it hang in the local quilt shop, she feels that after being there a little more than a year the quilt needs to come home.  The pattern will of course still be available online and from my distributors, and any quilt shops that want to carry it.  It's just that patterns sell so much better in shops with a sample on the wall!

Autumn Moons - 2013

Autumn Moons was my husband's first pick, which surprised me, but I can run with it!  I like this one too.  It was my 24th quilt and came from my first experience sewing curves.  I just started sewing drunkard's path blocks for practice, then figured I needed to do something with them.  The quilting was all done on my domestic machine with my trusty walking foot.  I released the pattern last fall.  This one is also hanging in the local quilt shop right now.  If you're passing through Ames, you can see it in person at the Quilting Connection.

Quilter's Scrapbook - 2013

Both my husband and daughter chose Quilter's Scrapbook, my 25th quilt. What can I say, it really brightens up the living room on a dreary winter's day! This quilt was my first foray into creating my own paper piecing foundations, because that seemed like the easiest way to make the X blocks for the sashing and cornerstones.  As I type this, another possible way just popped into my head.  I'll have to explore that later...

Canada Quilt - 2014

The Canada Quilt  (Quilt #26) got votes from my son and husband. My mother sent me fabric for this one, and it sat for quite a while while I pondered what the best use of it would be.  The idea went from graph paper to fabric over the course of a few months, then I hand quilted it over more than a year. You can go here to see closeups of the quilting.  This one is still hanging on the wall at home where I pass by it many times a day.

M's Kaleidoscope - 2016

Though my 34th finished quilt is dated 2016, the top was finished in 2014.  It just took me another year and a half to hand quilt it in fits and starts.  My son picked the colors for this one, and got final approval on the design.  The quilt lives on his bed and was his first pick as a favourite.  I'm planning to write a pattern for this soon.  What do you think - queen, twin and throw sizes?

Lucky Bugger - 2016

Finally, I had to include Lucky Bugger, made for my dad.  I've shown this, my 40th quilt, twice already this year, but it has all those lovely blues in it!  I said I couldn't pick a favourite, but all those pretty blues make this one rank pretty high.  My blue stash bin is twice as large as any other color's bin, so that tells you how I feels about blue.  Besides, an Ocean Waves quilt had been on my quilt bucket list for years and now I've made one, so that's a happy dance quilt!

That concludes my Trunk Full of Quilts show for this year.  I'm linking up at Whims and Fancies and heading over to take a peek in other quilters' trunks.

Online Quilt Trunk Show | Whims And Fancies

26 comments:

  1. What a terrific display! I agree I couldn't choose one of your quilts as they are all wonderful. It's nice to see them again in review.

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  2. Gorgeous! I can see why it is hard to choose a favorite!

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  3. That's a wonderful idea to have virtual trunk shows. I will stop by at Whims and Fancies to check all the other beauties. I sure did enjoy your trunk show and to see a pre-blog quilt. It is wonderful! Personally, I love Lucky Bugger as I too love blue. My stash of blue is twice as much as any colour if not three times the size, lol. Thanks for sharing. ;^)

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  4. All lovely quilts. I recognize several of them - I didn't realize I've been following you that long. :-) Thanks for sharing.

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  5. They are all gorgeous but my favorite is the Wandering geese!
    Thanks for sharing:-)

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  6. You do such good work. I am always impressed with your creative designs. Wandering Geese, Quilter's Scrapbook, and Lucky Bugger are my favs from this display.

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  7. Oh, where to start. They are all just incredible. Nothing better than a quilt getting loved to death. Means your son really loved it! Wandering Geese and the bright bold colors is gorgeous. Lucky Bugger...wow, I have no words other than WOW!!! ;-)

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  8. I'd hate to have to choose a favorite; I love them all --- every last one that you have shown us over the past years! You always make the best use of color, in addition to your great pattern designs. ---"Love"

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  9. Beautiful! So glad you shared them again. I love that rainbow geese quilt.

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  10. I, too, love all of your quilts. Autumn Moons would be my number 1 pick, though, if I had to choose.

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  11. Your quilts are all so beautiful!! Thanks for sharing these with us!!

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  12. Great choices! So many pretty quilts you have made.

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  13. I would never be able to pick a favorite out of your quilts...wow...they are all beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. What fun to have your family pick their favorites! That would have been hard for me to do, too. They are all so different from each other, and each is special in it's own way. I must say, though, that I think that quilt shop is going to miss Wandering Geese.

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  15. Beautiful quilts! I like that your family picked their favourites.

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  16. All your quilts are lovely, all so very different. I am in love with your Wandering Geese. I love the colours!

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  17. This is a great collection. I can see why they are all your favourites :)

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  18. What a great idea to make this a family activity. I can’t blame you for not being able to choose. They are all beautiful. I couldn’t pick a favourite either :)

    Thank you so much for linking up on Trunk Full Of Quilts!
    -Soma

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  19. So pretty! And what a fun selection process. :) I really like the rainbows of Kaleidoscope and Wandering Geese!

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  20. Lucky Bugger all the way..... perfection.

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  21. Such growth in your quilting in these few years. Love them all, but really love the Autumn Moons.

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  22. As a fan of bright colors I love them all

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  23. Autumn moons and Wondering Geese are my favourites! Thank you for a great show! All your quilts are beautiful! I just got minw out of the Trunk. x Teje

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  24. Your quilts are really beautiful and the colors you have chosen are lovely! Can't choose the favorite one!

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