Thursday, January 26, 2012


Quilting collaborations take on many forms, from simply fabric swapping to Round Robins, Blocks of the Month, Mysteries, and my personal favorite-- I'll do this part and you do that. Working together is how our quilting ancestors finished their large bed quilts and prepared to establish their new home with a new husband. Now, I collaborate mostly to create gifts and quilts for charity. Here are two examples.

From a pattern called "Flower Garden" by Lucy Fazely and Michael Burns, this lovely sampler was chosen by my guild's Block of the Month Ladies as few Springs ago. Each of us had to make two flowers blocks, then a random drawing revealed me as the luck winner!! Sizing each of the supposedly 6 1/2 inch blocks was a challenge, so I allowed the green sashing to help me. It was finally quilted and given as a gift to my mother, for "Mother's Day"--- you can decide the year (as I presented it just after Christmas!). HA!

"A Little Nature for Neva" is a baby quilt creation which my Mother-in-Law and I worked together on for a new baby in the family. It contain nine blocks of little critters.........a snail, butterfly, turtle, seal and two catterpillars. The machine embroidery is from the Husqvarna/ Viking Machine Embroidery Disk #93 called "Sweet Dreams with Thread Velvet." The window box settings are original and the quilting if free motion and stitch-in-the-ditch.

My Mother-in-Law prepared the top and then I made the border, pieced the backing, layered and backed it 
before beginning the quilting process. A very nice collaboration which was not completed for Christmas, 
but at least it is well before the child is six months old!! Below are close up photos of those cute animals. 

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