Wednesday, May 6, 2015

IWMC Final Answer

After about 400 hours, and an equal number of dollars, I'm ready to show off the fundraising quilt that I made for the Motorcycle Club to which I belong.  It is a group of first responders: police, fire, paramedics as well as other law enforcement / corrections.  Our mission is to support our fallen brethren (sisteren?) and their families.  Sadly, we have been very busy.  Unlike 90% of the club, my background is in healthcare, but have joined this like-minded group as an associate member.
Last weekend a few of us (25 bikes) rode over to deliver a cash donation to a local officer who was hit on her motorcycle (off-duty) by a car that ran a red light.

Here are some of the detailed photos of the quilting.
Representing Fire


Sherrif/ Police

The finished quilt is about 75" x 90".  I used American Made Brand (100% US grown premium upland cotton) fabric for the black background and the grey backing.  This is rather important to me given the context of the people to whom this quilt may reside. The applique fabrics were purchased on a variety of IWMC rides.  Mostly under the radar as good fabric stores in small towns are generally not far from bars.  I am known to vanish temporarily as bikes are being parked, only to show up as the drinks/food arrives with a package of fabric in my hands and a smile on my face.

The logo has many levels of detailed symbolism, down to the details of the heart shaped pupil on the Wild Hog and embroidered star on the tusk.  Because of that, this quilt will only be available for raffle to IWMC members and family.  Contact me if you would like to donate to our fund raising efforts and put in for other potential prizes.

Monday, May 4, 2015


I should have been quilting.  But sometimes the draw of the winding road is more than I can bear.
Lowman, Idaho.  The view from The Haven.  Hot Springs, food, gas,etc.

Test driving the new air cushion.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Biggs Blocks

After my last post, I realized that I had the house to myself and decided to settle on to the couch for some hand work.

My cat is only a "lap cat" if I am trying to do some hand work.  This slowed my progress somewhat.

Thanks to "speaker phone" I was able to catch up with a friend while making these fussy little stems.  The center star and buds stitched as well as the bottom flower.  About half of the other flowers basted in place.

Needing to feel some accomplishment, I moved on to working the greenery on this block.  Bottom done and the right one started.

And more flowers basted in place.

I just realized that there is a 4th block I haven't started and the 5th for the year comes out in a couple days.  

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Pickle Progress

I am back to piecing on the Pickle Dish quilt. I think I worked out the mental math error I had made before.  And I'm trying to get over my need to keep the variety of fabrics evenly distributed.  (Scrap quilts make me anxious.)

I spent an hour removing the paper from the back of all the arches.  I think it is much easier to piece curves without the paper, and it saves tons of time later removing tiny bits of paper from the back.

It took me a while to remember the order in which to put those rings together.   I'm sure glad that I splurged and bought this magnetic pin holder for myself last time I was at my LQS.  Those curves are far more successful with a half dozen pins holding each together.

Tea break is over.  Back to the grind.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

SteamPunk Dragonfly #1

The prototype is finished and washed.  I used orange thread for the dragonfly, blue for the center background, and purple for the outer fill.  I'm pleased enough with it to use on the full sized quilt. Some of the details I was considering changing disappear with all the background fill.  I am still no-good at making straight lines with FMQ.

Saturday, April 18, 2015


I am so in love with this dragonfly.  This is my sample block to see if this is really going to work on a quilt.  This is from the back side.

I was worried about how the little details on the chain would work out.  It went surprisingly well.  Probably because I drew the design to start with, so the curves were my normal flow.

Next up:  drawing then quilting some interesting background fill.

Friday, April 17, 2015

SteamPunk Dragonflies

It's just a little bit wrong how much fun I am having tonight turning my lovely dragonfly sketches from last night into SteamPunk Dragonflies.

These goggles make me laugh every time I look at them.

The challenge is applying motifs that I also believe I can quilt.

These will be the corner blocks of the circles quilt posted a few days ago.

I am fairly sure that my plan exceeds my abilities.  But I never have  let that stand in my way.