Thursday, August 8, 2013

Small Talk

Just another bunch of small quilts here. I really do have some bed quilts to work on, but it has been too crazy busy this summer to focus on them.
I need to post this last batch of AAQI quilts for the sake of the SewCalGal FMQ Challenge deadline. They have been inundated with a bunch of quilts right at the last minute (like mine). These are not available to purchase yet. I will post when they are listed on the "For Sale" page.


Flowers For Market--#15,501 This is dedicated to V. N., a long time acquaintance who raised a very large family and supported them literally with the work of her own hands. Even after this disease had begun its inroads into her mental abilities, she would cut the flowers from her garden every Saturday morning and have her caregiver help her take them to the local Farmer's Market to sell.
These flowers were made with 1/2" hexie papers and the quilting is just "straight line" around the hexies and sashing.






Furrowed Brow--#15,502 In memory of an old friend E.H., with whom I spent many hours, over many years, doing volunteer work in our church and community. For a time she would recognize me, even after her mind was going. But the last time I visited her before she died, as I approached her wheelchair with a greeting, she looked at me with a furrowed brow and worried expression. It was clear I had become a complete stranger.
The FMQ on this  one is shown here.

                                                                                                                            
Justice & Liberty For All--#15,567 Dedicated to all those who have sacrificed to defend our freedoms. Straight line quilting around the pinwheels, stars and stripes finished this one off. 

 Lost Feathers--#15,566 Inspired by this saying...
“A bird that has lost its feathers can no longer sail through the skies. And a person who has lost her memories can no longer find her way through the world she once called home.”
Sakura
I wrote the saying on a piece of muslin and sewed it onto the back of the quilt.
Obviously, this one was quilted with FMQ feathers.

Here are two other little quilts (not AAQI quilts) that have been finished lately. My "Winter Warmth", a composite of 3 Primitive Gatherings patterns, finally got bound with one of those great P. G. striped fabrics.




This last one was a product of the SewCalGal FMQ Challenge #3. I had already posted my finished project, but I was anxious to try some hyper-quilting. I pulled out a few batiks that struck my fancy and had a go. I really like the final product. I have another batik in a plum color that I am thinking of trying next. The year of the feather continues!
Until next time,
Janet O.


















29 comments:

  1. They are all so beautiful. The quilting on your last one is s.t.u.n.n.i.n.g!!!

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  2. Janet each and every one extremely nice. I love your feather work. I can remember you posting about learning to machine quilt and hey you've come a long way my friend. Your SewCalGal #3 is exceptional. Winter Warmth is one that I wouldn't mind hanging in my home during the holiday season! The snowflake embellishments are a wonderful addition. Have you given any thought to adding some pearls to your feathers? Take care, Sandi

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  3. I love the names of these AAUI Quilts, so fitting for each one. thanks for sharing the story behind them. Your fancy Feathers blow me away!

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  4. Wow!!! You quilts look like a professional finished them!

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  5. Just love them all Janet. I love how the AAQI quilts are so meaningful. You have done an amazing job of them all and your quilting on the last one is amazing. Good on you working through the SewCalGal challenges :-)

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  6. Your quilting is fantastic, well done!

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  7. Dang! Love them feathers! You, my friend are a pro!

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  8. Oh my!!! My tongue is hanging out and drooling all over the place! Such cute, CUTE, little quilts! And the stories you shared to go with each one *sigh* But of course, you know that my heart is going pitter-patter over that wonderful feather-quilted batik - OMG!!! Love the hyper-quilting - you outdid yourself girlfriend!

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  9. What candid and heartfelt "names" for the AAQI quilts! Truly from your heart! Love the little snowman quilts - so cute!! And "knock my socks off"!!! Those feathers are super, duper!! Stunning!!! As I always say - maybe someday!!

    Blessings sweet friend!

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  10. They are all beautiful Janet.
    Reading what you wrote touched my heart..as we too travel down this journey
    Beautiful feathers.
    Julia ♥

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  11. wonderful names for wonderful quilts!
    I love them all - I'm sure they will raise lots of money

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  12. such nice little quilts...and your machine quilting looks fabulous!

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  13. Love your little quilts and hope I am lucky enough to buy one. Thanks for sharing the stories that go along with them.

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  14. Well, these may be small ones, but they are big in heart. Your tributes are touching and I know they will be well received and loved. Each is so special.
    As for the feathers....my dear, you have arrived! What a great achievement ---doesn't it feel good to learn a new trick? :D Take a bow and enjoy.

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  15. I love them all - especially the last feather quilt and the snowman/snowball quilt. Just adorable. It really makes me wish there were more hours in a day!

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  16. What absolutely gorgeous little quilts ... and what wonderful stories behind them! I love them all (even if I had to look up hyper quilting).

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  17. All I can say girlfriend is "oh wow"!! I just love alllllll of them!! And the story on the furrowed brow quilt brought tears to my eyes!! You always never cease to amaze me!! :-))

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  18. Beautiful little quilts....gorgeous feathers!

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  19. Love knowing the stories & significance of your AAQI quilts - so sweet! You're going to LOVE having a new snowman quilt in a few months - all ready and waiting to be displayed! Yay!

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  20. WOW!!!! You go girl! Look at all those great mini's. You have really mastered machine quilting.

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  21. Your FMQ is so gorgeous---I am in love with the Feathers quiltlets. My BIL has just been diagnosed with this dreadful disease. I am so grateful to all of you who work to increase funding for research. Hugs.

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  22. Beautiful quilts ! I think they will raise a good amount for the charity, best wishes.

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  23. all of them are beautiful Mom, but I have to say those last purple feathers are my favorite!

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  24. It's difficult to pick out a favorite among your mini's Janet, but the story behind Flowers for Market tugs at my heart. Bless you for your generosity.

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  25. The log cabin quilt and the snowman are my favorites.

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  26. Your "year of the feather" has turned into Perfectly Plumed Goodness... my, how your beautiful, flowing, quilting adds an elegant dimension to your precision piecing, such a wInning combination! I just love this show and tell today, Janet, thanks for sharing your talent!

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  27. What a beautiful, beautiful mini quilts! You are a pro! Love your feathers!

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  28. Congratulations! http://www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com/2013/11/winners-of-2013-free-motion-quilting.html

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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