September 11, 2011

Machine Quilting Poetry- Guest Artist Jennifer Watson

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Commentary and quilts by Jennifer :

“Thistle Pods”

 Thistle Pods, Judy Niemeyer Quilting (96×96)

Judy Niemeyer designs a big but, oh so rewarding paper pieced quilt.

Traditional feathering is what this quilt needed to maintain its theme.

Love the colours,

LOVE all 2354 pieces that it needed,

love  it even more now that it is finished!

(back lit)

The family name for this quilt was “Ethel Thayer’s Thistle Pods”.

Memories of Sisters”

  Memories of Sisters, Vivienne Moore Designs (29×39)

Vivienne Moore’s wee quilt provided me with a larger than postcard memento of the Sister’s Outdoor Quilt Show.  Quilts in front, the barren floor of the forest, the tall Ponderosa Pines and the misty cool mountains beyond are exactly what the view is if you are fortunate enough to visit this sweet Oregon town on the second Saturday in July. Mostly stitch-in-the-ditch completes this mini quilt.


Poppies, Pamela Mostek for Clothworks (56×56)


Pamela Mostek’s pattern has bold and beautiful blooms mixed in with crazy fabric choices.

Who would have thought they would all go together to make such a vibrant and stunning quilt?  Accent quilting around the poppies creates a 3D effect.


Coneflower Garden, JWD Publishing (51×65)


Yes, they ARE coneflowers although they have also been known as jellyfish

(The Jelly Quilt) in our family!

Tone-on-tone quilting enhances the pattern while subtly creating another dimension to the piecing.  However you see them, they sure make a pretty wall hanging.

Coneflowers? Jellies? Whatever!  Pattern by JWD Publishing

“September Memories”

Shades of Autumn, Kathleen Starr,  Starr Design Fabrics, Inc. (60×60)


Golden summer ripens into a riot of glorious fall splendor.  September signals the start of a new school year and our colourful summer memories remain vivid as they float lazily around us on the backs of falling leaves. A stipple and meander quilting job keeps the “airiness” of this quilt.  Shades of Autumn by Starr Design Fabric

“West Coast Stars”

Fractured Stars, Lawry Thorn, Stitchin’ Post Publications (57×67)

Ocean shades of beautiful fabrics all blend together to make this a very restful and calming quilt.

Grid work, feathers and

creative ruler work support the overall design.

Wall hanging or throw – a lovely quilt that reminds us of the fabulous ocean we have outside our doors.  No wonder everyone comes to visit us here!  Aren’t we lucky to live in such a remarkable place?  Fractured Stars pattern by Lawry Thorn


Sisters Scape, Valori Wells, The Stitchin’ Post (80×96)

As the youngest in the family, I have been influenced by my older sisters since the minute I was born.  I have watched Paula draw, sculpt, paint, write, sing and create art that expresses her views on life.  I have modeled for, edited with, been sung to and laughed with her for years.  She was my greatest cheerleader in all my creative avenues.

“Just try it, Jenny”.

We shared a room. Julie was the reason I actually started quilting.  She had sewn for years (Mum’s genes that I didn’t get enough of!), and had watched me struggle trying to make just about anything.  She sent me a large nine-patch Christmas quilt with some pre-printed blocks in it.  I did it!  And survived!  There was a sigh of relief from the members of my household and I was inspired to try something else.

Julie never made it to Sisters, Oregon, though we bought this pattern together.  I used some of the hand-dyed fabrics we made together in my garden.  Both Paula and Julie saw this quilt in its final stages, though it was not yet completed. Valori Wells’ pattern is named for the range of mountains near her home (Sisters Scape), but for me the title and mountains have a whole different meaning.

My label says it all.

“The Gypsy Quilt”

Maypole by April Cornell, pattern by Lisa Christensen for Moda (74×85)

This colourful quilt is simply pieced and quilted and makes me feel happy every time I see it.  The fabric is bright, busy and full of movement, and the all-over loop design contributes to a carefree feeling.  The April Cornell Fabric does all the talking, and that’s fine by me.

Maypole pattern by Lisa Christensen. Free at Moda


Garden Trails, Kathleen Starr, Starr Design Fabric, Inc. (79×79)


Quiet, soft, pastel shades and delicate flowers on vines remind us that spring has come and it is time to get out and begin reclaiming your garden.

A centered edge-to-edge pattern as well as free-motioned vines and leaves create movement.

Starr Design Fabric calls this pattern “Garden Trails”.


High Desert Paprika, Valori Wells,  The Stitchin’ Post (80×92)


A VERY large pattern is used for some of this paper piecing.

I loved the soft earth tones in this design and was able to play around with different quilting techniques in the blocks and borders. I nearly called it “My Mum Likes Cacti”.  High Desert Paprika pattern by Valori Wells.

“Fabric Fiesta”

And Your Point Is…With a Twist, Crooked Nickel Quilt Designs (46×58)


What were we thinking to select all these loud and vibrant batiks and stick them all in one quilt?  What does it remind you of?  Mardi Gras?  Circus colours?  It sure wakes up the senses and is a great way to use up scraps. Accenting the flowers in the borders and using a peacock pattern in the sashing anchors this busy, patterned quilt.  Crooked Nickel Quilt Designs.

“Garden Vines”

Indian Vine, Leslie Price, Painted Pony ‘n Quilts (60×72)

I never liked the 30’s fabrics!  What happened?  Saw this “Indian Vine” pattern from Leslie Price and fell in love before I realized what it was.  Yoyos?  Never liked those either, but now they are on, I am reluctantly admitting they do add that extra something. Micro-stippling in the panels allows for the vines and flowers to really pop.  Now it’s a favourite wall-hanging and I’m looking at the 30’s with different eyes!

“Celtic Wave”

 Celtic Wave, Judy Niemeyer Quilting (90×90)

Made as a wedding gift and stitched with love for a special couple.  Pebbling creates texture and shows off those medallions. Feathers and grid work are also included.  Are you able to find four hearts?  All 2700 pieces of fabric in Judy Niemeyer’s pattern allows one to REALLY explore their love of geese, geese and more geese. 



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