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Quilts Finished in 2016

By all means let's be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.       ~Richard Dawkins


Lightning Strikes

California Poppies

Ricky Tims Convergence

Disappearing 9 patch

The Devil Wore Purple

Flannel Scraps



Ricky Tims Convergence

Made from the hand-dyed fabrics I was given for coordinating the Ricky Tims event in Rocklin.

The only reason I finished this quilt was because it came up on the UFO Challenge for Foothills.  I didn’t particularly like the quilt, but I really liked the thread (variegated Rainbows) so I just played around with the quilting, which was fun.  Although next time I’ll be a little better organized, like with rocks flowing through from corner to corner and other designs around them.  I put the ugliest piece I had on the back (yellow-green) and used it also for the binding.

Lightning Strikes

This is one of my favorite quilts.  It was from a kit and only uses 3 fabrics - the ombre, the one that looks sparkly, and solid black.

California Poppies

The 2016 Challenge for Pioneer Guild was to make a quilt based on your birth month.  They encouraged a creative story to connect your quilt to your month.  I thought my story was pretty creative (see right).  

Why This is a March Quilt

In March 2006 the toughest smoking ban in the country took effect in Calabassas CA.  When you can't smoke in any public place either indoors or outdoors, you have to quit smoking.  When you stop smoking, you have a lot more money and a lot of time on your hands.  When you have more money, you buy a new car.  With the time on your hands, you have time to travel.  When you travel, you discover the Scenic Highways of California.  California's Scenic Highways are marked with a special sign that is a picture of the State flower, a golden poppy.  That's why this quilt is a March quilt.

Disappearing 9-Patch

I bought a bunch of fat quarters from Cabin Fever with no idea what to do with them.  When I taught another Disappearing 9 patch class for a Discovery Day I decided to use them for the class sample and demo.  Turns out the fat quarters were too much alike to really be interesting.

The Devil was Purple

Several members of my Underground group signed up for a block of the month with a quilt shop in Chico.  But it used Civil War fabrics (yuk) so I decided to do it with fabrics of my own.  The pattern is Devil’s Claw.  Mine are all batiks with purple in them.

Flannel Scraps

I had a bunch of flannel scraps so I decided to put them together and make a quilt for Community Service.