Thursday, April 13, 2017

I've been getting a few reminders that I haven't been keeping up my blog. It has been a long time and I don't know where to start again except to post a few photos of quilts I've finished. 

The next photos are "I Spy" quilts I made as 2016 Christmas presents for our grandchildren.

 The three boys received similar quilts with a navy blue border.

Our only granddaughter received this quilt with a red print border.

 This thread painted cat is my project from the class I took with Pam Holland at Houston's International Quilt Festival in November, 2016. I only get to work on him when I don't have a quilting project with a deadline. Still have quite a bit of stitching to do on him!

"Fireworks Over Dresden"

My local quilt guild, Prairie Quilt Guild in Wichita, KS, has a challenge every other year. We buy a small amount of required fabric to use in a required way. This year it was the Dresden Plate quilt block and a mix of fabrics in colors I probably wouldn't normally have chosen. 

I made my Dresden Plate blocks out of the required fabrics and added several fabrics of my own to make a fireworks exploding over a bridge scene. Several firsts for me on this project: a new sewing machine, learning to use metallic threads, and gluing on hundreds of crystals.

Guild members voted on their favorite quilts and winners were announced at our last guild meeting. "Fireworks Over Dresden" won 1st place in its category and Viewer's Choice!

I'm also working on a Kaffe Artisan Fabric challenge quilt but I won't be able to share it until June. 
I hope to blog again before then though!

Until later, Mayleen


  1. Welcome back, Mayleen. I've missed you! Always enjoy seeing your work. Those dresden fireworks are amazing! (I've been delinquent, too!)

  2. You only blog in months beginning with "A". LOL! Have missed you and love seeing your latest creations. That is a LOT of I Spy and they all look great!

  3. It just made my day to see that you had a blog post. I've missed you too! I am in awe of your thread painted cat - I wouldn't even know where to begin such a challenging quilt and I can't wait to see how you finish her (him?). Welcome back!!!

  4. The fireworks are awesome:) I'd love a few close up photos of that quilt :)

  5. Oh my goodness. I thought the cat picture was a real cat!

  6. Ditto to Karen's comment your thread painted cat is amazing! Welcome back Mayleen.