Saturday, March 12, 2016

Lots of quilts and a big ribbon

This is Mayleen's quilt that she started in a class with Kaffe Fassett at Quilt Festival in Houston this last fall.  Mayleen is no shrinking violet when it comes to  color so it seems to me she is right at home with all these bright fabrics.

The quilting isn't going to show up much in such a bright busy quilt.  I outlined the flowers in the blocks.

And did straight and curvy lines in the border.

The backing is very cool. 

The members of my small quilting group were feeling uninspired and down in the winter doldrums so we decided to do a monthly color challenge.  Each month we choose a color combo and have to finish a small quilt by the next month using those colors.

Our first challenge was to use only neutrals with a small accent of color.  We have to come up with our own design - no patterns allowed!

This is my quilt:

Mayleen had never done a landscape quilt or worked without a pattern:


Tammy also did her own design for the first time:

Nancy didn't quite get hers finished. That month slips by really quickly!

We're going to continue our challenge after our guild quilt show this June.

Four years ago Peter and I went to the Dallas Quilt Show and posed in front of my first wholecloth, which won a blue ribbon that year.  We had just found out that Peter had cancer and it was his last trip to a quilt show - something we loved to do together.


This year, my second wholecloth won Best of Show at the Dallas Quilt Show.  I worked on this quilt in the months following Peter's death and it kept me busy during that difficult time.  I thought a lot about him as I worked on it which is why the quilt is called 'Remembrance'.  I know he would have been proud of that big


  1. Congratulations Jan, what a thrill to win with a quilt that has so meaning to you. That quilt must have been made with many tears and smiles, happy thoughts and sad. How very special it must he to you.

  2. Love your group's challenge quilts but I'll bet your biggest challenge has been life without Peter. I am absolutely certain he was with you while you created your whole cloth winner and was so very proud of that big ole ribbon! Bittersweet ....

  3. As always, your quilting is outstanding. Congrats on your win and what a meaningful one!!

  4. I'm so happy for you on the win. He is smiling down on you for sure.