Friday, July 23, 2010

New Quilt Block: Electric Fan

This is a fun easy 4 patch made up of quarter square triangles.


The free quilt block pattern can be found here.
A quilt in the yellow and black color waves looks like this.




The free quilt patterns for these can be found at the MyWebQuilter.com Quilt Pattern Gallery.
Happy Quilting,
Amber



Monday, July 19, 2010

New Quilt Block Pattern: Steps to the Altar

The Steps to the Altar quilt block is now available is now available on MyWebQuilter.com. This 9 patch quilt block has a few half square triangles but is still pretty easy to make.



Click here for the quilt block pattern.


A quilt in the blue green color wave looks like this.


Click here for the quilt pattern for this pretty quilt using Steps to the Altar quilt block.
Happy Quilting!
Amber


Friday, July 16, 2010

Fabrications II

Three of my art quilts will be in Fabrications II Art Quilts of the U.P. at the William Bonifas Arts Center in my beautiful home town of Escanaba, MI.



The three I submitted are:


A Night on the Town - I used a Ricky Tims' Convergence Quilt Method for the background. The image is inspired by old pictures of my mother & father-in-law all dressed up for a night on the town when my father-in-law used to play saxophone in a band.









Color Wheel - This quilt was created for a Batik challenge. Everyone had many 8 inch squares of many multicolor batiks. I was inspired by a quilt color theory class that I had recently taken.





Fish School - This quilt was also part of a batik challenge. The fish are each made of a different batik square. This quilt was in honor of my pet fish in the pond in my yard.


We recently had a disaster. For some unknown reason, all my fish died. They stopped eating one day, stopped swimming the next and all died the next. I am very sad about this. My husband and I decided to drain and clean the pond completely out this fall and try a new school of fish next spring. In the meantime, this Fish School quilt commemorates a time when my fish were all healthy and happy.



If you can make it to Michigan's Upper Peninsula in August - stop in the Bonifas Arts center to see the quilts!

Happy Quilting

Amber.

Friday, July 9, 2010

My Hoffman Challenge Quilt

I was so inspired by seeing the 2009 Hoffman Challenge Quilts at the Chicago Quilt Show that I decided to try designing a quilt for the 2010 Hoffman Challenge.


After experimenting with traditional quilt designs using MyWebQuilter.com and testing several ideas, I decided on making a mixed method quilt of a sailboat. The Hoffman Challenge fabric - below - reminded me of water and sailing. Of course my love of sailing had just a little influence on this idea.



So here is my entry to the Hoffman Challenge. I based the sailboat on a photo of my friend's sailboat taken during a sailing cruise on Green Bay, Lake Michigan last year. The boat's name is Ariel so of course that is also the name of the quilt.





The water is made using Dina Pappas' Quick Fuse method. The rest of the quilt is raw edge applique. I used *tons* of Sulky thread hoping to get considered for the best use of Sulky prize.


I tried to make the quilting in the sky look like the wind was gently blowing. The words across the sky are a poem that I wrote go with that theme:

Ariel, Ariel whispers the wind
Come, sail with me again

I am blowing gently on Green Bay
Come out, come out, come out and play

Bring your captain, bring your crew,
There is no better thing to do


Than leave their toils and cares behind,
What adventures can we find?


Wish me luck!

Happy Quilting

Amber

Monday, July 5, 2010

Free Quilt Block Pattern: London Roads

London Roads is another new quilt block at MyWebQuilter.com that can be used as a signature or album quilt block.

The London Roads quilt block looks very different depending on colors and patterns of light/dark fabric that you use. Here is London Roads in several color waves.


I think London Roads looks best when combined with other nine patch blocks.
Here is a quilt pattern in pretty girly colors. This pattern would make a nice gift for a little girl who had to move - all her friends could write messages on the London Roads blocks. Now days they could include their cell phone numbers and email addresses to make sure they stay in touch!

Click here for the free quilt pattern for this pretty quilt.
Click here for the free quilt block pattern for London Roads.
Happy Quilting!
Amber


Sunday, July 4, 2010

Memory Signature Quilt Block and New Red Fabrics!

The traditional Memory quilt block is now available for your quilt designs at MyWebQuilter.com. This quilt block works nicely in signature quilts.

Here are some examples of the Memory Quilt Block in new shades of red fabrics that have recently been added to the fabric stash at MyWebQuilter.com.

For the free quilt block pattern for Memory click here.
An example quilt using pinks looks like this.


Click here to get this free quilt pattern.
Happy Quilting
Amber