Monday, July 27, 2015

DWM: finishes, pillowcases, and advice taken

Thank you, everyone who offered advice about borders for the scrappy stars quilt.  I did cave in and buy more dark blue fabric. In the meantime I found an idea for a pieced border. I haven't started it yet -- you'll need to tune in next week.

Cindy and her daughter Jeannie came over to pick up the pillowcases that I made. Cindy generously paid more than I asked. She gave me the leftover fabric, which weighed 4.5 lbs (18 yards).  They also brought more fabric from which I made four pillowcases and the cover for a dog bed.

I finished the bookshelf quilt for my friend Pat who is retiring July 31.  This is the fourth bookshelf quilt I've made this year and, if I calculate correctly, #36 in all.  I've made them for library staff getting their MLS degrees, retiring library trustees, the ALA Executive Board (during my term, 2004-07), and now for colleagues who are retiring.  I have gotten a lot of use out of the pattern, which is by Christine Thresh (www.winnowing.com).











I created this 78 x 78 batik top in May, 2014. I basted it six months ago (the backing is a never-used Ralph Lauren flat sheet, a garage sale find for $2).  I finally quilted it this week.  Hooray for a finish!

I'm linking up with other quiltmakers at Patchwork Times.


14 comments:

Libby in TN said...

I keep thinking I should try a pieced border -- then I wimp out and go for the easy solution. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

Quilter Kathy said...

You are so generous to make all those bookshelf quilts! Amazing!
You could make a wonderful book documenting these gifts!

Julie in GA said...

Your bookshelf quilt is great, and the scrappy batik quilt is gorgeous!

Ramona said...

Your bookshelf quilt is great! You've made 37 of them?? Wow!! Do you personalize each one? It's the nicest bookshelf quilt I've seen. Love your batik finish, too. Great backing for that one!!

Nann said...

They're as personalized as I can make them without having to purchase specific novelty prints. If you look carefully at them all (click on the "bookshelf quilt" label) you'll see the same motifs in many quilts. The older versions are one unit (4") narrower than the newer versions. Some of the slanted books seem to defy gravity. :)

Kat Scribner said...

Awesome bookshelf. So many interesting items to see,and a cell phone! Nice personalization, as always.

Joanne said...

I really like both of these quilts, but the bookshelf quilt is really neat! I love a bargain and the backing for the batik quilt is wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

Lori in South Dakota said...

I love the backing! The front is pretty neat too. >VBG>

Mary said...

Bookshelf quilts intrigue me. Haven't made one -YET! That's what DWM is for. Quilty Inspiration.

Vic in NH said...

Love the batiky rail fence and your creative quilting looks fine, too! Your bookshelves are always cute, that's your signature piece, I think. Great post all around!

Julianne said...

BEAUTIFUL NANN!!

Dar said...

Your bookshelf quilt is outstanding. You must be an old hat at these by now.! I really like your batik scrappy one too. This is one I need to make to clean out some of my batik scrap drawers. Thanks for the inspiration -- now if I can just find some extra time.

cityquilter grace said...

nice finish nann...the backing is gorgeous! you inspire me!

Shasta Matova said...

I really like all of your bookshelf quilts. I know there are free patterns online, but I even bought the book that had all those ideas about what to put on the bookshelf, and I still haven't gotten around to making a single one.