Painting with Fabric

Debbie's paper pieced Animals quilt with blocks from Quiet Play Designs

Art can be made with a variety of mediums. Besides oil paints and watercolors, an artist can use tile, glass, metal, wood, or fabric. These following examples are quilts created by our renters, and they are real works of arts!

Mary and Nancy with the massive applique elephant quilt they worked on together.

Nancy and Mary are sisters who come in to quilt together. Standing at the machine for long periods of time can be difficult sometimes, so these ladies tag team their quilt tops, taking turns to finish them efficiently. This is a batik quilt of elephants. The super wide border is interesting, but when you realize this would lay down on a bed with the elephants on top and those wide borders dropping down the sides towards the floor, it makes a lot more sense.

Appliqued elephants on a quilt

They finished it with the pantograph A Little Bit This, which is exactly what the title says. There is a small leaf shape and a swirl, and a large leaf shape like a monstera leaf. It definitely fits the African vibe with the elephants.

Debbie's paper pieced Animals quilt with blocks from Quiet Play Designs

Debbie's paper pieced Animals quilt with blocks from Quiet Play Designs

Debbie made this adorable animal quilt. She paper pieced this using patterns from Quiet Play Designs. This quilt includes adorable animals from the Woodland Creatures Bundle, Zoo Animals Bundle, and the Aussie Animals Bundle. How stinkin’ cute is this?

Shannon Fabrics Cuddle Dot Sunshine

I love the fact that she used a different background fabric for the otter. He’s floating in the sea instead of the sky backdrop she used for everyone else. She quilted it with our spiral design board. The design boards are great when quilting circles as you can keep those circles nice and round. And doesn’t the quilting just look phenomenal on the Cuddle Dot fabric? This quilt is going to one lucky kiddo!

Colleen's Totally Tulips Quilt

This quilt of tulips was created by Colleen for a granddaughter on the way. I love the simpleness of it with the patchwork fabric. The solid background also makes the flowers stand out. She quilted it with a Serpentine Feather Pantograph, which adds a very elegant feather finish to such a sweet quilt.

Add baby's name to the backing fabric to make the quilt extra special!

As if the cute quilt top wasn’t enough, Colleen made the backing extra special by piecing her granddaughter’s name. What a lucky girl to have such a beautiful keepsake!

Colleen's Big Sky Bear quilt with easy meander quilting.

Colleen has more than one grandchild on the way. This bear is for her grandson. What a charming face he has. I love the blocks of the ears and nose contrasting with the two little round dots of his eyes. The blocked background is also a wonderful backdrop for this piece. It adds interest behind the bear, as the pattern remains faithful when it appears around the bear. She quilted this one with an edge to edge meander which provided a lot of good texture without adding a secondary and unnecessary design to the quilt.

Pam's sailboat quilt for a baby boy.

You might be asking yourself, why are they showing us two pictures of the same quilt? Look closely, they are not the same quilt. Pam made both of these quilts for a friend who was expecting her first grandbaby. I like how the sashing sort of winds its way down the quilt rather than being laid out in a very systematic row and block format. I think it gives the boats some motion and movement as if they’re sailing on a sea. She finished both of these quilts with an edge to edge meander that adds to the gentle movement feel of the quilts.

Pam's sailboat quilt for a baby boy.

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I’m Angela- Co-host of the Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting PBS show. APQS Long arm Dealer and Educator. Triplet Momma. Designer. Thread Bimbo.

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