Monday, April 7, 2014

#45 "Starburst" {March 2014}


Size: 17.5" w x 17.5" h
Pattern: "Starburst" by Canoe Ridge Creations (Fresh Mini Quilt Club)
Fabrics:
Moda Bella Solids: Feather
Moda Bella Solids: Kansas Red
Moda Bella Solids: Cheddar
Moda Bella Solids: Dark Teal
Moda Bella Solids: Charcoal
Thread: Aurifil Quilt Patchwork and Embroidery Thread - Bright White (2024) 40wt
Backing: Moda Bella Solids: Black
Batting: Warm and Natural
Binding: Moda Bella Solids: Charcoal







#44 "Modern Chevron Multiplicity" {March 2014}


Size: 19.5” w x19.5” h
Pattern: "Flyin' South" by Canoe Ridge Creations (Fresh Mini Quilt Club)
Fabrics:
Moda Bella Solids: Feather
Moda Bella Solids: Pesto
Moda Bella Solids: Charcoal
Thread: Aurifil Quilt Patchwork and Embroidery Thread - Bright White (2024) 40wt
Backing: Moda Bella Solids: Black
Batting: Warm and Natural
Binding: Moda Bella Solids: Charcoal
Having spent the better part of 4 months sewing nothing but chevron fabric camera straps and then receiving this pattern....







#43 "Bits of Wire" {March 2014}


Size: 21” w x 21” h
Pattern: "Stix" by Canoe Ridge Creations (Fresh Mini Quilt Club)
Fabrics:
Moda Bella Solids: Feather
Moda Bella Solids: Kansas Red
Moda Bella Solids: Chocolate
Moda Bella Solids: Cheddar
Moda Bella Solids: Longhorn
Moda Bella Solids: Pesto
Moda Bella Solids: Dark Teal
Moda Bella Solids: Lagoon
Moda Bella Solids: Merlot
Moda Bella Solids: Charcoal
Thread: Aurifil Quilt Patchwork and Embroidery Thread - Bright White (2024) 40wt
Backing: Moda Bella Solids: Black
Batting: Warm and Natural
Binding: Moda Bella Solids: Charcoal







#42 "Winter Lights" {March 2014}


Size: 24” w x 24” h
Pattern: "Winter Sky" (Adapted) by Canoe Ridge Creations (Fresh Mini Quilt Club)
Fabrics:
Moda Bella Solids: Feather
Moda Bella Solids: Lagoon
Moda Bella Solids: Dark Teal
Thread: Aurifil Quilt Patchwork and Embroidery Thread - Bright White (2024) 40wt
Backing: Moda Bella Solids: Black
Batting: Warm and Natural
Binding: Moda Bella Solids: Charcoal






Wednesday, March 5, 2014

#41 "Blossom" {March 2014}


Size: 44” w x 47” h
Pattern: "Jumbo Coins Baby Quilt" (Adapted) by Piece N Quilt
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A Wish For You!
I believe in pink
I believe in being strong
I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls
I believe in fairy dust, prince charming & a college degree...or two
I believe in sunshine
I believe giving a gift is better than receiving one
I believe in exploring never-nerved land & the globe
I believe that tomorrow is another day
I believe that family is everything
I believe in dreams-come-true & in happily ever after & in miracles,
because I am one!
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Fabrics:


Thread: Aurifil Quilt Patchwork and Embroidery Thread - Bright White (2024) 50wt
Backing: Clothworks - Sue Zipkin's "Hug Me" Y1077-42
Batting: Warm and Natural
Binding: Benartex - Nancy Halvorsen "Cookie Dots"

#39, #39, & #40 "You Are a Marvelous Superhero!" {March 2014}


Size: 37” w x 42” h
Pattern: "Pow Wow" by Cluck Cluck Sew
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A Super Hero’s Wish For You
May you have:
The intelligence and tenacity of Ironman (Red),
The honor and family kinship of Thor (Yellow),
The strength and wisdom of the Hulk (Green),
The courage and patriotism of Captain America (Blue),
And the teamwork and leadership of Nick Fury (Black)
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Fabrics:


Thread: Aurifil Quilt Patchwork and Embroidery Thread 50wt - Ivory (2021) and Black (2692)
Backing: Moda Bella Solids: Black
Batting: Warm and Natural
Binding: Moda Bella Solids: Black

Monday, February 24, 2014

#37 “Mental Heath Service Dog” {February 2014}


Size: 18” x 18”
Made for Ron Murray of Montana Murray Kennels

A Mental Health Service Dog can be trained to help with the effects of a disabling condition classified as a psychiatric disability.  In particular, tasks were developed for people who are officially diagnosed as having as well as disabled by Panic Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression, or conditions associated to a brain chemistry malfunction.

The stigma in having one or all of these conditions is horrific. We are consistently labeled as having “This Problem” or “That Angry/Violent Disease” or “The Sadness Issue.” All we want it to be “Normal.”  Somedays our brains feel like shards of different colored glass. Nothing fits right and “normal” activities become a big deal.  Words meant with kindness come out as criticism.  There are days where everything you try to do makes it worse, so what is the point of getting up and putting yourself through the Harsh Words, The Staring, The pulling of the children away, and the “Get it together!” pep talks. With the help of a MHSD, they help us take those shards and put them in an order that allows us to do The Normal.

Training a dog for these tasks is a gift and shows both a firm compassion as well as a heart of knowledge. Training a person to work with a dog trained for this, well, you need to be sainted. We’ve met one saint in Florida, this is for our saint here in Montana. Ron has stepped up to the plate on many, many occasions for both Charlie and Bentley and more so for Steve and myself. To be able to put himself on our shoes and think the process over before telling us “Nope, you are doing it incorrectly” or “You are confusing the dog” his mind set is to see a pack that works together as a healthy, happy, functioning Team. We’ve watch him work with small children, small dogs, big adults and massive dogs. We are all Ron’s Pack with the secret password of AT-AT, Shhh-Leave-It.  Sometimes it takes him pulling us back away from the situation to see the shard of colored glass scattered and tell us, “Let the dog help you! Let him do his job!”


Thank you Ron for all of your support, your knowledge, your laughter and your firm/gentle reminders.

Fabric: Bella Solids for Moda
Thread: Aurifil Quilt Patchwork and Embroidery Thread - White
BackingBella Solids for Moda - Black
Batting: Warm and Natural
Binding
Bella Solids for Moda - Black