Wednesday, January 19, 2011

some of my quilts

Quilts I've made over the years...

string quilt
batiks and hand-dyeds, 2007

mystery quilt
I don't know where it is, I seem to have "lost" a few quilts along the way. I think it was one of the Inspector Clue-sew mysteries.

machine applique wallhanging
And again, I have no idea where it is.

my ex-husband's 40th birthday quilt
I'm kinda proud of this one, alas it isn't in my possession anymore, for obvious reasons. LOL! My own design after reading Margaret Miller's Blockbender Quilts.

fantasy landscape
a small wallhanging, completely by machine, except for some beading

small bowties
small wallhanging, it was a way to make bowties without a set-in I can't remember how they were done anymore

mystery quilt
A mystery quilt I found on the Internet many moons ago. I was soooo happy how it turned out, for once I really liked my fabric choices for a mystery quilt.

when pigs fly
Named after one of the fabrics in it, featuring, you guessed it, flying pigs. I have no idea where this quilt is now. I also wish I knew where the sampler is, as it was my first quilt *after* getting a few books and decent quilting cottons. Addendum February 2012: The sampler lives at my daughter's in Berlin. :)

black and white
made for my brother, late 80's

funky stars
I loved making this one! I only found the hole in one of the stars when I quilt-tacked it for machine quilting. That hole still makes me smile when I look at the quilt.

bargello wallhanging
I loved making bargellos. I think it had something to do with raising my autistic son. Amongst all the chaos and heartbreak, I needed order at that time. The bargello technique gave me some of that.

my summer quilt
It may very well be the simplest quilt I have ever made.....and also the one I use the most. I sleep under it during the summers, I believe I have been doing so for close to 20 years. I used a very, very low-loft poly batting and it has one machine quilted line down the center and one across the center. I just wrapped the top to the back, and machine sewed it to the back, with the raw edges turned under. The Quilt Police has still "Wanted" signs out to get me for this quilt. LOL!

paper pieced wallhanging
heavily machine quilted with rayon threads

southwestern landscape
small wallhanging from a pattern a friend sent on to me, machine pieced and appliqued

optical illusion wallhanging

Made for a friend's child sometimes in the 90's, I *think* it was a pattern from Quiltmaker Magazine.

I let go and created eruption sometimes in the 90's. And once more I have no idea where it is. I wish I did know though, as I like it. It was a first "sign" (for myself) that yes, I could do non-traditional quilts.

my first projects
ca. 1986/87, nothing survived, they all fell apart after a few years, as I was quilting without ever having seen instructions, my sewing machine was below dirt etc. The Log Cabin was my very first quilting project, I figured out the pattern after having seen a similar quilt on TV. It was a rerun of a 70's patchwork show from England, if I remember correctly. I remember that I suddenly found myself right in front of the TV, my nose practically glued to the screen. The next day I went out and searched for any books, fabrics etc. and so the journey began.


  1. Ursula, this is almost exactly how I began quilting. My first books and pillows and lots of patchwork. And like yours, my stuff fell apart, was destroyed by light coming in windows on dark fabrics, or ended up who knows where. No ex-husband, but the same other issues;) I would love to have you try a mini quilt for my Liberated Challenge for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. You already belong to the yahoo lib group! Nine inches by 12 inches or less...think about it!!! You have such an artistic eye!

  2. Michele, thank you for letting me know that I'm not the only one whose early pieces didn't survive. ;)

    I've been thinking about doing a quilt for AAQI for such a long time, but whenever I saw that registration form, I shied away, as it seemed so complicated. But I just saw that it was changed and it seems much more doable now. I will try to come up with something, no promises, but I will try hard. So if I do one through the Liberated Challenge, I need to register with Clare first, and after that I register at the AAQI site? Did I understand this correctly?