Last Updated: 05/03/03  Gallery Archive #1



Ok, gang, got a cup of coffee ready?  Hope these JPEG's didn't take too long for you to download.  I'll try to provide a picture and description of each quilt, approximate date and pertinent and "unpertinent" info with each.  Also, let me remind you that all my stuff is copyrighted and I can get really cranky if I find anyone selling or misusing my designs (and so can my attorney).

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    #1.  Peacock Quilt - (Courtesy WkWarren,Jr. collection) --This was designed on request with a one-of-a-kind layout.  Somewhere around 1993 (?).  The quilt has long since left my hands (not without a struggle) or I would read the date on the back label.  It was pieced in the clamshell format and hand quilted with a peacock blue metallic thread (which was fun).  I was proud enough of it to enter it one year at the Silver Dollar City show.  I'm still proud of it, or can't you tell?

    #2.  Schoolhouse Quilt - (courtesy Marge Bayer collection) - This was another   commissioned quilt for a retiring kindergarten school teacher back in the early 1990's.  It also is a unique design, but similar to some other layouts I've seen over the years.  This one more elaborate though.  The center section is an appliqued schoolhouse with brick fabric and all kinds of little surprises in the bushes.  Each surrounding layer of borders depicts school items such as apples, numbers, pencils, books, erasers, etc.  All appliqued.  The pillow top has appliqued paper-doll children holding hands across it.  All the borders were of pin-dot fabrics in different colors. It is hand quilted with the borders crosshatched.  It was a blue-ribbon winner at the Green Country Quilters' Guild Show in Tulsa.

   #3. Giant Dahlia - (courtesy Verna Jantz collection) --  This is a recent commissioned work from the Giant Dahlia book (Dover Publications).  Floral fabrics of forest green and burgundys and other Victorian-type colors, most were the "Forever Roses" line back last year or 2 ago.  I love making Dahlias.  They go together fast and look like they took forever.  Although the first one I did, DID take forever.  But after you make a few, it's very enjoyable.  This one was king size with prairie point edge and lots of hand quilting by my local church quilting bunch.  We put lots of feathers into the quilting.  (I get a lot of moans when I bring a top with featherwork to the church ladies, but they get through it).

    #4.  The Bradford Quilt --  Called that because I made it for a benefit raffle for the local Bradford private school.  It's actually some kind of barn raising pattern, but I didn't use any pattern to make it.  I may share this pattern someday on this site.  This picture shown with the quilt in progress at the Eden Mennonite Women's Sewing Society.  The quilt was raffled last winter (200l) and brought somewhere around $l500 for the school.  It was hand quilted, by the church bunch, in-the-ditch plus diagonals  .

   #5.   Autumn Broken Star -- This was another church project.  I pieced the broken star using embroidered oak-leaf design blocks between the pieced sections.  Each lady at church embroidered a block for it.  I love to piece broken stars.  It's become one of my specialties, I guess, kinda' like the Dahlias.  This one was composed of leaf fabrics of autumn colors in a king size format.  This one was the best of show somewhere around 1995 or 6 at the Mayes County Guild Show.  The ladies were so-o-o-o proud.

    #6.  Frankenstein Quilt - This was great fun.  ALWAYS save all your throw-away blocks, fabric, "cheater" print scraps!  Finished this one last month from a collection of about a year or two.  Anytime you finish a top, take the left over strips, small scraps and stitch them as they are (it helps if they are either square or rectangular) and try to keep your dimensions square too.  Like add some more to the top of a rectangle to make it square, or cut down a big triangle to fit another to make a square.  Save any block you didn't like and didn't use.  Save any trim-away scraps from cheater prints for filling in between your bigger squares.  Start with a block and add other blocks and if they don't exactly fit together, add some filler from cheater print or tiny scrap blocks.  Before you know it, you have a very unusual top!  I over-dyed mine with a light blue Rit dye so that all the colors blend, regardless of whether their orange or white or green.       Two shots here, one with Henrycat & one without.  (Anytime I put a quilt on the floor to photograph, he thinks I made it for him)



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