Monday, May 25, 2009

Happy Memorial Day

In honor of the men and women who serve and have served, I post this quilt that I made for my younger brother when he enlisted in the US Marine Corps. I drafted the pattern myself, using half-square triangles to make pinwheel blocks, and alternating those with solid blocks. The back of the quilt is also pieced, using USMC emblem fabric as the focus.

I hand quilted around the EGA of the USMC emblem, and machine stitched 'USA' down the center of the quilt.

This quilt has been to Iraq twice, and now both it and my brother reside safely in Massachusetts.

Thank you to all who have served. I hope you are never forgotten.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Garnet & Freshwater Pearl Choker & Bracelet set

Here's a non-quilt item for sale in my Etsy shop. I like to be able to showcase my wide and varied set of abilities every now and then (by the way, did I mention I'm also a musician and a hockey player?)

From Cattails Quilts

This 16" choker & 6" bracelet set is made with garnet and freshwater pearls, accented with quartz chips and sterling silver beads. Simple yet elegant, it would suit both business and casual wear.

The darling fluffball is our kitten, Bob, who was quite interested in what I was doing that night. He's nearly 3 times that size now, and still quite the lover.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Grandma's Little Helpers

I realized over a VERY busy weekend, that I have neglected to post in a little while! So, without further ado, here is a blast from the past- Grandma's Little Helpers.

This quilt was the very first one I made. I had been working part-time evenings at a fabric store as a way to have some adult interaction while my daughter was an infant. This store is (or at least was at the time) two stories, first floor all decorator fabric, second about 1/2 quilting fabric and the rest notions or dressmaker goods. Many people came through with their quilt projects, and it got me very interested, as I'd been sewing for quite a while, but didn't (and still don't) like making clothes.

So, I picked up a book and fabric, figuring how hard can it be, and dove in. This wild quilt was the result. I had a good time making it, and the quilting has evolved and taken on its own life.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Sailor Boy Blue Pt. 2

This quilt is now available to purchase in my Etsy shop! I am currently working on the companion quilt to this one, titled Sailor Boy Green. When it is complete, there will be the option to buy both as a set.