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to the corresponding patterns. I hope you enjoy the show!
me with any questions and/or feedback at: Jo@WannaQuilt.com
Under the Harvest Moon
Dimensions: Wallhanging - 30" x 30"
This quilt was my entry in the Keepsake Quilting Challenge - Autumn
2002. The quilt is completely hand appliqued and hand quilted. The quilting
is done using Sulky Sliver Metallic threads which gives it that sparkle.
To enter, you simply purchase a challenge pack of six fat quarters of
pre-selected fabrics, and you can choose to add up to two other fabrics.
You can order additional fabric as well. The quilt must be 30"
x 30". My inspiration came from the Lakes Region and the wonderful
batik in the pack which I could not help seeing beautiful landscapes
in it. I highly recommend the experience. Making the most of what you
are given to work with is an excellent exercise in quilting and in life.
They run several challenges a year. Check it out in the catalogue or
on the web.
Sante Fe Shawl
Dimensions: Shawl or Wallhanging - 24" x 64"
This quilt is for a very dear friend who is turning 40! You know who
you are! As an old lady I thought a shawl was appropriate. This piece
was hand appliqued and machine quilted. I used Quilters Dream Cotton
Select, which is rapidly becoming my favorite batting. The fabrics are
all batiks. The inspiration came from a trip from Pheonix to SanteFe
we shared, and of course the beautiful deserts.
Mother's Scrap Quilt
Dimensions: Large Lap - 65" x 77"
This quilt is for my mother who is looking forward to retirement. Made
entirely from scraps on hand, most left over from the "My Story"
quilt, this quilt has a charming antique feel about it. The shirtings
really give it the old fashion look. The quilt contains over four hundred
tiny four patches. The borders and back are pieced as well. There are
prairie points around the edge. The quilt is machine pieced and machine
quilted. This quilt was completed in April 2002. There are 2392 pieces
in this quilt which is if one piece was added each week then the quilt
would have required 46 years to complete. I used the Quilter's Dream
Cotton for the first time and it was wonderful to work with and resulted
in a lighter weight quilt perfect for warmer weather and climates. Enjoy
Mom, I love you!
Medallion Quilt - "My Story"
Dimensions: Queen - 92" x 92"
This quilt is about our new log home in the mountains. Each section
of it relates to some aspect of the location. The blocks from the center
out are: log
cabin, filtered view of the lake through the pine trees, flying geese,
deer and moose tracks, my expanded version of delectable mountains,
and finally bear paws. The quilt is machine pieced, with the four seasons
cornerstone blocks hand appliqued. Several of the blocks used are my
versions of traditional blocks. The quilt was then machine quilted.
This quilt was started in July 2001 and completed early December 2001.
There are 4290 pieces in this quilt. It is one of my most favorites.
Landscape - "Arizona Sunset"
Dimensions: Wallhanging - 8" x 10"
This tiny quilt top was hand appliqued and matted to create the Arizonia
sunset. Inspired by a trip to Arizona, and a quilt class with Jo Diggs
that I attended. She's great if you can catch a class with her.
Baltimore Album Applique
Dimensions: Lap Size - 53.5" x 53.5"
This is a collection of my first Baltimore Album papercut blocks. The
blocks and borders were done with hand appliqué. The quilt was
then machine pieced, and machine quilted. I have studied with Faye Labanaris
and Elly Sienkiewicz. I highly recommend both their books and classes.
Contemporary Pieced - "Dye Fusion"
Dimensions: Wallhanging - 30" x 30"
This quilt has over 2300 pieces, and is almost entirely made out of
batik scraps that I purchased for $1.00. There is a repeating block.
Each block has two color fabrics used in it. The arrangements of blocks
gives the impression of pools of colors bursting next to each other.
This quilt is machine pieced, and hand-quilted in spirals. This is another
one of my absolute favorites. This quilt was shown in the Images Quilt
Show several years ago.
Watercolor Landscape - "Shade Tree"
Dimensions: Wallhanging - 24.5" x 31.25"
This quilt was made using a combination of watercolor quilting and hand
appliqué. The watercolor background was machine pieced, then
accents were hand appliquéd, and finally the quilt was machine
quilted. This is a favorite of mine. I imagine myself walking out in
that field of flowers and sitting under that wonderful shade tree, staring
at the mountains in the distance.
Crazy Quilt - "Tenth Anniversary"
Dimensions: Queen Size - 90" x 108"
This quilt was a gift to my husband on the occasion of our tenth wedding
anniversary. There are 120 blocks each containing at least one photo,
and a special memory. Some husbands bring their wives flowers, well
for several years while working around the corner from a quilt shop
my husband would bring me a fat quarter of fabric. Many of those gifts
were used in making this quilt. If you haven't guessed he likes the
bright colors and prints. Using black thread and all those decorative
stitches on my sewing machine I top stitched the seams. The photo transfers,
and foundation fabric made it necessary to tie this quilt due to it's
bulk. This was a wonderful project. Thanks to my quilt buddy Tammy who
introduced me to crazy quilting, and encouraged me to "Go for it,
and let it happen". She even helped me tie the quilt so it would
be ready on time.
Tree of Life Medallion
This quilt was inspired by nature. Every Spring I get a strong desire
to make a bright warm quilt to reassure myself the long winter is nearing
its end, and Spring is just around the corner. The quilt was machine
pieced and hand appliqued. It was finished with machine quilting. The
quilt is approximately sixty inches so it can be a large wallhanging
or a small throw. I have included a pattern for this quilt on my Quilt
Dimensions: Twin Size
This quilt was designed by an eight year old boy. It took me two years
to complete. This young man loves to read, so the main focus is his
love of books. He filled his shelves with the main characters from his
favorite stories and symbols of his many other interests. Truly a labor
of love and one that he enjoys curling up under on many a cold night.
This quilt is completely hand appliqued and machine quilted.
Dimensions: Baby Quilt - 36" x 36"
The 1930's reproduction fabrics makes this a great baby quilt. With
more blocks it could be easily expanded into a lovely bed size quilt.
The blocks are hand appliqued, and machine quilted. I completed it in
about one week. By using a less traditional layout, and some fast and
fun machine quilting, this quilt is a breeze to make. I have included
a pattern for this quilt on my Quilt Patterns
Contemporary - "Frog Pond"
Dimensions: Baby Quilt - 40" x 40"
This quilt was a gift to a new baby of some close friends of mine. The
neighborhood children loved playing around the frog pond found behind
their home. When I heard a new baby was on the way, I knew exactly what
I had to do. Not all neighbors are friends, and I considered myself
very lucky that these folks were both.
Double Wedding Ring
Dimensions: Baby Quilt
This quilt was machine pieced and hand quilted. Done in pastels, this
quilt is perfect gift for a new baby. The circular piecing was manageable,
but I would not recommend this project for beginners.
Dimensions: Wallhanging - 38" x 38.5"
This was one of my first attempt at a watercolor quilt. This quilt was
machine pieced and machine quilted. I really enjoy the process involved
with making watercolor quilts. It's an excuse to collect lots of fabrics,
and it truly brings out the artist in me. It is very much like painting
Dimensions: Wallhanging - 27.5" x 27.5"
This was my first attempt at a miniature quilt. With over 500 pieces
it is technically not a miniature quilt. This quilt was machine pieced
and hand quilted. I hand drafted this pattern for the center compass
and surrounding feathered star.
Dimensions: Lap Size - 27.5" x 27.5"
This quilt was inspired by a very special little girl's drawings and
imagination. There is a castle surrounded with a moat, flowers, spires,
and a meandering stream. The night sky is lit up with fireworks every
night in her kingdom.
Dimensions: Lap Size - 47.5" x 70.5"
This quilt was done for someone living in the southwest. I used autumn
colored mottled solid prints which reminded me of the warmth and colors
of the desert. Framed in black, the quilt is very striking. I appliqued
an autumn colored circle onto a black square and then sliced the square
into quarters, resulting in four drunkard's path blocks. If you carefully
cut the black background away from behind the circles you have a nice
set of black circles for another project. This quilt was machine quilted.
Snail's Trail - "New England Trail"
Dimensions: Lap Size - 65" x 65"
This quilt is a traditional Snail's Trail pattern using only plaids
in New England colors. This quilt was machine pieced, and machine quilted.
I really love the effect of using plaids with the Snail's Trail blocks
as it adds extra movement.
Hand Applique - "Flower Pot"
Dimensions: Wallhanging - 26" x 26"
This quilt is my own design. It was hand appliqued and hand quilted.
I used a border fabric for the pot to add interest to design. Setting
the block on point adds visual interest as well.
Dimensions: Twin Size
This quilt was made using lots of batiks and contemporary bright prints.
The young lady this quilt was made for wanted a quilt with lots of bright
contemporary colors. I hand appliqued large circles onto the center
of square blocks, with half being light centered, and half being dark
centered. I then sliced the circles into quarters giving me four drunkard's
path blocks for each circle. By carefully trimming the background behind
the circles I a nice collection of circles left over.
Dimensions: Large Lap Size
This quilt was made with 1930's reproduction fabrics, and was machine
pieced, and machine quilted. I didn't warm up to the 1930's reproduction
fabrics right away. But, there is nothing more charming at the end of
a long winter than to treat yourself to the fun bright colors and patterns.
It makes Spring feel a bit closer. For the background fabric I used
a white on white printed muslin for an added subtle texture.
Pattern: Log Cabin
Dimensions: Large Lap Size
This quilt was made for a little girl with a passion for pinks and purples.
I grouped four log cabin blocks together to form larger blocks. There
are two large blocks with purple centers in the center of the quilt.
I surrounded them by seven pink centered larger blocks. The outside
border forms a nice zig zag edging effect. Using this setting and colors
the traditional log cabin blocks create a contemporary quilt with some
Dimensions: Queen Size - 88" x 88"
This is quilt is my own design. At the time of it's making I was enjoying
Baltimore Album hand applique and soft edge piecing which was introduced
by Jenny Beyer. I designed the quilt around the Jenny Beyer border print
fabric. The quilt was constructed using hand applique, machine piecing,
and machine quilting.
Dimensions: Large Lap Size
This is a challenge quilt, done after a trip to a fabric store. After
selecting a couple of fabrics, my quilt buddy and I challenged each
other to make the most of them. The quilt is machine pieced, and machine
quilted. I really like the setting triangles, which add a second subtle
starburst effect. The setting triangles are made from cutting up a larger
pieced rectangle. Very simple to do once you figure out the trick. The
feather star is from a book, one of the few times I successfully followed
someone else's instructions, and I cannot find it again. ARGH!
2002, Marjorie Jo Mancuso
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September 10, 2002