/ Mandala Designs
quilts represent a little side adventure for me. My
inspiration for the first piece (Turquoise Turtles &
Friends) came from the colors and shapes used in Mola
designs, and motifs used by South, Central, and North
American Indians. I find the circular format to be very
soothing. The repetition of "critters" that I
relate to is also very comforting and I enjoy being
surprised by the designs that appear with the repetition of
Turtles & Friends
2009) 43" x 45"
this design was supposed to have a layer of tulle to
cover the raw edges (as I use in my Happy Villages),
but I couldn't find a color tulle that didn't dull the
black. The shapes are lightly glue-basted. The
edges are secured by doing a free motion straight
stitch 3-4 times around every shape.
piece inspired the 1st pattern in my "Circle of
Friends" series, It is called simply "Turquoise
Turtles" measures 25"x 25" and
contains beach related motifs. Fused applique is the
technique used in the pattern.
Moose & Friends
2009) 43" x 43"
are the creatures that roam around our home, some we
love a little more than others! In this piece, I
attached the shapes with a light weight fusible. The
shapes didn't stay "fused" very well, so I
used a layer of tulle to keep everything in place.
piece inspired the 4th pattern in my "Circle of
Friends" series. It is a simplified version
Moose". Fused applique is the technique used
in the 25" x 25" pattern.
Bees & Friends
2009) 43" x 43"
love to garden and especially enjoy watching the
birds, bees and butterflies coming to visit. This
quilt celebrates that joy. To make a long story short,
this piece was not quite a joy to make, when I
realized that the tulle I was going to use didn't
work. You would think I learned my lesson from
Turquoise Turtles & Friends above. So, instead of
securing the edges with a free motion straight stitch,
which judges frown upon, I couched every edge with a
fine chenille and/or perle cotton. The judges were
impressed and gave me a 1st place ribbon at the AQS
2010 show in Paducah :)
of this quilt were used in my "Blue
Butterflies" pattern, which is #2 in the
"Circle of Friends" series. To keep it
simple the pattern uses fused applique to create a