Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Chinese Lanterns

Chinese Lanterns

A few years ago I began working on a series of long and narrow quilts. The first was the Lamb Cottage quilt which I discussed in my last blog post. This one is based on a photograph of chinese lanterns that my husband too. The applique is done, but I'm still working on the quilting. Notice I have the same foundation pieced border that I used in the Lamb Cottage quilt. When piecing the flowers themselves, I used different shades of orange hand-dyed fabric.
To construct the quilt, I pieced the entire background first so that there would be a base on which to applique. It's difficult to tell in the picture, but there are stepping stones in the background. It's a lot of work that isn't obvious, but I like the effect of the complex background with the bright leaves and flowers in front.
For the leaves, I used different batiks as they were and didn't have to do any coloring or painting. I washed some of the fence fabric to make some pieces darker than others.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Lamb Cottage

Lamb Cottage

A few years ago I decided to make some quilts that were long and narrow since I have some wall space that can only accommodate narrower quilts. The first of these quilts is my Lamb Cottage quilt. I based the design on a combination of photos that my husband and I took while in England. The lamb was from North Yorkshire, the cottage from southern England.
I decided that I wanted to have a unifying border with these quilts so that they could be hung together. I designed this paper pieced lattice border which uses leafy fabric and wood grain fabric and gives the appearance of the leafy fabric behind the wood.
For the main part of the quilt, the sky fabric had a print of the distant trees so that didn't have to be pieced. For the chimneys I used a brick print, and the flowers in the flower beds were fussy cut from a floral fabric. The hedge was from two shades of the same green print. For the grass, I cut sections from a grass fabric and pieced them together so it would look like the natural ridges seen in grass. The lamb is pieced from a range of taupe shades.
There is a pattern for this quilt available on my website at

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Quilt accepted into Lancaster Quilt Week

I haven't entered a quilt show before, but decided to enter my "Beautiful Bouquets" quilt into Lancaster Quilt Week 2018 and it has been accepted. If you are interested in the show, here is information.

Local Quilter Semifinalist in International Quilt Show

Paducah, Kentucky, USA – Susan Taylor Propst from Colorado Springs is a semifinalist for the 2018 AQS QuiltWeek® – Lancaster, Pennsylvania March 21 – 24, 2018, at the Lancaster County Convention Center. Susan Taylor has been chosen to display the quilt, BEAUTIFUL BOUQUETS, along with 200 others in this AQS contest. First, Second, and Third Place prizes in seven categories will be awarded, along with seven overall awards including Best of Show. Winners will be announced at the show and posted on the AQS website, More than $50,000 will be granted, including $10,000 for the Best of Show and $3,500 each for Best Wall Quilt, Best Use of Color, Best Original Design, Best Hand, Best Stationary, and Best Movable Workmanship. Regardless of how BEAUTIFUL BOUQUETS places in the final judging, all semifinalists´ quilts will be displayed at the show, which is expected to draw more than 15,000 people.

AQS Founder and President Meredith Schroeder says, “The contest quilts this year represent a wide variety of colors, scale of prints, and techniques used. There is something for everyone to enjoy in the Lancaster quilt contest.”

Quilts were entered in this international contest from 46 US states and 13 other countries. Come see a wide range of special exhibit quilts including: New Quilts from an Old Favorite: Flying Geese; Contemporary Art Quilts—U.S. and Brazil; Cherrywood Challenge 2017: Van Gogh French Gallery; SAQA: Korean Quilts Now; Statler Challenge; For the Love of Linens: Quilts by Cindy Needham; and the AQS Authors’ Showcase.

The American Quilter’s Society hosts several shows annually, each with its own quilt contest. Besides the Lancaster, Pennsylvania show, AQS hosts other prestigious shows in Daytona Beach, Florida; Paducah, Kentucky; Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Virginia Beach, Virginia.

For more information, please go to

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

I Spy quilt

I Spy Quilt

I have been collecting novelty fabrics for an I Spy quilt for a number of years, so when my grandson was born I was ready to make a quilt. I hadn't decided how to put all of these novelty pieces together, especially since they were of various shapes and sizes. I also have collected a lot of texture fabrics, such as wood, bricks, rock, straw, etc. so finally came up with the idea of combining the two.
I cut the novelty pieces into a square or rectangle that suited the shape of the object, and then added strips of the texture fabric to bring the square or rectangle up to a 6 1/2" square. This simplified the piecing and gave a really nice variety of colors and textures in addition to the novelty objects. Here is the finished quilt top.
This is a close-up of one of the sections of the quilt top.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Chipmunk and Jack-in-the-pulpit

Chipmunk and Jack-in-the-pulpit

This is another picture from the applique quilt I'm working on. The sewing is almost complete for the chipmunk and jack-in-the pulpit. The primary fabric for the chipmunk was a horse fabric with ivory and tan areas, so I fussy cut to get the shading I wanted. The jack-in-the pulpit leaves were a wonderful batik that already had leaves printed. However there wasn't fabric available for the striped areas of the flower, so I used crayons to color the red area leaving the pale green un-colored.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

New Pattern - Two Peacocks

New Pattern - Two Peacocks

I completed the quilt, "Two Peacocks" in 2013. The quilt was inspired by a plate I saw in a museum. The plate was black and gold, so didn't have color which made it fun to choose the fabrics. I've had a friend asking for the pattern so finally got a chance to make up the pattern for this quilt. It is available on Etsy and at my website. The center circle is all applique which can be done either by hand or by machine. There is also embroidery: in the peacock crests and the flowers (stem stitch and french knots).

©2013-2017 Susan Taylor Propst

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Tulip applique


The design for the tulips was taken from multiple sources. The leaves were from a group of tulip bulbs that my husband brought home in the winter. The flower was from some tulips that were growing in England. I used yellow fabric and added the color with fabric pastels. I used the starch-press-glue method to make the unit with the leaves and flower, and then appliqued all of it to the background.
The tulip appears in the lower left corner of the quilt. You can see a bit of the ground that runs across the bottom, and the tree that runs up the left side.

©2017 Susan Taylor Propst