Thursday, March 14, 2013

KruseKats Quilt! The Couch Quilt

One quilt that will never be in a show, but is a great utilitarian quilt is the triple irish chain on the couch. It is about 15 years old and has seen a lot of use. I hope you enjoy the pix of anipals and humans!

We dog sit, so Dad Art has a lap full of Tipsy the Norwich Terrier, his dog Dali, and 70 pounds of Scoop.

Art and Dali. ho hum.

Art and Dali acting up. Double Ho Hum. Art least there is a cat quilt in the background.

I absolutely love Mom's family. I especially like Grandpa!

Dali enjoying her 5 seconds of fame on the couch.

This is Parker a month ago. I don't think he fits in the cat bed.

This is young Parker, maybe 5 months old. Seems he's all tuckered from playing.

Dali did not appreciate us cats at first. this is the closest she got to allowing us near her. Notice how Parker is NOT touching her but almost! Dali kept making herself smaller as Parks stretched out.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

KruseKats Quilt! Maggie's Quilt

I got my own quilt this year! It is hand appliqued based on Rose of Sharon patterns. Mom learned a different technique in each block. For example, the center 2nd block from the top has a ruched rose. The big pink one to your right has reverse applique. The bottom center is made from one 10 x 10" piece of green cloth and cut as the applique progressed. The big one to your right has folded 3D rose buds.

This is just the top and the corners were in progress. Mom put leaves and buds on the stems. It was hand quilted by the Concordia Luthern ladies in Kirkwood, MO. It isn't bound yet, but Dad wants to submit it to the UCity show this fall.

I haven't told you the name - "Maggie, there is no such thing as applique police". Dad didn't get it for a long time. Mom says that you can make a mistake but only she and an uptight judge will know it. So, she doesn't care if the "quilt police" look. She loves it, and so do I!.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

KruseKats Quilt! Buster's Star

One part of quilt making that is rarely talked about is establishing provenance. It is essential to have the maker and date on a quilt otherwise you have to rely on oral history which can get murky. We have 3 incredible family quilts, but all we know is that they date to the Civil War. Most quilters today go the extra step and name the quilt to help establish what part of their life the quilt is celebrating such as a birth or the life of a dearly departed.

Mom and Dad have been naming quilts for us anipals for years. This is named for Buster, a red ticked tabby. Mom says he is the gold standard for all cats, thus "Buster's Star". (What am I? chopped liver?) It was juried into the University City, MO show last year. She didn't win anything and never figured on it, just likes folks to see her stuff. The pattern is called Pennsylvania Star. the star and appliques are batiks, the background is a print, and the border is one of Mom's hand dyed.Dad did a really cool piping between the border and binding. enjoy!

Monday, March 11, 2013

KruseKats quilt! Dad's Turn

We took the weekend off to help heal mom's neck/shoulder. She's doing PT, hoping to avoid surgery.

Dad has been making quilts for the lady in his car pool. Her son who had beenin and out of reb finally OD'ed. The whole family feels the loss keenly, and asked Dad to make quilts using his favorite shirts. this is an outstanding version utilizing a string piecing method using strips of the shirts and other fabrics. I hink it is absolute eye candy!

I wasn't allowed on the quilt, but if you look in your lower right hand corner, the dog was involved.

Friday, March 8, 2013

KruseKats Quilt! Parker on Quilts

Parker has a lot to say about quilt construction. He is in charge of making sure that every quilt that leaves the house has cat fur attached. These are all anipal related charity raffle quilts.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

KruseKats Quilt! Holiday Quilts

Here are some holiday quilts that Mom made. Pix were taken with her old iBone, so a couple really suck. All the quilt hangers were made by their contractor, affectionally named Uncle Rich, from reclaimed boards from their house. Comments are underneath each quilt.

These are all vintage poinsettia hankies. She added the red/white squares around the center hanky whicch is on point.

This is a single vintage hankie.

Mom used scraps for this wall hanging.

Mom made this when their home was featured on the Kirkwood Christmas House Tour. Fabrics are 30's reproductions and solid red.

This is a Lynette Jenkins (Thimbleberries) pattern. The quilt was too long for the wall, so a row of trees was turned into a table runner for Mom's mom.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

KruseKats Quilt! Charity Raffle Quilts

Every year the St. Louis area square dancers have a Benefit Dance. Mom and Dad have made several queen sized quilts for the raffles, but I could only find 2 pictures. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

KruseKats Quilt! Watercolor Quilts

I am not really sure why these are called watercolor quilts because they feel like dry cloth to me! *thinking of making nest in one. work them paws girl* Mom hasn't made one in a long time, but we we have a lot anyway. We even have a bed sized one, and you all anipals pile on it - last picture with Rudy! Enjoy the quilts!

Monday, March 4, 2013

KruseKats Quilt! Lydia's House

Mom has very strong thoughts about domestic abuse, and volunteered for an interesting organization which provides intermediate housing and life skills training called Lydia's House. She made this quilt for a fund raiser auction. It was appraised for $500 and auctioned for $550.

The quilt is from a Piece O'Cake design published in Better Homes and Gardens quilt magazine many years ago. The houses are all hand appliqueed while the motto in border is machine appliqueed. It hangs in the community room at one of the facilities. Piece O'Cake produces some of her favorite designs. We hope to feature more in the next 2 weeks.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

KruseKats Quilt! Dad's Dog Quilt

Anyone around the KruseKats knows that we love quilts! Mom and Dad both quilt and are featured quilters at the Thimble and Thread    2013 Quilt Expo March 16-17. Here is an article from the Post Dispatch where they are mentioned. There is another article coming where they are featured, so wait for that link!

I thought that I would feature a quilt a day so you can see some of their work. Today's quilt is by Dad. We got Dali the Dog from the incredible rescue group St. Louis Senior Dog Project. Dad made this for one of their publicity and fund raising event. It features doggy vignettes with sashing and a paw print border. Enjoy!

We have 2 closets with filled quilts, so there will be a lot more gorgeous quilts coming! Stay tuned!