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Lap Quilts

A collection of Ruth's recent lap quilts

The Fabric Collection

As a quiltmaker and artist, I love color and pattern. I’ve had my eye out for cotton fabrics. Some I got in stores and vendors in the USA, and some were found on the world-wide travels that my teaching career gave me. I’ve looked the ones essential for my artwork and odd ones that just intrigued me. Mostly I collected ½ yards or smaller pieces, and a few larger pieces for quilt backs.

In addition to fabric and quilt shops, I looked into furnishing fabrics and second hand stores. My students were very generous is sharing fabrics with me. Needless to say, 50 years in this business is a considerable period of time. My stash grew to fill a large closet and spill a bit over.

The Lap Quilts

AAs I began to think about downsizing for the over 75’s, I thought about my Fabric Collection. I really wanted to get a chance to see what I could make of that stash. Starting on small quilts for senior laps and shoulders, I decided on working on a 40”x60” size: Easy for me to handle, easy to machine piece on my Pfaff and to machine quilt on my Brother 1500. And, working with What-I-had, many of which were odd shapes and sizes, to simplify the piecing. I’d choose some fabrics to work with and cut the primary pieces into a few rectangles, and began the layout of a design with those rectangles on a 40x60 table.

Every “lap quilt” is exciting, since I usually start with a really interesting fabric. Some I remember fondly as a gift from a student, or a purchase I had made. Some fabrics I swear I had never seen before. Sometimes it was easy, sometimes tricky to find a group of fabrics that worked for me. If I ran out, just find something else to add. The rule is: You may not buy any more fabric. Which sometimes is a real challenge.

This has been a lifesaver during the Covid crisis. Up in the sewing room putting together fabrics and machine free motion quilting, I can forget about everything else!

The Lap Quilts are machine pieced and machine free motion quilted by me. They are cotton fabrics, maybe a tiny bit of linen. Cotton batting and cotton thread. Machine wash, cool, gentle agitation, spin dry, May be machine dried low heat or dry flat.

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Butterfly Lap Quilt Butterfly Lap Quilt
39" x 58" ©2020
Machine Pieced, Machine Quilted, Cotton Fabrics, Cotton Batting

Fish to Fowl Lap Quilt Fish to Fowl Lap Quilt
60" x 41" ©2020
Machine Pieced, Machine Quilted, Cotton Fabrics, Cotton Batting

Garlic and Onions Lap Quilt Garlic and Onions Lap Quilt
39" x 58" ©2020
Machine Pieced, Machine Quilted, Cotton Fabrics, Cotton Batting

Hibiscus Showers Lap Quilt Hibiscus Showers Lap Quilt
37.5" x 56" ©2020
Machine Pieced, Machine Quilted, Cotton Fabrics, Cotton Batting

Lavender Toile Lap Quilt Lavender Toile Lap Quilt
©2020
Machine Pieced, Machine Quilted, Cotton Fabrics, Cotton Batting

Liberated Ninepatch Lap Quilt Liberated Ninepatch Lap Quilt
41.5" x 56" ©2020
Machine Pieced, Machine Quilted, Cotton Fabrics, Cotton Batting

Flora Lap Quilt Flora Lap Quilt
38" x 58.5" ©2020
Machine Pieced, Machine Quilted, Cotton Fabrics, Cotton Batting

Garden Tiles Lap Quilt Garden Tiles Lap Quilt
38.5" x 59" ©2020
Machine Pieced, Machine Quilted, Cotton Fabrics, Cotton Batting

Sheepish Cherries Lap Quilt Sheepish Cherries Lap Quilt
38.5" x 55" ©2020
Machine Pieced, Machine Quilted, Cotton Fabrics, Cotton Batting

Toucan Seagull Lap Quilt Toucan Seagull Lap Quilt
38.5" x 58" ©2020
Machine Pieced, Machine Quilted, Cotton Fabrics, Cotton Batting

Citrus Lap Quilt Citrus Lap Quilt
39.5" x 58.5" ©2020
Machine Pieced, Machine Quilted, Cotton Fabrics, Cotton Batting

Tyger Lap Quilt Tyger Lap Quilt
39" x 55" ©2020
Machine Pieced, Machine Quilted, Cotton Fabrics, Cotton Batting

Feathers Lap Quilt Feathers Lap Quilt
39.5" x 54" ©2020
Machine Pieced, Machine Quilted, Cotton Fabrics, Cotton Batting

Blue Hawaii Lap Quilt Blue Hawaii Lap Quilt
46.5" x 39" ©2020
Machine Pieced, Machine Quilted, Cotton Fabrics, Cotton Batting

Patio Lap Quilt Patio Lap Quilt
43" x 56" ©2020
Machine Pieced, Machine Quilted, Cotton Fabrics, Cotton Batting

The Bells of St. Clement's Lap Quilt The Bells of St. Clement's Lap Quilt
38" x 55.5" ©2020
Machine Pieced, Machine Quilted, Cotton Fabrics, Cotton Batting

Summer Picnic Lap Quilt Summer Picnic Lap Quilt
42.5" x 58" ©2020
Machine Pieced, Machine Quilted, Cotton Fabrics, Cotton Batting

Mekko Orange and Blue Lap Quilt Mekko Orange and Blue Lap Quilt
41" x 56" ©2020
Machine Pieced, Machine Quilted, Cotton Fabrics, Cotton Batting

Orchard Lap Quilt Orchard Lap Quilt
44.5" x 60" ©2020
Machine Pieced, Machine Quilted, Cotton Fabrics, Cotton Batting

Strawberry Shortcake Lap Quilt Strawberry Shortcake Lap Quilt
54" x 48" ©2020
Machine Pieced, Machine Quilted, Cotton Fabrics, Cotton Batting

Autumn Fields Lap Quilt Autumn Fields Lap Quilt
38" x 57" ©2020
Machine Pieced, Machine Quilted, Cotton Fabrics, Cotton Batting

©2004 Ruth B. McDowell