2017 Great Alaska Quilt Show Miniature and Roosting Robin Quilts, Wearables

Miniature Quilts


People's Choice Award for Miniature Quilts

By Linda Postlethwait

This quilt was constructed using the kindergarten photos of my two daughters and myself (center photo). The technique used is explained in Flora Joy's Trispective: the 3-N-1 Quilt book.

At The Beach

By Harmony Moser

Satisfied 2 challenges: Kate Beebe's "Hand Landscape" and the "Out of the Box" small group landscape.  Raw edge construction with tea dying, painting, hand embroidery, net to contain all the beach treasures, envelope finished, hand quilted.

Life's a Hoot

By Mary P. Lee

This small quilt is hand appliquéd and machine quilted. Designed by Pacific Rim Designs.

Esterita's Roxanne

By Glenda Burk

This quilt was the result of a class with Esterita Austin.  She had a very different method of appliqué for making the face, an unusual way of using one piece of fabric for the entire face and then great methods of painting to cover up all of the mess I made of the first two steps. It was a fun class, but not something I would do again.

Celtic Lilies

By Veronica Haberthuer

Hand appliquéd and hand quilted Celtic design.

Celtic Acorns

By Veronica Haberthuer

Hand appliquéd and hand quilted Celtic design.

Tide Pool

By Robyn Maas

This pattern by Dana Michelle caught my eye during a stop at the quilt shop in Seward. It was constructed using the fusible appliqué technique.


By Robyn Maas

I bought this pattern at a yard sale and had fun transforming some of my scrap fabrics into a whimsical wall hanging.

Summer Leaves

By Delberta Trevithick

The pattern is of leaves which are made of selvages.

Stained Glass

By Marge Seidler
Quilted by Darlene Glidewell

Jan's Round Robin

By Calendar Girls
Quilted by Deb Hardman

Some of the Calendar Girls did a Round Robin. This one was Jan Wills's. She did the center appliqué flowers, others who added to it were: Betty Bivins, Jackie Carley, Rena Brinker, Carol Wight Jones, Mary Gerkin and Deb Hardman.

Carol's Dragonflies

By Deb Hardman

There was a single circle of fabric with 2 dragonflies that Carol Wight Jones had left over in her stash. I took it & used it as inspiration for a crazy quilt. Starting with the circle, I free motion thread painted the background grasses & cattails. Free motion quilted, then painted & embellished.

Table Runner

By Deb Hardman

Hand pinted with Dye-na-flow paints and floral hand drawn with Pigma Pens.

Anchorage Sunset

By Deb Hardman

Esterita Austin class - painted on parchment paper, then fused on sheer organza, layered over copper metallic fabric. Free motion quilted.

I Dream In Color

By Deb Hardman

I drew my own pattern from a selfie-photo and took it to Esterita's class. I found out her method and my smaller photo didn't work, so I went home and did it my own cut, paste & fuse way without the fuss! Sometimes we learn that some methods just aren't meant for us.

Lime Ricky

By Deb Hardman

The smaller pieces on this quilt were quilted on white fabric, then the designs colored in using Inktense pencils. Glass cabachons were fused by my friend Mindy Meyn. Then I hand stitched them to the surface.

Summer's Song

By Deb Hardman

Starting with painting on a circle of silk, I layered & quilted, then carried this along & hand pieced & hand embroidered, bead & trim embellished. Grapes were made with silk Shibori, pole wrap method, that Sandy Winfree taught me. I painted or dyed all of the fabric except the aqua batik in the "frame". My intention had been to have this as an irregular edge finish, but the quilt told me it needed a frame, so I made a second quilt to make a back frame.

Alaska Wilderness Retreat

By Ruthe Rasmussen

Gail Ramsey designed "Alaska Wilderness Retreat" for a possible row-by-row entry, and I was lucky enough to get to test the pattern. Machine appliquéd and free motion quilted.

Oh La La

By Ruthe Rasmussen

This little corset was designed by Mary Thompson for a Valley Quilters' Retreat. It was so much fun, I made several and embellished with beads, lace and pearls. Machine qppliquéd and machine free motion quilted.

Denali Sunrise

By Bonnie Bladow

Using Teresa Ascone's beautiful "Denali Sunrise" panel, I quickly created this wall hanging as an appreciation gift for our Preschool Assistant teacher, Kristen, for her loyal support over many years. I used the trapunto technique on parts of the panel and machine quilting techniqes.

Anchorage Landscape 1, 2, 3

By Irene O'Brien

In Esterita Austin's landscape class, I learned a new technique for painting and transferring images onto organza. #1 Anchorage Skyline and Sleeping Lady completed in class as practice. #2 Painting more refined, but Skyline colors were very muted when transferred to organza. #3 painted new Skyline, but really didn't like it when transferred to organza. Decided to toss out the Skyline and focus on painting Sleeping Lady. Quilted on my longarm, using various Sew Fine, Pixel's Variegated, and mono-filament thread. I probably won't be using this painting technique anytime soon.

Portrait Class

By Irene O'Brien

My version of the portrait from Esterita Austin's class in April, 2017. Quilted on my longarm with Signature brights and variegated thread.

Many Sunsets Revisited

By Barbara Clinton

Handscape - a class by Kate Beebe. It was to be done by hand - but I was not very patient as ideas emerged.

My Green Eyed Cat

By Barbara Clinton

This quilt will go to the Guild's Teddy Bear project.

Southwest (Navajo) Pottery Design

By JudyCrosby

Variation of a design "Southwest Pottery" (Navajo) from a book by Dr. Joyce Mori. I designed the border after the middle was completed. This was a Mock Mola class given by Cathy Miller (The Singing Quilter) sponsored by Valley Quilt Guild on July 7, 2016. Mock Mola is raw edged machine reverse appliqué. It is a very interesting and remarkable appliqué technique. You sew from the back, cut away the front showing the design because your stitching shows. Then you tear away the pattern on the back, revealing your finished product.

To Infinity and Beyond

By Margaret Gingerich

I designed "To Infinity and Beyond" for the Calendar Girls oxymoron-themed calendar. The fabric is a piece that I dyed in a class on ice-dying with Cindy Lohbeck. I quilted circles to represent the infinity of space and added beads for the sparkle of stars.

Scraps Around the World

By Margaret Gingerich

I made "Scraps Around the World" using leftovers from a queen size quilt. I cut scraps and strips into 1.5" squares to practice making the Around the World pattern. The small quilt is machine pieced and machine quilted.

Flowers On Helium

By Kate Beebe

Hand stitched and beaded flowers with trapunto effect. Machine appliquéd to woven background.

Study in Grey

By Kate Beebe

Samples from a quilting class by Lisa Moore were begging to be used. As a challenge to myself, I chose to hand appliqué them to double gauze. Big stitch quilting for decoration.

Roosting Robin Quilts

These quilts were made in a year-long guild challenge. Each month, members were given instructions about a technique to be used in the border surrounding a center block.

Mythical Horses

By Linda Postlethwait

For the ALCQ Roosting Robin Challenge, I decided to do five rounds using a Laurel Burch panel for the center, surrounded it by a pink border,yellow and black "piano keys" for the sides, lined prairie points for the top and bottom and beads for embellishments. The quilt is machine quilted.

Sea Chicks Seldovia

By Harmony Moser

My Roosting Robin is dedicated to my water aerobics/quilting "posse". Hand quilted with prairie points, beading, paper piecing and flange.

Fruit Salad At the Beach

By Glenda Burk

The fabric for this Roosting Robin came from the "Free-be" table at an ALCQ meeting. I had it in my hand when someone challenged me to take it and make something from it. This quilt was a personal challenge, as I was determined to use every bit of the Fruit Lady material to get it out of my quilting room. Also, this quilt was a challenge as I would leave it to last to think of ideas for the next round, so most of what I thought as my good ideas went into the first four Roosting Robins.

Christmas In the Woods

By Glenda Burk

"Christmas In the Woods" just kept saying "Make me a Christmas Quilt". The center medallion seemed to need log cabins, the triangle round brought the trees and the stars, and at last delectable mountains to complete the final round. With each round, I added a red and green border in varying shades to enhance the Christmas theme.

Snowmen Come Unassembled

By Glenda Burk

As the Roosting Robin challenge progressed, this one became my favorite. I was inspired by Barb Clinton, who showed a quilt entitled "Snowmen Come Unassembled", and by a snowman sign that I won at a Christmans party that says "Your Best Friends are Flakes".

Red & White Lost Pattern

By Glenda Burk

The Red Work center block was started in 2009, when the patterns were all traced onto white fabric. The next step was to spill a glass of water and watch the patterns disappear. And the final step was to lose the original pattern. The only block surviving this process became the center for this Roosting Robin challenge.


By Chris Matiukas

Finally, I got to use the Paula Nadelstern kaleidoscope fabric I've had in my stash for years. I tried to keep the intertwined theme going in each round, using a machine embroidered celtic design for the "embellishment" round.


By Kay Baehr

Roosting Robin Challenge.

Under the Sea

By Robyn Maas

This was my first Roosting Robin Challenge. It proved to be less stressful than I had anticipated, all in all a fun experience.

Twisted Sister

By Peggy Brewer

This year the Anchorage Log Cabin Quilt Guild challenged its members to "The Roosting Robin". This is my quilt. It was fun.

Welcome Wyatt II

By Nancy Freeborn

An orphan block from the 2006 Alaska Shop Hop with left over fabric from "Welcome Wyatt", the quilt I finished while awaiting the birth of our first grandchild in Nov., 2009.

Kit In the Nest

By Jane Ferguson

Trapunto fox is surrounded by hand embroidery stitches and pieced borders following instructions of Roosting Robin committee.

Blanket Toss

By Marge Seidler
Quilted by Darlene Glidewell

I Love Red Buttons

By Deb Hardman

Roosting Robin started with my free motion thread painted tree. Pieced according to the Roosting Robin guidelines. Embellished with Shiva Oil Paint, ink and buttons. Free motion quilted.

Roosting Robin Challenge

By Delberta Trevithick

My Roosting Robin started with a Dresden Plate, then rounds were added. Binding was material purchased in New Zealand.

Wild Kingdom

By Pat Schroder

A familiar Alaska scene. Don't we love it!

Roosting Puffin #1 - Horned Puffin

By Irene O'Brien

The "Horned and Tufted Puffin" applique patterns by Cindy Capra were purchased while on a family motor home trip to Seward in 2006. Sadly, this was the last family trip that we took with my Dad, John Russell, as he passed away after a battle with bladder cancer in April, 2007. The patterns sat in a drawer until I started the challenge with the Horned Puffin in November. The last flying geese border was added in April, within days of the 10-year date of Dad's death.

Roosting Puffin #2 - Tufted Puffin

By Irene O'Brien

As I was adding the last flying geese border to Roosting Puffin #1 in April, I came to the realization that if I didn't "do something" with the "Tufted Puffin" applique pattern now, I never would. I decided to bite the bullet and do another Roosting Puffin. It's been 10 years since Dad passed, and I miss him still.

Color Wheel

By Jacky Strong

A charm pack of Kaffe Fassett fabrics provided inspiration for the Roosting Robin challenge. I will probably never try a Dresden border again.

1 Cat, 2 Cat, 3 Cat, 4

By Katy Neher

The four center cat blocks have paper and curved piecing. They were left over from another challenge where they didn't quite work. It was fun finding a way to finally put them in a project. The triangles on the last border were fussy cut and raw edge appliquéd using a blanket stitch. The quilt was quilted on a longarm using computerized and free motion quilting. Lesson learned on this quilt is free motion quilting pebbles using black thread on black fabric will make you blind.

Scrappy Star

By Barbara Clinton

This "Scrappy Star" is my Roosting Robin challenge.

Child to Adult

By Betty Rogers

I just had fun using left over fabrics. The center was a "UFO".

Birdy It's Cold Outside

By Lynne R. Seitz

Thank you to the ladies who challenged us to try all kinds of techniques. It is sure to keep my grandson warm this winter when he visits our house. The flannel feels wonderful.

Elephants Are My Friends

By Susie Coates
Quilted by Linda Weaver

Appliquéd elephant. Pieced and appliquéd borders. Made for my granddaughter.

Memories of Mom

People's Choice Award for Roosting Robin Quilts
By Sharon DeBoer

Inspired by a butterfly panel that I remember buying in 1967 at Caribou's while fabric shopping with my Mom. She loved butterflies, and these were her favorite colors.

Homage to Nancy

By Kate Beebe

Using part of a floor cloth painted by my sister and using free motion work and thread play, I built a nice home for her - whose middle name "Agnes" means "Lamb of God".

Remembering Panama

By Mary Bristol

I purchased the center mola in Panama and loved using it in this chanllenge to remember my trip.

Fruit Tray

By Ruthe Rasmussen

Found an apron in my stash and turned it into three wall hangings. The pocket, trim on the bib and this started as the trim on the bottom edge.

Garden Window

By Ruthe Rasmussen

This challenge called for triangles, but I couldn't  - the quilt called for scallops!


Playing with Raw Edges

By Connie Cloud

Use of raw edges with interlining, foundation piecing in lieu of traditional seams. Decorative hand and machine stitches.



The Jacobean Dutchman Coat

By Connie Cloud

About 12 years in the making, this coat includes Flying Dutchmen blocks in varying shades of blue. Lined with flannel. Appliquéd flowers. Free motion stitching for quilting. Piping in lining is my father-in-law's tie.

Laura's Treat

By Sandra Dozzo

Layered purple, pink and black appliquéd flowers


Ships on the Sea

By Marge Seidler

Plenty of space for a day on the water.


Leaf It to Me

By Marge Seidler

Bright enough to be seen, even in the leaves.

Longarm Lace 2

People's Choice for Wearables
By Irene O'Brien

“Fabric” made by sandwiching a piece of sheer organza between layers of Sulky Dissolve and covering with over 4,500 yards of thread. Soaked after stitching to remove stabilizer. Stitched on my Nolting Pro, multiple layers of King Tut and Signature variegated threads.

By Bonnie Bladow

Upcycled black vest with leftover scraps from a journal cover. Random machine appliqués.

Fall Hat

By Rena Brinker

Wool cashmere and cotton reversible hat. Embellished with felting and buttons.

By Ruthe Rasmussen

Old jeans used to piece together containers for home organization.

Frolicking Frogs

By Barbara Clinton

Rags and Finery

By Jane Ferguson

Garment was remodeled using appliqué techniques and a pieced quilt block for a pocket.

Joe's Coat

By Kate Beebe

Made of shot cotton, the colors on this coat of many colors are rich and luxurious.

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