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    From the album: BJ's quilts

    This quilt, representing King Arthur and the knights of the round table, was designed by my oldest son Ken Tatum, who gifted the design along with the digital files, the fabrics, and the threads to me for my birthday in March 2016. I had to figure out how to make his beautiful design. This quilt is the third in my ongoing series of ancient illuminated manuscript-inspired quilts. The text below the central picture is in old English. I had the throne room in the background, which he provided as a separate digital design file, printed by Spoonflower on cotton. Then I appliqued the people's bald heads (digitally painted and printed on cotton), clothes, swords, table and 3 dimensional wall hangings. I free motion embroidered their hair and the crowns. I digitized the chain mail shirts for the king and knights and machine embroidered them with variegated silver gray thread on black. The Celtic borders were the biggest challenge. I marked the green satin, free motion/ruler stitched the long borders, and digitized the corner designs in simple single line stitching and machine embroidered them in my embroidery module. Then I painted the border designs. After piecing the quilt top together and sandwiching the quilt with two layers of batting (thin polyester and wool), I free motion quilted this quilt on my new Bernina Q20 sitdown longarm. This provided the opportunity to give the border designs their Celtic dimension (over and under dimension). I also attached the banners after quilting and hand stitched them down to maintain their 3 D appearance. Check out my blogs on the making of this quilt and tutorials for making the chain mail and the Celtic borders. 34 x 45
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    This is my third attempt to make a quilt inspired by the gorgeous Spiral Galaxies pictured in NASA's website. Rather than try to represent a specific spiral galaxy, I chose several of their non-copyrighted photographs of different spirals to pattern my spiral galaxy after. This is a whole cloth quilt using Angelina Fibers representing the gas clouds, rusty brown free motion embroidery to show the rusty colored spiral of dust that accompanies these galaxies, and, of course, different sizes and colors of hot fix crystals for the stars that such star birthing galaxies produce. The entire quilt is covered with black nylon veiling, which gives the Angelina Fibers stability by the time they are quilted. The quilting is tightly spiraled and fairly organized in the center and as it spirals out, the spiral gets looser and less organized with bubbles and smaller spirals. This is the first quilt I quilted on my new Bernina Q20 sit down. 41 x 50
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    Hawaiian Garden

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    I made this fun quilt using a vintage Alfred Shaheen panel for MQX's Alfred Shaheen exhibit. I designed and painted the border drawing from his design in the center panel. I gifted this quilt to my brother and his wife in celebration of their fiftieth wedding anniversary. I was fortunate to find exactly the right solid colors for the borders, and so I quilted, then painted the light green border. The dark green border is my first venture into ruler work for a show quilt, since all I did was make a row of touching circles using Lisa Calle's new circle rulers with my Bernina 830. They are hard to see, but I quilted in a frog, a pig, a parrot, and a flying bird in the white background of the central panel and then did a circular twirl fill with that. 36 x 54
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    Drawing Nigh

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    This is the second in my series of quilts related to women down through history who have seen their men go off to war or other dangerous jobs for extended periods. It is something of a remake of the first in this series "Waiting...". This time, the woman has her young tween or early teen daughter with her who hasn't seen her father for over a year and she is a little nervous. I had a very difficult time making the sky. I painted four pieces, using Setacolor fabric paints and finally chose one and added more paints. Then I pieced the storm-at-sea part and pieced it together where it turns into the pictorial sea, but I ended up overdying them together after piecing so they melded better. I nearly quit making this quilt several times along the way, but it is finally finished. I trapuntod the cliffs and also the ship with three layers of batting, more for each layer of sails as they come closer to the viewer. I used over thirty different colors of threads..most of which are variegated. The sea foam is represented by Angelina Fibers. 40 x 45
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    I sold this quilt in February. The buyer really loves it and that makes me very happy.
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    Canterbury Silk

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    This is the first in my ongoing series of Antique Manuscript inspired quilts. This little silk quilt was inspired by the opening paragraphs of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales from the 11th or 12th century. The border was inspired by an 11th century illuminated manuscript, and was my first venture into quilting and then painting a border. The central theme is my own design inspired by a much later 16th century folk design. It has been shown in a number of shows, including Road to California in 2014 and MQX midwest in 2014, where it won the Surface Design ribbon. I love this little quilt. It hangs in my livingroom. I am planning many more Ancient Manuscript quilts.
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    Canterbury Knight

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    This is the second in my ongoing series of Ancient Manuscripts. This is a silk quilt and silk/cotton Radiance blend, with hand painted appliques, quilted and then painted border, and machine embroidery. This quilt was shown at Houston in 2015, Road to California in 2016 and several other shows. It is a little quilt only 27 x 37 inches.
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    Sky Horse

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    Inspired by the Horsehead Nebula, this quilt is a whole cloth background with a small amount of paint and a large Angelina Fibers applique, covered by nylon veiling and quilted free motion contours. It has been shown in Houston in 2014 and other shows, and won "Best Use of Color" in its category in PA Nat'l Quilt Extravaganza 2015.
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    I added wool batting behing the sails and also I used a double bat for the entire quilt, so the sails are wind-filled. The white caps on the wave are Angelina Fibers.
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    From the album: BJ's quilts

    My Storm at Sea quilt. This was at Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival 2014 and has just started on its show journey. Totally original design includes multiple techniques.
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    Entirely my own design. I designed and digitised the star and the olive tree and embroidered them in the hoop. I digitally painted the characters in the scene, printed them on fabric, and appliqued them. Then I highlighted them with paint and ink. I quilted this on my Bernina 830 LE> This quilt has so far been in 2013 Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival, Quilt Odyssey 2013, and HMQS in Utah, where it won Honorable Mention.
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    Dad's House Plan

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    This is a memory quilt honoring my father, a civil engineer who always wanted to build his family a dream house. Illness and the business of life overtook this dream, so I "built" it for him in fabric and thread. The white quilting of the house plot drawings are done in four different weights of white thread. The house is a combination of machine applique, in-the-hoop embroidery of my own designs, and free motion quilting. I highlighted the walkway and the yard with setacolor paints after quilting. All quilted on my Bernina 830 LE.
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    I designed the two-jumbo-hoop embroidered tree in Bernina software and stitched it out on brown fabric. Then I turn-edge machine stitch appliqued the tree trunk to the quilt.
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    I embroidered and then highlighted the embroidery of the dragon and the phoenix with Setacolor fabric paints. The sun is quilted in a meander that is inspired by photographs of the sun's surface.
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    The Storyteller

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    This is my 2013 Hoffman Challenge quilt. It was selected to travel.
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    A thread drawing using a 16th Century line drawing by artist/architect Jan de Vries as inspiration.
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    Equipped to Stand

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    If this quilt could speak it would speak through its knight, who is saying to put on the full armor of God in order to be equipped to stand firm in His immeasurable love through every difficulty and threat, and then ride out to your next new adventure in this magnificently beautiful world. He might also ask you to admire his mighty horse, who is his dear friend. Mixed techniques. Machine quilted on domestic sewing machine.
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    Quiet Celebration

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    This is my 2011 Hoffman Challenge quilt. I finally finished today but it still needs the label and the hanging sleeve. It's 30" x 31 1/2". Machine pieced, appliqued and quilted on my domestic machine.
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    This is soo cute! wonderful quilting.