Monday, July 28, 2014

It’s a challenge

Last weekend we held our annual informal Friends Challenge.  This gives us an excuse to meet together with friends we see rarely, travel to a quilt shop, and spend the day having lunch together, shopping, and sharing our interpretation of the year’s challenge.

This year the challenge was to make a piece incorporating a 12” block, a 6” block, a 3” block and a star. 

Here’s my piece:

Challenge 2014

The fan blocks are 6”.  The centre is made up of four 3” blocks, and the star measures 12”.  I foundation pieced the fan blades from my collection of plaid fabrics, naively expecting that this would “use them up”.  (We never learn, do we!)  Then I indulged in some feathers for the quilting.  The piece is about 25” square – haven’t decided whether it will go on a table or on the wall. 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Finished at long last

Many years ago (at least 15, possibly 20) as president of our local guild  I issued a challenge to guild members.  Details are vague in my mind, but selecting fabric colours using the first three letters of our names was part of the challenge.  This  gives me L, O and U – from which I somehow produced a piece that includes purple, white, green and yellow.  Perhaps Lavender and Lemon?  What could the others have been?  I remember paging through my dictionary and being elated at finding a U word that fit the bill – I wonder what it was?

At any rate, the piece is finally completed thanks to the contributions of a friend who stitched the hanging sleeve in place yesterday.   The hexagons are patterns from Sara Nephew’s book Stars and Flowers: Three Sided Patchwork

This quilt is one of what I originally thought to make as a 12-month set of hangings to fit the space over the fireplace in the living room. Only eight more to go!!  (I do hope the rest don’t take me 15 years apiece…) 

Mantel quilt 3 hex

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

A Quilt for Canada Day

This year I remembered to put up my Maple Leaf quilt in time for July 1.

Canada Day quilt

The label tells me I made this wall-hanging in 2003.  It was an entry for a challenge at one of my favourite places – Katja’s Quilt Shoppe.  We were to make a quilt representing Canada and use the fabric printed with the Canadian flag.  Curiously, this “Canadian” fabric was red, white and blue!  The quilting is words from “O Canada”.

 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Scrappy Mountain Majesties

 

I sent a quilt to a special person who is going through some difficult times.  This is a variation of the Delectable Mountains quilt pattern, made from directions on Bonnie Hunter’s Quiltville blog – look under the tab for free patterns.  You can check out her blog here.

The quilt started as a collection of coordinating fabric squares.  I teamed them up with solid white to show off the colours.  The quilting is a panto pattern called Lush Leaves.

(The quilt DOES have borders all the way around.  I’m annoyed that I sent off the quilt without first making sure I had a proper picture of it.) 

Majestic Mountains resized

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Another Scrap Squad Post

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My third post for Quiltmaker’s Scrap Squad 2014 is up on Quiltmaker Magazine’s blog.

You can check out my post by clicking here.

finished Summer Camp

I called my quilt Summer Camp. The colours remind me of endless summer afternoons and evenings.  And I used lots of scraps in the process!

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Preemie quilts!

 

Results of this year’s Mystery Preemie Quilt have been coming in.  Here are pictures of a few preemie quilts (36” square) and smaller memory quilts that will soon be heading to our regional hospital.

Directions are still available – see the Page on the list top right of the blog.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Scrappy Stitching

As Spring weather arrives we get the urge to CLEAN SOMETHING OUT.  I tackled a closet and the cutlery drawer before I realized the cleaning could quite reasonably apply to my sewing room.  I turned to my drawer of 1 1/2” strips pulling out all the short pieces (under 10” long) to put  to use in a simple quilt block.

My notes tell me the block is called Scrap Happy, but I did not record the original source.  I found it hard to compose the individual blocks. I could not seem to get darker and lighter fabrics “balanced”, but then I realized that didn’t matter.  Once the top is assembled the overall effect does not rely on the fabric arrangement in any one block. 

Block centres came from the 2 1/2” drawer.  I used lights, darks, mediums more or less as they came.  By the time I had a selection of blocks on the wall I decided I preferred the effect of the lighter fabric in the centre, but I certainly was not going back to change any of the ones that were made.

Sashings were a handful of light strips and squares from the 2” drawer.  It feels wonderful to have those fabrics OUT of the drawer and into a quilt top!  And of course, those drawers are much tidier now!

scraphappyquilttop

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