Friday, 2 December 2016

Simplicity #8

I quilted this Simplicity way back at the beginning of 2016, but realized I've never shown it here.

 I had a lot of fun quilting this one. 
 You'd never guess that this was the piecers first top, would you?  I'm sure she's been a sewer for many years though. 
 This quilt is a great example of getting a custom quilting, but still within reasonable budget and very minimal stitching in the ditch (only between the borders and the body of the quilt. 
 It looks so different when I stand 'on-point' (diagonal) and take a photo. 
 And the back gives me as much joy as the front

Thursday, 1 December 2016

New Zealand quilts

Nancy made 2 quilts from fabric she brought back from a vacation to New Zealand--one for her and one for her husband.  They'll be cosy watching hockey on TV this winter!

The first one I quilted with hook curls, which I think look like Maori Greenstone fishhooks, so I figured that was pretty appropriate for a NZ quilt.
This is the only photo I took of that quilt, so you'll just have to imagine an entire quilt quilted as above.

For the second quilt, I asked Nancy if she wanted the same quilting design or something different, and if different could I go with a more modern design.  She said yes to both.

 This design is from Christina Cameli's book---I've used several designs from that book --but not yet the cover design, which is what had convinced me to buy the book.  Still waiting for the right quilt, I guess.
 and here are some closeups of some of the fabrics

 Nancy said she was just buying bits of fabric she liked, with no real plan. 

 and the backing
What wonderful mementos from a special trip. 

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Cheryl's Quilt

It's hard naming the posts when I don't know what the pattern is for the quilt.  I think this is a jelly roll quilt with a constant fabric.

 These border fabrics are really neat.
 E's and 3's gave this bed quilt nice texture.

Cheryl also made two pillow shams to go with this quilt.  I really like how she designed them.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Magic Squares

This is one my my quilts, I made it this summer, from a kit I'd bought at Quilt Canada in Lethbridge last year.

I bought it because I really liked the look and layout of the sample they had, but, of course, I wound up playing and changing the layout. 

It was a neat quilt to make--it used 5" WOF strips, which is one of the pre-cut sizes you can buy.

E's and 3's and a nice minkee on the back

I found a photo of my blocks in the layout shown on the pattern, but I decided that I wanted the more traditional barn raising layout.  I might have liked the layout below more had I bothered to move the fabrics around a bit more. 

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Batik Beauty

 This quilt is Noreen's as well.   But it sure looks like it belongs in my room.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Churn Dash

Kathleen's churn dash was a lot of fun to quilt.    I wanted to make the background fabric recede, and have the 'churns' come forward. 

 In the photos above and below, you can see that I carried the churn dash shape into the setting triangles. 

 Lots of fun fabrics in this quilt.

Kathleen likes her quilt backs to be as pretty as the fronts.
 I came really close to being centered, top and bottom.  The only way to be more accurate than this would be to start at the middle, and that would take a whole extra set of time. 

Thursday, 24 November 2016


This is another fabulous quilt by Noreen.  Aren't those fabrics just great?  Florals can look so different.

 If I remember the story correctly, Noreen said she and her DIL Crystal spotted this fabric line in a quilt store, but were determined not to buy unless there was a project, so they went home and flipped through their stash of quilting magazines, and found this pattern.  THEN went back to the store and bought the fabrics.  That's a great strategy.
 E's and 3's added nice texture to this quilt.
 And a lovely flannel for the backing.