Thursday, 13 December 2018

100 Modern Quilt Blocks 2

 This is Vicki's 100 Modern Quilt Blocks, pattern by Tula Pink.  Vicki did it as a block of the month with Along Came Quilting, but in a different session than my 100 Modern Quilt Blocks, which made it lots of fun to quilt, because some blocks were identical to mine, some had one or two of the same fabrics, and some had entirely new to me fabrics. 
 Vicki wanted an edge to edge design, and while I did consider a few pantographs I thought would look great on this quilt, I wanted to look at all the blocks, so  I chose this freehand open swirl from Kathleen Quilts book Diary of a Young Swirl
 I think the fabric Vicki used for her sashing and borders is a stonehenge.  It worked beautifully for this project. 

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Elevated Abstractions - Mt Hood

This is my Elevated Abstractions - Mt Hood quilt, a paper pieced pattern by Violet Craft.  

We love the mountains in our house, and are very fortunate to live close to Banff National Park.    We can see the mountains from afar as we drive around Calgary, and quite regularly make the drive, in both summer and winter, for camping, hiking and skiing.

I had a lot of fun quilting this wallhanging, going for lots of angular stitching patterns, with some curves to change things up a bit here and there.  The wind is blowing in the evening sky, and the moon is high.

 I put a faced binding on this wall hanging, a type of knife edge finish, so you don't see the binding on the front. 

I simplified the piecing of the moon A LOT from the pattern, I used only 2 fabrics, but they were batik, so I got lots of movement and color variation, and didn't use as many pieces as the pattern called for.   I was getting lazy by then LOL

I had fun playing with different threads

and here is a photo of the 'flimsy' so you can see the texture added

Monday, 10 December 2018

Soulful Windows

I saw this Soulful Windows (pattern is currently available on Pat Bravo's site) quilt on Kathleen Quilts blog, and knew I wanted to make it.  Luckily, Quilting from the Heart was selling kits, and dh just happened to be driving through Camrose the next day.  So he had to detour and pick up a quilt kit for me.

I pieced it, and then it had to sit and wait (since 2015!!) in the queue while other quilts took precedence, but finally, this past summer, it was time!

 I looked at Kathleen's quilt one more time, and then took some photos and did my own sketching.  I loved Kathleen's work, and wanted to be inspired by hers, but not to be the same, so only the one referesher peek.

 I like to put some tracing paper over the photo--that way I can set aside designs and come back to them....then I did a 'master copy' so I'd have a reference as I quilted.  I did change some things up as I went along, but it is useful to have a map.
Because of the diagonals on this quilt, I basted the whole thing, and then I could roll back and forth with abandon.  I wanted to quilt in the diagonals,  Which meant for a LOT of rolling.   I started in the corners. 
 And after a while I decided to add some more texture to those outside white diagonals. 
I started out with some piano key lines around the gold (where the spirals are now) but wasn't happy with it, so out they came.  I'm much happier with the spirals.  
 The swirls/spirals are repeated in a few places, but also a little different. 
I can happily spend a lot of time looking at this quilt.  I used some designs from the classes I took with Jodi Robinson
The backing is a soft flannel.  When kids start to move out in a few years, I've got a quilt ready for the guest bed !!

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Yellow Brick Roads

 I had a chance to quilt these three Yellow Brick Road quilts for my church.  Sadly, we are moving though the inventory quickly this year, and so I wanted these done before they were needed. 

 This one has already been gifted. 

Quilt of Valour- Rails

 Every year I try to do at least one quilt for Quilts of Valour.    The local organization makes it so easy to quilt for them--I get a top, batting and backing, all well prepared and a good size, in a bag, I quilt it when I can, and then call and they come pick it up.    They are always happy to have piecers and quilters assist them--contact Lana at the Calgary branch if you're interested in what they do. 
 The sashing reads as black in the first photo, but it's navy. 

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Charlotte's Wool Applique

Charlotte made this adorable wool applique quilt at class at Addie's quilt shop in Cochrane

When I asked Charlotte what she wanted on this quilt, she wasn't really sure, so then I asked what her budget was, and she gave me freedom to do what I wanted, staying within that budget.

I started with outline stitching the wool appliques, using a new to me method of adding a hunk of fabric to the top of the quilt as a weight, which gives better control of the head movement, and then stitching without a ruler.  I learned this from Margaret Solomon Gunn and really liked this method.  Follow the link to see Margaret's video.    I will do it again.

Unlike Katherine's recent quilt where the applique was all evenly spaced and we decided to not quilt behind the applique, there were spaces on this quilt too large to leave unquilted, so I started on some background fills.

Hopefully you can see in the above photo how the background fills make the applique pop.

 I had fun with different shapes, and different thread colors in different areas of the quilt---a green greek-key type (or paving stones if you're fanciful) on the bottom 
 Some ribbon candy 'pathways' between the flower beds
 Meandering 'lawn' behind the lower parts of the trees, and 'gentle breeze' curls in a pale blue thread behind the branches. 
 And the wind got stronger as we gained alititude-- flowing swirls. 
I had a lot of fun quilting this one.  Thanks Charlotte, for giving me freedom to unleash the whimsical. 

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Leaders and Enders quilt

 Katherine made this 16-patch quilt as Leaders and Enders.  We decided on a simple continuous curve quilting.  I really like the stripe effect achieved by the half square triangles as setting squares.

 Freehand quilted.   I love how such a simple quilting design can be so effective. 

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Applique and X Blocks

 Katherine brought me this quilt.  If I recall correctly she said it is her first hand applique project. 

 I am not a hand appliquer myself, but I wouldn't have guessed this to be a first. 
 The applique was fairly dense, and we decided to just outline stitch it, and not do any background stitching.  Accordingly, we also kept the quilting in the blocks very simple and spaced out--a crosshatch through the center of the blocks. 

It is good for me to not quilt as densely as I normally do.  I think it turned out quite lovely. 
I used Invisafil thread around the applique (and on top of a few areas) and then, because I didn't want any thread build up in the tiny cornerstones where I'd have to meet my rows of quilting, I continued to use the Invisafil throughout the rest of the quilt.  Bottom Line in the bobbin.