2015-25 Adam and Meg’s Stack & Whack

Stack and WhackThis Stack and Whack quilt was made from a UFO I purchased at the Mississippi Valley Quilters Guild show in Davenport, Iowa.  The guild had a great show and a wonderful sale area.  I spent too much money there!

This package contained the stack and whack pieces cut out, the navy background pieces and enough yardage for the borders and binding.  I added the setting triangle fabric from my stash and bought the wheat coloured inner border to coordinate.   This was the first quilt I assembled on my new featherweight machine.  It was very pleasant to piece this – a project I did in small snippets of time during a small quilting class with advanced level children.  When they did not need me, I just stitched away on my project and they stitched away on theirs.  It was very companionable and gave me something to do rather than stand over them when they were fully capable of sewing on their own.

Once the top was pieced, I quilted it with a design called Just Stars, which enhanced the Astrological theme of the fabric and echoed the stars of the setting triangles.  The thread is a gold Omni by Superior Threads.

The finished quilt was given to Adam and Meg as a wedding quilt.  Adam is a neighbour at our cottage who played in the forest, swam, boated, skiied and eventually partied every summer with our two children.  He is the first of the very tight knit group of seven cottage kids to get married.  He chose a lovely life partner and we were happy for them both.

Adam and Meg

2015-26 Xmas Vest

Xmas Vest

Sometimes I make things just to enter in the fall fair.  This was one of those times!  The fair list called for a vest.  This printed vest panel and coordinating lining was given to me by an Old Order Mennonite friend who had received it from someone else.  My friend clearly has no use for this type of clothing.  Actually, neither do I, but when the fair list called for a vest, it occurred to me that this might fit the bill!

I quilted the top panel fabric to a flannelette backing with no additional batting.  The quilting design is a dense snowflake pattern, which adds to the winter feel of the garment.  After quilting the panel, I packed it into my project bag to take to the cottage for summer stitching.  There, I trimmed it, lined it, turned it inside out, top-stitched the edges and then added the buttons and buttonholes,  Voila!  A completed vest!

The vest did well at the fall fairs this year, winning several first place ribbons, along with a $25. gift certificate to one of my favourite sewing stores!
I have no idea who will receive this vest.  I doubt I could ever convince my husband he should wear this at our Christmas Eve family party!  But that does not matter, I made it for the fair!  Hmmm.  That gives me an idea!  Maybe I should donate it to the Hand-Made Table, the silent auction table at our tiny one-day fair in Northern Ontario where the proceeds go to support the operation of the fair.

2015-35 Wine Star Table Topper

Wine Star

This simple table topper was made out of leftover blocks.  The coordinating floral for the sashing and backing came from my stash.  I used this topper to test how Madiera metallic thread works with my machine.  I was quite happy with how it turned out.

Wine Star Detail

The digital quilting design is called On Angel Wings by Donna Kleinke of One Song Needle Arts.  It has one block pattern in the centre and a coordinating border design on the outside.  The gold thread adds a distinct elegance to the topper, raising a rather ordinary piece to something quite eye-catching.

Sometimes it is very satisfying to play with new threads!

2015-34 Magenta Star Table Topper

Magenta Star

This little Table Topper was made from a leftover block from a guild raffle quilt that I helped assemble and quilt.   The block, called Canada Star, was foundation pieced from a pattern by Carol Doak from her Mariners Compass Star book.  I selected a coordinating inner and outer border to enlarge the 12 inch block and then used it to test the quilting pattern I had planned for the quilt.   The machine quilting pattern was designed by Kim Diamond of Sweet Dreams Quilt Studio specifically for this quilt.  She calls it Peggy’s Star.  Even though I love the texture of this design, I eventually decided to use a different quilting design for the raffle quilt.  It had a wool batting and I decided not to compress the entire quilt with dense quilting.

Here is a photo of the quilting detail:

Magenta Star Detail

Once quilted, I blocked it and then added the coordinating binding.  Yesterday, I completed the hand stitching of the binding at my hand sewing group’s afternoon meeting.

For many reasons, I have gotten out of the habit of posting my completed items to this blog, but I am determined to get back into the groove of doing so.  Despite the lack of postings, I have been finishing projects and will make a point of sharing them with you over the next few weeks.






2014-5: Double Chain

Double Chain

This quilt was made from a traditional pattern called Double Chain, which was printed in 1881 in Godey’s Ladies Book.  It is fairly simple to piece, once you figure out the best way to lay your patches to avoid piecing confusion.  It uses the partial piecing technique, which is fairly simple in this case.  This made a nice dent in my stash of light and dark blue scraps!

The quilting design is called Along the Way, by Anne Bright.  It was done in a dark turquoise thread which gave nice definition and texture to the quilt.

This quilt won Grand Champion, Machine Quilting at the 2014 Caledon Fair and the 2015 Drayton Fair.  It won second place at the District 7 competition in 2015.  It now goes to Michael and Rory for their wedding quilt.

2014-3: Puddle Duck Quilt

??????????This little panel (and two others) was quilted last fall, binding was attached and then it lived in my hand stitching basket for a few months.  I have been gradually whittling down the pile of “Binding to be Done”.  Now all three quilts have been finished and all three have been gifted.    One went to a fund raiser for a school in Royal Oak, Michigan and two others went to two newly born baby boys.


2014-2: Africa Quilt Block

??????????Well known and very accomplished quilter, Renske Helmuth, a member of my quilt guild, the Waterloo County Quilters Guild, is coordinating a quilt comprised of blocks from all the areas of Africa to be used as the 2015 featured quilt for the New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale.   When Renske proposed the quilt, many members of our guild eagerly jumped at the chance to contribute to her project.

Renske held several group design workshops at her house in the fall of 2014 and we all left with supplies for a block of a specific size to create and return at the January 2015 guild meeting.  This 12″ by 16″ block is one that features fabrics and images from northern Africa.  The batik center panel is one I purchased during my travels over the years.  I was particularly happy to make a block from Northern Africa, since those are the only countries in Africa which I have visited.  The block is combined with Warm and Natural batting and an subtle African print backing.  The quilting has a geometric pattern in the sashing and a giraffe fill in the main block.  The assembly will be done in the Quilt as You Go style.    This block was made oversize so that Renske can cut it down to the exact measurements she requires.

After the blocks were returned to her, Renske assembled two quilts, selecting blocks that are complementary to each other.  We have not yet seen the final result, but I understand the quilt will be unveiled in May 2014.  The auction will be in May 2015.  I can hardly wait to see the finished result.