These placemats began when I found four small panel prints in the scrap bank at my quilt guild. The bins are wonderful. We can drop in our own scraps and take someone else’s scraps. This is a wonderful resource when you are trying to make a colour controlled scrap quilt.
I liked the colours of these panels and pulled from my stash an orange stripe for the inner border and an olive green for the outer border of the panel. The quilting is a double crosshatch that I created as a digital file executed with a gold thread that gives a nice texture to the placemats. They were then bound with a coordinating olive fabric with hand stitching to the back.
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.
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.
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.