Monthly Archives: February 2016

2016-7 Merry Merry

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This quilt was inspired by the center panel which I purchased at the quilt show of the Mississippi Valley Quilters Guild in Davenport, Iowa.   Sometimes you need a simple project and this was definitely it!  I pulled the small green checked inner border and Christmas ribbon weave print outer border fabrics from my stash. It was backed with a fun novelty Santa print and quilted with a Christmas Lights design by Deb Giessler.  The hand stitched tonal red binding finished it off nicely.

This quilt makes a wonderful Christmas Sofa Throw.  It was selected by my niece Jaime and her husband Travis as their wedding quilt.

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2016-6 Carpenter Star

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This quilt was inspired by some men’s shirting prints I received from a Toronto shirt factory that makes upscale shirts.  I made a bunch of half square triangles and set them together in a Carpenter Star design.  I opted to make the flying geese to increase the size of the quilt.  With extra negative space, it made a great canvas for fancy quilting, so custom quilting with feathers seemed to fit my vision.  The quilting design in the blocks is Barbara’s Feather’s by Donna Klienke, the pattern in the border is Naysa’s Feathers by Christy Dillon and the design in the flying geese is a simple feathered sash I created.  The background of the flying geese is freehand matchstick quilting.  It is single bed size.

I like how the blank space shows the fancy quilting well.  This is one of my personal favourites of the year.

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2016-4 Xmas Placemats

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Last winter, I mounted on my longarm a length of fabric with printed panels for eighteen place mats.  I treated this as an opportunity to experiment with different crosshatch designs for place mats.  I created simple crosshatching, double cross hatching, double diamond cross hatching  and a cross hatching with an ivy border.  My favourite is the double diamond cross hatching.

It took me a while to get the binding applied and either top stitched or hand stitched.  However, after what seems like months, I have all 18 bound and ready to be given away as gifts.

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