This queen sized quilt was made as a wedding gift for my close friend Pat and her husband Alan. These colours are Pat’s favourites and they suit her neutrally decorated house. It took me a while to collect the fabrics and I enjoyed every minute of it! Some of the fabrics came from my stash while most were acquisitions on two memorable shopping trips.
The quilt design is called Winding Ways, a traditional block that when set together creates a secondary circular design. It took quite a while to piece this quilt, but since I was not in a hurry, I was able to enjoy the process. I assembled most of the top during the summer at our cottage where my design wall is a hardwood floor adjacent to the main traffic area. Everyone who passed by offered comments and opinions on where I should move blocks for best effect. I feel like it was a group project!
The quilting design is a series of overlapping circles to echo the secondary circular design and give movement to the quilt. Pat really likes the quilt and sent me this photo showing the quilt on her bed. Looks great, doesn’t it?
These four runners started from a 1.5 yard piece of Border print fabric given to me by a friend. I had wanted to make a triangle type runner so it seemed the perfect opportunity. This design takes very careful cutting to get the design in precisely the right spot. I was conscious of minimizing waste fabric, so made one of the runners with the opposite orientation to take advantage of the triangle cuts. These runners look quite simple, but they are actually much more difficult than they look. It is quite fussy to get the designs to flow perfectly.
The runners are quilted with a digital design called “Christmas Paisley” by Ann Bright in a neutral thread that gives texture without competing with the design. The binding is a red and green Christmas flower print that perfectly pulls out the colours in the border print. All of the binding is hand stitched.
These will be handy to have ready for hostess gifts at Christmas time.
This queen sized quilt was inspired by some vintage Dresden Fan blades I found in my UFO cupboard. I wanted to make them modern, so this is the result.
The pale peach background fabric is a wide fabric that I bought in the night market in Cairo, Egypt. I have great memories of that shopping trip when a friend and her doctor-fiance negotiated for me in Arabic. He advised me to stay silent because as a man, he could get a much better price from the male vendors. He did get an awesome bargain for me!
The Dresden Fans are appliqued onto the background in a non-traditional asymmetrical arrangement that gives the quilt a fresh, modern appeal. The broken inner border is also a modern element. The quilting design is an edge to edge digital pattern called Dresden Fan by Kim Diamond of Sweet Dreams Quilt Studio. It is stitched in a peach thread that matches the background and backing. The same fabric French fold binding is applied to the front and hand stitched to the back.
Modern Dresden won first place in its category, Grand Champion Machine Quilting and Judges Choice at the Caledon Fair as well as Grand Champion Machine Quilting at the Fergus Fair. I love pretty ribbons!