Monthly Archives: June 2016

2016-20 Christmas Vest

santa-vest

This quilted Christmas vest was made because the panel print was given to me and I was trying to clean up my stash of Christmas fabrics.  I quilted the panel and a coordinating vest back fabric to a flannelette fabric that also acts as batting.  Then I lined it with a coordinating print.  I turned it inside out and top stitched it to keep the edges sharp and crisp.  With buttons and buttonholes added, it was done.  I was able to enter it in a few fall fairs where it won some first prize ribbons.
Some day, someone will enjoy receiving this vest.

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2016-19 School Days Vest

school-days-vest

This little vest was made specifically to enter into the fall fair.  I have no little children or grandchildren, but I did have this pre-printed vest panel in my stash.  So when I saw the category for a child’s vest, I decided to make this to enter.  Maybe someday the right child will come along to receive this vest.  Maybe someday I will have grandchildren.  One can only hope!

The panel was quilted to a flannelette backing with no batting, making it light enough to wear comfortably.  The quilting design is a crayon pattern done in a contrasting yellow thread that adds a bit of fun to the vest.

It was then lined with an alphabet print, top stitched and then buttons and buttonholes added.   It won first prize at each of the fairs where it was entered.  Nice outcome!

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2016-18 Elizabeth’s Star

lone-star-mini

This miniature quilt started from a kit that someone gifted to me.  This ten inch quilt was fiddly to make.  Working with such small pieces made it very difficult to keep the pieces accurate and end up with even star points.  At first glance this star looks great, but I know how uneven the points actually are!  If I were to do this over, I would foundation piece the star sections so they are perfectly accurate.  A foundation would help stabilize the sections and prevent distortion.  With every quilt I  make, I learn something!

After piecing the top and I decided to hand quilt it.  I got tips from Elizabeth Schneider, a well known local miniaturist.  She is a lovely lady and very encouraging.  Elizabeth taught me how to tack the points by hand and then quilt the setting squares, triangle and borders.
One great tip from Elizabeth was to take a regular batting and to peel it back through the centre to create a very thin batting that is perfect for miniature quilts.    It worked wonderfully!  Elizabeth is so inspiring, I will definitely make another miniature.  I had to name this quilt after her.

I entered this miniature quilt in several fall fairs and won first prize each time it was entered.  That is encouraging and I will make another.  Surprisingly, my hand stitching group has asked me to teach a class in making this same quilt.

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