2017-15 Star Trellis

This quilt is made from traditional 30’s prints, which reflect the soft colours of this design.  It was quilted in a sweet rose digital design by Kim Diamond.

Star Trellis won Grand Champion, Machine Quilting at the 2017 Drayton Fair.

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2017-13 Christmas Tree Skirt

 

This Christmas tree skirt goes well with the warm colours of my home.  The red matches my living room walls.   This skirt looks great underneath my Christmas tree!

It was quilted with a digital design called Christmas Paisley by Anne Bright.  I used a tan Omni thread on top and tan Bottom Line in the bobbin, which blended well with the muted colours of the skirt.   It was bound with a brown diagonal stripe that looks awesome cut on the straight of grain.  I finished the binding on a very long car trip to the east coast this summer.  It feels great to have a new tree skirt ready in December to update my Christmas decor.

2017-12 Coffee Place Mats

These four place mats were made using the four fat quarter stacking method.   After stacking the fat quarters, you simply made four cuts and then rearrange the pieces to create the four distinct place mats.  These fabrics are coffee themed and the backing is tea bag fabric.  They are machine quilted and bound by hand.

2017-11 Bright Potholders

These bright little potholders were made from two leftover blocks.  They were quilted with a green thread.  The orange binding adds a coordinating tough.   It is always helpful to  have lots of potholders at hand.  It feels good to use up those orphan blocks too.

2017-9 Storm at Sea Miniature Quilt

 

 

This little quilt was made last spring to enter in the fall fair in the miniature quilt category.  It was fun to do, but I have decided that the next one I do will be paper pieced.  So much easier to achieve accuracy with paper piecing!  I quilted this on my domestic machine, stitch in the ditch technique with a walking foot, using Navy  Bottom Line in both the bobbin and on top.  Because the thread is so fine, it sinks right into the ditch, disappearing while giving surface texture.    Finished size is 10 inches by 14 inches.

In my imagination, a future grandchild will value this as a doll quilt.  I sure hope Ipads do not replace dolls!

 

2017-8 Botanical Beauty Quilt

This soothing lap sized quilt was made specifically for a door prize for my daughter’s stag and doe baseball tournament in May 2017.

The fabric is from the Botanical Beauty line from Robert Kaufman. The brown and cream fabrics are script and print, so I had to be extra careful to keep all of the fabrics oriented correctly so that none of the print was upside down.  This was a good exercise in planning the cutting ahead according to a detailed layout.  It all worked well and I did not waste any fabric by cutting incorrectly.  This fabric is too beautiful to waste!

There was great competition to win this quilt.  The groom’s aunt was the winner and her daughter immediately claimed it!  Isn’t that the way it goes sometime!

2017-7 Baby Blocks

I assembled this top during the summer of 2016 at the cottage and then began hand quilting it during a vacation in Cuba.  It gave me a wonderful opportunity to chat with curious people.  I was able to explain the concept of quilting to a young boy from England who stopped to inquire, “What are you knitting?” I finished the quilting during the winter, picking it up at random.

My hand quilting group all weighed in on how I ought to quilt it.  I sure appreciate the experience of those wonderful hand quilters.  My preferred method of quilting is by machine, so as a relatively new hand quilter, I certainly appreciate their advice.

I entered it in some fall fairs in the hand quilted baby quilt category and won a few prizes.  Maybe I am improving on my hand quilting!