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2015-33: Joy and Sorrow

Black Mosaic

This queen sized quilt began when I was looking for a mindless sewing project while a good friend was dying.  I found it difficult to concentrate on anything more complex and needed to keep my hands busy.  I made these stitch and flip blocks on a fabric foundation and then squared them to 14 inches.  They sat in my UFO cupboard for several years until I decided that they had to be finished into a quilt.

To control the chaos of the blocks and give the eye a place to rest, I sashed and bordered them wit solid black and inserted a red stop border to contain the rambunctious color.    It was quilted with red thread using a digital design called Amish Feather by Ann Bright.  The quilting adds a delightful element that pulls it all together.  The binding is the same red of the stop border.  The wide backing is a muted red and black paisley design.

My friend Amy suggested the name “Joy and Sorrow”.  We feel sorrow at the loss of our friend, but joyful when we look at the creation that came from our period of grief.  While it is not a typical memory quilt, for me it is a strong memorial to our friend.

This quilt won Grand Champion, Machine Quilting at the 2015 Wellesley Fall Fair.



2013-12: Yellow Fan Quilt

??????????This quilt is made with a top I bought on eBay.  The sides are all bias edged triangles.  The top sat in my cupboard for a few years till a few months ago, when I pulled it out and quilted it with a pantograph.  With the four bias sides, it was a challenge to keep it square and flat, but with some fussing and fiddling, I managed to do it!  The finished quilt turned out much better than I expected.

Friend and guild member Nancy  added the binding and it has now been donated to the organization Women in Crisis.  Hopefully it will bring comfort to someone who has fled her home with nothing.

2013-3: White Memory Quilt

Memory QuiltThis small quilt, 20 inches by 20 inches, is a Memory Quilt, to be donated to the Grand River Hospital’s Bereavement Program through the Waterloo County Quilters Guild.  The program description in the guild members handbook explains these small quilts are “given to those who have lost an infant due to stillbirth, SIDS or some other catastrophe.  These quilts provide something tangible for parents who are going home with empty arms and are given along with other keepsakes, such as hand an foot prints and a lock of hair, all put into a box provided by the Waterloo County Tole and Decorative Painters Guild.”

Recently the guilds program coordinator told us of a need for memory quilts for Muslim families.  The request was for quilts that are white fabric, quilted with white thread, with no representation of any living plant, animal or person on the quilt.  This small wholecloth quilt is my response to that request.

Before quilting, I basted the layers with Vanish thread to keep it square and pucker free.  The quilting was done with a poly core thread on top and white Bottom Line in the bobbin.  It took me quite a while to design the cross hatching to sew with only one stop and start.   The binding was applied to the front and hand stitched to the back.   I’m pleased with the result and would definitely make another, although the binding on a second quilt would definitely be attached by machine!

2012-29: Green 25 Patch – Strip Challenge

Green 25 patch

This strip challenge quilt was made from a package of green strips with the addition of white fabric to set off the Green 25 patch blocks.

The blocks are 10 inches square and the sashing is 3 inches wide.  The outside border is 5 inches wide, so the quilt finished at 44″ x 70″.

One of the advantages of participating in a strip challenge where the fabric is provided is the chance to experiment with designs and fabrics you would not normally select.  I’m not a huge fan of the color green, so this is not something I would typically have chosen to sew.  Knowing that it is for a Community Outreach donation quilt liberates me to play with colors and patterns that generally would not attract me.  Despite this being a bit different for me, I really liked the finished quilt.

Quilting with the Circle Lord Swirlz template added some roundness and movement to a very angular design.    The finished quilt goes into the Community Outreach inventory for future donation.


2012-7 Baby Outreach

Sometimes it is fun to just doodle.  This little quilt was a fun little project that gave me a chance to just play and doodle.    This top that was made by someone in my quilt guild who likes to piece but not quilt.  That is okay with me.  I don’t mind doing the quilting.  In fact, I prefer to do the quilting on charity quilts rather than the piecing.

I recently installed zippered leaders on my long arm and now just sew the backing by machine to the leader with the longest possible basting stitch.  What a huge time-saver!  I can load a quilt in less than 5 minutes.  I can unload a quilt in 30 seconds.  I just unzip it from the leaders and then rip the quilt from the leaders.  The basted seam rips easily and is then trimmed off when I trim the quilt.  Very quick, very easy!

This baby quilt was surprisingly quick to do.  It was done from start to finish, including the binding in less than two hours.  I chose a freehand swirl meander to quilt the sandwich.   I cranked the speed up high and just kept swirling.

The fabric is a pique type material, so it is a bit thicker than normal quilting fabric, which is why I chose to make the stipple fairly dense.  That way, it lays a bit flatter and tames the fabric into submission.   The thread is a coral colored polycore which matches the backing and binding.  Finished size is 40″ by 45″.

This quilt now goes back to the guild from where it will be donated to some deserving mother and baby.  I’d love to walk down the street someday and see a baby in a carriage covered by something I quilted.  I’d never let on my connection to the quilt, but my heart would smile.  And given that I live in a small town, it could happen!

2012-6: Autumn Outreach

This is an outreach quilt for my guild.  Another member of the guild pieced the top and I quilted it.  Melanie, our outreach coordinator, tells me that many of the members like to piece, but are not keen to quilt the tops.  I was looking for some easy quilts to do to “prime the pump” to get me in the quilting groove, so that I could start on quilting some of my own tops.  I’ve been enjoying piecing tops and have not felt the urge to quilt them.  Since I only post when I have completed a project, it feels like I have little to post.  Seems like a good time to have a finish.

So today, I mounted this top on the longarm and proceeded to play.  I like when there is no pressure to do anything fancy.   Then I can either experiment with something new or do something simple and easy.  Today I opted for simple and easy.

The centre of the quilt is done in a medium density stipple with a YLI thread in variegated autumn tones.  I like how the thread blends with the blocks.

This quilt feels a bit rustic, like it belongs in an outdoors man’s cabin.  Deciding to forgo frilly feminine feathers, I opted for a freehand fern-type feather on the borders. They add a bit of a rustic appeal to the quilt.   I like how the variegated thread shows clearly on the dark brown borders. 

Once quilted, I quickly added the binding to the back and top stitched by machine on the front.  For a donation quilt, I prefer a durable machine-stitched binding.  Finished size is 60″ by 84″.

I love having a finish.  It inspires me to complete another. I think I’ll go mount another quilt before I go to bed so that tomorrow if I get a few minutes free, I can dive right into the quilting.

This quilt received unanimous approval from my family.  They all like the autumn palette.  It now goes back to the quilt guild from where it will be given to a new home.  It could be a comfort quilt or a donation quilt.  Wherever it goes, I hope the recipient likes the quilt.

Project 2011-43: Pinwale Cord Lap Quilt

Last Monday, I had a lovely afternoon visit with a friend from my guild.  She is also Peggy and is fun to be around.  While giving me a tour of her sewing room, Peggy gave me a plastic bin of pre-cut squares.    It looked like the squares were die-cut fabric samples, mostly cotton flannels and pin-wale cord squares.    I sorted them into little piles by type of fabric.

This quilt was made of the pin-wale cord squares.  I had just enough to make this small lap quilt.  Finished size is 36 by 42 inches.  I laid out the squares into a pleasing fashion with a goal of using all of the squares.  Then I assembled the squares with my serger, pressed the top flat and added a coordinating border of a cotton flannel plaid.

Using a tan colored thread, I stippled the center part and did a freehand leaf patterned border.  I simply divided up the border into units approximately 4 inches wide and made a small mark with a piece of white chalk.  When quilting the border, I simply aimed to fit the freehand leaf diagonally within the 4 inch section.  It turned out quite well.    This quilt will be a donation quilt with the final destination decided through the quilt guild outreach program.

Goal Status:  43 complete, 9 more to go to reach my goal of 52 quilting projects completed by December 31st.  Wow!  Single digits remaining.  Nine seems like such a small number in contrast to the double digit numbers I have been facing up till now.  If I can ignore the call of my schedule and Christmas decorations waiting to be put up, I think I will make my goal!