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2016-3 Applique Roses


This is the second rescue quilt I was gifted.  It also needed some repair, although much less than the Blue Sampler (2016-2).  The applique stitches were far apart so I did quite a bit of restitching before quilting.  The hand quilting stitches were long toe catchers, so I opted to quilt it over with a fairly dense but complimentary machine stitching design.  The new binding is applied to the back and then top-stitched by machine.   It will never be competition quality, but it will make a great donation quilt.  Someone will love it, I am sure!




2013-26: Pink Duckies

Pink Duckies

This baby quilt panel was in my cupboard for several years.  I had intended to do outline quilting, but decided that an allover quilting pattern would be more likely to get done.


I quilted it with Lisa Calle’s Bubblelicious edge to edge design.  I used a new thread, a shiny trilobal polyester that worked out well, once I found the right tension balance.  For the binding, I used Sharon Schamber’s method of gluing the binding before sewing.  The binding went on fairly well, but I think I will try this method on a few more small quilts to improve my skill before I use it on something important.  Practice makes perfect, or at least a lot better!

This finished quilt will be a donation to a school fundraising auction.

I have another five of these panels which I have quilted over the past couple of days.  I will continue to add binding to these quilts as time allows.  Pretty soon I will have a little stack of baby quilts ready for gifts to little baby girls.

Outreach Teamwork

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Last November, when guild member Diane suddenly passed away, our guild received many of her UFOs.  This quilt came from a stack of carefully pieced flying geese.  Someone else donated a large length of the brown fabric.  I designed the block and made a sample.  Using my Accuquilt cutter, I cut the brown strips to complete the blocks and guild member Ruth assembled the inner section of the quilt.  When it came back, I added the borders and then quilted it.  Guild member Nancy added the binding.  It is being donated to the organization Women in Crisis.
??????????This top is made from a set of 4 patch blocks received when guild member Diane passed away.  I dug in the stash, pulled the yellow and black and cut the pieces to make the rest of the kit.  Guild member Phyllis assembled the top.  I quilted it and then guild member Annie added the binding.   This quilt is being donated to Victim Services.

Teamwork makes the projects go faster and generates many good memories!

A week of outreach quilts

Since I returned from Paducah, I have been working feverishly to finish some client quilts and a group of community outreach quilts.  On Wednesday next week, we will be donating a large group of quilts to Victim Services and another six to eight quilts to the group Women in Crisis.

One of my goals as chair of the community outreach committed was to use the stash we had on hand.  During the winter, we had a few cutting days when we cut all of our scrap flannel pieces into tumbler blocks, using my AccuQuilt Studio cutter.  Then we sorted the fabrics into 30 color coordinated packages of 100 tumblers, When set 10 across and ten down, they make a quilt about 44 by 60 inches.  Members of our guild then signed out the kits and assembled the quilt tops and returned them for quilting.

Here are the resulting tops, now quilted.  They went out yesterday to other guild members, Joan, Kay and Judy for binding and labeling.  These all will be donated on Wednesday to Victim Services.

I’m delighted with the wonderful quilts made from a pile of seemingly chaotic scrap.  Don’t they look great?

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2013-4: Let It Snow Quilt

Let It snow quiltThis quilt is made from a kit of coordinating fabrics from Reichard’s quilt Store in St. Jacobs Ontario.  The fabrics are from a line of flannels called Let It Snow.  The flannels are a nice heavy weight and were relatively easy to sew, but in general, I prefer to sew with quilters cottons.

It was quilted with a digital pantograph call Snowflake Simple by Nancy Haacke.  It is a fairly dense panto, so I made it as large as my throat space would allow.  I used a cotton covered poly thread on top and a Bottom Line in the bobbin.

Let it snow detailI like the overall effect of the panto.  Despite the dense quilting, the quilt is still soft and cuddly.  This was my first time to make a quilt from a kit.  It was an interesting change, but I still prefer to make quilts of my own design.  The quilt is a donation quilt.

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!

2012-32: Blue Dot Strippy – Strip Challenge

Blue Dot Strippy

Blue Dot Strippy was made out of the leftover pieces from my Blue Strippy Quilt.  I really did not want to have leftovers hanging around my sewing room, so I decided to make them up into a second top.

Because it was for a strip challenge, it had to be different from the first one, which was a bit challenging since by the rules of the strip challenge, I was required to use the same fabrics with the optional addition of one fabric.  I have lots of white fabric given to me from a local shirting factory, so white was the logical choice for the additional fabric.   To make the quilt different, I opted to make the orientation vertical n contrast to the horizontal layout of the Blue Strippy Quilt I made first.   I had enough four patches to make three columns of  blocks and enough left over bars to make three columns of bars.  Three of each would not make a balanced quilt, so I knew I had to add something to make it both balanced and wider.  The pieces hung on my design wall for several weeks before I got the idea to cut the 5 inch bars vertically and make strips of 2.5 inch squares to frame the four patches.

The quilt needed to be wider, but with limited blue fabric left in my package, the only option was to add wide white strips.  That gave me the width needed, but the white open space was too empty.   I still wanted to achieve a different look from the first quilt, so I began to think in terms of alternate shapes.  I opted to join a few strips, back them with lightweight fusible and then cut out circles.  My final choices were circles of 5″. 3″ and 2″ diameter.  Once cut, I carefully measured and positioned them onto the white strip before fusing them.  Then I used a machine blanket stitch to finish the raw edges.  When the two strips had their dots attached, I then assembled the five strips to make the final top.

The top finished at 46″ by 62″ and was machine quilted with a simple loop meander which offset the angular edges of the strips, echoed the circles in the design and gave a light-hearted feel to the top.    The quilt was machine bound with a navy binding.

This quilt appealed to the show viewers.  It won first place in Viewers Choice and also won the Designer’s Choice Award.  I was pleased that others liked it so much, but also a bit embarrassed to have won so many ribbons, since I was the coordinator of the strip challenge and the quilt show.   My son congratulated me but also good naturedly  ribbed me about winning, saying that it was not sporting behavior to win a competition when I was the organizer of the event.

Several guild members noticed my reaction to winning and told me to enjoy the ribbon, that I won fair and square!  “The people have spoken!”  A week has passed since the voting and I am now happy to have won the ribbon.  It is hanging in my quilting studio where it will inspire me to be creative for the next challenge.

2012-31: Blue Strippy – Strip Challenge

Blue Strippy

Blue Strippy

Blue Strippy was the first quilt I made for our quilt guild’s 2.5 inch strip challenge.   Because I wanted to take the focus away from long strips, I opted to make random four patches, set off by horizontal bars of strips.  My choice to add the white background was based on providing a quiet area for eye rest.  I find that having a neutral “supporting” fabric allows the focus fabrics to shine.  Because the strip challenge required us to work with the fabrics we were given with the optional addition of one additional fabric, I wanted to make those fabrics shine.  I was quite pleased to have the yellow and blue flowered fabric included in this package because I felt the yellow added sparkle to the quilt.

It was quilted with a simple meander design and machine bound with navy binding.  It finished at 42″ x 50″ and will go into the guild’s community outreach inventory for donation to a community organization – likely to Victim Services.

This quilt won second place in the Viewers Choice voting by members of the Grand Quilt Guild.

2012-30: Modern Jelly Roll – Strip challenge

Modern Jelly RollThis quilt is made in a jelly roll fashion, using 2.5 inch strips, with the addition of a 2.5 inch square to join the strips.  This quilt  was made with the left over yellow and orange fabrics after all the other challenge packages were assembled.  I have never done a jelly roll race quilt- typically, I do not care for the design of it.  However when I saw an example of this quilt, which was called a modern jelly roll, I thought it had a bit more style.  I decided to try it with this set of strips.  Some of the strips were width of fabric, but most were much shorter because they were cut from scraps.  The short length strips allowed for more orange squares to be added.  Once I made the long length, I then started to assemble in jelly roll fashion – sewing the two ends together, sewing, trimming and then repeating.  When my strips were about 15 inches wide, I opted to calculate out the best way to finish – continue on in the jelly roll fashion or cut to the desired width.  I opted to divide my length of strip into five and then joined those five pieces together to finish the top.  If I would have continued on with the jelly roll method, the finished top would have been long and narrow.  This of course, was due to working with a group of fabrics that were various lengths.  I suspect I started out with more fabric than the commercial jelly roll bundle.

Joan, a guild member told me this quilt is also called a Potato Chip Quilt “because you can’t make just one”.   A Google search shows Potato Chip quilts that are very similar to this one.  The only difference seems to be a double square – one light and one dark that joins the dark and light strips to each other.

The top was quilted in a simple loop meander using a gold cotton wrapped poly on top and Bottom Line in the bobbin.  It was machine bound with a solid orange cotton binding.

The quilt finished at 42″ x 66″ and will go into the community Outreach inventory to be given away to a community organization at a later date.

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.