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2016-26 Bob the Builder Quilt


This little panel quilt was machine quilted with Dave Hudson’s “Tools” edge to edge design.  I used a royal blue thread that blended well with the front of the panel and contrasted well with the light blue solid backing I used.  The quilt was donated to my little fall fair in cottage country for the hand made items silent auction table where it raised money for the operation of the fair.  It is not often I get to meet the person who is the recipient of a donation quilt, but the grandfather who bought this quilt gave it immediately to his son and grandson who were standing close by at the end of the auction.  I asked permission to take their photo for my blog.  I’m happy it goes to a good home.






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!




2015-26 Snowbear Vest

Xmas Vest

Sometimes I make things just to enter in the fall fair.  This was one of those times!  The fair list called for a vest.  This printed vest panel and coordinating lining was given to me by an Old Order Mennonite friend who had received it from someone else.  My friend clearly has no use for this type of clothing.  Actually, neither do I, but when the fair list called for a vest, it occurred to me that this might fit the bill!

I quilted the top panel fabric to a flannelette backing with no additional batting.  The quilting design is a dense snowflake pattern, which adds to the winter feel of the garment.  After quilting the panel, I packed it into my project bag to take to the cottage for summer stitching.  There, I trimmed it, lined it, turned it inside out, top-stitched the edges and then added the buttons and buttonholes,  Voila!  A completed vest!

The vest did well at the fall fairs this year, winning several first place ribbons, along with a $25. gift certificate to one of my favourite sewing stores!
I have no idea who will receive this vest.  I doubt I could ever convince my husband he should wear this at our Christmas Eve family party!  But that does not matter, I made it for the fair!  Hmmm.  That gives me an idea!  Maybe I should donate it to the Hand-Made Table, the silent auction table at our tiny one-day fair in Northern Ontario where the proceeds go to support the operation of the fair.


2013-29: Puddle Duck

Puddle Duck Quilt MountedWhen I had a bit of a lull before Christmas, I decided to mount some baby quilt panels and have some baby quilts made ahead so that when babies are born, there are a few ready to pull for quick gifts.

These three panels were mounted, but before I began to quilt, I realized the backing was directional and upside down, so I remounted the tops upside down too!

Puddle Duck Mounted Upside DownThe black bars are 18″ magnetic bars that keep the tops taught as I quilt them.

All three tops were quilted at once with a pantograph called Raindrops by Lisa Calle.  One of the quilts has been bound and gifted to a school auction.  The second one has made a trip to Florida and I have misplaced the third one.  I blame it on the Crhistmas bustle and I am sure it will show up as soon as I have put away the Christmas stuff.  So until I find it, I have to make do with these photos, since I cannot take a close up of the quilting!

The binding is red and suits the top quite well.  They will make great gifts for little boys.

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.

Outreach Teamwork

??????????This quilt”Batik on Angle” was made of orphan blocks donated by guild member Leslie.  I pulled the coordinating fabrics from the stash, figured out the layout and sent it to guild member Adriana to assemble.  It came back as a top and I quilted it with Keryn Emmerson’s Bramble panto.  Then guild member Annie added the label and binding.    ??????????

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!

Outreach – Modern Quilt

Modern QuiltThis modern quilt was dropped off at my door by Leslie, the owner of Reichart’s quilt store in St. Jacobs.  I expect it was a shop sample.  I do not know if it was made by Leslie or by one of her staff.   Leslie asked if this quilt could be finished and donated to Women in Crisis.   I was happy to oblige her, as Women in Crisis is one of the groups our guild is supporting this year.  (Thanks, Leslie!)  I do not know the name of the pattern.  I saw a quilt of the same design hanging at the Mount Forest quilt show yesterday, so I suspect it is a commercial pattern, but have no idea who designed it.  Anyone know?

I quilted it with a simple basket weave pattern I created to support the modern feel of this design. The thread is a cream cotton wrapped poly on top and a cream Bottom Line in the bobbin.  The backing is a gold/rust flower print that guild member Carol brought to me a few months ago.  Carol was downsizing and found this print that came from her mothers stash in the 50’s.  The fabric was 36″ wide, so you know it has been a long time since that was in the stores!  The high quality cotton print was perfect for this quilt! (Thanks, Carol!)

The quilt has now been dropped off to guild member Kay, who will add the coordinating blue print binding and guild label before Wednesday when she will bring it to the guild meeting to be donated to Women in Crisis.  (Thanks, Kay!)  It is great to have a team of committed women who all do a small part to accomplish big things.

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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2013-11: Vintage Bow Ties

Bow tie Quilt This baby-sized quilt was made from some bow tie blocks that came to me in a scrap bag.  Some of the bow ties were made up already by hand sewing and others were still in pieces.  Using my sewing machine, I assembled the pieces to make enough blocks for this little quilt.  The blocks are not all exactly the same, but they still look alright.    I then added the two borders in coordinating colours.

I quilted it on the long arm using Bottom Line in the Bobbin and a light blue So Fine thread on top.  I quilted it in a custom fashion – a block design in each block and separate designs in each border.  I did not stabilize the quilt around each block and border before quilting.  I can definitely tell by the finished result that stabilization would have produced a better looking quilt.  That is a good lesson for me.  I will stabilize anything that I custom quilt.  Without stabilization – stitch in the ditch around each block and border – it is difficult to keep the quilt true and square.


Even though this does not meet my personal standards of acceptable quilting, I am sure that someone will love it anyway.  This will be a donation quilt to a deserving charity.

2013-7: Xmas Gold Table Topper


This table topper, made of luscious gold print Kaufman fabrics was fun to quilt. I used Nancy Haacke’s Snowflake Simple pantograph using a tan colored So Fine and a Cream colored Bottom Line.  It quilted up nicely!  The snowflakes in the design coordinate with the snowflakes in the fabric print.

I used my new machine binding technique.  This time, I applied the binding to the back, folded over to the front and stitched using MonoPoly on top with a blanket stitch (narrow width, long length).  My Bernina balked at sewing with MonoPoly on top.  After five tries, rethreading, cleaning, changing needle and anything else I could think of, I finally gave up.  I put MonoPoly in the bobbin and used a light tan Bottom Line on top.  It sewed like a dream.  The Bottom Line is so fine, it basically fades into the fabric.   I was again quite pleased with the result.  Now that my machine binding turns out better, I am going to make it my go-to binding method.  Definitely is a lot faster to do it this way!

This table topper will be a donation quilt.   Hopefully it can benefit a charity.