This queen sized quilt is one that I made out from someone else’s UFO. One day last fall, I received an email offering a partially made quilt top and coordinating fabric. An unknown quilter had gifted it to Judy, who was moving to a new home and purging her sewing area. Judy needed to pass this along. This was the photo.
Judy’s UFO Gift
The photo intrigued me. Confident that I could finish assembling the quilt, put on some borders and then quilt it, I gladly accepted the UFO. I like a challenge. However, when it arrived, I saw it in a different light. The photo does not show the intensity of the chrome yellow fabric. When I put it up on my design wall to consider how I would finish it, I found the yellow and red fought for dominance in the quilt. Every time I walked by, I shuddered. It bothered me so much that I ended up taking it all apart. I used the extra fabric to make more red and white singleton blocks with a polka dot center. I made a few half snowball blocks to extend the points out into the negative space beyond the center. Then I added a red check inner border and a red polka dot outer border to finish the top.
Before I quilted it, I noticed a dirt smudge on one of the snowball blocks. I decided to spot wash it before I quilted it. It came clean and I hung it to dry. The next day when I mounted it on the longarm, I noticed that the colour from the red check fabric had bled into the white fabric. After a quick internet search on what to do when excess dye runs, I ran to the grocery store to buy Dawn detergent. I filled the bathtub with lukewarm water, added half a cup of Dawn and then laid out the top to soak in the soapy mixture for three hours. I was a tad stressed as I saw the water turn a lovely shade of pink. Apparently, there is something about the Dawn detergent that makes the colour suspend in the water and not in the fabric. I followed the recommendations for draining and rinsing. It came out perfectly with no bleeding visible. Just to be on the safe side, I repeated the whole procedure, but I did not need to do so. No more dye came out. I’m glad to know this trick. It will come in handy again, I am sure!
With that ordeal over, I quilted it with a lush feather edge to edge design that sets it off nicely. The binding is a tonal red fabric that visually contains those polka dots! I’m pleased with the final outcome of this quilt.
This quilt won Grand Champion, Machine Quilting at the 2016 Wellesley Fall Fair. It now goes into my stash of wedding gift quilts for some future bride and groom to select.
I have a plan underway for what to do with the leftover yellow and red nine patch blocks. It involves a bottle of brown dye! I am certain that most people with not recognize them as having been part of the original UFO.
This queen size quilt began when I decided to use up scraps left over from the Winding Ways quilt (2016-17). I dislike having leftovers as they clog my creativity, so I try to use them up right away. Using my Accuquilt die, I cut as many tumblers as I could out of the scrap pieces. Then I went through my scrap bin and found more autumn colored fabrics and cut more tumblers. I don;t think I used any yardage at all, just scraps. It is amazing how many scraps one collects over the years!
I strove for a balance of light and dark so I could create contrast between the tumbler shaped pieces. The pieces were assembled in units of two, then four, then eight and then then into the rows for the quilt. Fortunately, I have a large table where I can layout the rows to check color balance and separation. Once he center was done, I added a gold colored inner border and an red and gold print outer border. It was quilted with a leafy design that adds texture and an autumn theme.
This quilt won Grand Champion, Machine Quilting at the 2016 Drayton Fair and Grand Champion, Machine Quilting at the 2016 Arthur Fall Fair. It went on to OAAS District 7 competition where it won first place. It will now go on to the Ontario provincial level competition in February 2017.
This quilt has been selected by my nephew Charley and his lovely wife Alice as their wedding quilt. They are patiently waiting until after the provincial competition before they can take it to their new home.
This queen sized quilt was made as a wedding gift for my close friend Pat and her husband Alan. These colours are Pat’s favourites and they suit her neutrally decorated house. It took me a while to collect the fabrics and I enjoyed every minute of it! Some of the fabrics came from my stash while most were acquisitions on two memorable shopping trips.
The quilt design is called Winding Ways, a traditional block that when set together creates a secondary circular design. It took quite a while to piece this quilt, but since I was not in a hurry, I was able to enjoy the process. I assembled most of the top during the summer at our cottage where my design wall is a hardwood floor adjacent to the main traffic area. Everyone who passed by offered comments and opinions on where I should move blocks for best effect. I feel like it was a group project!
The quilting design is a series of overlapping circles to echo the secondary circular design and give movement to the quilt. Pat really likes the quilt and sent me this photo showing the quilt on her bed. Looks great, doesn’t it?
This queen sized quilt was inspired by some vintage Dresden Fan blades I found in my UFO cupboard. I wanted to make them modern, so this is the result.
The pale peach background fabric is a wide fabric that I bought in the night market in Cairo, Egypt. I have great memories of that shopping trip when a friend and her doctor-fiance negotiated for me in Arabic. He advised me to stay silent because as a man, he could get a much better price from the male vendors. He did get an awesome bargain for me!
The Dresden Fans are appliqued onto the background in a non-traditional asymmetrical arrangement that gives the quilt a fresh, modern appeal. The broken inner border is also a modern element. The quilting design is an edge to edge digital pattern called Dresden Fan by Kim Diamond of Sweet Dreams Quilt Studio. It is stitched in a peach thread that matches the background and backing. The same fabric French fold binding is applied to the front and hand stitched to the back.
Modern Dresden won first place in its category, Grand Champion Machine Quilting and Judges Choice at the Caledon Fair as well as Grand Champion Machine Quilting at the Fergus Fair. I love pretty ribbons!
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.
This quilt started with fussy cut winter scenes set into a green star. A brown print and a red and gold print, both pulled from my stash, made a great sashing and border. I then added a green and honey brown pine cone border that completed the Christmas theme of this quilt. The quilting is a digital design called Star Flower by Nancy Giessler. It is quilted semi-custom with Nancy’s edge to edge design in the centre and a border design called “Majestic Pine” by Donna Klienke of One Song Needle Arts.
This quilt won Best of Show at the Listowel Fair, Grand Champion at the Drayton Fair and first place at District 7 Competition for the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies.
After working so intently on my Log Cabin Quilt, I wanted to do something easy! I pulled this printed panel top out of my stash and custom quilted it with a point to point sash pattern and an ornate block pattern. The binding is attached to the front and I will hand stitch it to the back during a lakeside vacation later in August.
Quick and easy! It is nice to have a quick, uncomplicated quilt to balance out the intensity of a densely quilted one with tiny pieces.