This quilt was inspired by the jungle print border fabric. The size of the quilt was determined by the amount of border fabric I had. I then created the nine patch blocks to fill the center of the quilt. The alternate blocks were fussy cut from the center of the border fabric to position the birds in the center of each alternate block. I quilted it with a digital design called Animal Crackers by Patricia Ritter. The backing is purple, which led me to select a purple thread for the quilting. If I were to do it over again, I would choose a blue thread that blended rather than contrasted with the background fabric. I feel the quilting takes away from the piecing. Although I love machine quilting, I prefer to have the quilting take a supporting role in the quilt, rather than being a dominant element.
Someday, a baby will receive and love this bright and colourful quilt!
This project began when I decided to use up the leftover strips from my Autumn Prairie Braid quilt (2011-51). I don’t like to throw out left-overs so they sit around taking up space and clouding my creativity. So now as a matter of habit, I try to use up the left-overs without purchasing any new fabrics. These light and dark blocks were created by joining the leftover of similar value together and setting them out in a rail fence pattern. It was quilted with a digital design called Maple Sugar from Lorien Quilting. It makes a great snuggle quilt at the cottage.
This autumn toned log cabin quilt is my fall fair quilt for this year. One of my goals this year to make a quilt worthy of winning a first prize at the local fall fairs with a possibility of getting to the provincial level of competition.
How the main quilt competition operates in Ontario, Canada is thus: A quilter enters a local fair. When the quilter wins Grand Champion, Machine Quilting or Grand Champion, Hand Quilting (one of each at every fair), then that quilt goes on to the district competition later in the fall. The quilt then competes against about 20 quilts at the district competition. The winner of the district competition goes on to the Provincial level of competition in February where the winners of all 15 districts in Ontario compete for the provincial championship. To win the provincial championship is a great honour! I figure if I continue to improve my quilting skills, someday I might win at the provincial level! It’s good to have a goal!
This Autumn Log Cabin quilt contains approximately 4720 pieces. It took much longer to make than I anticipated. For every stage, it took longer than I thought: cutting the fabrics, block construction, top assembly, borders, quilting and binding. I wanted to give up several times, but I forced myself to stick with it. And now it is done!!! Hooray!
Here is a photo of the quilting, a design called Majestic Pines by Donna Kleinke of One Song Needle Arts. All of the fabric in the blocks is from my stash. When you cut the fabric up for 1/2 inch logs, you can use up a lot of small pieces of stash!
This quilt won Grand Champion, Machine Quilting at the Rosseau Fall Fair and at the Arthur Fall Fair. My niece Hillary and her husband Gonzalo chose this quilt as their wedding quilt.
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.
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.
This 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.