Tag Archives: Traditional Quilt

2017-15 Star Trellis

This quilt is made from traditional 30’s prints, which reflect the soft colours of this design.  It was quilted in a sweet rose digital design by Kim Diamond.

Star Trellis won Grand Champion, Machine Quilting at the 2017 Drayton Fair.

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2017-10 Flannel Checkerboard

This attractive traditional design is called Trip Around the World.  How fitting that I finished the hand quilting on this lovely little flannel quilt on a trip out east this summer.  The interior was quilted sporadically over the spring and early summer and then I quilted the borders on the trip.  I hand stitched the binding during a few spare moments on the trip.   I added a hanging sleeve to make it convenient for use as a wall hanging.   Flannel is soft and does not hold its shape well for uses like hanging, but it is definitely cosy!

2016-29 Autumn Tumbler

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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.

 

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2016-27 Pumpkin Nine Patch

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This quilt was inspired by the border fabric.  I bought this fabric at the member boutique at the Quilt Show of the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  What a great sale!  I spent lots of money there and was particularly pleased with this border fabric. (Their show was exceptionally good too!)

The size of the quilt was determined by the amount of border fabric I had.  First I calculated how big I could make the quilt considering the corners had to be mitered to keep the flow of the design.  Once I knew the outside dimensions, then I built the inside of the quilt to fit.  I used some six inch nine patch blocks that came from a Guild exchange of blocks and made a few extra to expand the center.  After playing with several layout options, I selected a lovely rusty-orange fabric for the setting triangles.  It is quilted with  Superior Omni thread in Ginger Spice  using a digital design called Damask by Ann Bright.   I’m pleased with the result.

I have put it with the group of quilts from which I invite brides and grooms to select their wedding quilts.  However, I hope no one picks this one because I like it.  I could live quite happily with this quilt.

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2016-18 Elizabeth’s Star

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This miniature quilt started from a kit that someone gifted to me.  This ten inch quilt was fiddly to make.  Working with such small pieces made it very difficult to keep the pieces accurate and end up with even star points.  At first glance this star looks great, but I know how uneven the points actually are!  If I were to do this over, I would foundation piece the star sections so they are perfectly accurate.  A foundation would help stabilize the sections and prevent distortion.  With every quilt I  make, I learn something!

After piecing the top and I decided to hand quilt it.  I got tips from Elizabeth Schneider, a well known local miniaturist.  She is a lovely lady and very encouraging.  Elizabeth taught me how to tack the points by hand and then quilt the setting squares, triangle and borders.
One great tip from Elizabeth was to take a regular batting and to peel it back through the centre to create a very thin batting that is perfect for miniature quilts.    It worked wonderfully!  Elizabeth is so inspiring, I will definitely make another miniature.  I had to name this quilt after her.

I entered this miniature quilt in several fall fairs and won first prize each time it was entered.  That is encouraging and I will make another.  Surprisingly, my hand stitching group has asked me to teach a class in making this same quilt.

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2016-14 Modern Dresden

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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!

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2016-6 Carpenter Star

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This quilt was inspired by some men’s shirting prints I received from a Toronto shirt factory that makes upscale shirts.  I made a bunch of half square triangles and set them together in a Carpenter Star design.  I opted to make the flying geese to increase the size of the quilt.  With extra negative space, it made a great canvas for fancy quilting, so custom quilting with feathers seemed to fit my vision.  The quilting design in the blocks is Barbara’s Feather’s by Donna Klienke, the pattern in the border is Naysa’s Feathers by Christy Dillon and the design in the flying geese is a simple feathered sash I created.  The background of the flying geese is freehand matchstick quilting.  It is single bed size.

I like how the blank space shows the fancy quilting well.  This is one of my personal favourites of the year.

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