Wednesday, 5 April 2017

OMG for April

I have quite a few quilts in the making, in a closet in my den I have quilts with backs ready to be quilted, then on a rack in my quilting room I have finished quilt tops and on the shelves in my quilting room I have stacks of blocks that need to be sewn together into a quilt top.

For my One Monthly Goal (OMG) for April, I have picked the oldest quilt in the closet with a backing ready to go.

Nothing fancy, a simple corduroy utility quilt, with a plaid flannel backing.

Again I’ll tell it’s story at the end of the month when I finish it.

Wish me luck, and maybe join me and many others in the OMG fun at Elm Street Quilts.

Everything that is made beautiful and fair and lovely is made for the eye of one who sees. ~ Rumi

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Rainbow Rows quilt

I have finished my Rainbow Rows quilt.  This pattern is by Lissa Alexander, found in the April 2015 edition of American Patchwork & Quilting.  I pieced many of the little blocks over the past year (or more) while sewing my way through the rainbow with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

I absolutely loved the process of this quilt, the little scraps that I got to use, the scrappy background and the colours.

Quilted with the Double Plume pantograph by Keryn Emmerson.

I decided to piece the back, buying a couple of bigger pieces and using some of my stash as well.

And I added a label, I’m trying to remember to do this for every quilt.

My husband and I are now enjoying it on our bed.

Chains do not hold a marriage together.  It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years~ Simone Signoret

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Kaffee Fassett Blue

The official name of this quilt is Economy Blue Patch Quilt and you will find the pattern in Kaffe Fassett’s book Country Garden Quilts.

I first purchased a bundle of assorted blue Kaffe Fasset prints at a quilt shop in Denver, and while collecting all of Kaffe’s books I came upon this pattern and decided this was how I was going to use my blue collection.  I did have to buy a few more fabrics, however I had a good variety to start with.

Economy Blue Patch is actually a medallion quilt, can you see the small blocks in the centre, surrounded by larger blocks and then bordered with smaller blocks again?

For quilting I picked a pantograph called Bellflower by Patricia E. Ritter and a blue tread.  I like how the flower landed in the middle of some of the larger blocks.

A busy quilt, which suits me just fine as I love Kaffe Fassett fabrics and quilt designs.

This quilt finishes at 63 inches square.  One for me to keep as my favourite colour is blue.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Two underwater quilts

These two quilts are my One Monthly Goal (OMG) project for March completed.

Reef and Pond, two underwater quilts

They started out as a pile of blue batik 2 ½” strips that Dierdre, a local quilt shop owner gave me.  She was doing a bit of searching/cleaning and found this wad of blue batik and asked me if I wanted it (knowing blue is my favourite colour), of course I wanted it.  I brought the strips home and added a few of my own thinking I would make a really big jelly roll race quilt.  They sat in the drawer until one evening I just needed to sew, no thinking or measuring or anything, just sewing.  Once I got all the strips sewn together I realized it was too big and the strips were going in the wrong direction, they were vertical instead of horizontal.  I decided to cut the whole quilt in half, they would still be about twin size.

In February I took a Silk-screening class at the AlbertaCollege of Art and Design (ACAD) and decided I wanted to screen some water creatures on these quilts as I thought they looked like bodies of water.  So on one quilt top I screened a couple of koi and a goldfish. This quilt is called Pond.

On the other I screened an Octopus, a seahorse and a couple of pieces of coral.  This quilt is called Reef.

You can see close-ups of the creatures on my beginning of the month blog post called ‘OMG for March’.  I did want them to camouflage or blend into the quilt kind of like they would in their natural habitat.

Pond has an orange accent and backing.

Reef has a green accent and backing.

Pond is quilted with the Calm Water pantograph by Anne Bright

Reef is quilted with the Seaside pantograph by Kathie James.
Can you see the Clamshell, the conch, the starfish and the nautilus?

A couple of labels and these two are complete.

Surf on over to Elm Street quilts to see many other completed projects and consider joining in the fun for April.  I’m really enjoying taking part in One Monthly Goal party, such satisfaction in finishing some of my many UFO’s (UnFinished Objects).

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever. ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Prehistoric Dinosaur quilt

Diane made this Dinosaur quilt for her grandson Colin.  A special theme for Colin and a great way to incorporate panels into a quilt, like looking through a window.

Prehistoric Dinosaur is quilted with the Dinosaurs pantograph by Dave Hudson and a titanium coloured thread by Glide.

You have to look closely to pick out the stegosaurus:


And a Tyrannosaurus Rex:

Diane also incorporated a panel into the back of the quilt.

What a fun quilt for Colin.

Never since we discovered there were dinosaurs did anyone get sick of them. - Colin Trevorrow

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Cozy Cuddler

A cuddle size quilt by Joan.  I just love the combination of colours in this quilt.
Cozy Cuddler quilt
Joan decided that the Butterfly Charm pantograph by Hermione Agee and a celery coloured thread would be a nice match with the flowers.
Butterfly Charm pantograph
Any time is the right time for cuddling.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Teddy Bear Quilt

A combination of yellows, browns and blues come together to make this charming baby quilt.

Sandra picked the Tumblin’ Teddy Bears pantograph by Patricia E Ritter and as there are some teddy bears in one of the prints, Teddy Bear quilt seems like a good name.  Quilted with a very light yellow Glide thread called Lemon Ice.

Some lucky baby will get to snuggle under this sweet quilt.

Everything in life I share, except of course my teddy bear!