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! 

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Henry’s Baby Quilt

Such lovely cuddly fabrics and sweet prints Lynda used in this quilt for baby Henry.

Quilted with the Popcorn pantograph by Jodi Beamish and a soft blue thread called cloud.

I’m sure Henry’s parents love this quilt gift.

To me nothing in the world is as precious as a genuine smile, especially from a child. ~ Rumi

Monday, 20 March 2017

Space Race

A fun rockets and start in this special quilt for a special little one, by Mararet.
Space Race quilt
We used the Popcorn pantograph by Jodi Beamish because it looks like clouds, quilted with a grey thread.

A fun backing fabric on this quilt as well.

Not sure who the lucky recipient was but I’m sure some little one is happy with this quilt. 

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Red Churn Dash blocks

For the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, the colour for the month of March is Red, and I needed a couple more Red Wonky Churn Dash blocks.
I already had a couple of other red blocks, so now I have four and which is good, because I have four blocks of most of the colours. I hope to finish up the few last colours needed for this quilt as we sew our way through the rainbow this year.

These red blocks will join the drawer of other blocks, I think I need about six more blocks and I’ll have enough for a quilt top.

Be sure to check out other rainbow projects quilters are working on for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge at Angela’s Soscrappy blog.