Monday, 21 September 2020

Postage Stamp challenge quilt

The Hearts and Hands quilt guild that I belong to makes comfort quilts for the chemo unit at our local hospital.  Someone donated a quilt to the cause which had 2332 little 1" finished squares in it.  On a whim, our chair challenged our members to make a quilt with at least that number of 1" squares in it and the challenge was due in January of 2020.  An amazing number of members jumped in and got busy ☺.  I decided to use Bonnie Hunter's trip around the world pattern and used 1 1/2" strips that I have been collecting for a long time.  It was a lot of fun making units that made up 1/4 of a block.  I added sashings and used more 1" blocks to make 4 patch corner blocks, since I didn't have quite enough.  After I had the top finished, there was one 1/4 block that really was too light so I made one more and replaced it.  I used the light block to make the label on the back which totaled 2440 squares. 

Since this quilt is going in the stack of lap quilts for my grand kids to choose from for their grade 12 graduation, I used a Science print for the backing.  And, I used my Westalee circle rulers to quilt circles in each square.  That worked very nicely.  I found the perfect striped binding fabric in my stash and had just enough to finish it.

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Finished quilt

Circle quilting

Found a striped binding fabric

Science themed backing



Monday, 7 September 2020

A very old UFO completed

On Sept. 16, 2013, I took a class with the London Friendship Quilter's Guild with Becky Goldsmith.  The class was on her method of applique.  I learned a lot in this class and I finished the applique a few years after the class! I finally came across it last month and decided while I had it in my hands, I'd finish it!  I just did a simple stitch in the ditch and then 1/4" from the edge of the house and tree and also in the borders.  Fortunately I still had some of the exact grey in my stash and I used that for the binding.  I will hang it in my sewing room.



Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Eleanor's JK quilt

A few weeks ago, my granddaughter Eleanor came over to choose her I spy squares for her very own quilt for going to JK this fall.  We had a lovely day with her.  She was very excited to choose the squares.  She chose lots of food squares and some that were from quilts made for her brothers and sisters.  She even included work boots for Daddy ☺

Busy choosing the squares and putting them on the design wall

This girl knows exactly what she wants!  She walked right up to my fabric stash and chose the owls for the back and the purple for the sashings!

The finished quilt

I quilted it with a funky flower

The back of the quilt

Saturday, 4 July 2020

Psalms Quilt finish

In 2007, I came across a quilt designed by Carol Honderich that combined a Bible study with quilt blocks.  The website is no longer active, but googling brings up references on Pinterest and Instagram. I am not on either of these sites so cannot verify this.  

Carol designed a quilt block for each lesson in Nancy Leigh DeMoss's Bible study called,  "A 30 day Walk with God through the Psalms".  I purchased the quilt patterns and each week some thoughts were posted with some tips.  I printed these out and put everything in a binder.  There was an option for a pieced block or an applique block for each lesson.  I decided to do the pieced blocks by hand as Linda Franz  had visited my quilt guild and had inspired me to try hand piecing.  It was an amazing experience to do the study and then hand piece the blocks while thinking about the lessons. 

The blocks sat in my binder for many years over our move to the new house and I could not decide how to set it.  I had some ideas here, but I really wanted to label the references somehow but hand embroidering them would probably never get them finished ☺.  A friend of mine, Deb Dees makes labels for our comfort quilts on her embroidery machine and one day the light bulb went on and I got her to embroider the references onto black cotton.  We chose gold thread and that turned out great.  I appliqued a tree of life, as per my idea in 2008! and finally got the top sewn together in February.  It took awhile to decide how to quilt it.  I finally quilted the sashings in the ditch and then did something in each individual block.  I am very happy to have finished this long time UFO! (Click on the individual photos for a larger view.)

The finished quilt

Tree of life applique with close stipple quilting in the background

some of the individual blocks

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I did run across the street to my friend Chris' place for lots of ideas on how to quilt the individual blocks.  She is a long arm quilter and it was great to brainstorm some tough blocks. 
I found a leftover of another backing and had to piece it to make it fit, but the design worked out quite nicely. 

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Row by Row

Row by Row is starting up soon and I just finished one last week and realized I had two done that I hadn't blogged yet.  So, here are the latest ones completed.  I have a lot to do yet.  These little quilts have great memories of trips to visit the various quilt shops and picking up these cute patterns or kits.  Even though I have many to finish, I will probably pick up a bunch of new ones this year ☺.
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2017 On the Go from E & E's cloth and Creations in Newton ON
Backing of the red and white quilt

2015 Water from the Workroom in Toronto ON

2018 Music from Smith-Owen in Grand Rapids, MI

I found the row by row hanger that I bought at the quilt show in Grand Rapids almost two years ago and it finally got hung up :-).

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Christopher's Canadian baby quilt

Last year our Church sponsored a refugee family and they just had a baby boy recently.  We were including her in the shower, which unfortunately had to be canceled, even though it's her second baby 👶.  It's a first Canadian baby.   

I found this Canadian panel in my stash with some fabric in the same line and thought this would be perfect for the Canadian born baby.  We delivered the quilt to them last weekend as well and had a lovely little visit with Roza and their 4 year old daughter Christina, half in English and half in her language.   

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The panels were a lot of fun.  I cut them apart and added the grey with white maple leafs and then added the companion print to the top and bottom.

close up of a couple of the blocks

I quilted it with wavy lines. The binding is also from this line of fabric.

I happened to have a stuffed bambi in my gift stash and wrapped it up for Christina.  She was thrilled with her little yellow gift bag!

Baby quilt for Aria

Our Church ladies always host a baby shower for first babies.  The shower was scheduled at the end of March and of course with this virus, that had to be canceled.  So, we delivered the quilt personally this past weekend and had a lovely little porch visit as well☺.

This quilt was for Becky's baby Aria.  I had picked up the bunny rabbit fabric awhile ago at a local quilt shop.  I was going to put the white rabbit fabric (on the back) on the front of the quilt, but accidentally cut the brown!  I was worried that it was too strong, but once the binding was on, it looked great and it was probably a happy mistake :-).  I quilted it with straight lines which seemed to suit this pattern.  I used up most of the fabric in the back as well.  (Click on the photo for a larger view.)

Pattern is Through the Looking Glass by It's Sew Emma

Back of the quilt