Monday, 17 June 2013

Giraffes for Jasmine

My niece, Jasmine is expecting a baby and a shower was held for her on Saturday.  I was told she was going to do her baby room in giraffes.  The next day I was at Cherished Pieces and saw a bolt of this awesome fabric sitting on the floor!  Wow, that had to come home with me :-).  I purchased enough for at least three baby quilts.

I had picked up a pattern called Ring Toss by Swirly Girls awhile ago and figured this was the perfect quilt to make.  I found batiks to match the colours and a background which looks like giraffe spots and used the giraffe fabric on the back so I wouldn't have to cut them apart.   The pattern calls for 5 FQ's, but I had 10 colours.  I used the Creative Grids Circle Savvy Ruler which works very quickly. 

Since I was on a deadline, I quilted organic lines in the border and I really like the way that turned out.  I was thinking circles, but couldn't up the courage quite yet :-).

I quilted the center of each circle with a King Tut variegated thread and the rest with a lovely light orange Magnifico from Superior Threads purchased from Anita Zobens of Cotton Mill Thread works.

 I found the binding at Seven Sisters quilt shop and when I got home, realized it was from the Dr. Suess line!  No wonder I liked it :-).
Since I had cut out double the circles, I made two tops at a time using a solid Kona Cotton for the center.  I hope to do some modernish quilting in this one.


I was at Hyggeligt Quilt shop a few months ago and saw a little quilt done with the cut outs of circles on solids.  I'm thinking of experimenting with a layout on either black or white background.  I'm leaning toward the black at the moment but the white looks very fresh.  That would make a really fun modernish quilt.

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Easy Street Mystery Quilt

The Easy Street mystery quilt from Bonnie Hunter has been completed for a few weeks.  This past week, it was hung at the Gwillimbury quilt show and I finally had a chance to take a picture of the whole quilt.  Here is it hanging in the show (see earlier post for a link to the venue where the show was held).

Since this was such a large quilt, I had Amy Van Gurp do the quilting on her long arm machine. 

She did a lovely job quilting it with a variegated King Tut thread.

Amy used the King Tut thread on the back as well which really showed off the quilting.  The back was pieced with strips of the fabrics used in the quilt. I will have to add a photo of that later.


Quilt show in Gwillimbury

My friend Lynn's quilt guild held a quilt show for members and friends so she asked me lend her a couple of quilts to hang.  My Kaffe Fasset bordered diamonds quilts went to the show and it looked very nice at the Sharon Temple, a national historical site.  The building is from 1832!  A very interesting building with lots of large windows.  Here is my KF quilt hanging in the show:

Check out the stairs to the next floor in the temple!

The stairs are very steep - you can see why they are blocked :-)