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  The website is no longer active, but googling brings up references on Pinterest and Instagram.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

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Table runners

I found some pictures on my camera of some table runners I finished in October!  It's about time to post them.  I still have a stack of runners to quilt in a basket in a corner.  Once I start quilting one, I usually do a few at at time ☺. (Click on the photos to enlarge.)

I received a kit from a friend of mine and put it together a couple of years ago.  It's so nice to have it finally quilted.  It's very spring like.

I quilted it on my Bernina 830 vintage machine with echoed swirls all over which suited it.

The backing was included in the kit as well.

This was a sample for a class to try out a pattern.

Backing for the fall table topper

This little mat was a little gift at a booth at Quilt Canada a few years ago.  We received a few 5" squares with a link for a pattern on the internet.  I quilted it with interlocking squares.

Backing for the little mat.

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Ashley's Baby quilt

This quilt was made for my niece Ashley's baby boy.  Fortunately we had a shower for her before the lock down happened.  We haven't been able to visit the baby, but at least he has his quilt 😍

The finished quilt.  This was a panel which I cut apart and framed with solids in the colours that matched the backing fabric.

It was quilted in simple wavy lines

These animals are just so adorable

The backing is a companion print to the panel which I found in different shops.

animals in the forest

Saturday, 28 March 2020

The Quilter's Field Guide to Colour part 3

Since today was a rainy day and it was Saturday, I played with more colour and continued making more bear paw blocks representing the rest of the seasons.  I did the spring blocks yesterday in this blog post.  It was a lot of fun rooting through my scraps (and a few special fabrics from my stash) and finding the right colours and moods for the swatches I chose to represent the various seasons.  Here are the results of today's fun.
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First half of the colours I picked for the four seasons

Second half of the colours for the seasons

Winter bear paw block

Fall bear paw block...I couldn't decide which colour to use for the paws so I did two.

Here are the summer blocks.  I made a mistake and cut too many paws so I cut more background and focus fabric since you can't have too much summer, right? ☺

Here are all my blocks so far.

Friday, 27 March 2020

The Quilter's Field Guide to Colour 2

This month's colour lesson from Rachel Hauser's book was linked to the colours of the seasons.  Take a look here for the first post on these exercises.  We had to take 8 different colour ways (one was neutrals) and choose a swatch from each colour to represent the four seasons.  And, then take the choices from the current season to make one or more bear paw blocks.  This is definitely more difficult that it looks at first glance!  First of all, there are all the decisions on sorting the colours into the proper groups.  Is this particular swatch purple, pink, red or orange?  Or maybe neutral?  I finally sorted all the colours into warm and cool groups first. I even got my colour wheel out to help me sort them out!  It was amazing matching up some fabrics to the spring row and finding the perfect ones!  These scraps were left over from a quilt I made for my granddaughter Emma called, Fancy Forest.   I ended up making four spring blocks using the same center focus fabric but different paws.
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First four colours

Second set of four colours

My rows of colours minus the ones used in this exercise

This focus fabric fit well with the green and pink and "sand" that I chose for my neutral

Loved how this fabric went so well with the spring fabrics (except the purple ☺

My four bear paw blocks.  Amazing how different that center fabric looks with the different coloured paws.

the blocks with last month's blocks
If I have a bit of free time before next month's exercise, I may try more blocks from the other seasons.

A quilt for my niece

My niece got married in November and I put together Canadian blocks from the 401 quilt run that I participated in with three friends in 2016.  There were 14 shops to visit all along Hwy 401 which runs through south western Ontario.  This shop hop features shops east of Toronto.   We had a great time on our trip and two of us collected the block kits with a Canadian theme.  I set the blocks on point after making two more blocks from leftovers from the generous kits.  I found some black with cream maple leafs which worked well for the setting squares and triangles.  This works up quite quickly as there are no borders to add.  It was again quilted by my neighbour Chris Bogart with the maple syrup pantograph.  Wishing Karen and Brent many happy years together!
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There wasn't quite enough backing left from another quilt but I made it work by adding a map of Canada panel.
The finished quilt.
This quilt was also quilted by Chris Bogart using the "maple syrup" pantograph.

This picture shows the colours more accurately.

Wedding Quilt for my nephew

My nephew in BC was married this past summer and I finally got his quilt in the mail together with my brother's Christmas quilt this past December.  For Jamie and Deneice, I decided to do a Canadian quilt with my large stash of Canada fabrics.  I love the way this one worked up.   I used 48 strips 2 1/2" wide.  Quilted by my friend Chris Bogart who does long arm quilting and lives right across the street! (click on the photos for larger views)

Finished quilt

Lovely quilting pantograph called maple syrup

The poppy fabric is one of my favourite Canadian fabrics