Saturday, April 22, 2017

East Lake Simcoe Quilt Show - Part one

This guild has only been together for about five years and this was their first quilt show. It was held in a church and most of the quilts were draped over the pews. I hope you enjoy the beauty that fabric, pattern and needle can achieve.

This was fun. The zigzag stitching was so tiny.

Each bird had her own name.

There were lovely applique quilts.

This was a small quilt - not even 12 inches square.

There were a few items of clothing.

Loads and loads of quilts to view.

The Canadian behind the Quirks and Quilts designs is Joni Newman. Judy and I have a couple of her stained glass landscape patterns.

As I said, loads of quilts to view.

Nice to see a different colour background.

There were quite a few quilts that had a focus fabric as the main block or a panel with blocks added to make it bigger.

That's it for today. More tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The old and the new

Last week I put the final quilting stitches in this quilt that was started sometime in the 1980s.

It's off the frame but it still needs to be bound. I also need to make a label and attach a hanging sleeve. This is a wall hanging, not a lap quilt.

I love it just as much now as I did when I first made it. The blocks are 12 inches so this is roughly 48" X 48". People might look at it and think it's a 'modern' quilt because it's graphic, doesn't have a border and uses all solid colours but I only ever used all solid colours in most of my quilts (then and now.) If memory serves, the colours are the same as the original pattern that I followed from the McCall's Quilt magazine. I should search for the magazine...

This is the reason why I put it aside and never finished quilting it. I had it all put together with backing and batting and it was all basted. I started quilting it in the centre with white quilting thread. I didn't even finish quilting the central motif. If you click on the photo and take a good look at the quilting, the teeny tiny quilting stitches are the old stitches. I was such a perfectionist when I first began quilting and would take out stitches if they weren't just right.
I wasn't sure whether or not I wanted to quilt using all white thread or whether I should quilt in the same colour as the fabric. That was the reason this quilt was never completed. Early last year I finally decided that I would put it on the frame and quilt it intuitively. I used a small ruler to make all the straight lines and ended up quilting in the same colour as the fabrics - except I left the centre in white. I had to put it aside last year because I was doing a lot of wedding sewing.

Once I took it off the frame, I just threw it on a chair. I love the way the quilting shows up so nicely on the navy blue backing. One thing I always said to myself was that I wouldn't use black - I'd use navy instead. To this day, I have not used much black but that may change since I have a lot of solid black fabric to use up.

I am debating on whether to self bind this or use a separate binding. I used to only self bind quilts but I'm out of practice.

This is what I'm working on now.

Trying to choose eight different greens that go together for a baby quilt. I started it but had to take a break for Easter and then there were a few repair jobs to do. I think I can get back to working on this now.

Once again, I'm linking up to The Needle and Thread Network and to Lorna's 
Sew Fresh Quilts.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Baby quilts and fabric

As I was doing a bit of cleaning up I came across some fabric that had little duckies on it. 

It was just a piece of fabric - not yardage. I put it in a pile to bring to one of the guilds I belong to. I figured someone might be able to use it. There were other fabrics in the pile that I no longer wanted. One night I grabbed what I had and put it in a bag to bring to the guild meeting. This one piece though, was forgotten. I don't know if it was on purpose or not but as it sat on the desk where I had put the other stuff, I started to think about it. It might just be something that Marg and I could do something with. So, I washed it up again and ironed it and brought it to Marg's. It just so happened that we had finished quilting the wheelchair lap quilts and needed something new to work on.

I cut up all the ducky fabric into 6 inch squares and then Marg and I looked for other fabric to go with it. The duckies feet were a browny-beige so that's what we found. Unfortunately, the one fabric piece we cut up didn't have enough yardage for the whole quilt so we found another piece to go with it. At first we put the six darker squares in the top and bottom rows but then Marg noticed that we could put them diagonally. 

The following week, when we came back to it, Marg had decided that the beige wasn't quite right and she found this yellowy broadcloth. She thought that this fabric enhanced the blue. Since we had the other squares cut, we decided to use them in another quilt.

The beige stayed in the same place but Marg found some backing fabric that she liked and we took the colours from it.

This is the backing fabric. Once we cut enough for the backing, we had a small piece left over. We then wondered if it would give us another quilt.

We needed 24 of the floral squares and 24 coloured squares. Luckily for us, there was enough of the floral to give us yet another top with nothing left over. I do like it when a piece of fabric gets all used up and in this case we used up three pieces in the making of three quilts.

Ta da, we now have three baby quilts to finish. 

Marg came across some fat quarters.

This is the same bundle but the reverse side.

She gave me all the fat quarters because she said she would not be using them. Marg has made several full-sized quilts in her lifetime and quite a few baby quilts too. She is 89 and doesn't make quilts for herself anymore. She just quilts the ones that we both work on. The odd time she will hand quilt a pre-printed panel. She also crochets baby hats and I think she has made a little more than 200 in the past couple of years. 
Quite an inspiration.