Quilting Rules and the Modern Quilting World

I love quilts, I’ve loved quilts from the first time I noticed quilts and my passion for them has only grown.

My first quilting teacher was Eleanor Burns, who I watched on PBS and before a VCR. I would take notes and then make the project. I also read every book and magazine that I could find. As money was tight I made many miniature quilts as the fabric requirements weren’t overwhelming to my budget.

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I fell in love with the precision of piecing, I love pressing my pieces and seeing perfectly matched seams and sharp points.  I pride myself in my work.

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On the other hand though, I’ve never appreciated the “Quilt Police” I want to make what I want to make, in the colours that I choose and the styles that I like. Quilting should be fun. I often think of a grade 7 teacher who tried to explain to me that purple and orange, and blue and green do not ever go together..that made no sense to me!

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Lately, something new has been catching my eye, I’m loving the Modern Quilts that are out there. Colours and styles are changing and I want to play! Sometimes I just want to cut up fabric, sew and press and see what happens. Sometimes I just want simple. More often than not lately I want to try different.

This weekend I played with some Kate Spain Fabric and made my version of a quilt that I’ve seen in a few places. It’s still a work in progress, but it does have my wheels turning with more ideas.

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so simple, just strips sewn together, cut and framed, and solid blocks framed with pieced strips. Such a quick and relaxing project. Perfect for these hot weather days. I love the bright happy colours and patterns in this line too. This is still a work in progress, I haven’t decided on borders. It will be lap sized though.

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I know that this project is barely dipping my toes into the water of Modern Quilting but I think there will be more, so much more!!

I was asked to …

I was asked to quilt this by a friend of mine who is a member of a small quilting group in South Gillies. I was given free reign on how it would be quilts so I chose to outline the applique and freehand fill the background of the centre. Freehand swirls in the green border, feathers in the pink border, and piano keys in the final border.

This quilt will be raffled off in support of the South Gillies Community Centre.

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The Month that Flew By

June has always been a busy month for this family with 3 birthdays, school ending and trying to spend as much time outside as possible.

My youngest graduated high school

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Katie loves being an Auntie and so many pictures include Liam..he thought he’d try her hat on for size.

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Speaking of Liam, this month he started crawling and no sooner had he figured that out and got it down pat, he then realized that he can pull himself up and walk around holding tables, chairs etc.. he truly is a man in motion. He is 7 months.

Katie designed and made her grad dress herself. She has always amazed me with her imagination and talent.

She bought some yardage (the green satin) and a wedding gown from the Sally Ann and…

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