Alpine Wonder

I first remember seeing this quilt in a Keepsake Quilting Catalogue and thinking wow that is a cool quilt.

When Jeannie asked me if I could quilt hers this week instead of her quilt that was waiting next in line here, I was excited to work on it.

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(excuse the chalk lines, I use school chalk to mark guidelines for myself, they are easily removed with the help of my compressor)

The tree was made using trapunto and both the tree and sky were made with gradient fabrics for a wonderful 3D affect.

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Alva’s Flannel Quilt–Block Tutorial

I’ve had several people ask me for this pattern. My friend Alva has demonstrated the block at Thunder Bay Quilters Guild.

One note about her quilt is that the fabrics came from a fatquarter bundle of flannels.

Each block consists of:

  • 4 different 7 1/2”x3 1/2” rectangles
  • 4 solid 7 1/2”x 1 1/2” strips
  • 1 3 1/2” square

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1. Sew on black strip to each of the rectangle prints

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2. Choose your layout for the block and one of the rectangles with the black (or your solid) to the square. HERE IS THE IMPORTANT STEP: only sew half way from the bottom edge.

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3. Press this section. (Press all seams to the black strip) and sew your next rectangle as shown:

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4. Continue with the next 2 rectangles:

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5. and finally finish the first seam. Alva added black sashing’s to her quilt when joining her blocks.

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Now that I’ve made a block I am going to have to add this to my quilts to make list.

I’d love to see other versions, so if you make a quilt using this tutorial and would like me to quilt it this winter I will supply your batting! Just mention this tutorial. (This offer applies only to January and February 2013.)

Also note that I now have several wide quilt backs for sale to my quilting customers all backs sell for $15. a yard. You will only buy what your quilt requires.

Suzanne’s Stars and Modern Quilting

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’ve been gaining some new quilting ideas from some new sources. Thank you Suzanne for letting me do what I wanted on this quilt it really was fun to do!

(It’s so hard to believe that this picture was taken yesterday morning, no jacket on and this morning the same table had almost 10” of snow on it!)

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Thunder Bay Quilters Guild Teddy Bear Quilts

Every November during one of the hockey games in town there is what is called a Teddy Bear drop when the audience throws stuffed animals on the ice after the first goal is made.

Later these critters and many more end up donated and received by the the guild. Members choose one or more and take them home to make them a little quilt. They are all brought back to the November meeting and will be given to children for Christmas through our local Christmas Cheer!

This is just some of them!

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My little bear was very outdoorsy so his quilt  was made as if it was going to be in a fishing/hunting type of camp. (don’t ask me why I didn’t take a picture of the quilt, because I really don’t know)

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Alva was able to finally finish up her flannel fatquarter bundle for her bear, what a wonderful snuggly quilt for a little one to enjoy! (this picture was taken before the meeting when Alva always offers a tutorial on a different technique.)

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The most fun and artistic one and my personal favourite was the one that Joyce McKinnon made for her Bunny. She made Cabbage Leaves and added a crocheted carrot!

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