I first started attending our local quilt guild when I was in my late twenties. I had been interested in quilting in my early teens but had no idea where to start, not knowing anyone who quilted.
Then I attended Quilt Canada when it was held here in Thunder Bay in 1992 and attended some classes. That is where I met my friend Alva who became my mentor.
I recently had the privilege to quilt a round robin style of quilt for a friend Bobbie who was in a group of quilters that were a very big part of quilt Guild for many years and helped to bring Quilt Canada to Thunder Bay.
It was a very interesting looking quilt and with permission I shared her quilt with a couple of groups that I belong to and was asked how it was made. So I questioned Bobbie and she shared pictures of her sisters quilt and progress. The rule was that each person started with a fat quarter and passed to the next Quilter who was to cut it horizontally and vertically and insert six inch rows of piecing:
Starting with Aileen’s fabric choice
Next Jean Tozer added her strips
Then Marjorie Hosegoods addition
Alva being Alva wasn’t one to follow the rules and decided to make two vertical cuts really changing the look.
Elaine Pond was next:
followed by Val:
And finished by Bobbie:
I loved spending time with these ladies and learnt so much about quilting and life from them. I remember the group of them liked to sit in the front row at guild and often would get the giggles like young school girls they really had fun!
This summer my friend Betty was making the Fire Moth quilt and we spent time together working on this paper piecing pattern.
Once the top was completed Betty had me quilt it and I chose the Star Swirl pattern to compliment background starry night look. once this project was complete Betty gifted me the scraps left over from the quilt…more about in my next post.
After watching tutorials from Missouri Star Quilt Company over the winter I decided it was time to play a little. Using some Kaffe Facett layer cake fabrics and white yardage I gave these blocks a go. It was really different with the bias edges but I found that as long as I pressed carefully and didn’t stretch the fabric piecing went smoothly.
I still have borders to add and am planning to use white.
Let’s start with the mile a minute quilts.
Then her sweet sun bonnet sue
And her beautiful fall quilt
Carol’s quilt was a lot of fun to quilt using different freehand designs that I have picked up along my quilting journey.
Alva never fails to amaze me with her use of colour and the different patterns she finds and makes as in finishes too! I quilted this for her using the Pantograph Leaf Pile.
Lorraine is another prolific quilter, I love the colours that she used in this quilt. It was quilted using the pantograph Waterworld.
I know I haven’t been posting much this summer, despite having so much to share. I’ve been busy in my studio though, here’s a little peek.
Some quilting jobs like to spend more time on the frame than others..this was one of them.
The pattern is called Labyrinth and the kit was purchased from Keepsake Quilting. My customer made some changes to the fabrics that came with the kit and also added more borders as she doesn’t care for square quilts.
I was able to play on this quilt and used some new to me ideas that I have learnt thanks to Angela Walters, Craftsy classes as well as her books.
Anyhow here is my show and tell:
I really need some time to finish my design wall so that I can hang and photograph my quilting. One day soon. For now these will have to do!
Have a great and wonderful day!!!
I know my last few posts look like all I’ve been doing is playing outside this summer, which I admit due to our very short summer I try to play outside as much as I can, I really have been quilting too…
One of the challenges that I set out to do was to use 2 Lily and Will by Bunny Hill charm packs to make 2 baby quilts. One for a girl and one for a boy.
Adding some background yardage, here are the results
I used the Baby Pinwheel pattern from the Moda Bake Shop to make the second quilt, the first is an adaptation of the Funny Farm pattern from the book Fat Quarter Fun by Karen Snyder.