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!
Heather’s quilt really showcased her fabric choices which are bright and fun to look at. I chose to quilt it using the Hearts and Bloom Pantograph.
My customers will often ask me to choose the quilting design which is fun for me and maybe a little overwhelming for newer quilters. I carry many different designs and am always more than happy to add to my collection when a customer would like something that isn’t in my collection.
Millie has been entrusting her quilts to me for several years now and it’s always a pleasure to quilt for her. These recent two quilts were a lot of fun to quilt.
This first one was quilted using the Pantograph Shasta Daisy, it always makes me smile when I see it.
Her second quilt also perfectly pieced called for a floral Pantograph so I chose Rhapsody. I have customers that like to choose the designs for their quilts and I will order new Pantographs for them if I don’t have what they have in mind, however many people tell me to choose and enjoy being surprised when the receive their quilts back. I have recently added to my Pantograph collection and am looking forward to trying them soon.
Millie’s backing for this quilt was so soft and vintage looking a perfect fit for this sweet quilt.
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.
My friend Betty constantly amazes me with her piecing and quilts. I had the privilege of quilting her Forest Friends quilt recently.
Terri’s quilts always inspire me, her choices of fabric, colour and patterns always go together beautifully.
I have recently taken an online course by Judi Madsen. I started following her blog when she was just starting out and it has been fun watching her Quilting style grow and evolve. I have admired her work so it was a treat to take her classes.
I have previously used all of the actual designs in this quilt many times but it was fun for a change to mark and load a practice piece just for myself and play. I only used one layer of batting because it was just practice but I can see myself using a lot of what I learnt in these courses in future quilts and will probably add another layer of batting.
I have quilted several Quilts for my customer/now friend Emily. In the last few years I have also been piecing and Quilting for her using up her stash sometimes supplementing when need be. She loves flannel Quilts.
Once I was settled into my new studio, I felt inspired to play with her fabric again. I love these bright pinwheels the print became the background. I had fun piecing the backing as well making both sides of this quilt fun. I really do have dozens of different pantographs but bubbles seems to be pantograph of the year!