The end in sight ….

Whew, I worked my way through the stack of community quilts; nine quilts quilted in a month! That’s definitely a record for me. To streamline the process I used the same overall design in each one, Angela Walters’ Swirl Hook. I love it. Five of the quilts were made of good quality flannel and were so soft & cuddly with which to work. And no, I didn’t piece any of these.

While we are still in isolation mode because of COVID-19 none of our quilts can be distributed to the community but we have a large supply ready once restrictions relax.

I’ve been rushing to get these done by the end of the month because my folding layout/cutting tables I need for each quilt are set up in the spare bedroom that has a Murphy bed and we have a guest arriving this weekend who will be using that room for an indefinite amount of time. The tables have to go! I just made it in time!

I don’t think there will be much quilting going on for awhile lol. Here are the last of them:

Git ‘r done..’

I finished quilting two more of the Guild’s community quilts today; I love seeing the stack of finished ones grow. Angela Waltersswirl hook is so perfect for an all-over design on scrappy quilts I think and gives them beautiful texture. These two are just more of the same…happy day!

Isewlation quilting

I injured one knee recently so that’s limited my ability to do much yard work and has given me a perfect excuse to be in the house quilting. Although with the outside temperatures in the high teens Celsius I’m not sure why I want to do that!
These two quilts I just finished were pieced by a couple of our ‘Scrap Queen’ ladies in our Guild who produce some real beauties. I’m a fan of Angela Walters of Quilting is My Therapy and the motif I used on both quilts is her swirl hook. It’s fast, it’s easy and the texture it creates is beautiful. I used Glide khaki thread on the top and magnaglide in the bobbin. The hand guided free motion quilting is done on my Sweet Sixteen.

COVID-19 quilting

Well, the world is a different place since my last post. Practising social distancing and self isolation has provided the opportunity for almost unlimited gardening and quilting time! Fortunately all is well in our home as I hope it is in yours.

A couple of months ago at one of our stitching days our Guild President pulled out a box of beautiful quality flannel (donated to us) from our storage cabinet, bundled it and handed it out to us with ‘orders’ to get busy! So we did! I’ve seen a few turn up in our Facebook group and now I’ve finally finished one. What a pleasure to work with such good fabric!

Many of us stitched up our fabric bundles using patterns from one of the 3-Yard pattern books by Fabric Cafe. If you haven’t seen their books yet you should! The patterns are great for those one yard purchases we’ve all made on an impulse buy. They have some free patterns to try. They all measure approximately 49″ x 59″.

The pattern for this one is ‘Brick Street’ from Fast & Fun 3-Yard Quilts by Fabric Cafe. Template & ruler work overall and Glide Cool Grey 3 thread used with magna-glide in the bobbin. It measures 47″ x 56.5″ after laundering.

More community quilting..

Our Guild provides quilts to those in need in the community. We do it through various organizations: Family & Social Services, Grace House (transitional housing), Oncology Dept. at the Hospital just to name a few. We have also given to those who have suffered illness or lost their home & belongings to fire. I think we’re on track to have made and donated about 100 quilts in the past year; not bad for a membership that numbers in the low 70s! Our members are generous with both their time and fabric.

I and several others quilt some of the quilts for those whose first love is just piecing. This last one is a sampler block quilt (beautifully pieced by Barb M, one of our most prolific quilters) which provided me the opportunity to play; a different design in each block! I’m not very good yet at creating secondary designs so that was my focus in this project. I am incredibly slow; I keep hoping my speed will improve as I practice but I’m not optimistic!

The backing for this quilt was a tiny, tiny check that made my eyes go crazy if I had to look at it for long (as I did when I had to ‘unsew’ a motif or two -oops!) but once it was quilted it didn’t look so bad lol.

HST inspirations

I continue to be inspired by the endless possibilities in HST arrangements that result in beautiful designs. Again influenced by what I see on Pinterest and with enough blocks left over from a couple of previous quilts, I constructed this brightly coloured baby quilt. I also had some flannel pieces from other quilts that worked perfectly on the back of this one, making for a soft and cuddly quilt. It measures 39″ x 39″. The batting is 100% washable wool. Hand guided free motion quilting in an open design allows the texture and definition to show. There is a hanging sleeve on the back. And pre-washing gives it that lovely crinkly look!
I may gift this quilt, but at the moment it is available for $100; shipping is extra.

Death by ruler….

In January our Guild held a two day workshop on building a quilted item of our choice made using one of Sew Kind of Wonderful‘s Quick Curve Rulers (QCR). We’d previously had a demo in the use of the rulers so we were ready to go! Many of us chose from the wide selection of free patterns available for the rulers; I chose to make the mini trees. I’d seen the table topper in grey and white both on the web site and made by one of our members and decided that was the palette I wanted to use. In my stash I found the perfect fabrics; to me they evoke a frosty wintery day.
The piece measures 20″ x 42.5″. I used one layer of warm & plush batting and ruler quilted it to death on my Sweet Sixteen with Glide Cool Grey thread in the grey trees and Invisifil white thread in the rest of the top and magna glide in the bobbin. All quilting is hand guided free motion.

a Friday finish!

Last week I did a demo of Beth Helfter’s (of EvePaige Quilt Designs) Accordion Sewn HSTs™ for our Guild so I started one of the patterns from her book OOMPAH! for a display item.  I finished quilting it and machine stitching the binding last night and tonight I finished the hand stitching of the binding.  Yay!  Managed to get it done before Christmas!

If you haven’t tried her method of constructing HSTs you should; it’s the easiest ever!  Click on the link above to view her YouTube videos.

HST table runner

Not only quilting….

I own not one, but two, embroidery machines and am happy to take a machine embroidery break from quilting once in awhile.  This year it seems gnomes are a ‘thing’; I see many gnome links on both Facebook and Pinterest.  So I decided I should incorporate gnomes in my Christmas preparations this year.   Not wanting anything of any great size, because then storage becomes an issue, gnome stuffies seemed the solution.  I purchased an in-the-hoop gnome design from Urban Threads and started work.  First thing you know, there’s a family of five!  By the time I took the photo one had already left home and two more are scheduled to depart shortly.  I really do plan to keep one for myself….maybe…..

Christmas Gnome

Finished is best!

Last night I put the final stitches in the hand bound binding of my latest quilt; yay!  I don’t often hand bind a quilt any more but this one is a gift and I still think hand bound looks best.
As most of my quilting friends and family know, I am addicted to Half Square Triangles (HSTs); there are so many beautiful ways in which to arrange them for many striking effects.  And once I mastered Beth Helfter’s wonderfully easy Accordion Sewn HSTs™ method of constructing them, I was totally hooked.
And shall we talk about the dark hole that is Pinterest?  Oh my, just query ‘HST quilts’ in Pinterest and see what appears!  That’s where the inspiration came from for my latest quilt.
This beautiful ombre fabric came from Rosie’s Calico Cupboard in San Diego, purchased 6-7 years ago during one of our winter retreats to the south.  The background fabric as well as the flannel backing came from our own local quilt shop – Crazy Quilt Cottage – which sadly is closing.  When I ran short of the background fabric, one of my quilty friends happened to have just enough left in her stash and donated it to me so I could finish.  Aren’t quilty friends the best?!!  And it pays to shop local 🙂  The batting is, of course, Hobbs washable wool.  I was introduced to that when I made my first bed size quilt and loved it so much I’ve never looked back.  I purchased an entire bolt and have been slowly working my way through it.  I love the loft and the definition it gives one’s quilting.  I’ve quilted many Community Quilts for our Guild in which we use 80/20 batting and I’ve used a few other kinds but love the wool most of all.  I used Glide threads in the needle and magna-glide in the bobbin.  Glide thread is wonderful!  The quilting is all hand guided, free motion on my HQ Sweet Sixteen with rulers used in the colour fabric.  I love my Sweet Sixteen!
The quilt measures 66″ x 94.5″.  It will soon be gifted.