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.