While surfing Pinterest one day I discovered Cindy Grisdela’s amazing quilts and was inspired by the FMQ on many of her quilts but one especially. I modified it somewhat and call it funky flowers and absolutely love it for an all over edge to edge design. It’s quick and it’s easy so I used it on another TQG quilt. The quilt has already gone out into the community where I hope it will give some warmth and comfort to a family who recently lost their home to a fire.
Once summer slowly comes to an end I get eager to leave the gardening season behind and get on with quilting season again. Non-quilters may not be familiar with that season, but for some quilters it may encompass the entire calendar year.
For me, it starts about mid September. Our Guild gets back into the swing at the beginning of September and one of the highlights of the month is the annual HAW (Hands Across the Water) event hosted by one of the Guilds located either on the Sunshine Coast or North Island. This year the Sunshine Coast Quilters’ Guild hosted it in Sechelt and a large contingent of our Guild attended. There were many door prizes and I was lucky enough to win a selection of native art printed pre-cut flannel blocks. I immediately got to work & made them into a cuddly rag quilt & had it ready for the Show & Tell at our next meeting. I donated it to a pre-school managed by the daughter of one of our Guild members. How nice to work with the pre-cut blocks and not have to spend hours cutting them after they’re stitched together.
Once in the swing of things again, I picked up another of the Guild’s sandwiched Community Quilts and had some free motion quilting fun using some of my rulers and templates.
When the Guild last borrowed hubby’s shop for a workshop sandwiching community quilts, we were away, so they kindly left two behind for me to quilt. I hardly look at my quilting projects during the summer but we had a couple of rainy days and I knew some of my quilting peeps were busy so I decided to quickly quilt up these lap sized beauties. I chose clamshells for both as they were both so ‘busy’ that they didn’t need a complex design, so they quilted up very quickly. With a flannel backing they were both so soft and cuddly I know some lucky recipients will enjoy them.
I have finally worked my way through quilting my allotment of Community quilts from the workshop our Guild held last fall, finishing the last one yesterday. They are both lovely scrappy quilts pieced by Guild members. I love to see how creatively they use scraps!
I quilted both in allover designs; one in a leafy meander and the other in a paisley/swirl meander. These are two of my favourite easy-peasy designs and in busy quilts like this they display better on the back than the front.
I’m slowly working my way through the backlog of Community quilt sandwiches I have waiting for me to quilt. Our Guild, Timberlane Quilters’ Guild, has another workshop coming up soon and I know I’ll acquire more then so I’d better get these finished. I really hated to give these last two back to the Guild; they are striking! The member who made these two is well know for her love of colour and life in all her works and these are no exception. The Tula Pink fabric is wonderful! Again, I did not make these quilts, only quilted them.
So far this year our Community Quilt Coordinator has delivered 22 quilts into the community. This last batch went to Oncology at our Hospital, Youth and Family Services and Grace House (transition housing). Yay TQG!
Only three more quilts to go now!
The quilt guild to which I belong, Timberlane Quilters’ Guild, donates quilts to those in need in the community. We hold two workshops a year in which we spend a weekend each time piecing and assembling quilts. Various members then take them home to quilt. Last year I believe we donated about 100 quilts to a variety of groups: the Oncology ward at our local hospital, Grace House (Transition House), Family & Social Services and some one-off cases.
Because I’m trying to improve my FMQ (Free Motion Quilting) skills, I quilt as many of them as I can work into my schedule. They provide me the opportunity to practice techniques I see displayed on Pinterest, Facebook and other dark holes too numerous to mention without the pressure of having to be ‘perfect’. The recipients are looking for warmth & comfort, not perfect quilting! I machine sew every binding for the community quilts I do and here are links to my two favourite methods: Donna Jordan’s flange binding (of Jordan Fabrics in Grant’s Pass, OR) and Sara’s Favourite Machine Sewn Binding. I used Sara’s method on this quilt.
Which brings me to the latest community quilt I just finished quilting; I did not piece this one. It’s a small one – 44″ x 53″. One of our Guild members (I don’t know who or I’d give her credit) crafted this little beauty. I don’t know if she used a pattern or just drew from her ‘design bank’. I love the patchwork blocks.
I’m certainly not fast; It took me 5.5 hours to quilt it! There’s close to 80,000 stitches in it. I’ve been wanting to practice cross-hatching and another block design I found on Pinterest (of course). I’d purchased some Handi Quilter rulers: ovals and wave, and wanted to practice using them. Here’s the quilt:
The Guild to which I belong hosted a two day quilt show last weekend and it was terrific! There are so many extremely talented quilters in the Guild! The attendance was perhaps record setting with both the community and other Guilds coming out in full force. Maybe it was the great weather that helped!
Clicking here will take you to the Guild’s website where you can check out all the beautiful fibre art.