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.

Funky Flowers

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.


Quilting season

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.


and….Community Quilts again!

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.

Keeping busy….

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.

More Community quilts

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!

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Community quilting

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:

2019 Quilt Show

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.