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.

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

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.

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.


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.