Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Dignity Quilt & Jelly Roll Race Variation

This is the Dignity Quilt that my quilt guild - the Crocus Quilters in Dauphin, MB made to donate to our local funeral home.  What is a Dignity Quilt?  The purpose of this quilt is to be used in places like nursing homes, when the deceased makes a public exit leaving the building on the way to the Funeral Home.  The quilt can be used to cover the stretcher, so instead of seeing a body bag being wheeled out, residents and staff can see the stretcher covered in a quilt instead.

We wanted the design to be non-denominational and to reflect our surroundings - fields, lakes and rolling hills.  We found inspiration in the book "Lovely Landscape Quilts" by Cathy Geier.

Guild members were asked to bring in 2" batik fabric strips that we would combine for the project.   Many hand were involved in the donations, cutting, layout, and sewing.  The quilt is about 55"' x 96."

I offered to quilt the final product, and the Zephyr pantograph that to me resembles wind seemed to be the perfect choice.

We didn't want any of the donated strips to go to waste, so  we came up with a creative way to use them up.  A fun variation on a Jelly Roll Race quilt.

Strips of all sizes were sewn together like you would for a jelly roll race quilt.  We don't know exactly how much fabric we started with!  It was ending up to be kind of an odd shape so we got creative.

At this point the top is twice as long as it is wide.  We first cut it in half horizontally.

Then we cut each half on the diagonal.

Rearrange the triangles and Voila!

A border was added to contain all the bias edges before quilting.

I quilted this one with the Plush pantograph.  It will make another great addition to have on hand for our guild's comfort quilt program.  Hopefully there won't be a need for it to be given out too soon.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Marilyn's Magic Tiles

This is Marilyn's lovely Magic Tiles quilt that is a gift for a lucky graduate this spring.  She chose the Raindrops pantograph which was the perfect compliment.

There is a lovely surprise that Marilyn pieced into the backing. This cross-stitched blocks was made by the recipient's great grandmother!  Marilyn has made another quilt with such a treasure and you can see it here.

I little touch that makes this gift extra special!

Friday, February 15, 2019

Marilyn's Lug Nuts

This is Marilyn's lovely version of the Highway 10 Designs Lug Nuts pattern.  The color palette she chose is soothing and would look great in so many rooms.

Marilyn selected the Fascination pantograph and Quilter's Dream Blend batting along with a lovely grey mix Stonehenge backing fabric.

Marilyn decided to change up the layout of her Lug Nuts quilt from what is included in the pattern.  The original Lug Nuts is almost square and the points fall on the sides of the quilt.  Marilyn wanted her quilt longer and narrower, as her daughter may use it as an accent along the bottom of her king size bed.   

Monday, February 4, 2019

Joyce's Disappearing Nine Patch

I recently completed this quilt for Joyce.  I love autumn/earthy color palette for this Disappearing Nine Patch quilt.

I used Quilter's Dream Puff batting to keep the quilt nice and light, and the "Come Dance with Me" pantograph.  It has always been one of my favorites.  I love how it looks on the peachy beige Stonehenge backing too.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Penguin Party

I recently finished this sweet baby quilt for Eileen.  The pattern is Penguin Party by Elizabeth Hartman.

It is always a little bit scary to stitch over eyes on a quilt.  Eileen and I talked about me doing something freehand to avoid doing so, but ended up chossing a nice open pantograph called Fluffy Clouds.

Eileen had envisioned using one of my grey backs, but when we tried this green/blue Stonehenge fabric it felt perfect.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

International Exchange #3


It has been a couple of years since Kathy, Desley, Bronwyn and I finished our last Round Robin  exchange.  The concept has been different each time.  The first time was the most traditional where we each started with a center block and took turns working on each others.  You can see those results here.  Our second exchange involved all of us selecting our own focus fabric, then making blocks for each other and another group member putting your top together.  Kathy shares the results here.

This time is more of a block exchange than a round robin.  Everyone has been given yardage of the print you see above.  Every two months we will be given a block style to make.  You can use any fabrics you like as long as you include a piece of the floral print in the block somewhere.  The print has lots of colors to highlight, so we expect lots of interesting blocks.

Our November theme was Log Cabin or a Log Cabin Variation.  I chose to put four offset log cabin blocks together, and added the print in a "10 Minute Block" style center.   Every month we are making 4 identical blocks, one for each participant that we will exchange at the end 5 themes.

This is Bronwyn's take on the log cabin.  I love how the majority of her block is the print.

Desley made this one that is totally different again.

And finally Kathy's block which is the most similar to mine, but still unique.

Looking forward to seeing everyone's versions of a Dresden at the end of February/

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Snow Bears

I recently finished this darling flannel quilt for Cindy.  Cindy made this for her 1 year old grandson.

The fabric is a fun line from Northcott called "Snow Bears" and the pattern is Winter fun by Wanda's Designs.  Cindy had done a similar quilt called "Let it Snow" for her granddaughter a couple of years back and we decided to quilt this the same using the Bora Bora pantograph and Quilter's Dream Puff batting.