Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Rip Snip And Drop

I made this quilt from the results of a fun little game that we played at the Manitoba Prairie Quilters.  We were each told to bring one yard of fabric (and to make sure we liked it as we would be coming back home with half of it.)   Liz then led us in the One Yard Fabric Exchange Game called  "Fold It - Snip It - Rip It - Drop It - Pass It" as explained here by Heirloom Creations.

Above are the fabrics that I came home with.  I was really pleased as they were quite well coordinated compared to what some others ended up with. I brought the darkest blue on the left.  I knew I wanted to make a baby/child's quilt to donate to our guild's charity program, but bright novelty prints are lacking in my stash.  What is a girl to do?  Phone a friend!  My friend Eileen is always willing to let me peek into her "fabric pantry" when I am stuck.  I hit the jackpot.  I gained the fabrics and one orphan block that you see below.

I looked for ideas for some scrappy patterns online and drew this idea out to match the fabric sizes that I had available, and the Winnie the Pooh block worked perfectly in the middle.

I quilted it with a quick freehand patten and added a donation label.

This was a fun game and we had a huge number of quilts donated to our charity program as a result.  Win Win!


Monday, April 8, 2024

Pine Falls

Deb brought this pretty quilt that she is making for a special little girl in her life.  The pattern is from The Blanket Statement and is called Pine Falls.  Deb made the front of the quilt and then decided to use the leftovers to piece her backing.

Deb also embroidered a label right onto the backing before she brought it to me.

Deb knew she wanted a flowery pantograph and Pretty Posies fit the bill perfectly.

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Designer Mystery BOM 2022


Becky brought this pretty quilt.  It was the 2022 Designer Mystery Block of the Month from the Fat Quarter Shop.  The fabric collection was called Nantucket Summer by Camille Roskelley for Moda Fabrics.  Becky even treated herself to the coordinating backing fabric which just makes the whole project sing.

Becky chose the Tickle pantograph and an icy blue thread as she didn't want the thread to totally disappear.

A really beautiful quilt that was a mystery when she signed up!

Sunday, March 17, 2024



Cathy brought this fabulous Sea Monster quilt and asked for custom quilting.  The pattern is called Serpentine and was designed by Tula Pink and is made with fabrics from her collections.  It is available as a free download on Free Spirit fabrics website.

Angela Walters quilted Tula Pink's original quilt and Cathy like they feel of the quilting, but requested for hers to be done less densely.

I doodled a variety of ideas and sent them off to Cathy for her opinion and she selected the version you see below.  I stitched in the ditch around the points and circles.  I added an extra point in the solid blue and some curved lines in the centre.

The last request Cathy had was for the addition of a baby sea monster like Angela added to Tula's quilt.

I used the same blue thread that I used on the body segments so that it didn't totally get lost in the background.  It was a fun little addition to the quilt.

Cathy also had a Tula Pink wide backing to pull the who quilt together.

Friday, March 15, 2024

Year of Scrappy Triangles

Liz brought this striking quilt in for some custom quilting.  A few members of my local quilt guild got inspired to do some paper piecing and followed The Year of Scrappy Triangles blog post by Leila Gardunia.  https://www.leilagardunia.com/blog/year-of-scrappy-triangles  They did it at a faster pace, approximately one per day as time allowed.

 The nature of these blocks allow for seemingly endless possibilities for unique layouts.  With the layout Liz selected, the black background to the paper pieced triangles became a prominent and interesting feature to the quilt.  Liz agreed with my suggestion of using a plum thread across the whole quilt.  I added flowing molar feathers to the black bands, lines in the pieced sections for contrast.

I always find it a little tricky to come up with a quilting plan that I like for the friendship star shape.  It took a bit of doodling, but I did get to a design that felt balanced and symmetrical.

I'm including lots of pictures so that you can appreciate all the different piecing in the triangles.

Liz had a multicolored batik backing that matched the richness of the quilt top very well.

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Hot Chocolate


Karen brought this fun One Block Wonder panel quilt.  The panels that Karen used were from the an older Wilmington Prints collection called Cocoa Sweet.   There are so many interesting blocks to look at.

Karen added some lovely borders to frame the body.  I love the interesting pieced elements in the outer border.

Karen selected the Dragon's Breath pantograph, for the steamy look to it.  We used a shiny light turquoise thread.  The rich brown cocoa fireside backing was the prefect finishing touch!

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Turkish Delight


This queen size beauty was made by Karen.  The pattern is called Turkish Delight by Mabeth Oxenreider from the April 2000 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting.  

Karen dug into her stash for all the interesting fabrics, and found the most perfect border fabrics to frame it.

Karen selected the Pirouette pantograph, which I don't seem to stitch out too often, but it was a great fit for this top.

And a turquoise gingham backing that matches very nicely as well.