Thursday, April 25, 2024

Vintage Lonestar


Cynthia brought this vintage top that was made by her great grandmother.  She decided it was time to get it finished and enjoyed instead of hiding in the closet.  It was my pleasure to work on this family treasure.

We decided on some light custom quilting.  Continuous curves in the star diamonds and free flowing open feathers in the background.

I'm sure that the background fabric was flour sacks and it has a feeling that just can't be replicated.

Cynthia opted to have Marion bind her quilt using the same fabric she used on the back.  This modern fabric complimented the vintage top very nicely.

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Skinny Stirps

Karen brought this lovely quilt that she made for her sister.  The base pattern is a free download from All People Quilt called Skinny Strips.  Karen always like to put her own twist on her quilts, so she enlarged the throw pattern to a queen size by adding the smaller sections along the edges.

Karen also likes to add something unique to the back of her quilts, and often adds some piecing.   This quilt has really become reversible with this interesting back.

Karen selected the Curl and Swirl pantograph for a pretty finish.

Monday, April 22, 2024

Pick Up Sticks

Christine brought lovely lap quilt that she made for a friend.  The pattern is called Pick Up Sticks by Phoebe Moon Designs.

Christine chose the Bora Bora pantograph and it shows up fabulously on the Fireside backing.


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!