Thursday, April 28, 2016
I made this Folded Star table mat in the early 90s for my mom. I don't particularly care for these colours, but Mom liked them. I should make one in bold colours with black, that might be more to my liking.
Friday, April 22, 2016
I wanted to make a lap quilt for a lady that recently had to move into a nursing home. Thinking there might be some blocks already made in a projects box, I dug around and found 48 four-patch blocks, enough to make a quilt. I used an off white tone on tone print in between the blocks. If I added a border, it would end up being too big for a lap quilt, so I decided against it. I quilted the four-patch blocks with Signature variegated multicolour thread and the off white with King Tut, "White Linen" thread and filled in with free form flower shapes. It's nice to work on a smaller project once in awhile which is easier to complete quickly.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
This quilt top was made from a block swap that was hosted by the "Quilters' Funtalk" online quilting group. We celebrated our fifth anniversary, 1998-2002 by exchanging these signature blocks. We all used a white background with pastel to make the album blocks. Sadly, some of the people who participated in this swap have passed on, but I'll always remember them. I never knew how I was going to attempt to quilt this one, I don't want to have stitching covering the signatures. Maybe some all-over quilting that skips the centre part of each block? I have a piece of wide white quilt backing and wide width Warm and White quilt batting set aside for this one for when I finally tackle the quilting.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
For many years, I've made comfort quilts for others, but this one was made for me. I used to belong to the "Quilter's Funtalk" online group that started in 1998. I'm not on their email list anymore but I still associate with them on Facebook. It's a great honour to have these friends for so many years. In 2002 I had surgery and was off work for six weeks, the QFT group sent this comfort quilt to me in the mail. I've used this quilt on my couch ever since and cover up with it when I have naps. It's been washed countless times, the colours have hardly faded, I will treasure it always.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Today's work in progress is a quilt top I made from orphan blocks. Sometimes I like to try out a quilt block pattern to see how it turns out, other times I start out with a bunch of blocks, then get tired of making them. All these odds and ends get put in a box, then eventually I do something with them. I got carried away and had an extra row of blocks on this one, but it made the quilt too long and I had to remove it. I don't have a clue how I'm going to quilt this one.
Monday, April 4, 2016
I finished this donation quilt late Monday night so I'll be able to take it to work on Tuesday, somebody is going to be picking it up. Last November I posted a picture of this when it was just a top. I quilted it, but didn't finish sewing the binding on until now. I don't know why I always leave things until the last minute, maybe I work better under pressure.