March Feature Quilt

FrontThis month features another amazing member of our guild – her specialty is extra tiny quilts!  Her is what she has to say about her quilt:

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“As part of our ongoing block of the month program, Vikki kindly brought her die cutting machine to the February meeting.  Members brought their fabrics and she used the machine to cut perfect Drunkard’s Path pieces for them!  At the end of the meeting, a small bag of teeny scraps happily went home with me.  After trimming off the threads and edges, I found myself with a fascinating assortment of fairly uniform bits ranging in size from ⅝” by 1 ⅝” to 1” by 2”.  After sorting and stacking them by colour I discovered I had at least 6 of each fabric and the colours blended beautifully.  I stacked them sideways in a teeny box and let a plan form over a few days.
The idea was simple.
– Sew 6 braids in the same colour order.
– No trimming until the braids were completed and ready to be squared up.
– Every third strip a neutral.
– Any additional fabrics must be neutrals from my scrap collection.
A few hours alone in my sewing room and a small quilt top formed.  6 similar braids framed in white.  It made me happy, but the leftover bits still in the box looked sad.  Some guild members had brought fabric that had cut 8 repeats instead of 6, so with pairs left over of only about half the colours, I felt compelled to keep sewing.  I sewed 2 matching strips and squared them up.  I dug out some long skinny grey bits I had fallen in love with (left over from a fussy cutting project and barely an inch wide).  A little creative framing and more white scraps, and the back was finished.  I carefully sandwiched it to keep the seams aligned front and back, sewed some simple almost-straight line quilting at irregular intervals, then gave it a quick bath before binding (to make the quilting pop).  A binding of the remaining grey strips, and it was complete.
Is it a miniature?  I’m not quite sure.  It finished about 12” by 15”.  Strictly speaking it’s about 1:6 scale, a twin sized quilt for Barbie.  Looking at it I am reminded of how a guild (like a bag of scraps) can grow into more than the sum of its parts.  Oh dear, I think I sewed a metaphor.”
Barbie

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Monthy Member Feature – February

Alright, so this is going up a little late, but better late than never right?

A Fall Wind quiltA Fall Wind (20 “ x 70”) by Cris

“I saw this quilt design by Ellen Stuckey in a Quilter’s World magazine several years ago. I finally found a selection of shot cottons and grunge cottons that I thought would work well together. The piecing is mostly improv, consisting of two panelsthat are offset, resulting in an unusual top/bottom edge. The quilt top is quilted to the batting using straight line designs; echo quilting was used to define the leaves. The quilt was then finished with a full back facing rather than the more common binding technique. To hold the back in place it was strategically “stitched in the ditch” along some of the major pieces. As soon as it was finished I hung it in our front entry – just the right addition to a tall narrow wall!”

What a great quilt Cris!

IF you would like to see more of what our members have been making, check out our Flikr page!

Feature Quilt for December

I am a little late getting this up this month, but that is the way things go with the holidays!  Better late than never, and as an apology for being late, we have 2 quilts this month!

These two wonderful quilts were made by a wonderful member Stephanie!  Here is what she has to say about her quilts.

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“These two quilts were a custom Christmas order for two sisters. The sisters are very close in age but could not be more different. Their mom and I talked about their hobbies, style and what their rooms look like. We settled on an anchor design for the older sister who is into nautical symbols and zebra print and a vinok for the younger sister whose first love is Ukrainian dancing. I wanted the quilts to have something that tied them together so both have a modern ombre background.

I based the anchor design on Tula Pink’s Anchors Aweigh quilt. Instead of piecing the anchor in I pieced it separately and appliqued it on the quilt top using a blanket stitch. It gave me a lot more freedom with the background and allowed me to downsize the anchor. The vinok was a completely different challenge. I created the design on my own, hand cutting all of the flowers and appliqueing them on using a fusible and my free motion foot.
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The ribbons are real vinok headpiece ribbons and they were very challenging to deal with.
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I quilted both quilts with an all over swirl pattern on my domestic machine and machine bound them for durability.
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I am really looking forward to hearing how much they love them.”
Quilt backs:
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Great job Stephanie!  Want to see what other projects our members are working on?  Check out our flickr page!  Join us again next month for a new feature quilt, and don’t forget our block of the month will be posted the first week of January!

Member Project – Neutral Curves

Neutral Curves Quilt - StaceyThis month our feature is from Stacey who blogs at Slo Studio.  Here is what she had to say about her quilt:

“I designed this quilt accidentally! I was practicing sewing curved pieces for the first time (using a great video tutorial from fellow guild member Leanne!) I ended up liking the neutral blocks that I was making, then added in some black fabric… and it ended up getting bigger and bigger!

The resulting design is a bit more modern-looking than other quilts I’ve made so far, perhaps because of the high contrast in the colours. I had planned to free-motion quilt it, but then decided to keep with the contemporary feeling by using straight lines.

The fabrics I used are Kona Snow, Bone, Ivory, Ash and Black; “Sketch Basics” in black; and a Timeless Treasures striped print in ivory/black. I machine pieced and quilted it on my Janome Horizon 8200 QC. This finished quilt measures approximately 48 x 48″. There are more pictures over at my blog!

Thanks so much for featuring my quilt!”
Thank you Stacey for the wonderful quilt.

Member Project – Heart Block

Welcome to our new (and hopefully monthly) feature! We have so many talented quilters making wonderful projects each month we decided it was time to start showing off the beautiful creations.  Each month we will be showing off a project done by one of our members!

This month is a small but beautiful heart block by Michelle.

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“I won a pack of minicharm solid coloured squares at September’s meeting and wanted to find a quick project to use them in. I found the free pattern “Color of My Heart” on FatQuarterShop. It used 5″ charm squares, so I just followed the directions with my 2 1/2″ minicharms and produced a finished piece that is 12 1/2″ square (instead of 27 1/2″). You primarily use your squares in the piecing with only a few half square triangles in it to shape the heart, so it goes together quite easily. I decided to do spiral quilting and started off centre for a modern look. It was fun laying the colours out to find the arrangement I liked best. I have to admit there were a few brown squares in the pack that I did not use (I threw them out- gasp!) and I added in a couple blues and greens from my own stash. I think I will use this block in a larger quilt-as-you-go modern quilt of my own design. This would be a great little project to use your solid scraps from our Modern Block of the Month. It could also inspire you to design a solid rainbow themed project (made of squares), in other shapes such as star, pear, house, seashell, cat’s face, etc.”

Great work, we can’t wait to see how the quilt turns out.

To see more pictures of work done by our members please visit our flikr site!