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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

WIP Wednesday - Stars Finished

This quilt was cut out while my friend Amanda was visiting me from Scotland. She admired the colours, oohed and awed over the design, and was just a good friend about it all. Especially for a non quilter friend! Little did she know this quilt was always for her. It was what we did while she was my companion during Rob's 2 day surgery. She was a lifeline. She knit and I cut out.
 Straight line vertical quilting. Just love it.
 At 68 x 80 it looks quite lovely on the bed. The extras I added cannot even be seen.
Teal has always been her favourite colour so I know she will love the back. Even her wedding dress was teal!
I used Victoria & Albert Museum Fabrics which just always seemed so perfect for her. I hope she loves this quilt as much as I do.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

WIP Wednesday - Celtic Garden - A Finish

I have been working on this quilt for awhile. It has always been a happy/sad project as Rob helped with the picking out of the fabrics. As he became less mobile it was something fun we could do together! This one was really challenging to put together as I was unsure how scrappy to make it. I used the same fabric in the centre of each block and for the backing and the binding. Love how it looks.
As you read through quilt blogs it is wonderful to hear what quilters think of their own work. What they liked, didn't like, and what they would change for next time. One of the recurring ideas I picked up is too much! Too much fabric choice, too much colours, just too much! So I had to make an effort and contain myself. I love bright colours all mixed in together!

So the final pictures disappeared. I will have to use this one.

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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

WIP Wednesday - Veracruz Finished!

The Veracruz is finished! My girls tell me it is their favourite quilt! I used the pattern that went with the fabric. Tropical Illusion by Little Miss Shabby. The pattern was fabulous and went together like a dream. I did make the quilt smaller and I think it is now the perfect size. It is quilted with a cross hatch of varying widths. As I anticipate this quilt will get lots of wear and washing I sewed the binding down by machine. It is for my friends mom's eightieth birthday and she wanted something bright and cheerful. This definitely is all that.

This is the picture my three year old Granddaughter took. I think I will get her to take all the photos.
the artist herself

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

January Finish in July

It is finished! This quilt has a story.
This quilt was a couple of years in the making. We started it together, Rob and I when he was progressing through his cancer. It was a time when going outside for his favourite walks or maintaining a semblance of ordinary pre cancer life was becoming increasingly more and more difficult. So we started our new favourite things to do. Enter quilting. It was a fun thing we could do together. He loved picking out the colours and fabrics. He loved planning out how it would all go together. For this quilt, Rob went with Claire to the Vancouver Art Museum to see the Cone Sisters exhibit. Janet and Claire are big fans. At this event Claire told Rob that Janet loves the water jug picture by Matisse. So we picked all the colours to go with his picture.
My cousin lives out of town. Janet and Claire attend all of our family events. With the passing of my mom, Janet became the matriarch of our family. She hates that term. I think it suits her.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Tuesday! And Happy July 1st and Happy July 4th. I feel I should be working on something red and white. But I am working on something red, white and blue!
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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

WIP Wednesday

I have not had much time to sew but I have carved out small snippets of time. It is amazing how much you can get done when you make it a priority.

My cousin's blocks from my Aunt Sue's fabrics. These fabrics are at least 20 to 25 years old. I am a little worried about whether she washed them or not, after all I remember washing everything. It was a rule! Oh idea! Maybe I can use the fabrics that did not make it into the top on the back! Perfect! 17 blocks made.
 Melinda's mom's quilt, the Veracruz. Love how this is turning out! All the blocks are ready to sew into a top. Very excited.
And my mindless sewing project. Makes me smile when I work on it! Not sure what is going on there  but I have developed a serious crush on 30's fabrics! Maybe it is Aunt Sue!

Friday, 13 June 2014

"Quilt + Love" A Book Review

My hero has a book that came out June 1, 2014. I read everything this person writes as it all contains great heart, a quirky way of looking at the world and thought provoking tidbits that I chew on for the rest of the day. Our Modern Quilt Guild was asked to review this book and I put my name forward. Heart + Love Quilts by Mary Fons. I, however, could not wait and down loaded it as an ebook this morning. OOOOOhhhhhhh, I am in heaven. Should I flip right through it and get to the gorgeous pictures? No, It was with great anticipation I read the dedication, the acknowledgements, the introduction, the notes on this book, and a brief history of quiltmaking. I wanted to be in the correct space to see the quilts. Did I say I love everything Mary writes? She may not know it but I feel we are on a first name basis. She invited me to her book opening! Well me and everyone who reads her column. I thought about using my aeroplan points to go.

My favourite quilt is in the book. The one that is on all the ads, My Dear, the nine patch with the wonderful row of rolling stone blocks. Oh and I want to make the 25 square block, Hello, There, and the flying geese quilt, Northbound, that is on the cover. And because I was reading and savouring every word I am not even through the book yet. Oh, I can go home and look at more!!!!

Okay the nitty gritty. I am following the pattern for My Dear. I am making a quilt for my cousin with leftover fabrics from her mom. Her mom was a quilter; she made a quilt for my daughter when she was born. Our grandmother also quilted. See Mary and I have a lot in common; we come from a family of quilters. I am hopeful this pattern will work with various sized scraps. Not too much commitment from any piece of fabric. Just need a minimum of 4 squares.
I read all Mary’s suggestions for choosing fabrics and paired down my original selection. I kept with the blue and red material. I may branch out if I run short. Not sure what colours I will make the rolling stone blocks.
Here are my sample blocks. I am in love with this quilt. The instructions are clear, if Mary has suggested a way to do something she always references back to the instruction and page number, and the numbers are correct, love that. I am enthused! Cut all the fabric!

I am pairing down the size of the quilt for my cousin, most of the quilts in this book are queen or king size. As Mary says these quilts are a commitment and you will not be able to finish them in a weekend. That is okay! I am savouring the journey. Each step of the process is to be celebrated and enjoyed. “Quilters are impatient people” but we do love each part of the quilt making process. As I sew up this quilt I remember the strong wonderful women in my family, the pioneer women who created quilts that were utilitarian and beautiful, and the new generation of quilters starting out. My cousin will be able to wrap herself in this quilt and feel all the love I have for her. Mary Katherine Fons “Quilt + Love”, yes it is in every stitch, a complete gift, and a beautiful and thought provoking book.