Tuesday, November 27, 2007
This quilt is owned by a self proclaimed non-quilter and non-sewer. The blocks were inherited from my customer's step mother. My customer set the blocks together using a small floral print fabric that closely matches the time period that the blocks were made. The blocks were hand embroidered by friends and family of my customer's stepmother. These blocks are old and only one or two people are still alive today that originally made these blocks. This quilt holds great sentimental significance to the owner. I was thrilled to have a part in preserving these memories.
This first picture shows the quilt from the back.
This quilt was quilted exclusively with Circle Lord templates: the heart, the wave, and tiles.
This quilt has Thermore for batting as the quilter was originally thinking of hand quilting this piece. She decided she did not have the time to commit to hand quilting this quilt and so she came to see me. The Thermore makes this quilt extremely light and soft. This is the first time that I used Thermore on the long arm and I was pleasantly surprised with the results.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
The birthday celebrations started Wednesday night. While I was at the quilt guild meeting, my daughter baked me a birthday cake. We had this cake Friday night as my daughter was going to be away Saturday night and would miss my birthday dinner.
Yesterday, my husband and daughter took me out for lunch and we all headed to my parents' house for supper. My Mom had made me an angel food cake too (see the cake in the black and white picture).
Thank you to all who sent e-mails, cards, and presents. Yesterday was a wonderful relaxing day. Today it is back to work....well maybe not "work". I have some quilting to do for customers so technically that is "work" but because I enjoy it so much, it doesn't seem a lot like work.
We had 29 quilts handed in on Wednesday evening. After the regular show and share portion of the evening, we have volunteers come forward and grab one of the We Care quilts donated that evening and stand side by side to show off the quilts to the rest of the membership. Our 29 quilts managed to circle the room completely. I was not able to get a picture of the group all at once, but i did wonder what the view would have been from the ceiling--looking down at that fabulous train of quilts that circled the room.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
You can see the original fabric down the left hand side of the picture. I have just set the blocks on the green fabric to audition the green color choice. I want to set these blocks differently than the previous two quilts I made from this pattern. I am playing with an on-point setting. I like the green with the blocks, but I have decided that there needs to be something between the block and the green sashing. With my son's assistance last night, we decided that the perfect colour would be a dark brown like the center of the poppy in the original fabric.
I am also undecided whether I will make one larger lap quilt, or if I will make two smaller table toppers.
Since I don't have a fabric in the right shade of dark brown, this project will have to wait until I have a chance to get to the LQS to get more fabric.
The first picture with the snowmen in the border and the holly in the center is a picture of the first table runner that I completed. It is now quilted and bound--ready for gift giving.
I have always used Warm and Natural batting in my table runners / toppers and that is what I used in this first table runner. When my mother and I were at the Creative Expo last weekend, we were in a vendor booth where there were some wonderful table runners, but they were quilted much flatter than mine. I inquired what the batting was and discovered that this particular shop uses Hobbs' Thermore in their table runners. The shop owner told me that Thermore makes a thinner, flatter product more suitable for items that are to be used on the table. This helps ensure that things like wine glasses don't tip over when set on the table runner. This was a eureka moment for me--I wondered why I didn't think of something so simple. I will be quilting future table runners with Thermore.
The next two runners are just flimsies at this point. I did not have any Thermore at home until I made a run into the LQS yesterday so these are still unquilted.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
This quilt was made from the book by Sharyn Squier Craig, and is called, Design Challenge: Half Log Cabin Quilts and is currently out of print.
This quilt measures 89 1/2" x 104 1/2" and was quilted with Aurifil #2445 Dusty Pink thread in the Baptist Fan design. The soft pink thread picks up the odd bit of pink that is in the blue fabrics without being too pronounced. I often get asked if I deliberately picked a thread that would show. Yes, this was a very conscious move and I love the effect.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
My husband made me this holder for my thimbles. I now have a safe and secure place to display my thimble collection in my studio. Safe and secure from what you ask? Safe from Joey who was amused by playing with my thimbles in the middle of the night when they were on the bookshelf in the living room. My thimbles are now out of reach of Joey the cat!
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
As we entered the show, this was the quilter that greeted us!
Colette forgot her camera so I took pictures of this quilt for her. This is a string quilt with applique. The applique was raw edge.
My favorite quilt in the challenge category was this bear paw quilt with appliqued leaves in the corners. The machine quilting was beautiful!
Sunday, November 4, 2007
These pictures are from a small local quilt show in Harrison Mills. Each year there is a small dedicated group of women who live in the community who put together a quilt show inviting all local quilters to display their quilts. The proceeds from admission to the show support a local initiative each year. This year's proceeds went towards a bursary that will benefit a deserving high school student in their graduation year.
This was a particularly special day for me as my DH agreed to attend the show with me! Yes, my DH attended a quilt show! Of course, because this quilt show is local it is attended by many of the people who live nearby so he was sure to know someone there so there wasn't much danger in attending. I promised that when I blogged about this show, I would also mention that my DH paid my admission! Consider me living up to my promise.
The first two quilts were wonderful stitcheries that made me smile. The first one could be me and the second could represent any of the local families in the area.
The hall is quite small and located out in the country amidst dairy farms and corn fields. The women on the committee have reflected the countryside in their hanging of the quilts by hanging the quilts from clothes lines with clothes pegs.
It was a beautiful day and on the way home we stopped by a very small cafe for lunch. This is one of those places where you help yourself to the coffee and refills and the person taking your order is also the one who goes into the kitchen to prepare it. We had always intended to stop and try this place out but never seemed to be going by when they were open. This was the day to try it out and we were not disappointed.