I made this quilt last year and thought that it was big enough because I don't like making large quilts. I thought I would use it as a lap quilt but then decided that I wanted to use it in my spare room that has a single bed in it. I decided to add some borders to it.
I found some really neat fabric that was nautical because some of the blocks are nautical theme and others are things that I saw or did on our trip.
I put 7 inch borders all around so now it is 62 x 76. I nice size for a bed.
I have mentioned here before that our guild supports the Christmas Cheer Fund by making small quilts for teddy bears or stuffed animals. I have been busy this past week making such quilts. When I was in Duluth Minnesota at the Minnesota quilt show we also visited quilt shops in town and I found some really neat panels. These panels had two panels per cut and they were all on sale. Some of them were only $3, so I think I got a real bargain.
I made 3 of these with the yellow border and then ran out of the yellow so I added blue to the next one.
I bought 2 of these panels and ended up with 4 small quilts by adding borders to them.
I bought one of these panels so I still have one more to make of this design. So that is 5 in the past week that I finished.
Last spring I made a few more but forgot to post them. I found this pattern at the Fat Quarter Shop and thought it would make a good teddy bear quilt, so I made two of them. The pattern doesn't call for borders but that made it a little bigger and perfect for a Teddy Bear.
A multi coloured one,
And a pink one.
This is a quilt that I have made before a few times. It is really easy just half square triangles.
Our possibilities group thought we would try something new and we found and article in the magazine The Canadian Quilter that looked interesting.
It was called "Snip, Rip, Drop, Pass". We all brought a metre of fabric and followed directions until we had a 5 inch square left. We were to make a small quilt out of the fabric that we received and we could add a few pieces if we had to.
This was my quilt. I found the pattern at the Fat Quarter shop free patterns, called Charm Pack Cherry
In March I started doing the 150 Canadian Woman Quilt. These blocks are all based on Canadian women that made their mark in life in Canada. I was 36 blocks behind and had only pictures of the blocks in order to make these 36 blocks. Some of the blocks were easy because they were well known blocks but many of them were very obscure blocks that I had to figure out myself with no instructions. I used some math and decided that 2.5 x 3 equals 6.5 since all these block are unfinished at 6.5 inches. Also 4 x 2 equals 6.5 inches. Most quilters should be able to figure out my math because I am also taking care of the seam allowances. I am up to block 75 now and am half way there.
I am pretty proud of these blocks since the one on the left had no instructions and I figured it out and it came out at 6.5 inches without squaring up.
The one on the right has 36 pieces to it and it came out at 6.5 inches. I guess I have a perfect 1/4 inch seam.
Three more of my 75 blocks. I am going to do all 150 of them and make a quilt for myself. After all the work that I have put into these squares I think I need to keep this one.
This weekend was our Quilt Show. It was for 3 days Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Our guest quilter was Mary Elizabeth Kinch who spent 2 days in classes and then a fabulous trunk show last night at our banquet. The prize winners:
This quilt was hand quilted with half inch quilting in the negative space.
The negative space in this quilt looks like Trapunto because it has regular batting and wool batting between the top and the backing.
This quilt has petit point embroidery along with Mariner's compass scalloped border.
It has been a while since I posted anything new so today is the day. For most of November YKW and I were both sick with a nasty cold and cough that is going around and seemed to hang in for a long time. Then came Christmas and that is a busy time of year spent baking and decorating. Since my Christmas gifts have been given out I can now post some pictures. When I was in Southern Ontario last September I bought a pattern at Mary Maxim's for a wine bottle holder. It was also suggested that it could be used as a slipper holder and Christine decided that she would carry her knitting needles and wool in it. I am glad that it can be put to good use.
I also bought wine fabric while I was there.
I gave the one with the dogs to Amanda and put a pair of slippers in it for her.
Lynda also wanted some coffee cup holders so that when she goes out walking on a cold day her coffee stays warm and her hands don't burn from the hot coffee.
Colleen wanted some placemats for every day use and I have had these unfinished for about 4 years so I thought that they would be great for every day.
She also wanted a table runner for every day use and I had a panel with birds and bird houses so I added fabric with bees on it.
I wanted to make a narrow table runner for my hall table with a winter theme so I just chose a star block and put sashing between the blocks. I can use it all winter instead of just at Christmas.
Star table runner
I have made a lot of quilts lately, so I decided that it was time to switch gears and make some placemats. In September the program gals showed a really cute pattern to make a quilt that looks like you did a lot of work but it is just the way you cut what you have sewn together and come up with triangles around the edge. I decided to adapt the pattern to placemats and to use up some of my 2 1/2 inch squares. I had a lot of fun and went a little wild since I made 6 of them. I made a small dent in my box of 2 1/2 inch squares.
I like the ones that were made from the same colour family rather than the third one down that is more of an assortment of colours. I will make more I think using the one colour.
I don't know the name of this pattern but if you click on the above picture you will get a larger view and will see how it is done. I used 48 - 2 1/2 squares in a 6 x 8 grid and made placemats that are 17 1/2 by 11 1/2.
I hope to post sooner than last time when I get some more pictures taken of what I have done over Christmas time.