Three of my recent finishes are my happy blocks quilt and 2 Maple Leafs quilts. The Toronto Maple Leafs fabric was bought when my nephews were much younger and is no longer suitable for a quilt for either of them, hence these quilts that will be donated to my guild for the charity outreach program. Here is a picture:
I’ll save posting a picture of the other Leafs quilt as it’s identical to the one above.
The happy blocks quilt was from stash and used up the rest of the butterfly print that found in the centre of the blocks. Those happy blocks go together so fast and easily; I find them so relaxing to make.
This was quilted by Whirls and Swirls, a local long arm quilt studio where they supplied batting and backing and quilted it as part of their charity program. I picked it up from them to bind and it too is going to the guild charity outreach program. I really like the quilting they did on it.
Now to finish binding my Bonnie Hunter En Provence quilt.
And after a few days of binding another quilt is finally off of the UFO pile and ready for use. This quilt is slightly too small to be used on our bed (it fits – just – but likely blanket wars would ensue…), so it will find a home on the spare bed, giving the quilt that on that bed a chance to take a break from duty.
This quilt started quite a number of years ago when I began randomly collecting black and white fabrics. The collection kept growing until I finally found a pattern that showed them off nicely. Sadly the pattern, which was from a magazine, was the victim of a move, and seems to be MIA. I do believe a similar (aka almost identical pattern) may be in a book called Tessellations by Jackie Robinson and that Jenny Doan may have a variation as well of this pattern as well.
Here is another picture of the quilt, from just after we quilted it at Whirls and Swirls Studio:
The corner blocks in the border were not part of the original pattern. I can’t remember what they had done in the corners of the border but whatever it was I changed it up to do the square in square blocks instead. Sadly I did cut off a couple of points when I put the borders on.
While I still love black and white fabrics I think it may be a while until I start another black and white quilt. There is another black and white quilt in my unfinished quilt pile, though that one does have a bit of red it in it to pop it.
It’s pretty much a stay at home and retreat day. So I’m posting and will be frequently updating a list of projects I hope to get completed. It’s in no particular order, however it is meant to keep me focussed and productive today.
Trim En Provence – DONE
Trim the Black and White Quilt we just quilted – DONE
Trim charity quilt – DONE
Trim the star quilt we just quilted – DONE
Audition and choose binding for En Provence (debating between light purple and scrappy whites) – DONE
Make binding for En Provence – DONE
Make black binding for the Black and White quilt – DONE
Make purple binding for the charity quilt – DONE
Make grey binding for the star quilt from the leftover backing – DONE
Apply binding to charity Quilt – DONE
Apply binding to one of the larger quilts (Black & White Quilt) – DONE
(a would be nice) Apply binding to another of the larger quilts – DONE
We finally quilted En Provence the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt from 2016/2017. I did the quilt in her colourway and am quite pleased with how it turned out. Marc helped me quilt it and on the long arms that Whirls and Swirls rent out by the hour.
Now to trim it, make binding, apply it and sew it down. I’m right now planning to bind it in the same material as the backing as there is enough left over to do that and the colour should work perfectly with the front of the quilt. If the audition doesn’t go well for that i might just bind it in scrappy neutrals. We’ll see.
This quilt is made from a block by Bonnie Hunter featured her Addicted to Scraps column in Quiltmaker magazine called Idaho Square Dance. It’s made in blues and creams/whites from my stash.
The quilt ended up 93″ inches square. It has been gifted to a dear friend. If my math is right there are 2,763 pieces of material in the top of this quilt. I like Bonnie Hunter patterns but they sure do have a lot of parts!
Its going to be retreating day with not much else on the agenda so my goals are pretty high today. That and without goals I feel like I’m going to be without focus today.
So here goes:
1. Mark the second Toronto Maple Leaf strippie quilt so the quilting lines will be straight (love my crayola washable markers) – DONE
2. Quilt it – DONE
3. Make enough binding for both Maple Leaf strippie quilts. – DONE
4. Machine sew binding on front of strippie quilt number 1 – DONE
5. Machine sew binding on front of strippie quilt number 2 – DONE
6. Mark a small dancing 9 patch quilt for quilting
7. Remove wavy borders from a baby quilt – DONE
8. Remeasure, trim and reapply borders on said baby quilt, without the “bonus” wave – DONE – Not perfect but much better
Seems like a lot but none of the quilts are large and so long as I don’t get sidetracked by social media (wish me luck), it should be achievable. If I don’t get there today this gives me a roadmap for projects to tackle this week.
This quilt started out as part of a much bigger quilt.
I was going to make a king size quilt called Rick Rack Nines designed by Bonnie Hunter but I got absolutely lost during it’s assembly. I picked it up three different times during assembly and each time just made more of a mess of it. I think it was because I had extra parts and because of that the instructions just didn’t make sense but at the point I was at, I couldn’t figure out how to get back to where I needed to be. Add to that I had no need for quilt that big, wasn’t fussy on the design anymore and wanted something I could actually complete. I like oversized queen quilts but this one would have made even those look small.
I decided I’d make it into a number of smaller quilts. It’s going to become several wheelchair quilts destined for Long Term Care facilities, and a couple of baby quilts. I think all in all I will get six quilts out of it that will make a number different people happy. Nothing will go to waste.
So I made this small quilt that measures 36 inches square.
The fold in the fabric is just because I hadn’t laid it down flat it isn’t actually a fold. This quilt is nice and bright and cheery. The back is a lovely soft flannel printed with baby bottles. A close up of it is here:
A friend admired it so this one is going to live with her. I’m hoping to gift it to her soon, she already knows it’s coming in her direction.