Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Road to Friendships

In October, the London Friendship Quilters Guild held their biannual quilt show "Road to Friendships".
Our new venue had a lot more space to display our members' beautiful quilts.

Jacqui brought her collection of antique sewing machines and demonstrated how they work.

It was a real treat that was enjoyed by the many visitors to the show.

This is "Road to Kansas with Friends". My mum is posing in front! I made this quilt as part of a Round Robin with three friends. We each ended up with a quilt contributing our talents to the others quilts. I started with the four "Road to Kansas" blocks in the middle, and then passed it on with a bundle of strings/ scraps and red solid fabric for my friends to play with.  Gail, Cathy, and Jacqui  played very nicely with my scraps - I am so pleased!

My son is standing in front of "Scrappy Halloween Trips". I had a nice collection of Halloween prints that I had been amassing over the years. Bonnie Hunter's pattern was a great way to use them! 

  On the left is "Apple Crisp" by me and Edith's fabulous selvage quilt is on the right.

Finally, DH is here with my 9 Patch Mystery quilt that was a part of a guild activity.
Each month for 8 months we had to bring in 20 nine patch blocks in a certain colour. They were handed in and then swapped with other members' blocks and returned. We then had a great scrappy assortment of blocks for our quilts.

It was an excellent show - the guild's Quilt Show Committee are to be commended.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

What I've been up to ......

I've been away for awhile...and this is why. In August I decided to go back to school to update my clinical skills. Crazy, right? As if life werent crazy enough! It went well, and I've signed up for a second semester so on we go!

I got in a little bit of sewing and  will update you over a few posts.
Back in September we had a new addition to our family. A little niece named Harper. I made this birdie quilt for her. The pattern came from Quilters Newsletter "Best Quilts for Kids 2011".
The fabric all came from stash. Harper's mom grew up in the country and has a fondness for John Deer - so the green, yellow, and brown were a hit!

This close-up below shows the birds and the quilting.
My friend Gail at The Cozy Quilter lent me her Accuquilt die to make the birds and branches. They were appliqued by machine on to the quilt top.
I did organic style quilting with green thread. I like how the quilting gives texture to the brown tree trunks.

Here is a close up of the flannel backing. I used left over blocks and birds and inserted them as a strip between two pieces of flannel.

This is Harper enjoying her quilt. It was a pleasure making a quilt for this little darling!