September 2018 – A New Quilting Season

Les Ωuilt BacksOur September meeting was a busy one after a long, hot summer, and it was great to get together again and look forward to quilting activities ahead.

Thanks to our talented member, Les, who brought her amazing and varied collection of beautiful quilts to accompany her presentation about quilt backs.  As we learned, quilt backs don’t have to be just “the B side” of your quilt.  They can be stars in their own right, and add that ‘”wow factor” that makes a quilt pretty much reversible.  Les has tried many designs on the backs of her quilts.  Some she likes more than others, she told us, but she continues to experiment and learn from each quilt she makes.

Les suggested some things to consider when designing a quilt back:

  • Think of your quilt as divided into “thirds,” and add your design element in the vicinity of a one-third line, rather than centred on the back.
  • Pay attention to the visual “weight” of the fabrics on your quilt back and strive for balance.
  • Repeat or adapt a block used on the quilt top to unify the quilt, as in the photos below.

Suzanne showed us the latest Quilt of Valour top in the making, and it was a stunner, pieced together with blocks made by members.

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Marilyn demonstrated the September Block of the Month – a smashing pumpkin.  Directions will appear under Block of the Month.

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Marilyn also mentioned a “Curated Quilts” competition she had entered.  You can see photos of “House Mini Quilts” here.   Marilyn’s quilt is called “West Coast House.”  Very fun.

Penny introduced us to two new Community Quilt projects – placemats for Meals on Wheels, and cage comforters and pet beds for cats and dogs waiting to be adopted.    Great projects to turn your hand to as days grow shorter.  Watch for information about these projects on the Community Quilts Page.

Show and Tell was a treat!  Photos are posted on our Show and Tell Page.