Staying Connected #33

Welcome to lots of quilting inspiration. Could this be a sign of many new projects to come over the winter months?

From Marilyn … This is my first “COM” Quilt, that is, my COVID Outdoor Meeting Quilt.

It is a stash buster quilt and is 40” x 51” and has flannel on the back (also from my stash). I am sure it will also be useful in the house as the weather gets cooler.

From Linda R … Forward to Christmas …

From Diane … Finally finished. Only a 19 year wait!

And also from Diane … I really admire Maureen’s work with her thread painting. I have just started trying to make one of my sketches into a fabric piece. What a lot of patience she has. Thank goodness I didn’t pick a full forest scene.

From Yoskyl … Four flannel quilted hot water bottle covers for when our family can resume carport patio meetings…..along with cushions, rugs and a little interior warmth! Ah…Those will be the days! (The linings are from the curtains in our baby son’s bedroom in 1966……just about to turn 54!)

And also from Yoskyl …

In the last post, Maureen was wondering about the rounded corners on a vintage quilt she owns, and Yoskyl shared her thoughts.

I haven’t come across rounded corners as a particular feature in reading about quilt history, but it is one way of keeping excess fabric off the floor at the corners, but of course, the binding would have to be cut on the bias.

Binding was usually straight edge, with mitred corners, especially as you need a greater run of fabric to cut on the bias, which was not usually available if you were cutting up old uniforms or or other worn out clothing.

Perhaps if any of our guild members have antique quilts, they could let us know what type of binding they have … bias or straight cut, and whether it interferes with the internal design of the blocks.

Interesting observation!

From Tere … Here are a few things I have managed to complete.

This quilt was done awhile ago for the little boy down the hall who was moving to A BIG HOUSE! He liked the finger puppets but mostly he liked the special pocket for his favourite little metal car. Now a new little baby girl has moved into the apartment. Yes!

My daughter-in-law gave me an Alaska Bear pattern and fabric when we were there a couple of years ago. Just finished it.

A few months ago, staff at a café that we frequent asked if I could make them some masks. They all wanted the orange and black one (I managed to get 4 out of the black and orange fabric which was donated by Naomi H. I believe you made the fabric design sample at a Thread Bear workshop we attended in Sechelt in the 90″s? Thank you Naomi! I had to put beads with their initials on the adjustable elastic so they wouldn’t get mixed up.

The pillow was the first thing I did this Covid. Nice and easy. How many potential pillows does a Sewing Room have? Too many apparently.

From Lynda G … Just completed another babies quilt – it seems like the babies keep on coming in my circle. This one is heading to a new baby boy in Kelowna. As I wanted it to be a quilt for warmer weather, I used flannel as the “batting”.

From Eleanor … Watched way too much of the U.S. election, glad to be Canadian.

Made Christmas Masks for my grandkids.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find any cord stoppers locally. What I am using instead are alphabet beads (you can buy then at the dollar store).

Also helps identify whose mask is whose (I just put a first initial bead on each ear elastic).

I use the thin round elastic, and fold it over and twist it through the bead (it requires a bit of twisting as it is a tight fit).

I add a tiny split ring, so the bead can’t slip off (you can buy the split rings where you buy jewellery making stuff).

The canoe scene is a row by row I bought at a fabulous quilt store in Canmore, Alberta, called Sugar Pine.

From Wendy … This is a photo of the stunning mug rug that Kathryn Gillis made for me for the guild September/October challenge. It’s so beautiful. I am looking forward to the November/December block challenge!

Many thanks to Marilyn, Linda R, Diane, Yoskyl, Tere, Lynda G, Eleanor, and Wendy.

Remembrance Day – November 11, 2020

Quilted by Marianne

This week Remembrance Day came around again. People weren’t able to gather for the occasion the way they have in years past, but red poppies were worn and displayed.

From the time of Napoleon, scarlet corn poppies have emerged naturally in European fields made barren by war.

They grow in Flanders Fields, the old battlegrounds of the First World War in France and Belgium.

In Flanders Fields, the ecosystem is changing and the poppies are diminishing, but they remain lasting symbols of remembrance for those who sacrificed so much for others.