Staying Connected #38

A wonderful chocolate box of quilting this week …

From Maureen … after I got Yoskyl’s email, I decided to check out my (vintage) Dresden Plates quilt again. Interesting.

The plates are not appliqued. They are hand stitched as you can see from the back. So the plates must have been zig zagged to prevent fraying.

Here’s the interesting part. The corners are NOT mitered, they are folded. The back fabric was brought to the front and then stitched in place to close it. See the picture with the ‘whole cloth’ corner in the back. Odd method.

The quilt below covers a chair in our front hall. The fabrics are thin, hardly any batting, and hand quilted. The blocks are machined.

The cloth looks like men’s shirts, maybe blouses and aprons?

The corner stones are very accurately placed and the blocks show few misplaced points.

Another rounded corner. Odd color selection, I think, and an odd mixture of florals and plaids. Probably 1950’s. Wynyard, Saskatchewan. My Grandma.

From Linda R … A birthday gift for a special friend.

A softer Christmas runner.

And more smaller projects.

From Donna … Debbie Mumm St. Nicholas banner. I’ve made 4 of these during COVID using up all of my red Christmas fabric. The 6 little Santa pillows were a bit time consuming but turned out well. They are all now decorating relatives homes in Austria.

Stack and whack placemats. Takes 6 fat quarters to make 6. They are in the Cariboo ready for my sister-in-law’s Christmas table. I made 2 hot pads to go with them.

Microwave bowls. These sell like hot cakes at Parkgate for the senior crafters. I use special batting with no metal in it so they are safe.

From Eleanor … This was made for me by Wendy. I added the binding. And made a “mug rug” for my poinsettia.

From Norine … Here is a picture of the beautiful Christmas block made by Judy S. I love the wonderful Christmas colours and plan to reproduce it to make a
Christmas quilt.

I’m also enclosing a photo of the card because, although I’ve not yet done it, I’m planning a Christmas tree runner based on her card. Many thanks to Judy. I love what you’ve done!

From Sharon … Just finished putting the bindings on this 1/2 square log cabin quilt. 10” squares, 8 different fabrics … very big cutting job.

From Chelan … I wish to say a big thank-you to Marilyn for the lovely Churn Dash block. She even sent along some extra red and green fabric so I will be able to make a table runner or wall hanging with my own poinsettia fabric.

From Linda D … Here are four “Redwork” squares sent to me by Norine. They really are lovely and will become the feature of a Christmas table runner. Thanks, Norine.

From Linda F … This was received anonymously, so I don’t know who to thank. I was so happy with it, especially because I had material that coordinated with it.

From Lorna … I made these two unremarkable rag quilts out of any 6 inch squares of flannelette that I had in my stash. They will be used as car blankets for two of my granddaughters.

I used batting as filling for one and a third layer of flannel in the second. The result was much the same.

I must remark on the amazing amount of lint that they generated. I put them in the drier to fluff them up and it was quite a task to clean the filter.

From Moira … Here is the block I received from Linda F and I turned it into a pillow.

Here is a table topper I made for a gift this year.

From Elaine … This is a photo of the block we were asked to make. I turned it into a pillow for my 8 year old grandson.

From Judy S … Here’s the pillow I made with Chris’s block. It is a disappearing four-patch block. I found a fat quarter in my stash to use for the border, and I got to refresh my zipper skills. Sometimes things just all come together!

Many thanks to Maureen, Linda R, Donna, Eleanor, Norine, Sharon, Chelan, Linda D, Linda F, Lorna, Moira and Elaine for being part of this post.

Keeping warm … This little black-capped chickadee was perched just outside my window on a cold and rainy day and was doing his (or her) best to stay warm.

The National Audubon Society tells us that smaller birds puff up into the shape of a little round beach ball to minimize heat loss.

My grandcat Lucy has figured out her own way to stay warm. JS.