Monday, April 13, 2015

Dresden Plates and Dragonflies

This is another one of Dorothy's gorgeous applique quilts.  She hand appliques like a machine! I stitched in the ditch around all the flowers and leaves. For the plates themselves I decided to stitch between the blades and add a simple spiral in the centers.  

The the pillow section of this quilt had me a little perplexed from the start, as it changes up the spacing for the background significantly.  I decided an all over approach would be best.  When it came to my attention that Dorothy has a special affection for dragonflies, my dilemma was solved.

I drew the outline of the dragonfly shape with a homemade stencil, and free handed all the details.  The rest of the background was filled with gentle curls with a bit of a teardrop shape in the center to keep them feeling soft.

The piano key border got stitched in the ditch and the beige border got a simple "e and l" treatment so it wouldn't try to compete with the rest of the quilt.

And a couple of shots of the back because it is pretty too!

 And one more plug for Dorothy's upcoming show.  It's going to be a great one!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Dorothy's Japanese Applique

This applique masterpiece belongs to Dorothy.  It is a large part of the reason that I was pretty quite here last month!  Dorothy does exquisite hand applique and challenges me (in a good way).  Her mix of a batik and Asian fabrics is masterful.  I like both kinds of fabrics, but tend to keep them in separate quilts. I may have to step out of that box. This has to be one of my favorite quilts that I have ever had the pleasure of working on.

My goal for the quilting was to make the applique shine.  All the border fabrics were quite busy, so the only thing I knew would show up at all was some line work.  I did the curve echo in a gold magnifico thread is the Oriental border.  The green batik got a brownish Magnifico thread and a variety of designs to tie it all together.

The background fill behind the applique is a mix of pebbles, echoing and a fill that was inspired by the gold design in the border fabric.

 It is a little easier to see all the quilting of the back of this one.


And because I don't think that there can be too many pictures of this stunner, here are some more.

The pictures really do not do this quilt justice.  If you are in the area and would like to see this quilt, and other amazing quilts by Dorothy like this or this, you can do so by attending her exhibit this May right here is Dauphin, Manitoba.  I am really looking forward to it!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Walk in the City

I can't believe it has been almost a month since I lasted posted something here!  Life has been busy, and time on the computer just didn't seem to be found.  Hopefully I can make up for it as I have been working on some lovely quilts.

The is Eileen's version of Walk in the City by Elisa's Backporch Designs.

Eileen decided on the "Wrought Iron" panto.  I think it suits the quilt really well.  Although it is hard to see in the photos I used a shiny Maginifico thread in a dark steel blue.  I wanted in to have a bit of presence everywhere on the quilt.

Eileen provided a lovely navy Stonehenge backing, and I now have it in stock as one of my wide backing options.

The sun wouldn't cooperate so you don't see any texture in this picture, but the colors are pretty accurate and you can see the cool print on the border fabric.

I did find some time to finish my third row in the mystery leaf row quilt.  Aside from being an attractive leaf the stems are 3d which adds a nice bit of interest.

It only took three months for me to go a little rouge and put my blocks together differently than the instructions.  The sample we saw have coloured fabrics bordering the leaves.  I decided I wanted them to float so I added more background fabric and just added the colored sashing pieces.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Ivy Twist

This is Ina's version of  "Ivy Twist" by Southwind Designs.  See all those turned edges in this close up?  They are all hand stitched down!  I couldn't put a panto over this one! But since Ina is once again planning on donating this quilt to her local care home, I wanted to find a custom solution that would keep the costs down.

One thing that adds to the cost of custom quilting is ruler work stitching in the ditch around blocks and applique.  I did not pick up a ruler when quilting this quilt, it is SID free.

The blocks motif avoids crossing over the hand stitching, and I decided a simple stipple was all that the background needed to make things pop.

I tried a "new-to-me" sashing motif.  I have long admired the work of Terri Watson over at Thread Tales.  She has a lighter touch than many other quilters, and I find her style practical, and perfect for quilts that are meant to be used.  I had tried to figure out how to stitch these "fat leaves" a number of times, but just couldn't get it right.  When I asked Terri for help, she graciously shared her stitch path here.  Not too difficult once someone gives you the step by step!  Thanks Terri!

For the larger border I decided to add a row of my newly aquired "fat leaves" framed by some stippling.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Wrought Iron

I know I have been a little slow in sharing some of the quilts I have been working on, but I will try to make up for it by sharing three today!

This is another one of Ina's lattice quilts that she is making for her local care home.  I used the "Wrought Iron" panto. I have had this one in my collection for a long time, but hadn't found the right opportunity to try it out.  I thought it suited this quilt really well and I love how it looks on the back.

Another Disappearing Nine Patch from Ina.  She starts with 5" squares for those of you who are wondering.  This one got the "Flirtatious" panto.

This one came to me from Ruth.  She is donating this one to the New Horizons Senior Centre in Winnipegosis and they will raffle it to raise money for the centre.

Ruth chose the "Heartstrings" panto, and I'm glad I have stocked up on my colors of So Fine thread over the years as I had the perfect dark mauve to compliment the background fabric.

Ruth also chose one of my Stonehenge backings and the quilting shows up really nicely!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

International Round Robin - Round 2

The results of Round 2 of the International Round Robin that I am lucky enough to be participating in are here!  Our instructions were to make more blocks to add to what we received.  They could be 6", 9" or 12" and the number of blocks we made went according to a point chart.  We had to include some of the consistent fabric in what we made.

I worked on Kathy's blocks this round.  This is what arrived.

  Those chains at the corners of Kathy's star block looked to me as if they needed to be going somewhere.  I made 4 - 9" blocks that could be used to extend the chain, and two more nine patch blocks to add to the pile.

Here are all of the blocks so far.  It will be interesting to see where they end up in the quilt top!

This is Desley's pile from Round 1.

These are the blocks Bronwyn added.

And here are all of Desley's blocks to date.

Next up are my blocks from Round 1.

Here are the blocks that Kathy made to add to the pile.  I love how she picked up on the little bit of plum I had included and the darker brown really adds depth.  Fun to see a few more variations of the large sawtooth star blocks too.

Here are all my blocks to date.  I can't wait to see what gets added next!

These are Bronwyn's blocks from Round 1.

Desley made four 9" blocks like this one.

Here are all Bronwyn's blocks to date.  I get to add to this collection in the next round.  Hmmm.  What will I do?

This is a lot of fun.  Looking forward to Round 3!