Saturday, 9 September 2017

Giving Feels So Good - Charity Quilts

Last October I told you about a Charity my quilt group donated 15 quilts to. You can read about it here.  We decided to wait until we had another 15 quilts ready before we headed back to the home to donate them.

Earlier this week, my mom and I drove over with the 15 quilts that were finally ready and we were welcomed with opened arms. 

Charity Quilts

Charity Quilts

Again, we had some orphan blocks, and we used some of our scraps and some fabrics from our stash to make these lap quilts for the young moms at the home. They get to use them while they stay there and then bring them with them when they leave.  

sampler quilt
sampler quilt made from Betty's orphan blocks

big block quilt
Big Block quilt

Perky Patches
Perky Patches

Nine Patch
Nine Patch
 We work on these quilts at our weekly get-together, and at our retreats. We plan some of them together but each of us sews individually.  Alice quilts them and Pat did the binding on most of these. Each has a label that says: " Stitched for you with love 2017".

Brick Quilt
Brick Quilt - inspired by Crazy Mom Quilts

Big Block quilt
Big Block quilt

Framed squares
 There are 15 beds at the home so we brought 15 quilts. Each girl will get the chance to go pick her own quilt.

Brick quilt
Brick quilt - inspired by Crazy Mom Quilts

Framed squares

Big Block quilt
Big Block quilt

Big block quilt
Big Block quilt
 My mom and I left the home with big smiles on our faces and we had so many ideas for more quilts. We were itching to come home and make more!

Big block quilt
Big Block quilt

piece of cake 2
Piece of Cake 2 - pattern by Thimbleblossoms

HSTs in flannel
HSTs in Flannel
 We've already got some ready to be quilted and have some fabric picked out to make a few more! It definitely feels so so good to give! :)

Friday, 1 September 2017

Gabrielle's T-shirt Quilt

A few months ago, I received a phone call from Gabrielle's mom asking if I could make a t-shirt quilt. Gabrielle had saved all of her t-shirts and jerseys from when she played competitive volleyball back in high school and she now wanted to have them made into a quilt.

When I met with Gabrielle, I was a little surprised at how many shirts she actually had. She wanted as many of the shirts as possible in the quilt. So that was my challenge, using as many of the shirts as I could but keeping the size of the quilt reasonable because she wanted to be able to use it.

Gabrielle's T-shirt quilt
Gabrielle's T-Shirt Quilt

It was a little like putting a puzzle together. I had fun figuring it out.

Gabrielle's T-shirt quilt
close-up of Gabrielle's T-Shirt Quilt

I used a fusible interfacing on the back of each t-shirt to make it easier to piece it. I used a cotton backing and Hobbs 80/20 batting. I quilted Ribbon Swirls on it because the pattern kind of reminded me of Volley balls and it gave nice texture to the quilt.

Gabrielle's T-shirt quilt
close-up of Gabrielle's T-Shirt Quilt

I used the same cotton fabric for the binding as I did for the backing. I think the black fabric framed the quilt nicely.

label for Gabrielle's t-shirt quilt
Label

It was a nice surprise when I called her to tell her that the quilt was ready and I found out that it was her birthday. She came to pick it up the very same day.

Gabrielle's T-shirt quilt
Gabrielle's T-Shirt Quilt

I'm happy to know Gabrielle will be able to wrap herself up in wonderful memories!

Gabrielle's T-shirt Quilt
Gabrielle's T-Shirt Quilt 


Tuesday, 13 June 2017

more blocks for my 150 Canadian Women quilt

This is such a busy time of year with the school year and my daughter's competitive gymnastics coming to an end. Then there is my youngest daughter's soccer season that starts. It just doesn't seem to end, and honestly, I wouldn't have it any other way!
But it does cut into my sewing and quilting time. So I haven't had much to post in a while.

I did have a quiet day today as I am feeling a bit under the weather, so some time in my studio seemed like a good idea.  I got quite a few new blocks done for my 150 Canadian Women quilt and I thought you all might like to see them.



These are blocks 16 to 27.  I am still very far behind because blocks 91 to 93 were posted today on the Next Step Quilt Designs web site. I am still hoping to get the quilt done before the end of the year so I have lots of time to catch up.

I am really enjoying reading about all of the Canadian pioneering women and then picking out the fabric for each block.

Monday, 1 May 2017

150 Canadian Women

This year is Canada's 150th Birthday.  There are so many exciting things going on in the quilting world to celebrate this exciting event.  One of them is a Quilt celebrating 150 Canadian, inspiring, pioneering women from yesteryear to today.

Kat Tucker from Next Step Quilt Designs out in Calgary Alberta has put together this wonderful project.  Every week she sends out the instructions for three 6" finished blocks. Each block comes with the biography of a pioneering woman.

Now, I have to be honest and tell you that she has already sent out the instructions for 75 blocks, so the project is half done.  And for those doing the small quilt, they will be able to assemble their quilt this week.  However, I was working on the memory quilts so I am behind on my blocks.

first 15 blocks on my design wall
I have 15 blocks done so far and as you can see they are all red and off-white.  These were fun to piece, not too much of a challenge, but they will get more time consuming as I go.  The blocks will have more pieces and the pieces will get smaller.

I'm not quite sure how I will put the blocks together but I have lots of time to figure that out.

I look forward to sharing my progress on this quilt with all of you.  I am hoping to have it all done by the end of the year.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Reece's Quilt

This is the last of four quilts I have been working on for the last few months.  Four quilts for four children who lost their father last year.

Reece is 12 years old and the eldest of the four kids.


She loved the buffalo plaid shirt her dad wore so her mom put that one aside especially for her quilt. We paired it up with the black and grey shirts. 



Reece has always had a fascination for Terry Fox and his battle with cancer. Kevin received this t-shirt for participating in the Terry Fox walk one year and he proudly wore it. Of course we had to include it in her quilt as well!


Ralph Lauren Polo shirts were one of his favourite brands of shirts so I included some embroidery from those shirts as well. 


Nancy and I went to the local quilt shop to purchase the border, binding and backing fabrics. While we there, we saw the maple leaf fabric and thought it would look great in this quilt too! There were a couple of other fabrics that caught our eye so we added those too.

One of  Kevin's favourite t-shirts
I decided to free-motion quilt this quilt with some "organic" wavy lines. I had to be able control the machine myself and go around the embroidery from the Ralph Lauren polo shirts because it was too thick to go under the foot of the machine.  I think the texture of the wavy lines lends itself beautifully to the quilt and adds to the cozy overall feel. It turned out just as I had hoped!

the quilt on the longarm
the back
This is Reece's label with the scriptures her mom picked out just for her.
Her father used to sign every email and letter: "Here, with a purpose."
Everything was very well thought out and has special meaning.


The children received their quilts on the 1 year anniversary of their father's passing, along with a beautiful photo book their mother put together.  Beautiful keepsakes they will cherish forever.

I am a little sad that this project is over but so happy that I got to work on it with Nancy. She is such an amazing lady and had great vision for these quilts. I am so happy I was able to make her vision come to fruition and help her through the grieving process.  It's not over yet though... we have plans to make a special quilt for her now and I can't wait to get started!

If you missed the posts about the other three quilts...


I am linking up to Finish it up Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts as well as TGIFF over at Charly & Ben's Crafty Corner.