Hunter's Star - Traditional Quilts to Paper Piece
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Hunter's Star - Traditional Quilts to Paper Piece
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
View of the Wild - All Through the Woods
Sunday, January 27, 2008
The wedding quilt
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Little Leaves - Traditional Quilts to Paper Piece
I got this email today and it pertains to the quilt that Myra put up today and I thought it was worth sharing...
"I thought I would take a minute and fill you in on what we intend to do with the quilt - other than sell lots of patterns and kits! Two years ago we started up our Rainbow of Hope Quilt Auction. More details are on our website but basically a bunch of us got together and decided to make quilts in honor of people we know who have been affected by cancer. If people needed a starting point, I asked that they choose an awareness color and put that in it. The first thing we learned is that it is not all about pink! The second thing we learned is that hardly anybody walked through the doors of our shop who could not identify with our cause. The kick off was June 1st, the quilts were due September 15th and the auction was September 30th the first year. My customer base unanimously voted that our local Hospice House receive the few hundred dollars we might raise. 105 projects later and an evening of laughter and tears we gave our Hospice House $18,000! Feeling quite good about ourselves and our "one-time" event I went to work that Monday and had two ladies waiting in the parking lot to pick out fabric for the 2007 auction donation. We tweaked the event, changed the auction date to the first Saturday in November, added an expensive dinner, got a donation of a diamond necklace to go to the Viewer's Choice award winner and handed Hospice $25,000! For 2008, the staff decided they wanted to do a quilt together and raffle it off through the year with all the proceeds to go to Hospice - guess which quilt we decided on! We are hoping to raise more money with the raffle tickets than we would by auctioning it off. Last year's Viewer's Choice sold for $1600 so we had better start selling tickets. I know that was a lot to ask a simple question but I just wanted you to know where your quilt is headed!
Isn't that something? How this all started was she put up a pole on her website for their block of the month. And after a few months it was official, our Amish Sampler pattern won! I have been in touch with Tamera and things are going well with the project. It is so cool to hear from our her, with such exciting news. Please go check out the web site...maybe even join the BOM.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Little Lady - Kids size
It has been so cold out here in Manitoba. I decided to post something bright and cheery.
This is a quilt that we made using RJR Handsprays (available on our website!)
The lady bugs are a personal favorite of mine. This quilt is also a reversable quilt. Using the colors that were on the front, we made stripes on the back. How cool is that?!
By using the handsprays this quilt has a contemporary style, however it would also be interesting to see it done using soft prints. If anyone has done that - send me a picture please. This pattern is also available in baby size.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Cori was down on Thursday, and the few afternoon hours that we had just flew bye!!
During the 100 days of quilts, we have been showing you our past quilts. Many of these have been designed and made to fit into a specific format of a book or magazine. What you haven't been seeing, are the quilts that we are creating now. These are NEW designs made for no one's purpose but our own. So, Cori and I spent a day playing with colors...and it is the thing that we do best.
At my mother's store, we use to stack and play with fabrics for hours. We don't have that large resource at our fingertips anymore, but we can still play. And at the risk of being too bold and forward - we have a few suggestions for quilters and quilt shops....
Suggestion #1 - BREAK THE COLLECTIONS!!
Over the past few years, we have let ourselves be limited to collections. Some quilters almost feel it is wrong to add a fabric from a different collection into their quilt. Quilts aren't suppose to be Puritans, they are suppose to be creative and beautiful. And stores are also letting themselves be limited by collections. What happens when one print is sold out? Suddenly they don't know what to do with the remaining fabrics. Do you ever think of mixing a 30's print with a bali? Why not?
Suggestion #2 - STOCK THE BASICS
Some shops have become so focused on buying collections, that they forget to stock basics like handsprays and solids. I know these are 'boring' fabrics, but they can be very essential in building a quilt. I personally go through several bolts of solid white in a year. I LOVE crisp white as a base for the bold prints, and I am always surprised when I go to a quilt shop, and they don't have solid white or solid black.
So here is a quick example of mixing fabrics. We started with a piece of Amy Butlers' Lotus, (the large floral) and added our black & white paisley (from our Bohemian Rhapsody line), along with our green leaves, and a black RJR handspray. And suddenly you have a new combination that no one has seen before.
Then we played some more. We started with a large print (I think it's Amy's) added our teal paisley to the left side, added a moss green/brown handspray, our gold paisley, some body's stripe, a piece of a Heather Bailey, and our geometric backsplash print. It looks awesome together. And just for fun, we might throw in another teal or green. (our own prints that we used are all from our Bohemian Rhapsody line)
Friday, January 18, 2008
Today's weather forecast is for the temperature to reach -43 degrees. Welcome to winter in Canada! And the strange part is that school isn't cancelled until the temp. reaches -45 degrees. So the kids are hoping that it will get just a smidge colder.
So to contrast the cold, I looked through our pictures for the hottest, brightest quilt we own. This is the Lemon Slice quilt that we made up this summer using the NEW RJR handsprays. These new colors are lush and vibrant. And our friend Karen did an amazing job machine quilting this project with a great variegated thread.
I had fallen a little behind in making kits of some of our quilts to put on our website, but I think that I will cut a few kits of this one, because today I need to hold fabric that is bright and warm.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Holly & Berries Tablerunner - Four Season's of Quilts
This isn't what I was originally going to post today - but I thought I had better do this now, because Christmas is just about a faded memory.
I remember when Cori handed me a rough sketch and said 'think this will work as a table runner?' Sure, why not? And as we worked on it, it became a really elegant project. There are two section of appliqued berries and leaves on an embroidered vine. Next, there are three rows of ivory & white paper pieced blocks. And finally, there is a great stripped border at each end.
(Do you want to know a few shortcuts for this project? To save time, you could machine stitch the green vine by using a heavier thread in your sewing machine. And if you are intimidated by appliqueing small berries...why not sew on red buttons?)
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
buggies have 129 pieces
border has 406 pieces
Finished Size: 22" x 8 1/2"
Back then, we were on a definite 'paper piecing' kick, because it was a method that we could use to make so many different designs...and you don't have to be an expert quilter to use this method, you just have to be able to sew on a line.
As you can tell from the above information, there were A LOT of little pieces in this Amish sampler, and Cori hand quilted it. (and knowing Cori - she probably did it in one evening.)
Monday, January 14, 2008
Oklahoma Twister - American Patchwork & Quilting
I love looking through quilt books to find 'new' old blocks. I own the mammoth Encyclopedia of Quilt blocks, and I think there are 3000 historically documented blocks in the book. I came across this one several years ago, and it is called 'Oklahoma Twister'. I put the block into my EQ program, because I wanted to know what it looked like in a quilt layout. I loved it. I made this quilt for myself - which is a rare treat - but later American Patchwork & Quilting called wanting it for one of their issues.
It may be hard to tell, but the background print is a beautiful, and colorful small print. I would recommend using a small print as the background, because it will help hide the hundreds of seams that this quilt has. I also assembled it the old fashioned way..by cutting hundreds of half square triangles, but if I was to do it again, I would use the grid method, or Thangles.
We actually got an e-mail this summer from someone in our Provence who wanted to make this quilt, but they were going to call it the Elie Twister instead. About 1 hour north of where we live is a small town called Elie, and they were hit this past summer with a F5 tornado. This was the first time in history that Canada has ever had an F5. We might have a few small tornado's, but we don't have the right climate for the big ones...or so we thought.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Pineapple table runner - from 'Four Season of quilts'
Friday, January 11, 2008
What's the name of this little project? We have no idea. It is just a little table mat that Cori invented a few years ago. The funny thing is that the outer border, and some of the flower prints are from 30's fabrics..and this is not Cori's usual style. I was surprised that she even owned scraps of these prints. So one day Cori just showed up with this cute little thing, and gave it to me and said 'here, quilt it.' We kept the quilting simple, and I think that it shows that a project doesn't have to be frilly to be pretty.
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Settlers Crossing - American Patchwork & Quilting 1999
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
We have had some comments about How lucky we are to have 100 (plus) quilts. I think that you would be VERY surpised how many quilts that you may have in your own collection. Or for some of us, how many quilts we have given away! I tried to take pictures of all of the gifts I made but I think I have fallen behind.
Start a blog today. Don't necessarily start a blog because you want others to see, but as a gallery for YOU, and keep track of all those beautiful quilts! OH and I am sure there are some of us out there that would love to see and be inspired too!
That's my little "tip" of the day...thanks for listening.
Monday, January 07, 2008
Websters' Tulips - from 'Four Season's of quilts'
Saturday, January 05, 2008
We may not be posting our "100 days of quilts" on week-ends so I thought that I would post something a little off topic! We have told you about our Retreats before, but this year Myra and I gave a special gift, that I think everyone enjoyed. On the first evening of the retreat we took this group picture and Myra and I ran over to Wal-Mart and got a 5 x 7 color photo on a canvas for everyone. So many of the retreaters got everyone to sign their canvas. I encouraged everyone to emblish their pictures and this is what Karen W. did with her photo. She made this little "quilt" out of her photo and scraps of Cape Cod fabrics! So cute.
You can be apart of our next retreat - May 2-4th in Portage La Prairie MB.
Friday, January 04, 2008
Mom's program - table squares
Today we picked a project to show that only a few local women have ever seen. For the past few years, Cori would design a small project to teach at a local Church for their Mom's Morning Out program. The women taking the class were all new to quilting, and would do an amazing job on their little project. They would all start out saying 'Oh no - I can't do that', but by the second class, they would be hooked on applique, and would love it! This class also demonstrates something that all quilt shops should understand. Have a beginner class that has a project that is cute and pretty, and the students will enjoy it, and they will finish it. Many times 'beginner quilt classes' have projects that are too basic, and boring. Give the students a challenge, and most of all, give them a quilt that is something they will be proud to show others. Never underestimate the determination of a new quilter. If they love their project, they will finish it. All of the women who have ever taken this class with Cori, finished their little quilts, and were proud of their new accomplishment.
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Paisley Craze - Quilts and more - Bohemian Rhapsody
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Day 1 - of 100 days of Quilts
Love Joy Peace Retreat '06 quilt