Monday, June 21, 2010

Quilts, Quilts, Quilts!

Over the course of a few months, Brenda had given me 5 quilt tops she'd made for each of her sisters.

Their Mother had passed away last fall, and Brenda wanted to make each of them a quilt containing some bits of their mother's clothing.

 I can just imagine the joy her sisters will feel when they get their quilts this month!

 Brenda gave me the freedom to choose the threads and pattern for each quilt, and she was happy with each one.  What a relief!

As you can see, I chose an appropriate pantograph for each one.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Tote Bags

Some time ago, my Tuesday night gals and I made some tote bags.  I got the pattern from Marcus Fabrics website, it is called the Love and Hope Designer tote.  It was alittle tricky to put together, and I think I may modify it abit for future use, but I really like the design and size of it.

It was the perfect project for the remaining fabrics from one of the latest quilt tops I made.

This is one of the totes Diane made up from gorgeous Laurel Burch fabrics, makes me want to go out and buy some right now!

Mona had a favorite tote pattern she wanted to use instead, and she made this lovely bag for a Korean girl who is staying in her home for awhile.  May adores Mona's cat, so Mona appliqued a kitty silhouette on either side of the bag, adding a few embellishments and some paw prints for quilting. 

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Magic Tiles Grad Quilt

It is that time of year, when some people celebrate a school or college Graduation with the gift of a quilt, and this proud Mom is no exception!

Patti did a wonderful job choosing fabrics and colours  for this special quilt for her son.  Each fabric is different from one another yet still has a luminous quality, so it really looks like stained glass!

It is a Magic Tiles pattern, and has reminded me that I must make one for myself!


Patti chose an all-over design called Oriental Clouds (and many of the prints happened to be oriental).  She had me stitch the name of her son and his degree, as well as her name and date. 

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Beginner Class

I am teaching a beginner class.  I have a hard time saying "teaching", because I have never considered myself a teacher, but I guess I am sharing what I know, so I suppose it does make me a teacher of some sort.  Regardless, I am learning how to teach while they are learning to quilt!

So, here are a few photos of our progress.

Attending are 2 young girls in their early 20's, and it is so refreshing to have them on board!   I get a kick out of how organized they both are, here is a shot of  Heather with her piles or fabrics all organized into the blocks they will be sewn into!

And here's a shot of Julie trimming after sewing on a strip.

 They are so enthusiastic and alot of fun!

Judy here is squaring off a block.  She is making a photo quilt for her grand-daughter, with an absolutely wonderful assortment of teal fabrics you ever did see!

For first-time quilters, they are doing a wonderful job!

Here they are after Day 1.

And here the quilt tops are ready to be quilted.

I'm so proud of them!