Saturday, October 30, 2010

Quilting Workshops with Pippa Moore

We recently had Pippa Moore ( ) visit the area, and she stayed to give a workshop on her African Sunshine quilt, a version of the New York Beauty block. 

 Here, Sharon sits with her fabrics

Pippa combines all our blocks and shows us how they can be arranged.

 We are surprised to see how all our different colour combos looked great together!

 Pippa brought some fabrics and kits and buttons from her "little quiltshop on wheels".  It's called "Kitambaa Designs" and can be found on the internet as .
 Pippa stayed and gave a talk and slideshow at our guild meeting, after a yummy potluck dinner!
 She showed us some of the quilts she made from the African fabrics she imports and sells.
 She has an on-going project with a group of African women, teaching them how to sew, quilt and sell their products to the tourist market.

 Pippa was a source of inspiration and we all had a great time!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Wholecloth Quilt

Effie (in her 70's, I'd guess) entrusted me with a quilt top her mother had embroidered so many years ago, and it was time for it to be made into a quilt.

It was an honour to be a part of the history-making!

It was one of my first wholecloth quilts, so it was scarey but exciting, fun, yet alot of work.  I burnt out a switch on my machine while stitching it!

 I used Hobbs Poly-down for the batting, giving it a nice loft.
 The embroidery was lovely!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Collective Baby Quilt

Sandi organized another baby quilt, for her second grand-baby. 

She sent out fabric squares to several friends and relatives and they appliqued and embellished them however they liked and sent them back. 

I had the priviledge of assembling them into a quilt.

Here are a few close-ups of the blocks, and one in particular was fantastically embroidered with an underwater scene!  A real work of art!


Monday, October 11, 2010

Irish Chain

Denise gave me another quilt top to finish for her.  This time it was a scrappy Triple Irish Chain.  I just love the way the squares are all different colours, but yet it all works together to make a wonderful design!

I just stitched straight through the chains, with a shamrock in the center of the plain blocks.  For the shamrock, I used a heart template for the leaves. 

Reverse Hearts in the border