Baby Elephant

Lynnette found herself with extra time on her hands because of the pandemic and decided to give quilting a try. She made this cute baby elephant quilt in bright colours as a gift for a baby in the family. I kept the quilting simple, it gets lost in the busy fabrics anyway, and free-motion stitched flowers and loops around the appliqué. Lynnette did a fabulous job, I hope we will get to see more of her work in the future.

Baby Elephant




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Keyhole Quilt Variation

This lovely quilt is a variation of the Keyhole quilt pattern and was made by Dorothy. It is a great pattern for Jelly Rolls. Or you could use your leftover strips from other projects for a scrappy look. Grey and yellow always look so elegant together, don’t you agree? Dorothy chose to have her project quilted with the design “Paisley Curls”.

Keyholes




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Garden Hoppin’

Isn’t this the cutest little bunny quilt that Brenda made? The finished quilt will have embroidered bunny faces and buttons sewn on for eyes and also the flower centres. Since embellishments can only put on after quilting, you will have to imagine these details. I love how some of the appliqué extends into the outer border. The quilting doesn’t show very much on the darker fabrics, I mostly tried to add some texture, and I even free-motioned some carrots in the background. It was a really fun project to work on.

Garden Hoppin'


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Cyberspace

This rather unusual modern quilt was made by Karen as a decoration for her sewing room. What a great pattern to showcase modern fabrics that you don’t want to cut into small pieces! The turquoise fabrics add a nice splash of colour to the white, black and grey palette. It was quilted with the modern pantograph “Bauhaus” but with fabrics as busy as these the quilting doesn’t really show, so pretty much anything goes.

Cyberspace




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Tumbling Blocks

This Tumbling Blocks quilt is another one of Darlene’s projects. She is a very prolific quilter and likes to make big quilts. I love quilt patterns like this one that create a three-dimensional illusion, and I love Darlene’s colour choices. This pattern requires a lot of mitered seams which can be quite a daunting task but the result is worth the effort for sure. What a stunning quilt!

Tumbling Blocks




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Happiness

This is Darlene’s version of Jacqueline De Jonge’s “Happiness” quilt. I have quilted another one before that was done in more muted colours and can be found here. Jacqueline’s company name is “BeColourful”, and her striking designs are just that, colourful. I love bright colours and enjoyed custom quilting Darlene’s project. I am still not tempted to make anything myself that involves a lot of paper piecing but quilting these is really fun.

Happiness


Happiness Detail 3



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Honeybees

Hannah machine-embroidered the honeybee blocks in this striking quilt. I love the hexagon honeycomb look of the blocks. She asked me not to quilt over the embroidery, so I only outlined the blocks by stitching in the ditch and added a design to the background. The sashing features bees busily buzzing from cornerstone to cornerstone. This was also Hannah’s suggestion, and I love how it turned out. The outer border picks up the flower design of the sashing print. Quite an unusual quilt, and lots of fun to quilt.

Honeybees




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Windows Into Space

Jean chose the classic “Attic Window” setting to showcase this beautiful outer space fabric and turn it into a quilt for her grandson. Right now is a great time to be watching the night sky. Did you catch a glimpse of comet NEOWISE? We spent two evenings out watching it, and in addition we saw Jupiter and Saturn rise and also a couple of shooting stars. Speaking of shooting stars, the Perseid meteor shower is just a few days past its peak and should still be visible this weekend. But back to Jean’s quilt… we chose a pantograph with the fitting name “Starry Night”. I just did a tiny edit. In the original design the moon has a face contour, with a nose and open mouth which looks cute on a baby quilt but wasn’t really suitable for Jean’s project, so I changed this part into a curve and turned it into a simple crescent moon.

Windows Into Space


 



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Churn Dash Chain

This quilt was made by Diane using leftover fabrics. She alternated two different blocks, creating a secondary design of diagonal chains running across the quilt. The pantograph she chose is called “Diagonal Plaid Bias Cut”.

Churn Dash Chain




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Checkerboard Roses

Sharon collected rose fabrics for a while and used them for this lovely quilt in red, pink and green. The swirly rose pantograph called “Rose Garden” was the perfect choice for her project.

Checkerboard Roses




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Scrappy Chains

One of our guild members, Cynthia, cut up all her scraps into 2″ squares. She then decided that she didn’t feel like sewing all those tiny squares together again and donated them to the guild. The We Care committee divided them and packed them into bags, and anyone who wanted to could take a bag home and turn the squares into a scrappy quilt. Gail accepted the “Cynthia Challenge”, and this “Scrappy Chains” quilt is the result. The pantograph is “Diagonal Plaid Bias Cut”. I thought it picked up the on-point squares of the chains very well and filled all that negative space nicely.

Scrappy Chains




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It’s All An Illusion

“It’s All An Illusion” is the name of this Missouri Star Quilt Company pattern. Mary made her elegant version in lovely blues. The pantograph we chose is called “Overlapping Crop Circles”, I love the texture it creates, and all thoses curves soften the angles and straight lines of the pieced top.

It's All An Illusion




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