Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Quilt Retreat

 Due to Covid-19, the 2021 quilt retreat was a small affair. Reports are those in attendance had a great time. Here are some pictures of non-sewing pursuits.

Busy, busy - folks working on their projects.

The sewing and quilting projects are as impressive as ever!

Tuesday, 25 May 2021

May Meeting

 Our online May meeting featured hand and machine quilters talking about what they do and giving some quilting tips. It was very interesting.

Sharon M of the Manners Sutton Sewing Circle in Harvey shared how her group was started many, many years ago (before her time) and has been hand quilting quilts since. Hand quilting allows for a puffier looking quilt. She recommends that seams always be pressed to one side. Hand quilters typically quilt on the side without the seam allowances as it is more difficult to quilt through the extra layers. They quilt for others and Sharon can be contacted at 366-2087. 

Gisele of Gisele Carr Quilting in Douglas and Andrea of The Quilting Shed in Hanwell are both machine quilters. Gisele has been at it less than a year but people are very pleased with her work. She does edge to edge quilting patterns. Andrea has been around awhile is now specializing in custom quilting where the quilting design changes throughout the quilt. Contact info can be found online.

Other tips from the three of them:

- when piecing, press after every seam

- using a wool pressing mat helps with the pressing

- when the quilt backing needs to be pieced, cut off the selvages before sewing pieces together and use a half inch seam allowance

- when piecing the backing it is better to not have one seam down the middle, but rather use two seams so there is solid section in the middle (it will lay better)

- trim your threads on the front of the quilt before taking it to your quilter. Quilting can fasten these to your quilt solidly so they are then hard to remove

- trim threads on the back if they are likely to show through the top, such as dark threads behind white fabric

In other news, there is a mystery to be solved. In August 2020, the Rubbermaid bins of comfort quilts and comfort quilt supplies were taken for storage by various members. At this time a guild member has requested a quilt and so far we do not know where the tote(s) is with completed quilts. We are told there are 4 adult quilts and 3 children's quilts completed. If you have been storing one or more of these totes, please check to see if you have one with completed quilts. Please contact Susan F if you have a tote and let her know if it contains fabric or completed quilts. Thank-you.

No show and tell pictures were submitted ahead of the meeting. A few things were held up during the meeting but alas only a few pictures were captured. My apologies.

Gisele shows a block of the quilt she is currently piecing.

Susan A made a quilt for a friend with an illness. She put words on the quilt in the machine quilting.

Toni has been piecing rainbow Dresden plates.

Saturday, 24 April 2021

Inspiring Art Quilts

 Darcy of Darcy Doodle Quilts presented at our April online guild meeting.

Darcy shared how she became interested in art quilts because of a presentation at a guild meeting. Her creativity has led to much experimentation and her business “Darcy Doodle Quilts” which can be found on Etsy.

Darcy has explored various types of projects – small and large. Finding inspiration in nature, she has created many of her own patterns. Some of these are for sale and some even have kits with the needed fabrics. Small projects include post cards, journal covers, and pendants.

Darcy makes used of various fabrics (such as yarn, tulle, organza, silk, denim) and found items (such as doilies, lace, shells, driftwood). She laughs that her family sometimes calls her the stick lady because she is always looking for sticks to use with her pieces. 

Darcy has also created patterns for wall hangings. She is offering online classes and workshops.

Darcy shared her process for creating art quilt scenes from photos.

Here are more of Darcy's wall hangings. Thank you for sharing, Darcy! Your journey is inspiring and your work is beautiful.

Following the presentation members shared their show and tell items. Joyce and Kathy H both had a go at the bunny mug rug.

Christa finished hand quilting the "green" quilt for her nephew in Germany. The hand quilting took a bit than than she expected.

Pam has been sending post cards to her granddaughters and others. She puts them in the mail as is, just asking them to hand stamp and sort them so they do not go through their machines.

Pam has also completed a square within a square quilt for her niece. She quilted it using "big stitch" with embroidery floss. She shares that she found the technique quite enjoyable.

Melanie has also been making post cards and a bunny for Easter.

Joyce has made an Easter garland.

Joyce also made a fleece hat from a pattern shared by a friend.

Linda has finally completed a cross stitched quilt which took a few years. Next she will hand quilt it. 

Linda also has made a few fun mug rugs, some Barbie clothes for her granddaughter and a pieced quilt.

Diane has been very busy. She knit socks for her son in Calgary and a jumper for her granddaughter who is turning one soon.

Diane made a flannel quilt using the "Turning Twenty" pattern which she modified to use up yardage left over from a previous project. She says Gisele quilted it and did a great job!

Diane made a bunny cushion since it was Easter time and made a new cover for her ironing board.

Debby H has finished the "Rainbow Quilt for Lily". It even has a rainbow on the back! Lily is her granddaughter.

Gisele has been learning new skills though it is not a quilt. It looks like you are a good student.