Author Archives: Valerie

On the Wall 2013 /2015/ 2018

I found this old post in my drafts… it made me smile, as I did finally find a way to make these blocks work for me, and I have posted about the final solution in the past.

Well the year is coming to an end pretty soon, so I thought I should post what is “On the Wall” these days. In 2013, I posted these blocks. Since I have been moving more and more to modern quilts, I just cannot find the time or energy to work on this one. I hope to one day finish it, somehow with a modern twist.. 

 

Here is the final version I made, which I still love. It came when I took these blocks out and slapped them haphazardly on my design wall. a eureka moment for sure! Displayed at Quilts at the Creek 2018.

One Block, Two Quilts

I thought I was over my obsession with tumbler quilts, but there are SO many design possibilities with just one block. Here are the two most common designs, but even in that are so many choices with so many outcomes. Here are the two most common layouts for this kind of quilt.. the first is white or off-white blocks alternating with colour. Thank goodness I have a bottomless stash and a design wall!

The second quilt has exactly the same number of blocks, and used the same template. This layout is called lava lamps.. I did allow myself to play with colour. Why do I have so much blue fabric??

The one final thing I played with is the quilting. Confession time. I do appreciate that quilting adds another dimension to quilts, but it is not something I am comfortable with. Luckily I have a friend who loves quilting, and we trade techie computer help (me) with long-arm quilting (her).

I played a bit with contrast, etc in these photos to try and show the quilting more clearly. Love the pattern choices and the quilting by Sandy Lindal, http://www.ScrappyGalQuiltCo.com. Thanks Sandy!!

Made for Christmas… 2017!!

I found this post from December 2017.. I am not sure why I never published it! Of course the baby I made them for is now 4, but I was thrilled to see my second granddaughter wearing them recently!

The pattern by Wiksten is for baby and toddler bloomers and pants, and I couldn’t resist making a few pairs for her. It was a very simple pattern, and clear instructions, so they whipped up pretty darn quickly.

Clamshells Galore

Yes, I recently posted all some of the unfinished projects I SHOULD be working on.. but for some reason I felt I “needed” to make a clamshell quilt. I have lots of white and black fabric from previous quilts I have made, photos below, so no need to shop for fabric. [I have decided not to buy any more fabric online, in person only, and in fact I do not need more fabric! Maybe for the backing though?? ] The one problem I can see with this quilt getting finished is that I will need to hand sew the blocks down. Anyway, blocks are cut! Off to the design wall.

Last tumbler (for now!!)

I have made a large number of tumbler quilts since COVID lockdown began, and most are not posted here, so you get an exclusive view when you see my zoom presentation. But I couldn’t resist one more…

I like it now, but know I will love it once Sandy has quilted it..