Author Archives: Valerie

Wedding Ring Quilts

I have a niece who got engaged last year, and I reached out to find favourite colours to make the couple a quilt as a wedding gift. My friend and quilting buddy Sandy has TWO wedding quilts to make, and we both decided to make the Big Fat Wedding Ring Quilt, which makes a fast and easy quilt riffing on the traditional wedding ring quilt. Designed by QuiltSmart, you can order a kit, which gives a fusible material for the arcs. Their design uses fat quarters for both the backgrounds and the arcs, and goes together quickly.

I decided to use a gradient of blues as the background, and piece the arcs from a variety of blues from my overflowing stash. Below is the original design. I am playing with EQ8 these days, and did a sketch in that program to get a sense of what I intended. (ignore the writing on my printout!) There are more arcs in my design than theirs, and I will make a decision about that as I get closer to the end.

And here is what I have done so far..My design wall is not large enough to get all the pieces up there at once. Hence some of the arcs scattered on the wall.

It is always fun to play with a pattern you like to make it your own, and this is no exception.

Sandy’s version will be in a muted palette, hopefully we can get a photo of them all together at some point. Can’t wait to see how her quilts progress!

My first published pattern!

I have made a lot of tumbler quilts in the past few years, and last fall I made this version. It features elongated blocks, and I used a lot of light fabrics for the tumblers. I had to buy some extra fabric as I do not have a huge stash of pale solid fabrics. When the quilt was completed and on my bed, and we turned out the lights- surprise! I had actually bought some glow-in-the-dark fabrics. Hilarious!I have always had a deep love of Cherrywood fabrics since I first saw them, and I thought this design would look especially good made with their fabric. Long story short, it is now a pattern and kit available on Cherrywood fabrics website. So exciting!

Here is the version I made for Karla of Cherrywood Fabrics, which is available through their website.

Cherrywood fabric is hand-dyed, and has a lovely feel. It has the look and feel of suede, and makes a very cozy quilt. One of the other hats I wear is one of the organizers of http://www.quiltTalk.ca. I am so excited that Karla Overland will be doing a presentation on quiltTalk on October 13th 2021. Here is the link for tickets to Karla’s presentation! Plus I have some of her fabulous fabric as a giveaway.

This was not my first go around with Cherrywood fabrics. Here are two I had previously made..

Evolution of a Quilt

I have been making a lot of tumbler quilts, especially since Covid isolation began. This is the latest in that series. I was inspired to use my collection of striped fabrics, most of them Kaffe Fassett. Here are some of the photos I took along the way. The quilting is not very visible, on purpose! Quilting was done by Sandy Lindal Beintima of Scrappy Gal Quilt Company. , and we used straight line quilting to complement the fabrics. (sorry, no binding yet!)

Scroll through the slideshow below to see my progress.

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.