Category Archives: Red

Celebration of Quilts

I am a member of York Heritage Quilters Guild, and we had our quilt show last weekend (see all the photos here.)

I had three quilts in the show, all bed-sized quilts that I completed in the past year. Don’t make me choose a favourite! Below are some of the other quilts I have completed in the past year.. wow, even I didn’t realize how much I had done! The one directly below is a One Block Wonder, and the one below that results from playing with the idea of a Plus quilt, and the colours yellow and blue. This has been donated to Quilts of Valour.

A Little Colour in My Life

I’ve been working on some more subdued quilts lately, and craved some COLOUR! The York Heritage Quilters Guild is having its UFO challenge, and I am using all the extra blocks I had cut out for the Border Creek Station challenge run two years ago at Quilts at the Creek. Here is the quilt I made then…

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Here are the blocks paired up and ready to make HSTs.. I thought I had a lot more blocks than I was able to find, so I will have to do more digging in my stash to make it the size I want! Most of the fabrics are from Kaffe Fassett- I can never get enough of his luscious colours.

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and some of the blocks I have pieced together:
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Needs to be done for our May meeting, so add it to the list of things to work on NOW!

 

All I Want for Christmas..

is to finish this quilt… and I did it!

I made hundreds of triangles from my orange scrap basket while a snow bird last winter. (I have no idea where the yellow ones are now!!)

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Well, I used a fair number of them up making this quilt. I made it as part of the Quilts at the Creek 2017 challenge: a red and white quilt to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Funny how you barely notice the orange!

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I love the way I worked the corners, but I can tell you there were many times I had to remove blocks to get it right. I used the Marti Michell templates C19 & C 20 for the tricky(54-40 or fight blocks), and especially love how the  red “circles” really pop. Of course I still need to think about what I want on the back, and what kind of quilting it needs, but right now I just want to stare at it- SO pleased with it!

If you want to see it live and in person (and finished!) you will have to visit Quilts at the Creek 2017.

Work in Progress

This should rightly be called WORKS in progress, as their number continues to grow. After spending much of my time recently involved with Quilts at the Creek, I needed some quiet sewing time.

I have been looking at this quilt on Pinterest for a while, which is similar in design to another Amish quilt from Lancaster County c.1930 that I love, so I bought some pink and red solid fabrics, and have now finished the inner portion of the quilt. amish

A bit of a problem is that it is 38 1/4″ square, which is definitely an odd size, and makes adding the next round of square-in-a-square blocks difficult. I’ll need to add a narrow border on both sides of that block to make things fit, and keep it balanced. The second problem is that the half and quarter square triangle blocks are on the bias, but I think a good dose of Best Press and very careful sewing of the next round will fix that.

I next need to decide what colours to use in the next few rounds, although it might be hard to beat those in the original. Stay tuned!


 

On the Wall in June

This is what it looked like 2 weeks ago.. wall

And here it is as of today.. about 1/4 of the way through.

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I like the look of circles that is created. The orange triangles are pieced from my orange stash binge. I have way too many of these, this quilt won’t make much of a dent. Each block is 3.5″, so each large circle is about 21″. I need to think about:

  • how big I want this quilt to be
  • what I want in the centre of the orange triangles. I am thinking of the QSTs with blue and orange as holding that spot for something really spectacular
  • border or no border? I don’t usually put them on my quilts, but this one might look even better with a border

Thank goodness for Marti Michell templates for creating the trickier blocks! Stay tuned for progress on this quilt!