Val’s Circles

September 4, 2013

I was searching through some pictures, and came across this one. Because it is slightly unusual I thought I would post it.  It was made by Val.  I don’t know what she has named it so I will just call it “Val’s Circles” for this post.  You may have figured out by now that I’m not very creative when it comes to naming quilts. Regardless of my inadequacies Val certainly does not have any with respect to her applique skills.  This one was definitely a labor of love.

Val's Circles

Val’s Circles

Val's Circles (closeup)

Val’s Circles (closeup)

Double Irish Chain Quilts

August 21, 2013

The Double Irish Chain quilt. These are all gone but I still have the pictures. Perhaps it’s time to make another one.

Green & White  Double Irish Chain

Green & White Double Irish Chain

Blue and White Double Irish Chain

Blue and White Double Irish Chain

Brown and White Double Irish Chain Quilt

Brown and White Double Irish Chain Quilt

Blue Trapunto Test Quilt

August 3, 2013

I still don’t have the tools or ability to design my own patterns so I spent the day combining, modifying and manipulating patterns for a new design I had in mind for a Wholecloth Trapunto Double Wedding Ring. That took most of the day, and when I finally arrived at the point where I had achieved an acceptable configuration and layout, I decided to do a sample test.

The search for test fabric in my stash resulted in a find of some shiny blue stuff that is 60 inches wide and many meters long. Not “Quilting Fabric” however the width and quantity was more than suitable for a test sample. I dug out some blue embroidery thread from a drawer, loosened up all the tension, ran a thread test, and found I was able to proceed.

After loading the fabric and setting up the patterns the quilt began to take shape and I was pleasantly surprised. I like the end result so much that I will likely hang it on the wall. Hopefully it will give me inspiration to think outside-the-box more often.

Here are a few pictures.

Blue DWR -Trapunto (1)

Blue DWR -Trapunto (2)

Grey and White Wholecloth Trapunto

August 2, 2013

After neglecting my web-site and this quilt for a lengthy period of time, I finally focused on both the last few days. The Web-site has a few new postings and pictures, and this quilt eventually received some of the attention it required to get to where it is now, the “almost completed” phase.

The threads have been trimmed and cleaned and the first side of the binding has been attached. With a little bit of focus and patience, it too can finally be finished and ready for display.

Trapunto White with Grey Striping

Trapunto White with Grey Striping

For those that may be a bit like me and prefer a close-up

 Closeup of Trapunto White with Grey Striping

Closeup of Trapunto White with Grey Striping

And on a bed….

Shown on a Queen Size Bed

Shown on a Queen Size Bed

 

Wholecloth Trapunto

July 31, 2013

Here is another picture of a Wholecloth Trapunto quilt. Three distinct patterns were combined and repeated to develop an overall design. The choice of patterns, how to make them work together, stitch out properly, nest together for a pleasing effect is the first step and usually very time consuming. While most Wholecloth Trapunto quilts are designed with a main center motif combined with bordering around the edges, this was an attempt to create something different. enjoy!

Wholecloth Trapunto Quilt

Wholecloth Trapunto Quilt

A better picture of the same quilt on the bed.

Feathers and Crosshatch

Feathers and Crosshatch

Wholecloth Double Wedding Ring

July 27, 2013

Today I am adding a picture of an almost finished Wholecloth Double Wedding Ring. This is something I have been considering making for a while.  I don’t consider this Trapunto work. There is not nearly enough stitching nor is there enough raised work even though the rings are clearly defined. The pattern designs are not my own. They are lovely patterns from a designer I whose work I have an affinity for.

It is a full size quilt, not a test sample, and it works as a wholecloth quilt quite nicely.  There is still quite a bit of work involved to complete it. Many threads to trim and binding all those curved edges will take some time.  I believe that at some point in the future I will make a full Trapunto double wedding ring quilt in white.

God willing? If I can get creative, I may design the patterns myself and make it an original from start to finish.

Wholecloth Double Wedding Ring

Wholecloth Double Wedding Ring

Just added a New Quilt

June 25, 2013

I am slowly adding substance to my new website. Today I am posting a picture of a new quilt I have added to the quilt shop. This should provide a close-up view not available on the full size image.

Swirling Peony (close-up)

Swirling Peony (close-up)

And on a Bed

Swirling-Peony-On a Bed

Swirling-Peony-On a Bed

New Quilting Patterns

I have posted sample quilting of one of my favorite new patterns, Forget-me-not. I initially purchased this pattern in a set consisting of various blocks and triangles normally used for custom quilting and then noticed it was available in an over-all pattern. Over-all or pantograph patterns are a cost effective solution and a quilt can be finished in much less time. Another very pretty pattern called Feather Truffles was also designed by the same lady.

 

Forget-Me-Not

Forget-Me-Not

Feather Truffles

Feather Truffles

Just Roses Wholecloth Trapunto Quilt

Wholecloth Trapunto Quilt Machine quilted, hand bound, Made with 100% cotton fabric. Used Warm and White Cotton batting and a second layer of polyester batting. Size: 83 inches by 112 inches Color: Ivory/Cream (pillows not included)


 

It started on a business trip to Ottawa, when these eyes spotted a thing of beauty. It was a quilt. I looked at it intently and considered the possibility that I likely had enough talent to attempt to construct one myself and so I dusted off the old sewing machine which had been relegated to the back of the closet for many years. And so began my journey 25 years ago.

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