Saturday, December 26, 2009

Tina's stars

Tina has been working on winter themed fabrics for her star sampler. At the last class she had 6 finished and a 7th one on the go. Lovely colours!



Tracy's Spinning Four Patch

Tracy made a Spinning Four Patch quilt at a recent class. This is the fabric she started with:


This picture is a little washed out...the sun was shining in the sewing room. Can't believe the difference in the colours...you will need to use your imagination for this one :-). This fabric worked very well for the four patch blocks and turned out beautiful. This quilt will be a lap size.



Friday, December 4, 2009

Joan's I spy quilt

Joan got her I spy quilt all quilted and is ready to put the binding on. Awesome job Joan! It turned out very nice.

Joan's daughter and granddaughter admiring her quilt :-)



....and again....more hotpads :-)

Sandra's pretty hot pad (wow, that green star is pretty perfect Sandra!!):

Pat K's cool chocolate brown one...we had chocolates at this class which went well with these colours!

Loni's Christmas hot pad (love how the trees are going around the outside):

Erica's funky hot pad. Erica is 15 years old and does a great job at quilting and keeps us all young at heart with her wonderful colour choices:

Adriana's lovely Christmas hot pad. Love how that white star stands out on this one:
There are three more ladies that had to leave earlier and didn't get the bindings on yet. I will add Laurie's, Judy's and Joan's pictures as soon as they are finished. I'm in the mood to make another hot pad now :-).

Thursday, December 3, 2009

......and even more hot pads

Here are the hot pads from yesterday's morning and evening classes. The bindings are not sewn down by hand yet on the back of some of the hot pads :-).

Gail's sheep (Gail pressed her triangles so some of the sheep would appear on the front :-):


Diana's lovely grey tones. Love how that yellow star seems to be glowing in the center:

Deb's pretty Christmas stars:

Beth's lovely chocolate brown hot pad. Wow Beth, your star points look perfect!:

Ann's candy cane Christmas hot pad. Ann switched the busy floral to center to have the green colour show the most. The candy cane binding really finished it off nicely:


My sample that I had on the go to demonstrate the technique and try out bigger stars. I wasn't very careful with this one and the star is not totally even, but it's amazing how forgiving this design is. The more contrast you use in the colours, the more obvious little slips become. But, when you have this potholder on a table, you don't even notice that a few of the sides of the star are not exactly even :-).



Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Hotpads on a roll!

The first hotpad class was held tonight and the first two students did a wonderful job. Here is Helen's. This is Helen's very first quilting project! The binding needs to be sewn down by hand yet:

And here is Stephanie's funky hot pad. Stephanie has never even touched a sewing machine before. Is this impressive or what!!

Happy with her first project. Here we are together :-). Awesome job Stephanie!!!!



Tuesday, November 24, 2009

HOTPAD CLASS

These hotpads are very fun and quick to make. We will be having several classes to make these. Students will be able to complete (or come very close to completing) a hotpad in an evening or morning class. These hotpads make great Christmas (or birthday) gifts. And, the great thing about them is that they can be made from 'cheap' and 'ugly' old fabrics...you know the ones that you come across and say, "Now why did I ever buy that?" Here are a few pictures of different colour options:



Email me at jvanmep@execulink.com if you would like to join this class and I will send you a list of possible time slots. The first classes will take place the week of November 30th, 2009. I have evenings, mornings or afternoons available.

Cost for the class is $15.00 plus $3.00 for the pattern. If you would like to purchase a kit, which includes all the materials needed to make one potholder , they will be $8.50. Extra kits will also be available if you would like to make more. They can be addictive :-).

You are welcome to bring your own materials. A supply list will be emailed to you if you prefer this option.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Psalms blocks

A few ladies of my Church are getting brave and working through some of the Psalms quilt blocks from Carol Honderich's wonderful patterns (with permission). We began with an easy block called hard times, based on Psalm 142. The ladies learned to hand piece the block and did a great job. None of these ladies are quilters (maybe they will yet become quilters :-). Here is Joan's block:

Annette P's block:

Annette J's block:

While we stitched, we talked about the Psalm and God's faithfulness and comfort in times of overwhelming hard times. They are looking forward to coming back for the second block :-).

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Spinning Four Patch class

Yesterday was Spinning Four Patch class and we had a great time! Here are some of the blocks done by the students. Tracy's blocks are turning out great!


Sarah used a wonderful paisley print which produced these cool blocks:

Pat K's lovely zany, wild blocks!

Laurie's first two fishy blocks...they really look like they're swimming in a fish tank!

Jaime is doing blocks with a fall print which are very sophisticated looking:

Gail used an Australian print which actually has maggots on it!! Fortunately, once you have the blocks made, you don't really notice them LOL!!

Diana used a very soft flannel with kitties on it. The kitties really look like they're having fun :-). The top left square has to be taken apart....didn't notice that til I looked at the picture!

Deb R's wonderful coloured blocks:

Deb D used a cool Christmas fabric with cats on it...they're having fun too!

These blocks definitely are addictive. I'll post more photos later when they are set into quilt tops.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Spinning Four Patch fabrics

Here are the fabrics that I have available in my fabric stash if you do not have time to shop for the upcoming Spinning Four Patch class or would just like to try the blocks and not have to worry about fabric selection. Let me know if you would like me to set one of these aside with your name on it. First come, first served :-). If you prefer to shop for your own fabrics, these photos will give you some idea of the types of fabrics that would work. Fabrics with 3 or 4 colours and no more than about 20% background are good. Click on the photos to see a larger view.

Gorgeous flowers on a brown background $20.00 (2 metres):

Same flowers on black background $20.00 (2 metres):

Landscape scene $20.00 SOLD (2 metres):


Farm scene should yield some fun blocks $12.00:


Birds on a blue background. These long beaks should produce some very interesting blocks $12.00:

These birds would be great set in white and navy blue and are a nice option for a more masculine quilt or for a bird lover $12.00:

Delicate burgundy, blue and green on a cream background with a gold fleck in the burgundy flowers would make a lovely lap quilt $25.00 (2.3 metres which should be enough to do borders or binding). You can see a quilt done in this fabric here. SOLD (This is a perfect fabric for a Spinning Four Patch quilt!)


Trains on blue background (not sure if there's too much background on this one, but it would be fun to experiment). $15.00:


This fabric would be interesting to see how it works out...pastel trucks with a mountain scene in the background. $15.00:


Spring print with butterflies. (This fabric works very well.) $15.00:

Japanese print on blacks and greys $15.00:


This fabric has quite a bit of background, but I did love the colours and since the leaves and branches swirl through the background, this one should work $15.00:


This floral fabric looks a bit washed out on the photo, but is a beautiful Hoffman print. This one is $25.00:

There is 2.5 metres of this fabric which could also be used for borders and/or backing. Total $28.00. Four repeats of the fabric would be $15.00 and own choice borders can be added:

This Hawaiian fabric makes a great spinning four patch. The squares need to be cut a little larger since there's quite a bit of background. This was a real bargain fabric and provides an inexpensive opportunity to try this technique out. $7.00 for enough fabric to make the four patches.

You can see a quilt made with these blocks here



Funky floral $16.00


Daisies $15.00

Here is an example of a fabric with motifs that are too similar. It did not produce really great spinning four patch blocks.