I don’t know what it is about September but it seems to me that it is the time of year, every year, that I start looking ahead. It’s been fairly quiet on the quilting front here this summer but I feel the inspiration building! I spent some time in early July in Powell River assisting my good friend Judy with her first jelly roll quilt, it’s lovely, all bound now and ready for her daughter. My 8 year old neighbour begged a couple of sewing sessions about that time too. She started with a needle case and then a potholder. Along came a couple of bridemaids dresses to hem for my niece Amanda’s wedding. And that was that…good thing I have a dust cover for my sewing machine.
I’d been planning on making fabric postcards over the summer…yesterday I finally made one! It is made with timtex and fabric from my trip downunder with Kadi. So, of course, this is on it’s way to Kingston to Kadi. The design is taken from a Pongo Fern template that I got through www.kiwiquilts.co.nz It was a lot of fun to work with something small to get the juices flowing again.
As I was looking through quilting books and magazines for ideas on what to work on over the winter months I came across an antique quilt in Ontario’s Heritage Quilts. The quilt is called Endless Chain, using a “V” block to build the design. This quilt, 1880, is almost modern looking with it’s geometric design and light background. It was definitely a difficult block to piece as all pieces are tapered, which means BIAS piecing. All is good…this can be done using foundation piecing to make it precise. This can be made using solids, scraps or co-ordinating fabrics.
Just a couple of things to get you thinking about the possibilities. I’m thinking this would be a lap quilt of 62″ x 74.” Think about it with a dark background and light colours for the “V”s….all kinds of possibilities for all those fabrics in your stash.
One highlight of the summer to leave you with is a request from Canuck Place Children’s Hospice for a MLQ quilt to donate to the “Gift of Time” fundraiser this coming October. We were pleased to help out and can’t wait to see who bids on it!
Happy Quilting…Valerie Raye