I'm back and thank you to everyone for the lovely emails I received. All is well but with the upheaval of renovations I kind of lost my blogging mojo. The renovations are for the most part complete. There are a few small jobs left but they won't require rearranging or packing up. The big job now is removing all the dust from the renovations. I clean it up and the next day it reappears! Oh well, I have a lovely new kitchen and bathroom.
My Guild has does a fundraiser every two or three years. Members make small quilts which are then auctioned off and the proceeds are donated to a local organization. This time we chose 416 Community Support for Women. 416 is a warm and welcoming place located in downtown Toronto. The staff provide a wide variety of programs and services to women who are dealing with mental health issues, addictions and social isolation. Several years ago I visited the centre; the place radiated warmth, caring and respect for all who entered through the doors. This organization gets no government funding and so relies on events such as our Silent Quilt Auction and donations from the general public to fund activities and services.
My Mom (Anne H) made three pieces for the auction. The first she called "Spring 2016". She dug into her stash of hexagons to make the small quilt. She tells me that the tall stalks are hollyhocks and you can see that she added a variety of embroidery stitches to "jazz them up". I don't know what the hexagon rosettes on the fence are supposed to be other than pretty! The centre of each is embellished with French knots. I machine quilted it for her and then she bound it with a facing.
The second piece was an orphan block made by a guild member in 2005. It was hand appliqued and machine pieced. It was machine quilted and bound with a facing. Mom called this one "My Little Chickadees".
The third piece is an African themed quilt. Mom called this one "I hope I'm not late!". I love the little baby in the sling. This small quilt is machine quilted and once again finished with a facing. She really likes the effect of a facing because it she thinks it makes the quilt look like a page torn from a magazine.
There are lots of tutorials on finishing quilts with a facing but a really good one is available at Terry Aske Art Quilt Studio. If you are interested you will find it here. It included an updated method of reducing the bulk of the quilt at the corners.
I know you are all itching to see more of The Empire Quilt which will be my next Quilt Along design so I am sharing the middle section with the sides attached. I sure hope you like where I'm going with this quilt! I repeated the green fabrics from the centre panel in the outer borders of the quilt. My plan is to attach an narrow solid green border to the quilt once the other two sides are attached. Although it is a scrap quilt with lots of different colours it reads as a green quilt because I've repeated the fabrics in the centre and the borders.
I'll get back to work on the pattern shortly so that you can start sewing up your own Empire Quilt! Until I post again, happy sewing!
Hi Karen! Welcome back! I have missed you and have been worried that something was amiss. So glad it is just dust and upheaval. Glad your renovations are done and turned out well. I love your mom's mini's and Empire Quilt is looking great. I love the green so much. Very interesting hexie blocks too.ReplyDelete
I knew you were still with the renovations and some workshops, but I was missing you. The Empire quilt looks so interesting and different and your mother's little quilts are so precious. I especially like the African themed one. Welcome back, KarenReplyDelete
I had forgotten about your remodeling. We have gone through heck with just new kitchen and bathroom flooring (that was easy) but in both bathrooms it was a disaster. Tomorrow all will be completed and life will be normal again. I totally understand where you have been now. You will enjoy it when it is complete and house is clean and in order again. I gave up on cleaning!ReplyDelete
Love the new quilt!ReplyDelete
It's so good to hear all is well--I was worried! Your Mom's hollyhock quilt is so cute! I've been trying to grow hollyhocks for years, but they don't like me, I guess. Empire is looking beautiful!ReplyDelete
It was nice to see your post! Lovely small quilts for the auction and Empire is looking gorgeous!!ReplyDelete
Karen, renovations!! Somehow, we keep finding our little moments of bliss in chaos. I've got a whole bin of fabric assigned to your Empire Quilt. I've been working on small projects while adjusting to a new life in transition, but now, landlord wants back in so its on the move again!!ReplyDelete
Love to see your Mom's projects, such good stuff and I can see where you get it your mojo with that encouragement close by. LOL, Carli
Good to see you back and glad that your renovations are coming to an end.ReplyDelete
Good to see you back at it!! I have redone a kitchen twice and think it is the worse remodel job in a house but I'll bet a bathroom is a close second!!ReplyDelete
Hi Karen. I was just over here the other day and noticed you hadn't posted in awhile. I was about to write to see if things were ok. Glad to see your post. Your quilt is beautiful, but I've been stuck looking at the Snail in my Garden on your quilts page. That border is embroidered! Wow! I've used your flower before, but I'm going to try the leaves.ReplyDelete
Your hexagon quilt is wonderful. I like quilts with birds.ReplyDelete