The Project i spoke about before "Snowy" is on hold because of a malfunction with my embroidery machine (to be serviced) so - - -there is no such thing as no project on the go for me and therefore the my quilt "Berries and Cream" is on my long arm frame- more pictures to share as I progress! Not to worry, I will share "Snowy" again when I can finish my embroidered snow flakes.
A hint of my newest pattern design- to be released next November-- No it's not just about whats happening outside!! But it's all Canadian.
Adding embroidered, trapunto and free motion snow flakes to the border of "Snowy" today- challenging but fun to try new techniques and threads!
As promised in my first post for this blog, I have the picture of "Pathway to Progress". Above is the Art Quilt Commissioned by the City of Windsor that I completed and is hanging in the Ontario Works office at 400 City Hall- It is a completely original design. It represents women, men, youth, couples, culture, youth and children walking on the "Pathway to Progress" depicted also is paper pieced houses on the border representing the Housing Support Program. There is lush green foliage, flowers and leaves on the trees depicting renewal and growth. There are swarovski crystals, bright colours a sun and custom embroidered butterflies signifying hope.
The design and making of this quilt was a wonderful experience and I was honoured to make it while understanding that it expresses a very positive message about the Ontario Works office and what can be gained for the clients who seek support there.
Snowy at the before borders stage!
With a 2" finished piano key border
Final Border a 5" finished Border
Stay tuned for the quilting!
Guaranteed to be "snowy" and I'm not just talking about the weather.
As promised the steps to making "Snowy" the eight pointed strippy star quilt I discussed in this blog yesterday
1. Make a strip set of fabric 8 1/2" wide by width of fabric
2. My own 45 degree diamond template - cut out 8 diamonds per block- you will get approximately 12 out of your strip set.
3. An original designed paper piecing pattern to make the 8 segments needed and to allow for accuracy of points
4. 2 Segments sewn together
5. The front side of the 2 segments
Stay tuned to see the finished wall hanging!!!
This is what I am working on today, I figure my kitchen needs a snowy wall hanging this fine January bright, but snowy day! Stay tuned for pics of how its done. It will look very snowy once its completed. I have devised my own method so that this modified 8 pointed star is easy, floats on the background and points match!
8 pointed star made with stripped, random piecing.
...... Well it has been a long but fun journey. I actually started quilting based on the influence of my great grandmother's and her utilitarian quilts made from repurposed clothing. See photo below of my great grandma's hand quilted postage stamp quilt made from old clothing - I figure it to be over 100 years old. I'm honoured to have it!
After the initial exposure to quilting, I became an enthusiastic child "crafter and sewer" and as a married adult started to do custom hand quilting and then moved to Windsor Ontario, took some machine quilting classes and was inspired enough to open a store "Borders Quilting and Sewing" for 5 years from 1999 to 2004. I think that with my wonderful staff, we tried our best to inspire some new quilters in Windsor and Essex County! Due to a career & family choice, I returned to my Social Services career and continued to be an avid (sometimes fanatical) quilter. If you ever have the opportunity to visit the City of Windsor have a look at the quilt that I was commissioned to do "Pathway to Progress" It's in the Reception area for Social Services, a 4 ft by 7 ft landscape quilt with a very hopeful message.
I am now located in Waterloo- due to my husbands career move and embarking on a long arm quilting business and quiltingintheloft.com (my loft is where I actually do the quilting) with enthusiasm!!!
Stay tuned for a photo of my quilt "Pathway to Progress"
Hi I'm Robin and I am a professional long arm quilter, pattern designer and teacher. I am passionate about all things quilty!
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