Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Grace’s Bed Runner

Is complete!  This is my October finish with A Lovely Year of Finishes.  I’m so glad I found this blog, as I find a goal or a deadline really helps me to complete projects.
My colleague Grace asked me to make a bed runner for her a very long time ago, she wanted it in bright colours with her name on it. Here is my interpretation of what she wanted.

Grace's Bed Runner
Grace and I work in a Library and I think the bright bands almost look like books on a shelf.

Some custom quilting.

Staying with the library (words) theme, I used a white on white text fabric for the back of the quilt.

I hope she likes it, I’ll bring it to her when I return from the InternationalQuilt Festival in Houston.  If this is not what Grace had in mind, my husband is waiting in line, he likes this lively little quilt, I guess we could all use a little Grace.

Please take a moment to stop by A Lovely Year of Finishes and see what others have completed this month.

I will hold myself to a standard of grace, not perfection.

Friday, 23 October 2015

Two quilts by Doreen

Which way did he go, is the name of this first quilt, can you see all the arrows?  I really like Doreen’s choice of bright fabrics a nice contrast to the black crisscrossing squares.
Which way did he go quilt
Doreen enhanced the theme of this quilt with the fabric she chose for the back, there is an out of scale, out of proportion map of Canada fabric, bordered with lively ladies in all the bright colours used in the front of the quilt.  So much fun.
Back art
Here is a close-up of the map with Banff near the Great Lakes.

Another close-up showing some of the bright ladies.

For quilting, Doreen chose the whimsical Popcorn pantograph by Jodi Beamish and a Rainbow variegated thread.  And there’s a red arrow – I think he went that way ↑
Popcorn pantograph
This quilt is from the book Simple Strategies for Block-Swap Quilts by Lynn Roddy Brown.

The second quilt is called On Safari. 
On Safari quilt
This little baby size quilt has images of African animals, so we decided to quilt it with the Animal Crackers pantograph by Patricia Ritter.  Here you can see an elephant in the corner.
Animal Crackers pantograph
Doreen used a lovely striped flannel on the back.  The first image shows the colour of the backing better, and the second shows the Animal Crackers pantograph attractively.

Animal Crackers pantograph
I always look forward to Doreen’s quilts, as I enjoy their scrappiness and Doreen’s choices of colour.
Find Joy in the Journey.

Monday, 19 October 2015

A Two Block quilt by Lynette

The two blocks in this quilt are Starry Splendor and Indian Puzzle, I think they come together so nicely and make an attractive pattern.

A Two Block quilt

Lynette used three fabrics in each block as well as a background fabric that coordinated with the other block (did that make sense)? 
Starry Splendor and Indian Puzzle quilt blocks
I like what she did with the back of her quilt, using up bits of fabric left over and a delightful touch of creativity.  
Back art

Lynette picked the Dragonfly Pond pantograph by Irene Steele and a bright blue glide thread called Pacific.

Dragonfly Pond pantograph

May you touch dragonflies and stars, dance with fairies and talk to the moon.