Friday, June 29, 2012

Tag Placemats – 2012 UFO Challenge for June

Quilt # 93  

Number 12 - done!  

It is going to be a busy week-end, so I'm posting now and will link up to the June 2012 UFO Challenge tomorrow.  
Tag Placemat

The number picked by Judy Laquidara at Patchworks Time for June  was 12. 

 My number 12 was surely the easiest of all my UFOs. A few hours and all done. Do you ever wonder when you put things off when it is so easy to just get at it and do it.
5 placemats - front
A lot of my UFOs seem to be projects that I started while teaching a class and then just get put away never to surface again. This challenge is a great motivator. I'm trying really hard to get finished anything that I start now.

This placemat design was adapted from Dianne S. Hire pattern's “Chase”.

So here are my 5 placemats finished, 3 others were previously completed for a set of 8.

Two basic colour groups were selected – one for background and one for the unblocks (as Dianne S. Hire calls her technique) for the centre design.

Several blues were chosen for the background and bright batiks for the unblocks.

I used the pillowcase method and stitched a line along the edges to stabilize them.
placemat backs
Simple wiggly lines of quilting about an inch apart was all that was needed to get these off the UFO pile.

Have a great week-end.


Sunday, June 24, 2012

A World of Their Own

Quilt #92

A World of Their Own

Here is a quilt that I painted  with Tsukineko Inks in a class with Patt Blair in April at the Empty Spools Seminar in Asilomar, California.

I always knew I wanted to make a quilt from this picture and when Patt told us we could use one of our own photographs for this class, I knew right away that it was going to be this one.

photo inspiration

This is my grandson Mackenzie, when about 9 or 10 years old (he is now 21) and my niece's dog, Bailey sitting on the front of our pontoon boat.

A couple pictures of work in progress: 
Day 2
Day 4
The painting part of this quilt was done in class. I have tried painting on fabric before and I this is my favourite by far.

I quilted it pretty heavily using three different threads. A variegated YLI Variations for Bailey, the dog, several WonderFil Rayons and Invisafil for Mackie and Valdani Hand-Overdyed for the water.
back of quilt

It took a while to get the nerve to get started with the quilting but then it all flowed really well.

I decided to use the sleeve as my label.  I tried this on a quilt recently and liked the result. 

label on sleeve

I am so pleased with the way this quilt turned out, I love it.

It was the best workshop ever with a wonderful fun teacher, at a great location. I went with three friends from Canada and a good time was had by all.

Thanks to Patt Blair for sharing so much with us and a very enjoyable week at Empty Spools Seminar.

And here is Patt with her beautiful mountain lion painted quilt.  The quilting is amazing.
Patt Blair 


Quilt Name: A World of Their Own
Description: Hand painted wholecloth
Pattern: Original
Size: 24” x 16”
Fabrics: 100% cotton
Predominant colours: Blue, Yellow
Construction Techniques: Hand painted Wholecloth with Tsukineko Inks
Back: Snow Dyed cotton
Batting: Wool
Edge finish: Double fold french binding
Quilting: Free motion quilted on Domestic Machine
Quilted by: Terry Whyte
Sleeve: yes
Label: Machine programmed and stitched on label
Date completed: June 2012
Inspiration: Patt Blair in workshop
Quilt History:
Maker: Terry Whyte

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Something to Crow About

Quilt # 91

Something to Crow About

The pieced centre of this little wallhanging was started in a guild mini workshop on curve piecing by Liz Croxall. When adding the metallic threadplay, she told us “not to be a crow”, to keep it subtle. Since I have added embellishments to every surface, I thought it was “Something to Crow About” .

detail - embroidery, ribbon, beading and a little flower bracelet
I had a lot of fun with different embroidery stitches, beads and buttons, twisted copper wire into words, added a few pieces of old jewellery, some dangling beads and a crow feather.

detail - copper wire, spider, embroidery

detail - dangling beads and crow feather
I made a crow stamp, which I thread painted on the front and also used the stamp on my label.
detail - beaded turtle, and paint-threaded crow

I added some silk to the curvy sides and beaded all along the curve with bugle beads. 

detail - silk edge and seed & bugle beading in background

Seed beads and metallic thread completed the background quilting.

Something to Crow About - back
 The second label was received when this quilt was exhibited at Quilt National 2008 “Yesterday Today and Tomorrow in Kitchener-Waterloo.

Thanks for looking,


Quilt Name: Something To Crow About
Description: Crazy Patchwork
Pattern: Original
Size: 16½” x 23½”
Fabrics: 100% cotton and silk
Predominant colours: Brown and black
Construction Techniques: Crazy patchwork
Back: 100% solid black cotton
Edge finish: 2 curved edges were stitched and turned, 2 edges were bound with a double fold french binding.
Quilting: Hand and machine quilted
Quilted by: Terry Whyte
Sleeve: Yes
Label: Yes
Date completed: January 2008
Quilt History: Displayed at the 1st Annual Comtemporary Art Show at the Museum of Northern History, at Quilt National 2008 “Yesterday Today and Tomorrow in Kitchener-Waterloo, the 2009 Kirkland Lake Mile of Gold Quilter's Guild show and 2009 Temiskaming International Plowing Match and Rural Expo Quilt Competition.
Maker: Terry Whyte

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Strippie Sampler

Quilt # 90

Strippie Sampler is a king size quilt measuring 96" x 96" and it was made as a class sample to teach various strip-piecing and seminole techniques.

Strippie Sampler
I chose five fabric ranging from dark to light and a solid black for the background.

When choosing fabric I also try to look for different types of print - large, medium and small prints, tight design with hardly any background showing and a more open design.

The techniques shown in this quilt show variations of:
Straight Set (made of squares, rectangles or strips sewn together end to end), 
Dogtooth Borders (border strips using triangles), 
Diagonal Set (using strip-piecing)  
Pioneer Braid (including Chevron and variations).

The pictures below show the following strips:

1. Four Patch or Checkerboard
2. Chevron Triangle Variation
3. Curling Ribbon
4. Combination Strips
5. Chain of Squares
6. Wide Dogtooth

1.                  2.                    3.                          4.                       5.                   6.

7. Double Chain of Squares
8. Dogtooth pieced & plain Triangle Variation
9. Dogtooth Stripped pieced Triangle Variation
10. Diagonal Set with pieced triangle added to square.
11. Chevron variation

      7.                       8.                    9.                    10.                       11.

The outside border is called a Ribbon, a diagonal set made up of alternate stripped segments and plain strips of the same size,.

Ribbon Border
For the back I pieced one of my hand-dyed muslin with two strips of one of the prints that was used on the front.
Back of Strippie Sampler
Strippie Sampler was quilted by the St Peter's Quilters, a group of ladies who quilt at St Peter's Anglican Church in Kirkland Lake and donate the proceed to the church.
Quilting on back
My label was incorporated into one of the strips when the back was pieced.

Have a nice day!



Quilt Name: Strippie Sampler
Description: Sampler of stripes placed vertically across the quilt
Pattern: Original
Size: 96” x 96”
Fabrics: 100% cotton
Predominant colours: Black,pink green, purple
Construction Techniques: Strip-piecing and seminole techniques
Back: own hand-dyed muslin and 100% cotton print
Batting: polyester
Edge finish: double fold french binding
Quilting: Hand quilted
Quilted by: St Peters Quilters, Kirkland Lake, ON
Sleeve: No
Label: Yes
Date completed:1999
Quilt History: Displayed at the Kirkland Lake Mile of Gold Quilters' Guild's Quilt Show in May, 2000.
Maker: Terry Whyte