Monday, July 27, 2015

Green Parrot is a top!

My Green Parrot hexagon quilt is finally a quilt top! It came together very quickly because most of the hexagon rosettes were already made and stitched together. You will recall that I removed four rows of hexagon rosettes  from my gargantuan quilt Birds in the Loft and I used them to make this quilt! Even the four stars came out of Birds so although there was some basting and sewing most of the work had already been done.

I had considered adding to the corners to square them off but Lyn suggested leaving them angled. I had never considered that option but now that the top is together I quite like the corners as they are!

I've got a few projects to finish but I'm also starting to pull fabrics for the next quilt. I'm going to need oodles of golds, yellows, honey and soft orange fabrics for this one! My plan is to work with 3/4" hexagons.

I thought I would share another picture of my little "helper". What I mean by "helper" is that he continues to help himself to my hexagons! He got it in his mouth, paused for a second and then was off like a shot!

Pink goes well with his complexion. I wonder what he would look like if his cheeks would blush. This is what he would look like! Pretty darned cute!

It is a short post today because I've got fabrics to pull and things to do. On Wednesday I've planned some fast, fun and easy hexagon fun! You'll want to save those narrow strips for this one.

Until I post again, happy sewing!
Karen H

Friday, July 24, 2015

Green Parrot and Brinton Hall

I've third and final round of hexagons to the top section of my Green Parrot hexagon quilt. I used the same pale green that I used in the medallion. I'm going to have to add a few more hexagons to the corners so I can square it up later.

When I place this top section above the middle section you can see the overall design begin to emerge. You can see the red stars that were removed from my Birds in the Loft quilt. There are three in the picture below and there is one more in the bottom section. Most of the rosettes were removed from the same quilt (and they were already stitched together) so that is why this quilt is coming together so quickly.

The next step is to add the pale green border to the bottom section, make the corner fillers and sew all three sections together into a quilt top. The end is in sight! Yahoo!

The next issue of Quiltmania should be in my mailbox any day now and I am looking forward to the second installment of Leigh Lattimore's Brinton Hall quilt which was inspired by the Brereton bed hangings. The original quilt was made by Anna Margaretta Brereton (nee Lloyd) of Brinton Hall. I was contacted by her 3x great granddaughter and she provided me with some wonderful information about the original quilt which was made in 1800. What I found particularly interesting was that the quilt has undergone at least two remodels. The first was in 1820 or 1830 and at that time diagonal inset strips were added by another quilt maker. One hundred years later it was cut in half vertically and reworked. There was no explanation for either revision to the quilt.

Leigh's interpretation of the bed hangings is much more colourful. I am seriously tempted to create my own interpretation but not until I finish one or two other things. For now I'll share a picture of what I've done so far. The centre section of seven medallions and the long strips at the edges are all thread basted to the pieced background. The blue looks quite vivid on my monitor but it is actually a dull, dusty blue.

There is a narrow 3/4" border to be added to this but I won't stitch it down until I've finished the applique. Are you making a Brinton Hall quilt? If you post pictures on your blog please leave a comment with a link to your blog post so we can all see what you are doing! So far I know of or have found the following:
  • LuAnn of Loose Threads is here;
  • Nan of Do It Right Quilter is here;
  • Nathalie of Les Tresors de Nath is here;
  • Cecile of Inspirations is here.

I've got some work cut out for me so it is time to get cracking. Until I post again, happy sewing!
Karen H

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

More Quilts at the Creek

Today I've got some more quilts from the third annual Quilts at the Creek. While the show is organized by the York Heritage Quilters' Guild anyone can show a quilt. There are no ribbon, no viewers choice and no judging. It is simply a showing of quilts old and new, modern and traditional. I took lots of pictures but with almost 280 quilts on display it was impossible take pictures of every one of them. So get your cup of tea and lets get going. In this picture I think you can an idea of the range of styles of quilts! Check out the portrait in the front left side!

The quilt on the left was a simple square in a square quilt but the colours were so rich that it immediately caught my eye.

The quilt was quilted with big stitch and two colours of thread were used to create an argyle design.

This quilt was exquisite. The piecing was perfect and the applique was stunning.

The quilting was done by machine, well done by machine.

I thought that it was very interesting the way this quilt was finished. Notice how the star points extend beyond  the edge of the quilt!

My friend Gail made this one. She has a such good taste in fabrics and is able to work effortlessly with both colour, value and scale. She pieced her quilt by machine and hand quilted it. The narrow pops of thin red lines really make this quilt stand out.

I loved the warm and earthy colours in this quilt. I believe the information card said that the maker was challenged to make the quilt with old fabrics from her stash. My guess is that this quilt may have been paper pieced. There are instructions for a liberated quilt very similar to this in Sujata Shah's book Cultural Fusions Quilts. I am very tempted to give it a go. 

This quilt was very interesting. The centre panel looks like applique but it isn't!

It is a printed panel and the yellow background was very densely quilted to make the floral motifs pop. And pop they did!

The red stripe border on this quilt makes the whole thing sing, sing, sing! I love the old timey look of this quilt. I want one of these too.

This quilt was made by renowned quilt maker Mary Elizabeth Kinch. Her work really speaks to me. She published a pattern for this quilt in the June 2005 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting. I love all of the madders she used for the little (I do mean little) half square triangles!

The quilting was absolutely perfect.

There were so many beautiful quilts and each one was a labour of love. Before I go I thought I would share one more quilt. Naturally it is a hexagon quilt! I was told that this one was pieced by machine. It is a new quilt in a simple grandmother's flower garden arrangement but it looks old and loved.

What I found particularly interesting was the machine quilting. A simple leaf was quilted in each of the white path hexagons and in the flower a simple dahlia motif. The effect was perfect.

boomerRose, one of the organizers of Quilts at the Creek sent me a link to a Flickr page that has been set up to share pictures from the show. Thanks for the link; unfortunately you are a no reply blogger so I couldn't sent a personal note. For all you readers, get yourself a nice cup of something, settle back and enjoy the slide show which you will find it here.

Time for me to get back to my sewing. I've been working away on Green Parrot and my Brinton Hall quilt. I'll have pictures to share in my next blog post. Until I post again, happy sewing.
Karen H

Monday, July 20, 2015

Quilts at the Creek - Pioneer Spirit

Hello people! I survived the weekend and had an absolute blast sharing my work with people who visited Quilts at the Creek at Black Creek Pioneer Village. It was a beastly hot and humid weekend but the sun was shining and the quilts were absolutely glorious!

My talks were in the Town Hall. It was a lovely old building. It was nice and cool inside when I first entered but you pack a bunch of excited quilt makers into the space and things heated up pretty quickly!

Hanging in front were two gorgeous quilts. Both were made as part of a mystery quilt challenge. The name of the challenge was Pioneer Spirit Mystery and the quilt was designed by Sherri Hisey of Border Creek Station. Thirty quilters made and showed their versions of this quilt at the show. If you want to make your own the full instructions are available free of charge here.

Here I am standing at the front with my quilt Chop's Pick hanging on the right side.

I don't have pictures of my trunk show but I do have pictures of the quit show. Look at the quilts moving in the breeze! And right up front is yet another Pioneer Spirit quilt.

There were so many quilts to see but today I thought I would share pictures of many of the Pioneer Spirit quilts. Although it is a single pattern there were options: the blocks could be straight set or set on point. Backgrounds could be squares of a single fabric or pieced squares of four fabrics. Corners could be finished in several ways. To give you an idea take a look at these fabulous quilts!

Here the blocks were straight set. The colours in this one were so pretty and soft.

This fresh blue and white Pioneer Spirit was made by a member of my Guild and her blocks are set on point. Most of the quilts were borderless but she added a nice dark border and corner blocks. What a summery quilt this is!

Love the greens - it reminds me of 7 Up bottles!

The next two quilts are full of juicy goodness. Clearly these quilt makers are not afraid of colour.

A very soft colour palette - this one has a wintery look and feel to it.

This reminds me of old Roman glass or sea glass. 

Love, love, love the drama of this one. It reminds me of my friend Babs' hexagon quilts Yellow Bird and Yellow Bird's Sister.

Another quilt made with muted caramel colours with the blocks set on point. There isn't a strong contrast between the colours so it give the quilt a very soft look. This would be a great quilt to snuggle under!

Another fresh and delicate quilt. This is one I can envision on an old cast iron bed with the frame painted a fresh, crisp white!

The little red nine patches really pop on this one. The photograph just doesn't do this quilt (or any of them) justice!

Here we see dark nine patches set with pastels and once again the star is the nine patch.

Drama, drama, drama! There is strong contrast and and a varied colour palette makes for a very interesting quilt.

Again there is strong contrast but this time the maker chose to work with a limited colour palette and it created a very different quilt.

Another limited colour palette was used in this quilt. To my eye the nine patches appear to recede and this creates a totally different look.

Yellow, black, grey and white make for a honey of a quilt! Notice the corner treatment.

This one is loaded with grapey goodness. The makers fabric choices are so interesting. I see circles around most of the nine patches and that makes this quilt look very different from the others.

This is a another fresh summery quilt in cool greens.

This one really caught my eye. The combination of soft greens and caramels make for an all seasons quilt.

This would make a great quilt for a boy. The browns against the background are so fresh and crisp.

This is another quilt that was very attractive but just didn't photograph well.

This is another one where I can see circles surrounding the nine patches. A very interesting visual effect!

 Browns of similar value on a dark cream background give the quilt an entirely different feel.

Careful colour placement resulted in a quit that has a look that is all its own. The dark nine patches add drama.

There were more Pioneer Spirit quilts but unfortunately my pictures didn't turn out well. I'll have more show pictures to share with you in the coming days.

Until I post again keep cool and happy sewing!
Karen H