Please enjoy , as well as get inspired by the collection of projects that the F.V.Q.G. members have been working on during our Social Distancing.
One of the quilts I have finished this year.
This is a baby quilt for a friend’s granddaughter. I love simplicity in general and I think the fabrics here really sing against the cream background. I hand appliquéd all the circles.
I made this one for my great nephew who likes the colour blue and music. I had to research on google to determine what the instruments should look like as I am quite non musical, lol. I am very pleased with the result.
Jean Fong and Rita Steeple plus two other Quilters made this charity quilt.
It is a definite throwback to the seventies.
I received this from one of our members and laughed and laughed.
I thought everyone might enjoy a laugh as well.
What I’m working on;
Trying to make a dent in my 2.5” strips. HST is 4.5” Creates a cool pattern if you keep going. Off centre is best. Just watch placement of strips. Have fun
Here are the preemies that I am “churning” out using the 2 inches squares that I selvaged from my scrap bags. As you can see by the container I’m storing them in, I have barely made a dent in them. I also used up random off cuts of half square triangles and much of my whites and off whites/greys/creams and also extra blocks left over from a couple of twin sized quilts I made a year or so ago. Whew! I feel like I whittling down my stash!
Like many Fraser Valley Quilters I spent several weeks making masks. My husband and I are very fortunate that we have a cabin at Pitt Lake where we can travel via our boat and remain in total isolation the entire time. Knowing that we will be spending so much time there I ordered a very reasonably priced, simple Janome that operates off our solar system. A start/stop button is especially important, since I haven’t been able to use a foot pedal for years. These first photos show my setup, including the wonderful views I have of Pitt Lake. (photo 1)
I then turned my attention to supporting the art/quilting organizations I belong to, namely CQA and SAQA. Even though Quilt Canada 2020 has been cancelled, they plan to continue with the Postcard Challenge to raise funds for the Glenrose Paediatric Brain Injury Unit in Edmonton. I made a dozen postcards, finally labelled and mailed them. At the moment CQA is uncertain about how they are going to sell these fundraisers on-line, but Kathy Galbraith will certainly let everyone know how you can support this important effort when they have worked out the details. (photo 2)
SAQA (Studio Art Quilters Association) has a yearly, on-line auction. You can view their past auctions on their wonderful website and join in their on-line auction in September. Many SAQA members create 12” x 12” pieces using a variety of techniques. I always like to try something new. This year my piece is called Ancient Messages Circling Through the Universe. I recently made an array of new stamps, including some smaller, intriguing shapes. Several of these designs reminded me of motifs that I have viewed in museums housing prehistoric relics. In these times of uncertainty, this piece represents a reflective view on our lives contrasted with challenges from the past. I used fine silk overlaid on small 3D motifs and painted the silk with diluted Dynaflow and Lumiere. I then used Lumiere on my stamps and finally painted and appliquéd textured Tyvek circles Machine quilting and a great amount of hand quilting completed the piece. (photo 3)
I’m sure, like all of you, I feel blessed to have an interest in an activity (and ‘stash’ and half completed projects!) that helps keep up a positive, thankful outlook. A big thank you to our executive and especially to Kathy Galbraith for maintaining this column so we can stay in touch.
All those little extra pieces stored away for a ‘rainy day’ are no more and I dont think I will be keeping anything that size again anytime soon!
Just a few of the quilts I’ve finished since this “Social Isolation “ started! Last years “tinners project” destined for Cops for Cancer, my Grandson’s birthday quilt (he choose the fabric- not to bad for an 8 year old, Readers corner quilt (easy- I just had to piece the top and quilt it!, and then a group of preemies. The last preemie quilt (with the turtles) was made entirely from orphan blocks.
Subject: DIY FABRIC FACE MASK: PRINTABLE PATTERN IN DESCRIPTION BOX WITH MEASUREMENTS
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I saw this letter in the Langley Advance yesterday. The writer has been coming to my home to pick up the caps and bags that are mainly made by Wendy Whiting. Wendy has also been donating to VGH where my daughter works as a nurse and where I have been focusing on most off my sewing of caps and bags.
Edyta Sitar Covid mystery quilt. Only had one multi coloured fabric, a freebie from somewhere, not my colours and of course nothing to go with it. Thanks to Lorna Shapiro ,curbside drop off and pick up, fabric choices through email. a plan was hatched. This quilt did require a bit of ‘brain matter’ putting it together. Although still not my colours am happy with the end result.
I like Dr. Bonnie Henry’s motto so decided to turn it into a little wall quilt. Stay safe everyone!
I have just finished this top. I call her Exuberance and she is a joyful and colourful dance across her plain white background. Many thanks to Judy Leslie for the bucket of bright scraps and to Irene Harvalias for the white strips in the background.I’ve had so much fun creating this quilt top. Just have to sandwich and quilt it.
I used scraps from my stash on this quilt. I am just waiting on the perfect fabric for the border.
Anne Van Hove
I was looking through a pile of “doodles” from Elaine Quehl workshop(from several years ago)
I saw this one through new eyes. My Coronavirus quilt! (13×13).
Uses Inktense pencils, water soluble pastels and Fabricol pens.
i have been trying to do a little art quilting. This one is a pattern by Susan Teece called “Victoria’s Waterfront”.
Hand dying fabric.
These have been done with thickened dye and scraping a credit card over the surface. Lots of fun!
Butterfly handkerchief quilt
This was the first bunch I made for Langley ER. I ended up making them 50. Cathy Waddle’s daughter wanted some hats so I made her 20
Here are a few of my finishes the last few weeks. Haven’t started anything new, but nice to get some of these UFO’s moved to the Finished Pile. Stay safe everyone!
Plus some much needed scrub caps.
“From the outside looking in” as we are on the inside looking out - hoping for better days.
Fumiko Noguchi Hi, this is my recent finished work. Treasures from the scrap bin.
This is what Janice MacKenzie did for Easter
Bonnie Hunter is creating (on the fly, she says) a Covid mystery quilt, called ‘’Unity”.
Every Monday you get a clue which adds to what you have already done.
It’s a challenge, accuracy paramount for pieces to line up.
Getting these small pieces to correct size was problematic for me, so have paper pieced.
Carmie Kozak’s lovely little bluebird
In Order not to go stir crazy 😜 and feeling helpless I turned to sewing Masks 😷 . My Daughter works in a Senior Home in North Van .She got about thirty not seen in this picture. So here I go sewing more and trying out different patterns and makes how to make masks . Carmie fired me on . By for now stay healthy and safe , Elke
Result of an all day quiltathon by Gudrun Erla using very old dated fabric. Was quick and easy. It’s not beautiful but when quilted will become a very useful outdoor quilt and the fabric is no longer neatly folded in a cupboard waiting for?
Distracted for mask making. A few to have on hand. No elastic. Cathy Raphael
Stars that need some adjusting, bee hive inspiration after Lorna Moffatt’s class. Three of many preemie tops on the go.
This was made from scraps from our recycle table