December 2014 did dawn, and a beautiful party was held at member Joyce's home, where she made us fabulous food, lunch, drinks, dinner on a Sunday afternoon. We've done many things over the years for Christmas, but for quite awhile now, Joyce opens her home and makes a very special day for us.
We were very excited for the unveiling!! Some had just started their projects in September. At least one, who shall not be named, started hers TWO WEEKS before it was due! (To her credit, it was completed!!)
I started mine in the winter of 2014, around March. I knew exactly what I wanted to do: The block was one I LOVE and have long wanted to make an entire quilt of. The quilting was envisioned at the same time. Certainty was a beautiful (rare) thing. I usually wing it, make it up as I go.
THE BLOCK: a traditional block, also loved by the modern quilters, and many variations are out on there on this pattern, which I LOVE. Rolling Stone!!
THE FABRIC PULL: 90% from my stash, but I found I did have add a few, as I wanted each block to have different fabrics in it and not repeat.
Cutting and sewing ensued, furiously. Blocks began to go up on the wall. Pinterest helped me find variations. I loved this setting with background lattice strips and squares of the reds that created almost a chain connecting the blocks. Again, no doubt. I knew exactly how it should go!
I think it's one of the nicest tops I've pieced, every seam so nice and neat and perfect. It ironed beautifully, lay beautifully, all ready for quilting!
I thought I'd quilt it right after I went to the Holly Girls Camp in late September, as the camp was all about machine quilting. It was a great camp, great teaching, lots of inspiration. Unfortunately, my gall bladder delayed quilting til November.
THE QUILTING: SPIRALS!!!! With my walking foot. I practiced many methods; walking foot or free motion. From center out, from edge in. What felt the most comfortable to me was center out, with the walking foot. I got the nicest lines that way, the foot kept me an even distance and the shapes nice. These two photos are from Pinterest and were used for inspiration only. The first by blog.chriswdesigns.com, and 2nd by inspirations.blogspot.ca
I used a process where I traced that center part onto a tissue paper, pinned it to the quilt block where I wanted it and stitched thru it, then removing the paper. This insured that my centers were consistent. After that, it was very comfortable using the walking foot to measure my distance, keeping me in line for a relatively pleasing, consistent spiral. I filled each block, then added background spirals that looked like they were 'under' or 'behind' the larger ones. For doing the quilting on my machine,the quilt had to be 'packaged' into square sections, as spiraling around with the walking foot meant a lot of quilt movement. There were some that thought I was crazy for doing it this way, so much moving around, but once I got going and had a system, it was very comrtable and I got the results I wanted.
|The packing, how it looked when it went under the needle|
|The paper to create the center perfectly shaped|
The reveal was a lot of fun, but some were in still progress. One was blocks in a box! But everyone's piece has progressed since the photos below, and we are hoping to have them exhibited in a group at our guild's quilt show. These photos do not adequately show you these wonderful quilts, so come to the show. The diversity of these projects was amazing and reflect the range of interests of our group of very talented women. I am honored to be part of this group.
The Great Lakes Heritage Quilters Quilt Show, will be held February 27-28, 2015 at Canterbury Village. The show will be spectacular, I promise! The guild has many talented quilters and the setting is beautiful, you will almost NEVER see a quilt show anywhere similar to this beautiful place! It is held in the King's Court Castle. There will be vendors for shopping, you can lunch in the restaurant, there are also quilt shops not too far; all the makings for a perfect day. Come join us!!!