Here are some of the quilts that I have finished for customers lately.
Mary has been busy completing this 365 Quilt. This quilt is not for the
faint of heart. Most of the blocks are 3″ square and the corners blocks are
6″ square. The Australian designer, Kathryn Kerr, decided to complete one block a day
so it was ranked high on the commitment scale.
I had originally thought I wanted to participate but after 3 months, I ran out of
steam. I am very impressed that Mary completed hers; she always is up for a
The weight of the quilt surprised me. It actually is quite heavy. Because there are
so many seams and blocks, I think it would have been a nightmare to do all the
Stitch in the Ditch. So, Mary decided on a simple panto called “Swirls ” and I used
a monofilament thread in the top and grey polyester thread in the backing.
This helps to hide the thread color and all you see is the lovely piecing and blocks.
Each block is different.
One of the corner blocks, I love the flowers. Mary also picked all of her
fabrics and colors for the quilt by herself; she did a great job.
I noticed that she has an elephant here. I am beginning to think that Mary loves
elephants. She also brought me a quilt that has a fractured elephant on it. You
will have to wait until next week to see that beauty.
Here is the backing. I love the swirls and the colors, so perfect for this quilt.
Another customer of mine, also called Mary, made this quilt to commemorate
Canada’s 150th Birthday. Because Mary is of American descent, she wanted to
include symbols from both Canada and the US.
She designed and pieced this wallhanging. Mary wanted me to add some
more motifs from both countries as well.
Most of the wallhanging already had printed pictures on it so I stitched
around all of those. Then I began looking and thinking about what to
add that represented Canada and the US. I finally came up with
The Parliament Buildings in Ottawa, an RCMP Officer in full uniform,
a Totem Pole, a Salmon, a moose, an Eagle, and Tim Horton’s.
Overall, it was so much fun. I even became brave and drew most of the
designs free hand. Here is the backing. What a great idea Mary and well done!
“Rowdy Flat Library” is the name of this quilt by Susan Smith from
Australia. Connie sent it to me in the spring and I completed it by the end of June.
Here are some close ups of the quilting but there will be a whole post on this
one particular quilt later on. Connie is still away from home and won’t be able
to see this in person for several more weeks so I don’t want to take away
all of the surprise for her.
A close up of the corner block. What a great appliquer Connie is and the
fabrics she chose are so much fun and gorgeous!! Can’t wait until you see it
in person Connie.
And finally for this post, I am still working on my “Carrots” quilt. Orange is the
color I am in right now and here is a sample of what painting with orange looks like.
I didn’t have the right shades and tones so I painted some of my own.
I can’t wait until this one is finished and gets to the quilting stage.
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2 thoughts on “Elephants…”
With the 365: Did Mary stabilizer the center of her quilt? As all the blocks are so dense with fabric?. I am busy with 365 and have five more months to sew August to December.
Have not seen my finished blocks together yet, as I am worried the center is too wobbly?
Please can you let me know if the center needs a stabilizer? Thank you.
Hello Maggie. No I didn’t use any stabilizer. I would definitely recommend using flannel instead of batting inside. I unfortunately used batting and it is so heavy due to all of the piecing. Mary