March Break-Yipee!

I am not sure but I think that March Break is a break for everyone but the parents in the family, especially the mom.  So, as you can tell, I will not be getting alot of stitching or quilting done this week.

Because I have no “new” work to show you, I will show you some of my “old” stuff.

Remember last week?  Here is the completed wallhanging for the Trend Tex Challenge for the upcoming Canadian Quilter’s Association, National Juried Show, in Penitiction, BC.  Five fat quarters were purchased and a theme was announced.  The participants must make a wallhanging from these 5 fat quarters and in the nature of the theme provided.

"Vines and Sunshine"Trend Tex Challenge, 2013

“Vines and Sunshine”
Trend Tex Challenge, 2013

Sunshine and Vines was the theme this year so I decided to make grapes hanging on some vines.  The background is striped pieced and the grapes are hand appliqued onto the background.  Beads are used to immulate sunshine and that completes the piece. Oh, I forgot to mention that there are approximately 200 grapes on this piece.

It looks a little abstract to me but I am pleased that I finished it.  It will be interesting to see what it does. Only 6 pieces are chosen and there are usually over 100 pieces!  It is great fun to challenge myself though.

Mary Makam's Quilt pattern

Mary Makam’s Quilt pattern

 

I also am showing you an applique quilt that I did 4 years ago.  Mary Makam, a Canadian, is the designer of the pattern.  All the pieces are hand appliqued onto the background, the border as well.

I did McTavishing in the blocks around the applique.  It was an interesting process for the McTAvishing.  All the lights were turned off so I could see where I had stitched.  It took me over an hour to quilt each individual block.

Trapunto

Trapunto

 

Trapunto was also used to fill in all that empty space.  I marked the quilt top first-it is my own quilt so I didn’t mind that so much, with a water soluble blue marker and then placed just the quilt top and the polyester batting on the frame.

I then stitched around the feathers with a water soluble thread.

CAn you believe that there is such a thing?

More blocks on the applique quilt

More blocks on the applique quilt

 

I then took the quilt off the frame and flipped it over.  All the batting was cut off-with scissors- so that all that remained of the batting was what was behind the feather area.  Then, the quilt was put back on the frame and quilted with another layer of batting and backing.

Alot of time and effort was put into this quilt but I think that all the effort was worth it.

And Dorcas Lane was the lady who ran the post office in the series “Lark Rise to CandleFord.”  It is a great BBC production.  I picked it up from my local library-it is a great show.  Each show had a lesson that it was trying to show you.  There were

four seasons in the whole series.  I even think that it is better than “Dowton Abby.”  I apologize, I know that there are alot of fans out there of this current show.  I may even have spelled it incorrectly, so please forgive me.

Until next week, Happy Stitching.

 

Ruth