I am happy to report that my challenge quilt is quilted and bound, ready for entry in our guild’s little display at this year’s Creativ Festival in Abbotsford on March 24 and 25, 2017.
SISTERS IS OFF THE GRID – hanging in the 2017 Creativ Festival
Title of Quilt: Sisters is Off The Grid
Quilted by: Me (Silverthimble Quilting)
Size: 64 inches x 74 inches
Book / Magazine / Pattern: Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine – Issue Twenty Six
Author / Designer: Jo Avery and the Edinburgh Modern Quilt Guild
Title of Original Quilt: Off The Grid
About the Quilt: The quilt was created as the Edinburgh Modern Quilt Guild’s Charity Quilt Challege entry for QuiltCon 2015. The challenge was to make a quilt using an ‘off-grid’ construction. The EMQG produced their version of the quilt in a random, improv style and Jo Avery produced the pattern for a structured version of the quilt. My version of this quilt uses a mixture of prints and solids. In 2014, some members of the FVMQG took a bus trip to Sisters, Oregon in July to see the annual Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. We were able to visit the famous Stichin’ Post, a quilt shop located in Sisters that is owned by Jean and Valori Wells. I purchased two fat quarter packs of Valori Wells’ fabrics as my souvenir of the trip and used them along with coordinating solids in my version of this quilt. Sisters is a very small town with a population of only 2,038 (as of the 2010 Census), located 155 miles southeast of Portland in the high desert. The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show is internationally recognized as the world’s largest outdoor quilt show displaying more than 1300 quilts representing fiber artists from around the world. More than 10,000 visitors from all over the world flock to Sisters on the second Saturday in July every year to attend this quilt show.
In May, our guild is swapping mini quilts with the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild in Halifax, Nova Scotia on the east coast of Canada.
Our minis were to finish 12″ square. This is a photo of the front of my mini. I used scraps of Kona solids. My squares finish at 1.5″.
This is an image of the label that appears on the back of the quilt which explains my design:
This is a photo of the back of my mini:
I thought it was fitting to use dotty fabric as the characters that form the Braille alphabet are raised dots.
The two triangles in the upper corners of the quilt are to be used in place of a hanging sleeve to hang the quilt. This was the requested method of hanging the finished quilts.
I have been slowly working on a stack of UFO’s that need to be quilted. This weekend’s finish was this Easter table runner. The pattern is a Terry Atkinson design called, Fast Food. The pattern is very simple–making use of a stripe that does all the work.
This table topper has been sitting for at least 2 years waiting for me to have the opportunity to quilt it. The Quilt Show was broadcasting their shows for free this weekend. So while Ricky and Alex talked; I quilted.
This is a close up of the fabrics and the quilting. I quilted in the ditch around the blocks and then went up and down each yellow stripe. I love the dense quilting!
On September 5, 2012, my brother and sister-in-law celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.This picture of the happy couple was taken September 2, 2012 in the restaurant at the hotel/convention center where we celebrated their wedding reception 25 years ago.
My brother and sister-in-law have wanted one of my bed sized quilts for quite some time. The marking of 25 years of marriage seemed like the perfect time to present them with a quilt. I didn’t want to promise that I would make them a bed-sized quilt from scratch because I wasn’t sure exactly how long it would take to finish it with all of the other commitments I have. So, I went to my stash of flimsies and picked “The Simple Cross” to quilt and gift to them. Although they saw the quilt top on September 2, 2012, it wasn’t until June 22, 2013 that they were presented with a finished quilt.
This is a picture of the quilt on the bed at my brother and sister-in-law’s house on the evening of the day that the finished quilt was presented to them.
The Simple Cross was made from a pattern that was in the September/October 2000 issue of Fons and Porter’s magazine, For the Love of Quilting. I started making the blocks for The Simple Cross on March 12, 2006 and finished the quilt to the flimsy stage on March 28, 2006.