After finished the Little Quaker Christmas cross stitch, I went on to stitch this Little Quaker Halloween cross stitch design by Susan Ache. I think I am hooked on Quaker cross stitch designs. The fabric is a grey Aida that I picked up on the January De-Stash table at guild.
I have been enjoying Susan Ache’s Collecting Colors SAL that I went searching for any other patterns that she might have. I came across this Little Quaker Christmas and I soon had it stitched up.
This is the perfect sort of project for stitching in the evenings in front of the TV while we stay socially distanced during the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are two quilt guilds in Chilliwack – each meet once a month, one meets in the mornings and the other meets in the evenings. Each guild hosts a quilt show every other year. Both guilds hold their quilt show in the same location in the month of October. This means that there is a quilt show in Chilliwack every October. I think to the public attending, they likely think it is all one guild, but it isn’t.
This year it was the Day Guild’s turn to host their show.
I used to take hundreds of pictures at quilt shows. However, for the last few shows I have attended I have tried hard to focus just on what inspires me and why. Our Modern guild had a guest speaker earlier this year who mentioned that in a show there are likely only 5% of the quilts that truly speak to us and everyone’s 5% will be different. The following 3 quilts were in my 5% and were the 3 quilts that spoke to me.
My favorite quilt in the show was called “Christmas is Coming”, pieced by Shirley Square-Briggs. This was a Split 9-Patch quilt set on point that was flawlessly pieced and quilted. My favorite quilts are scrap quilts and I love this design. Shirley picked the most perfect shade of red fabric to best show off the scrappy Christmas fabrics. This was my pick for Viewer’s Choice.
The second quilt to make my 5% was called, Abbies Quilt which was pieced by one of the gals that belongs to my Modern Guild, Lyn Robinson. The pattern is called Modern Mingle from PatternWorkz Design Studio, by Canadian designers Kelsey and Joanie Morrow from Olds, Alberta.
The third quilt to make my 5% was called Circle Block which is made from a pattern from Cozy Quilt Designs that was made by Sharlene Fairhurst. I love that this is a scrappy quilt in a unique layout.From the 5% of the quilts that made me stop and take a look, I can confirm that the quilts that appeal to me share the characteristics of being simple, scrappy, and modern.
There were a lot of fantastic quilts at this show – many were very impressive (quilts that were hand pieced from thousands of pieces and then hand quilted, quilts that were fantastic works of hand embroidery, or paper piecing) – but they weren’t my particular style or in my 5%.
My quilt guild is hosting another UFO challenge. We have to take our UFO’s to the guild meeting next week and show them in their current state and then register them for the challenge. This past weekend I went through a bin of my UFO’s to decide which UFO’s I would focus on for the challenge.
One of the UFO’s in the bin was a wool project in a Ziploc bag. The bag appeared to contain everything I would need to complete the project–all the wool, thread, needles, marking pencil, templates, pattern, pins, pin cushion, and what was that? My good scissors? Yes, there were my long lost Gingher scissors. It appears that my scissors had been added to the project bag some time ago to make this project ready to “grab and go”. However, it seems that I never grabbed this project to work on it in years. I have been looking for my Gingher scissors for years – since the fall of 2009 to be exact. I never gave up searching for them as I would periodically take a box off the shelf and go through the contents thinking that the scissors may have fallen into it at some point by mistake. But lo and behold, there were my scissors–lanyard still attached (The lanyard was attached to make the scissors harder to misplace. Maybe I need to add something larger than a breadbox to the handles next time.)
The wool project is a wool Dogwood pennyrug kit. The Pacific Dogwood was adopted in 1956 as British Columbia’s floral emblem. The Pacific Dogwood is a tree that grows six to eight meters high and flowers in April and May.
I think the reason that I never finished this wool project was that the thought of tracing around the templates onto the wool was a bit of a fiddly idea to me and not as portable as I would have liked for a “grab and go” project. Fast forward some years to today. I have renewed interest in this project since watching some Quilt Roadies videos on YouTube. Anna, aka Woolie Mammoth, is a fan of working with wool and she has compiled a few videos on working with wool, including how she prepares her wool projects for working on as she travels.
Anna uses a product called, SF101 which is a fusible interfacing product made by Pellon that she irons to the back of her base fabric. SF101 not only provides stability for stitching her project, but Anna says it allows her to “travel” with her thread on the back of her project without breaking the thread and having to start again somewhere else with a new knot. SF101 prevents the threads from the back of the project from showing through to the front of her project.
Anna also uses a product called, Soft Fuse which is a fusible that can be ironed to the back of her wool pieces to attach them to her background–no pins!
Anna says that she starts stitching on the smaller pieces. She uses a whip stitch on the smaller pieces and then she goes back and does a buttonhole stitch on the larger pieces. Once Anna is finished doing the whip stitching and buttonhole stitching she goes back and adds any fancy texturing stitches that she wants to further embellish her project with.
With a goal of May 2019 through my guild’s UFO challenge, and these tips from Anna I have renewed energy to pick up this old project and complete it.