Monthly Archives: January 2017

Seeing Spots!

Laura’s name has come up in a previous post –  The Girlfriend Quilt .  You’ll also find her, and her husband Greg, in the blog that I kept while we travelled through India in 2013 –https://samosasojourn.wordpress.com  We met at Willows Elementary School in Victoria in September, 1969, and have been great friends since then.

Last year I offered to make a quilt as a housewarming gift for Greg and Laura’s new home on Shawnigan Lake.  We looked at many different quilts on Pinterest, in books and in magazines.  Finally, we found a photo of a quilt, by Zen Chic, on Pinterest – lots of bright coloured dots on a white background.

The background is a solid white cotton that I purchased at Fabricana.  I pieced it to make it queen-sized.  The dots were a multi-step process.  First, we chose fabric in colours that reminded us of our trip to India.  Many of these fabrics were remnants from “Delhi Dreams” Start To Finish #6 – Done!  Then, I cut the dots in three different sizes, using plates and bowls as my templates!  The dots were sewn, right sides together, to fusible interfacing.  I cut a small slit in the interfacing and turned the dots so that they were right sides out and fused them to the white background.  Each dot was then edge stitched to ensure that they would stay attached.  Then, to cut down on bulk, I cut away any excess fabric from behind each dot.

The back of the quilt is the same white fabric as the front, with just a few dots.  The batting is bamboo.  I quilted this on my Husqvarna domestic machine using Superior King Tut thread in ‘Temple’.  It’s a meandering pattern that was fun to do and looks great with the dots.

We originally wanted to use white for the binding, but decided that it needed some contrast, so I chose an orange/yellow/gold fabric that sets the quilt off well.  The binding is attached by machine to the quilt front then pressed and folded over towards the back.  Normally, I would hand stitch the binding, but the 400″ perimeter seemed daunting, so I finished it by machine.

The final step was to choose a name and make/attach a label.  I enlisted Laura’s help and we came up with all kinds of silly possibilities.  In the end, and as a joke, Laura suggested “Laura’s Quilt”.   Seemed perfect to me!

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“Laura’s Quilt” was made with love and with countless memories of 46+ years of friendship.  Curl up, snuggle and enjoy!

Thanks for reading.  Happy Saturday!

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Here I Am!

Somewhere there’s a balance between writing too often and not writing often enough.  Have I really had nothing to say since November?  Actually, lots has gone on since then and I’ve finished a few projects, which I’ll get to shortly.

The fall was busy with mini trips and workshops.  Then, on a wild impulse Blake and I decided to take a week in December and go to London to see the Christmas lights.  We lived in London for a year when we were first married and it holds a special place in our hearts.  And, they really know how to decorate for Christmas.  Here are a few of my favourite dressed up places.

We went to see the musical Kinky Boots, which was great fun.  I think it’s coming to Vancouver this winter.  We also located several filming locations from the movies Love Actually, Notting Hill and the series Luther.  We lucked into a cancellation spot and were able to go to the top of the building on the right, in the photo at the top of this post. This building is referred to as the “Walkie Talkie”.  The shorter one in the middle is “The Gherkin” and the black, slanted one is “The Cheese Grater”.  How fun!

As for sewing and quilting, it’s a been a productive and educational few months.  In October I took a two-day workshop, taught by Krista Hennebury, called Structural Improv.(You can access Krista’s blog if you click on ‘Poppyprint’ over on the right side of my blog.) This piece, called Fire and Ice, is the result.img_3578

Two weeks later saw me at another of Krista’s workshops.  This one was Speed Date with Improv.  We learned seven different techniques in the one-day workshop.  It took a while for me to get back to it, but here it is, finished.

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Right now I’m just about to pin together a queen-sized quilt that I’ve been working on for my good friend, Laura.  I haven’t quilted anything this large before and I’m quite excited about it.  Pictures will follow once I’m done.

Now it’s time to make a cup of tea and enlist Blake’s help to get this quilt sandwiched and pinned.

Thanks for reading and I wish you all a happy and healthy 2017.