This past weekend I attended the quilt show hosted by the Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild of Toronto. The show was a great combination of traditional, modern and art quilts. Here are just a few of the quilts in the show:
White Labyrinth by Maria Ellis
Cambrian Sea by Jane Barbeau
Banners by Helen Garland
Jack by Karen Howes
It was great to see so many talented quilters putting their works on display. I’ll post more photos of quilts from the show soon.
The outgoing president of the Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild of Toronto issued a challenge to the guild: make a manhole cover quilt! Guild members were challenged to create a circular quilt the size of a manhole (around 24 1/2 inches) to celebrate Toronto. The design and technique were left up to each individual.
The mosaic quilt process:
My entry into the President’s challenge is created using a mosaic technique. I selected a variety of colourful scraps, ironed a fusible web onto the wrong side, cut the scraps into 1 inch squares and arranged them onto a solid grey.
I arranged them in a curved pattern, fused them to the background.
Each square was machine stitched 1/8 of an inch around the edge. The backing and batting were attached using the pillowcase technique. I under stitched around the perimeter, which helped to keep the backing fabric rolled towards the back.
Each section was machine quilted in a curved spiral.
All the quilts from this challenge will be on display at our quilt show Sept. 20-21, 2014. Visitors to the show will vote for their three favourites and the top three will be unveiled at our October meeting.
Artist’s Statement for Evolving Mosaic:
Toronto has been called a “Cultural Mosaic”. Almost half of the over 2.8 million people living in Toronto are immigrants. They speak over 140 languages and dialects. This quilt celebrates the diversity of Canadians that comprise our city.
The squares of the mosaic represent the more than 200 distinct ethnicities that make up Toronto. The quilt is a swirl of three primary colours, some squares are solids while some are a combination of colours. They symbolize the people of Toronto, all Canadians while still maintaining their rich ethnic, racial and linguistic heritage. We are fortunate that all the ethnicities have retained their uniqueness, contributing to, and strengthening the fabric of our community. The motto for the City of Toronto describes our rich culture: “Diversity Our Strength”.
The quilt show will feature quilts from our very talented guild members. There will be both traditional and modern quilts featured. I have seven pieces in the show, including Icterine Strata I blogged about here. This piece won third place at the Canadian Quilters’ Association Juried show earlier this summer!
Here is a glimpse of some of my quilts you will see at the show:
Midnight Blooms is an original design. It is machine pieced and long arm quilted. Large stylized flowers are raw edge appliquéd to the top. The design was inspired by a piece of Art Deco wallpaper.
Plumage is based on marble tile design that my sister used in her renovated bathroom. The quilt is machine pieced and long arm quilted. The focus fabric is fussy cut to showcase the beautiful birds.
Floral Bouquet is a small wallhanging. Three dimensional flowers are arranged into a lovely bouquet hand tied with satin ribbon. It is machine quilted.
Village at Dusk is a triptych arranged onto a quilted mat. It is improvisationally pieced and machine quilted.
Morning Meadow wallhanging is improvisationally pieced and machine quilted. The piece is beautifully framed with a quilted matting.
These photographs are detail shots of some of the pieces I have in the quilt show. In order to see the quilts in their entirety, you will need to come out and visit the show Saturday Sept. 20th to Sunday Sept. 21st.
Quilts for Purchase
Some of the quilts on display are being offered for sale, (including a few of mine). This is a great opportunity to purchase a one of kind quilt for yourself or as a Christmas gift.
Bring a friend, enjoy the quilts, have a lovely tea, browse the merchant’s mall, and be inspired!
The three pieces of thrifted fabric from the Sow’s Ear Challenge plus a solid green resulted in this easy to piece bag. I used Peltex, a heavyweight firm stabilizer and did a little free motion quilting around the flowers and some straight line quilting on the solid base. I interfaced the handles to give prevent them from stretching. The pockets are made up of one long rectangle folded in half and topstitched.
I still have a little of the blue floral print and 1 entire pink/green pillow sham that I haven’t taken apart and 1 side of the one I did use. I will make another bag featuring the pink/orange/green fabric on the outside and incorporate the ruffle too. The exact design will be dictated by the amount of fabric I have leftover.
I like the firmness that the Peltex stabilizer provides, it has more body than just a regular quilt batting would give to the project.
I like to try new techniques, so when I saw the title: Sliver quilts: 11 projects easy technique for dynamic results by Lisa O’Neill, I had to try it.
In this technique narrow strips of fabric are encased in a fold when stitched so that there are no raw edges. Very fine points are achieved by using this technique. The ‘slivers’ of fabric can be made with fabrics that fray such as silks, rayons, and sheer fabrics like organza. Beautiful effects can be created with decorative trims such as rick rack and ribbons.
The village is a beautiful venue for exhibiting quilts. The quilts are hung outside by a tireless group of volunteers. There are workshops, trunk shows, quilt appraisals, vendors and quilts, quilts and quilts in a beautiful, pastoral setting. Spend some time outside enjoying the show.
My pattern: Warm and Cozy Tea Cozy has been published! Craft it now: 75+ Simple Handmade Projects is a great crafting book with easy ideas to craft great items. Projects feature quilting, crochet, embroidery, polymer clay and other fun techniques.
This would be a great book to introduce a child to handwork. The projects are designed to be created in a short period of time.
My project features an appliqué design where the cut teacup is carefully cut out of one square of fabric. Both the positive and negative pieces of the block are used.
The positive and negative appliqué are fused onto a background, satin stitched and then quilted. This can easily be adapted to make a pillow, placemats or table runner.