Evolving Mosaic Quilt – President’s Challenge 2014

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.

Evolving Mosaic squares
Evolving Mosaic Quilt squares

I arranged them in a curved pattern, fused them to the background.

Evolving Mosaic in progress
Evolving Mosaic Quilt in progress

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.

Evolving Mosaic quilted
Evolving Mosaic quilted

Each section was machine quilted in a curved spiral.

Evolving Mosaic Quilt detail
Evolving Mosaic Quilt detail

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”.

Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild of Toronto Quilt Show 2014

YRQG of Toronto Quilt Show

I hope you will join me on Saturday September 20th and Sunday September 21st for the Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild of Toronto quilt show.

Yorkshire Rose Quilters' Guild of Toronto 2014 Quilt Show
Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild of Toronto 2014 Quilt Show

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.

Detail of Midnight Blooms quilt
Detail of Midnight Blooms quilt

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.

Detail of Plumage Quilt
Detail of Plumage Quilt

Floral Bouquet is a small wallhanging. Three dimensional flowers are arranged into a lovely bouquet hand tied with satin ribbon. It is machine quilted.

Detail of Floral Bouquet quilt
Detail of Floral Bouquet quilt

Village at Dusk is a triptych arranged onto a quilted mat. It is improvisationally pieced and machine quilted.

Detail of Village at Dusk
Detail of Village at Dusk

Morning Meadow wallhanging is improvisationally pieced and machine quilted. The piece is beautifully framed with a quilted matting.

Morning Meadow Quilt
Morning Meadow Quilt

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sow’s Ear Challenge Finished

 

From this…

Sows Ear Vintage Fabric
Sows Ear Vintage Fabric

 

To this!

Sows Ear Purse
Sows Ear Purse

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.

Sows Ear Purse Interior
Sows Ear Purse Interior

I like the firmness that the Peltex stabilizer provides, it has more body than just a regular quilt batting would give to the project.

Flora’s Baby Quilt

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.

Sliver Quilts
Sliver Quilts

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.

Flora's Quilt layout
Flora’s Quilt layout

I used slivers to make a special baby quilt.

Flora's Quilt
Flora’s Quilt

It’s bright, colourful and happy!

Through Our Hands Magazine

Through Our Hands an Online Art Quilt Magazine

I came across this new online magazine recently called: Through Our Hands. The website offers a beautifully curated selection of contemporary art quilts and artists. They include quilters such as:

There are many other textile artists profiled. Have a look at the artwork on the site and sign up for the newsletter to receive a free copy of the magazine.

Shaken not Stirred!

Cin Cin! Tim-Tim!

fabric postcards of Martini Shakers and martini glasses
Martini Shakers and Glass Postcards

This trio of postcards were created using a positive/negative quilt technique. The design is carefully cut so that two blocks are created.

A votre santé! Salud!

quilted art postcards of martini glass and shakers, with beading
Martini Shakers and Glass Postcards

The martini shakers are created from this technique as are the martin glasses, although only one martini glass is shown.

Cocktails at eight!

 

Quilts at the Creek

Even though I won’t be attending this year, I wanted you all to know about a really great quilt exhibit taking place at Black Creek Pioneer Village just north of Toronto from August 16-17, 2014.

Black Creek 2012
Quilts at Black Creek Pioneer Village 2012

Quilts at the Creek is in its 3rd year.

Black Creek 2012 Urban Habitat
Urban Habitat (on the left) with unidentified appliqué quilt

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.

Warm and Cozy Tea Cozy

Front detail of Warm and Cozy Tea Cozy
Front detail of Warm and Cozy Tea Cozy

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.

Warm and Cozy Tea Cozy page
Warm and Cozy Tea Cozy page

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.

Back of Warm and Cozy Tea Cozy
Back of Warm and Cozy Tea Cozy

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.

Warm and Cozy Tea Cozy
Warm and Cozy Tea Cozy

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.

Tea time everyone!

Fashionable Attire

I’ve completed the commission for the wallhanging that will be given as a birthday gift. I was asked to create a quilt that references fashion.

Fashionable Attire quilt
Fashionable Attire quilt

The shop carries men and women’s fashions and is located in an old stone building. I actually had the outer border designed and created before the central four blocks.

Fashionable Attire border
Fashionable Attire border

I like the way the 2 shades of grey fabric curve up suggesting a wall.

flowerdetail
Fashionable Attire border detail

The large floral (Kaffe Fassete fabric I think) seemed to be too obvious, so I cut it on the diagonal and insert very thin strips of grey so that it looks like the flowers are behind a fence.

hatdetail

The hat has been decorated and is worthy of a royal tea party. I used a variety of hand dyed silk ribbon from Nell’s Emboidery. A ribbon flower completes the look.

I hope the recipient enjoys her gift.

Fashionable appliques

I am working on a commission for a birthday gift. The wallhanging is for a friend whose family own a clothing shop. Here is a glimpse of a couple of the blocks.

Dressform applique
Dressform applique
Tuxedo shirt applique
Tuxedo shirt applique
Hat applique
Hat applique

The hat hasn’t been trimmed yet. I will be adding flowers, ribbons and beads to finish this lovely chapeau!

 

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