Winning Quilts

It’s A Party (2017)

This quilt was made in 2017 as part of Northcott’s Block Party which celebrated Canada’s 150th birthday. Quilt Stores were invited to design blocks and quilters were encouraged to collect the blocks by visiting the stores. Between friends and social media, I collected 37 blocks and made two quilts. It’s A Party has most of the blocks, and has flags of all the provinces/territories on the back, along with the Hudson Bay stripes. My contribution (besides making the blocks) was making the fabric ‘stretch’ so that the front would be big enough to cover the flags on the back. I was running out of fabric so had to make some interesting borders with leftover half-square triangles and strips of various colours.

Winnings:

  • finished in the top 10 from across Canada in Northcott’s Challenge, 2017
  • placed First, Quilt Reflections 2018, in category ‘Computer guided commercially quilted’. The quilting was done by Inthreadible Quilting.

 

My Canada (2017)

My Canada is a little more personal.  It still represents all of Canada through the map in the center and the Coat of Arm Flags around the lower corner. However, the blocks all come from Western Canada and the three provinces I have lived in. Many of the symbols are meaningful to me – mountains, the RCMP, a salute to Veterans, the touque, and wild animals. The snowflake block was my design for ‘Winterpeg’ (said tougue-in-cheek. The winters really are no worse here than the other provinces I have lived in!). It really had to have some prairie points along with gold for grain and blue for our thousands of lakes. The quilting lines simulate blowing winds

Winnings:

  • finished in the top 10 from across Canada in Northcott’s Challenge, 2017
  • Chosen as the winning quilt for the Canada 150 category, Red River Exhibition, 2017
  • Placed Third in the self-guided category, Red River Exhibition, 2017
  • placed First, St. Vital Agricultural Society, Self-Guided category, 2017
  • received Best Handicraft ribbon, St Vital Agricultural Society, 2017
  • Represented the District for Manitoba Association of Agricultural Societies 2017
  • placed Second, Quilt Reflections 2018, in category ‘Large, domestic guided machine quilting’

Peace Moon (2018)

Peace Moon was made for our Guild fund-raising Challenge. We were given a piece of frosted white fabric with a button and were asked to make a Christmas wall quilt. Peace Moon is a Laurel Birch pattern that I thought would work well with gradated fabrics – my focus fabric of 2018. I was able to spend more play time with rulers in the borders.

Winnings:

  •  Workmanship ribbon, Quilt Reflections 2018

Set Sail (2017)

I cut my teeth on Ruler Guided Quilting with this one. I also had the chance to practice FMQ hundreds of pebbles. With nothing to loose, I took chances and came out a winner. This is one of those rare quilts that almost got discarded but everything I did made it look better.  The embroidery designs were purchased from Urban Threads but layout, quilting and embellishments are mine.

Winnings:

  • 3rd place, Quilt Reflections 2018, Category Potpourri Quilts

Milky Way (2015)

Milky Way was my first difficult quilt. I started it but when the blocks didn’t come out the same size I decided I needed to take more classes in order to improve my 1/4″ accuracy. After a year, I continued. The original was called Battle Warfare and was done in red, white, and blue displayed in Quilter’s World, 2013

Winnings:

  • Third place, Quilt Reflections 2016, category – Computer guided commercially quilted
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Milky Way

Below the Surface (2016)

This fabric was designed for a hand embroidery demo by Catherine Redford. It was a line drawing and we were expected to use whatever stitches and thread we wished. After hand stitching, I did some free motion quilting and added beads & charms. The fish was stuffed.

Winnings:

  • Third place, Quilt Reflections 2016, category Potpourri

Hexi Holder (2015)

The challenge was to make any kind of 3-D notion, using at least a little of all of the fabrics provided. I was making many Hexi’s at the time while we were driving back and forth to the lake every weekend. I found it really hard to keep my fabrics smooth and have all of my tools in one place. Most of the design features of my Hexi Holder came about as a result of those trips. The pattern was later shared as a Quilt-Along.

Winnings:

  • 1st place, Viewer’s Choice, Barnswallow Quilt Show

Jake (2015)

Jake was a 12″ challenge block on the theme of ‘Home”. It was my design reflecting what our cats do most – lay on the sofa back and watch the birds in the tree on the other side.

Winnings: Viewer’s Choice, Sew Many Places Cruise 2015. Winnings included another quilting cruise and a trip to the Houston Quilt Show in 2016