Piecepatcher Quilts One Canadian's Website ~ Not Just Quilting
Over the years I've done lots of needlepoint, petit point, embroidery and quilting projects. Here's a few of them. Some of these are from patterns by other quilt designers, as indicated in the credits. Others are my own original patterns or adapted from traditional blocks. A couple are wannabequilts (pieced and awaiting quilting). Most of these images can be clicked for a close up look (they will open in a new window). I've indicated where you can click for a close-up photograph or drawing (from EQ) for a closer look at some of these. I hope you enjoy viewing my quilts as much as I enjoy sharing them with you.
Cat Lover's Vest This is my very favourite vest, my own design made in a variety of techniques. Several cats (from Debbie Mumm's Bowsers and Meowsers pattern booklet) were appliquéd front and back. I found some great border fabric for the lower hemline. Cat paw prints were stencilled in fabric paint walking up the front and over the shoulders. Finished by machine quilting in a meandering pattern
Christmas Cardinal This was a Quilters' Round Robin I participated in, along with email friends from my online guild - it's not quite finished, but getting there. The pattern for the centre appliqué that I did came from a pattern by Zylpha Siudara as published in Traditional Quiltworks Issue #65. Several borders (not shown here) were added as the quilt made the "rounds". One of my Y2K projects.
Genesis This is an original quilt I made with Habitat Fabric by designer Jane Kriss The centre and background were pieced, and then the "critters" were cut from the designers fabric and appliquéd in place. Please visit Jane's website for more of her great fabrics. This one went to Quilt Market without me!
Warm Winter Nights Quilt Machine pieced but still to be quilted. A simple half-square triangle block pattern, which is also used in the border. Fabrics all have winter theme...mittens, boots, hot coca mugs, winter words, paisley-like scarves print, many from the "wear warm clothes" fabric collection. The colours are blue, gold, and beige-tan. Made for cuddling up in a cozy chair on a winter evening with a cup of hot cocoa, a good book, and a cat curled up beside me.
Autumn Memories A traditional leaf pattern in an original setting, this is a lap-size quilt finished 1999. I wanted to make a quilt that reminded me of eastern Canada's beautiful fall leaves swirling about each autumn. Each leaf is composed of 7 different fabrics in bright primary colours of red, green or yellow, stems are appliquéd bias tubes. The background was a mottled gray-green, very dark, as I wanted it to look like a forest floor covered with old leaves.
Exploding Star I made this big, soft, comfy pillow from fabrics by designer Jane Kriss. All fabrics are from her Floral Indulgence series for Northcott Fabrics. For my original Exploding Star block I used Jane's black on black fabric for the background, and coordinating prints and tone on tones in mauves and prints. Quilting: the background and centre square were machine quilted with meandering stitch in rainbow multi-coloured rayon silky thread. The fabric and quilting didn't scan well, so this is a representation. I just made this again in graduating greens for the star points, dark in the centre moving to light at the outside. Background is a white on white tone print. It looks totally different! The instructions for this are on my projects page (paper-piecing)
Frosty Five The pattern for this great quilt is Lynette Jensen's design as published in American Patchwork & Quilting, December 1996 issue. My version was pieced, buttonhole appliquéd and hand quilted as a wall hanging and given as a Christmas gift to my Mom in December 1998
Gone Fishin' This was made for family members who enjoy camping, hiking and canoeing. This pattern is one by Calico Garden Patterns. I found some great fabric with log cabins, snowshoes, mountains and canoes to coordinate with the pattern's designs for the iron-on appliqué blocks. Made and machine appliquéd in 1998.
Moose Junction Pattern from Pine Needles by Mekenna Ryan. I love her appliqué patterns and have made a couple of them. This one reminded me of the salmon, deer, mountains, evergreen trees, Canada Geese which we have in British Columbia, our province. Another family gift, this one was also made with iron-on appliqué and machine quilted in 1998. And I just finished another of Mekenna's designs (not yet posted here) of horses and a cowboy in silhouette.
Cat Tails Quilt I love this one! It is machine pieced and hand-quilted, I used Debbie Mumm fabrics in gold and blues. Instructions for this one can be found on the web, the pattern is from Auntie.Com's Quilt-Zines Mystery Quilts.
Road to a Friend's House This was a gift to a friend in honour of a special birthday. The block designs are the Homeward Bound series from Lynnette Jensens book "The Thimbleberries Book of Quilts", with two blocks slightly adapted. I put in people peeking out of some windows, and put curtains in others. There is a walk around the perimeter of our island city and the border represents the surrounding water. There are houses to represent the homes of her friends, family, church. There is a condo and even a trailer home-on-wheels. I found some lovely night fabric for the background, and appliquéd stars to the centre part of the quilt. The colours don't show up as true in this photograph as in the real quilt. This one was machine quilted in 1998.
QuiltBee Cat Swap Quilt Still an unfinished work-in-progress. I exchanged cat blocks with other members of the QuiltBee On-Line Guild in a Cat Block Swap summer 1998. My cat faces were by Debbie Mumm, featured in her book, Bowsers and Meowsers but I left the bow tie off for this project. The blocks I received were of great variety, pieced and appliqué, with alternating blocks in a traditional shoofly pattern. Watch this space for the completed quilt.
Mitten Tree Quilt My church sponsors an annual mitten tree to collect warm accessories (hats, mittens and scarves) which we give away, and which inspired me to make this quilt. I had once seen a similar block in a magazine, but this appliqué pattern, layout and colours are my design. The tree is pieced, and there are a dozen pairs of mittens appliquéd with buttonhole stitch. It's been machine quilted with a meandering pattern and there is also a quilted heart in the centre of each palm. This quilt has a secret! One mitten was left open at the top to make a hidden pocket for the lucky child or adult who now owns this nap-size quilt.
As always, there are several Works-In-Progress, including a "Dear Jane" quilt that I work on every once in a while, here is my journey so far ... My Dear Jane Quilt