Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Christmas Medallion

Quilt # 23
Christmas Medallion

Seems I like Medallions. Not too many more, I promise.

This Christmas Quilt is made up mostly of christmas prints in red, white and navy.

The centre is a 15” Feathered Star block.

Feathered Star
Pieced borders include Nine-patch blocks and a wave of Flying Geese.

Nine-patch and Flying Geese Borders 

The quilting was done on my domestic machine using a combination of stitch-in-the-ditch and stippling.

Quilting, back  and binding


Quilt Name: Christmas Medallion
Description:15” centre block surrounded by several pieced and plain borders.
Pattern: Centre block is a Feathered Star, one pieced border is a nine-patch and another is wavy line of flying geese.
Size: 62” x 87”
Fabrics: Mostly 100% cotton, cotton polyester
Predominant colours: red, white, navy, green
Construction Techniques: piecing
Back: White cotton with small christmas of red and green
Batting: Polyester
Edge finish: Double fold french binding
Quilting: Stitch-in-the-ditch and stippling on domestic machine
Quilted by: Terry Whyte
Sleeve: No
Label: No
Date completed: 2001
Quilt History: Displayed in the 2002 Kirkland Lake Mile of Gold Quilters Guild Annual Show
Maker: Terry Whyte

Have a great day,


Friday, March 25, 2011

Snippet Landscape

Quilt #22

Snippet Landscape
I was asked by students for a class on using snippets and after reading Snippet Sensations by Cindy Walter and some experimenting on my own, I designed this little landscape as a class sample.

It is 13” X 17” and made entirely from pre-fused cut up little pieces that cover a foundation fabric.

 quilting of rock & grass  

Using matching thread, each section was quilted separately, matching the stitching design to the area being quilted. Medium size sideways stippling for the sky, wavy lines for the water, all over design on the hills, and up and down lines for the grass.

branch detail
Lines were drawn with a Sharpie marker for branches and then stitched with black thread over the marker extending the ends into smaller twigs. Little snippets were added for leaves.

All fabric is 100% cotton.

Snippet Landscape was made in 2009 and exhibited in the 2010 Kirkland Lake Mile of Gold Quilters Guild Annual Show.

Have a great day,


Monday, March 21, 2011


Quilt  #21

This quilt was made for a class sample using a technique called ApplAquilt by Kerrilyn Gavin.

The fusible applique is applied and stitched in place as part of the quilting process on top of the quilted background.

This is another pattern from Flowers and Fruits Stained Glass Pattern Book by Carol Krez. Quilt #20 - Cherry Tomatoes pattern was also from this book.  I find that stained glass patterns are an excellent source for appliqued patterns.

The background was quilted with a diagonal grid pattern.  Fusible web was then applied to the back of the appliqued shapes prior to cutting. Steam-A-Seam 2 was used as it will stick to the background and can be repositioned if need be, before fusing it down.

Shapes were cut, fused and stitched individually using invisible thread on the top and a thread, matching the back of quilt, in the bobbin.

Applique - stamens - beads

The stamens were thread painted and a few beads were applied once all the pieces were appliqued.

This quilt measures 14” x 18”, is made from 100% cotton and was made in 2008.


Have a great day,


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Cherry Tomatoes

Quilt #20
Cherry Tomatoes

Here's a little quilt, 10” x 15½”, that was an experiment in painting on fabric.

I traced the pattern from Flowers and Fruit Stained Glass Pattern Book by Carol Krez on white fabric.

I made a quilt sandwich and I stitched over the traced lines using black thread and a free motion darning foot.

For the tomatoes,leaves and stalks, I used Staedtler Watercolor Crayons. Just apply dry crayon and stroke with a moistened brush to get a watercolour wash effect. Shading and other effects can be achieved by apply one colour over another.

I then decided to try Procion H Liquid dye for the background.


I quilted the background to practice my version of McTavishing.

I am fairly happy with the results, except for the blue dye leaking through to the back around some of the tomato design.  It was difficult getting the dye right to the edge of the design. 
Back - dark spots where dye leaked through

The pink colour on the right hand was already on the back fabric, which was a piece of my own hand dyed.

The edges were finished with a few layers of novelty wool.

back detail 

Sometimes instead of making a label I just write (or stitch) right on the quilt.

This time I wrote my name and year on the stem on the front and the title on the back.

Have a great day,


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Country Stars - Medallion I

Quilt #19

Medallion I
My quilt this week is another medallion, this is the first one I made in a series of four quilts using the same pattern. Elephant Walk, the very first quilt (#1) on this blog, is third in the series.

I used the same pattern, except for the central 12” block, and border #7 made up of 6” blocks.  This change gives each quilt an original feel.
border #7 - 6" stars

When making a large quilt, I like to cut swatches of the fabrics I'm going to use, separate them in values and glue them on to a sheet of paper. This allows me to see if I have enough fabric of each value and if my colour scheme is going to work.

This one is slightly smaller than the others. I enlarged the last pieced border, to make a better bed size, when I decided to teach it as a class.

I used a paisley brushed cotton for the back of the quilt, it feels similar to flannel.

back and binding
When my parents were in a Nursing Home, I would bring them a different quilt for their beds every 3 or 4 weeks, and this one was my Dad's favourite.

Have a great day,


Quilt Name: Medallion I
Description: Medallion Quilt – This quilt is an original design. 
Pattern: I don't remember the name of the centre block or where I got the pattern. The 6” blocks are Sawtooth Stars. The other borders are either plain or from traditional designs made up from squares, half-square triangles, flying geese and big & little chain of squares.
Size: 69” x 86”
Fabrics: 100% cotton
Predominant colours: Yellow, gold, turquoise , brown, red.
Construction Techniques: Twelve pieced and plain borders were added around a central square. A striped fabric was used in the central block as well as 2 of the borders.
Back: Paisley brushed cotton
Batting: Polyester
Edge finish: Double fold french binding
Quilting: Machine quilted on domestic sewing machine. Nylon thread on top and black polyester thread on the back. Stitch in the ditch, swirls, feathers.
Quilted by: Terry Whyte
Sleeve: No
Label: No
Date completed: 1997 or 1998
Inspiration: By Ginny Beyer's medallion quilts
Appraised: No
Quilt History: This quilt was displayed in the Kirkland Lake Mile of Gold Quilter's Guild 2002 Annual Quilt Show in May
Maker: Terry Whyte

Friday, March 4, 2011

Made a boo-boo

Just when I thought I was getting the hang of this blogging, I managed to move a post made about 10 quilts back - Quilt #8, right up here.

I don't know how I did that, and I have no idea how to put it back in its place.

So just scroll down and have a look at my Neutral Sampler -  Quilt #18.

That's what I get for posting at 1 a.m.

Going to bed now,



Celtic, Trapunto and Me

Quilt  # 8

Celtic, Trapunto and Me
My quilt this week is a Celtic Medallion with some added trapunto.

The celtic knot in the central panel of this quilt was started in a Celtic Workshop with Ruth Green from Timmins sponsored by the Kirkland Lake Mile of Gold Quilters Guild.

central celtic knot

I used a very dark brown print for the celtic strips which were machine appliqued onto some of my own hand dyed fabric.

When I decided to incorporate this panel into a large quilt, it was difficult to find salmon coloured fabric. I used some prints, more hand dyed as well as the back of some fabrics. The greys are all store bought prints and the dark mottled fabric is my own.


I designed this pattern on graph paper and after adding 2 borders to the central panel, the rest of the quilt was assembled into 12” blocks made up of the squares and flying geese rectangles. The colour of the squares, salmon, grey and dark mottled fabric define the pattern. The whole quilt is on point.

The 12” blocks were then stitched together to make up the top.

A skinny border was added to the outside edges.

Next, the celtic corner designs were appliqued on the salmon coloured section of the top.

I added the trapunto design by machine and then stippled the complete top.


When I look at the back of this quilt reminds of those Optical Illusions pictures where sometimes the design looks recessed and then all of a sudden it looks puffed out.  Click on it and see if you can see that.

I don't quilt as much during the summer months but that year, the celtic, the trapunto and me spent a lot of time together.

This quilt was juried into the 2006 American Quilter’s Society Quilt Exposition, in Nashville, Tennessee and was shown in the 2004 Kirkland Lake Mile of Gold Quilters' Guild Quilt Show and at Quilt Day 3, Kirkland Lake, April 2005.

It has been cold here in Kenogami, but the weatherman is promising temperatures around the -15˚C (5˚F), more or less, all week.  We'll take it.

Have a great day!



Quilt Name:  Celtic, Trapunto and Me
Description:  Medallion organization with central Celtic knot within hand dyed field on point. Remaining field of 3” squares and 3” x 6” flying geese are all on point.
Pattern:  Original design
Size:  66 ½” x 82”
Fabrics: 100% cotton including hand dyed muslin
Predominant colours:  Brown, black, pale salmon, grey, red, green prints in mixed scale and texture.
Construction Techniques:  Machine pieced, machine applique, trapunto and machine quilted on domestic machine
Back:  Reproduction cotton print in black, grey and red with horizontal seam.
Batting:  Cotton and polyester for extra layer under trapunto
Edge finish:  Half inch straight greain binding appied by machine on tope and fine hand on back with mitered corners.
Quilting:  Extra polyester layer in trapunto areas. In ditch, stipple and meander. Medium heavy coverage
Quilted by:  Terry Whyte 
Sleeve:  Yes
Label:  Computer printed
Date completed:  2004
Appraised:   by Rita Rottman, Ottawa.
Quilt History:  Juried into 2006 American Quilter’s Society Quilt Exposition, in Nashville, Tenn.  Quilt was shown in the 2004 Kirkland Lake Mile of Gold Quilters' Guild Quilt Show and at Quilt Day 3, Kirkland Lake, April 2005.
Maker:  Terry Whyte

Neutral Sampler

Quilt #18

In 1997, about four years after starting to quilt, I decided to make my first Sampler Quilt using as many different techniques as I could.

I've taught several sampler classes since, using these same techniques adding only a few new ones along the way.

I always make blocks along with my students while teaching, trying new variations and/or colour choices, so I now have several finished samplers as well as 3 sets of blocks waiting to be assembled into tops.

Attic Windows
Circle Wreath on Checkerboard background

I'm not sure when I made the blocks for Neutral Sampler but it was completed in 2008.
It measures 82” x 82”. All the techniques are listed in the Documentation below.

I like to set each sampler differently and this medallion design is possibly my favourite. I made a 24” Flying Swallows block for the centre, added borders and some appliqued vines.

The sampler blocks were then bordered individually and assembled as the third border.

After teaching a couple of classes I realized that some direction was needed for samplers to have a cohesive look.

My solution is to use one fabric for the background in all the blocks and one other fabric, I call it the main, that must be used in all the blocks however big or small. If I can only use two fabrics, then it's the background and the main
I then add 3 to 6 more fabrics for a total of at least 3 metres. This is for the blocks only, more fabric is needed for borders, etc.
I make sure that my fabric values range from dark to light.
I also keep track of every fabric used while making each block to assure that the colours are evenly spread all over the quilt.

This has worked very well for my own quilts as well as my students' quilts.

back of quilt

close up

Extreme close-up
Neutral Sampler was completely machine quilted on my domestic machine.  The pattern you see on the back is actually the stippling.

Quilt Name:  Neutral Sampler
Description:  Sampler Medallion – 24” central block surrounded by a 10½” mitered raw edge appliqued border, the third border is made up of 12” blocks with each block surrounded by a 1½“ mitered border, and the last is a mitered 5” border.
Pattern:  Central Block is 24” Flying Swallows Variation from Judy Martin's The Block Book. The 12” traditional block are made up all using different techniques, pieced and/or applique.
Size: 82” x 82”
Fabrics: 100% cotton
Predominant colours: all neutrals, white grey, beige, browns, black
Construction Techniques: Half-square triangles, log cabin, nine-patch and hand applique, quarter-square triangles, english paper piecing, flying geese, paper piecing, buttonhole stitchhand and/or machine applique, drafting a block, half-square triangles from bias strips, set-in seams construction, backed applique, celtic strip applique, curved seams. The applique on the border is raw edged and blanket stitched.
Back: Brown polka-dot on white 100% cotton
Batting: Warm and Natural
Edge finish: Double fold french binding
Quilting: Outline and echo quilted blocks and all borders were stippled on domestic machine.
Quilted by: Terry Whyte
Sleeve: Yes
Label: Yes
Date completed: 2008
Quilt History: Won first place at 2009 Temiskaming International Plowing Match and Rural Expo Quilt Competition for Wall Quilt and was hanging in the Kirkland Lake Mile of Gold Quilters Guild in 2008.
Maker: Terry Whyte

Have a great day,