Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Morning Glory

It's been a very busy summer but now that we're back from holidays and things are somewhat back to normal, I'm hoping to get a bit more blogging done.

Since I already have photos of more Journal Pages, I want to document the half dozen still from this binder. Zippered binders and plastic sheet protectors are great for keeping the “page quilts” as well as all the information together for easy reference.

Quilt # 42

Morning Glory

Challenge – To use ordinary Crayola crayons on Fusible Web

Techniques - I took a close-up of one of my morning glories and used a photo program to change it to this, then enlarged it page size.

Taped fusible web to the paper and coloured with the crayons and cut the flower outline. I traced the outline on freezer paper, added white fabric and layered the coloured fusible web on top. Placed the three layers between parchment paper and pressed lightly to make web stick to fabric.

The flower was cut out and applied to a hand painted background and the edges were free-motioned zigzagged. The centre and grey areas were thread painted before making the quilt sandwich to give some dimension to those areas.


Quilting – Made the quilt sandwich and quilted blues and lightly over centre and grey areas. Stippled background.


Edges – Blanket stitched.

Back  - Hand painted “Background” fabric.

Date Made – February 10, 2007

Inspiration - original

Conclusions – I like the subtle look of the colour under the thead painting.

Maker – Terry Whyte

Friday, August 12, 2011

Night and Day - Advanced Sampler

Quilt #41

Night and Day - Advanced Sampler

I have taught a beginner sampler class for many years and as a result have made several sampler quilts using variations of the same blocks over and over again.

This quilt was made as a summer project, back in 2005, because I wanted to challenge myself to make more intricate blocks.

My challenges were:
To make two versions of each block, one on dark and one on light background fabric.

Garden Gate Block  (day)

Garden Gate Block (night)

One common fabric (main) and the opposite background were to be used in all the blocks.


I chose two patterns, The Silk Road and Victoria Station from Judy Martin's book The Block Book.

Flying Geese Ring and The Silk Road

The Garden Gate Block is by Dilys Fronks (Garden Gate Quilts).

Garden Gate Block and Mariner's Compass

I designed my own patterns for the three remaining traditional blocks – Mariner's Compass, Flying Geese Ring and Lone Star.

Lone Start and Victoria Station
The Mariner's Compass was adapted from Quilter's Newsletter Magazine article A Few Compasses Among Friends by Gerry Sweem and Susan Rossi.

The lattice and border were made from the same fabric used in the blocks.

Lattice, borders,  quilting

A blue batik for the back of the quilt complements the front and it was long arm quilted by Marnie Mascioli of Calico Cat.

The same batik was used for the binding.

Back of quilt and label

I love this quilt.

Hope you do too, 


Quilt Name: Night and Day – Advanced Sampler
Description: 12 block sampler
Pattern: Block patterns: Judy Martin's (The Block Book) The Silk Road and Victoria Station
Garden Gate Block by Dilys Fronks (Garden Gate Quilts) I designed my own
patterns from traditional blocks – Mariner's Compass, Flying Greese Ring and Lone
Size: 58” x 72”
Fabrics: Batiks and 100% cotton
Predominant colours: Blue, brown, yellow, white
Construction Techniques: Intricate piecing, templates, inseams, reverse applique stitched on top of a pieced background, paper piecing, curved piecing, strip piecing.
Back: Batik
Batting: 80/20 Hobbs
Edge finish:Double fold french binding
Quilting: Long-arm machine quilted
Quilted by: Marnie Mascioli from Calico Cat
Sleeve: yes
Label: Yes
Date completed: 2006
Quilt History: Displayed at the 2007 Kirkland Lake Mile of Gold Quilters Guild Show. Used as class sample.
Maker: Terry Whyte

Friday, August 5, 2011

Life Is Good

Quilt # 40

Life is Good 
Life is Good was an exercise in writing on fabric. I really enjoyed the five different techniques I tried and am interested in seeing how many other methods can be experimented with.

I started with three pieces of hand-dyed Egyptian cotton.

The red-orange started out as this
Glue resist was the first technique. I used Elmer's Washable, No Run School Glue Gel, writing “Life is good” over and over again. Once the glue was dried, I painted on some Procion 'H' Liquid Dye, let that dry, steamed set and washed.

Glue added 

Procion 'H' dye added

For the second technique, I turned the fabric a quarter turn, and again wrote “Life is good” this time using a Clorox Bleach Pen. Once the fabric was discharged I stopped the bleach action using Bleach-Stop (Sodium Thiosulfate Crystals). Vinegar/water can be used for this also.

Bleach Discharge (white)

At this point, I sewed the three panels together.

My next step was to carve a stamp, and print over the writing with acrylic paint.

I then programmed my sewing machine for embroidering and stitched a curvy line so that some of the writing would travel on all three fabrics. This was done in a variegated thread in similar colours so that some of the letters disappear into the background.
Machine Embroidery - click on picture for better look

After sandwiching the quilt, I quilted through all three layers, again writing “Life is good” in straight lines across the quilt, first, one line on the front and turning the quilt over and writing the next line on the backside, then back to the front, and so on.
Back of Life is Good

detail of quilting

A facing and sleeve, were added using some of my hand-dyed muslin.

I make some of my labels for Art Quilts with ExtravOrganza and attach them with fusible web.
Label and facing

And yes, LIFE IS GOOD!

Have a great day,


Quilt Name: Live is good
Description: Abstract Art Quilt
Pattern: Rectangular quilt divided into three uneven sections
Size: 28½” x 36¾”
Fabrics: Hand-dyed Egyptian cotton
Predominant colours: Orange, blue, green purple, yellow
Construction Techniques: Dyeing, glue resist, bleach discharge, stamping, embroidery, machine quilting.
Back: Hand-dyed muslin
Batting: Bamboo
Edge finish: Facing
Quilting: Machine quilted on domestic sewing machine
Quilted by: Terry Whyte
Sleeve: Yes
Label: Yes
Date completed: 2010
Quilt History: Displayed at the Kirkland Lake Mile of Gold Quilters Guild 2011 quilt show.
Maker: Terry Whyte