Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Shack Happy

Quilt # 52
Shack Happy

This was our guild's Millenium Challenge called The Neutralizer.

The Rules:
Neutralizer Challenge: This challenge will require participants to purchase enough neutral fabric to cut 6" x 6" square for each participant.  One “colour” may be added as well as one neutral. The back and binding do not count, but the borders do.


I made a liberated quilt a la Gwen Martson, free cut (no rulers). I added a white on off-white as my extra neutral which was pieced with the other whites for the sky and green was my chosen colour.

back and label

I pieced my label and the left-over bits into the back of the quilt.


Quilt Name: Shack Happy
Description: Liberated pieced quilt
Pattern: no pattern, free cut
Size: 21” x 19”
Fabrics: 100% cotton
Predominant colours: Neutrals and green
Construction Techniques: free cut, no ruler
Back: 100% cotton
Batting: Hobbs 80-20
Edge finish: Double fold french binding
Quilting:free motion
Quilted by: Terry Whyte
Sleeve: yes
Label: yes
Date completed: 2000
Inspiration: Swen Martson
Quilt History: Displayed at the Kirkland Lake Mile of Gold Quilters' Guild – 2000 Quilt Show.
Maker: Terry Whyte

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Colour Wheel Mandala Challenge

Quilt # 51

Colour Wheel Mandala
Four different guilds in the area take turns hosting a biennial regional Quilt Day.
Participants get to partake in many activities throughout the day as well as participate in blocks, quilt or other challenges .  In 2005, our guild, The Kirkland Lake Mile of Gold Quilter's Guild hosted Quilt Day 3.

These were the rules for the quilt challenge:

Quilt Day 3 - Mandala Quilt Challenge

Mandalas are circular designs regarded by some as having mystical powers. They are used in ceremonies in a variety of cultures including some of our own Native cultures. Examples of mandalas include the Chinese yinyang, rose windows of Gothic cathedrals, labyrinths, and Stonehenge itself.

For our purpose, your quilt can be a pieced, appliqued, embellished circle of any kind. The quilt itself can be round or a circular design on a square or any other shaped background.

The circumference (measure all around the finished quilt) is to be 100” or less.
(e.g. a 25” x 25” square or a 20” x 30” rectangle or less).

Any method can be used so long as it has 3 layers (top – batting – back) and is quilted.
Embellish to your heart’s content

Be creative!

I thought this was a good opportunity to make a Colour Wheel since the shape was right and I had wanted to make one for my sewing room.


Choosing the colours and values was a really good colour  exercise. I added some buttons for embellishment and fringed the edges.

A pocket with a buttonhole works better than a hanging sleeve for quilts that are not straight at the top edge.   A thin piece of panelling cut to shape helps keep the upper section firm and the quilt hangs perfectly.
pocket and hanger

NOTE OF INTEREST:  What is supposed to be the darkest value  in the RED section has faded to look as light as the lightest value in that section.  It was originally as dark as the button.
fading colour

Quilt Name: Colour Wheel Mandala
Description: Twelve-sided mandala
Pattern: Original
Size: 22” across
Fabrics: 100% cotton
Predominant colours: All colours
Construction Techniques: Twelve wedges consisting of 5 values – light to dark
Back: Black 100% cotton
Batting: Hobbs 80-20
Edge finish: Fringe
Quilted by: Terry Whyte
Sleeve: Hanging pocket
Label: No
Date completed: 2005
Quilt History: Displayed at Quilt Day 3 (2005) & Kirkland Lake Mile of Gold Quilters' Guild (2005)
Maker:Terry Whyte

Sunday, November 13, 2011

NOFA Meeting - November 12, 2011

The Northern Ontario Fibre Artists held their last meeting of the year. 


We meet 5 times a year with one of those being a play day in June, hopefully spent at one of the members' cottage.

Marnie did a great demo on making a woven book cover which everyone is excited to try on their own.

Marie and Silvia brought in their work in progress on our next group project which gave us all inspiration to get going on our own part of the project.

These are some of the pieces shared this time around.

Terry - Finger painted Mono Print

Silvia - Leather Book Cover




Marie - work-in-progress

Terry - Finger painted MonoPrint

Marnie - Fearless Designs Experiment

Karen - Hand carved stamp

Terry - Round Robin - One Colour Challenge

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

M & M

Quilt #50
M & M

This is my guild President's Challenge quilt issued by our guild president in 2001. The “rules” are on the label, which I printed at the time but never attached to the quilt because I typed the wrong year and intended to redo it but......you know how that goes.

back of quilt

Since I still had the label, I decided to change the date and attach it just before taking this picture. An altered label is still better than none.

The challenge was to use a picture as inspiration. I liked the blues, whites and browns in a photo I took of Cathedral Mountain, at Sedona, Arizona.  Sorry, can't find my original photo.



detail, burnt edges

The picture of my grandsons, Matthew and Mackenzie, taken at my parents' 50th wedding anniversary was depicted in the colours found in the Arizona photo.

It is one of my early “art quilt” and certainly the first portrait and probably first painting on fabric.

The applique was applied, off-center, to a diagonal strip-pieced background.
I believe I used liquid dye (Procion “H”) to paint the faces and hand and some of the shadows. I also thread painted and burned the raw edges on the bottom and right side of the applique.

The background was cut on the left and bottom to add a narrow border.

back detail

label - binding

Quilt Name: M & M
Description: Appliqued “portrait” on diagonal strip-pieced background
Pattern: Original from photo
Size: 23½“ x 19¼“
Fabrics: Painted muslin, hand dyed muslin, denim and 100% cotton prints
Predominant colours: Blue, brown and white
Construction Techniques: Strip piecing, applique, painted, thread painted, burnt edges
Back: hand dyed muslin
Batting: Warm and Natural cotton batting
Edge finish: Double fold french binding
Quilting: free motion
Quilted by: Terry Whyte
Sleeve: Yes
Label: Yes
Date completed: 2001
Inspiration: Photos
Quilt History: Displayed at Kirkland Lake Mile of Gold Quilters' Guild 2002 Quilt Show
Maker: Terry Whyte