Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Going in Circles – January UFO Challenge

Quilt #72

Going in Circles was #5 on my UFO Challenge from Patchwork Times and it is finished.

Going in Circles
This is my own original design and an experiment in transparencies.


I finished the quilting, added a sleeve and binding.

back of quilt

The label was changed to read 2007 – 2012. I had made the label and attached it when I started quilting it, only 5 years ago.

Revised label

I don't know why I did not finish it sooner, I kind of like it.

Quilt Name: Going in Circles
Description: Design of circles upon cirlcles.
Pattern: Original
Size: 35½” x 35½”
Fabrics: 100% cotton and hand-dyed muslin.
Predominant colours: Grey, brown, purple, red, coral, pink
Construction Techniques: raw edge applique zigzagged with invisible thread
Back: Pieced from fabrics used on the top
Batting:  polyester
Edge finish: Double fold french binding
Quilting: Machine quilted
Quilted by: Terry Whyte
Sleeve: Yes
Label: Yes
Date completed: Jan, 2012
Quilt History:
Maker: Terry Whyte

Saturday, January 21, 2012

NOFA Meeting - January 21, 2012

We just had another successful meeting.  Always great seeing everyone and see what they have been up to.  

Marie, Silvia and Karen gave a workshop on making yo-yos and different ways of manipulating the fabric and applying them to background.

Here are some of the projects that were brought in today.




ereader cover - Marie

book cover - Marnie

book cover open - Marnie

metal leaves - Marie - Karen - Silvia


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Star Struck

Quilt #71

Back to documentation and back to more quilts I made as a result of challenges.

Star Struck
Star Struck was made in answer to our guild's 2006 challenge “Up Close and Personal” to make a portrait, using any techniques, any fabrics, any embellishment. The name of the person was to appear on the quilt top.

work in progress
 I took these photos when my granddaughter, Emma, was visiting over Christmas 2005. The plastic interlocking stars were a hit and she wore them around her neck, in her hair and on her nose.

Emma likes having her picture taken

The head is all raw edge appliqued and the edges where all covered with a small zigzag stitch using invisible nylon thread.I used prints along with the solids for some added interest.

A little paint added the highlights on the stars. 

paint highlights
The bottom border is made up of the above pictures covered in brown organza and edged with a plaid fabric to give a feel of a film strip.

brown organza over photo transfer
Her name, as well as the other borders were pieced from my hand-dyed muslin.

A simple grid pattern was quilted in the background and a few shiny plastic beads, similar to the stars in the pictures, were added as embellishments.

The fabric used in the background was also used for the back of the quilt and the binding.
Name, quilting, binding
Using a photo program, I changed the original photo into a sketch and typed the quilt history over it.
 Here's a picture of some of the other challenges at the Quilt Show.

Up Close and Personal Challenge entries


Quilt Name: Star Struck

Description: Appliqued portrait, photo transfers on cotton and pieced borders
Pattern: original
Size: 33” x 31”
Fabrics: 100% cotton, hand-dyed muslin, organza
Predominant colours: black, brown, peach
Construction Techniques: raw-edge appliqued, piecing, photo transfers
Back: 100% cotton print
Batting: Hobbs 80/20
Edge finish: Double fold french binding
Quilting: Machine quilted
Quilted by: Terry Whyte
Sleeve: Yes
Label: Yes
Date completed: April,2006
Inspiration: Photo
Appraised: No
Quilt History: This quilt was displayed in the Kirkland Lake Mile of Gold Quilter's Guild Annual Quilt Show in May 2006 and took second place in competition at Quilt Day 4 (2007) in Timmins, ON.
Maker: Terry Whyte

Thursday, January 12, 2012

2012 The Free Motion Quilting Challenge

This may be a year of challenges for me. I've joined another online challenge and it is free motion quilting which is probably my favourite part of the whole quilting process.

All the information can be found on the SewCalGal's blog, the sponsor of this challenge. 

A quilting expert will be demonstrating a technique each month. To take part, you only need to do a practice piece, quilt on a sampler, or whatever you wish with it. Link it up to the project and you get a chance to win some prizes.

You do not have to commit to participate every month. Sounds good to me.

Quilt #70

Mini Trip Around the World

Here is my project for January. This is the back and it is the side I quilted from.

Back of Mini Trip Around the World

The front is very busy so doesn't show the quilting as well.

Mini Trip Around the World (front)

detail on front

This little mini was in the UFO pile and perfect to practice Frances Moore's leaf design. It is a replica (in miniature) of A Trip Around the World I made back in the '90s for my mother-in-law. I hope to find a picture of that one somewhere.

signed and dated

I like to sign and date small quilts as they don't always get a label.
Measures 15½”x 19½”. 

I totally enjoyed doing this design, it was fun and covered the area surprisingly fast.  Looking forward to February's project.

Happy Quilting,


Saturday, January 7, 2012


Quilt # 69

Friends is the first of my king size quilts to be documented here. I have a half a dozen or so of them. I now much prefer working in the smaller format of the art quilts.

During the fall of 1997, our guild organized a Round Robin Sampler Exchange. The blocks were made and exchanged during 1998.

I supplied two fabrics, a white on white to be used as the background and a blue flowered print to be used somewhere in each block.

Here close-ups of some of the blocks:
The blue in the large star point was one of the fabric I supplied
Each block is surrounded by a burgundy frame
Checkerboard background

I ended up with eleven blocks which made the setting a challenge. Rather than make an extra block I decided to work with those with the help of the book Blockbuster Quilts by Margaret J. Miller. It is my own original setting and I especially like the looks of the checkerboard background.

I designed the quilt on graph paper and then auditioned the blocks on my design wall.

Auditioning block placement
Corner detail

This quilt was hand quilted by St. Peter's Quilters of Kirkland Lake, ON.
Borders and quilting
Back of quilt showing quilting 

The label on the back not only documents the history of the quilt but also has the pictures of everyone who made a block (one person made two) but also a sectionl with the name of their blocks and signatures.


I really like my label on this quilt although printing on fabric was fairly new at that time and the pictures have not stood up as well as I would have liked.


Name: Friends
Description: Sampler
Pattern: Original setting – most blocks are traditional made by friends from the Kirkland Lake Mile of Gold Quilter's Guild in a Round Robin Sampler Exchange
Size: 100” x 100”
Fabrics: 100% Cotton
Predominant colours: White, Burgundy, Blue, Gold
Construction Techniques: Sampler Blocks set in an original setting
Back: 100% muslin
Batting: Hobbs 80/20
Edge finish: Double fold french binding
Quilting: Hand quilted
Quilted by: St. Peter's Quilters, Kirkland Lake, ON
Sleeve: yes
Label: yes
Date completed: 2001
Inspiration: The setting was inspired by Margaret J. Miller's book Blockbuster 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 and the Quilt Day 3 in Kirkland Lake in 2005
Maker: Terry Whyte

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Double Irish Chain

Quilt # 68

Double Irish Chain
 There are 3 variations of Irish Chains, single, double and triple. The Double Irish Chain quilt uses three different fabrics or values of fabric.

Two blocks that make up the pattern

I made this quilt in 1995 and it is a traditional pattern made using strip-piecing that are then sliced and stitched into blocks.  Two different blocks make up the pattern.  Originally it would have been made by cutting and sewing all the little squares individually.

The quilting pattern on the plain block was copied onto paper and stitched through the paper. I was experimenting with different quilting techniques but did not find this one worth repeating.

Detail showing back and binding


Quilt Name: Double Irish Chain
Description: Traditional Irish Chain pattern
Pattern: Double Irish Chain
Size: 75” x 96”
Fabrics: 100% cotton
Predominant colours: Navy, red, pink, blue and white
Construction Techniques: Strip pieced
Back: Pink and white 100% cotton fabric used on the front.
Batting: Polyester
Edge finish: Double-fold french binding in red and navy plaid
Quilting: Machine quilted, straight diagonal lines and design in the plain blocks
Quilted by: Terry Whyte
Sleeve: No
Label: No
Date completed: 1995
Quilt History: Displayed in the Kirkland Lake Mile of Gold Quilters Guild 1999 Quilt Show
Maker: Terry Whyte

Sunday, January 1, 2012

UFO Challenge Number 5


The number picked for the January's UFO Challenge is 5 which is my Going in Circles.
I will so happy to finish this one, I like it, but somehow, just have not been able to stay with it.

This is what it looks like now.
It is an experiment in transparency, my own design where I kept adding circles upon circles. 

When you see it next, it will be finished. 

Here is what was posted on the UFO Challenge list:

5 – Going in Circles

Finish quilting, and bind.
This one is almost done, it's been a stop and go quilt for years. 
Measures 36” x 36”.

Going in Circles

There's even a label stitched in, reads 2007, and I know that's just when I got to the quilting. Had good intentions.