Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Poppy quilt is finished

So last fall one day, I got an email from Pam Bono, a well-known U.S. quilter, asking if she could donate a poppy pattern to Quilts of Valour to use.  Of course we were pleased to get the pattern and decided to use it in our legion halls across Canada to honour our veterans. It's called Poppy Remembrance and can be found on her website.

My grandfather is a veteran, he lives in Ottawa, so I asked him what his legion would think of having a quilt to hang in their hall.  He spoke to their legion "boss" (I don't know what she's called) and she said she'd love to have one so I got busy making the quilt.  I had it all pieced by mid-January but with the Cayman Island quilts to get finished it had to go on the back burner until those were done (customer quilts always come first!).  Once I got them in the mail I got busy quilting this one and put the finishing touches on it on Friday.  Yesterday it was mailed off to Ottawa to my grandfather.  I took a couple of pictures of it before I popped it in the mail, I've asked him to get some of it once it's received and hung up.  I don't have a lot of space for photographing large quilts, as you can see in the picture ... the couch and table are kind of in the way, but you get the idea. 

I used red quilting thread inside the poppies, green in the leaves and around the stems, then I quilted red maple leaves into the background.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

And the runners are complete!

Just finished the last of the table runners to go with the Compass quilts I've posted below.  My customers left it up to me as to the design of them and said they could be the same or different, whatever I chose.  I chose to do one pair matching, the other pair not.  

The matching pair is in different colours, but the same design.  The non-matching pair is in the same colour-theme to match the quilt they go with, and the same style of stars that are on the quilt with the same feathered quilting in the background, but the designs of the runners are each different from the other. 

Just sent a note off to them to show the pictures and get info to mail them off, I hope they're as pleased with them as I am.
Now it's back to work on the poppy quilt for my grandfather's legion hall.  I'm about a third done quilting it and working on it every chance I get.  I'm doing a trunk show at my local guild next Wednesday and planning to take it along, finished or not, to show when I talk about Quilts of Valour.  Of course, no pictures here until it's done ... I'm not a big fan of showing my PHD's (projects half done ... got the term from a lady in #quiltchat and thought it was pretty clever).