Thursday, November 10, 2016

Winter Star Baby Quilt

When my fellow Montreal MQG member and friend Shannon announced that she was publishing a pattern for her Winter Star quilt, I jumped at the opportunity to test it for her.  The design was so much fun and I was in need of a baby quilt for my kids' cousin who is pregnant with her first baby.

Shannon's pattern provides instructions for 3 sizes:  baby, throw and double.  Like I said, I needed a baby quilt so went with the 40" x 40" version for mine.

I chose fat quarters from my stash in tones of pink, purple, blue and green.  The background is Kona White.  The binding is a scrappy bunch of leftover strips from other quilts in pink and a tiny bit of green.

The backing is a fabric I've had for a very long time - some tiny purple dots on a white background.  I love it when I have the perfect fabric in my stash for the backing!

I quilted it with a big meander with 50 wt white Aurifil thread.

Shannon is publishing the pattern for Winter Star the week of November 21.  I highly recommend it. She did a fabulous job with the instructions and the illustrations make things super easy to follow, even for a novice quilter.

Quilt Stats:

  • Pattern:  Winter Star by Shannon Fraser of s/f Designs
  • Size: 40" square (baby quilt size)
  • Fabrics: 8 fat quarters entirely from stash and Kona White for the background
  • Thread: Pieced and quilted with Aurifil 50 wt #2021
  • Recipient:  Mylene for her first baby
Will be linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

MMQG Molinari Challenge Finish

Last Spring, the Montreal MQG challenged their members to design and create a quilt based on the work of Montreal artist Guido Molinari.  To help inspire us, the leadership of the guild organized a visit to the Guido Molinari Foundation museum and even put together a really cool presentation on his work.

I couldn't attend the museum visit so had to depend on Google to get a good feel for his body of work.  Now I'm going to let you in on a little secret - I know absolutely nothing about modern art. So I had to rely solely on my gut when it came to choosing one of his pieces as my inspiration.

I also had to choose something that I could make into a quilt so I went with something fairly simple.

I pieced the quilt from Kona solids (Black, Red and Ocean).  I wanted the modern feel to continue with the quilting so decided to go with straight lines with my walking foot.

I quilted some of the lines with black thread, others with blue and red.  It's really hard to capture the real colours in these photos, but trust me, it's really cool in person.  :-)

The quilt measures about 30" x 40".

The next challenge of the Montreal MQG is to design and create a quilt based on a Montreal metro station.  The metro system in Montreal is celebrating its 50th birthday this year and many stations have really beautiful works of art on display - some of the stations themselves are works of art!

I chose the metro station closest to my house and the one that takes me home every night...  I can't wait to get started!

But first, my friend Shannon of s/f Designs is getting ready to publish a pattern and I offered to test it for her.  So that's the first priority for me over the next few days.

Will be linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts and at for TGIFF.