Creative Isolation

With Christmas around the corner and time to work on a project, Sherry completed this fabulous table runner with fabric that had been sitting in her cupboard for too long.

Just in time for Christmas are these quilts made for our community partners.

Moreen’s delightful array of patterns

Corisande made fun quilts of interesting fabrics

Christmas means giving to family, friends and those who need cheer and a helping hand.  These ornaments will certainly add cheer to the Turning Point recovery houses.  The toques will go to St. Alban’s church for their outreach program to help replace supplies stolen and damaged in the November break in.

This second lockdown has felt difficult but we’re not so isolated that we can’t have phone conversations with friends.  We discovered other needs in Richmond.  Moreen, Sherry and Gail were able to supply nine quilts to Richmond group homes in time for Christmas.

Linda’s daughter returned for a visit and busily used up more of her mother’s stash.  Gail put her thinking cap on to figure out what to do with some donated fabric.  Three quilts later with two of Moreen’s now all the beds at Elmbridge have a cheery bed topper.  We thought it would take at least two years but we did it in 18 months!

Armed with a mound of batting Moreen went to work quilting several tops she had worked up while organizing her stash over the isolation months.  The first seven quilts are ready to brighten new homes. 🙂

Social isolation doesn’t mean we are isolated from our sewing machines. Over the summer we worked on quilts for Lion’s Manor, the intensive Care Nursery, Elmbridge Supportive housing, Turning Point for Women and Family Place.

Creative juices have been flowing!

Elly likes making Preemie and play quilts.  She has been sewing steadily over the last few months.

Our members are creative thinking beyond quilts and blankets to other items our partner organizations would find useful.

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There is no end to imaginative use of scraps. Sherry used donated zippers and leftover scraps of fabric and batting to make these awesome cosmetic bags.

When you can’t sew any more you can take up knitting!

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Vickie knitted this cute blanket from a pattern called Bunches of Bobbles.

Time is flying by and quilters are looking ahead to Christmas.

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Suzanne’s festive Christmas Star Table Runners and log cabin ornaments.

Moreen found too many pieces of black and white fabric in her stash so she got busy 🙂

With a wedding in the family and a son and daughter in law moving to new digs Gail has made a couple of quilts to celebrate.

Ruth has been experimenting with techniques new to her.  The first is 4 strip blocks becoming half square triangles.  The second is “bias petals” from “Improv Handbook”.

Brenda and Sherry have been sewing and knitting.

Linda’s fabric stash needed some reduction so her daughter Linda Mae worked on a few quilts while visiting her mom.

When Gail’s grandson moved into his new room he had a built in bed that was a different size than the old one.  So out came quilt patterns and this one seemed to look good for the new teen who enjoys red as his favourite colour.  Pillowcase of red with starry trim 🙂

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Free -form Stars pattern by Lynda M.H. Faires QNM March 2001. Pieced and quilted by Gail Newell.

Moreen’s grandson sent her a picture.  She liked it so much she was inspired to make a pillow covering.  Having a stash has been good while stores are closed. 🙂

During this time of isolation many of us felt like we were running around in circles both modern and traditional.

It is good to exercise not only our fingers but our brains.  Ricky Tim’s convergence quilting book has interesting techniques for making beautiful quilts with fabrics of the same dimensions.  But what if your fabric is different sizes and you want a rectangular lap quilt?  Time to experiment!

When shopping for fabric becomes a challenge we dig into the scrap pile of leftovers from other quilts we’d always been meaning to do something with.

A donation of many pieces of fabric around  20″x9″ presented a challenge for Gail.  Most of the pieces had a mustard colour that wasn’t her favourite but there was blue, rose and burgundy in these fabrics and some fabrics that were mostly these accent colours.  What to do?  The fabric sizes lent themselves to cutting into 2.5″ strips so the first two quilts were made with these.  Then there was still lots of fabric left over and turned out to be enough to make half square triangles with a little supplementing of the beige.  Three quilt tops are now ready for quilting.  The third is her favourite. 

Members have continued to quilt and knit for family, friends and outreach while we’ve been self isolating at home.

Joan is enjoying being surrounded by the warmth of her beautiful quilts at home.