This fall our quilt guild, Edmonton Modern Quilt Guild, started a block of the month program (BOM). The pattern is called Fan Faire by Krista Moser and it uses a 60 degree diamond ruler. Each month we will have some cutting and piecing to do until we have a finished quilt top in the spring. I was away for the October meeting so I am trying to get caught up before we get our next batch of instructions. I just bought a bunch of O’Canada fabric so I thought I would make another donation for Quilts of Valour.
Here are the fabrics I’ve pulled so far (not the blue on the bottom of the stack). Don’t know if I have enough variation yet. I’m also not sure if I will use all of them or if I will have to do me a little fabric retail therapy.
It took me about 4 hours just to cut all the strips for the background and then sub-cut them into hexagons, triangles, trapezoids, half hexagons. Then I had to make 6 strip sets so that I could cut and piece the chevron diamonds for the middle of the quilt. I am officially up-to-date.
At our October guild meeting I found out that we are making baby quilts for Our Lady of Grace. I have started piecing HSTs together. I would like to finish my donation quilt as my November goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes.
Today members of our Modern Quilt Guild got together for a sew day. Some worked on their own projects and others worked together to make quilted incubator covers for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Royal Alex Hospital. These covers help block out the light to make for a more relaxing/soothing rest for the little ones inside. I was on quilt duty. I managed to quilt enough pieces for 2 covers. One with an overall grid pattern and the other with a large improvised baptiste fan design. I hope we get to see how they look when they are put to use.
Although I enjoyed participating in the Block of the Month programs in 2011 and 2012, I found the finished blocks too traditional and uninspiring. The more time I spend on Pinterest the more I realize that I am drawn to modern quilts. I love all the colours, the large neutral backgrounds and the freedom you have to create something different. I stumbled upon the Modern Quilt Guild movement and discovered that we had one in Edmonton. I went to a meeting in December and was hooked.
The husband of one of the Guild members travels regularly to Africa and got involved with a Orphanage in Ghana. Our Guild decided to make quilts for the children so that they would have something to call their own. I bought a brightly coloured jelly roll made up of polka-dot prints. I thought they would be perfect for a child and could be used for either a boy or a girl. I made these 30 blocks for the project. They will be combined with blocks made by other guild members and we will produce as many quilts as we can.