Tuesday, December 24, 2013

POLAR ENCHANTMENT

I love art.  I love sewing.  And I love polar bears.  So when it came time to create a piece for the Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild's January show, I knew exactly what I was going to do.  Ok, well maybe not exactly.  I actually boasted (confessed) to the other members of the leadership team that my quilt was amazing - in my head - but I had yet to put stitch to fabric until a couple of weeks ago.

 
To me, polar bears are majestic and magical.  At the zoo, I could watch them all day.  And the walruses. But let's focus on the polar bears, shall we?


This polar bear is actually made of white felt and is wearing a saddle made of Anna Maria Horner flannel.  He (yes, I imagine he is a boy polar bear) is embellished with perle cotton french knots and some hand quilting for decoration, but also to secure him to the quilt.

 
The quilt measures approximately 21" x 21" and is meant to be a wall hanging.  It is improv pieced and free-motion quilted.  I even threw in some delicious perle cotton for added pizzaz.  



I love this guy.  From the beginning, I had every intention of selling him in the show.  Now, I'm not so sure.


With love and waffle kisses.
Laura







Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Do. Good Stitches Waving Pennants Quilt. Finished!

Our Do. Good Stitches Happiness Circle started working on this quilt back in July, and finished it finally is!  Just in time for the Do. Good Stitches Festival, to boot.

  
I'm hoping this lovely quilt will be making its way along with another completed quilt from our group to two young girls in my community whose mother suddenly passed away.  I couldn't think of a better gift to have under the tree than the comfort of a quilt.


If you'd like to try making one of your own, check out this tutorial.


Happy Sewing.  And gifting.  'Tis the season! 

With love and waffle kisses.
Laura