Mariners Quilt Guild


Lunch Box Challenge: the reveal

Ellen (R) made this quilt for Jean E, who was unable to make the meeting, but Helen helps show off the quilt.

Ellen (R) made this quilt for Jean E, who was unable to make the meeting, but Helen helps show off the quilt.

It was a feast for Mariners on May 13 as the quilts from the lunch box challenge were revealed. Back in September, 21 Mariners put two yards of starter fabric, along with their name, in a lunch box, brought it to the guild meeting and then exchanged it for another identical box. The challenge: to create a lap size quilt topper that reflected the other person or suited the fabric choices. Continue reading

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Taking a stab at hand-stitching

Barb Robson prefers the stab stitch to the familiar running stitch

Barb Robson prefers the stab stitch to the familiar running stitch

Barb Robson returned to Mariners to give a hands-on demonstration of stab stitching on April 23. This is a technique of hand-stitching that involves making one stitch at a time. It’s an alternative to the running stitch familiar to many quilters. As well as showing how stab stitching is done, Barb shared her tricks – techniques for threading needles, favourite threads, marking pens and frame (a Q-Snap frame), as well as using needle nose pliers for pulling stubborn needles. We were fortunate, because in showing us examples of her hand stitched quilts from the past 35 years, Barb gave us a mini trunk show. Continue reading


Curvaceous quilting

JA11On Apr. 7, Ontario art quilter and teacher Elaine Quehl taught two half-day courses at Saint Mary’s University. In her Free-Form Curves workshop, Elaine showed Mariners how to cut curves free-hand and sew them together without “pinning” for truly original designs. In Elaine’s Flip and Sew Curves workshop, quilters learned about the “flip and sew” technique for creating curves based on a foundation of muslin. Elaine’s teaching style was easy and she was generous with her instructions Continue reading