Mariners Quilt Guild

A passion for English paper piecing

11feb13Margaret did not like English paper piecing when she first tried it, but now she says she’s obsessed with it. She shared her enthusiasm for English paper piecing in a hands-on session at the first meeting in February.

The English paper piecing technique uses paper templates to stabilize fabric when piecing complex angles together. This maximizes the accuracy of the piecing. Hexagons are the most Continue reading

Quilt chosen as look of Sochi Games

torchQuilters watching the Sochi Olympics on TV might want to watch for the patchwork quilt pattern chosen as the unifying design element for the Winter Games. The quilt was designed to incorporate the traditional crafts from many of Russia’s diverse regions. To find out more about the quilt and its distinctive Russian patterns, see the official site (click on “Look of the Games”) or read For the Olympic stage, a quilt of many colours from today’s Globe and Mail.

Fifteen ways to strip

The borders mirror the colours in the strips.

The borders mirror the colours in the strips.

Heather Loney stores her fabric stash in see-through containers. When the lids no longer fit, it’s time to make another quilt. One her favourite ways to use up fabric is making strip quilts. No piece of fabric is too small or too narrow. An experienced creator of both art and traditional quilts, Heather stopped by Mariners at our meeting on the 27th to share her ideas in a presentation she likes to call “15 ways to strip”. She gave tips on making quilts from one continuous strip, working with triangles Continue reading