I am a traditional quilter, but for this challenge I tried something new. My teammate and I live in very different climates. Here in northwestern Pennsylvania, we have a true four seasons as compared to Australia’s two: hot summers and cooler winters. I attempted a landscape quilt that showed some local sights in all of the four seasons. Out of a window frame, spring, summer, fall and winter are crafted out of fabric. My teammate Caroline and I decided to make our own designs, so our quilts will be a total surprise for each of us. We have communicated through many e-mails, getting to know each other’s quilting experiences, climate, geographical locations, family, traditions, etc. In many ways we are very different, but quilting is one of our common threads. We have talked about meeting someday. I am not much of a traveler so, I think that will mean Caroline will visit me on one of her trips to the states. . I am sure the IMQE challenge has sparked many long-lasting friendships and has made quilters from around the world seem like close neighbors. It has been a wonderful experience and I am anxious to see all the creative mini quilts that have been entered.
Techniques used: Free-motion quilting on a domestic machine. I also used raw edge applique, hand-sewn beads and buttons with some crystal embellishments. Clip art objects and birds for each season that were printed on fabric and fused.
My name is William Kane. My wife and I own a quilt shop in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. I have always wanted to make a miniature quilt but didn’t know what type. A friend of ours had made a full sized Amish quilt and when I saw it I knew this would work as my inspiration. When I joined the IMQE I now had the incintive to start ( and finish)! My IMQE partner, Elaine White, had told me she liked “some color” and I thought this project would have great color and contrast as well. The project was more challenging that I thought it would be as it used fairly small pieces (3/8 inch half square triangles, not paper pieced). I ma now in thhe process of making one for myself.
Miniature quilt Team 123. My partner is from Canada and I live in Texas. Carole & I discovered many things in common. The one thing we did not share was that she is a professional quilter while I am not. Oh mercy she is a professional!! No pressure, right?
Well, I found Carol to be a delight. We both live in small towns that have a river and a special bridge. Her town has Inuksuk which are rocks stacked originally by the Aboriginal people, while our town has the International Rock Stacking competition.
We choose “Happy” as our theme. I wanted to design the project myself, but in the end I used a pattern by Kathryn Patterson called “The House That Kaffe Built” published in the 1997 McCalls. This smaller paperpieced. version was published by McCallsQuilting.com in 2011.
It just seemed perfect for my partner. It is houses made with Kaffe Fassett fabric, a designer I knew my partner liked. I had just completed a project with his fabrics and loved the colors in his designs. Plus she and her husband have built a new home and moved into it in 2017. Now I am sure I choose the right project for my partner even though it is not my original design
I joined the International Miniture Quilt Exchange because I wanted to meet quilters from aroundworld, and to challenge myselft to do something outside my comfort level. I have a great story around my experience as well. I was originally paired with a women in Queensland, Australia. She was a member of a guilt there, but didn't have a computer or smart phone so couldn't communicate directly with me. One of her guild members, Caroline McGilld offered to be the link between us. Caroline, who also joined and was paired with a wonderful woman in PA, Nancy McClelland. In a very short time Caroline and I became very fast friends. Sharing all our out families and lives, not just quilting. We really grew to like each other very much. Well unfortunatly my original partner fell and had to haave hip surgery so she dropped out of the group. So Caroline introduced me to her partner, Nancy, and the two of them just pulled me into their group. And what fun we had. We shared so much and worked so hard on our mini's that we couldn't wait to exchange them. We didnt give each other pics or hints so it was a complete surprise one we sent them off. Personally I was just floored when mine came. And I got 2 since I had 2 partners! they were absoultly amazing, and they loved the ones I made for them.
The mini I made for Caroline is a vivid colored paper pieced large quilt I reduced to a mini. It was one of the hardest project I've ever worked on. It has about 230 pieces and is 21" by 21" and I called it organized Chaos. Caroline like vivid colors and often does modern quilts.
. Nancy's quilt is sunflowers made of 3/4 hexies. My son is a bee keeper, and sunflowers are grown in the delta near my home. I just love seeing huge fields of them when I drive out that way. I call Nancy's quilt Bee Joyful. It was all pieced by hand and I have a hole in my index finger to prove it! LOL. There are over 300 hexies in that mini. Nancy likes more traditional quilts and more subdued colors so I tried to make something closer to her tastes.
Caroline travels as do I. Nancy not so much. Caroline has invited me to come visit her in Queensland, which my sister and I are planning a trip this coming year. I told Nancy I'd come see her as well since I go to VA once or twice a year to visit my daughter there. Such a wonderful experince which challeged me and brought me two new wonderful friends.
This is one of my favorite Christmas projects to date. The Christmas tree quilting on the border was done using Bonnie Browning's method of mathless borders using adding machine paper (see episode 609). After tracing the trees onto adding machine paper I then transferred that design onto Golden Threads Quilting paper and quilted the borders. This method worked very well; I will definitely use it again. I enjoyed using various free motion quilt designs in the blocks.
Be part of an exhibition an meet somebody with the hobby patchwork. That was my goal! My partner and I quickly realized that we have a lot in common. After sharing pictures of our patchwork quilts we agreed to buy the same fat quarter package with beautiful batik fabric in the colors we love with the possibility to use more fabric. We also decided not to specify any design or block pattern.
But our friendship couldn't have been better! We participate in the life of the new friend and write what we are doing, send pictures and postcards. An absolutely great unique friendship!
Design: In the time of getting to know each other I wrote a poem "What I would like to do with you". The lines of the poem are framed by different block designs. "I wanna send you some stars" - the friendship star (six inch finished size) sewed from a picture from Judy Martin. "Sitting in a sea of roses" - that's what the big flower bowl stands for. Flowers cut out of the fabric flower print. Trapunto behind the big pink flower in the bowl and the pink dotted heart. So that the text of the poem merges with the background, I decided for a light background with additional fabrics for a scappy look.
Quilting: Stitch in the ditch or nearby the ditch with color matching yarn, free-motion around the flowers.
IMQE 2017 - I used half square triangles to create a "landscape" background for a sweet sea otter and cypress branch. I wanted to depict a scene common to my area for my exchange partner from the Netherlands. I am lucky enough to live just blocks from the ocean where I can watch otters floating in the kelp everyday.
My quilt for IMQE “On the Edge of Tradition” has been a journey of joy. Ever since “meeting” Karen from Canada, I have enjoyed getting to know her, her quilting, and her family through the emails we have exchanged. She is very encouraging, knowledgeable and confident in her skills as a quilter.
After finding out Karen’s preferred colors I set out to see how I could incorporate them into a mini quilt that set off my skills and infuse some of the New Mexico flair to the quilt. With her colors of turquoise and reds, setting them against the black and whites kept coming to the forefront of my thoughts as I designed this mini. A traditional nine patch and an appliqued wreath pattern were set in motion. Turquoise is a color that is associated with the native Navajo nation in their jewelry and traditional dress. My town of Farmington, NM borders the Navajo nation.
I love traditional quilts with applique. The classes that I have taken from many national quilt artists encouraged me to worked on my applique skills. In this piece I have used techniques from Sharon Shamber for the leaves. The 3/8” hexagons are an extension of another quilt I am currently working on. Black and White just kept it edgy.
My husband and I travel extensively and this quilt has been to Washington in the summer, across country to Vermont in the fall and to the third coast in Texas in Feb.
When I was assigned my partner, I had no idea the connection would be more than just a partner in quilting. From my first, "Hello from Germany!" email, before we even started on ideas for our quilt, we were getting to know one another as a fellow quilter, as a person from another country and lifestyle. As Silvia stated: We are very similar quilters but the difference is “the salt in the soup”!
We decided to use the same collection of batik fabrics so our quilts would complement each other. However, our quilting styles would be "the salt in the soup" that makes each one special. I have combined a traditional star block with an untraditional paper pieced star, along with flying geese and hand quilting and named it "Finding North". Finding our way to friendship, understanding, and sharing in our love of quilting.