Little Sister: A Quilt Finish!

You’ve seen glimpses of this quilt over the last couple of years as I worked on the hand quilting.

"Little Sister". Machine pieced & hand quilted by Nita Collins.Photo taken at the S.S. Klondike National Park Site in Whitehorse, Yukon. November 24, 2013.

“Little Sister”. Machine pieced & hand quilted by Nita Collins.Photo taken at the S.S. Klondike National Park Site in Whitehorse, Yukon. November 24, 2013.

The pattern is called “Chinese Coins” or “Stacked Coins”, whichever you prefer. I made it for my sister, Heidi, and named the quilt “Little Sister”.

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Her favourite colour is purple ♥

"Little Sister". Machine pieced & hand quilted by Nita Collins.Photo taken at the S.S. Klondike National Park Site in Whitehorse, Yukon. November 24, 2013.

The last few months I was working pretty fast because I wanted to have it finished before I left Whitehorse at the end of November.

"Little Sister". Machine pieced & hand quilted by Nita Collins.Photo taken at the S.S. Klondike National Park Site in Whitehorse, Yukon. November 24, 2013.

I don’t know, it just seemed…fitting somehow. Tying up the last of the loose ends before moving.

"Little Sister". Machine pieced & hand quilted by Nita Collins.Photo taken at the S.S. Klondike National Park Site in Whitehorse, Yukon. November 24, 2013.

“Little Sister”. Machine pieced & hand quilted by Nita Collins.Photo taken at the S.S. Klondike National Park Site in Whitehorse, Yukon. November 24, 2013.

I stitched in a few surprises:

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"Little Sister". Machine pieced & hand quilted by Nita Collins.Photo taken at the S.S. Klondike National Park Site in Whitehorse, Yukon. November 24, 2013.

Plus, I really, really, really wanted to do the photo shoot at the S. S. Klondike.

"Little Sister". Machine pieced & hand quilted by Nita Collins.Photo taken at the S.S. Klondike National Park Site in Whitehorse, Yukon. November 24, 2013.

Really puts size into perspective, eh?

"Little Sister". Machine pieced & hand quilted by Nita Collins.Photo taken at the S.S. Klondike National Park Site in Whitehorse, Yukon. November 24, 2013.

I had fun with my “helpers”, Heather and Tammi. They were great quilt holders on a cold day!

"Little Sister". Machine pieced & hand quilted by Nita Collins.Photo taken at the S.S. Klondike National Park Site in Whitehorse, Yukon. November 24, 2013.

I used a “lemonade’ Bali Pop with Kona Cotton purple for the top. The backing is a pansy print on a yellow background. Binding is green checks from the same collection.

"Little Sister". Machine pieced & hand quilted by Nita Collins.Photo taken at the S.S. Klondike National Park Site in Whitehorse, Yukon. November 24, 2013.

Every time I took the quilt out to work on it, Jade and Halia would sit and watch me stitch. They were full of questions, observations and comparisons about the quilts that I had made for them last year.

Quilt Models Halia & Jade Pealow

5-year old Halia wanted her picture taken with the quilt. 7-year old Jade liked to look at all of the fabrics, and also liked to walk tight-rope style on it.

Quilt Models Halia & Jade Pealow

Which I thought made for some interesting photographs!

Quilt Models Halia & Jade Pealow

Even Crook the Cat got into the action.

insert "Jaws" soundtrack here!

insert “Jaws” soundtrack here!

It took me about 2 years from start to finish, I think. Maybe not quite…I don’t remember exactly when I started it. But that sounds about right.

"Little Sister". Machine pieced & hand quilted by Nita Collins.Photo taken at the S.S. Klondike National Park Site in Whitehorse, Yukon. November 24, 2013.

…Doing the very important job of keeping Heidi snug and warm during those long Montana winters.

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And of course, Little Sister was tested and approved by the resident quality assurance inspector (which he had to do before the quilt was finished due to time constraints).

this quilt tested and approved by Samson.

this quilt tested and approved by Samson.

W.I.P. Wednesday!

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Work in Progress (WIP) Wednesday. This is the day I post an update on the crafty things I’ve been up to! I’ve been pretty busy in the sewing room these last few weeks.  Here we go!

The first thing I did was to  finish Amber’s quilt and send it down with Kelly. She loved it! It is now doing its job brightening up that hospital room and keeping her cozy at night. I loved doing the hand work on it. Hand quilting is so relaxing and rewarding to do, and while you are stitching, you are thinking about the person the quilt will be going to. The quilt becomes filled with thoughts and good wishes that its new owner can touch and see. I love that! Here is a photo of sewing the binding on, and you can see some of the hand work (along with my pretty new nail polish colour!) Once the binding is machine stitched onto one side, I then flip it over and hand stitch it down to the other.  I really like working with the needle and thread in my hands.

Last week I made the March We Be Learning Bee block for Tara in Indiana. I really love this block…so bright and colorful! I actually made two – one to go to Tara and one to go into Noras quilt.

 

I also made the March In Color Order block of the month last week. Each month a new block is posted, so its fun and virtually zero pressure. I will be making the blocks out of batik fabrics (which I adore), and it will be going to my sister, Heidi when finished. (Hi, Heidi!) Each block will be made from half-triangle squares. This will be good for me as I need practice making nice points.

Here are all three blocks together (January, February & March). the final quilt will probably need more than 12 squares, so I’ll be supplementing with extras as I go along. I love sampler quilts. They’re interesting to look at and interesting to make. And I love that you can use traditional patterns with modern fabrics (such as batik), for a contemporary twist.

I’ve also finally started making a quilt for Nora! Remember Jade’s Quilt (that was originally started for Nora about 10 years ago?) – well, I figure it’s about time Nora got her quilt. She is the youngest daughter of my dear friend Paula and will be 17 at the end of May. Paula and I have been best friends since we were assigned to be roommates at university in 1979. That’s a long time! Nora’s quilt will be a “constellation quilt” – made entirely of stars, each star different from the next. Here are the first 9 blocks, which I’ve made over the last couple of weeks.

I have been away from fabric for so long…over 10 years, and it’s only in these last few months that I’ve gotten back to it. I realize how much I’ve missed it! I have a lot of quilts to make; a lot of catching up to do. I just never had the time with the busyness of my life, and quilting fell off the plate. Rediscovering my love of fabric and sewing has been part of my recovery process, for sure! One thing that I have always loved, though, and never got away from, is browsing quilting books and magazines. I have a small collection of my own, and also enjoy checking books out of the library. I love to curl up on the couch in my jammies and a cup of tea with a stack of quilting books to browse and dream my way through. So you can imagine how exciting it was to get my recent Amazon order in the mail today! Yay! Now you know what I’ll be doing this weekend! I sense a jammies day in my future! I ordered Sunday Morning Quilts, Modern Minimal and Jelly Roll Quilts. I haven’t even cracked them open to peek inside yet. Don’t you just love a fresh unopened book? All that potential…I’m savoring the moment!

On another topic, I met my friend Pam downtown today for a walk along the Yukon River. It was such a beautiful morning, -10c and blue sky with only a few clouds. I’m glad that I thought to take my camera. It was a lovely day to take pictures of the
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Along the banks of the Yukon River, enjoying the sound of the water and the singing of the birds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a wonderful day!