The cafe I've worked at since about 1980, and have owned since 2011 is closing next month. We've been fortunate to have some amazing employees over the years. As a thankyou to 3 of these lovely ladies ... I've made them each a quilt :)
The first quilt is for Danuta, who has been with us for over 15 years. Dana makes a wicked Shepherd's Pie and Beef Barley Soup and also has a great sense of humour .
Danuta and I on the final day of the cafe.
My stash provided material for the front and the binding. I hand quilted it with a white thread in a geometric design.
No name for the quilt, just a little history of the cafe.
One quilt done, two more to finish before Nov. 13!
This one was hard to give a name, so I just went with a simple
I hadn't given my youngest brother a quilt yet, so a birthday seemed like a good reason! We don't exchange gifts normally, so it should be a good surprise.
Let the pinning begin :)
The pattern is "The Mall" from "Strip Smart
Quilts 2" by Kathy Brown. I made 2 small changes. First I increased the border from 5" to 6.5" and secondly I made a solid black inner border, only 3/4" instead of the 2" scrappy one in the pattern. I love the framing effect of the thin black inner border.
For the quilting, first I did a bit of stitching in the ditch, then some hand-quilting in the inner area. The border I did with some free motion loopy meandering.
I started this one in October/14 and finished it the first week of Jan /15. Do you recognize the pattern? ... It's "High Five" from "Sunday Morning Quilts" (by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison). Since this is a baby quilt it is only 36 x 54, not nearly as big as Amanda Jean's in the book, but still a good way to use up some scraps.
I machine stitched in the ditch between the blocks, hand quilted an x in the centre of each small square , and did a little extra hand quilting in the big squares. We spent a few days at Niagara Falls over Christmas and I totally enjoyed the veiw while doing some relaxing working on this one.