Thursday, 27 March 2014

Winter Wonderland - Member Challenge

When the Director at Large, Laine Canivet, put out a new challenge, she had no idea of the number of entries that would come pouring in.  Nor could she have ever imagined the stunning quilts that interpreted the theme of 'Winter Wonderland'.   
The quilts will be seen either on our blog or in 'The Canadian Quilter' magazine.

This is part 1 of the challenge entries.   These quilters have incredible talent.  
Thanks so much for our sponsor for the generous prizes!

 by Susan Wilson
This is a quilt I designed to try a new product – Charlotte’s Web by Superior Threads.  It made the machine appliqué process so much nicer, as there was no stickiness resulting from fusible web.

As I love winter and in particular crisp mornings, when I can get out for a bit of communing with nature on the local Nordic Ski Trails, this image represents winter for me.  The icing on the cake is when there are glittery snowflakes gently falling as I glide along alone with my thoughts! 

by Mary K Hopkins
This piece which I call "Calm After The Storm" is based on a copyright free photo with a background of my own design.
The materials used include organza, upholstery fabric, cotton, embroidery thread and paint.

I lived in the country for around ten years and the toil the winter took on all its inhabitants was cruel. The expression and body language of the doe seems to be one of weary but calm resignation.  I think most of we snow-bound people are feeling that about now.

by Heather Stewart
“Winter Challenge” with the Mahone Bay Quilting Bee and the Cove Quilters.  We were each given a piece of the sky fabric and some snowflake buttons and told to make a winter themed quilt.  We did several small quilt challenges over two years.  This was my favourite.

by Marg Conibear
"Winter at Honora"  is a winter scene at my "camp" on Manitoulin Island before the bay freezes over. This  scene also tells a story about the low level of the  Great Lakes. When this  dock was built it was barely above water. Now it sits high and dry - a reminder of the change.

by Sandra Betts
Cold, cold weather inspired the flight of the birds  to the warmth of the south. This original piece features free motion stitching and puff paints.

 by Kaaren L. Biggs
I call this 'Winter Weekends'.     It was made for my son who lives near Regina, SK and loves to snowmobile on the weekends.    This sofa-sized quilt is extra long since he is 6' 7" tall and it's meant for him to snuggle with after being out in the cold and snow!

 by Kay Dion
 This wallhanging depicts a common winter scene found near my home and is only my second attempt at a landscape quilt. I was inspired to begin after attending Quilt Canada in Halifax where I purchased this kit from the "Running Stitch", pattern is by Linda Hobbs. I substituted some of the fabric with my own, added the bright cardinal and other details with free motion quilting. The edges are finished with a facing rather than a traditional binding.

by Leah Gravells
Winter on the Prairies
 I have been inspired by the endless blue sky and the frozen land on the prairies. The telephone poles are the only distraction on the land. Blending 73 fabrics using 3/4" wide strips created this original design. The "quilt as you go" technique was used to piece the strips and finish the design.  I used raw edge appliqué to attach the telephone poles. 

by Rhoda Forbes
 I like the beauty and quietness that winter brings, and every now and then a shot of beautiful color, like the blue jay in my piece.  This piece is machine raw edge applique, I used Pebeo setacolor paints to enhance the fabric. 

by Kaaren L. Biggs
This is a table runner I made a couple of years ago because the scenic fabric seemed perfect for it! I have always wanted to own a log cabin in the woods and along with a cozy fireplace in the winter and my sewing machine.

by Kaaren L. Biggs
This is a wallhanging made with a product that was new to me - Fabric Magic by Pellon. It "shrinks" the layered fabric for a gathered look!

 by Pat Golem   
 This is an original piece called 'Frosty Windows'.  It is a digital photo taken out of my kitchen window and printed on fabric then thread painted and quilted.  


  1. These all are amazing in their individuality. Much to be inspired by.

  2. Challenges are amazing! The unique responses always make one stop and think! These are wonderful, artistic, creative and I may go cut some 3/4" strips and try sewing them!

  3. Fabulous portrayals of winter wonderland.