Gallery of Quilts designed and made by Katie Friesen
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jacob
Jacob's Birds

Jacob's birds - The beautiful floral prints of designer Phillip Jacobs was my inspiration for 'Jacob's Birds' and going with the flow of curves, a drunkard path block was used in the sashing. The seemingly modern applique quilt is easy to create using the applique method of your choice. I used the 'freezer paper on top' needle turn method.  Birds like Dynasty Dana , King Jac, Sassy Squawker, Pixie Chicks, Fiesta Fellows, Majestic Birds, Whirly Bird and Parade of Queens are the ones gracefully featured in this quilt..

Refer to the Books and Patterns page for purchase of the instruction book.


Tulip Nouveau
Tulips Nouveau

This quilt was inspired by the Art Nouveau style which was very popular around the turn of the 1900’s. many of its motifs are inspired by nature and usually incorporate beautiful curves and stylized flowers and leaves.  

Refer to the Books and Patterns page for purchase of the instruction book.

Expression of Morris
Expression of Morris

Expression of Morris – this is a timeless appliquéd quilt showcasing the influential William Morris’ art in the Arts and Crafts Movement of the late 1800’s. This quilt started out as a BOM in our local quilt shop in Morden Manitoba in 2007. The demand of the pattern was so high that we decided to make it into a book. The quilt is an invitation to quilters to take time to stitch slowly and carefully, taking pleasure in fine craftsmanship and artful design and when completed, you have a stunning quilt to appreciate for years to come. This quilt was featured in the $100,000 Quilting Challenge issue #1-2007, the winner in the appliqué category for that issue, and showcased in the Calgary CQA Quilt Invitational Show in 2010.

Instruction book (Expressions of Morris) out of print


Ode to Morris
Ode To Morris

Ode To Morris is a sequel to the quilt Expression of Morris. This pattern is also made into a book and available in the Books and Patterns page. It is for the serious quilter with a variety of blocks all appliquéd with the inspiration from William Morris art. The vases certainly reflect the ornate of Victorian design. The quilt was shown in the O Canada category at the Houston Quilt Show, in Texas, in 2009 and is currently being viewed at The Running Stitch in Ottawa.

Instruction book (Ode to Morris) our of print


Spirit of Manitoba
Spirit of Manitoba

Manitoba Quilt The name ‘Manitoba’ comes from the Salteaux and means The Great Spirit’s Voice, possibility meaning that the sculptured geography with all the waters was where these native people called home. This quilt consists of the Polar Bear and Northern Lights Block: a common scene in the northern part of Manitoba. The Centre Block: The Manitoba’s Legislative Building, a symbol of strength and vitality – a focal point in the capital city, built 1913. the Golden Boy on top, the young spirited boy, holds aloft the torch of progress for future development, and the sheaf of wheat, represents agriculture. Louis Riel Block: Riel is known as the founder of Manitoba and a leader of the Métis People. Born Oct 22, 1844 died Nov 16 1885. The written note in the block was found in his diary after his death. Boating Block: represent rivers and boating and all of Manitoba's rain clear pools of over 100,000 lakes. United Point Church Block: is a small country church in between the north bound and south bound lane of Hwy 75. Built in 1940. A church is central among social activities and by which the parliamentary principles were passed on. Manitoba Hydro Nelson River Dam Block: The dam regulates a huge volume and long drop water which makes it useful for generation hydroelectricity. Esplanade Riel Block: commonly called the Provencher Bridge is a pedestrian bridge that links downtown Wpg to St Boniface. This unusual bridge is only one of a few in the world in that it has a restaurant on it with a great view of the river. York Boat Block: The York Boat was an inland boat used by Hudson’s Bay Co. to carry furs and trade goods along inland water ways. It was named after York Factory, the headquarters of Hudson Bay Co. York boats were preferred to canoes, because of larger size and greater capacity and improved stability in rough water. St Leon Wind Farm Generation Block: one of the largest farms in Canada. A total of 63 wind turbines capable of delivering 99 MW. Wheat Block: represents all of agriculture. Wheat among other grasses is grown for food and grows well in Manitoba’s rich fertile soils. The bread basket of the world. Fishing Block: with the many clean and untouched rivers that have been used for fishing for thousand of years. Border Blocks Bison Block: Manitoba’s provincial animal once inhabited the grassland of Manitoba. Crocus Block: Manitoba’s provincial flower grows in short lumps in meadows has finely dissected leaves, solitary bell-shaped flowers and plumed seed head. Great White Owl Block: Manitoba’s provincial bird in the largest bird in the world. White Spruce Tree: Manitoba’s provincial tree. The tips of the needles are whitish.


Romance
Romance

Romance Quilt: Sampler quilts have a long history in traditional quilt making probably because quilt makers have always enjoyed variety. The 10” blocks in Romance alternate between patchwork and appliqué. The appliqué blocks are embellished with simple embroidery. The blocks are separated by a sashing strip and cornerstone block is set in where the sashing strips meet. This quilt was hand appliquéd and machine quilted. The pattern is available and is printed in the Love Grows Here book.

Refer to the Books and Pattern page to order the book ‘Love Grows Here” for instructions on making this quilt


Dear Pearl
Dear Pearl

Dear Pearl Quilt: Dear Pearl Quilt was a quilt that reminds me of my friend Pearl, who loves all flowers grown in local gardens. It is a 64”x 76” lap quilt or a generous wall quilt. The realistic flower designs are taken directly from my garden and simplified to made stitching fun and easy. The pattern is in print and available in the book Love Grows Here

Refer to the Books and Pattern page to order the book ‘Love Grows Here” for instructions on making this quilt


Moon Shadow
Moon Shadow

Moon Shadow Quilt: this 88” x 88” quilt is a wonderfully uncomplicated quilt that could be for the man in your family. The easy appliqué design is great for novice stitchers. The design repeats many times so you can practise and improve the appliqué stitch. The pattern is available and printed in the ‘Love Grows Here’ book.

Refer to the Books and Pattern page to order the book ‘Love Grows Here” for instructions on making this quilt.


Emerge
Emerge

Emerge…. This 85” x 85” quilt is hand appliquéd and hand quilted. My daughter wanted this design, which was adapted from one of her T-shirts and drawn to the size that we needed for this quilt. The colours were also chosen by her. It is quite a masterpiece and looks real elegant in her house.

Instruction book (Emerge) is out of print