Friday, September 30, 2011

Men Quilt Too !

I'm taking part in an on-line quilt show that features quilts by men. It is sponsored by Pigtales and Quilts and will last until 15 October.

I don't often show my quilts on my blog. My blog is a sketch book and is focused on the process of quilt design. But I do sew some of the quilts I design and I'm always happy to show them.

This is my School House Alphabet quilt. It is one of many alphabet quilts that I've designed and made.

I became a quilter by accident and I began by designing pieced alphabets. How that happened is explained in About Me in the sidebar on the right.

This is the back of School House Alphabet.

My initials and the date are made using the same alphabet that I designed for the front.

The labels on all my quilts feature pieced alphabets that I've designed.

This is Campsie. It is one of a series of quilts that I've named after places in my home province of Alberta.

All of my Alberta series of quilts begin with a simple design on a 3x3 grid that is then repeated,and/or rotated and/or reflected, often with changes in color.

There are 2 color variations of the Campsie block that are first rotated and then repeated.

Lowland Heights is another of my Alberta series quilts.

In this case there are 2 color versions of the basic block that are first rotated and then reflected.

For my Stampede Alphabet quilt I designed a pieced alphabet that looks like it belongs on an old west wanted poster.
Every year there is a Festival of Quilts at Heritage Park in Calgary.

The year I submitted my Stampede Alphabet quilt, it was hung so that the back was facing out. When I mentioned that they had the quilt backwards, they said "Yes we know."

This version of my Cochrane/Big Hill quilt is part of my Alberta series and includes some applique.

The flowers were assembled from pieces that were die cut on a Go fabric cutter.

The center of this quilt is one of three African batiks that I bought from Pippa Moore.

I challenged my self to create borders for them. This is the first I have two more to go.

Pieced lettering is almost always block lettering. I'd be surprised if you've seen any that wasn't.

For the back of this quilt I challenged myself to create a pieced script alphabet - an alphabet that would mimic hand writing.

Airdrie/Iron Horse Park is another of my Alberta series quilts.

I often like to finish a design by connecting up parts of it in the border.

Orion is one of the quilts I designed for my book designing Quilts Is Easy.

It's the quilt C&T decided to use for the cover.

This is 25th Avenue Mondrian.

The lettering I designed for this quilt reminded me of lettering that was popular in the 1920's.

Since Piet Mondrian was an abstract painter in the 20's, I decided to mimic his style to frame my alphabet.

If you were around in the 1960's, you may remember that Yves Saint Laurent did a series of dresses based on Mondrian's paintings.

I'm going to finish my part in the quilt show with Lac Des Arcs, another of the quilts from my book.

I'm fond of the colors in this quilt. I particularly like the way the reds join to form a kind of ribbon.

I suggest you go to
Pigtales and Quilts to see more quilts by other quilters who just happen to be men.


  1. Wayne!!! Your talent is impeccable!! If someone were to tell me I had to choose a favorite or be shot on the spot, I would have to say "Just shoot me now"! Such eye candy!!

    Thank you so much for participating! You have brought so much to the show!

  2. What a great job of using text. Really nice designs. Thx for showing them to us.

  3. Wayne, your sketchbook is truly awesome! Thanks for sharing and inspiring.


  4. I love that you call your blog, "your sketchbook." You have beautiful pieces! Thanks for sharing with us!

  5. Wayne - I have been enjoying browsing through the blogs of the participants in the quilt show but now I am even more excited to realize you are a fellow Albertan! Great job - I will look for your quilts at shows now I know who you are!

  6. Love your art and quilts. Good luck in the quilt show contest.

  7. I really enjoyed looking at your quilts. I love how you incorporate text in them. Thanks for sharing.

  8. WOW! I love your pieced alphabets! They are amazing. Good luck!

  9. Hi! Greetings from Finland! I LOVE your works! They are stunning!!! It's so nice to find other quilters from the other side of the world! Thank you for your lovely blog! :)

  10. This is so exciting and inspiring! Thanks for sharing your wonderful quilts with us.

  11. Lowland Heights is my favorite. What great designs.

  12. Wayne, I'm so happy to see you sharing in the Men Who Quilt Show. What a wonderful post. And I truly do believe your School House quilt is the best House quilt I've ever seen. Love,love, love it. Inspirational.


  13. I enjoyed your "show" very much. Thanks for a wonderful blog post. I'm really intriqued with your lettering. Seeing yours makes me want to try doing some myself.

  14. All of your quilts are quite dynamic, but I particularly like Campsie and the one with the batik center. The blocks in those two appeal to me very much. Thank you for sharing the pictures.

  15. Wayne-Love your quilts and after reading your profile, you have a great sense of humor too. I am a retired Home Economics Teacher who has taken up quilting and I really like your alphabet designs. I used to have boys in my middle school classes and many were surprised that they liked sewing. Too bad school administrators haven't taken "hands-on" classes or they would see the real value of them instead of eliminating them. From California, thanks for sharing.