The quilt auction raises a lot of money for Mennonite Central Committee, and showcases the remarkable skills of the quilters.
New Quilts for 2017
As of July 2017, dedicated quilters are working on the special Anniversary Quilt. Here’s a picture of the unfinished quilt as shown during our Annual General Meeting a few months ago:
Several quilts have arrived already. First, here are three crib quilts:
First is the Pink Cats crib quilt. It’s 42×53 inches.
Next we have Neptune’s Garden, at 42½ by 65½ inches.
The final crib quilt is called Sugar Roll Toys. This 35×43 inch crib quilt has a flannel back.
These are full-size bed quilts.
This Forest Floor quilt is 89×100 inches.
The literary Yellow Brick Road quilt is 90×90 inches.
The colourful Candy Stripes quilt is 71×90 inches.
In a much cooler colour scheme, the First Frost quilt measures in at 60×80 inches.
This Garden of Hearts quilt is 76×80 inches.
Fans and Flowers, in darker hues, measures 70×89 inches.
This Disappearing Pinwheel quilt covers 69×91 inches.
This truly remarkable Queen Anne Star pattern is a whole cloth quilt made with one piece of fabric. The design is made with the quilting. It measures 88×108 inches.
A Broken Star patterned quilt returns for 2017. It’s 98×108 inches.
That’s how 2017 is shaping up for now.
Old news from 2016
We had posted photographs for over three dozen quilts for 2016!
The quilt auction begins at noon. Be sure to arrive early to preview the quilts in the pavilion. You can also register for the auction there. We post pictures of quilts to be auctioned each year here on our website. Please note that this does not represent the bidding order.
Quilts for the 2016 Toronto Mennonite Festival Quilt Auction
We began on July 13, 2016, with some baby quilts. As of September 5, we’ve posted 46 quilts, ranging from baby quilts to full-size. We’ve sourced a few vintage quilts or coverlets, but most were hand-made over the past year.
Let’s start with A New Baby: flannel, machine quilted, printed material. (33×40 inches).
The second quilt is The Cat’s Meow – pieced and hand quilted. (41×55 inches).
Third is International Animals – printed material with pieced borders. (41×51 inches)
Quilt number four is a Disappearing Pinwheel quilt – pieced (44×60 inches).
The fifth quilt is Squares Around the Block – pieced & tied (42×51 inches).
Sixth is a Log Cabin Star quilt – pieced & quilted (46×47 inches).
The seventh quilt is an Underwater Sea quilt – printed material with pieced borders, and quilted. (34×47 inches). Hmmm, it seems we’re back to living creatures.
Eighth, we have a Jungle Tree with Animals quilt – printed material with pieced border, and quilted. (42×49 inches).
Quilt number nine is simply a pieced Quilted Patchwork. (41×46 inches).
Number ten is a Pink Babies quilt – printed material, pieced borders, quilted. (34×49 inches).
Jungle Toy Animals quilt is number eleven – printed material, pieced border, quilted. (42×50 inches).
Let’s round out the first dozen with a Pinwheel Party quilt – pieced, quilted. (49×56 inches).
Lucky number 13 is this Crayon Bright Animals quilt – pieced, machine quilted, cotton batting. (40×55 inches).
This Songbirds Wallhanging is the fourteenth item in the list. It is made of printed material, quilted, has a hanging sleeve. (42½ x34½ inches). Watch for a double sized quilt, that coordinates with this, which has yet to be photographed and posted.
Quilt fifteen is Once Upon a Time – printed material and pieced, flannel, quilted. (43×42½ inches).
The sixteenth quilt is Friendly Forest – printed material, pieced borders. (44×43 inches).
Quilt number 17 is Alphabet Panel, with a mysterious provenance. (35×41 inches)
The Applique Bunny quilt refused to stand still for measurements; in fact, number eighteeen refused to comment to the media.
Quilt nineteen is a Disappearing 9 patch quilt, suitable to be either a wall hanging or a crib quilt. (52×52 inches).
Quilts twenty through twenty-five are close relatives: Corduroy Tied. (All six are 60×80 inches).
Quilt number twenty-six is a Burgundy and Purple Lattice quilt, measuring 82×98 inches.
This Log Cabin quilt, number twenty-seven for the 2016 auction, stretches the measuring tape to 90×102 inches.
On August 22, we posted three more quilts. Number 28 is a Rows Squared quilt measuring 97×102 inches.
Quilt 29 is a striped pieced hand-quilted diamonds quilt. (80×98 inches).
Quilt number thirty is a hand-quilted Cottage quilt (72×104 inches).
You may have noticed we’ve been showing off bed quilts. Number thirty-one is a Dragonfly Autumn bed quilt (66×86 inches).
Quilt 32 is a Daisy pattern, made of printed material. (81×89 inches).
This Hearts Squared quilt is appliqué and pieced. (78×88 inches).
Quilt thirty-four is an Attic Window of printed material center, with pieced borders. (70×90 inches).
Number 35 is a Nine Patch and Rails quilt. (71×98 inches).
Quilt thirty-six is a blue Tied Patchwork with quilted borders). (73×102 inches).
This Dresden Plate Squared, pieced and appliquéed, vintage blocks quilt is 82×98 inches.
Quilt thirty-eight is an Autumn Starburst quilt. (76×89 inches).
Number 39 is a Lemonye Star vintage blocks quilt set in solid sashing. (95×82 inches).
Lucky number forty is a Turning Twenty quilt with sashing. (The colour did not photograph well: it is black and white, not black and grey). (86×98 inches).
Here is a Log Cabin quilt with a barn raising setting. (76×96 inches).
Quilt forty-two is an Aztec Sunset quilt. (79×82 inches).
Quilt #43 is a cross stitched Oak Leaf Medallions quilt. (84×98 inches).
It takes two pictures to tell the story of Leaves and Lace, a vintage hand knitted coverlet, made with cotton thread, probably from the 1920’s or 30’s. (78×84 inches, plus the fringe). First is the hand-held view:
Then we have the Leaves and Lace coverlet hard at work, ready for bedtime.
Quilt forty-five is an Antique Crazy Patch and Lemoyne Star quilt, with embroidered seams but no batting. (71×72 inches).
Quilt #46 is a vintage Tumbling Block Center with added borders. (85×102 inches).
Quilt #47 is a Variation Ninepatch. (60×71 inches).
Quilt #48 is a vintage Triple Irish Chain. (67×79 inches).
Quilt #49 is a vintage, but never used, Pieced Crazy Star. (82×83 inches).
Quilt #50 is a Garden Lattice. (97×82 inches).
Quilt #51 is a Log Cabin. (88×101 inches).
Quilt #52 is a Fraktur Forest. (56×77 inches). To my knowledge, it’s the only example of this type in the 2016 quilt auction.
Quilt #53 is described as “hand quilted whole cloth”. (45×60 inches).
We definitely have a full set for the quilt auction on Saturday Sept. 17 at noon!
Are We Finished with 2016? Nearly!
One more quilt may be on its way. Check our web site for more news; and “like” our Toronto Mennonite Festival page on Facebook for announcements (usually through the summer and up until the event at Black Creek Pioneer Village).
Let’s Review a Few Quilts from the 2015 Quilt Auction
The first quilt posted in 2015 was a brown-on-white Broken Star Quilt (99″x106″).
…The Blue Plate Special was the sixth quilt. (92″x116″).
…Quilt #14 displayed Owls pieced with felt appliqué Quilt (35″x41″).
…Quilt #21 was a Strawberry Shortcake Quilt (printed material) (42″x50″). There’s a pot of strawberries at the end of the rainbow!
…Finally, quilt #35 was an antique T Square Pattern, auctioned in “as-is” condition. ( 68″x70″).
We had not shown all the baby crib quilts for auction in 2015.
Looking back at some of the quilts auctioned at the Toronto Mennonite Festival in 2014
Here are some of the quilts we auctioned in 2014: naturally Thomas the Train Engine led the way!
What about three-dimensional green and yellow cubes?
These are just some of the quilts auctioned at the Toronto Mennonite Festival in 2014.