Previous Quilts…

Because I am still working on an applique quilt, I will play catch up

and show you some completed quilts from before Christmas.

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Lynn’s Quilt

I am guessing that Lynn created this quilt.

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The border area

I used a light blue polyester thread for the all over design. The panto is called

“Fresco.”

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One of the blocks in the quilt.  I love the blue in this block.

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The backing of the quilt. Pieced backings are a great way to use

up left over blocks. Nothing gets wasted when it comes to quilting

and fabrics.

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Close up of the backing.

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A blue quilt

Another quilt that was completed before Christmas.  The “Friendship Star”

is a great traditional quilt block to make.

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The variety of colors adds interest to this quilt top as well. I used a

blue polyester thread for the top and the backing. “Popcorn” is the

name of the overall design used on the quilt top.

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The backing

The backing is pieced as well; the batiks are a great fabric to use as well.

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A close up of the backing.

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Another finished quilt that was created by Anne.

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A close up of the blocks in this quilt. “Snowball” is the name of

the overall design on this quilt.

 

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The backing shows off the quilting beautifully.

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Anne also created this beauty;  I really love the batiks in this

quilt top.

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There are even snowflakes printed on the fabrics.

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A tablerunner

Anne also used up some of her floral print fabric for this table runner.

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It is quite charming and would make a lovely gift for someone. I think that

is what Anne was planning on doing with it.I used a clear monofilament

thread to stitch around all the flowers. Why use an all over  design when

Anne has gone through so much effort to piece this together?

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The backing

The backing is great as well. I love the Poinsetta fabric. Totally Christmas

all way round.

I hope you have a great week. Linking up with

Needle and Thread Network.

 

Happy belated Valentine’s Day!

I hope that your special someone gave you a card or some

chocolate this week. Mind did-yeah!! If not, at least the

days are beginning to look a little brighter and longer.

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Speaking of Valentine’s Day, here is a pink quilt that Eleanor is in love

with. And who can resist the cats? Eleanor was wondering what

color to use for her binding and her friend came up with this

clever idea. Why not use the left over pink and black fabric as

the binding?

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So, she made the binding in two different colors: black

and pink. She sewed the black binding onto the white section of

the quilt but didn’t sew it all down due to the fact that

she wouldn’t be able to guess where the pink binding and

the black would meet. Are you confused yet?

I will try to say it in a different way. She  partially sewed the

black binding down onto the white corner. She left about

a 5’6 inch extra, to make joining easier later on.

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Eleanor’s cool binding method

Then, she sewed down the pink binding =partially. She left the ends open

and  about 5-6 inches longer so that she could join them at the exact spot

where the black  corner and white border met. She marked that spot on

her binding and then sewed them together. Notice that the binding is

sewn straight across and not on an angle, again easier to execute.

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It looks so perfect and fantastic. Thought you might want to try that one out.

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Susan made this adorable “African Queens” quilt. Pinterest is a source

of inspiration for Susan and I love to see how she tweeks the patterns

she likes, to  make it her own.

 

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Lovely batiks were used for the Queens’ dresses and  head coverings.

Susan just wanted the Queen’s to be outlined, as it was a shame to

cover them up with stitching. Let their outfits shine through.

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The offset border has an African feel to it as well.

I used a clear monofilament thread for the top and a dark

So Fine Brown thread for the back.

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Pieced backings are great and what better way to use up all the

blocks left over.

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A close up of the backing.

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Linda’s Quilt

Linda made this darling pieced quilt. I can’t imagine the hours spent

making all those blocks.

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A close up of the blocks in this quilt.

I used a light cream polyester thread for the top and navy blue

polyester thread for the backing.

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The backing is really a navy blue but it looks more grey here than blue.

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A panto called “Brocade” was stitched all across the top of the quilt.

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I also managed to complete block #2, in the “Baby Animals”

BOM through Quilt Art Designs. Janeen is very talented when it comes to

paper piecing.

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The back of the block says it all. Lots of tearing and shredding to be

done later on. I enjoy paper piecing as it feels like a fabric puzzle to me.

Check out the Canadian site Needle and Thread Network.

Have a great week.

 

My blog has changed and grown

For those who follow my humble blog, thank you.

You may have noticed that it has grown and changed

recently. Don’t be alarmed, because you are still at my blog

but with a new face lift.

My brother in law helped me to create this new

website, which now contains my blog as well. So, if you

know of anyone needing a website developed, you can

email him, at joshg4wordpress@gmail.com.

Even though the weather is dull outside, these quilts are

anything but dull.

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Anne’s Quilt

Anne created this beauty. It resembles Canadian  colors but with a

twist.  Great job Anne!

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Anne chose a red polyester thread, for the top and the backing. She

also chose a very simple design due to all the print on the top. It was

called “Swirls ” by Norma Sharp.

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The backing

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I love the colors of the backing fabric.  The stitching does show up

on the backing of the quilt.

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Dara made this quilt to celebrate Canada’s upcoming

150 years.  What a great play on the Canadian Maple Leaf

emblem.

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Dara chose a cream polyester thread for the top and the

backing.  And she chose “Maple Syrup” for the panto design.

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You can see some of the swirls in the panto. This design also

has maple leaves strewn all across it so it it perfect for this quilt.

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The backing shows off the emblems for the Province of Ontario

as well as the map of Canada. What a great idea!!

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Bonnie’s Quilt

Bonnie made this quilt in honor of her daughter.

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She also wanted the letter “L” to be stitched all over the quilt top.

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I think it looks great and it makes my job easier when a client

knows exactly want they want on the quilt top.

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Bonnie’s Quilt

I used a cream polyester thread for the top and the back of the quilt.

Hope you are getting lots of sewing and quilting in.  Great weather for that.

Linking up to the Needle and Thread Network. Have a great week.

 

 

Working away…

I have been working away this past week, both on my

own quilts and on some customers’ quilts.

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Eleanor created this cute quilt;  there are alot of cute

cats on it.

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Eleanor chose a simple floral design all over the quilt top.

She also chose a light pink polyester thread for the top

and the backing.

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The cat border.

I really like the cat border print.

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Dale created this beauty.  I have seen strip quilts

before and I really like how Dale created her own version

by adding a strip of white fabric with the diamonds.

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“Autumn Oaks” are the name of the panto stitched on

the top of the quilt.

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The backing was a beautiful golden color.

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This quilt was created by Wendy; I think the fabrics

are from Northcott, Stonehenge, to be exact.

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“Modern Curves” was the name of the panto design

used. It looks like a gentle way all over the top of the

quilt.

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A light blue polyester thread was used for the top and

the backing.

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The backing also has a label on it. Well, done,

Wendy, you already have the label on the quilt.

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A close up of the backing fabric.

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A baby quilt

This is a fun baby panel I bought for a new baby, but now

it is going to another new baby that is due soon.

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I thought that the alphabet was cute and suitable

for a little boy.

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I stitched around all the blocks and the letters. I left the

border unstitched because it wasn’t very wide at all.

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The backing fabric.

The backing is blue and it has lots of fun things on

it, like teddy bears, ice cream cones, lolli pops etc.

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A finished project

I also managed to quilt this wallhanging for

myself. It has been waiting for about a year and

a half so it felt good to get it done.

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I have lots of embellishments to add to the top yet

so it isn’t completely finished.

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It was alot of fun to work on this quilt. It did

take me 4 hours to complete; That kind of

surprised me because I thought it wouldn’t

take so long.

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The background of the skies was the hardest

to stitch out. I  followed the designs that were

printed on the fabrics itself.

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The backing

I found some umbrella fabric at a local

Quilt Show, in September. I didn’t have

enough for the whole backing so I added

a strip of white to make it big enough.

Can’t wait to see what I can complete this

week.

What are you working on this week and

hoping to complete?

I am linking up to

The Canadian Thread and Needle Network.

 

I can’t believe it!

I can’t believe that January is almost over! Where did this month

go? While I am wondering where January went, here are some

of my completed customers’ quilts.

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Cathy made this quilt for her son. Wow! I hope he likes it;  if he

doesn’t, I will take it.

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A flannel moose

This whole quilt is flannel. It is going to be really

warm and snuggly.

And I love the moose, how Canadian is that?

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The border print is so much fun as well and fits the

theme of the quilt perfectly.

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Here are what some of the other blocks look like. Because

of Canada’s 150th birthday this year, I am already

seeing lots of Canadiana quilts coming in.

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The backing of the quilt, flannel, of course.  Cathy

chose “Maple Leaves” for the overall design for this

quilt. And a dark brown polyester thread was chosen for

the top and the backing.

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My color choices for the BOM.

I decided to join a BOM, over at Quilt Art Designs. Janeen

is designing paper piecing patterns depicting baby animals.

One look at her site made me fall in love with her patterns and

my daughter has already told me that she wants the completed

quilt.

The colors above are the fabrics I chose for the 1st block.

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My new labelling system

I had a brain storm and came up with the idea of putting

all my fabrics in  ziploc bags. I numbered the bags so I

would be able to pick which color I needed quickly.

So far, it has worked like a charm and I can put

all the fabrics away, by color, pretty quickly as well.

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Here you can see that the grey is in bag # 10.

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When the pieces are all sewn together, I usually trim

off the excess fabric and place them in a larger bag

for all the completed pieces.

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When all the pieces are completed, I can start sewing

it altogether. I love paper piecing because it reminds me

of doing puzzles, only with fabric. While I am sewing

all the pieces together, I can’t wait to see what the

finished product will look like.

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Here is block # 1- a Koala Bear. He is sleeping in the branches

in a tree somewhere. I think he is really cute.

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I can’t believe that I also managed to quilt one of my own

quilts!! Yeah!! There was a twinge of guilt while I was

quilting but I got over it quickly.

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The idea for this wallhanging came from a picture I

found on the Internet. I know there is alot of concern

about copyright but I am not going to sell the  pattern

I made, nor the finished product, so I think I am ok.

I love the colors and the lines in this piece.

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Some of the fabrics in this wallhanging were painted by

moi. It was so much fun that I think I have to do it again.

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More close up of the quilting on the wallhanging. I

used a glue stick to fold down the edges of the roofs.

When I was quilting it, I didn’t like the thickness  of

the roof fabrics so I will not be using glue next time.

It did gum up my needle a little as well so that won’t

be happening again.

Have a great week and check out

Needle and Thread Network.

A New Year…

A new year has begun and I am wondering what your plans

are for it? Any new BOM’s?  New resolutions to maybe

finish the older BOMs hanging around? Those are my

thoughts today.

I have begun working on customers’ quilts once again,

so that is not new. Over at Quilt Art Designs, Janeen

is starting a rather cute paper piecing BOM for this

year;   entitled “Baby Animals.” You should check

it out. Next week, I may have pictures for you.

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This is Anna’s quilt. I think it may have been a Mystery

Quilt that she participated in at a local quilt shop.

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The pieced border looks great. What  a great way to add some

drama to the top.

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The following few photos show some of the varying

blocks in the quilt top.

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Some of the blocks are very interesting. Color certainly

adds another dimension to the quilt.

Anna chose a grey polyester thread for the top and the backing.

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The backing

The backing always looks so different from the front.

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A close up of the design that Anna chose. It is

called “Starlets” by Lisa Calle.

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Anne made this bright quilt. I love all the red colors in it.

Because the colors are so vibrant, she chose a vibrant red

polyester thread for top and backing.

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“Swirls” was chosen for its simple design. Why stitch in a

complex design when you won’t see it anyways?

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The backing

I love the red/orange color of the backing. It blends well

with the front of the quilt too.

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You can see some of the design on the back of the quilt.

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This beauty is Eleanor’s quilt. I love the aqua blue and

dark chocolate color combination.

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Eleanor chose “Swirls” as well, very simple yet classy.

Eleanor chose a light aqua blue polyester thread for the

top and the backing.

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The swirls add some movement to the quilt without taking

away from all the piecing.

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The backing consisted of a white on white tone fabric.

The blue thread shows up nicely.

One thing I really like about my job is the fact that I get to

see what others are working on. There is alot of talent out

there so don’t be afraid to show others what you can do.

Have a great week, thanks for stopping by and check out this

Canadian link;  The Needle and Thread Network.

Happy New Year

I hope that you had a great Christmas and I hope you have a Happy

New Year! It has been a while since my last post but I am back on

track now.

Here are several of the quilts I have been working on today.

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Laura’s Quilt

Laura made these 2 baby quilts; she is expecting more

grandkids. What a great opportunity to make some cute

baby quilts.

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I used a white and light yellow polyester thread on this quilt.

Light stitching was the order of the day so I stitched around

all the shapes, including the stars, sheep, owl and elephant.

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In the outer border, stars and loops were added.

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The backing

I love the backing.

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The words are carried over from the front of the quilt.

Here is the second baby quilt that Laura made. She covered

all of her bases by making a baby quilt for both a girl and a boy

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A really cute baby quilt.

I love the primary colors in this quilt.

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I used a light blue and dark blue polyester thread for the

top and the backing.

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Waves were stitched in all the pieced areas and  in the border areas

as well. I thought that it worked with the entire quilt.

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Here you can see the border area and the waves in it.

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The backing was a blue flannel so it will be nice and

snuggly for the baby.

In keeping with the baby theme, I also know 2 ladies

who are each having girls. Instead of a quilt, I decided

that I wanted to crochet a baby blanket for them both.

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I used a size 8 crochet hook and some really thick wool.

It was quite interesting when I was looking for a size 8

crochet hook. WalMart and Michael’s were both sold out

of that size crochet hook. Everyone must be crocheting

these days.

This pink wool had 3 different types of wool in it. It really works

up fast, another reason for me to crochet it instead of

quilting it.

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The variegated wool is really thick and warm, especially for

this cold winter.

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2nd afghan

Here is the second baby afghan that I finished this

week. The pattern is kind of neat, in the middle of

the baby afghan.

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I am linking up with the Needle and Thread Network.

Have a great week!