A Few More Pictures…

As promised, these are the last of the Canadian Quilt Show.

Wholecloth Quilt

This wholecloth quilt was very big and interesting. It depicts a young girl riding

her horse. It ribboned as well.

I loved this squirrel pattern that was hanging in a vendor’s booth. The blue color

is what draws me in.

Trend TEx Challenge

There were alot of exhibits at the Show. The Trend Tex Challenge uses 5 fabrics and

the theme was “A Canadian Memory.” In Nfld,  “mummering” used to be a local

tradition but it has died out. Basically, people dress up and go to their friends’ houses

and  act silly while the neighbours try to guess who it is dressed up. There is also

alot of liquor involved so you can see why it was both entertaining and amusing.

Guess who?

Whoever came up with this one, was thinking.  We can’t forget how much

Canadians love their coffee and donuts.

Northcott’s Quilts of Valor Challenge

The Quilts of Valor Display was interesting as well; there were lots of different

quilts to choose from.

RCMP Quilt

How can you resist a red uniform?  And the red toque is adorable.

Centennial Quilt

It was nice to see quilts that were made for Canada’s 100th Birthday. Very

different from today.

Close Up

A close up of one of the blocks in the quilt above.

Embroidered Quilt

A close up of all the work in this quilt.

Modern Quilts

Modern quilts were also being displayed.

‘Sticks”

I really like this quilt. It is so simple but the color is effective.

The Fibre Art Network was also holding their own display. This piece caught

my eye.

Curvy Quilt

I also like this pattern. The quilt was made by using Sew Kind of  Wonderful’s

arc ruler.

Close Up

The quilting is terrific on this quilt. Love all the straight lines and pebbles.

Paints and stitching were used to create this watercolor effect. I think

I will have to try this technique  in the future.

Skiing

Another piece which I totally fell in love with. It looks like a picture, it is that

good.

Who can forget to get the kids involved?  They had their own display too.

Canadian Leaf

What a great idea to use a Canadian symbol celebrating the 150 th Birthday and

turn it into a quilt.

“Trees”

I like these trees as well.

“Taking a Walk”

It amazes me how someone can turn an ordinary experience (ie. going for

a walk) into such a great art quilt.

The details

This  quilt looks like a picture. The creator did a great job!!

Hope you liked the Quilt Show and have a great week.

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Canadian Quilt Show-Part 2

As promised, here are more pictures of the Canadian Quilt Show, that

occurred several weeks ago. Once again, you may need a beverage

to keep you company.

Elizabeth Dillinger created this piece and won an award for

her Zentangles. She is located out of Oshawa, I think. A very

colorful piece that is all stitched with thread.

Kerry Burke’s Quilt

Kerry Burke created this piece and Rose Bell quilted it for her. Both are

very talented and it won 1st place in the Hand Applique Category. Congrats

to both of you.

I am not sure who made this  piece but it is interesting and thought

provoking.

The Modern Quilt Movement is beginning to grow on me. I really
like the circles on this piece and the straight line quilting.

It is nice to see close ups of the piece so here are several for you.

Improvisational piecing adds another dimension to the piece too.

It was interesting at the Show because I ended up talking to a

stranger about design and composition. Even with modern

quilts, there needs to be both of these. What do you think?

I love this piece!! The colors, the details and the composition.

Here are several close ups as well. I can’t believe that the creator

actually zigzagged stitched around each piece. It does clean up the

piece but that would drive me crazy!!

Again, look at the colors. Gorgeous!

This white piece draws me in because I love straight lines. I guess

all those years of longarm quilting is catching up with me.

The calming lines also appeals to me here as well.

On to a more traditional quilt. I would guess that Judy Niemeyer

created this pattern. Theses quilts are very time intensive to create

but well worth the effort.

More modern pieces.

More circles.

Dorothy Fu

Dorothy Fu created this piece and it won an award too. Not quite sure for

what category but I am sure that Dorothy will be thrilled.

There is a Quilt Shop in Niagara Falls, called the Quilting Bee and the female

owner, Kelly Corfe, is a longarm quilter as well. She quilted this piece below and it

is interesting up close.

Kelly’s Quilt

Here you can see a tiger’s face in the fabric and Kelly quilted around it.

I think that this is either Tula Pink or Kaffe Fassett fabric in this quilt.

There were lots of modern pieces at the Show. It does make you

wonder how someone designs each piece or comes up with the

idea. I need  to have a picture to work from.

“Around Town”

It was quite interesting and fun to look at and examine.

This quilt below was quite stunning. Colette Dumont  made it, is from

Quebec.

An embroidered Quilt

This quilt won an award as well. I have no idea how she came up with the idea

and I heard that she quilted it on her domestic machine too. Wow!!

I wouldn’t want to try that.

There is alot of embroidery on this piece.

More close ups. The  pictures do not do it justice at all.

Corner blocks

Again, all the colors are embroidered. And there are a ton of crystals on it too.

Elephant Quilt

I love the purple elephant quilt.  Alot of pieces in this pattern.

Another traditional quilt.

The back of this quilt is interesting too and shows off all the work on the front.

Best of Show Quilt

Colette Dumont   also created this “Best of Show” Quilt. This one is smaller

than the other one but it is just as impressive.

Look at all the detail.

Once again, all the color is created from embroidery. She did a fantastic

job!!

The center of the quilt and the back of the quilt.

I also like this piece below. It looks Middle Eastern in the look and

feel. I don’t think that it won any awards, which is too bad because

there is alot of work and detail in this piece.

A close up of the piece.

This piece below also won an award. It is kind of a mix

between a hummingbird and a butterfly. It is an

interesting piece for sure.

Hope you enjoyed the Show and I think I have more pictures

for one more week. Have a great week.

Grab a cup of coffee…

The Canadian Quilt Show was held in Toronto last week. If you

missed it, you missed a really good show.  I have tons of pictures so

you may want to grab a cup of coffee, tea, or other beverage. Because

there are so many photos, I may stretch this over 2-3 weeks.

Judy Niemeyer Design

Wow!! Look at all that piecing! Gorgeous! There were so many great

quilts that it was hard to choose which one I liked the best.

A ribbon winner.

I didn’t take pictures of all the names of the people who won ribbons, I need

to work on this for next year. I love the colors in this quilt.

There were lots of modern quilts at the Show this year.

Kelly Corfe

Kelly Corfe quilted this beauty.  I think it is an design by Laundry Basket

Quilts.

A close up of the quilting. How can I not include the quilting and texture,

done by a longarmer?

Judy Niemeyer

Another Judy Niemeyer design. The quilting is incredible on this one.

The colored areas is thread buildup. The quilter used a variegated

thread and it resulted in all this color and texture.

This quilt is quite unique. All the pieces are made from selvages.Can

you believe it?

Selvage Fingerprints

What a cool idea.

Terry Aske design

Terry created this modern quilt. She seems to be very talented, as she keeps

winning every year.

The owner of this quilt used a dress and it seems it paid off too. Interesting

design.

Elizabeth Dillinger is another talented Canadian quilter. She

quilted a very colorful wholecloth quilt and her efforts  were

rewarded with a ribbon.

A close up of her work.

I don’t remember seeing the sailboat in this quilt but there it is.

I really love the stitching underneath of it. So simple yet effective.

I

Again, I didn’t notice the swirl around the flying geese but

it is quite effective as well.

The owner of this quilt is from Brazil. She did a beautiful job

with this quilt.

Here is the back of the same quilt. One thing I did notice about

this show,  alot of the quilts here were in the recent Spring

Paducah Show, in Kentucky. I guess if you are making a

show quilt, you might as well enter it into as many

shows as you can.

Another winner

The owner of this wholecloth quilt is also from Brazil. It also won a

coveted ribbon as well.

This is an entirely different quilt from the one above. IT didn’t win a ribbon

but it is well done and executed.

I love the colors in this quilt. Again, this one didn’t place in

Paducah but it did here. Quilt Shows are funny that way; it all

depends on the  perspective of the judges.

I love the fabric and colors here. It looks like there is some

fabric  painting going on too.

The Aspen Trees below is quite striking . Pictures never do the

quilts justice. The quilts look so much better in person and

up close.

More trees and color.

You have got to love the Adirondack Chairs. I want to

go sit and have a snooze.

Colorful Chairs

The name of this piece was called “The Secret Garden.” I think that

there is alot of thread  painting in this one.

Sunflowers

I have a thing for sunflowers and this one is gorgeous too.

I really love the center of this piece. I think it is made out of wool.

The Cat

This piece also won and award. Lots of people loved the cat in it.

I love, love the colors in this  piece. Velvet was used for the rich and

saturated colors.

A close up of the boats. It looks like the creator had alot of fun

with this one.

Carol Seely’s piece

Carol Seely created this piece. It is 3 dimensional and had me trying to figure

out how she created this. It is fascinating up close.

Close up

You can see a little of how she made this. Again, I can’t imagine the time and

patience for all that small intricate work.

This piece actually looks like a real tree!

Another close up

Moss growing on the tree itself.

Fungus

IT seems that any subject can be used for art.

I love the guy in this  piece.

This was the first piece I saw in the show. I was in for quite a Show.I

hope you enjoyed these photos from the Show. There are lots more

to come next week.

On a more humble note, I managed to quilt up a storm last week.

Huronia Drapes had me quilt up this huge piece of gorgeous fabric

for them.

The store is making a king size coverlet for the customer. And the fabric

is beautiful!! All those flowers are embroidered.

My machine

You can see here how high the roll was under my machine when I was

finished. I thought that I may not be able to have room to complete it.

It was 100 inches by 200 inches.  Glad that one is done.

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The Quilt That Keeps Giving…

This past week has been interesting once again.

I am sure that you remember this quilt, made by

Darlene Donohue, from South Carolina. Well, she

got an email this past week asking her for permission

for her quilt to be in the 2018 AQS Calendar. Yup, this is

the quilt that keeps on giving.

Way, to go Darlene!!

Besides this news, I am working away on Connie’s quilt.

It is a real beauty and I will have lots of pictures when it

is finished. Here are a few of what I have completed thus

far.

Lots of grid work and mashing down of the fabric. Using 2

battings also helps the fabric to puff up and give loft to

the less quilted areas. It almost looks like trapunto but

less time consuming than the traditional way of

stuffing areas and cutting off the excess batting.

4 of the 9 blocks have  alot of piecing in them. But it works well for

grid work.

Again, you can see that I have also inserted a circle in one

part of the pieced block.  Mainly to add interest and I am

becoming a little more brave with dividing up this large

space instead of just quilting around all those squares.

Here are my carrots. This was the stage I was at a few weeks ago.

I am really enjoying this color challenge and am hoping to have

it all completed by the end of the summer. That is the plan for now.

This is my new and improved “Yellow ” section. I know it looks like a lot

of green but when you look at Joan Wolfrom’s Color Tool, there is alot

of green when grey and black are added to the color yellow.

If you have noticed all the dots in the picture, these dots are really

pins that are holding the fabrics together. Susan Carlson’s

fabric collage technique is how I am creating this piece.

Eventually, all the fabrics will have to be glued down and then

quilted.

Carrots

Here is where I am currently at. I have to find some time this week to

complete this “Red” section. Again, this color tool has alot of pink  in

the color red.  I am learning so much about color and  am thoroughly

enjoying this exercise.  Hopefully, there will be more pictures and

progress for next week. What do you think thus far?

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as well.

 

Summer is coming…

Summer is coming and I am trying so hard to get all caught up with

customers’ quilts. Currently, I have a quilt on the frame  that usually

resides in Florida but is home here for the time being. I promise to

put some photos up next week.

Helena’s Quilt

Helena commissioned me to make this quilt for her. She picked out all the

colors and fabrics so it made my job somewhat easier. I did all the piecing,

quilting, and binding for her. The pattern is one that I designed several years ago.

Helena chose  the “Flirtatious” design and I used a cream Omni polyester thread

for the top and the backing. The backing was a dark brown fabric, similar to the color

of the brown in the border area. It was completed last week.

Cathy’s Quilt

Cathy made this adorable quilt for a special someone in Nova Scotia. I would love

to be there when he gets it. The whole time I was quilting it, I was smiling.

It is so colorful and so much fun to work on and look at.

The quilt  has alot of Dr. Suess fabrics in  it, so how can it not  be fun?

The backing is made of minky. I love this fabric but also hate it.

You have to be so careful when putting it on the frame to be quilted

because there is so much stretch in one direction.

Minky backing

I think I scared Cathy when I explained this to her but I checked several times

when I put it on the frame. I wanted to make sure that the stretch went the length

of the frame and not the other way around. And I also made sure not to wind the

frame and quilt too tight so that the minky would not suck in once it was off the

frame. Ask me how I know that? Yes, I did a baby quilt once with minky and had

to throw it out due to all the puckering when it came off the frame.

So, my word of caution to you is, buy extra of the minky just to ensure that you

have lots of wiggle room.

As promised, I did complete my abstract piece and here it is. Several months

ago, I took an online course with Katie Pasquini Masopust. I love the fact

that you just painted and played and then picked out an area on your

canvas that you liked. This area is then enlarged and you make templates

from the painting.

This was one of the hardest pieces I have ever made; trying to figure out values

of color threw me into panic mode but I kept at it until I was satisfied. Overall,

I am pretty pleased with it but would change some of the steps in the process,

just for future reference.

Here is the backing. I chose a black polyester fabric so I could see all the

colors of threads. And to be quite honest, I think I love the back

better than I do the front. I will have to think about which side the

facing will be attached to.

The entire backing. What do you think?  Add the facing to the

white front or the black backing?

Now, that this abstract piece is completed, I am starting another

larger piece depicting carrots, using Susan Carlson’s fabric

collage technique. I don’t know why I love this picture of carrots

so much, maybe the color? Angela Liddon gave me permission

to make a quilt of this picture that she took of carrots.

Yes, I am crazy but the color bug has

bitten and I can’t help myself. I am already pulling my hair

out in regards to what colors to use. I think that I have finally

settled upon using Joan Wolfrom’s Color Tool. And thus far,

I like what I have done. Here’s a sneak peek.

I really don’t like the brown fabric so it is going to be removed

shortly. Maybe I will be further along next week, so stay tuned.

Have a great week and check out some other Canadian

quilters at The Needle and Thread NEtwork.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Short Post…

Looking at my pictures and quilts from last week, this may be a short

post. I do hope you enjoy the pictures and thanks for checking out my blog.

Bernice made this quilt and was quite excited to pick it up and show

her friends. I can not imagine how long it took her to piece this quilt.

Because I finish so many peoples’ quilts, I do not get much time to

piece my own  quilts, so I am beginning to appreciate even more

all the time and hard work that goes into making a quilt.

Bernice chose a cream polyester thread for the top and the backing.

“Flirtatious” is the name of overall design stitched onto the quilt.

The backing.

Again, a solid colored backing always shows off the quilting beautifully.

The Quilting Design

Joann made this beauty. I was really impressed with how perfect the borders

were on this quilt.

 

Joann’s Quilt

This was a $10 Quilt at a local Quilt Shop, in the area, Country Concessions. They

have alot of bolts of fabric and all arranged by colors. It is always a treat to go

there and just look at the fabric ( I am dreaming when I say that).

Joann picked a light blue So Fine polyester thread for the top and the backing.

Stars were stitched all over the quilt;  a design by Lisa Calle.

The backing

The backing is a beautiful deep blue color. I love it! When using a print for

the backing, it is more difficult to see the quilting. It all comes down to

personal preference.

Earlier in the year, I took an online class with Katie Pasquini Masopust.

Yes, that is a mouthful. She is quite the abstract artist and I love some of

her work.   It really surprises me that I like this art type.

This is my attempt at my first abstract art piece. The picture

is a bit dark, so I apologize for that.

Here is a close up view of another area of the piece. Hopefully, I will

get it quilted up this week and bound. Maybe I will show you

the finished piece next week.

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A Baby Boom…

This is the second week of baby quilts;  I am beginning to think that there is a

baby boom out there, or at least in this area of Central Ontario.

Modern BAby Quilt

One of my husband’s co-workers just had a baby boy.  And my husband wanted

a quilt for the baby. So, I picked this up at Lens Mills and quilted it. Because this

was a rush job, I merely outlined the blocks.

Cute baby blocks

I thought the pattern was cute. The edging has no binding because I folded both

of the backing and top edges together and stitched it down.

The backing

I decided on a fun blue flannel print for the backing. The flannel will

help keep the baby warm and it is so soft.

I don’t know about you but I find making quilts for other people so hard,

especially when you don’t know them that well. Quilts and art are similar in

that peoples’ tastes are so different and unique.

Guild Comfort Quilt

Our Guild, Kempenfelt Guild, usually makes alot of comfort quilts for the

local hospital. Here are 2 that I have been hanging onto for the past 7 months.

Time to get them done and out the door.

Brenda bought all the fabric and pieced these  2 following Comfort quilts together.

It never  ceases to impress me how generous quilters are with their time and money.

Thanks Brenda!

The backing\

The backing of the first Comfort Quilt. Here is Brenda’s second Comfort quilt.

Comfort Quilt #2

This one is really cute and what a great idea to give non quilters such

a homemade and unique gift.

For both quilts, I stitched a fun panto called “Popcorn” onto the quilts. I also

used a matching polyester thread for the top.

Jeanette is on a mission to make all of her grandkids a quilt. She is almost there

too. The middle of this quilt is a panel and she added the 9 Patch and Monkey Wrench

blocks to make the panel into a quilt and fit onto the  twin bed size.

Jeanette’s Quilt

What a great idea! Did I mention how smart quilters are as well?

The backing is really a darker color but my camera and monitor are having issues with

one another. Jeanette chose a simple swirl design to represent the motion of a truck

moving. A grey polyester thread was used for the top and backing too.

Anne’s Quilt

Anne is also making quilts for her grandkids. I didn’t know there was “Anne Of

Green Gables” fabric out there but there is. One of Anne’s grandkids is reading

the “Anne Of Green Gables” series and so, she made her a quilt to go along with it.

I am sure that her grand daughter will cherish this quilt for a long time.

Flowers were stitched onto the quilt; if you look at the light pink fabric, you can

see the flowers.

The backing is also fun and suits the quilt perfectly. A light So Fine blue thread

was used for the top and the backing.

Anne’s 2nd quilt

Anne also made this fun quilt for her grandson. She said that she had alot of fun

putting this one together and it went together fast due to all the big sizes of the

blocks.Her grandson loves soccer and so the fabric is spot on.

The backing

And the backing is perfect as well. Well done Anne! I am sure your grandson will

love this quilt. Again, a simple swirl was chosen to mimic the rolls of the soccer ball.

Lori made this lovely quilt for someone special too. She was quite creative in that

she designed the outer  border area. What a great idea to use up leftovers from the

top and a great way to add interest  as well.

Lori’s Quilt

Here is a close up of the border area and the blocks in the quilt itself.

Lori chose a floral design and I quite like how it looks in the border area.

A white polyester thread was used for the top and the backing.

The backing.

Having such a dark backing can really create alot of tension issues if you choose

to use 2 different colored threads, especially a light for the top and a dark for the

backing. But we longarmers try our hardest to make it work.

I hope you enjoyed the eye candy, have a great week and check out

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