Happy Skiers and Snowmobilers….

In my small corner of the world, we have snow. It fell quietly last night and

amounted to about 4-5 inches. The skiers and snowmobilers are going to be

very happy from here on in. As for me, it makes me happy too because I

can stay indoors and sew and quilt all day long. There is now no temptation

to go outside. What about you? Do you like the snow?

This quilt was quilted in the early fall so I don’t remember who created it.

The yellow really plays nicely with the black and grey colors.

This block stood out to me, not quite sure why but I do like the

transparency of the inner block inside the yellow.

I also found the 4 patch and white block interesting as well.

“Flirtatous” is the name of the overall design stitched onto the

top. I used a light cream color for the top of the quilt and a

black polyester thread for the back of the quilt. Beware of

tension issues when using a light colored thread on the top of

your quilt and a dark colored thread on the backing.

The backing

As you can see by the photo above, the backing almost looks grey but in the

photo below, it is actually black.

Again, I can’t remember who created this quilt. I do like the piecing, very effective

visually. So much so, that I pieced together a baby quilt using the same pattern.

A close up of the blocks; I was pleasantly surprised how quickly these blocks

go together. Mind you, mine didn’t have so many pieces in the individual

blocks.

“Swirl” is the name of the design quilted onto the top. I used  a grey

polyester thread for the top and the backing.

The backing has gorgeous fabric on it and I think it reminds me of Lynn.

A close up of the backing.

 

Jeanette or Anne made this quilt from a panel. What a great idea to add

blocks to enlarge the panel. And it adds to the theme and color of the panel

as well. Quilters can be so creative. This is one aspect of my job that I love;

seeing how others come up with their own designs.

A close up of the blocks and fabric used for the quilt.

The backing

This backing isn’t cotton but a thin polyester fabric. It worked well on the frame

and didn’t give me any trouble at all. Feel free to use other fabrics than cotton

on the back of your quilts. Just remember to consider how stretchy the fabric

may be before you purchase it.

Leaves were stitched all over the quilt and a light blue So Fine Thread was used

for the top and the backing.

Lynn made this quilt as a result of a BOM at her local Guild. I love the colors and

Lynn went bold in her choice of thread color-teal.

An overall swirl was quilted and one of her lucky grandkids will be

getting this baby.

Hope you get out and enjoy the snow, if you have any in your corner

of the world.

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Details, details…

The days and weeks leading up to Christmas  Day is always a busy time. Are you

discovering this phenomena? By the time that Christmas Day finally rolls

around, it is a huge relief to have all the details taken care of. Here are some

details that I have been trying to take care of lately.

Carol’s Quilt

Carol is a very generous person and has taken lots of trips to Jamaica, if I remember

correctly, to help out the locals there. In doing so, she raises money by making charity

quilts. This particular quilt is made from scraps that were left over from a previous quilt

that she had made before. Did I mention that she is pretty clever as well?

I used a monfilament thread to stitch around all the blocks. Carol didn’t know what she

wanted in the background section so I decided to stitch in straight lines. As I was stitching,

I noticed that the pattern was really a  2″ wide square. How cool was that? By the time I was

finished, it almost looked like a plaid fabric.

The backing

The backing fabric was really interesting;  lots of words on it.

I used a cream polyester thread on the back of the quilt. Carol was pleased with

the result and so was I.

Dorothy’s quilt

Dorothy made this cute little baby quilt. I love it when my customer’s

decide to be creative and make their own designs and quilts.

 

I tried to mimic all the designs on the quilt itself so I added some waves for the

water and some more grass on the quilt top. I also added another daisy and outlined

the petals.

Here is the backing. You can really see the pattern on the back of the quilt.

Jeanette made this panel quilt. She added some 9 patch blocks on the top and

the bottom of this panel. She chose an oak and leaf pattern for the stitching.

Here is what the 9 patch looks like. You can really see the stitching in this

block. I used a brown polyester thread for the quilt top and the backing.

The backing

I love the green flannel on the back of the quilt.

Here is a close up of the back of the  quilt.

A floral quilt

I can’t remember who made this quilt but it is definitely for a little girl.

I used a light pink polyester thread for the top and the backing.

The overall design used on the quilt top was called “Rose Vine.”

The border section of the quilt top.

The backing

The green fabric is really nice and suits the quilt nicely.

Once again, it is nice to see a close up of the backing fabric and the

stitching. Hope you are taking some time to enjoy  this Christmas Season.

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Tis the Season…

Tis the season for spending money, eating, and running around like a chicken

with its head cut off. Does this sound familiar to you? Yup, it feels like this to

me right now.

Here are a few photos of quilts I have completed recently.

Evelyn’s Quilt

Evelyn has been busy making quilts. This is the second one of this pattern, only in

a different color way. It is quite simple but the color choices make it stunning.

A close up of the block and the stitching. I used a monofilament thread for the

ditch work and a white polyester thread for the background motif. Although it

the motif looks complicated, it is quite simple. A loop de loop that looks great

when it is done.

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The backing is a great mix of colors.

Evelyn also created this beauty for her son. She wasn’t sure of what to stitch onto

the top but straight lines work every time and make it feel more masculine.

The blocks, up close and personal. I used a grey polyester thread for the top and the

backing.

The backing and all those straight lines.

A close up of the stitching. Have a great week and don’t stress too much.

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Christine’s Quilt…

This is the quilt that Christine brought to me. I think that it has been

a local Mystery Quilt Class. What made Christine’s extra special was the

fact that she picked all of her own colors. I think she did a great job!

There is a ton of piecing on this quilt. Because I don’t get to do much

piecing any more, I appreciate even more all the time and effort that

goes into making a quilt like this.

Christine made my job somewhat easier because she knew exactly what

she wanted on her quilt: lots of pebbles, straight lines and texture. All of

my favorite things too.

Instead of feathers, Christine wanted a maple leaf to commemorate Canada’s 150th

Birthday.  In the above picture, you can see the maple leaf in the corner of

the cream section. In the sashing area, I stitched in straight lines.

The block also had a combination of straight lines, pebbles , and swirls. You

can’t  go wrong with that combination.

The outer border

The outside border was very complex looking; what a great pieced border. I SID around all the

little squares and added pebbling in those small areas. The outside border had pebbles and

leaving those small squares blank didn’t look right to me.

More pebbles in the colored square. At first, the colored thread didn’t appeal to me

but as I kept working on the quilt, it grew on me and I fell in love with it. I used

a monofilament clear thread for all the ditch work. It saves alot of time for me.

I don’t have to change thread colors constantly.

One of the 9 blocks

As you can see, the fabrics are gorgeous. There is also a Maple Leaf in the center square

of each block. The Maple Leaves were integrated all over the quilt.

More Maple Leaves, pebbles and straight lines. I also used a cream polyester thread

for the cream areas and the backing.

Some of the offset blocks consisted of this design.

The finished quilt.

I love the before and after shots of quilts. All the stitching really brings a quilt to life.

The backing

You  must not forget the backing. It also has its own story to tell. And how can

you resist all that yummy texture?

This is my favorite shot of the quilt. You can see all the texture and designs showing

through.

The border area

And here  is the border area. Again, more texture. Christine loved her quilt and at the

end of the day, that is all that matters.

I can’t remember who made this quilt but soon it will be that Christmas Season

once again.

The pattern is a loopy Star design by Linda Taylor. I used a light brown

polyester thread for the top and a light cream for the backing.

The backing

Again, the backing tells its own story.

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A New Line…

As promised, I do have pictures of the new line that Northcott is coming

out with.  I must warn you though, they are very enticing.

Green Colorway

This is a digitally printed fabric;  it is a part of the new line that was revealed this

past weekend, at Quilt Market, in Houston. And you are getting your own

private viewing. Yeah, I am going a little overboard.

A Close Up

Because 2 of the quilts were the same, except for the color, I chose to

quilt them differently.

A Close Up

For this green colorway, I interpreted the quilt as having fallen leaves on the

forest floor, so I quilted in pine needles as the background filler. I only came

up with this idea after taking a walk and racking my brain for ideas.

The leaves

This is also a digitally printed fabric that looks like marble or granite.

I am seriously thinking that I have to get my hands on some of this

fabric.

Table runner

I also love this table runner;  So simple yet effective.

A Magnifico Thread was used for the top background filler. I used a

monofilament thread to do all the SID (stitch in the ditch).

Close up

Because leaves were the theme of this particular line, I  thought of rocks,

pine needles, wind, and pebbles as the background fillers.

The Backing

This is the backing of the tablerunner. Again, I love the leaves, the color gradations,

and the stitching.

More close up and texture .

This is the same quilt but only in a different colorway. This is my

favorite piece and colors .

For this quilt, I thought of the wind blowing through all the leaves so

I quilted  in swirls through the middle of the quilt.

The center of the quilt

In the outer areas of the quilt, I quilted in rocks so it resembles leaves on the

ground.

Here is a close up of the rocks I stitched in the top.

More swirls to represent the wind blowing through the leaves.

The backing. I am totally in love with this color gradation!!

A close up of the stitching on the backing. So, what do you think of this

new line?

This is what I am working or right now. The blue carrots are really

stretching me; I have to admit that I will be happy when this one is

finished. Still wondering how I will quilt this one up.

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A Sneak Peek…

I hope that you enjoyed our local Quilt Show in the past few posts. Now I

am catching up with clients’ quilts and this post holds pictures of those  for you.

There is also a special sneak peek at the end of the post but you will

have to wait for the full reveal next week.

Mary created this quilt a long time ago; it’s funny when she looks back at it

now because her taste has changed so much. Can you remember your

first quilt? Fast forward to today and check out how your quilts have

changed since then.

A close up of the blocks and the fabrics in the quilt. It reminds me of

a quilt by Zen Chic.

A pieced backing always adds so much more interest to the quilt.

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

Carol made this quilt from plaid shirts that she picked up at the

Thrift STore.

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I love the newspaper print fabric in this block. A cream polyester thread

was used for the top and the backing. Flirtatious is the name of the

overall design stitched onto the quilt.

The backing

The backing is a light green fabric that is really shiny and soft.

You can really see all the texture from the quilting on the top.

This is quilt #2 for Carol. The same design is stitched all over

the quilt and a light pink polyester thread was used for the top

and the backing.

I really like the light floral print on the backing of the quilt.

Floral backing

The flowers are very feminine and pretty.

Carol’s Owl quilt

This Owl quilt is so cute. Carol is  quite the  piecer and very quick too.

How can you not love this owl?

A grey backing for the Owl Quilt. Happy Times is the name of the

overall design stitched on the quilt. A light grey polyester thread

was used for the top and the backing.

Square Quilt

Carol also made this beauty. I really love the colors in this one. I used a

monofilament thread to do all the ditch work. White  thread was used for the

border areas.

I love the straight line quilting in the border area.

Inside Border area

The inside border area, has  the same design as the blocks.

The backing

The backing is full of texture. You can see all the outlines of the blocks from

the quilt top.

 

Another graphic design that I love. Carol also created this quilt.

Triangle Quilt

Each block is composed of 4 half triangles stitched together.  I really like the

overall design but I can not imagine how much time it took to piece this baby.

The backing

I used a white polyester thread for the top and the backing.

Again, I love the overall design of the quilting on the backing.

And now, for the sneak peek. Northcott contacted me to help

do some longarming for the upcoming Quilt Show in Houston.

This is the backing of one of the tablerunners I completed. All I have to say is

“The fall fabric is gorgeous!”

I have got to buy some. Even though it is digitally printed, the colors in this

table runner  are full of reds, oranges, and creams.  I think that you

will agree when you see the full quilt.

Next week, I will show you all 4 of the pieces I did for them.

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Local Quilt Show-Part 3

Here are the last photos from the local Quilt Show. I hope that you

enjoy the show as much as I did.

This is a completed 365 Quilt, made by Mary. I was really

surprised by how heavy it was, that is without any stitching or

batting underneath it either. I quilted it for Mary and she

recommended using a flannel sheet for the batting. What a great

idea! It wasn’t too thick, like traditional batting but it would still

hold and show off the quilting beautifully.

Close up

Mary also chose a simple quilting design, called “Swirl” by Norma Sharp.

With all the prints in the quilt, the quilting doesn’t show up that much so

simple is better in this case.

Love the colors and the pattern of this one.

African prints

Who can resist the black and white zebra  print in this quilt?

Dragonflies

I really like the colors and pattern of this wallhanging. I quilted one for a customer

last week so the pictures will be coming soon.

A close up of the dragonflies-beautiful!

From Deauville to Cape Cod

This one is mine. I finally finished it after 2 years. I had so much fun looking for all

the small embellishments to add to it. Alot of the embellishments were  earrings or

buttons. Funny where you can find stuff to put on a quilt.

What is one weird place or item that you have found or used on a quilt, that

wouldn’t normally be used for quilting?

Marlies’ Quilt

Marlies made this wallhanging in a class with Al Cote. I have mentioned his name

before. He lives in Niagara Falls and is a very talented quilt artist. If you ever get a

chance to take one of his classes, do it! I promise that you won’t be disappointed.

Cool wallhanging.

This one reminds me of an aboriginal design.

Wow! So much piecing in this one.

Christine’s Quilt

Christine made this beauty. Maple Leaves were added to it because it is her

ode to Canada’s 150th Birthday. What a great gift this would be.

There is alot of straight lines and pebbling on this quilt, along with maple leaves.

Linda made this quilt; she is very talented when it comes to designing her own

quilt patterns.

Hand Embroidery

I love all forms of stitching and I couldn’t pass up taking a shot of this. Such

patience in making this piece. Good thing we all have different interests or the

world would be a boring place.

Love the colors!

‘Hand Embroidery?

Again, alot of time and effort went into this piece.

Flowers

This looks so exquisite.  Love, love, love it! The colors, the stitching, the way it

is being displayed.

A close up of the same flower.

More Canadiana quilts;  everyone was hard at work this year making something

to remember our country’s 150th Birthday.

Mary’s Quilt

Mary made this wallhanging to honor both her American heritage and her

Canadian family.She did a great job!

You have got to love the Mounties in uniform. For all those out there who are not

Canadian, “Mounties” is a term for one branch of our Police Force.

This is the tulip that was chosen for this year’s celebration of Canada’s

Birthday; can’t recall its name though. Anyone know its name?

Love the red and white colors.

Pictorial Quilt

This quilt depicts different geographical locations all over Canada.

Sun Bonnet Sue

Even Sun Bonnet Sue participated in  Canada’s 150th Birthday;  she travelled all over Canada.

Row by Row quilt of Canada.

Maple Leaf Quilt

Our beloved Maple Leaf; alot of them around this time of the year.

Canadian Quilt

I really love the colors and Canadian items in this quilt.

Several close ups of the blocks.

This beaver looks a little skinny to me.

Rughooking

I couldn’t pass up showing pictures of these hooked rugs. The colors and pictures

are so gorgeous.

More hooked rugs

So many talented people in this area.

More rugs

The top hooked rug, of the Boat, is stunning. It must have been a nightmare choosing those

colors.

Mary’s Elephant

Mary’s Elephant was stunning and won the “Best Wallhanging” at the Show.

I learned so much about elephants when I quilted this piece. Funny how quilting

can lead to something totally unrelated. So much fun to still be learning.

Close up

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