What do these 3 things have in common?

What does cheesecloth, a piano, and a BOM all have in common?

Due to Covid and all that surrounds it, I thought I would challenge myself

with learning some new skills. I will explain a little more in the post.

Anne made this for her daughter for Christmas. She loves it and is deciding where to hang it in her house.

It is beautiful!!Lots of stitching in the background areas.

This is the BOM I am working on for this year from the Quilt Show. I like houses for some reason and the

circular design appeals to me. On the right side, is the picture of the houses that I have completed thus far.

The paper piecing method used is very helpful, in that you don’t have to sew through the paper foundation.

No ripping out paper after it is sewn, yahoo!!

Lastly, I am taking an online class with Mary Pal. She specializes in cheesecloth

landscapes and portraits. I wanted to learn how she does this and now I know.

She uses glue to sculpt layers of cheesecloth. She is also a Canadian

artist so I had to take her class. I think the platform she uses is called “Craft Course.”

She has alot of videos and explains her technique really well.

I hope that you are staying safe and hoping that you are learning some new skills

to get through this hard time.

See you next week.

Happy Belated New Year!!

I know that this is late but “Happy Belated New Year!”

Over the holidays, we were having technical difficulties with

our internet. It’s all good now though.

Here are a few quilt photos of Northcott’s Fall fabric line, 2020.

I really liked all the straight line quilting. The colors are pretty vibrant as well.

Cathy created this really cute baby quilt. Daisies were quilted all over it in a white polyester thread.

Sharon created this beauty for her brother and sister in law. They were celebrating their 27th wedding

anniversary.What a gift to receive! The special couple really like Celtic designs so that was the theme

that I went with. Celtic motifs were stitched in all over the quilt. This is a picture of what a quilt looks

like when it comes to me. It is a blank canvas and I have to decide what to do with all that open space.

I do have a picture of the completed quilt but I do have to find it. You will have to wait for next week.

Hope you have a good week and stay safe.

Getting Closer to Christmas…

Hoping that you are getting prepared for the big day next week. I still have

wrapping and cookie baking to do. What about you?

It is nice when everything is done and you can sit back, for a while anyways,

and enjoy the celebrations. I am planning on being better prepared next year.

This is a quilt that Figo, a modern branch of Northcott, released in their Fall, 2020, digital line. It is very

colorful and bright, perfect for this time of the year.

Another quilt of Figo’s Fall, 2020, digital fabric release. Love the blue backing on this quilt.

I love the feather wreath on this quilt. It is so traditional but I love it. You really can’t see it that much on the

front of the quilt but it certainly stands out on the back.

I like the colors of this quilt too. Circles were stitched in to help add some movement to the straight lines

of the piecing.

And lastly, another Figo quilt. The subtle wavy line does add lots of movement to the quilt top.

Hope you enjoyed the show. Stay safe and see you next week.

More Quilt Photos…

Here are more photos of quilts that I completed in the fall.

This is Anita’s quilt. Isn’t it beautiful? I love the colors and the fabrics. And I love the feather wreath in the

small squares. Anita wanted feathers on her quilt. That proved to be a little challenging in that all the blocks

are the same size on the outer side of the blocks but in the middle of the blocks, they are all different

sizes. I did manage to quilt in feathers outside of each block. They do look similar but are different sizes.

It works though.

Here are more of the quilts that Northcott recently released. I love the trees and the leaves in each of these

panels.

More of Northcotts’ new fabric line. This quilt is made of wool and is really nice to quilt. You have to be

careful that it doesn’t stretch on you while you have it on the frame though. The quilting really stands out

too but try not to make a mistake because having to take stitches out does leave a bit of a memory in the

fabric.

Joan makes all these scrappy quilts that she donates to various charities. She is such a generous person and

fast quilter. Did I mention that she is also in her 70’s or 80’s? Wow! Hoping that I am that creative when I

reach that stage in my life.

Hope you enjoyed the quilt show. Only 23 days till Christmas. Please don’t hate me for reminding you

of this.

Have a good week.

Quilts That I Have Been Working On….

Here are some photos of quilts that I have been working on lately.

This is another quilt in Northcott’s new line. I love the colors in this printed

panel. I tried to create as much texture as possible. Can you believe that this

panel is printed? These panels are becoming more detailed all the time.

I love the bright colors in this quilt and all those straight lines.

More vivid colors in this quilt. I love the color combination and the stars

and loops that are stitched, help to create lots of movement and texture.

The angled squares that are quilted onto this quilt really stand out.

This is one of my favorite quilting designs.

Daisies were quilted all over this sweet baby quilt.

Another sweet baby quilt that has clouds stitched all over in, in accordance

with the theme of the quilt.

I love the fabrics in this quilt. The fabrics were purchased while the

creator was vacationing in Newfoundland. I grew up there and its a fun

place to visit. You should try it out sometime when this Covid thing is done.

A colorful Pinwheel quilt. I love the grunge fabric on the back of the quilt.

Again, great colors in this quilt. I love the camping fabrics used in this

quilt. Isn’t the fabric one of the factors that we love quilting? And the

fabrics seem to get more beautiful each year.

Hope you enjoyed the quilt show. Stay safe and quilt on.

It’s Cold…

The temperature is getting colder where I am .

This is a really cute doggy quilt. Swirls were quilted all over the quilt

with a cream polyester thread.

Northcott came out with a new line. I really love the blue colors in this

panel. There is ALOT of stitching on this quilt.I used alot of clear

monofilament thead on this quilt. There is alot of pebbles and stones as

well.

If you look closely at the elephant, you will see alot of texture. I was trying

to make the skin of the elephant look like it was cracked and wrinkly.

I really like the pinwheels on this quilt. Baptist fans were quilted all over

the quilt top. Cream thread was used for the quilting.

This orange and blue quilt was hand pieced. Bonnie did a great job with the

piecing. A Celtic Braid was stitched all over the quilt top.

This pieced quilt is really great for a man who loves hunting. IF I remember

correctly, maple leafs were stitched all over the quilt.

I hope you have enjoyed the quilt show. Keep warm and safe. Have a good

week.

Getting Closer To Christmas

I hope that you are wrapping your head around the fact that Christmas is

quickly approaching. I usually begin to freak out about now but with

Covid happening this year, I am trying to get everything done a bit

earlier. What about you? Getting things done earlier or freaking out a

little? Not to worry though, when the big Day is here, everything has

magically been done.

The photo on the right is pretty dark so I apologize for it. As you can see, it

is a black background. I thought that the block in this quilt is pretty simple

but interesting and effective. Swirls were stitched all over it so that some

movement could be added to it.

This quilt is made of fleece, on the front and on the back side, I stitched

around the straight lines and the motifs and then sewed the two sides

together. As you can see, the recipient is a fan of Harry Potter.

What do you think these 2 quilts have in common? If you said, “nothing,”

then you are correct. I placed them together for no reason at all.

The quilt on the left was made for a special new baby, created by Kathy.

I love the colors in it. A simple wavy pattern was stitched all over it.

The elephants of the left are quilted quite heavily. They are a new line

that is coming out for Northcott soon.

Northcott is a Canadian Cotton FAbric company that carries beautiful

silky cotton for quilting, as well as a new modern department called

Figo. They also sell fabrics that are not cotton. You should check them

out. And no, I get no compensation for mentioning them on my blog.

Well, enough eye candy for now.

Have a good week, keep safe, and see you here next week.

Fall Is Upon Us…

The leaves have certainly hit their peak, here in Central Ontario.

I am surprised that there are still alot of leaves left on the trees and

I do not see alot of the vibrant red color this year. The main color

seems to be the orangey yellow color. What about in your area?

What is the dominant color this year? It makes me wonder what

factors contribute to the colors of the trees each year?

Well, I had better get on with this quilting blog.

This lovely quilt was stitched with an overall design called “Maple Syrup.”

A white Omni polyester thread was used for the front and the back.

Look at how vibrant the colors are in this quilt. Feathers were stitched all

over the quilt top. A cream Omni polyester thread was used as well.

Barb”s Celtic Quilt is really beautiful.

Barb wanted to keep the quilting fairly simple so as to not distract from all

of her lovely work.

So I added alot of straight lines in the sashing area and a cable in the outer

border. Because the theme of this quilt was “Celtic,” I thought that the

quilting should follow that theme as well. That means that feathers would

not compliment this quilt, in my mind. However, with that being said, if you

like or want feathers on your quilt, go ahead. It all depends on your own

personal perference.

Pebbles were quilted in the main colored areas of the blocks and swirls

were quilted in the white background areas. Background fills always

stump me. In the end, I usually come up with something.

Now, doesn’t that sound reassuring to you out there. One thing

that I have noticed in the 14 years that I have been longarm quilting, is that

each custom quilt takes time to assess and create its own unique design.

I really never considered design to be a part of quilting before I began

doing this, but it is. It’s fun and challenging some days. Other days, it

becomes easier, much like any other practice. One gets better at it with

lots of practice.

Have a good week and stay safe.

HAPPY BELATED CANADIAN THANKSGIVING…..

I know that Thanksgiving is over and there is still some turkey leftovers but

I had to wish everyone a Canadian Thanksgiving.

Linda made these quilts using eyelet fabric. They make quite interesting

quilting texture. Because the eyelet fabric has holes in it, a piece of cotton is

added on top of the batting but underneath the quilt top. I used a white

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

How do you like the gallery of photos? I am trying out my new layout for

the WordPress blog. I think that I may like this after all.

This is another quilt made by Linda, made out of eyelet fabric. I like the

texture that is created when you stitch over the eyelet fabric.

How do you like those soccer balls? I just realized that this quilt has initials

on it. Isn’t that funny? I didn’t notice that while I was working on it.

For all those Canadians out there, I hope that you had a great Thanksgiving.

We have alot to be thankful for . Enjoy the nice weather and have a good

week.

I’m Still Here….

It has been a crazy three months for me. Lots of people are

quilting due to Covid and Northcott seems to be busy

creating online releases.

Nathalie made this quilt for her daughter. She wanted zig zag lines to

co-ordinate with her bedroom decor.

Im hoping that her daughter liked her quilt. I used a white Omni polyester

thread for the top and the backing.

I can’t recall who made this quilt but it certainly does eat up the scraps you

have hanging around.A swirly design was quilted all over the top.

Joan makes alot of scrappy quilts for charity. She is a very generous person.

The backing fabric is really cute and pink, with hearts as well.

Here is another quilt that Joan made. I love the simplicity of it and all the colors too.

I quilted “Happy Times” all over this quilt. It stitches out fast and looks great.

I hope that you are keeping safe.

WordPress has released a new platform for writing my blog. It is a bit

challenging but I am hoping to get used to it.

What are you learning during Covid?

See you next week.