FIGO’S New Line…

Northcott’s new modern division, Figo, has just released another new line.

I had the privilege of quilting some of their  quilt for this new line.

Just a side note, I do not receive any compensation for posting this on my blog;

I thought that you might enjoy seeing the new fabrics and some of the new

patterns.

I’m unsure of who designed the quilt pattern and   fabrics. I do try to keep track

of all of this pertinent information for you but not this time. I will work on this

for future reference.

The backing fabric. Karlee Porter designed the orange peel motif that was

stitched all over the quilt top. A clear monofilament thread was used for the

top of the quilt and matching polyester thread for the backing.

Whenever I use a Karlee Porter motif, the motif needs to be redesigned

in my digital program, Creative Studio 7, from Gammill, so that the motifs

are quilted tightly together.

A Modern Wave

This quilt has a design stitched onto it that is called “Modern Wave” by

Anita Shackelford. She digitally designs alot of quilting patterns; this one is

amongst one of my favorites. It’s so cool to watch it being stitched out and to

even look at it later, as it looks like there are actual moving waves on a stationary

quilt.

Nova Star Quilt

Then Came June created this Nova Star Quilt. Alot of piecing involved but beuatiful when

completed.

Cactus backing fabric

The backing fabric is covered in cactus.Glad the fabric is soft and not prickly.

Circles were quilted all over these hexagons. I love all the stitching: it creates

so much texture. And I love texture!!

 

The backing fabric has cats all over it. For all those cat lovers out there, you will

love this new line.

Tessa Quilt

The color orange is really beginning to grow on me. This quilt is very cheery and makes

me happy just looking at it. Don’t we all need a shot of happiness right now?

Kitchen Table Quilting designed this quilt.

The backing fabric is cheerful as well.

Modern Squares

“Solistice Lights” by Cotton + Joy is the name of this quilt. Monofilament thread was used on the

front and matching thread again, on the backing.

I could go for an ice cream cone right now. r

The backing fabric looks like alot of fun. Take a closer peek and you will

see people swimming in the water.

 

This quilt was designed by Pen +Paper Patterns.  The title of the quilt is “Fresh As A Daisy.

Christina wanted straight line quilting, which I love, and the end result is texture.

The backing

The Mary Quilt was designed by Kitchen Table Quilting. She has designed alot of quilts.

The backing fabric is full of flowers too. A grid was stitched all over the quilt top.

I actually designed it myself. I am getting a little braver these  days and trying out some

new ideas. It’s not as scary as I thought it was. Maybe it’s time for you to try some

new things too.

Hope you have a good week.

 

 

 

It’s Hot…..

I’m not sure about you but it’s hot here!

Funny, it was cold a month ago and now it’s hot. Seems like I can never be

satisfied.

Even though the weather isn’t co-operating , these quilts are providing me

some relief from the heat.

Lesley made this beauty.

I love the colors of this Canadiana Quilt. Maple Leaves were stitched all

over it in a light teal color.

The Backing

Polyester thread, matching the teal color, was used for the front and the backing.

The colors are very rich looking on this quilt. Gorgeous fabrics were used too.

The bright backing fabric matches the colors of the quilt top.

Lesley also made this quilt. A light gold thread was used for the quilting.

Caroline’s Quilt

Carline made this strip quilt. It is so soft and pretty. Because there were so many floral

patterns in the fabrics used for the quilt, I thought it  was a good idea to quilt in flowers.

The name of the overall stitching pattern is “Summer Breeze.” It is quite pretty too.

Lesley’s Circle Quilt

It seems like there is a circular theme happening in this post.  I really love all the lines and the

subtle circle in the middle of the quilt.

Again,  the backing shows off the circles. I really like this quilting design. There are so

many out there, that it is hard to pick one sometimes.

Caroline’s Quilt

Caroline also made this quilt. I don’t see many orange quilts and this quilt

has a very unique color combination. I like it though.

Summer Breeze was also used on this quilt too.

The backing is a solid color so it shows off the stitching really well.

Caroline’s penguins. I love the penguins but they  stumped me for a while.

What do I quilt on penguins to compliment them? Of course, water came to mind and then,

Anita Shackleford’s “Modern Curves” popped in my mind. I love how the stitching

looks like there are waves on the quilt. Now the penguins are happy that they

can play in the water.

A green baby penguin. You are seeing lots of colorful animals today.

The backing almost looks like waves as well. I used a clear monofilament

thread on the top of the quilt and a dark thread on the backing.

Elizabeth Hartman’s Desert Quilt

This is the quilt that I am working on right now. Elizabeth Hartman is the designer. She

creates alot of animal quilting patterns.

6 adorable little bunnies.  I love their white cotton ball tail.

Have you ever seen a blue bunny before? Well, now you have.

What about a green raccoon?

Almost done, only 2 more animals to go. I like these quilts because

there are only 6-9 blocks that need to be made of each animal.

By the time I get bored with making this number of blocks, I

am moving onto the next block.

What are you working on right now? Or taking a break to enjoy the

hot weather?

Have a good week. See you next week.

 

 

Making Masks…

I have been making masks for several weeks now.

Kids’ fabrics always look like so much fun so I had to make some

masks, just to try them out. Of course, I did find homes for them, so it

was not a futile exercise. I found the free pattern on CraftPassion.com.

I ran out of elastic so I made my own strips for the masks. They took a

little bit of time to create but they match the mask. Fashion is not

out of style, even when wearing a mask.

There are several types I have made but I like this style the best. So easy to cut

out and sew together.

Angie’s Quilt

This quilt was made by Angie and I love all the hearts covering it. It amazes me

how much the stitching brings a quilt to life. Of course, the texture is what

draws me in.

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

The Backing

I love a solid backing because you can see all the quilting and the texture

it creates. Backings, like the quilt top, is a very personal choice though. Pick

what you like.

Pat’s Quilt

I really love this feather quilt. Straight lines really call to me right now.

Pat made this quilt and she did a great job. The colors are really

interesting too, although the sunlight doesn’t do the quilt justice.

Straight lines were quilted all over the top.  A man is receiving this quilt,so

straight lines work well.

The backing

You can see all the texture and straight lines on the backing of the quilt.

Have a safe week and enjoy the sunshine.

 

What Are You Working On Right Now?

I’m wondering what you are working on right now?

I’m just trying to stay cool, as it got pretty hot and humid here today.

Funny how the weather changes so much. Two weeks ago, we had snow!

Besides the weather, there is alot of  cuteness happening here. Take a look

for yourself.

Pat’s Quilt

Pat made this quilt from her grandson’s clothes when he was younger.

It was so much fun looking at the clothes as I was quilting around it.

Of course, the tractor had to get some rocks to keep busy.

The pj’s were so fun and soft. If you are planning on using T-shirts or

baby clothes in a quilt, make sure you use a stabilizer behind the blocks which

have baby clothes on them. Otherwise, the blocks can stretch like crazy!

You can use either a sew in stabilizer or a fusible one that you iron onto

the back of T-shirts and pj’s. I think the fusible stabilizer would be less fussy

to deal with.

These corduroy overalls were really thick and I could not quilt through all of these

layers. Something else to keep in mind when you tackle a project like this.

Pat did a great job, don’t get me wrong.

What a great way to use  the waist bands and labels on jeans and T-shirts.

Again, please be mindful of where you place things. There were several

zippers on this quilt too. I had to be careful stitching  around them as well.

The backing

Great choice, Pat!  The fabric on the back blends with the top perfectly.

Quilt #2

Pat also made this quilt for another grandson. Lucky boys! More cuteness to look at.

I love the T-shirts on this quilt. It reminds me of my boys, when they were growing up.

Look at these overalls. How can you not love these cuties? Again, I had to be careful

stitching around the clasps on the overalls. I had nightmares of knocking the timing

off of my machine. All went well, not to worry.

The backing of the second quilt. I used a clear monfilament thread for the

front of the two quilts and matched the backing thread to the color of the

backing fabric. I used alot of straight lines because it makes the quilt

more masculine, in my opinion.

BAby Quilt

It seems there is a theme this week: baby quilts. This quilt was made for a

grand daughter as well. It is very bright and cheerful. The song”You Are My

Sunshine” was quilted in the middle of the quilt.

The rest of the quilt received  smiling suns  all over it. A bright yellow

polyester thread was used for the front and back of the quilt.

You can see the words quilted onto the top.

The backing fabric is very cheerful as well.

Pat’s Quilt

Pat made this lovely Hexagon Quilt. The colors are very calming and relaxing.

The Quilt Design

Pat picked a very simple all over design for the quilt.

The backing

Sometimes, it’s hard to choose how big or small to make a quilting motif. Many

times I measure the size of the blocks or the border of the quilt and it helps me

to make sure the scale of the quilting pattern is correct.

Joan’s Quilt

Another grand daughter is receiving a quilt. Very lucky young lady indeed.

I really love this quilt. The fabrics are Japanese ;  I love the colors and the pattern.

The flowers that are stitched here  are one of my favorites right now. A soft tan thread color

was used on the front of the quilt and the backing.

The backing fabric is very beautiful as well.

Hoping that you are getting some projects finished up

before the hot weather gets here and all we do

is sweat it out. Have a great week and stay safe.

 

 

A Sneak Peek…

A few months back, I was working on some quilts for a Canadian fabric company,

Northcott. They are located in the north part of Toronto, Canada.

Every now and then,I quilt some quilts for them. This is their latest

line coming out so I am unsure if I should be showing these yet.

In that case, I will  put several pictures for you to see.

Back of the quilt

I know, looking at the back of the quilt is not as exciting as the front.

Although it does show off the texture beautifully. And I do love the texture

on the back of a quilt.

I was looking through Northcott’s fabric line and they are gorgeous!!

I think that I may have to buy some fabric from them. 1 meter of every

line you have, please. How in the world would I manage to sneak that

into the house?

Have a good week and hopefully, I will have the pictures of the front of

those quilts for you.

More Quilts….

Here are a few pictures of quilts that I completed for customers within

the past month.

Nancy’s Quilt

Nancy made this colorful quilt for someone special. I really like the colors in

this quilt.I’m not sure about you but the Log Cabin pattern still stirs my heart.

The backing

The backing of the quilt is made up of black flannel. It makes the quilt nice

and snuggly.

Joan’s Quilt

Joan makes alot of quilts for charity. She is a very generous person. As I mentioned

before, if you have any scraps you want to get rid of, I know the person to give them to.

The backing

The color of the backing matches the front perfectly.  “Popcorn” was the name of

the design stitched all over the top of the quilt.

Joan’s Quilt

Here is another quilt made by Joan. I am amazed at how quickly Joan can put a

quilt together.

Bright and Cheery

The Backing

The stitching shows off the quilting beautifully.

Roopa’s Quilt

Roopa made this quilt for her son. I love the geometric lines on this quilt. I quilted in the

lines on the tiger and the triangles, in the middle  panel. In the outer border area, a

panto was used to fill in the area.

Inner Panel

I used a monofilament thread on the top of the quilt and a light grey polyester thread

for the backing.

The backing

The monofilament thread blends perfectly with the front of the quilt and all you see is the

texture created by the stitching.

My blocks

Here is what I have been working on lately. I had 105 -2″ blocks and wanted to use them

up. I thought that adding a large white border around the colored blocks would

make a nice modern quilt.

My pile

Now, all I have to do is sew them all together. That might take another few months or

so. I hope that you get  to your pile before I do.

Have a good, safe week.

Getting Tired of This….

I’m not sure about you but I am beginning to get tired of this Covid 19.

But I will stay home and quilt, how tortoreous is that?

Here are some quilts that I completed this past year.

I really like the colors of this quilt. I’m sorry that I don’t remember who created this

beautiful quilt.

She wanted this “Meandering Marigold” design all over the top. I called another

longarmer and she was gracious enough to let me know where I could purchase

the digital pattern, at My Creative Stitches.

I used a light taupe Omni thread for the top and the backing.

Nancy’s Quilt

Nancy made this for someone special who is currently living outside of Canada.

She’s hoping it reminds him of Canada and Muskoka.

A Maple Leaf design was stitched all over the top, it is great for a Canadiana quilt.

The BAcking

Christmas Panel

This Christmas Panel is so cool. I stitched snowflakes all over it.

The dog hanging out the window is pretty cool too.

Joan’s Quilt

Joan made this scrappy quilt. She is a very kind and generous person. All of her

quilts are donated to charity.

The Backing of the Quilt

The floral print matches the top perfectly.

Joan’s Quilt #2

Joan also made this quilt too. I think that flowers were stitched all over this quilt.

The backing of this quilt. Again it suits the top beautifully.

Hope you are staying safe and sane.

It’s funny because the highlight of my week is my husband going to Costco and

coming home with goodies to eat. Makes me feel like a kid again.

What are some things that are amusing you these days?

Have a good week.

Working away…..

Here are some of the quilts I completed several months ago. I am trying to catch

up on posting finished quilts.

Blue Quilt

I love the border in this Sampler quilt. Pieced borders take alot more time but

add so much more interest to the quilt, in my opinion.

A nice close up of the border area. I just remembered that Anna made this

quilt. She is a really quick piecer.

Here is what the back looks like. We used a pattern called “Soho” for the

quilting design.

Anna also made this quilt. I really, really like this pattern. It is  made

out of flannel fabric so it will be nice and toasty warm to cuddle up in.

A plaid design was stitched all over the quilt in a medium colored grey

polyester thread.

The backing

I love the red plaid fabric on the backing as well.

BAby quilt

This is a very colorful baby quilt. Butterflies were stitched all over the top.

You can even see some butterflies on the quilt top.

The backing

You have got to love the bright and cheerful color used for the backing of this quilt.

Anyone starting a new hobby? Stay safe and see you next week.

A Ribbon Quilt…

As promised, here is the ribbon quilt I was talking about last week.

My daughter made this quilt with most of her Fair ribbons.

FAir Ribbons

I didn’t think that the ribbons would be a problem stitching through and they

weren’t. It was my first ribbon quilt. There are not many of these around.

Julie’s Quilt

Julie made this cute sheep quilt. I really love all the colors and fabrics. How can you

not love a cute quilt like this?  It made me smile the whole time I was working on it.

“Popcorn” was the name of the design stitched all over the quilt. It kind of looks like

wool so that’s why it was chosen. We even went further and used a bright lime

green  polyester thread for the top and the backing.

Colorful Quilt

Here’s a colorful quilt I worked on recently.”Soho” is the name of the overall

stitching design on the quilt.

A close up for you. Love all the bright colors in this quilt.

Roopa made this quilt for her son. I’m not sure who designed the tiger

but it looks like something Violet Craft would make. She  designs alot of

fractured geometric patterns and this one fits  perfectly into this category.

I did manage to finish it yesterday so I will have to post some

pictures of the finished quilt, in all of its glorious texture.

Due to all that’s going on right now, I am trying to sketch daily.

Here is what I drew last week.

Can you guess all the items in the photo?

I have even started challenging  my kids to draw with me. It helps to take our minds off what’s

going on  and helps us to be able to do something together. My son isn’t  living at

home right now so it works out even better.

I read an article last week, that mentioned how Winston Churchill took up

painting, at the age of 40, while the second World War was going on. It

actually helped him to de-stress and get through the war.

What are you and your kids doing to stay busy and entertained? Maybe

try something you have done before? You may be pleasantly surprised.

Have a good week and stay safe.

 

 

Keeping busy…

Hello, I hope that you are staying inside and keeping safe.

Here are some quilts that I completed for clients within the last month.

Joan’s Quilt

Joan made this cute panel into a baby quilt for her new grand daughter. The animals

are very sweet and the fabric is gorgeous!

I stitched around all the animals and the blocks. The outer border received leaves .

Joan’s Quilt

Its funny that these two quilts were made by two different ladies with the same name:”Joan.”

I just realized that as I loaded the pictures for this blog post. It made me laugh. Yes, I am

easily amused.

A Charity Quilt

These quilts that are made by Joan are given to charity. She is a very generous person.

If you have any scrap fabric you would like to get rid of, I know a lady that I could pass it

on to and she would be very happy to receive it and sew it up into a charity quilt.

The Backing

The backing of the quilt. I used a cream Omni thread for the backing and a light pink thread

on the front of the quilt.

Charity Quilt #2

Joan also made this quilt for charity. Love the pink color. I used a light pink OMni polyester

thread for the top and the backing.

Swirls were stitched all over the quilt. The name of the design is “Soho”

The backing

Hope you are staying inside and safe. It’s a great time to sew, quilt or learn a new

hobby or skill. I have been tying my hand at sketching something  once a day. I will have to

show you my scribbles next time.

I also quilted my first Ribbon quilt this week. I will have to show pictures of this too.

See you next week.