Elephants…

Here are some of the quilts that I have finished for customers lately.

Mary’s 365 Quilt

Mary has been busy completing this 365 Quilt.  This quilt is not for the

faint of heart. Most of the blocks are 3″ square and the corners blocks are

6″ square. The Australian designer,  Kathryn Kerr, decided to complete one block a day

so it was ranked high on the commitment scale.

I had originally thought I wanted to participate but after 3 months, I ran out of

steam. I am very impressed that Mary completed hers; she always is up for a

challenge.

Black Inner Border

The weight of the quilt surprised me. It actually is quite heavy. Because there are

so many seams and blocks, I think it would have been a nightmare to do all the

Stitch in the Ditch. So, Mary decided on a simple panto called “Swirls ” and I used

a monofilament thread in the top and  grey polyester thread  in the backing.

This helps to hide the thread color and all you see is the lovely piecing and blocks.

Each block is different.

One of the corner blocks, I love the flowers. Mary also picked all of her

fabrics and colors for the quilt by herself; she did a great job.

I noticed that she has an elephant here. I am beginning to think that Mary loves

elephants. She also brought me a quilt that has a fractured elephant on it. You

will have to wait until next week to see that beauty.

Here is the backing. I love the swirls and the colors, so perfect for this quilt.

Another customer of mine, also called Mary, made this quilt to commemorate

Canada’s 150th Birthday. Because Mary is of American descent, she wanted to

include symbols from both Canada and the US.

She designed and pieced this wallhanging. Mary wanted me to add some

more motifs from both countries as well.

Most of the wallhanging already had printed pictures on it so I stitched

around all of those. Then I began looking and thinking about what to

add that represented Canada and the US. I finally came up with

The Parliament Buildings in Ottawa,  an RCMP Officer in full uniform,

a Totem Pole, a Salmon, a moose, an Eagle, and Tim Horton’s.

Overall, it was so much fun. I even became brave and drew most of the

designs free hand. Here is the backing. What a great idea Mary and well done!

“Rowdy Flat Library” is the name of this quilt by Susan Smith from

Australia. Connie sent it to me in the spring and I completed it by the end of June.

Here are some close ups of the quilting but there will be a whole post on this

one particular quilt later on. Connie is still away from home and won’t be able

to see this in person for several more weeks so I don’t want to take away

all of the surprise for her.

A close up of the corner block. What a great appliquer Connie is and the

fabrics she chose are so much fun and gorgeous!! Can’t wait until you see it

in person Connie.

And finally for this post, I am still working on my “Carrots” quilt. Orange is the

color I am in right now and here is a sample of what painting with orange looks like.

I didn’t have the right shades and tones so I painted some of my own.

I can’t wait until this one is finished and gets to the quilting stage.

Have a great week. Check out The Needle and Thread Network.

The Big Rubber Ducky

This past summer, The Big Rubber Ducky was on display in an effort

to create tourism within Ontario. Being a supportive Canadian, we went

to see it in Midland,Ontario.

The Big Rubber Ducky

It took 3 hours to inflate it to full size so it was pretty big. I am unsure of the

prize for this baby but it wasn’t cheap. I was thinking that maybe I could

create something for tourism next year. Maybe an inflatable quilt?

What do you think? Would you come to see it?

150th Quilt

Because this year is Canada’s 150th Birthday, I am seeing alot of Canadiana Quilts.

This one is no exception, very simple to create but it looks great.

Of course, Maple Leaves had to be quilted all over it. What a great quilt for the young

recipient. I can’t remember who made this quilt; I feel like I have been on a roller coaster

ride this summer  and am just barely hanging on.

Another Canadiana Quilt. I really like the panel with the RCMP officer in the middle.

Again, Maple Leaves were quilted all over it. A light polyester cream thread was used

for the top and the backing.

A close up of the young officer.

Sandy’s Quilt

Sandy made this quilt as an experiment. She was  trying  a new

technique and branching out on her own. Good for you Sandy!

It is scary to do your own thing but oh so fulfilling. I encourage you to try

it sometime. You may surprise yourself.

A few close ups of the fabrics in the quilt. Sandy said that she was trying to

capture the mood and colors of a summer’s day in the woods.

The backing

Here is what the backing looked like. I used a light blue polyester thread for the

top and the backing.

“Flirtatious” is the name of the overall design on the quilt.

$10 Quilt/Mystery Quilt

This quilt was either a $10 Quilt at a local Quilt Shop, Country Concessions, or

it was a Mystery Quilt. Remember how I told you earlier it has been a busy

summer? Seems like the memory is the first to go.

Here are a few blocks in the quilt. I really like the one in the bottom picture.

A light cream polyester thread was used for the top and the backing.

And “Happy Times” was the design chosen for the quilting.

And who can forget to show the back? We quilters love to see the front and the back.

A really nice variegated blue backing. Co-ordinates perfectly with the front.

And last but not least, here is Connie’s Quilt. I managed to complete it

before the kids got out of school. And it is now home in Florida.

I promise to have the name of the quilt and the designer for you, for

next week.

Have a great week and check out the Canadian site called

The Thread and Needle Network.

 

Staying cool?

I am not sure about you but here in Central Ontario, it has been hot lately.

We are all trying to stay cool; having a pool certainly does help.

Here is what I have been up to in the past several weeks.

Kaye’s Baby Quilt

Kaye brought me this adorable baby quilt. It has minky on the back and the

top is similar to minky, in texture and touch but not as thick.

My  only concern was that the backing would stretch on the frame and when

it comes off, it is not flat at all. So,  if you are working with minky, make sure

there is alot of backing fabric and load the length of the backing along the

length of the frame.

This ensures that the stretch runs along the length of the frame and it

won’t stretch as much.

Ask me how I know this? I ruined one baby quilt this way so I have

learned from that experience. And yes, it was my own baby quilt, thank

God. I would have been very upset if it belonged to a customer of mine.

Charity Quilt

Evelyn pieced this baby quilt and I quilted it.  It is really cute and the fabric

is lovely. If I remember correctly, this is for an upcoming new baby.

 

A close up.

Evelyn wanted some  daisies all over the top and we used a light purple

polyester thread for the top and the backing.

Evelyn’s 2nd Baby Quilt

Evelyn also made this baby quilt too. She was making sure that she had both of

the genders covered.   Daisies were stitched onto this top too.

I forget the thread color we used but it matched the top, for sure.

The backing is cute and cuddly.

I really like the color of the backing.

Hope you enjoy your week. I am linking up with

The Needle and Thread Network.

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.

Have a great week and check out the Needle and Thread Network.

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?

Enjoy your week. Check out the Needle and Thread Network 

as well.