Hit And Miss…

Life has been so crazy around here lately that my blog posts seem to be either a hit

or a miss. I am trying to be consistent with the posts but life is getting in the way.

Here are some finishes I have managed to complete lately.

Donna’s Mini

I think Donna made this mini quilt for someone special. I really love how simple and

colorful it is. Lisa Calle comes to mind when I look at this mini.

Donna wanted feathers and it adds to the traditional feeling of this mini. I SID around all the

triangles using a monofilament thread. I also used a So Fine White 50 Weight polyester thread

for the background fills. Thin threads  create alot of texture while helping the thread itself to

disappear and be less noticeable.

A circular feather wreath was stitched into the center of the block and the feathers were

carried out into the edge of the outside border. I wanted to create interest by changing up

the style of the feather somewhat from the middle of the quilt to the outside border.

The backing

A straight line border was also stitched into the border framing the middle of the quilt.

Another good way to cause the eye to go to the middle of the quilt first. All the background

fill consisted on a small stipple or meander. The triangles received straight lines and the

center of the blocks received a circular design.

The backing shows off the texture that the quilting creates. I love the texture.

This is one of 2 mini quilts that one of my customers created. This lady is very proficient and

very precise in her piecing. She loves stippling so that is what we did on both of her

minis. I used a blue polyester thread for the top and the backing.

Even though the pictures look muddied, they are the same quilt. The flash  must have

been turned off on my camera for the latter photo.

The is what the border area looked like. I like the stripes and the bright red polka

dot binding fabric.

The backing

Here is the bright blue backing with all the stippling included.

Japanese Quilt

The same lady who made the above mini, also made this lovely Japanese style mini.

Japanese fabrics

The fabrics are gorgeous! My husband went to Japan in June. All I wanted was some

Japanese fabrics. He did manage to find some fabrics but they all looked like they

were made in the US. Later, I ordered some fabric for one of my son’s quilts, online and

from the US, which I showed you a picture of in my last post. When I looked at where

the fabrics were printed, it said “Japan.” That made me laugh alot!

More of the gorgeous fabrics.

More meandering on the quilt top. I used a light tan polyester thread on the

top and the backing.

Evelyn’s BAby Quilt

Evelyn is preparing for a baby’s arrival by making 2 baby quilts but in different color

ways.

This fabric is really cute for a baby. Evelyn chose to stitch a simple overall design onto the

quilt and it was a good choice. I used a light green polyester thread for the top and the

backing.

BAby Quilt #2

A light peach polyester thread was used on the top and backing of this baby quilt as well.

You can see how cute this fabric really is when you are up close to it.

The backing

The stitching shows up nicely on the back when you use a solid color fabric.

The backing

When you look close enough, you will see baby bottles, a rubber ducky, and pins. This was

the overall pattern sewn onto the quilt top. Very cute indeed.

Hope you are staying cool in this warm and hot weather. Have a great week.

 

 

Tools And Fabric…

As promised, I have some photos of some new tools I recently purchased.

I needed some new needles so when Connecting Threads was having a sale, I

bought some John James needles. I haven’t opened them yet but I know they are

there when I  need them.

There is also a seam presser, the long white shinny tool on the left. The heart shaped

tweezers look interesting as well. They have a sharp tip and hoping to put those to good

use. I also purchased a needle case but not sure that I like the one I bought.

Any one out there using any of these tools? Please let me know if you like them or not.

It seems like I have a thing for scissors lately. I have lots of pairs but they seem to dull rather

quickly on me. I like the small ones, very portable and fits in a small sewing case.

One of my  Olfa rotary cutters fell apart on me. I guess 20 years of usage does that to a rotary

cutter. 4th and 6th Designs mentioned that the Gingher rotary cutter was their favorite and

was also the Cadillac of rotary cutters. I splurged and bought one.

The case is pretty cool but for the price, is should be. They retail for about $70.

The other side of the cutter. I must admit that they are very comfortable to hold in in your hand

but there is a lip on the bottom of the cutter that takes some getting used to. And I noticed

today,that my blade is becoming dull. I am a little disappointed with this fact because I

thought it would last a little longer. I do use  my rotary cutter daily though, so there is a

lot of wear and tear.

McKenna Ryan designed this piece of fabric and I had to have it. Love, love. love the colors.

My son is graduating high school tomorrow and I wanted to make a quilt for him for

university.He really liked one of my customers’ quilt (pictured below) so again, I

splurged and bought the same. It is called “Composition” by Moda. Have I ever

told you that I love Moda fabric? It took a long time to find it online, as this line

is sold out almost everywhere. I did find some though, a fat quarter bundle and

a jelly roll. Have you ever had that feeling that you didn’t want to cut into new

fabric? Well, I had it with this fabric but I bit the bullet and cut anyways.

Laura’s Quilt

Laura made this quilt for a young man heading off to university in the fall. My son loved the

fabrics that depict math, writing, music and geography all in its compositional stages. Now,

all I have to do is make the quilt by the end of August. It doesn’t look too complicated though.

Laura picked a grey polyester thread for the top and backing. Boxes were quilted all over

the top due to its modern feel.

A Baby Quilt

You have got to love this adorable giraffe. I quilted around the giraffe and then decided to create

a home for him/her on the savannah. I quilted in a tree, on the right hand side and some hills,

on the left hand side. Clouds, sun and some tall grass completed the top.

Here is the back of the baby quilt. Minky was used for the backing. I always get nervous with

minky because it is so stretchy on the frame. Be careful of which way the stretch goes when

working with minky. And make sure you buy extra, due to the stretch.

The backing

I used a grey polyester thread for the top and the backing. Minky is incredibly soft and cuddly so

I understand why we love it so much, just be careful.

Dorothy’s BAby Quilt

Dorothy was exercising her creative muscles once again when she made this cute baby

quilt. The elephant looks so happy that I had to quilt in some lines depicting him spraying

hearts all over the place. I also stitched in some butterflies to fill up space and some more

grass under and all around him.

Hearts being sprayed all over the place.

The grass under the elephant and all around him. Flannel reallys shows off the quilting

nicely.

Grandson’s Quilt

I can’t remember who made this quilt but she made it for her grandson. Strips were sewn

together but in different color ways. Waves were quilted all over the quilt and the thread

color varied depending on what color I was working on. In the darker strips, I used a darker

blue thread and on the lighter fabrics, I used a lighter thread color.

Here is a close up of the waves all over the quilt top.

I hope you enjoyed my shopping excursion and all the baby quilts. Have a great

week and check out the Canadian site called “The Needle and Thread Network.”

 

The Heat is Here….

I am not sure where you live in the world but in Ontario, right now, it is hot. It sure

makes quilting less appealing, as I would love to be outside and basking in the

sun,  just for a little while though.

Here are some finishes from the last month or so. Maybe next week,I will show

some pics of some recent tool purchases and fabric bundles.

Baby Quilt

Evelyn is becoming very talented in the area of creating baby quilt patterns from scratch.

This is one of her creations and it is so cute!!

Yes, my cows are upside down;  I wanted to see how many of you caught that!

The backing

I love the black and white cow print. I used a light lime green polyester thread for the

top and a white for the backing. The overall design consisted of swirls. It adds some

movement to the quilt top.

Evelyn’s 2nd Baby Quilt

Evelyn was on a roll when she made this second baby quilt using the same fabrics as the one

above.

We used the same swirly pattern but switched out the thread for a grey color. Both were used

for the top and the backing.

 

Dale’s Quilt

Dale always has the most interesting quilts . She is also very fast  putting them together.

I think that I may need to take some lessons from Dale in how she manages to do this.

What do you think Dale?

A close up of the blocks that were used in the quilt top. Because this quilt felt so modern to me,

Dale chose to have straight lines stitched across the top. I think it works great. I used a

monofilament thread to SID around all the blocks.  A dark blue thread was used for the

straight line stitching.

The backing

Even the backing fabric matches the top of the quilt. Great way to use up all the fabrics

when creating a quilt.

Ruth E. made this “Trip Around The World” Quilt. It was huge!

Flying Geese Border

I love Flying Geese and Ruth made the border out of these.  It adds a nice touch to the quilt.

The central square. A small swirl was added in this block.

Swirls were added on each side of the Flying Geese. In the Geese

triangles, I did a quick swirl as well.

The backing of the quilt was a cool relaxing tan color. You can see the lines from the top.

I used a monofilament thread to go around the Flying Geese and the center blocks.  A light

tan polyester thread was used on the rest of the quilt.

I think Laura made this lovely quilt. Stars and swirls were stitched all over the top. A l ight

purple polyester thread was used for the top and the backing.

Laura’s Quilt

The backing

Please consider if you want your stitching to be noticeable on the back of your quilt. If you don’t

want the stitching to be noticeable, then use the same color as on the top. If you want the

stitching to be more noticeable, then use fabric that is a different color from the quilt top.

I know, so many choices to make.

Black & White Quilt

I can’t remember who made this quilt but it is quite eye catching.

A grey polyester thread was used for the top and the backing. Dragonflies and Hearts were

stitched all over it as well. I really love some of the graphic prints used in this quilt.

The back of the quilt.

I am linking up to The Needle and Thread Network.

Have a great week and stay cool.

 

 

 

Lots of color…

These next few quilts are full of color.  The longer that I work on other peoples’

quilts, the more I realize how much color affects me and how much I love it.

Lori Rose made this beauty for her daughter’s wedding; she actually made it

ahead of time and had it ready for the wedding. Way to go Lori Rose!!

I really love the colors of this quilt. And the dragonflies are gorgeous!! The fabrics are

Kaufman’s “Dance of the Dragonflies.” I looked all over the Internet and had a hard

time finding it. It is available on Amazon but it is a crazy amount.

Another colorful block. Hilde Morin makes fabric bowls and I wanted to make one

using this fabrics. After looking for weeks, I called Lori Rose and she graciously gave

me the leftover from this quilt. What a generous person she is! Thank you Lori Rose.

I will post pictures of the fabric bowl when it is completed.

This is the backing fabric. Again, the blue matches the intensity of the colors on the top

of the quilt. Lime green polyester So Fine thread was used for the top and the backing.

Dragonflies and hearts were stitched all over the quilt. Hope your daughter loved her quilt.

Northcott made this quilt for Quilt Market. I really like the colors too. I would never

have guessed that orange would become one of my favorite colors.

“Pick a modern design” is what I was told so I chose “Modernish” by Urban Elementz. It has

a fantastic website of quilting designs to choose from.

I used  a variegated thread by Superior  Threads  for the top and the backing.

The backing of the quilt.

A close up of the back.

Another Northcott quilt. I love this quilt too. The lines, the colors, the pattern, all work

for me. What about you?

I was surprised to see that the black blocks on this quilt were fused on, I stitched around them

to ensure that they would not come off at all. It sure saves time to skip the piecing.

The Batiks in this quilt also speak to me. Too bad that there is not enough hours in

the day to create all that I like.

The fused blocks

For the stitching, I used a monofilament-smoky color- to stitch around all the black squares. In

the white areas, I followed the lines on the printed fabric. In the grey areas, I stitched in straight

lines. The print on the fabrics was used as the quilting and stitching designs.

The backing

This is what the backing looks like.

Close up

A Batik was used on the back of the quilt too. So Fine and Superior Threads were used for the

quilt top. Check out The Needle and Thread Network.

Trying to catch up…

It has been busy around here the past month or so. I took a quick trip

to Nfld to visit my mom for Mother’s Day. My 2 sisters and I also managed

to find my parents a new apartment while we were there. And we moved

them from their home of almost 60 years into their new apartment in 1 1/2 days!

I also managed to drive a 20 foot moving van.

It was one crazy weekend!

Then, when I came back, it was catch up time.  Here are some of the quilts that

I was working on before I went East.

Debbie made this Sampler Quilt. She chose “Dancing Violets” for the overall

stitching design. We used a light polyester So Fine thread for the top and the

backing.

Some of the blocks that make up the quilt top.

The backing of the quilt is grey as well.

Debbie’s Quilt

A close up of the fabric on the backing. I like to see what the backing fabric looks like as

well.

Joyce made this quilt. It was funny when she explained how she made it;  she mentioned

that it just kept growing as she was making it.

You can see what fabrics she used and how striking the overall quilt is depending on where

you place the fabrics on the quilt.

The backing. A purple So Fine thread was used for the top and the backing but I can

not remember what design we chose for this quilt.

The dragonflies seems to be a popular wallhanging right now at a local

quilt shop called “HummingBird SEwing Centre in Barrie.  It is a Robert Hauffmann

design and it is very striking indeed.

Dale’s sister made this particular one and it is only her 3rd quilt. So, anyone can

manage this Stained Glass technique.

Dragonflies wings

I love the colors used in the wings. I quilted in the black areas using a monofilament thread.

More wings

In the background areas, I used a So Fine thread, because it is thin. Next I quilted in straight lines

to follow the print on the fabric. It was quilted very densely, so much so that when it came off the

frame, it was very stiff. I am sure it will soften up over time but it is a wall hanging so it may help

it to lay more flat, in the end.

More beautiful colors!

The backing was a black fabric and you can see more of the colors of the thread that I used

the front of the wallhanging.

Muskoka Sunset

Dale’s sister also made this lovely wallhanging. These type of wallhangings really

challenge me to go out of the box. It is a good thing that my son is home from College. He

is pursuing a Graphic  Design Diploma so it is nice to have some input from a very

creative person.

The sunset

I stitched in some radiating lines around the sun but they needed to be broken up as the solid

lines were not very attractive looking.

The Chair

The chair was easy, just quilt around it. The trees and water were easy too, follow the pattern.

The  Rocks

The grey areas were harder but I tried to stitch in rocks.

The backing

Can you see rocks in this photo?

The tree

I love the shapes of this tree. Very relaxing and calming to me.

The back of the wallhanging. I love the texture of all the stitching.

Hope you are enjoying the sunshine. Check out the Needle and Thread Network.

A First Quilt…

Beryl made this quilt, her first. What a great feeling to complete your first quilt.

Hopefully, there will be many more.

Beryl’s Quilt

The blocks have alot of embroidery and handwork in them. Beryl did a great job. She wanted

an all over design. She loves butterflies so that is what is stitched all over the quilt top.

I used a cream polyester thread on the top and the backing.

The outer border is pretty neat, alot of pieced blocks in it.

The Backing

She wanted the backing to be centered and why not? I like pieced backings.It is such a good

opportunity to be able to use up left over fabric form the top.

The backing matches the front of the quilt top.

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

More quilts…

Here are some more completed quilts for customers.

Lori Rose made this colorful quilt. It really has the feel of a modern quilt,

to me, even though it has alot of piecing.

One of the black middle blocks that surrounded the middle of the quilt top.

Lori Rose chose a light purple So Fine  #50 weight thread which we used

for the top and the backing.

An overall quilting design was used for the stitching design. It really shows up

on the back of the quilt nicely.

The backing

This is what the back of the quilt looked like. The purple thread shows up nicely

on the backing.

You can see the quilting motif nicely on the backing. Lori Rose liked the finished

product and that is all that matters.

Anna made this flannel lap quilt and she wanted a Fall theme quilting

motif on the quilt. She chose Oak Leaves and Acorns but unfortunately

I forgot to take a shot of the whole finished quilt.

The fall colors on the flannel are gorgeous!  These colors are amongst

one of some of my favorite colors.

Here is the back of the quilt. A golden orange polyester thread was used for

the top and the backing of the quilt.

Anna made this cute quilt for her daughter, who is a math teacher.She wanted

to make some math equations on the quilt top and then added bright colored

sunglasses to finish off the quilt.

Sunglasses border

I really love the sunglasses in the border. I am sure that her daughter will love this

quilt. We  used a white polyester thread for the top and backing.

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

the quilt top.

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