I Have Upgraded…

Connie made this beautiful Elephant Wall hanging in the fall but I am just

getting to showing you now. I also have a surprise for you at the end of this

post.

Don’t you just love the colors of the elephant? And all those gorgeous Kaffe Fassett fabrics?

Here is what the quilt top looks like when I get it. It feels like a blank canvas to me. This part

of the process is both exciting and scary. Trying to figure out a game plan and waiting to

see how the stitching will bring the piece to life.

Elephant’s trunk

This is my second Elephant that I have quilted. I knew that I wanted to keep the quilting as

realistic as possible.

The outer borders

I was trying to depict dust and swirls around the outside border of the elephant. Connie is a big

fan of Angela Walters, so that was my cue to find motifs that she uses and place them all over

the quilt.

The swirls were used to replicate dust around the charging elephant.

I love the elephant’s feet; I think this is my favorite part of the quilt.

The tusks are stitched using cream So Fine thread and stitched to look as if they are

curvy.

Here is the finished piece. Isn’t it amazing how the quilting brings the elephant to life?

The backing is so cool! I love all the texture the stitching creates. I used different colored threads

on the front to match the colors of the fabrics  that were used to create the elephant.

On the backing, I used the same thread colors as the threads on the front of the wallhanging.

It makes tension issues less of a problem for me. I love his feet; all those wrinkles are so much

fun. Connie liked her elephant so that is all that really matters to me.

This T-shirt quilt was quilted using the Spiral Rings design.

I used a light grey polyester thread for the top.

More cool T-shirts. What a great way to use up all those unused T-shirts.

T-shirt Quilt

The backing shows off the texture so clearly.

 

Here is my surprise! I recently upgrade to the  Gammill Elevate. It can quilt by itself and I can

work on something else while it is working too.

Its only been 2 weeks so I am still learning how to use it. There is a bit of a learning

curve but I am determined to learn how to use it to its full potential.

Lots of ideas swimming around in my head. I am hoping to find some time to play.

Have a great week.

 

Did You Miss Me?

It has been a while since I blogged so I thought that it was time I said hello

again. I have been wondering if you missed me?

Here are more quilts for your viewing pleasure.

Forest Quilt

This quilt was huge and also an experiment by one of my customers. It did turn out really

nice but when you are working on the bias, beware of stretching. Please take precautions to

minimize how much the fabric will stretch on you.

Forest Quilt

In order to minimize stretch, you can glue baste the block together; you can also pin like crazy

and keep measuring your block as you construct it.  This helps to keep the finished block true

to whatever size it is supposed to be.

Border area

The backing

A simple quilting design was stitched into the top. I didn’t want to cover up all that gorgeous

fabric with thread so I stitched around the trees and did a freehand in all the other open areas.

Backing fabric

Shark Quilt

Michele made this lovelty quilt with lots of sharks on it. I am really into the teal colors right now.

Funny how your  color taste keeps changing.

A close up view

An overall design was stitched onto the quilt top and it resembles waves.

Jaws

Anyone remember the movie;”Jaws?” This quilt will definitely give you nightmares, just kidding.

It was fun to see how clever and creative  Michele became in order to create this  quilt for the

males in her family. I think that they will love it.

The Backing

More sharks

The backing even has more sharks on it. There were 3-5 sharks quilted onto the top as well.

9Patch Quilt

The colors in this 9 Patch are so colorful. It has been a long, dull winter so quilts like this helped

to keep me cheerful. I  call it color therapy.

Just pull out a quilt like this and all the winter blues disappear.

The backing shows off the Van Gogh Design quite nicely.

Darlene made this quilt for one of her grandkids. It looks so complicated but it consists of

squares arranged in a pleasing manner.

A simple quilting  design was all that was required and it adds movement to the top.

The backing fabric is quite lovely too.

I hope that the spring flowers are beginning to poke  their heads up  finally.

Have a good week and see you next week.

 

 

More Quilts For You To See..

Here are some  pictures of quilts that I completed in the Fall. Hope you enjoy the show.

Blue and White Quilt

Love the colors in this sampler.

I love the fabrics in this quilt.

The backing of the quilt.

Debbie made this King size quilt. Look at all that piecing! Wow!

Shibori Fabrics

I love all the textures in this quilt.

All of the pastel colors are so encouraging this time of the year.

Hexie Quilt

Love this quilt too.

Hope you enjoyed the Quilt Show. Have a great week.

 

Going Back…

It’s a good thing that my husband is retired because March Break turned out to be

extremely busy. My daughter is in HIgh School and wanted to check out some

universities in the area. McMaster and Lauriantan University were on the agenda and

I tagged along for the trip to Sudbury.

Now life has settled down, I am back at work and trying to catch up on my

photos for this blog. These quilts were completed in the summer so I am going

back a few months. Nonetheless, everyone seems to enjoy a  good Quilt Show.

Eva’s Quilt

I have two  good friends who are very talented hand embroiderers, Eva being one of them.

This is one of two  hand embroidered quilts that she made.

The colors are very soothing and Eva even hand quilted it as well. Did I mention that

she is also very talented in this area as well?

The backing

I love pieced backings. They add so much more interest to the back  of the quilt and you

feel as if you are getting two  quilts for the price of one.

Eva’s 2nd Quilt

This is another hand embroidered quilt. Crabapple HIll is the designer and I really like

the patterns that they create.

Eva also created this beauty. Does she ever sleep?

This quilt is hand quilted as well.

You can see her  evenly spaced stitches on the back of the quilt.

The colors are really soothing in this quilt. Do you find that certain

colors draw you to a quilt and make you want to buy the pattern?

Swirls were stitched all over the quilt top. I love  helping

people finish their quilts so they can be used instead of

sitting in a box or drawer somewhere, waiting to be finished.

And yes, I have quilts  in a box, waiting to be finished too.

I love this light blue backing fabric. I am wanting to start a miniature

Wedding Ring Quilt and I couldn’t decide on the colors. I think that I

just found my colors.

This quilt is very graphic in nature but who can resist a black and white Quilt?

Swirls were stitched on the top and a black polyester thread was used for the top and

the backing.

 

The backing matches the top beautifully.

Wolves

Wolves anyone? I think that this may be a Robert Kauffman print. Anyone out there

know for sure?

This was fun as I was able to stitch around each of the wolves. Some guy is really

going to love this quilt.

The Backing

You can see all of the wolves on the back as well.

Have a good week. Spring is almost here.

 

 

 

Figo and Stonehenge Anniversary….

I am not sure if you know about Northcott’s new modern division called Figo.

And no, I am not getting paid to tell you about this. I have been working on some

of their quilts that were displayed in their booth last week at QuiltCon, in Nashville.

And yes, I do have pictures of these samples for you. I had to wait until QuiltCon was

over so you could see them. Hope you like them.

Interwoven

Lo & BEhold Stitchery is the pattern designer of this quilt. The fabrics are from Northcott’s new

modern line.

The quilting consists of straight lines throughout the entire quilt.

the backing

Very geometric quilting. I used a  clear monofilament thread for the top and a light purple for

the backing.

The Blanket Statement designed this small wallhanging and the name of the pattern is Pine

Falls. Again, lots of straight line quilting.

The backing 

Sienna Burst is the name of this quilt and Then Came June is the designer.

There are alot of straight lines , cross hatching, and pebbles on this quilt.

Love the backing color and the stitching.

The backing

Again, the overall look of the quilting on the backing differs so much from the front of the quilt.

Nordic Triangles is the name of the pattern and Suzy Quilts is the designer.

Once again, the fabrics are new from Northcott.

Lots of straight line quilting.

Love the look of the backing. I tried matching the thread color on the front and

the backing. This is what it looks like when pink thread is not used on the backing of

the quilt.

Initial K Studio designed this quilt called  “Lucky Charms.”

In each of the colored sections, I quilted in a different motif. It helps

to add some interest to the quilt, especially due to all the straight

lines that are stitched into the quilt.

 

The baking

Lucky Charms

Then Came June designed this quilt. Each row received its own motif, again to add interest to

the quilt.

The blue row received swirls. These are alot of fun to quilt.

Cross hatching was added to the grey row.

Circles and pebbles were stitched into the black row.

The yellow row received angled lines.

Stonehenge

Northcott’s Stonehenge fabric line is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year! Wow!

Way to go Northcott and Stonehenge. This is big, especially since Northcott is a Canadian

Company.

This quilt consists of a Stonehenge panel in the middle and lots of Stonehenge fabrics used

in the borders and outer sections. In the outer flower petals, I stitched in swirls. I was trying to

keep the quilting simple due to lots of movement within the Celtic knots in the fabric.

The center panel was quilted  following the print on the panel. No need to fight what is

printed on the panel.

A Celtic design was quilted into the orange-red area as well. I tried to find motifs that would

match the Celtic feel of this quilt.

I quilted around the motifs in the blue section of the quilt. I also used lots of clear and smoky

monofilament thread to stitch around motifs and the center panel. This saved alot of time in that

I didn’t have to constantly change thread colors for different areas of the quilt.

The backing of the quilt is also full of Celtic designs.

Hope you enjoyed the show. Have a great week.

 

 

Wrestling a Coverlet….

This past week, I had to wrestle a coverlet in order to  quilt it. It was 140″ by 138″,

massive!

The Coverlet

This is the fabric that was used for the coverlet. Gorgeous!

Leaves

Sometimes, I am afraid to even touch this fabric. It has a nice sheen to it.

The backing on the coverlet. The simple quilting shows up nicely.

I also quilted 2 really cute baby quilts for Laura. Foxes are the theme of this baby quilt.

The fox is really cute.

The backing is really cute too, lots of foxes on it.

2nd baby quilt

‘This baby quilt is also so cute. I quilted around the animals and quilted in some

swirls in the border areas.

Even the sheep has some nice swirls in it as well.

There was some open space in the top corner so I added a star .

The backing is really cute as well.

A close up of the backing.

Hope you are staying warm and sewing lots.

Hit And Miss….

It seems like my blog posts have been hit and miss lately. I hope to improve upon

this in the future.

These are quilts that were completed in the summer and I am just getting the

chance to show you them now.

Anne made this quick strip quilt. What great colors!

“Swirl” is the name of the quilting pattern that is stitched all over this

quilt. I used a cream polyester thread on the backing and a light blue on the front.

It is nice to see close ups of the backing and the quilting design.

A very subtle color scheme. Very calming and relaxing.

Flowers were stitched all over the quilt.

A cream polyester thread was used for the front and the backing. Less tension issues this way.

Bright and cheery and very graphic. Stars and loops were quilted all over the

quilt using a blue polyester thread for the top and the backing.

I really love how the blue thread shows up on the black fabric.

The backing ties in nicely with the front of the quilt.

Love the colors and pattern in this quilt.

A swirly design was stitched all over the quilt.

A grey thread was used for the front and the backing. It was the most neutral color

that blended with all the colors on the front of the quilt top.

The backing

Red and White Quilt

One of the perks of my job is being able to see what everyone is working on.

One of the blocks

Red and white quilts are so impressive and bright.

The backing has swirls all over it. White polyester thread was used for the top and

the backing.

A block of the month quilt that has been finished and is now usable.

 

I love this Muskoka Quilt. It has so many fun animals on the front of the quilt.

Anyone know what this animal is?

The backing shows off the leaves and oaks all over the quilt.

Have a great week and see you next week.