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?

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Summer is coming…

Summer is coming and I am trying so hard to get all caught up with

customers’ quilts. Currently, I have a quilt on the frame  that usually

resides in Florida but is home here for the time being. I promise to

put some photos up next week.

Helena’s Quilt

Helena commissioned me to make this quilt for her. She picked out all the

colors and fabrics so it made my job somewhat easier. I did all the piecing,

quilting, and binding for her. The pattern is one that I designed several years ago.

Helena chose  the “Flirtatious” design and I used a cream Omni polyester thread

for the top and the backing. The backing was a dark brown fabric, similar to the color

of the brown in the border area. It was completed last week.

Cathy’s Quilt

Cathy made this adorable quilt for a special someone in Nova Scotia. I would love

to be there when he gets it. The whole time I was quilting it, I was smiling.

It is so colorful and so much fun to work on and look at.

The quilt  has alot of Dr. Suess fabrics in  it, so how can it not  be fun?

The backing is made of minky. I love this fabric but also hate it.

You have to be so careful when putting it on the frame to be quilted

because there is so much stretch in one direction.

Minky backing

I think I scared Cathy when I explained this to her but I checked several times

when I put it on the frame. I wanted to make sure that the stretch went the length

of the frame and not the other way around. And I also made sure not to wind the

frame and quilt too tight so that the minky would not suck in once it was off the

frame. Ask me how I know that? Yes, I did a baby quilt once with minky and had

to throw it out due to all the puckering when it came off the frame.

So, my word of caution to you is, buy extra of the minky just to ensure that you

have lots of wiggle room.

As promised, I did complete my abstract piece and here it is. Several months

ago, I took an online course with Katie Pasquini Masopust. I love the fact

that you just painted and played and then picked out an area on your

canvas that you liked. This area is then enlarged and you make templates

from the painting.

This was one of the hardest pieces I have ever made; trying to figure out values

of color threw me into panic mode but I kept at it until I was satisfied. Overall,

I am pretty pleased with it but would change some of the steps in the process,

just for future reference.

Here is the backing. I chose a black polyester fabric so I could see all the

colors of threads. And to be quite honest, I think I love the back

better than I do the front. I will have to think about which side the

facing will be attached to.

The entire backing. What do you think?  Add the facing to the

white front or the black backing?

Now, that this abstract piece is completed, I am starting another

larger piece depicting carrots, using Susan Carlson’s fabric

collage technique. I don’t know why I love this picture of carrots

so much, maybe the color? Angela Liddon gave me permission

to make a quilt of this picture that she took of carrots.

Yes, I am crazy but the color bug has

bitten and I can’t help myself. I am already pulling my hair

out in regards to what colors to use. I think that I have finally

settled upon using Joan Wolfrom’s Color Tool. And thus far,

I like what I have done. Here’s a sneak peek.

I really don’t like the brown fabric so it is going to be removed

shortly. Maybe I will be further along next week, so stay tuned.

Have a great week and check out some other Canadian

quilters at The Needle and Thread NEtwork.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Short Post…

Looking at my pictures and quilts from last week, this may be a short

post. I do hope you enjoy the pictures and thanks for checking out my blog.

Bernice made this quilt and was quite excited to pick it up and show

her friends. I can not imagine how long it took her to piece this quilt.

Because I finish so many peoples’ quilts, I do not get much time to

piece my own  quilts, so I am beginning to appreciate even more

all the time and hard work that goes into making a quilt.

Bernice chose a cream polyester thread for the top and the backing.

“Flirtatious” is the name of overall design stitched onto the quilt.

The backing.

Again, a solid colored backing always shows off the quilting beautifully.

The Quilting Design

Joann made this beauty. I was really impressed with how perfect the borders

were on this quilt.

 

Joann’s Quilt

This was a $10 Quilt at a local Quilt Shop, in the area, Country Concessions. They

have alot of bolts of fabric and all arranged by colors. It is always a treat to go

there and just look at the fabric ( I am dreaming when I say that).

Joann picked a light blue So Fine polyester thread for the top and the backing.

Stars were stitched all over the quilt;  a design by Lisa Calle.

The backing

The backing is a beautiful deep blue color. I love it! When using a print for

the backing, it is more difficult to see the quilting. It all comes down to

personal preference.

Earlier in the year, I took an online class with Katie Pasquini Masopust.

Yes, that is a mouthful. She is quite the abstract artist and I love some of

her work.   It really surprises me that I like this art type.

This is my attempt at my first abstract art piece. The picture

is a bit dark, so I apologize for that.

Here is a close up view of another area of the piece. Hopefully, I will

get it quilted up this week and bound. Maybe I will show you

the finished piece next week.

Have a great week and check out a Canadian site called

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A Baby Boom…

This is the second week of baby quilts;  I am beginning to think that there is a

baby boom out there, or at least in this area of Central Ontario.

Modern BAby Quilt

One of my husband’s co-workers just had a baby boy.  And my husband wanted

a quilt for the baby. So, I picked this up at Lens Mills and quilted it. Because this

was a rush job, I merely outlined the blocks.

Cute baby blocks

I thought the pattern was cute. The edging has no binding because I folded both

of the backing and top edges together and stitched it down.

The backing

I decided on a fun blue flannel print for the backing. The flannel will

help keep the baby warm and it is so soft.

I don’t know about you but I find making quilts for other people so hard,

especially when you don’t know them that well. Quilts and art are similar in

that peoples’ tastes are so different and unique.

Guild Comfort Quilt

Our Guild, Kempenfelt Guild, usually makes alot of comfort quilts for the

local hospital. Here are 2 that I have been hanging onto for the past 7 months.

Time to get them done and out the door.

Brenda bought all the fabric and pieced these  2 following Comfort quilts together.

It never  ceases to impress me how generous quilters are with their time and money.

Thanks Brenda!

The backing\

The backing of the first Comfort Quilt. Here is Brenda’s second Comfort quilt.

Comfort Quilt #2

This one is really cute and what a great idea to give non quilters such

a homemade and unique gift.

For both quilts, I stitched a fun panto called “Popcorn” onto the quilts. I also

used a matching polyester thread for the top.

Jeanette is on a mission to make all of her grandkids a quilt. She is almost there

too. The middle of this quilt is a panel and she added the 9 Patch and Monkey Wrench

blocks to make the panel into a quilt and fit onto the  twin bed size.

Jeanette’s Quilt

What a great idea! Did I mention how smart quilters are as well?

The backing is really a darker color but my camera and monitor are having issues with

one another. Jeanette chose a simple swirl design to represent the motion of a truck

moving. A grey polyester thread was used for the top and backing too.

Anne’s Quilt

Anne is also making quilts for her grandkids. I didn’t know there was “Anne Of

Green Gables” fabric out there but there is. One of Anne’s grandkids is reading

the “Anne Of Green Gables” series and so, she made her a quilt to go along with it.

I am sure that her grand daughter will cherish this quilt for a long time.

Flowers were stitched onto the quilt; if you look at the light pink fabric, you can

see the flowers.

The backing is also fun and suits the quilt perfectly. A light So Fine blue thread

was used for the top and the backing.

Anne’s 2nd quilt

Anne also made this fun quilt for her grandson. She said that she had alot of fun

putting this one together and it went together fast due to all the big sizes of the

blocks.Her grandson loves soccer and so the fabric is spot on.

The backing

And the backing is perfect as well. Well done Anne! I am sure your grandson will

love this quilt. Again, a simple swirl was chosen to mimic the rolls of the soccer ball.

Lori made this lovely quilt for someone special too. She was quite creative in that

she designed the outer  border area. What a great idea to use up leftovers from the

top and a great way to add interest  as well.

Lori’s Quilt

Here is a close up of the border area and the blocks in the quilt itself.

Lori chose a floral design and I quite like how it looks in the border area.

A white polyester thread was used for the top and the backing.

The backing.

Having such a dark backing can really create alot of tension issues if you choose

to use 2 different colored threads, especially a light for the top and a dark for the

backing. But we longarmers try our hardest to make it work.

I hope you enjoyed the eye candy, have a great week and check out

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A Week of Baby Quilts…

It seems to be a week of baby quilts lately. There seems to be

a baby explosion around here. Arlene has completed her second

baby quilt.

Arlene’s Quilt

I think that Arlene is covering all her bases by creating 2 baby quilts, just to make

sure she has one on hand for whatever sex the baby is when he/she is born. Smart

grandma!

Close up

I love the colors that Arlene used and she is so precise in her piecing. She chose

a simple all over design called “Popcorn.” It has alot of curves so it works well

with all the straight line piecing and blocks.

The backing

Doesn’t the fabric make the quilt? I love the backing material used here.

Cute fabric

A white polyester thread was used for the top and the backing.

Anne’s BAby Quilt

Anne is also expecting some new grandbabies as well. Being the smart grandma

that she is, she also made 2 baby quilts  as well. This is the second one.

The colors are very soothing and the same panto-“Popcorn” was also

used for the quilting.

The backing

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

“Popcorn” panto

The quilting design is really visible on the back of the quilt.

Linda’s Quilt

Linda has been busy completing these next 2 quilts.   She chose a light grey

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

“Brocade” is the name of the panto used for the quilting design.

The backing shows up the quilting nicely as well.

Around The World Quilt

LInda also owns this quilt. The same panto was used on this quilt as well.

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

The backing

The backing of the  quilt is similar to the floral fabric on the top of the

quilt.

Try checking out the Needle and Thread Network; a Canadian site

dedicated to Canadian quilters and textile artists. Have a great week.

Moving On…

Last week was so exciting that the weekend was kind of a let down; I guess

routine and laundry has that effect on everyone.

Here are some of the quilts that have been completed lately. There are

alot of photos so you may want to grab a coffee or tea.

Arlene’s Quilt

This adorable baby quilt was created by Arlene. She is so precise with her hand

embroidery and her piecing.

And the colors she chooses are spot on as well. How can you not love this cute

baby boy quilt? Her new grandbaby is going to be spoiled for sure with this quilt.

The backing

The backing always shows off the texture beautifully, especially when it is a solid fabric.

I SID around all the blocks using a Bottom Line cream polyester thread for the top and

the backing.

Evelyn’s Quilt

Evelyn made this beautiful quilt. I love the colors, the pattern and the shapes. Evelyn

said “surprise me.” What a great thing to say to a longarmer. I tried to keep the stitching

simple due to the print on the fabric. I stitched straight lines in the ovals and loops

in the square white areas.

A light grey polyester thread was used for the top and the backing.  Because the pattern

felt modern to me, feathers were not an option.

The backing

Once again, the backing shows off the quilting beautifully. The stops and

starts are more noticeable due to the color of the backing and the thread but

Evelyn was ok with it so all is well in my world.

The swirls or loops add some fun to the quilt as well.

Evelyn’s Quilt

Evelyn has been busy lately, as you can see by this second quilt. It is so cute for

the summer with all the birds, birdhouses, flowers, butterflies and bees on the printed

fabric.

The backing

“Dancing Daisies” was the panto chosen for the quilt and a medium orange

polyester thread was used for the top and the backing.

Ruth made this quilt for her grandson. The colors are gorgeous. She wanted

straight line stitching around the whole thing. All the thread colors were matched

to all the fabric colors so it did take a bit more time to complete with all the

changing of the threads.

In the very centre of the quilt, there is a heart.  I thought that was very sweet.

The backing is great in helping to hide all the stops and starts that were

needed to complete the stitching design on the top.

Bonnie created this sampler quilt. The fabrics used in this top

are gorgeous.

Stippling was requested as the stitch of choice. I used a light

colored beige polyester thread for  the top and the backing.

The backing of the quilt. Isn’t it so cool how the quilting brings

the quilt to life? Kind of like cross stitching, all the outlining brings

the cross stitch to life as well.

Anna made this quilt for her grandson. I love all the wonky

square blocks and the colors too.

I really didn’t notice the 9 Patch blocks until it was on the frame; what

a great idea to combine 2 very different blocks and create such an unique

modern looking quilt.

Anna wanted squares all over the quilt so I became very brave

and stitched them in without a panto or pattern. It is alot of

fun quilting this way and I encourage you to try it as well.

I used an aqua colored polyester thread for the top and the backing.

Jeanette’s Quilt

Jeanette made this quilt for her grandson; she is as busy as a beaver

making quilts for all of her grandkids. What a great grandma.

The car is a panel that she bought and she added the 9 Patch block and the

Monkey Wrench or Churn Dash block to the top, bottom and sides to

make it bigger to fit on the bed. Great idea!!

“Swirls” were stitched onto the quilt so that it resembles all the movement

created by driving a car.

The backing is great for texture. I used a medium grey colored polyester

Omni thread for the top and the baking.

I hope you enjoyed the show and have a great week.

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