Christine’s Quilt…

This is the quilt that Christine brought to me. I think that it has been

a local Mystery Quilt Class. What made Christine’s extra special was the

fact that she picked all of her own colors. I think she did a great job!

There is a ton of piecing on this quilt. Because I don’t get to do much

piecing any more, I appreciate even more all the time and effort that

goes into making a quilt like this.

Christine made my job somewhat easier because she knew exactly what

she wanted on her quilt: lots of pebbles, straight lines and texture. All of

my favorite things too.

Instead of feathers, Christine wanted a maple leaf to commemorate Canada’s 150th

Birthday.  In the above picture, you can see the maple leaf in the corner of

the cream section. In the sashing area, I stitched in straight lines.

The block also had a combination of straight lines, pebbles , and swirls. You

can’t  go wrong with that combination.

The outer border

The outside border was very complex looking; what a great pieced border. I SID around all the

little squares and added pebbling in those small areas. The outside border had pebbles and

leaving those small squares blank didn’t look right to me.

More pebbles in the colored square. At first, the colored thread didn’t appeal to me

but as I kept working on the quilt, it grew on me and I fell in love with it. I used

a monofilament clear thread for all the ditch work. It saves alot of time for me.

I don’t have to change thread colors constantly.

One of the 9 blocks

As you can see, the fabrics are gorgeous. There is also a Maple Leaf in the center square

of each block. The Maple Leaves were integrated all over the quilt.

More Maple Leaves, pebbles and straight lines. I also used a cream polyester thread

for the cream areas and the backing.

Some of the offset blocks consisted of this design.

The finished quilt.

I love the before and after shots of quilts. All the stitching really brings a quilt to life.

The backing

You  must not forget the backing. It also has its own story to tell. And how can

you resist all that yummy texture?

This is my favorite shot of the quilt. You can see all the texture and designs showing


The border area

And here  is the border area. Again, more texture. Christine loved her quilt and at the

end of the day, that is all that matters.

I can’t remember who made this quilt but soon it will be that Christmas Season

once again.

The pattern is a loopy Star design by Linda Taylor. I used a light brown

polyester thread for the top and a light cream for the backing.

The backing

Again, the backing tells its own story.

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A New Line…

As promised, I do have pictures of the new line that Northcott is coming

out with.  I must warn you though, they are very enticing.

Green Colorway

This is a digitally printed fabric;  it is a part of the new line that was revealed this

past weekend, at Quilt Market, in Houston. And you are getting your own

private viewing. Yeah, I am going a little overboard.

A Close Up

Because 2 of the quilts were the same, except for the color, I chose to

quilt them differently.

A Close Up

For this green colorway, I interpreted the quilt as having fallen leaves on the

forest floor, so I quilted in pine needles as the background filler. I only came

up with this idea after taking a walk and racking my brain for ideas.

The leaves

This is also a digitally printed fabric that looks like marble or granite.

I am seriously thinking that I have to get my hands on some of this


Table runner

I also love this table runner;  So simple yet effective.

A Magnifico Thread was used for the top background filler. I used a

monofilament thread to do all the SID (stitch in the ditch).

Close up

Because leaves were the theme of this particular line, I  thought of rocks,

pine needles, wind, and pebbles as the background fillers.

The Backing

This is the backing of the tablerunner. Again, I love the leaves, the color gradations,

and the stitching.

More close up and texture .

This is the same quilt but only in a different colorway. This is my

favorite piece and colors .

For this quilt, I thought of the wind blowing through all the leaves so

I quilted  in swirls through the middle of the quilt.

The center of the quilt

In the outer areas of the quilt, I quilted in rocks so it resembles leaves on the


Here is a close up of the rocks I stitched in the top.

More swirls to represent the wind blowing through the leaves.

The backing. I am totally in love with this color gradation!!

A close up of the stitching on the backing. So, what do you think of this

new line?

This is what I am working or right now. The blue carrots are really

stretching me; I have to admit that I will be happy when this one is

finished. Still wondering how I will quilt this one up.

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A Sneak Peek…

I hope that you enjoyed our local Quilt Show in the past few posts. Now I

am catching up with clients’ quilts and this post holds pictures of those  for you.

There is also a special sneak peek at the end of the post but you will

have to wait for the full reveal next week.

Mary created this quilt a long time ago; it’s funny when she looks back at it

now because her taste has changed so much. Can you remember your

first quilt? Fast forward to today and check out how your quilts have

changed since then.

A close up of the blocks and the fabrics in the quilt. It reminds me of

a quilt by Zen Chic.

A pieced backing always adds so much more interest to the quilt.

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

Carol made this quilt from plaid shirts that she picked up at the

Thrift STore.


I love the newspaper print fabric in this block. A cream polyester thread

was used for the top and the backing. Flirtatious is the name of the

overall design stitched onto the quilt.

The backing

The backing is a light green fabric that is really shiny and soft.

You can really see all the texture from the quilting on the top.

This is quilt #2 for Carol. The same design is stitched all over

the quilt and a light pink polyester thread was used for the top

and the backing.

I really like the light floral print on the backing of the quilt.

Floral backing

The flowers are very feminine and pretty.

Carol’s Owl quilt

This Owl quilt is so cute. Carol is  quite the  piecer and very quick too.

How can you not love this owl?

A grey backing for the Owl Quilt. Happy Times is the name of the

overall design stitched on the quilt. A light grey polyester thread

was used for the top and the backing.

Square Quilt

Carol also made this beauty. I really love the colors in this one. I used a

monofilament thread to do all the ditch work. White  thread was used for the

border areas.

I love the straight line quilting in the border area.

Inside Border area

The inside border area, has  the same design as the blocks.

The backing

The backing is full of texture. You can see all the outlines of the blocks from

the quilt top.


Another graphic design that I love. Carol also created this quilt.

Triangle Quilt

Each block is composed of 4 half triangles stitched together.  I really like the

overall design but I can not imagine how much time it took to piece this baby.

The backing

I used a white polyester thread for the top and the backing.

Again, I love the overall design of the quilting on the backing.

And now, for the sneak peek. Northcott contacted me to help

do some longarming for the upcoming Quilt Show in Houston.

This is the backing of one of the tablerunners I completed. All I have to say is

“The fall fabric is gorgeous!”

I have got to buy some. Even though it is digitally printed, the colors in this

table runner  are full of reds, oranges, and creams.  I think that you

will agree when you see the full quilt.

Next week, I will show you all 4 of the pieces I did for them.

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Local Quilt Show-Part 3

Here are the last photos from the local Quilt Show. I hope that you

enjoy the show as much as I did.

This is a completed 365 Quilt, made by Mary. I was really

surprised by how heavy it was, that is without any stitching or

batting underneath it either. I quilted it for Mary and she

recommended using a flannel sheet for the batting. What a great

idea! It wasn’t too thick, like traditional batting but it would still

hold and show off the quilting beautifully.

Close up

Mary also chose a simple quilting design, called “Swirl” by Norma Sharp.

With all the prints in the quilt, the quilting doesn’t show up that much so

simple is better in this case.

Love the colors and the pattern of this one.

African prints

Who can resist the black and white zebra  print in this quilt?


I really like the colors and pattern of this wallhanging. I quilted one for a customer

last week so the pictures will be coming soon.

A close up of the dragonflies-beautiful!

From Deauville to Cape Cod

This one is mine. I finally finished it after 2 years. I had so much fun looking for all

the small embellishments to add to it. Alot of the embellishments were  earrings or

buttons. Funny where you can find stuff to put on a quilt.

What is one weird place or item that you have found or used on a quilt, that

wouldn’t normally be used for quilting?

Marlies’ Quilt

Marlies made this wallhanging in a class with Al Cote. I have mentioned his name

before. He lives in Niagara Falls and is a very talented quilt artist. If you ever get a

chance to take one of his classes, do it! I promise that you won’t be disappointed.

Cool wallhanging.

This one reminds me of an aboriginal design.

Wow! So much piecing in this one.

Christine’s Quilt

Christine made this beauty. Maple Leaves were added to it because it is her

ode to Canada’s 150th Birthday. What a great gift this would be.

There is alot of straight lines and pebbling on this quilt, along with maple leaves.

Linda made this quilt; she is very talented when it comes to designing her own

quilt patterns.

Hand Embroidery

I love all forms of stitching and I couldn’t pass up taking a shot of this. Such

patience in making this piece. Good thing we all have different interests or the

world would be a boring place.

Love the colors!

‘Hand Embroidery?

Again, alot of time and effort went into this piece.


This looks so exquisite.  Love, love, love it! The colors, the stitching, the way it

is being displayed.

A close up of the same flower.

More Canadiana quilts;  everyone was hard at work this year making something

to remember our country’s 150th Birthday.

Mary’s Quilt

Mary made this wallhanging to honor both her American heritage and her

Canadian family.She did a great job!

You have got to love the Mounties in uniform. For all those out there who are not

Canadian, “Mounties” is a term for one branch of our Police Force.

This is the tulip that was chosen for this year’s celebration of Canada’s

Birthday; can’t recall its name though. Anyone know its name?

Love the red and white colors.

Pictorial Quilt

This quilt depicts different geographical locations all over Canada.

Sun Bonnet Sue

Even Sun Bonnet Sue participated in  Canada’s 150th Birthday;  she travelled all over Canada.

Row by Row quilt of Canada.

Maple Leaf Quilt

Our beloved Maple Leaf; alot of them around this time of the year.

Canadian Quilt

I really love the colors and Canadian items in this quilt.

Several close ups of the blocks.

This beaver looks a little skinny to me.


I couldn’t pass up showing pictures of these hooked rugs. The colors and pictures

are so gorgeous.

More hooked rugs

So many talented people in this area.

More rugs

The top hooked rug, of the Boat, is stunning. It must have been a nightmare choosing those


Mary’s Elephant

Mary’s Elephant was stunning and won the “Best Wallhanging” at the Show.

I learned so much about elephants when I quilted this piece. Funny how quilting

can lead to something totally unrelated. So much fun to still be learning.

Close up

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Happy Belated Canadian Thanksgiving & Local Quilt Show-Part 2

Here are some more pictures from our local Quilt Show, which took place

about a month ago.

Once again, there are alot of photos so you may want to grab a beverage.

Modern Quilt

There were alot of modern quilts in the show this year.


I really like the colors of this quilt and the pattern as well.

What great colors in this one too.

A Baby Quilt

A part of this baby quilt is cut off because the lighting is off


This quilt is very interesting in its piecing and quilting.

All of the quilting is done by hand. The owner did a great job.

Cool colors.


This quilt just yells “fun” to me. What do you think?

A close up of the vans.

A great kid’s quilt

I really like the embellishments on this quilt.

The penguin has lots of hair.

The lama has a really cool texture to it.

More animals and birds.

The Bird Quilt

Another Modern Quilt

A Block Quilt

A sampler quilt. Below is a close up of the blocks.

A classy looking quilt.

Red Quilt

This one reminds me of all the Canadian Quilts I have seen this year.


Interesting piecing

Isn’t it amazing how one block can look so different, depending on the colors used.

A Bargello Heart Quilt. I have never tried one of these.

Blue and White Quilt

This one looks so complicated.

Maybe not so complicated now?

An Embroidered Quilt;  looks very classy to me. It won Viewers Choice Award.

Christy was a very happy quilter.

A close up of the embroidery and the quilting. Rose quilted it; she is a very

talented longarmer in the area too.

The quilting looks like lace to me.

The backing shows another tale of the same story.

Another colorful quilt.

I like the soft pastel colors of this quilt.

And I love all the colors in this one too. There are more quilts to come

from the same Quilt Show. Have a great week and check out

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A Local Quilt Show-Part 1

Several weeks back, there was a local quilt show. I took lots of pictures for you

and will show them in the next couple of weeks. Here are some photos of

the quilts. Be pre-warned though, there are alot of pictures. You may want

to grab a coffee or tea. Enjoy the show!

Love the colors of this one.

This was an interesting quilt. I like the colors but wait until

you see the quilting.

Lots of feathers all over the quilt.

I am unsure if this is stitching or embroidery. Whatever it is, it is quite


Again, I am unsure of what type of stitching this is but I do like it.

Love the feathered star.

Helen’s quilt

This is Helen’s fabric selvage quilt.

I love the close up;  it helps you to be able to actually see the quilt up close and


Mary’s quilt

Mary hand pieced this top . It is quite complicated and it took Mary a long time

to complete. Well done Mary.

Modern quilt

I really like the colors of this one and the quilting is interesting too.

A close up of the quilting.

This one reminds me of McKenna Ryan.

The Cardinals are really nice. I really like this block.

I like this quilt too. An interesting lay out as well.

The sunflowers

The sunflower block is really nice. Do you see the dragonfly next to the sunflower?

Modern quilt

Again, the colors are striking.

Sampler quilt

Modern quilt

Interesting modern quilt.

Another sampler?

This one yells out for you to notice it. I like the idea of using up more selvages

and scraps.

Another modern quilt. Lots of variations and modern quilts this year.

Pieced quilt

Interesting interwoven design.

Last but not least, a scrappy quilt.

I hope you enjoyed the show. Lots more to come next week as well.

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My Ode to Florida


Florida has been on my mind lately, as I am sure that it has been with everyone.

Connie is from Florida and sent me her quilt, called “Rowdy Library” quilt

this past spring.

It was completed and sent home to Florida but Connie didn’t see it until this

past week. With all the weather tantrums occurring, she was concerned, and so

was I, about the condition of it when she got home.

I know and understand how important people are and I constantly have

Florida in my prayers;  yet I was also thinking about this quilt. Wondering

if it had made it through the Hurricane as well.

Connie contacted me this past week and let me know that it was ok. A huge

sigh of relief on both of our parts. I also want to mention that Connie is

a nurse and has been out helping people who are needing help in

areas around her home. Thanks for being so kind and helpful Connie.

As you can see by Connie’s quilt, there is alot of detail in this quilt. And the

colors, fabrics and applique are outstanding. I so enjoyed just looking at this

quilt while I was working on it.

When I begin a quilt like this, I use a monofilament thread and SID around all

the applique shapes. Yes, it does take a long time but it is well worth the effort

in that it helps to hold everything down and nothing shifts, most of the time.

I also used 2 layers of batting:  Hobb’s wool batting on the top, next to the

quilt top and a 80/20 cotton batting under that. This combination gives

tons of loft and makes all the applique and quilting ‘puff” up even more.

There is some shifting sometimes, but most times, if you do stabilize the

quilt, it works out in the end.

After all the SID is done, then the fun begins. Even before I begin stitching,

I like to have a road map of what I am going to quilt  on the top. This

can take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours, depending on what

type, size,and budget that I have. This is both fun and mind boggling sometimes.

When the design is done, I can begin the stitching. If I am unsure of an area, I

usually work on what I know I want to do. In this case. lots of straight lines and


The back of the quilt. Here you can see the stitching more. I also used

cream Bottom LIne thread for the background fills, on both the front of

the quilt and on the backing as well. It helps using the same thread

color so you don’t have to worry so much about tension issues.

A thin thread such as Bottom LIne gives a lot of texture without the

thread build up.

I had a lot of fun adding texture to this quilt. As I mentioned

before, this is my Ode to Florida, after all that they have been

through. I also wanted to show this quilt all on its own, as you

have been getting bits and pieces along this quilt’s completion.

Now, you can enjoy the full show in one blog post.

More texture and sunlight.

I had alot of fun with this quilt. Thanks Connie for

your quilt and all the help you are giving to people at

home. We are  praying for you all.