A Local Quilt Show- Part 3

Here are more pictures of our Local Quilt Show, that was held in September.

The tiny houses are  very cute.

Here is the entire village of the tiny houses. Did you notice how the color changes in the

background around the perimeter of the quilt?

I like the quilting on this quilt. I am constantly looking for new designs and this one intrigues me.

There is only half a quilt because there was alot of bad shadows on the one side. You

will have to use your imagination to fill in the rest of the quilt.

The small pieces that are acting as sashing, is interesting.

Can you guess what block this quilt is made up of?

It never cease to amaze me of how clever quilters are at using

a common block to create  a new design.

The “Log Cabin” block certainly looks different in this quilt.

Modern 9Patch

This reminds me of a modern quilt with a traditional twist. What do you think?

The backing to a Canadiana quilt.

Canadiana Quilt

Another backing.

I thought that you might want to see all three of these quilts together.

Ripples

A Square Quilt

The quilting design is pretty nice, anyone know the name of the design?

I love this quilt. All the colors, the pattern, the design.

The barns are interesting. I saw an interesting barn in NewMarket the other day.

Hippo or safari anyone?

Can you find the hippo in this picture? I think that he has gone into hiding.

This quilt reminds me of the autumn leaves that are falling right now..

Brenda made this quilt at the Kempenfelt Guild, last year,  as their

Block of the Month.

She picked out gorgeous colors. Not only can she applique but she can choose

great colors too!

Great job Brenda! Well done!

This center motif is so simple yet so classy.

Here is the entire quilt, well half of it again. You get the idea though.

A Square Quilt

Once again, the colors are the ones that I love right now.

A Sampler Quilt

I like the green, black, and white color combination.

I hope you enjoyed the show, more to follow next week. May I suggest that you get

outside and take a look at the Fall colors, if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, that is.

Have a great week .

Local Quilt Show-Part 2

Here are more  pictures from a local Quilt Show, that happened in September.

Once again, I warn you that there are alot of photos, so you may want to

grab a hot beverage, sit back, relax and enjoy the Show.

I love the colors and straight lines of this quilt.

Sew Kind of Wonderful

A Sew Kind of Wonderful ruler was used to create this quilt. I love the pattern and quilting  of this

quilt.

Kerry Burke’s Quilt

Kerry Burke is a local lady who is quite the accomplished appliquer. Whatever she touches

seems to turn into gold. This quilt just won at Quilt Canada, 2018. Congrats Kerry!

Rose’s quilting

Another local lady, Rose  is also an accomplished longarmer. She quilted this for Kerry and did

and did a fantastic job. Congrats Rose!

I love the pebbles and swags stitched onto the quilt.

Brenda’s wallhanging

Brenda is also a very accomplished appliquer and piecer as well. It seems that she also

has a very good eye for color. Love, love. love the flowers here.

It is nice to see close ups of the pieces.

I think this is a Mary Jane Quilt. Look at all those blocks and how tiny they are.

Someone has alot of patience as well as skill at piecing.

The individual blocks are really quite outstanding.

Maple Leaves

I am wondering if Shiva Paintsticks were used to add some color to the Maple Leaves?

Helen’s Wallhanging

This is a tribute to Vimy Ridge, created by Helen.

The embroidered flowers are quite spectacular. Well done, Helen!

Hummingbirds Wallhanging

I love the colors of this piece too.

Look at all that texture!  I have a similar panel that I want to quilt but we will have to

wait and see how long that takes me to get to it.

There were also rug hookers at the Show and here is a sample of what they have been

working on this past year. They also made pieces that reflect Mary Jane Quilts only hooked

into rugs.

A very modern piece.

Winter Wallhanging

I love snowmen and this piece looks like a lot of fun to make.

The skates had actual laces attached to them. And don’t overlook those buttons either.

Cottages

These cottages look like alot of fun as well. Could use one right about now.

Donna quilted this quilt but I am unsure if she made it.

I really love the quilting on this piece, especially in the black center area.

Kaffe Fassett Fabrics

Look at all that color! It definitely must be Kaffe Fassett fabric.

Boxes

I hope that the creators of these quilts do not mind me labelling their quilts. If so, please

forgive me. I didn’t take shots of the labels for each quilt as I went through the Show.

Sue Garman Quilt

Look at all those pieces and how well it was executed!! Wow! This Sue Garman Quilt is

not for the faint of heart. Well done!

Butterflies

A very pretty vintage butterfly quilt and it is hand quilted too. Wow!!

Embroidered Quilt

Once again, embroidered quilts are making quite a mark in the quilting world.

Bargello Quilt

Drunkard’s Path

I love the look of the Drunkard’s Path Quilts. I have never made one but maybe it is time.

Hexie Quilt

Floral Quilt

I don’t know the name of this block but if anyone does, feel free to let me know what it is.

Thanks.

Kathy McNeil Quilt

I think that this pattern is a Kathy McNeil Quilt. She is winning alot of prizes with

her quilts that depict the Alphabet. So cute too.

Colorful Hexies

I love the colors of this quilt! Wow! I can’t imagine how many hours went into making this

quilt. And each piece is a hexie too. And then, to further complicate matters, each one has to

go into a specific spot. Wow!

A close up of the actual quilt. I think that I would be pulling out my hair when the placements

for all the pieces were to be done.

Maple Leaves

How can you go wrong with Maple Leaves?

Disappearing 9 Patch?

I know that this isn’t the correct name so someone enlighten me. The colors are

really spectacular , reminds me of the fall colors.

Alphabet Quilt

My husband gave me a Scan and Cut, several years ago. I thought I should use it so I did.

My daughter and I cut out all the shapes and fused them on. The outer border stumped me

for a while but then the Alphabet Song popped into my head one day, and voila, I had the

border figured out. I love pebbles, so that is what is stitched all over the outer border.

Sample Quilt

I love this wallhanging but would not want to see that outside of my window.

Suzanne’s Quilt

Suzanne is another local longarmer and she created this quilt. I love the colors in it and she

quilted the designs by freehand. That means that she had lots of fun playing and creating the

designs as she stitched.

A close up of the stitching.

I hope you enjoyed the Show, have a great week and happy stitching.

A Local Quilt Show and Houston…

Several weeks ago, local Guilds in the area put on their annual Rug, Quilt, and Craft Fair.

Other Guilds which are involved include the Embroidery Guild, the Teddy Bear Makers,

a Tatting Group and more. Please forgive me if I didn’t include your group.Let me

know and I can add it to the above list. There was a lot going on and alot to see.

Of course, I took lots of pictures of the quilts and here is a sample of some of them.

There will be more in the following few weeks so enjoy the  show.

I may comment on some of the pictures but not all, as there are about 30 or so in

this blog post alone. Enjoy!!

Red and White Quilt

Canada 150th Quilt. There seems to be  some of these being finished from last

year. They are quilt stunning when you see red and white quilts up close and personal.

Floral Quilt

I love the colors of this quilt, which really surprises me. I usually love bright, bold

colors but the softness of these colors really speak to me.

Sew Kind of Wonderful sells this curved ruler and you can make so many interesting

shapes with it. I may have to dig it out and make one for myself.

I couldn’t pass up checking out the quilting on this one.

Wholecloth Quilt

This wholecloth quilt is hand quilted!! Wow!

Snail’s TRail

Baby Animals

Because I don’t remember the names of all these quilts, I am making up the names

as I go. I ran through this room taking photos like a crazy person. I have a booth in the

Show and I have to stay there all weekend  so I quickly got some shots for you to see.

Sampler

Snowmen

Jennifer and her daughter made this quilt. Jennifer is also a longarmer in Orilla

and is one talented lady.

You can see how cute this wallhanging really is and I think, it has been colored

with crayons or fabric markers.

A Year of Redwork

I remember the name of this small wallhanging because it is mine. Nothing like a

deadline to get you to complete something. It took me a year to complete  the hand

embroidery. I thought that  bricks would help to unify the piece by showing that all

these windows belong to the same apartment building. To make this Canadian, I added a

Canadian flag in place of the American one.  This pre printed panel is still available at

Fabricland, in the clearance section.

 

Garden Wallhanging

I really like the baskets in the background.

Nancy’s Wallhanging

As I was looking at this photo, I noticed that each square is a different color. Well done,

Nancy. She does beautiful hand work!

This piece reminds me of Elaine Quehl, a Canadian fiber artist. She is known for her

Hosta pieces. Whoever made this one, certainly nailed it as well.

Suzanne made this piece and I like it. She is also a longarmer in the area. She took a

class with Al Cote, another Canadian fiber artist living in Niagara Falls, Ont.If you ever

get the chance to take one of his classes, do so. He is so talented and alot of fun.

A close up of the panel.

Color, color, and more color. I love color and it seems like it is a hot topic

right now when it comes to quilting.

This fabric reminds me of Kaffe Fasett. Whatever fabric that is being used, certainly

gives this giraffe lots of personality.

Again, the colors speak to  me. I love big and bold florals. This piece reminds me

of GEorgia O’Keefe’ work and style.

Birds In Flight

“Postcards From Muskoka ” is the name of this wallhanging. These are really cool and from what

people tell me, not that difficult to create. Once again, a local lady designed this pattern. Lots of

talent in this area of Ontario.

Christie made this Kathy McNeil wallhanging. She won 1st place for the Best

Wallhanging in the Quilt Show, with this piece.

I love all the hand work Christie did as well. Each pinecone is stitched individually.

Cat Tails

And I love the stitching on these cat tails. All those French knots. What fun she must have

had making this one.

I really like the Northern Lights on this piece. What a great way to shake things up a bit?

Connie’s Wallhanging

Connie designed this wallhanging herself. Well done Connie! She love Angela Walters,

so it was easier for me to design the quilting with that in mind.

It was alot of fun working on this piece for Connie. Lots of swirls, ribbons, and straight lines.

There are even several words stitched into the piece as well. It seems like text is becoming

a part of what I am currently quilting.

Hope you enjoyed this Quilt Show.

In the title at the beginning of the post, I mentioned  Houston. Well, this has been on my bucket

list for a while and now I will be able to take if off because:

I AM GOING TO HOUSTON!!!! FOR INTERNATIONAL QUILT FESTIVAL!!

I know I am shouting but I am so excited. I am still in shock as well. My husband was

very kind and let me use up all of his Aeroplan points.  Hopefully, I will have tons of

pictures for you when I get back. All of this won’t be happening until the first week

of NOvember. Until then, have a  great week. And thanks for stopping by.

I’m Back….

I apologize for not blogging for the past 5-6 weeks but I am back now.

It has been a rough summer dealing with family issues.  I am glad that

it is now over and life is somewhat returning to normal.

The quilts shown below were all finished before the beginning of the summer

and again, I can not remember who owns what quilt. So, sit back and enjoy

the show.

This was a large quilt. It is one of many I have completed for my clients this

year. It was a popular mystery quilt that was held at Country Concessions,

a local quilt shop in the area.

I love the color of the blues in this top. You can see that there are many

different blocks;  great for practicing your 1/4″ seam allowance accuracy.

 

The white border

In the white border, my client wanted feathers. As usual, I wanted to dress them up

a little bit so I added the swirl inside of each feather.

Yummy Feathers

I love feathers and nothing says traditional like feathers. I used a white polyester

thread, So Fine, in the outer white border.

The outer border

The outer border is gorgeous! I love the pieced borders but it does take alot of time

to make these. It is well worth the time and effort though.

Another block

I thought that I would throw in one more block for you. I forgot the backing but we can

manage. An overall design was stitched onto the top but that has slipped my mind as well.

I thought I would shake things up a bit by showing the backing first. Yes, I am living

on the edge.

I love all the sailboats on the fabric on the back.

Arlene made this quilt for one of her grandsons. I think that he is going to love it.

The kit came from Connecting Threads, an online fabric store. They also have great

sales too. The only problem I notice when buying online is that you can not tell

the exact color of the fabric you are purchasing until it arrives at your house and

then you are stuck with it. Something to think about before ordering online.

The anchor and stars are so cute.

The lighthouse is adorable as well. I used a white polyester thread for the top and

a navy blue polyester thread for the backing. Waves were stitched all over the quilt top.

Sailboat Quilt

I hope that you enjoyed this mini quilt show. Enjoy the nice weather.

 

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.