I am not sure about you but summer time makes me lazy.

All I want to do is lie in a hammock and take a quiet afternoon

nap. No doubt that this attitude has been cutting into my

quilting time.

Here are a few of the quilts that I have managed to complete

for customers.

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Barb’s Quilt

Barb really likes this pattern. Who can blame her?

And batiks, you can’t go wrong with them.

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Barb chose an overall design called “Flirtatous;” another

one of her favorites as well. If you like something alot, you might

as well stick with it.

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A light purple So Fine thread was used for the top and the

backing. Tension issues are at a minimum then, especially in

the summer with the humidity.

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The backing is pretty interesting as well. I really love

pieced backing, as it adds more interest to the back. It

also looks like a totally different quilt; two quilts for the

price of one, not bad indeed.

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A soft flannel green fabric was used for the backing. Adding

more of the piecing from the quilt top is quite smart and also

uses up some of the leftovers.

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Karen made this quilt. I am seeing more Downton Abbey fabrics

and quilts lately. The prints are very interesting. I think that the

Dresden Plate is seeing a resurgence in popularity lately as well.

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Karen wanted an all over pattern so she chose “Blossoms.”

And we used a light purple polyester thread for the top and

backing as well.

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The design shows up nicely between the Dresden Plates.

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I really like the purple border and how it is pieced together.

Adds more interest than your typical 2 pieces of fabric borders.

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The backing has the title of the  British’s Show-Downton

Abbey-printed on it.

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A close up of the backing.

Hoping you are enjoying the warm weather and getting

more quilting done than I am.

 

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I have been dealing with trains and Halloween this past week.

It certainly adds some interest to the hot weather we are having.

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Joan made this cute quilt for an upcoming new baby. She

bought the train border fabric at Lens Mills. Then, she designed

the center pattern by herself. I think she did a great job.

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I love the train border print. Isn’t it  cute?

Trying to keep the quilting design simple isn’t so

easy after all. I stitched in a railroad track, some

cows and several houses, all in keeping with the

border print.

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The back of the quilt also tells its own story. I love the

texture on the backing.

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Quilt #2 by Joan

Joan had to cover all her bases by making a quilt for

a baby boy or  baby girl. The owls remind me of a

modern quilt, so that is the route I chose for

deciding what motifs to use on the top.

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A wavy rounded blocks were stitched in the outside

border. In the white blocks, I stitched in wavy lines

and I ditch stitched around the owls.

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I used an aqua polyester thread on the top and for

the backing. Again, you can see the texture on the back

of the quilt. Both quilts will be a great gift to receive.

Next up is Laura’s Halloween quilt. She is already

prepared and ahead of the game for this upcoming Fall

season.

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Laura’s Halloween quilt.

The panel was discovered at Lens Mills. It is a great

place to find distinct fabrics.

Laura sewed together half square triangles to make the

quilt bigger and to add to the Halloween theme. She did

a great job finding matching fabrics for the whole quilt.

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The panel section was easy to quilt, just stitch around each

character in a monfilament thread.

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I really love the mummy owl.

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The half square triangles. I love the spider webs. Laura

didn’t know what design to place on the top so I

suggested spider webs. It seemed to fit the Halloween

theme so, why not?

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Again, the back tells its own story. Even though it

is a print, you can still see the spider webs. I used a

black polyester thread for the top and the backing.

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The spider webs

The spider webs look great on the back of

the quilt.  Laura really loves the spider webs so that is all

that matters.

I really like them too.

Have a great week.

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Summer has finally made it here. And with quite a splash, I

might add; very hot and dry. Despite  the weather, I am

quilting along, trying to complete some orders.

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Judi made this quilt for her daughter. It has over 3,000

pieces in it. And over 350 identical blocks. Now that is

a labor of love. I hope her daughter likes it because it

is very stunning.

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Judi wanted an overall design that resembled paisleys,

due to paisleys being on some of the prints on the fabric.

Isn’t it amazing where some sources of inspiration come

from?

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Did I mention that this quilt is also very big?  It is

huge!!! The backing fabric is pretty cool, in and by

itself too.

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I really love the swirls on the back. I used a cream

Omni polyester thread for the top and  a black

polyester thread on the backing. As usual, tension

always seems to give me headaches during the summer

months; it seems thread doesn’t like humidity at all.

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Helen’s hand embroidered quilt.

Helen brought me this quilt and I quickly became

giddy with appreciation when I saw all the hand

embroidery that she had done. The quilt is composed

of all the provincial flowers of Canada, minus Iqualit.

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The panel was bought prior to Iqualit becoming a new

territory. When I first saw the embroidery, I asked

Helen if she had an embroidery machine. “No, I just did this

because I had the time and I enjoy it.”

Wow!! This is truly a labor of love. Her hand  embroidery

is amazing!!!

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In the background, Helen wanted a tight stipple so that the

embroidery would pop. And that is exactly what happened.

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More flowers

“Keep it simple” was the motto going through my mind as I

worked on this quilt. Helen hasn’t seen it yet either so I have to

finish cleaning up the loose threads on the back.

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I tried to keep the designs and the quilting simple so I

could make sure that Helen’s embroidery would be in

the lime light and shine.

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Sashing area

In the sashing area, I quilted in straight lines, again

simple designs.

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More provincial flowers.

I SID around all the flowers too and the embroidery so

that it would add more dimension to the quilt.

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In the stars, I did a little more fancy quilting, just to add

a tad bit of interest and I couldn’t help myself.

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Helen mentioned that she wanted a classic  cable design

in the outside border. In the  inside, light green border,

I quilted in feathers. Another classy choice as well.

Helen likes them too so all is well in my quilting world.

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The backing.

I love, love, love the backing. All that texture

goodness.

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The cable border.

The cable border looks fantastic.

I used a monofilament clear thread for all the

ditch work. A cream for the background block

fills and 2 shades of green for the borders.

On the backing, I used a cream Omni polyester

thread.   I hope Helen likes it as much as I do.

Have a great week.

 

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Happy Birthday Canada!! I hope that all you Canadians out

there will get out for the day and enjoy the weather and

celebrations.

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Here are the last of the photos from Quilt Canada. A fitting

end to the Show, especially on Canada Day week.

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This is one of the miniature quilts in the show. Even

though these quilts were small, they were still

beautiful.

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This landscape quilt was really spectualar. Lots of

thread sketching on it as well.

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A pieced quilt.

I can not imagine all the time it took to piece this quilt.

It was well worth the effort though.

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Miniature quilt

I am amazed at how different the miniature quilts

were. They were all spectacular.

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This quilt really caught my eye, maybe it was the bright

orange color that caught my eye.

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Fiddleheads

An interesting quilt.

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More modern quilts. There were alot of them in

the Show this year.

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An interesting quilt.

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The owl.

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The sunflower are so cheerful. Who can

resist them?

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This wallhanging had a ribbon attached to it as well.

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I really love this bumblebee quilt. Lots of interesting

techniques used on it and so different from all the rest.

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A close up of the bee and its honeycomb.

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I really love the seagull and the ocean, as well as the blocks

and the piecing.

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Another modern wallhanging.

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The Canadian Quilters Association had this

arrangement in its booth. It is made up of different

colored circles. Hearts seem to gaining in

popularity this year.

Have a great week.

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Here are some more photos, as promised, from last week’s

Quilt Canada, in Toronto.

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There seemed to be alot of modern quilts at the Show this

year. Depending on what your taste is, this could be a good

thing or not. I really like the colors in this

quilt and the piecing  seems like alot of fun as well.

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Orange is a color that is growing on me. It will be fun to

see if I actually make an orange quilt.

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This was an interesting quilt. It is very modern looking

and its size draws you in.

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Upon closer inspection, you can see that the stitching is all

done by hand, unless the maker has a Sasiko sewing machine.

Yes, there is such a thing.

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Another modern quilt. It was interesting how the designer

chose the colors that she/he did. There is alot of tight

straight line stitching on this one as well.

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Krista Withers quilted this quilt while another lady

made it. Krista is a longarmer that I follow and am

beginning to really like her quilting.

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Again, another orange pieced quilt. An interesting layout and

designs for quilting.

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As usual, it is the quilting that draws me in. I  love the texture

that the quilting gives to a quilt. It brings it to life.

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An interesting take on a modern circular quilt.

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I love the colors in this wallhanging.

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This wallhanging seemed to grab alot of attention. The

bright yellow circle stands out alot.

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More machine stitching.

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Here is an example of the tight, dense, straight line

quilting that seemed to be so popular in the Quilt

Show this year. I wonder what next year will bring?

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Modern wallhanging

I do love the colors in this piece and the stitching is

fascinating as well. Again, where does someone start

on a piece like this?

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Wholecloth wallhanging

I love wholecloth quilts. The stitching and texture is

what makes the whole quilt. This must be why

longarming appeals to me so much.

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Another wholecloth wallhanging

Forget the piecing and go straight to the quilting and

texture.

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This is Ruth Kennedy’s quilt. It is quite large and colorful.

Once again,she won a ribbon too. A very talented lady

indeed.

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This was an interesting quilt. When I first saw it, I

wondered “how did this  person ever piece all those

small pieces?”

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Getting closer to the quilt, I noticed that the background

was all white/cream and all the black marks were drawn

onto the quilt top using a black marker or sharpie.

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Wow!! That must have taken a long time to create. The stitching

is pretty cool as well. This quilt certainly stirred up alot of

commotion.

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Best of Show

Helen Fujiko won the “Best of Show” with this

wallhanging. It is extremely colorful, which I love.

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Helen’ Quilt

A close up of her quilt.

The whole quilt judging process intrigues me.

There are still more photos to come. I will try to

wrap it up next week. Enjoy the sunshine in

Southern Ontario.

 

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Quilt Canada is currently happening at the International

Center, In Toronto, this week. I was there yesterday,

volunteering for several hours. My buddy in crime, as we

manned the door, was Patti Carey. What fun we had

checking tickets. Because I took so many pictures of quilts,

I will be posting them within the next several weeks so

bear with me. Enjoy.

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This modern quilt intrigued me. At first glance, you see a

guy wearing sunglasses but as you get up close to the quilt,

all the black colors are really circles. Each one is a different

size though. I thought it was pretty creative.

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The Toronto Modern Quilt Guild was displaying some of

their modern quilts. This is a taste of what they have created.

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Chains. The blue color is what caught my eye.

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I like the layout of this quilt. Again, who comes

up with these ideas? I am learning  that you have to be

brave and just create what you like, irregardless of what

others think.

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I like the colors of this quilt too.

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Again, the  colors caught my eye. On closer inspection,

you will see that the fabrics are all raw edge applique.

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Tracey Lawko created these hay bales. She is quite talented

in that she creates pictures by using only thread. It is

quite impressive to see up close and personal.

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Modern quilt

This quilt intrigued me. At first glance, you think that the

fabric is printed this way but it fact, all the shapes on this

quilt was cut and pasted there. All the stitching holds those

pieces in place. Again, how do people come up with these

ideas? It would take me a million years to even think

of such a thing.

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I really love this quilt. The horse is comprised of different

colors of chessecloth that has been added to the tan background,

Even the tan rectangle, behind the horse, is one sheer  piece of

fabric. There is alot of stitching on the horse but it is beautiful.

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I liked the stitching on this traditional piece so I had to have

a picture of it.

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This quilt is so full of color. I really do like the color and

the size draws me to it as well.

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How could I pass up this cute little bear?

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Puffins

And puffins, I have a soft spot for them, especially

since I am from Nfld.

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They are so cute.

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More modern quilts. The quilting adds alot of

dimension to them as well.

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Again, the color draws me in. And the piecing is pretty

cool as well.

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I am beginning to like the color orange more and more.

I hope you enjoyed the pictures. There are more to come.

Also,note that if you click on each picture, the

picture will pop up larger. Good to know if you want to see

each quilt a little closer.

Before I forget, Kerry Burke’s quilt “Friends of Baltimore”

won “Excellence in Hand Applique.”  Wow! It it truly a

work of art and love. I worked on it for her last summer,

so I am pretty happy about that as well.

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Kerry’s “Friends of Baltimore.”

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The winning quilt

Have a good week.

 

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Summer is just around the corner and I am beginning to panic a

little. This is a good problem, if there is such a thing.

Irregardless, here are some recent quilts that I have completed.

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Dara has been a busy girl. She saw a panto titled “Flipflops”

and had the perfect quilt for it.

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The colors are very vibrant and great for flip flops to be

walking all over it. I used a purple polyester thread for the

top and the backing.

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The backing

Again, vibrant gorgeous colors.

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Can you see the flip flops?  There are shells stitched into

the top too but they may resemble hands a little.

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Isabel created this beauty. She wanted all overall design so

she chose stars. Very fitting indeed.

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I used a cream polyester thread by Omni.

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The backing,

The backing was made up of a thick fabric print. I used

a grey polyester thread here.

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You can really see the stars here. It is really difficult to

stitch stars. It may sound wierd but the lines are hard

to keep perfectly straight.

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Janis’ quilt

The colors of this quilt are really stunning. Fall is one of

the favorite times of the year for me and this quilt

reminds me of Fall.

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In the center of the quilt, there are 9 different blocks

surrounded by a double border.

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The flying geese on the outside of the quilt adds even more

interest to the top. I used a golden brown polyester thread

by Omni for the top and the backing.

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I really love pieced backings. What a great idea to use up all the

leftover fabric from the top. A great recycling idea!

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The panto Janis chose was leaves. It is a really big design

because the quilt is so big.  Scale always has to be taken into

consideration when choosing a design.

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This is an interesting quilt. Jeanette made this quilt

using fabric she had originally bought for a dress.

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The fabric is really thin but it seems to hold up well with

the rest of the fabrics. Jeanette will have to be really

careful when she washes it though.

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The backing is made up of flannel. It is very warm

and cuddly. Jeanette chose an overall panto titled

“Celtic Braid.” I used a beige polyester thread for the

top and the backing.

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I was away last week. Water is so relaxing and inviting,

although it wasn’t  too inviting last week.

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While I was in Nfld, I had to have some of these. I made

sure that it was lobster season before I left. The fishermen

had caught these the day that I bought them. How can they

not taste good?

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My supper

Have a great week.

 

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Recently, I quilted several quilts for Northcott, for an upcoming

Show. So, this is a sneak peek for all of you who did not go to the

Show.

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This year the trend seems to be going towards printed panels.

There are 2  panels sewn together to make one quilt. It is less

time consuming for sure.

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Northcott wanted an overall design for one of the quilts.

I chose something swirly -named “Flirtatous.” It adds some

movement to the top.

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In the border area, there are some cool vintage sewing

machines.

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The backing

I used a grey variegated So Fine Superior Thread -a 40 weight

for the top and the backing.

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Buttons of the back of the quilt.

The backing was covered in buttons, very fitting for

this printed panel quilt.

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The second quilt, is the exact same printed panel but

in a different color way. This time, I could play and

stitch any design I wanted onto the top.

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I love the straight lines around these blocks. On the fabric,

there were all sorts of rulers so I just  picked a shape and

stitched around it. In the block border, each block has

a little bit of stitching as well.

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On the sides of the borders, there are a few blocks that

look  pieced but are again,printed. I really like the

words in the border area.

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The backing.

It was quite interesting to see how different, besides the

color difference, these 2 quilts were when completed.

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Close up of the backing.

Again, buttons on the back of the quilt.

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This beauty belongs to Bethanne Nemesh. I had the

opportunity to take a class with her this past week.

And yes, I did ask permission to take photos of her

quilts,  at The Quilting Bee, in Fonthill, Ontario.

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This woman is very talented, smart, creative and witty.

I had a great time too and hopefully learned lots in the

process.

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Some close ups of her wholecloth quilt. If you ever get

the chance to take one of her classes, you will not be

disappointed at all.

Have a great week and enjoy the warm sunshine, here in

Southern Ontario.

 

 

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Jeanette made this quilt. What a great pattern in each

of the blocks.  It reminds me of snowflakes. I used a medium

blue polyester thread for the top and the backing.

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An overall design called “Celtic Braid” was the

pattern of choice.

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The piecing around the blocks  helps the

snowflakes stand out even more.

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A blue flannel is on the back of the quilt.

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A close up of the quilting . Flannel really makes the

quilting stand out.

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The border of the quilt is comprised of a nice

floral fabric.

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Eva made this quilt for her grandson. She is so

ingenious and one of those people who uses whatever

materials are around.

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In this case, she used clean (unused boxer shorts) that

her grandson didn’t like. Eva chose a pattern and colors

to co-ordinate with all of the boxer colors. Did I mention

how creative she is as well?

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On the backing of the quilt, she used leftover

boxer shorts. No fabric is safe when she is around.

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I used a blue polyester thread for the top and the

backing. The “Swirl” panto was the pattern of

choice.

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Ann created this beauty. It reminds me of spring and is

oh, so cheerful. Ann wanted a swirly design and this

one fit perfectly.

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

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The backing was a cheery yellow color as well.

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The swirls are a quick panto to stitch out.

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Karen’s Snowman Quilt

Karen found this snowman kit and created this quilt.

Each block is colored  with crayons. What a great idea

to get kids involved with quilting!

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Karen wanted a swirly design; it resembles a windy

snowy day for the snowmen. If you noticed, 3 of these

quilts have the same quilt pattern on them. Yet,

the design works with each of the different quilts

and patterns.

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I used a blue grey polyester thread for the top and the

backing of the quilt.

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The close up looks great. Karen used a grey flannel

for the backing too, it makes the quilt, oh so

warm and cuddly as well.

Have a great week.

 

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Susan’s Cupcake Quilt

Susan took a trip to Len’s Mills and ended up buying some fabric with

mice all over it. From there, this became the springboard for her

making a Cupcake Quilt. She found an adorable one designed by

Lori Holt, called “Cake Walk.”

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One of the cakes on the quilt.

I keep telling Susan that she should be designing quilts herself, as

she takes an idea, runs with it and makes it her own. As in the

above photo, she chose fabric and then bought all types of

trim for the icing on the cakes. She said that she had so much

fun choosing fabrics and trims for this quilt.

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Cake n0. 3

Can you see the mouse on the top of the cake? Even the mice

on the  print fabric were so cute. I must admit that this

quilt was so much fun to work on. Every time I  looked at it,

I had to smile because it seemed so full of joy.

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Here is one of the finished blocks. I used a monofilament

thread to stitch around all the cake layers. And I used 2

different brown thread for the sides and bottoms of the windows.

There were 11 different cakes and I cupcake block.

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All the cakes had stippling in the backgrounds but the cupcakes

were different because of the dome they were under. I stippled

in the background area but quilted in straight lines under the

dome. This helped to differentiate between the 2 areas.

I used a white So Fine thread for the backgrounds and a

brown So Fine thread for the backing.

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I had to show you the label that Susan made. Isn’t it

adorable?  You can see the stitching I did on the

border, behind the label. Unfortunately, I  forgot to

take pictures before I sent it out the door. I stitched

around each and every mouse in the border because

I couldn’t bear to quilt anything over them.

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Mary’s Quilt

This is Mary’s quilt, which I also forgot to post here.

It is called ” The Wizard of Oz Meets New York.”

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One of the spikes in the middle of the  quilt.

Mary has written in some of the words to the song that

Dorothy sang in the movie: “The Wizard of OZ.”

And some of the colors in the quilt reflect that theme as well.

Most of the quilting consisted of SID but I did quilt in

straight lines around the center medallion, following the

lines of the fabric print. Why fight with the print?

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The center of the quilt.

I used a  monofilament thread to do all the SID work.

In the center, I wanted it to be more noticeable, so I

stitched in a double lines around the spokes. In the

black border area, I also stitched double lines.

In the outside borders, I used straight lines again,

to draw the eye into the center of the quilt.

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The backing

The back has  its own story to tell as well. I really

love all the texture on the backing.

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I used a grey thread for the backing of the fabric.

Pebbles were stitched in the middle of the medallion

block as well.

Have a great week and check out some other

quilters at The Needle and Thread Network.

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