Taking A Break..

I have been away for the past several weeks. The first week, I needed a break from

quilting, as I was working  non stop for 2 weeks on samples for Northcott.

It was International Quilt Festival Market,  in Houston, and they needed some of their samples

done. I promise that photos will follow in the weeks to come.

I was also in Houston. last week, for  International Quilt Festival.

It was so much fun hanging out with my new friend, Darlene, from

South Carolina. And to make matters even more fun, Darlene won 3rd place

in the Large Applique Quilt Category. And guess who quilted her quilt for her?

You got it- me!

Darlene’s Quilt

Who would have guessed that blogging would actually bring two total strangers together?

Darlene and her friends were very kind in that I hung out with them at

Quilt Festival. We had so much fun, even rode on a metal bull. I will tell that story some other

time though.

This quilt is called “Hope.” The male designer was battling cancer and made this during his

struggle. It is beautiful!I It is made up of one large piece of fabric ; all the motifs pop off

the quilt due to gold thread being used. Very impressive!

A close up of the stitching.

This piece was created by a lady from Japan; the Japanese are so talented and usually win

some of the top honors at Houston and elsewhere. It is hand pieced and hand quilted.

This quilt looked very modern to me.

All that texture

The quilting is great too; so much texture, which I love.

Again, lots of  yummy texture.

All the winners are announced on the first evening of the Festival.  There is an Awards Ceremony

and all the top 9 winners are kept secret until then. After all the categories are

gone through,  the top 9 winners are announced. It becomes very tense for some of the winners,

wondering what top award they have won.

I must admit that the Aussies are a rowdy bunch. They were hooting and hollering each time an

Aussie won an award. They seem like alot of fun and very supportive of each other.

The top 8 winners receive $5,000 for their quilts and the Best of

Show, wins $12,000. What a catch that would be.

I love the circles on this quilt, even the ones stitched into the background.

This spiral ring catch my eye because it is made out of velvet. I can’t imagine working with that

material in hand applique. You have to consider the nap of the fabric and if it frays or not. I

wouldn’t want to deal with that headache,  yet it looks great here.

The berries also drew me in. I am trying to figure out what  material is being used  for the yellow

berries: wool, thread, or embroidery floss?

Any ideas?

This bug was also a  big winner and the background had me stumped. It looked like each block

was separate from the other. Very interesting.

It was alot of fun hanging out at the Festival.

Darlene and I even walked around peeking into  doorways of classrooms, trying to catch a

glimpse of all the Quilt celebrities. We were being  quiet too so we wouldn’t get in trouble. I

managed to shake Linda Taylor’s hand. Maybe some of her talent will rub off on me. Here’s

hoping-ha!

Have a great week and I will have lots more photos to come.

 

Houston and Japan…

Are you wondering about the title of this blog post?

My husband went to Japan in the summer and even managed to

bring me back some fabric. Not much but some.

It is interesting how the fabric is rolled up and presented like this.

One of my sons is very artistic; he painted this on the back of a denim jacket. I thought

that he did a great job but I am biased in this area. Can you guess who the singer is?

Nathalie’s Quilt

Nathalie is a very quick piecer and she always makes huge quilts. The colors are very

striking on this one.

Nathalie is also very brave in that she creates her own layout for the quilts that she makes.

Good for you Nathalie. I think  that you only grow as a creative person, as

you experiment and play. Have fun and see what new discoveries you can make.

The backing of the quilt has the same colors as the front. The stitching consists of

outlining the interior lines in the center of the quilt and the stars in the outer corners.

The rest of the quilt received meandering all over the remainder of the quilt top.

Evelyn’s Quilt

Evelyn is another brave customer that I have. She is fearless in creating her own baby

quilts. And she did a great job with this one. I love the colors, the layout and the stitching.

The penguins are really cute; someone is very fortunate to be receiving this baby quilt.

The backing

The backing shows off the quilting nicely. I used a grey polyester thread for the top and

a matching thread for the backing.

Evelyn’s Baby Quilt #2

As you can see, Evelyn has been hard at work. She also made this cute baby quilt. Again, her

own layout and design. I love seeing original work from my customers.

Penguin fabric

The backing of this baby quilt. Matching thread was used once again.

Blue and White Quilt

What a great pieced border on this quilt! I love the 2 colors as well. Again, all the time it takes

to create a quilt like this really blows my mind.

I like the 16 patch and the star block below.

A swirl design was used all over the quilt top and white thread was used for the

top and a dark blue for the backing.

Once again, please try to remember when buying backing fabric for your quilts, the color

of threads that will be used on the top and the backing. In this case, white was used

on the top and a dark color on the backing. If the tension is not perfect, which it isn’t

sometimes, then you may get white dots coming through on the back of your

quilts. If you can live with that, then great. If not, then I recommend you

buy a different color of fabric for the backing. Maybe something lighter

in color that matches the front of the quilt.

Once again, I am happy to say that I am heading to Houston next week, for

the Houston Quilt Festival. I am both nervous and excited. Any words of

advice from anyone about what to do or not do, what to see or not see?

Have a great week.

 

 

 

The Last Of The Local Quilt Show…

Here are the last of the pictures from our Local Quilt Show, in September.

Love the red, white and black polar bear quilt.

Sampler Quilt

Sampler quilts are a great way to practice your quilting skills.

Peach Quilt

Anyone know the name of this block?

Blue and White Quilt

This quilt looks modern to me but  traditional blocks are used  in the corners.

Donna made this quilt.

 

I really like what Donna quilted in this area. How can you not love pebbles and swirls?

The motif in the center of this block is interesting as well.

Sampler Quilt

Mini Tumbler Quilt

Look at all those small pieces!! Wow! Someone had alot of fun and patience.

Lynn’s Quilt

Lynn made this beauty. She always has the most gorgeous fabrics. When she  brought me

the quilt, she told me to pebble it. There were so many pebbles, I was seeing them in my sleep.

Just kidding!

Lynn won the Viewer’s Choice Award. Congrats Lynn!

Rose of Sharon?

I probably have the wrong name for this block but I do like the colors used. And the

quilting is very effective and well done.

Donna’s Quilt

If my memory serves me correctly, Donna made this adorable quilt. I really like

the colors and how whimsical it is.

I like the yellow and green colors, great for cheering you up. especially now that

all the leaves have fallen and the cold wind is blowing.

This is my current hand sewing project. There are over 750 triangles in this bin.

I am planning on making a king size quilt composed of flying geese.

My trial block; trying to work out some of the bugs. I only have 119 more blocks

to make. Yes, I think that I have finally lost my mind.

Have a great week.

 

 

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.