An Ice Storm…

Here is Southern Ontario, we had an ice storm that barrelled through this

weekend. It was a great time to stay inside and quilt. I hope that you had

better luck with that than I did.

Lynn created this beauty using Kaffe Fassett fabrics. It is very whimsical and the

fabrics are very stimulating. She has been waiting a while to get it back but it is

all done now.

 A Water Fountain

Pebbles was the filler for all the background areas. I thought that they would quilt up

quickly but they didn’t. The borders alone took 3-4 hours each. If you are quilting in

pebbles, take your time. You will get there, one pebble at a time. I must admit that I do

love the look and texture that pebbles or circles make.

Tulip Block

All the blocks and applique on this quilt are quite large so I quilted in some of the

large areas so that they wouldn’t puff up too much. I used a monofilament thread  for

all the SID work and a Bottom Line in the bobbin.

In the sashing area, I outlined the blocks. They are not very large so that is all that this

area needed.

More Floral Blocks

Sorry about the brightness of this photo. Again, you can see the pebbles and the

texture it creates.

The backing fabric is bright and bold; goes well with the whimsical theme of the quilt. I tried to

use a pink thread on the back but you really can’t see what I used due to the print on the fabric.

Prints are great for the backings, especially if you are new to quilting and struggling with tension

issues.

A close up of the backing fabric.

Once again, I thought that you would like to see the whole quilt in all its glory.

I am glad that is is done and that Lynn is happy with the quilting.

Linking up to The Needle and Thread Network.

Have a great week.

Stitching Along….

I have been stitching along, trying to catch up with all the quilts waiting for me.

Here are several quilts that I completed  last week.

Evelyn’s Baby Quilt

Evelyn was really brave when she made these 2 baby quilts. The day that she dropped

off these  quilts, was the day that the baby arrived. I guess that the baby had plans of its own.

Evelyn wanted to try her hand at designing her own quilts using similar fabrics but in 2 totally

different quilt patterns. Good for you Evelyn. I love seeing people try new things and become

even more creative.

The backing

Evelyn chose a fun overall pattern called “Flirtatous.” It works well for this baby quilt and adds

some movement to the quilt blocks and top.

A light tan polyester thread was used for the top of the quilt and a bright yellow polyester

thread for the backing.

Baby Quilt #2 

If you look at the previous picture, you can see some of the same fabrics used. Evelyn wanted

to use up the fabrics but create two totally different baby quilts. What a great idea! I am not

sure about you but I do get bored making the same pattern over and over. Nice to change it

up a bit. Well done Evelyn!

The backing

The same pattern was used for this quilt too. Why not? It looks great and is alot of fun.

The backing was a medium tan color so we matched the thread color to the quilt top and

backing.

Joan’s Quilt

Joan found this quilt kit in BC while she was visiting her daughter. There is an unique

quilt shop there that she loves and usually picks up a quilt kit. This was the latest one.

I used a monofilament thread to stitch around all the shapes. It saved alot of time that would

have been used for switching threads to match the color of the background fabrics.

All those interesting shapes would make a great modern quilt, in my mind anyways.

In the outside border, I stitched in leaves due to all the trees on the printed fabric. Feathers

would not have worked on this quilt top at all. Sometimes, the quilt tells you what it wants, you

just have to pay attention to all that is going on in the quilt: fabrics, prints in the fabrics, what

type of quilt it is, how it is going to be used and lots of other stuff.

 

The backing

The backing shows off the quilting nicely. I love the close up pictures because then you can see

how  lovely the fabrics really are.

The backing fabric, a nice light green color , although it doesn’t look green in this photo.

Have a great week and Happy  Belated Easter.

Linking up to The Needle and Thread Network.

Lots of babies…

It seems like there are alot of babies on the way.

Margaret’s Quilt

Margaret made this cute quilt for a new baby that will be arriving real soon.

It is so cute and adorable.

I love the belly that is sticking out. The bottle and cap adds to the attitude of

this little guy.

Baby Quilt

Margaret wanted the plaide to have some stitching in it and to quilt around

each of the babies. In the outer border, swirls were added. Blue polyester thread

was used for the top and the backing.

The backing

The backing is a nice teal blue fabric with dots on it.

Here is a close up of the backing.

Dale’s Quilt

Dale made this adorable baby quilt. The colors are really soft .

A close up of the fabrics used in the quilt. “Popcorn” was the name of the panto stitched

all over the quilt top.

More of the fabrics used in the quilt top.

BAby Quilt

This is what the whole quilt looks like.

The backing

Here is what the backing. I used a light grey polyester thread for the top and the backing.

I didn’t realize that the backing was actually composed of sheep. I had only been looking at this

quilt for a day or so until I noticed the sheep. Sometimes I wonder about myself. Have a

great Easter weekend.

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I forgot the title….

Here are some quilts that were done before the New Year.

Dara’s Quilt

Dara made this colorful quilt using charm packs. It is so good to be  able to use

those charm packs that we buy but just sit there. It looks very modern to me.

A white polyester thread was used for the top of the quilt while a medium blue polyester

thread was used on the back of the quilt. Spiral Rings is the name of the pattern stitched all

over the quilt top.

The backing

The backing is very vibrant and colorful. You can see how different it looks when you

are close to it. Alot of fun.

Kaffe Fassett fabric

Dale made the following quilt below. She really amazes me as she is such a quick quilter.

I really love the fabric and colors of this quilt. Dale wanted it custom quilted but the

pattern had me stumped for a while.

Dale’s Quilt

I stitched around all the diamond shapes with a monofilament thread. All that stitching

helps to stabilize the quilt while also making all those diamonds so crisp and detailed.

I know alot of longarmers don’t like the ditch stitching but it is so necessary for outlining

blocks and motifs.

In the diamond shapes, I outlined the flowers in that area. Why fight with the  print when

it is so beautiful?

In the star blocks, I outlines the stars and stitched around the diamond, 1/4 inch from the edge

of the block.

In the white sashing area. I stitched a 1/4  line on the outside edges and then a straight line

down the middle of the sashing. I also stitched the same star shape in the white areas. Looking

back now, I am not sure I would do that again. I think that I would use a different motif

as there are too many stars for my liking.

The backing fabric is gorgeous! I usually don’t like peach as a color but this fabric

is beautiful.

A close up of the backing material with all the stitching completed. I love the graphic

look of this fabric as well. What do you think?

Have a great week and linking up the The Needle and Thread Network.

 

Now I Know My ABC’S…

This past weekend was spent in Quebec City with some old friends. I laugh

when I say those words because I do not feel “old.”

Quebec City

We had a great time of eating, talking, walking (25 km in 2 days), and just sight seeing.

If you  ever have the chance to visit, I suggest you do it. Lots to see, lots of history, and lots to eat.

Several years ago, I bought an ABC panel from Lens Mills. As usual, I cut it up and sewed it back

together. I  wanted to make a twin size quilt so the panel wasn’t big enough so I had to

figure out how to enlarge it.

ABC Quilt

All the pictures were cut with a Scan and Cut machine. Then I wanted to add borders

to make it bigger. For several weeks, I wrestled with how to create the borders. Eventually,

the ABC song rang in my head so I thought I would add that. Large solid cream borders

were added to match the cream on the  panels. Then I cut the words out using the Scan and

Cut machine once again.

Inside panel

I stitched around the letters with a red polyester thread. If you look closely at the quilt,

it seems really stiff. It is. The fabric was really thin so I added a layer of stabilizer to make it

more durable but it does make it stiff. I am sure that washing will help to soften it up.

The stitching plan was to make each picture a bit more interesting  by adding some

fun details to them. For instance, the whale received some waves and water to frolic in while

the zebra got some trees and sun to bask in. It was alot of fun deciding what to stitch in each

block.

The outside border received lots of bubbles due to so many straight lines in the rest of the

quilt. I also outlined the letters so that they stood out a little more.

The backing of the quilt. I ran out of fabric so I improvised by adding another piece of white

fabric to the backing.

The backing

I also picked up this backing fabric from Lens Mills. It has boys and girls playing on it while there

 

are letters all over it as well.

More of the backing.

The backing

The quilt is twin size so it is a bit large. Alot of fun to complete and onto the next project,

my carrots. I am determined to complete them so that I can start a new project. Maybe I

will show you what it is next week. Have a great  week.

Linking up the The Needle and Thread Network.

Aunt Green’s Quilt Is Completed…

Darlene sent me this beauty to quilt for her.

Aunt Green’s Garden Quilt

It took several weeks to complete but it is done now. Yipee! It will be on its way

home tomorrow.

Here are a few pictures for you to enjoy. Darlene hasn’t seen it yet, in person so

I do hope that she likes what I have done.

Before I even put one stitch into a quilt like this, I have to come up with a game plan

of how I am going to quilt  it. Usually I spend several days drawing designs and

coming up with something that I  like and is doable.

The outside border area;  feathers is always a good choice for traditional applique designs.

The backing

The backing on this quilt matches the front and it is a solid color. The back shows off

the quilting beautifully and it almost looks like a wholecloth quilt.

Center area

Here you can see the center of the quilt with its basket.

More of the florals on the front of the quilt. I chose to use a background fill that incorporated

some of the elements from other areas in the quilt.

The loopy border

In this area, I used feathers as well but stitched them in a different way. This adds interest

to the quilt.

More flowers

On my frame

This shot shows you what I look at while I am working on the quilt when it is on my frame.

Sometimes the quilt top reminds me of a blank canvas before the painter begins to paint.

It can be intimidating but you have  to push yourself and begin. It does get easier with

practice.

Aunt Green’s Quilt

The finishes quilt, in all its glory. Well done Darlene!  It took her 2 years to complete but

what a beauty.

Have a good week and I am linking up to The Needle and Thread Network.

On My Frame Right Now….

I am working on a quilt for Darlene called Aunt Green’s Garden.

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It is quite the quilt. Causing me to be challenged and stretched but it will all work

out in the end. I love how each quilt teaches me something and hopefully, makes

me become a better quilter. Here is a photo of what I have done so far. I don’t want to

spoil the fun for Darlene.

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Have a great week and hopefully there will be more pictures next week.

Linking up with The Needle and Thread Network.

I almost forgot. SCACA is having an Arts and Crafts Demonstration at the

Simcoe County Museum next weekend, March 3rd, 10am till 4pm. I will be there

talking about fabric postcards.Maybe I will see you there.