A few more quilts and fabric postcards…

Here are some things that I have been working on lately.

But first, a few of my customers’ quilts that I have completed for them.

Quilt of Valor

Ellie brought this quilt for a soldier for the Quilts of Valor program. Her Church Group

made it especially for this special person who works in the Canadian Armed Forces.

The blocks are all different but the colors used remain the same, reds, whites, black and yellow.

The yellow is quite nice and makes the quilt very cheerful.

Ellie designed this corner poppy block by herself; I think she did a great job!

More blocks within this quilt.  A very light polyester thread was used for the  top

and for the backing as well.

The borders on the outside of the quilt.

The backing of the quilt really shows off the stitching. “Maple Syrup”

was the panto used all over the quilt. It seemed appropriate for the

theme of the quilt.

Ellie’s Quilt

Ellie also made this cute quilt for her grandson. She wanted animals to be

stitched all over the quilt. I found a pattern on the Gammill Pattern Cloud website.

A close up of all those animals. I used a polyester thread to match the top color of the

quilt and the same color on the back of the quilt.

The backing shows off the stitching and the animals beautifully. If you want the stitching

to show up in the back of your quilt, use a solid color.

Fabric Postcard #1

I made this fabric postcard for a special someone. It is a Robert Kauffman

print that I cut up for the postcard. I love the colors of this print. Hope Jean does as well.

FAbric Postcard #2

I made this one for Joan. Hope she likes cardindals. Again, a Robert Kauffman print. They are

gorgeous.

Graduation Quilt

My daughter is graduating from high school next year . Yes, I know, its pretty early but

I usually dont have alot of time to sew so I am starting early. There is alot of piecing

in this one. IF you ever decide to piece a, Elizabeth Hartman pattern, make sure

you are organized and have a huge stash of ziploc bags. They are keeping me sane

and organized. I will let you know how the progress is going.

 

 

Yes, I Am Still Alive…

HI everyone,

Sorry that it has been over 6 months since my last post. LIfe has been busy

and I have neglected my blog. I’m hoping to begin posting once again.

I’ll make this my one and only New Year’s resolution. I hope you had

a great Christmas and New Year. Here are a few photos from last year to

wet your appetite.

Figo

This is one of the modern quilts that I quilted for Northcott’s modern department,Figo.

I can’t remember the designer and pattern name but I promise to keep better records

from here on in.

Sea Shell Quilting

Christine, the head of Figo, wanted sea shells all over the quilt. I think the design came

from Urban Elementz. They carry alot of digital and paper quilting patterns.

The backing

Here is the backing of the quilt. I really love this fabric, so soft and pretty.

Modern Quilt

Another quilt for Figo. I used a monofilament thread on the top and a soft Omni

grey thread on the backing.

Karlee Porter Quilting design

The quilting is designed by Karlee Porter. It is a square with a slight curve but it

stitches out in a really cool shape.

The backing

This fabric is a new line that Figo launched this past fall. It deals with the Zodiac.

Modern Quilt #3

A Close up

The quilting on this modern beauty is a simple wavy line. Again, I used a clear

monofilament thread on the top and a light cream Omni  thread on the backing.

The backing

Another close up

I hope you liked the  pictures. Hoping to be back next week  but if not, in 2 weeks for sure.

Have a great week and keep stitching.

Ruth

Hit And Miss..

Unfortunately, my blog posts have been a hit and a miss lately. I am hoping to

remedy that by blogging more. In the meantime, here are some quilts that

I finished for customers in the winter.

I am unsure of who made this sampler but I do love the colors.

A light polyester thread was used on the front and on the backing as well.

The backing wasn’t made of cotton but flannel. You can see the texture so much

more with flannel.

Julie made this quilt for a special someone. It consists of a Robert Kauffman print and

pieced blocks.

Maple Leaves were quilted all over the quilt to make it truly Canadian.

The backing fabric.  Blue thread was used for the top and the backing.

Eugenia’s Quilt

This quilt was so cute. I love it. Eugenia made it for her grand daughter.

It has famous female heroines in all the blocks. And the colorful border was

made of strips of colorful fabrics.

I quilted straight lines around all the blocks so that they were emphasized.

In the background fabric, I quilted in loops, which  ties in with the theme of the

quilt.

The backing is great too, matches the quilt top.

Japanese Fabrics

These two quilts consists of Japanese fabrics and I quilted them in two different

ways.

A cross hatch was quilted on the top of the quilt and flowers on the bottom section.

There was also an orange Japanese quilt as well. I wanted to quilt something

different in this one so I quilted in floral motifs.

The backing shows off the quilting beautifully.

Japanese Quilt

This is what the second quilt looks like.

Pat made this modern baby quilt for a new baby.

Don’t you just love the giraffes?

To keep with the modern style of this quilt, straight lines were quilted all over

it, using a white thread.

Minky was used on the backing and it shows off the textures so well.

It is extremely soft and oh so thick as well.

The whole backing. Love the texture.

Anne made this colorful quilt out of a printed panel. Borders were added and

voila, you have a quilt.

I used a lime green thread to quilt around the lily pads.

In the border, I used a pink thread and added a simple vine motif.

The backing is pink as well. The young lady receiving this quilt really loves

pink.

Julie made this second quilt as well. Again, a Robert Kauffman print was used and Flying

Geese were added too.

Oak leaves and acorns were stitched all over the border.

I love the bear and her cubs.

The backing shows off the quilting nicely.

I love the colors in this quilt. I can’t imagine the time it took to piece this

beauty.

A close up of the quilt and the backing.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures and have a good week. See you next week.

I Have Upgraded…

Connie made this beautiful Elephant Wall hanging in the fall but I am just

getting to showing you now. I also have a surprise for you at the end of this

post.

Don’t you just love the colors of the elephant? And all those gorgeous Kaffe Fassett fabrics?

Here is what the quilt top looks like when I get it. It feels like a blank canvas to me. This part

of the process is both exciting and scary. Trying to figure out a game plan and waiting to

see how the stitching will bring the piece to life.

Elephant’s trunk

This is my second Elephant that I have quilted. I knew that I wanted to keep the quilting as

realistic as possible.

The outer borders

I was trying to depict dust and swirls around the outside border of the elephant. Connie is a big

fan of Angela Walters, so that was my cue to find motifs that she uses and place them all over

the quilt.

The swirls were used to replicate dust around the charging elephant.

I love the elephant’s feet; I think this is my favorite part of the quilt.

The tusks are stitched using cream So Fine thread and stitched to look as if they are

curvy.

Here is the finished piece. Isn’t it amazing how the quilting brings the elephant to life?

The backing is so cool! I love all the texture the stitching creates. I used different colored threads

on the front to match the colors of the fabrics  that were used to create the elephant.

On the backing, I used the same thread colors as the threads on the front of the wallhanging.

It makes tension issues less of a problem for me. I love his feet; all those wrinkles are so much

fun. Connie liked her elephant so that is all that really matters to me.

This T-shirt quilt was quilted using the Spiral Rings design.

I used a light grey polyester thread for the top.

More cool T-shirts. What a great way to use up all those unused T-shirts.

T-shirt Quilt

The backing shows off the texture so clearly.

 

Here is my surprise! I recently upgrade to the  Gammill Elevate. It can quilt by itself and I can

work on something else while it is working too.

Its only been 2 weeks so I am still learning how to use it. There is a bit of a learning

curve but I am determined to learn how to use it to its full potential.

Lots of ideas swimming around in my head. I am hoping to find some time to play.

Have a great week.

 

Did You Miss Me?

It has been a while since I blogged so I thought that it was time I said hello

again. I have been wondering if you missed me?

Here are more quilts for your viewing pleasure.

Forest Quilt

This quilt was huge and also an experiment by one of my customers. It did turn out really

nice but when you are working on the bias, beware of stretching. Please take precautions to

minimize how much the fabric will stretch on you.

Forest Quilt

In order to minimize stretch, you can glue baste the block together; you can also pin like crazy

and keep measuring your block as you construct it.  This helps to keep the finished block true

to whatever size it is supposed to be.

Border area

The backing

A simple quilting design was stitched into the top. I didn’t want to cover up all that gorgeous

fabric with thread so I stitched around the trees and did a freehand in all the other open areas.

Backing fabric

Shark Quilt

Michele made this lovelty quilt with lots of sharks on it. I am really into the teal colors right now.

Funny how your  color taste keeps changing.

A close up view

An overall design was stitched onto the quilt top and it resembles waves.

Jaws

Anyone remember the movie;”Jaws?” This quilt will definitely give you nightmares, just kidding.

It was fun to see how clever and creative  Michele became in order to create this  quilt for the

males in her family. I think that they will love it.

The Backing

More sharks

The backing even has more sharks on it. There were 3-5 sharks quilted onto the top as well.

9Patch Quilt

The colors in this 9 Patch are so colorful. It has been a long, dull winter so quilts like this helped

to keep me cheerful. I  call it color therapy.

Just pull out a quilt like this and all the winter blues disappear.

The backing shows off the Van Gogh Design quite nicely.

Darlene made this quilt for one of her grandkids. It looks so complicated but it consists of

squares arranged in a pleasing manner.

A simple quilting  design was all that was required and it adds movement to the top.

The backing fabric is quite lovely too.

I hope that the spring flowers are beginning to poke  their heads up  finally.

Have a good week and see you next week.

 

 

More Quilts For You To See..

Here are some  pictures of quilts that I completed in the Fall. Hope you enjoy the show.

Blue and White Quilt

Love the colors in this sampler.

I love the fabrics in this quilt.

The backing of the quilt.

Debbie made this King size quilt. Look at all that piecing! Wow!

Shibori Fabrics

I love all the textures in this quilt.

All of the pastel colors are so encouraging this time of the year.

Hexie Quilt

Love this quilt too.

Hope you enjoyed the Quilt Show. Have a great week.

 

Going Back…

It’s a good thing that my husband is retired because March Break turned out to be

extremely busy. My daughter is in HIgh School and wanted to check out some

universities in the area. McMaster and Lauriantan University were on the agenda and

I tagged along for the trip to Sudbury.

Now life has settled down, I am back at work and trying to catch up on my

photos for this blog. These quilts were completed in the summer so I am going

back a few months. Nonetheless, everyone seems to enjoy a  good Quilt Show.

Eva’s Quilt

I have two  good friends who are very talented hand embroiderers, Eva being one of them.

This is one of two  hand embroidered quilts that she made.

The colors are very soothing and Eva even hand quilted it as well. Did I mention that

she is also very talented in this area as well?

The backing

I love pieced backings. They add so much more interest to the back  of the quilt and you

feel as if you are getting two  quilts for the price of one.

Eva’s 2nd Quilt

This is another hand embroidered quilt. Crabapple HIll is the designer and I really like

the patterns that they create.

Eva also created this beauty. Does she ever sleep?

This quilt is hand quilted as well.

You can see her  evenly spaced stitches on the back of the quilt.

The colors are really soothing in this quilt. Do you find that certain

colors draw you to a quilt and make you want to buy the pattern?

Swirls were stitched all over the quilt top. I love  helping

people finish their quilts so they can be used instead of

sitting in a box or drawer somewhere, waiting to be finished.

And yes, I have quilts  in a box, waiting to be finished too.

I love this light blue backing fabric. I am wanting to start a miniature

Wedding Ring Quilt and I couldn’t decide on the colors. I think that I

just found my colors.

This quilt is very graphic in nature but who can resist a black and white Quilt?

Swirls were stitched on the top and a black polyester thread was used for the top and

the backing.

 

The backing matches the top beautifully.

Wolves

Wolves anyone? I think that this may be a Robert Kauffman print. Anyone out there

know for sure?

This was fun as I was able to stitch around each of the wolves. Some guy is really

going to love this quilt.

The Backing

You can see all of the wolves on the back as well.

Have a good week. Spring is almost here.