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?

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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


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.

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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


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.


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.


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

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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.

A Short Post…

This is going to be a short post.  Not many pictures to show you but the

quilts each have their own story to tell.

Dara made this for a friend. I really like the pattern and the stripe

through the center of the quilt.

I used a white polyester thread for the top.

An overall design was stitched onto the top.

The green backing fabric is very pretty .

I used a light green polyester thread for the backing.

Linda made this huge quilt. It is interesting because the white section is

made up of white eyelet fabric. This is the first quilt I have seen that uses

eyelet fabric in it.

I knew that the holes in the eyelet would probably lead to some bearding in the

future so I recommended placing white fabric under the quilt top and over the

batting. Problem solved.

In the previous picture, I stitched in  circular feathers in the light blue section.

Linda likes feathers so it was an easy choice. Whenever I am deciding upon design

choices, I used the same designs but repeat them in different sections of the quilt.

For instance, I used feathers, squiggly  lines, and straight lines  on this quilt.

A circular feather  design in the light blue areas but a feathers in a straight line

in the border of the quilt. Same idea-feathers but stitched in a different way.

In the eyelet section, I followed the design of the eyelet. It does lead to an interesting pattern.

The outer borders got feathers too. Remember, you have got to keep changing up the

combinations of how you use designs. The result is a more interesting quilt-visually.

In the star in the middle of the quilt, more feathers and squiggly  lines.

The center of the quilt. I used different thread colors too. Light blue, dark

blue, and white. All of them were polyester threads as well.

Ah,the back of the quilt. It tells its own story as well and is a nice change from the

front of the quilt. Linda didn’t mind having white thread on the back of her quilt.

This is what the eyelet pattern looks like on the back of the quilt.

Feathers create such texture and such a classy feeling. No wonder

they are such a traditional design that is timeless.

The whole back of the quilt. I love the texture of it when it was all done.

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The Tale of Three Baby Quilts….

I am so happy that I have actually managed to  complete 2 paper pieced blocks

for January, 2018.

This is the last block in last year’s “Baby Animals” BOM from Janeen, over at

Quilt Art Designs. It is a paper pieced block and it takes a bit of time picking out

fabrics for the block and  then piecing it together.

Here is the Elephant block and I really like this one. I must stress how much fun

this is but it is quite challenging choosing the fabrics. This is my second BOM so I

am getting a bit quicker picking the fabrics. I still stress over the fabric choices but

when that is done, the fun begins. If you like puzzles,  you will like paper piecing;

it is quite addictive because I want to get all the pieces stitched so I can see what the

final block will look like. It also helps to be organized with all your fabrics. I have

ziploc bags labelled with numbers and put the corresponding fabrics in each bag.

So  much easier than sorting through fabrics every time you are looking for

a specific fabric. Just find the bag and start sewing.

This is Evelyn’s Christmas quilt for a lucky someone. She found the bird fabrics first

and then chose the other fabrics from there.

It is always interesting to hear how people design their quilts.

Evelyn chose a medium colored  brown polyester thread for the top and the

backing. Holly leaves are stitched all over the top.

The backing is a nice red to complement the front of the quilt.

Evelyn also made a Baby quilt for a new baby that is coming. Once

again, Evelyn  had some extra squares laying around and decided to

use the colored fabrics to create this baby quilt.

What a great colorful quilt! Swirls were quilted all over the top.  A white

polyester thread was used for the top and a light green polyester thread for

the backing.

I love the multi colored backing of this quilt.


Another baby quilt for a special baby that has probably been  born by now. It is really cute.

The fabrics in this quilt reminds me of a modern quilt.

Baby Quilt

Here is an overall view of the quilt.  A white polyester thread was used for the top

and the backing. A loose loopy design was stitched onto the top.

This design really stitches out quickly and is fairly close together so it holds the

quilt together well for all that upcoming washing.

The Backing

This post has been all about Baby Quilts. Can you guess who this quilt is for as well?

Yup, another baby.

I had a customer who made this quilt but in a different colorway. I really liked the pattern

so I made one for a young couple, at my  Church, who were having their first baby.

This particular couple really likes  black and white so it was easy  picking fabrics and

colors for the quilt.

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

I stitched straight lines and blocks all over the quilt. It really stitches

out quickly too.

I really like the stitching all over the backing too. It was fun to do.It is nice to

be able to work on something for yourself once in a while.

Laura made this T-Shirt quilt for her husband for Christmas;  she managed to save

alot of his T-shirts for the quilt.

A fusible interfacing was ironed onto the shirts so that they wouldn’t stretch or move

during the quilting  process. This extra step really does help to keep the knit t-shirts from

moving around.

Each T-shirt was then cut down to size. In each block, I stitched around the motifs or

picture. The background areas were left solid with no stitching in it. I used a smoky

monofilament thread for all this stitching and a black Bottom Line thread for the backing.

In the sashing, I used an orange polyester So Fine thread  to stitch in flames . I

looked online for flames that I liked. The flames that I did choose were copyright free

images and it helped that I modified the flames while I was quilting.

T-Shirt Quilt

Here is the whole quilt; it is really quite large and heavy due to the fabric used on the back of

the quilt.

Laura chose a linen type fabric on the back of the quilt. I used a grey polyester thread

for the back of the quilt too. You can really see the flames on the back of the quilt too.

Here is the overall backing of the quilt. Hope you enjoyed the show and have a great week.

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A Favorite Quilt…

More quilts that were completed before Christmas . Amongst these are

one of my new favorite quilts. Can you guess which one it is?

Joan created this cute owl quilt. All of the owls were fused onto the background but

all the blanket stitching around the owls were done by hand.

The hand stitching really does go fast. I love all the bright colored backgrounds

in this quilt.

Joan wasn’t sure what design she wanted stitched onto the quilt so I merely followed

the design printed onto the background fabrics. Why fight the printed design? All

that stitching wouldn’t show up anyways. In the border, I added leaves to

resemble the trees that owls sit in.

In the middle section, I did stitch in some branches, just because the fabric was lighter

in color and to add some interest to the quilting design. I used a monofilament thread to

do all the outlining of the owls and around the blocks. I love this thread for outlining, no

changing thread constantly to match colors.

The backing fabric

I love the backing fabric as it matches the colors of the quilt  on the front.

A closer look shows even more of the printed fabric on the back.

Judi’s Quilt

Judi has been really busy creating quilts. This one is really interesting in that she

made an entire quilt for the back of it as well. It is really 2 quilts in one.

The “Swirl” panto was chosen for the design and I used a white polyester thread for the top and

a light purple polyester thread for the backing.

Here is the back of the quilt. The person who is getting this quilt is one lucky person.

Judi also created this quilt for a special someone. I used a light pink/peachy

polyester thread for the top and the backing.

The border shows off the quilting nicely.


The backing

Once again, Judi made a very nice backing for the quilt.

And the solid fabric shows off the stitching very well.

This is Judi’s third quilt. What a great way to use up some 4 patch blocks that are hanging

around. I say that because I have over 100 of those 4 patch blocks that I need to use up and

create a quilt with. Any suggestions for patterns?

You can see the stitching here and the fabric that makes up the background.


The backing looks so different in these 2 pictures yet they are the same fabric.

A brown polyester  thread was used for the front and the back of this quilt.

Ruth made this huge quilt for her and her husband. They are such a  sweet couple;

is is so amazing to watch how attentive her husband is to her needs. What a great guy!

They both chose to add hearts onto the quilt top. In the middle of the big blocks,

I added 4 big hearts in a gold colored polyester thread.

In the smaller areas, I added 4 smaller hearts in a darker blue polyester thread.

In the striped border area, I stitched in straight lines, just to hold down the that area.

The backing shows off the stitching nicely.

In the darker border area, I stitched in swirls, you really can’t see it that much on the

front of the quilt but it is there.

Dale’s cousin first quilt

Isn’t this a cute quilt? Dale’s cousin made it-her very first quilt. I think she came upon it

when there was a local Shop Hop in the area.

I really struggled with what to stitch onto this quilt. An overall design would ruin all the piecing

used to create the critters. Eventually, I tried to mimic the environments that each animal

lives in. The Loon received some water and reeds to swim in.

The border area started growing leaves  to resemble the woods where all these animals live.

The Caribou or Moose was given some trees to hide in.

The mosquito just got wind, hopefully to blow him away. Thank God that

mosquitos aren’t really this big.

Reeds, rocks and some water was given to the turtle. I love his purple color. I would be

worried if I met a purple turtle on the side of the road though. Isn’t it great to be able

to switch the colors up a little, just for fun?

The backing

The back of the quilt shows off all the quilting and yummy texture that was created. I love

this part of the process too.

The moose in all his glory, on the back of the quilt.

This is my favorite quilt of 2017. I kept it for last. Do you like it?

I love the colors of the fabrics, I love the gradual gradations of the color as well.

Dale made this beauty and what a job it must have been! Just keeping all those

colors in the proper order and then to make sure you had sewn them in the correct

order. That must have been a nightmare in and of itself.

If you are wondering what blocks make up this quilt, it is rather surprising

that the 2 blocks used are a solid square and a 4 patch block. Now, maybe, I could

try this with my 100 plus blocks?

The center of the quilt is light and then all the darker colors change from

there on out.

The back of the quilt. Dale wanted a light brown polyester thread for the back

of the quilt and a light brown polyester thread for the front of the quilt.

The panto used looks very sophisticated. I feel very jealous of the person

who is getting this quilt. Well done Dale. What was your favorite quilt?

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