The Heat is Here….

I am not sure where you live in the world but in Ontario, right now, it is hot. It sure

makes quilting less appealing, as I would love to be outside and basking in the

sun,  just for a little while though.

Here are some finishes from the last month or so. Maybe next week,I will show

some pics of some recent tool purchases and fabric bundles.

Baby Quilt

Evelyn is becoming very talented in the area of creating baby quilt patterns from scratch.

This is one of her creations and it is so cute!!

Yes, my cows are upside down;  I wanted to see how many of you caught that!

The backing

I love the black and white cow print. I used a light lime green polyester thread for the

top and a white for the backing. The overall design consisted of swirls. It adds some

movement to the quilt top.

Evelyn’s 2nd Baby Quilt

Evelyn was on a roll when she made this second baby quilt using the same fabrics as the one

above.

We used the same swirly pattern but switched out the thread for a grey color. Both were used

for the top and the backing.

 

Dale’s Quilt

Dale always has the most interesting quilts . She is also very fast  putting them together.

I think that I may need to take some lessons from Dale in how she manages to do this.

What do you think Dale?

A close up of the blocks that were used in the quilt top. Because this quilt felt so modern to me,

Dale chose to have straight lines stitched across the top. I think it works great. I used a

monofilament thread to SID around all the blocks.  A dark blue thread was used for the

straight line stitching.

The backing

Even the backing fabric matches the top of the quilt. Great way to use up all the fabrics

when creating a quilt.

Ruth E. made this “Trip Around The World” Quilt. It was huge!

Flying Geese Border

I love Flying Geese and Ruth made the border out of these.  It adds a nice touch to the quilt.

The central square. A small swirl was added in this block.

Swirls were added on each side of the Flying Geese. In the Geese

triangles, I did a quick swirl as well.

The backing of the quilt was a cool relaxing tan color. You can see the lines from the top.

I used a monofilament thread to go around the Flying Geese and the center blocks.  A light

tan polyester thread was used on the rest of the quilt.

I think Laura made this lovely quilt. Stars and swirls were stitched all over the top. A l ight

purple polyester thread was used for the top and the backing.

Laura’s Quilt

The backing

Please consider if you want your stitching to be noticeable on the back of your quilt. If you don’t

want the stitching to be noticeable, then use the same color as on the top. If you want the

stitching to be more noticeable, then use fabric that is a different color from the quilt top.

I know, so many choices to make.

Black & White Quilt

I can’t remember who made this quilt but it is quite eye catching.

A grey polyester thread was used for the top and the backing. Dragonflies and Hearts were

stitched all over it as well. I really love some of the graphic prints used in this quilt.

The back of the quilt.

I am linking up to The Needle and Thread Network.

Have a great week and stay cool.

 

 

 

Lots of color…

These next few quilts are full of color.  The longer that I work on other peoples’

quilts, the more I realize how much color affects me and how much I love it.

Lori Rose made this beauty for her daughter’s wedding; she actually made it

ahead of time and had it ready for the wedding. Way to go Lori Rose!!

I really love the colors of this quilt. And the dragonflies are gorgeous!! The fabrics are

Kaufman’s “Dance of the Dragonflies.” I looked all over the Internet and had a hard

time finding it. It is available on Amazon but it is a crazy amount.

Another colorful block. Hilde Morin makes fabric bowls and I wanted to make one

using this fabrics. After looking for weeks, I called Lori Rose and she graciously gave

me the leftover from this quilt. What a generous person she is! Thank you Lori Rose.

I will post pictures of the fabric bowl when it is completed.

This is the backing fabric. Again, the blue matches the intensity of the colors on the top

of the quilt. Lime green polyester So Fine thread was used for the top and the backing.

Dragonflies and hearts were stitched all over the quilt. Hope your daughter loved her quilt.

Northcott made this quilt for Quilt Market. I really like the colors too. I would never

have guessed that orange would become one of my favorite colors.

“Pick a modern design” is what I was told so I chose “Modernish” by Urban Elementz. It has

a fantastic website of quilting designs to choose from.

I used  a variegated thread by Superior  Threads  for the top and the backing.

The backing of the quilt.

A close up of the back.

Another Northcott quilt. I love this quilt too. The lines, the colors, the pattern, all work

for me. What about you?

I was surprised to see that the black blocks on this quilt were fused on, I stitched around them

to ensure that they would not come off at all. It sure saves time to skip the piecing.

The Batiks in this quilt also speak to me. Too bad that there is not enough hours in

the day to create all that I like.

The fused blocks

For the stitching, I used a monofilament-smoky color- to stitch around all the black squares. In

the white areas, I followed the lines on the printed fabric. In the grey areas, I stitched in straight

lines. The print on the fabrics was used as the quilting and stitching designs.

The backing

This is what the backing looks like.

Close up

A Batik was used on the back of the quilt too. So Fine and Superior Threads were used for the

quilt top. Check out The Needle and Thread Network.

Trying to catch up…

It has been busy around here the past month or so. I took a quick trip

to Nfld to visit my mom for Mother’s Day. My 2 sisters and I also managed

to find my parents a new apartment while we were there. And we moved

them from their home of almost 60 years into their new apartment in 1 1/2 days!

I also managed to drive a 20 foot moving van.

It was one crazy weekend!

Then, when I came back, it was catch up time.  Here are some of the quilts that

I was working on before I went East.

Debbie made this Sampler Quilt. She chose “Dancing Violets” for the overall

stitching design. We used a light polyester So Fine thread for the top and the

backing.

Some of the blocks that make up the quilt top.

The backing of the quilt is grey as well.

Debbie’s Quilt

A close up of the fabric on the backing. I like to see what the backing fabric looks like as

well.

Joyce made this quilt. It was funny when she explained how she made it;  she mentioned

that it just kept growing as she was making it.

You can see what fabrics she used and how striking the overall quilt is depending on where

you place the fabrics on the quilt.

The backing. A purple So Fine thread was used for the top and the backing but I can

not remember what design we chose for this quilt.

The dragonflies seems to be a popular wallhanging right now at a local

quilt shop called “HummingBird SEwing Centre in Barrie.  It is a Robert Hauffmann

design and it is very striking indeed.

Dale’s sister made this particular one and it is only her 3rd quilt. So, anyone can

manage this Stained Glass technique.

Dragonflies wings

I love the colors used in the wings. I quilted in the black areas using a monofilament thread.

More wings

In the background areas, I used a So Fine thread, because it is thin. Next I quilted in straight lines

to follow the print on the fabric. It was quilted very densely, so much so that when it came off the

frame, it was very stiff. I am sure it will soften up over time but it is a wall hanging so it may help

it to lay more flat, in the end.

More beautiful colors!

The backing was a black fabric and you can see more of the colors of the thread that I used

the front of the wallhanging.

Muskoka Sunset

Dale’s sister also made this lovely wallhanging. These type of wallhangings really

challenge me to go out of the box. It is a good thing that my son is home from College. He

is pursuing a Graphic  Design Diploma so it is nice to have some input from a very

creative person.

The sunset

I stitched in some radiating lines around the sun but they needed to be broken up as the solid

lines were not very attractive looking.

The Chair

The chair was easy, just quilt around it. The trees and water were easy too, follow the pattern.

The  Rocks

The grey areas were harder but I tried to stitch in rocks.

The backing

Can you see rocks in this photo?

The tree

I love the shapes of this tree. Very relaxing and calming to me.

The back of the wallhanging. I love the texture of all the stitching.

Hope you are enjoying the sunshine. Check out the Needle and Thread Network.

A First Quilt…

Beryl made this quilt, her first. What a great feeling to complete your first quilt.

Hopefully, there will be many more.

Beryl’s Quilt

The blocks have alot of embroidery and handwork in them. Beryl did a great job. She wanted

an all over design. She loves butterflies so that is what is stitched all over the quilt top.

I used a cream polyester thread on the top and the backing.

The outer border is pretty neat, alot of pieced blocks in it.

The Backing

She wanted the backing to be centered and why not? I like pieced backings.It is such a good

opportunity to be able to use up left over fabric form the top.

The backing matches the front of the quilt top.

Have a great week. Check out The Needle and Thread Network.

More quilts…

Here are some more completed quilts for customers.

Lori Rose made this colorful quilt. It really has the feel of a modern quilt,

to me, even though it has alot of piecing.

One of the black middle blocks that surrounded the middle of the quilt top.

Lori Rose chose a light purple So Fine  #50 weight thread which we used

for the top and the backing.

An overall quilting design was used for the stitching design. It really shows up

on the back of the quilt nicely.

The backing

This is what the back of the quilt looked like. The purple thread shows up nicely

on the backing.

You can see the quilting motif nicely on the backing. Lori Rose liked the finished

product and that is all that matters.

Anna made this flannel lap quilt and she wanted a Fall theme quilting

motif on the quilt. She chose Oak Leaves and Acorns but unfortunately

I forgot to take a shot of the whole finished quilt.

The fall colors on the flannel are gorgeous!  These colors are amongst

one of some of my favorite colors.

Here is the back of the quilt. A golden orange polyester thread was used for

the top and the backing of the quilt.

Anna made this cute quilt for her daughter, who is a math teacher.She wanted

to make some math equations on the quilt top and then added bright colored

sunglasses to finish off the quilt.

Sunglasses border

I really love the sunglasses in the border. I am sure that her daughter will love this

quilt. We  used a white polyester thread for the top and backing.

The backing of the  quilt. “Flirtatious” is the name of the overall design used on

the quilt top.

Check out The Needle and Thread Network too. Have a great week.

 

It’s Busy….

It is Quilt Market time once again and I am working for Northcott, trying to get

some of their sample quilts completed. They have  created a new division called Figo, which

covers modern quilts. I met several of the young ladies running this division and I was really

impressed with how excited they are to be creating modern quilt designs and how warm

and friendly they were.

I will have some pictures for you next week.

Here are a few quilts that I finished a few weeks ago.

Jeanette’s Quilt

Jeanette made this huge quilt as a  part of a mystery project at Country Concessions, which is

a local quilt shop. This store holds alot of fabric and is very popular with quilters from all

over Ontario. Check it out if you get a chance.

 

The colors were very interesting, almost like a blue purple or periwinkle. “Splat” was the

name of the overall design stitched onto the quilt.

I am not quite sure why I keep taking pictures of the same blocks. Maybe deep down inside

I love this Dresden Plate alot. A white polyester Omni thread was used for the top and the

backing.

The backing is  the same color as the top but it is flannel. Makes me want to snuggle up

in the quilt already.

Flannel does a great job of showing off the texture and quilting pattern.

Baby Quilt

My Church is holding a Silent Auction and I wanted to make several baby quilts to

add to  the Auction. I bought this panel at Missouri Star Company. I liked the pink color and

thought the panel  would be appropriate for a baby girl. Digitally printed panels are sure

making strides in the quilting arena now.

I had fun stitching around all those hearts. Looking at the pattern now reminds me of a box

of chocolates, I must be hungry.

The corners looked lonely and empty so I added a hug and kiss to fill up that space. I used a

So Fine #50 thread for the top and the backing.

The backing

I love the look of the backing too.

More hearts

The fabric I used for the backing had been purchased over 13 years ago. I now have only

scraps left. It feels good to use up fabric that I have had for a long time. Then I can

buy some new fabric.

2nd Baby Quilt

I also wanted to make a baby quilt for a boy.Originally the blocks were to be used as a fabric

book but I thought the blocks would make a great baby quilt. I cut up the blocks, added some

sashing and borders and viola, a baby quilt.

A firetruck

The blocks are really adorable and I used some of the pictures on the blocks for my quilting

motifs. If you are looking for ideas for quilting something, take a look at the fabrics being used.

They may give you a hint of what to quilt or use.

A cute doggy

In the vertical sashing, I stitched in fire hydrants. I really like them alot.

Outer border

In the top and bottom borders, fire trucks were added. Again, the motifs came from the printed

fabric blocks.

The outside verticals borders were given some ladders. They were roughly stitched in but you

can tell what it is.

And the middle sashing received shovels to help all those firemen  to put out fires. I used a grey

polyester thread for the top and backing as well. I also stitched around all the motifs in each

block. It takes more time but makes all the pictures more crisp.

The backing

The backing fabric was picked up at Lens Mills and fits the firemen theme perfectly. And it was

on sale. How could I pass that up?

 

Here’s a close up of the fabric on the back.

Have a great week and check out The Needle and Thread Network.

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.