Staying warm and sewing lots…

Hoping that everyone is staying warm during all this cold weather. Here in

Ontario, Canada, it has been cold  but it is a great incentive to stay indoors and

quilt like crazy.

Here are some of the quilts that I worked on for customers in the fall of 2017.

This is quite the quilt; look at all that piecing!  Wow! I can’t even imagine  the time

it took to piece this one together. All those Flying Geese blocks;  one of my favorite.

The overall  stitching design is called “Swirl” by Norma Sharp. A dark polyester thread was

used on the top and the backing of the quilt.

The Backing

The stitching shows up nicely on the back of the quilt.

The backing fabric looks like it is textured due to the printing on it.

Dorothy’s Quilt

Dorothy made this Lighthouse Quilt from two panels that she purchased at Lens Mills.

She also added in the white sashing and a pieced blue and white border.

It was easy to choose a design because of the topic:  lighthouses. In the lighthouse blocks, I

outlined the lighthouses and all the areas by using a monofilament thread. I love this thread

because it means that I don’t have to constantly change thread colors and it is almost

invisible.

A  l ighthouse

In the dark blue border area, I stitched the same half circle around the block.

Why fight the pattern printed onto the block? Instead I used  it to my advantage and

stitched  over the design in a dark blue polyester thread.

Another lighthouse with the white swirl design in the outer blue border. I also stitched

in some radiating lines from the top of the lighthouse; hopefully, it looks like  light beams.

The white sashing

In the white sashings, I quilted in a rope design. I love the look of this design and

it fits perfectly for lighthouses.

In the inner white border, I stitched in pebbles. Once again, it works well with the lighthouse

theme and adds some contrast with the rope pattern.

The backing

This is the backing for the lighthouse quilt.

Close up

You can see some of the lines from the front of the quilt. I had alot of fun working on

this quilt.

Square Within A Square Quilt

This quilt pattern was very interesting to me, so much so that I made one for a

couple at Church. I used a black and white color scheme though.

I was surprised at how quickly this pattern sews up. I forget who made this sweet

baby quilt but I like the overall pattern it creates. Hearts were quilted all over the

quilt. I used a white polyester thread on the top and a light gold polyester thread

on the backing.

The back of the baby quilt.

The hearts are very sweet on the back of the quilt.

Anne’s Anne Quilt

Anne made this Anne of Green Gables quilt for one of her granddaughters. She is

really getting into the Gables series so Anne thought it would be appropriate for

her to have her own quilt. What a great grandmother!!

I was surprised that Anne actually found this fabric.   There is some pretty cool

fabric out there but I guess that you don’t notice it unless you are specifically

looking for it.

The backing

The back of the quilt looks  like this. Anne chose a pattern that depicts

flowers.

I used a light pink polyester thread for the top and the backing.

Hope you enjoy your week and  check out some Canadian artists and quilters at

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Happy New Year and I am back…

Happy New Year! I have been off for several weeks but I am back now. It is good to

take a break and do nothing. Can you relate?

Here are some of the quilts that I completed before the Christmas break.

This was a Mystery Quilt that a local Quilt Shop ran last year. I was

surprised how many came through, there must have been at least 10 of these.

It was a really popular design; and there were so many different colors

used on this quilt too.

Here is the border;  the fabric is really rich looking.

This block is very interesting to me.  “Happy Times” is the

overall design used on the quilt top.  A white polyester thread was

used on the top of the quilt as well.

The backing.

The backing was dark and the owner wanted a grey polyester thread for the backing.

Lynn created this quilt for one of her daughters for Christmas;  Lynn designed the quilt top

herself . Great job!

Lynn’s Quilt

Lynn wanted flames all over the quilt top. It was a lot of fun to stitch in and very fast too.

I used a purple polyester thread for the top of the quilt and a black for the backing.

The backing fabric is interesting;  it is called “grunge.” And it actually looks like it too.

 

 A Baby Quilt

This is a cute baby quilt. The quilting design is called “Swirl” and it looks great with all

the straight blocks on the quilt top.

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

The backing

The backing fabric was a light grey color and it was flannel so it will be

warm and cuddly for the baby.

I like the swirls on the back of the quilt.

Mystery Quilt

This quilt is the same as the one above but different fabrics are used.

The outside border areas.

The overall design is more complex here and makes the quilt look more classy.

A close up of the block and border.

The thread I used was a light cream polyester thread on the front and the back.

The Backing

The backing fabric was very soft and beautiful but it wasn’t a cotton fabric at all.

A close up of the fabric used for the backing. Hope you have a great week and

exceptional New Year.

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Merry Christmas to you…

Before I get into this blog post, I want to wish everyone a “Merry Christmas!”

Have a great relaxing Christmas and don’t eat too much turkey or chocolate.

Connie’s Quilt

This is Connie’s beautiful quilt;  it is very modern and lots of empty wide open spaces

for quilting and texture. Connie designed it by herself and did a great job.

Angela Walters is a favorite quilter of Connie’s so that gave me some ideas and areas to

look into. I love it when my customers tell me what they like and don’t like;  this helps

me to know how to make sure they like the finished product.

I used a monofilament thread to do all the stitching around the blocks;  I used a

light white So Fine thread for the back of the quilt.

In the honeycomb area, I simply stitched the shape in straight lines, on

both sides. The texture is amazing. The 9 Patch area was just stitched around. I did

stitch in a straight line in the grey area framing the 9 Patch though.

In this picture, I followed the print in the aqua blue  print and straight lines

were added.

This is the center of the quilt so I added  more detail to draw the eye somewhat.

I did a elongated loop in the grey area inside the block. In order to make the design

a continuous line, I angled the design in the corners but in retrospect, I would not

have done that now. I really don’t like the look of it.

In the grey open area, I made some loops to add some interest to the area and

to break up the space.

The two houses were stitched in the same thread color as the fabric and I merely

followed the lines in the print. Why fight with it? Connie must have liked the fabric

so it is easy to quilt in that area.

The back of the quilt shows off the quilting but because it is a print, it is a little harder

to see but it is there.

More fantastic texture. The quilt does look better in person than in pictures.

This is the block in the middle of the quilt.

More lovely texture and straight line quilting.

Well, I hope that you enjoyed this beautiful Christmas

quilt. Connie picked up her quilt yesterday and loved it. That makes

me happy and gives me an early Christmas gift.

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Happy Skiers and Snowmobilers….

In my small corner of the world, we have snow. It fell quietly last night and

amounted to about 4-5 inches. The skiers and snowmobilers are going to be

very happy from here on in. As for me, it makes me happy too because I

can stay indoors and sew and quilt all day long. There is now no temptation

to go outside. What about you? Do you like the snow?

This quilt was quilted in the early fall so I don’t remember who created it.

The yellow really plays nicely with the black and grey colors.

This block stood out to me, not quite sure why but I do like the

transparency of the inner block inside the yellow.

I also found the 4 patch and white block interesting as well.

“Flirtatous” is the name of the overall design stitched onto the

top. I used a light cream color for the top of the quilt and a

black polyester thread for the back of the quilt. Beware of

tension issues when using a light colored thread on the top of

your quilt and a dark colored thread on the backing.

The backing

As you can see by the photo above, the backing almost looks grey but in the

photo below, it is actually black.

Again, I can’t remember who created this quilt. I do like the piecing, very effective

visually. So much so, that I pieced together a baby quilt using the same pattern.

A close up of the blocks; I was pleasantly surprised how quickly these blocks

go together. Mind you, mine didn’t have so many pieces in the individual

blocks.

“Swirl” is the name of the design quilted onto the top. I used  a grey

polyester thread for the top and the backing.

The backing has gorgeous fabric on it and I think it reminds me of Lynn.

A close up of the backing.

 

Jeanette or Anne made this quilt from a panel. What a great idea to add

blocks to enlarge the panel. And it adds to the theme and color of the panel

as well. Quilters can be so creative. This is one aspect of my job that I love;

seeing how others come up with their own designs.

A close up of the blocks and fabric used for the quilt.

The backing

This backing isn’t cotton but a thin polyester fabric. It worked well on the frame

and didn’t give me any trouble at all. Feel free to use other fabrics than cotton

on the back of your quilts. Just remember to consider how stretchy the fabric

may be before you purchase it.

Leaves were stitched all over the quilt and a light blue So Fine Thread was used

for the top and the backing.

Lynn made this quilt as a result of a BOM at her local Guild. I love the colors and

Lynn went bold in her choice of thread color-teal.

An overall swirl was quilted and one of her lucky grandkids will be

getting this baby.

Hope you get out and enjoy the snow, if you have any in your corner

of the world.

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Details, details…

The days and weeks leading up to Christmas  Day is always a busy time. Are you

discovering this phenomena? By the time that Christmas Day finally rolls

around, it is a huge relief to have all the details taken care of. Here are some

details that I have been trying to take care of lately.

Carol’s Quilt

Carol is a very generous person and has taken lots of trips to Jamaica, if I remember

correctly, to help out the locals there. In doing so, she raises money by making charity

quilts. This particular quilt is made from scraps that were left over from a previous quilt

that she had made before. Did I mention that she is pretty clever as well?

I used a monfilament thread to stitch around all the blocks. Carol didn’t know what she

wanted in the background section so I decided to stitch in straight lines. As I was stitching,

I noticed that the pattern was really a  2″ wide square. How cool was that? By the time I was

finished, it almost looked like a plaid fabric.

The backing

The backing fabric was really interesting;  lots of words on it.

I used a cream polyester thread on the back of the quilt. Carol was pleased with

the result and so was I.

Dorothy’s quilt

Dorothy made this cute little baby quilt. I love it when my customer’s

decide to be creative and make their own designs and quilts.

 

I tried to mimic all the designs on the quilt itself so I added some waves for the

water and some more grass on the quilt top. I also added another daisy and outlined

the petals.

Here is the backing. You can really see the pattern on the back of the quilt.

Jeanette made this panel quilt. She added some 9 patch blocks on the top and

the bottom of this panel. She chose an oak and leaf pattern for the stitching.

Here is what the 9 patch looks like. You can really see the stitching in this

block. I used a brown polyester thread for the quilt top and the backing.

The backing

I love the green flannel on the back of the quilt.

Here is a close up of the back of the  quilt.

A floral quilt

I can’t remember who made this quilt but it is definitely for a little girl.

I used a light pink polyester thread for the top and the backing.

The overall design used on the quilt top was called “Rose Vine.”

The border section of the quilt top.

The backing

The green fabric is really nice and suits the quilt nicely.

Once again, it is nice to see a close up of the backing fabric and the

stitching. Hope you are taking some time to enjoy  this Christmas Season.

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Tis the Season…

Tis the season for spending money, eating, and running around like a chicken

with its head cut off. Does this sound familiar to you? Yup, it feels like this to

me right now.

Here are a few photos of quilts I have completed recently.

Evelyn’s Quilt

Evelyn has been busy making quilts. This is the second one of this pattern, only in

a different color way. It is quite simple but the color choices make it stunning.

A close up of the block and the stitching. I used a monofilament thread for the

ditch work and a white polyester thread for the background motif. Although it

the motif looks complicated, it is quite simple. A loop de loop that looks great

when it is done.

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The backing is a great mix of colors.

Evelyn also created this beauty for her son. She wasn’t sure of what to stitch onto

the top but straight lines work every time and make it feel more masculine.

The blocks, up close and personal. I used a grey polyester thread for the top and the

backing.

The backing and all those straight lines.

A close up of the stitching. Have a great week and don’t stress too much.

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Christine’s Quilt…

This is the quilt that Christine brought to me. I think that it has been

a local Mystery Quilt Class. What made Christine’s extra special was the

fact that she picked all of her own colors. I think she did a great job!

There is a ton of piecing on this quilt. Because I don’t get to do much

piecing any more, I appreciate even more all the time and effort that

goes into making a quilt like this.

Christine made my job somewhat easier because she knew exactly what

she wanted on her quilt: lots of pebbles, straight lines and texture. All of

my favorite things too.

Instead of feathers, Christine wanted a maple leaf to commemorate Canada’s 150th

Birthday.  In the above picture, you can see the maple leaf in the corner of

the cream section. In the sashing area, I stitched in straight lines.

The block also had a combination of straight lines, pebbles , and swirls. You

can’t  go wrong with that combination.

The outer border

The outside border was very complex looking; what a great pieced border. I SID around all the

little squares and added pebbling in those small areas. The outside border had pebbles and

leaving those small squares blank didn’t look right to me.

More pebbles in the colored square. At first, the colored thread didn’t appeal to me

but as I kept working on the quilt, it grew on me and I fell in love with it. I used

a monofilament clear thread for all the ditch work. It saves alot of time for me.

I don’t have to change thread colors constantly.

One of the 9 blocks

As you can see, the fabrics are gorgeous. There is also a Maple Leaf in the center square

of each block. The Maple Leaves were integrated all over the quilt.

More Maple Leaves, pebbles and straight lines. I also used a cream polyester thread

for the cream areas and the backing.

Some of the offset blocks consisted of this design.

The finished quilt.

I love the before and after shots of quilts. All the stitching really brings a quilt to life.

The backing

You  must not forget the backing. It also has its own story to tell. And how can

you resist all that yummy texture?

This is my favorite shot of the quilt. You can see all the texture and designs showing

through.

The border area

And here  is the border area. Again, more texture. Christine loved her quilt and at the

end of the day, that is all that matters.

I can’t remember who made this quilt but soon it will be that Christmas Season

once again.

The pattern is a loopy Star design by Linda Taylor. I used a light brown

polyester thread for the top and a light cream for the backing.

The backing

Again, the backing tells its own story.

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