We have baby chicks…

I am a proud grandma, kind of;  our neighbour gave us some fertilized eggs and

one of our chickens decided she wanted to be a mommy. So, now we have

2 baby chicks. They are so cute!

This is the first baby chick,you can tell by how wet she is that she has just

hatched.

This is the second baby chick; she is all dry and fluffy. It is amazing to see

how instinct tells these little ones what to do. As soon as they hatch from the

egg, they crawl under the mommy and within 1/2 hour, they are totally dry and

fluffy. We are having such a blast just watching them and their antics.

On to more baby stuff.

This is the last of  3 baby quilts that I am making for a fundraiser at my church.

I bought the panel at Fabricland; I am glad that they are done, and on time.

This is the backing fabric. It is silk and I have no idea where I picked this

up.  I also managed to finish another quilted panel for a friend.

This is a design by Al Cote and I just followed his pattern. You should

check him out; he is  a very talented Canadian Fibre Artist.

Quilted Wallhanging

In the green outer border, I quilted in arcs, after Cindy Needham‘s style. It dresses

it up somewhat. It took me 2 hours to quilt in this small section.

Green outer border

In the yellow outer border, I quilted in straight lines. The fabric is a print so

it won’t show any of the quilting anyways, so why spend alot of time in that

area. Even though it is a small area, it still takes time to do detailed quilting.

The outer yellow border

The backing of the quilted wallhanging. I was trying to use up some

fabric so thus the reason for the sunflowers on the back of this wallhanging.

Eleanor is slowly finishing up all of her large quilts before she moves to

another province.

We used “Blossoms” for the overall design and we used a light

brown polyester thread for the top and the backing.

You can really see the design in the triangle section.

The backing  is a brown color and blends well with the top.

Here is another quilt by Eleanor.

The fabrics in this quilt are alot of fun. “Fairy Wings” is the

name of the overall design used.  A light blue So Fine polyester

thread was used for the top and the backing.

Here you can see the design used.

How can you not love cats?

The backing is a deep blue.

The quilting design shows up nicely on the backing.

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Who Would Have Guessed…

Well, another drawing class has come and gone. This week we were able

to try out some charcoal sticks and Conte Charcoal sticks. I came to

the conclusion that I really don’t care for them. It is nice to be able

to use these supplies  though, without having to purchase them.

Len, our teacher, uses all of her own pictures;  although this one

was taken by her mom. What do you think?

Here is my rendition. Who would have guessed that I can draw.

Once most of the picture is drawn with pencil, the artist goes back

in with ink or a micropen and draws all over the pencil lines. Then

a gummy eraser is used to erase all the pencil lines. I thought that

was ingenious, as I have never taken a class before. It is alot of fun

and you forget the time, just as when you are sewing and quilting.

You should try it sometime; it is fun to learn new things, even if it

is not as exciting as quilting.

This exciting wallhanging was made for someone special. I can’t

say any more due to fear of letting the cat out of the bag.

The border area is so cute. I love all the leaves and the whole color

scheme of this quilt. “Blossoms” is the name of the panto chosen.

One of the center blocks. I used a light blue So Fine polyester

thread for the top and a polyester red thread for the backing.

The backing is full of color too.

Eleanor is moving to Nova Scotia so she is finishing up all of

her quilts before she goes. We will miss you Eleanor.

Eleanor is a great piecer-all the borders are flat and square, no

ripples at all.

“Brocade” was the panto of choice for this quilt and we used

a medium colored brown polyester thread for the top and the

backing.

The backing

The brown thread shows up beautifully on the gold backing. The design

pops alot on the backing as well.

A close up of the quilting design on the back of the quilt.

Bonnie made this lovely quilt out of a jelly roll. She added the side

strip and diamonds to create interest; I think she succeeded.  What

a great  idea to spruce this quilt up.

“Dancing Daisies” is the name of the overall design chosen.  I think

it adds some movement and fun to the quilt.

THe backing of the quilt. I used a light So Fine blue polyester

thread for the top and the backing.

And lastly, I am so excited to be able to get to this one tomorrow, that

is my plan. Al Cote the designer of this wallhanging.

Have a great week and you should check out

The Needle and Thread Network, a Canadian site, featuring all

sorts of textile art and artists.

On My Design Wall…

I have been busy working on quilts for customers. At the same time, I am trying

to carve out some time for my own ideas and quilts. A little later in the post,

you will see what is hanging on my design wall.

In the meantime, Margaret made this beautiful wallhanging. I think

that Margaret has  great color sense. I love all the colors that she

used in this wallhanging.

Margaret wanted an all over stipple on the top of this quilt. It is great

because it adds dimension to all the straight lines. I used a light tan

polyester thread for the top and the backing.

Margaret’s wallhanging

Margaret used a colorful pillowcase that she had found last summer. It looks

great due to all the colors that it has; it co-ordinates with the front of the

wall hanging.

You have got to love the fish.

This is the second wall hanging that Margaret brought to me.

It is a sentimental piece to her.  Again, an all over stipple was

used for the quilting.  For those of you who do not know what

“stippling” looks like; the best way I can describe a “stipple” is

that it looks like puzzle pieces.

A light tan polyester thread was used for the top and the backing.

A close up of the backing.  If you look closely, it

may look like I skipped some areas. If you take a look

at the top, the missed spots are where there are numerous

intersections.

 

 

I have heard that some quilters are really abusive to

their quilts. How so? In areas where there are  thick

layers, due to  numerous seams meeting in one spot,

some quilters actually take a hammer or rubber mallet

and beat the intersections into submission or flatness.

I think that it may actually work, just put a cover on the quilt

top before you hit it with the hammer.

I love these Japanese fabrics in this quilt. An all over

stipple was used for the quilting as well.

A close up shows some beautiful fabric and patterns.

Again, a light polyester tan thread was used for the top and the

backing.

A close up of the stippling design.

This baby quilt was created by Karen. She is awaiting her

first grandchild, which is due any minute.

Karen chose a light pink polyester thread for the top.

“Popcorn” was the panto chosen for the quilting design.

It is interesting that Karen used a flannel sheet that she had

used for her son, when he was growing up. A light blue

polyester thread was used for the backing.

You can really see the quilting on the back of the quilt.

A baby quilt

This baby panel is oh so cute. I managed to sneak it into my day. My son

is heading up to Northern Ontario, this summer, with our Church to help

out on a Reserve. We usually hold a fundraiser to help pay for the cost of

the trip and what better way than to make some quilts?

This is the second one, of three , that is now almost completed.

I love the flowers in this picture.

The pink backing really shows off the quilting alot.

Here is a close up of the backing, a nice pink color.

And lastly, this is what is on my design wall.

Another panel that I have cut up and am sewing back

together.

On my design wall

This is a class that I recently took with Al Cote. Now I am recreating one

of the wallhangings that he made. And no, I am not selling this but am

giving it away to  someone whom I hope will like it. Only a few more

borders to add and it is ready to quilt.

I am linking up to The Needle and Thread Network. You should check

it out.

 

 

Classes with Al Cote

As you know, my big birthday came and went a few weeks ago. In honor

of this birthday, I had the privilege of taking 2 classes with Fibre Artist and

Art Quilter, Al Cote. He is Canadian and lives in Niagara Falls. You can check

out his website here.

Al Cote’s work

I did ask Al if I could take photos of his quilts and he did agree.. I also

asked for permission to post these on my blog. Again, he was gracious

enough to allow me to do this. So, enjoy his work, he is very talented,

creative, and funny.

The purple Wallhanging

It is remarkable how creative Al is. He has the ability to make you

believe that you can make something creative as well. He simplifies

the process and helps you takes creative risks.

Another quilt.

I was hoping  to pick Al’s brain during class. I asked lots of questions and Al

was very patient in answering all my questions. I really love the fact that

he is constantly learning and growing as an artist. What a great challenge!

I think that I would love to follow in his footsteps, in this regard.

My favorite

I am beginning to think that I can create my own art quilts but instead of

pressuring myself to create pieces, I can just “play.” This takes all the

pressure off of myself and allows me to relax and just enjoy the process.

Maybe, just maybe I will create something that evokes beauty of some kind.

The purple wallhanging

Al creates a lot of painted fabrics for his art quilts.

One of the classes that I took with Al was called “Panels, Panels, Panels.”

As you can tell by the title, you buy multiple panels, cut one up, sew it back

together and create your layout.

This is the art quilt I created with one of my panels. I really

struggled with the layout but eventually I pushed through and

realized that I was trying to add too many colors. I tried a

more simple route and I think it works. I am so glad that

I figured the layout out because it makes me feel confident

enough to try it again.

I really like the orange fabric in this picture and I love the 3 pieces

of fabric laid onto it. I have yet to quilt it so I am sure that it will

look entirely different when it is totally finished as well.

The second class was called “Curve Piecing.” You had to pick

3 of your favorite fabrics plus a few others.

I have been wanting to make a blue and white art quilt for a while.

I was originally thinking that it would look like a wave but I

really like this art quilt as well.

This is what the orange section looks like; Al was gracious

enough to help me with the color choices and the layout.

And to make my birthday even more memorable, at the

Quilt Guild last week, I won this book. Isn’t that crazy?

I was so excited to win it. It has lots of colorful quilts, it seems

like this is the route I am taking right now.

Have a good week and check out Needle and Thread Network.

Happy Birthday to me…

Well, my birthday happened last week. I must admit that I was not happy

about it because I turned the big 50. But what can I do about it? Not much

at all so I have to learn to accept it and move on.

Despite the number of my birthday, it was actually the best birthday

I have ever had.

My husband and I went to Ottawa for several days, visited the

Museum of History, the Parliament Buildings, and saw a glorious

sunset on the way home.

One of the big rooms in the Museum of History,in Gatineau, Quebec.

This is the other side of the same room above. It holds a stage

and an exhibition behind the stage.

This is the roof of the same room. I couldn’t resist the colors

and pattern. Wouldn’t it make a great quilt?

Looking out the front window, this is what you see.The

Parliament Buildings are a sight to behold.

Before we left for Ottawa,Dara brought me this quilt.

Dara’s Snowman Quilt

Dara personalized her quilt by embroidering a few relatives names on

some of the buildings.

I love the snowmen. Dara decided that she wanted swirls quilted

on the top.

The backing

The swirls really suit this quilt. It reminds me of a snowstorm.  A light

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

A close up of the stitching.

Dara also made this Canadian Quilt for Canada’s

special birthday.

In this photo, you can see the border on the bottom of the

same quilt.

DAra’s quilt

Dara chose a cream Omni polyester thread for the top and the backing

She also chose a Maple Leaf all over design for the quilting. What a great

choice, so Canadiana.

The backing.

The backing consists of Canadian flags. Great choice again, Dara.

In honor of my birthday, I decided to try something new and different so

I joined a drawing class at my local library. This is what I did in my first

class. Who knew that I can draw, even just a little.

It was so relaxing too. All you do is look at the flower, stop thinking and just draw.

Some other surprises consisted of my sisters throwing a surprise birthday party

for meand  my friend and I going to Scandivea Spa, in Collingwood. If you have never

been, you need to go.It is so relaxing!!

I also was given the chance to take 2 classes with Al Cote, he is a very talented

art quilter from Niagara Falls.  That was so much fun as well. I will post

pictures next week of my completed art quilt made from 2 printed panels.

Until then, have a great week.

 

 

An Applique Quilt..

This is Lynn’s beautiful applique quilt that I have been working on

for several weeks. Kerry Burke, over at Simple Bird Applique, is the

designer of the pattern.

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Here is the completed quilt. I will show you pictures of

each block and how I came up with the design idea for each

one.

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Because the hummingbird is so fast flying, I thought that

wavy lines might depict movement of the hummingbird’s

wings.

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The lines of each block has a nice curvy edge so I thought

that it would work on the inside edge of each block.  I

stitched this line in each of the blocks, so that it ties all

the blocks together.

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Another gorgeous block.  I used a  clear monofilament thread

for all the SID work. I usually do all the ditch work first so I can

get to the fun part of filling in all the designs and the background

fills.

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For the background fill, I used an allover with lots of

designs: feathers, swirls, and circles.

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The background fill consists of feathers around the outer

edge and a small swirl. I used a light blue polyester

thread for the top and the backing.

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The chick and butterflies really feel  airy to me.

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These are the wavy lines encircling the butterflies.

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The middle section has straight horizontal lines in

the middle of the block.

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This vase also has some feathers in the background as

well.  It has some nice swirly  stitching in it as well.

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The Vase Block

A close up of the stitching.

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I love the apples, the barrel, leaves and robin.

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Feathers were stitched around the outer edge again and

swirls were stitched in the background.

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Poinsettas in a vase.

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More close up pictures.

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I love the sunflower  and the cat tails. Straight lines are

stitched in the inside area and pebbles. Lynn really loves

pebbles so I had to add them in somewhere.

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The sunflower and cat tails block.

Don’t you just love the squirrel and the leaves?

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This is one of my favorite blocks. All I could think about was seeds so

that is what I stitched into the background.

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The squirrel and acorns.

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This is also one of my favorite blocks, as well. I wanted it to

look like a winter’s snow storm.  Can you see the swirls?

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Pinecones and Poinsetta

The middle section has straight vertical lines in the middle. Can you

tell that I love straight lines?

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The backing

The backing fabric is great for hiding all the stops and starts.

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Here is a close up of the background fabric.

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The outside border

The outside border fill is really a mish mash of all the background fills

used in the various blocks.

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When I get bored with one fill, I just start another design. And of course,

I had to add feathers to the border.

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This is the inside section on the quilt;  I really love the big

pink rose and the butterfly. In the middle section, I stitched

in a butterfly, a leaf and another flower.

Have a great week!

 

Previous Quilts…

Because I am still working on an applique quilt, I will play catch up

and show you some completed quilts from before Christmas.

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Lynn’s Quilt

I am guessing that Lynn created this quilt.

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The border area

I used a light blue polyester thread for the all over design. The panto is called

“Fresco.”

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One of the blocks in the quilt.  I love the blue in this block.

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The backing of the quilt. Pieced backings are a great way to use

up left over blocks. Nothing gets wasted when it comes to quilting

and fabrics.

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Close up of the backing.

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A blue quilt

Another quilt that was completed before Christmas.  The “Friendship Star”

is a great traditional quilt block to make.

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The variety of colors adds interest to this quilt top as well. I used a

blue polyester thread for the top and the backing. “Popcorn” is the

name of the overall design used on the quilt top.

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The backing

The backing is pieced as well; the batiks are a great fabric to use as well.

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A close up of the backing.

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Another finished quilt that was created by Anne.

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A close up of the blocks in this quilt. “Snowball” is the name of

the overall design on this quilt.

 

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The backing shows off the quilting beautifully.

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Anne also created this beauty;  I really love the batiks in this

quilt top.

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There are even snowflakes printed on the fabrics.

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A tablerunner

Anne also used up some of her floral print fabric for this table runner.

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It is quite charming and would make a lovely gift for someone. I think that

is what Anne was planning on doing with it.I used a clear monofilament

thread to stitch around all the flowers. Why use an all over  design when

Anne has gone through so much effort to piece this together?

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The backing

The backing is great as well. I love the Poinsetta fabric. Totally Christmas

all way round.

I hope you have a great week. Linking up with

Needle and Thread Network.