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.

 

 

 

Figo and Stonehenge Anniversary….

I am not sure if you know about Northcott’s new modern division called Figo.

And no, I am not getting paid to tell you about this. I have been working on some

of their quilts that were displayed in their booth last week at QuiltCon, in Nashville.

And yes, I do have pictures of these samples for you. I had to wait until QuiltCon was

over so you could see them. Hope you like them.

Interwoven

Lo & BEhold Stitchery is the pattern designer of this quilt. The fabrics are from Northcott’s new

modern line.

The quilting consists of straight lines throughout the entire quilt.

the backing

Very geometric quilting. I used a  clear monofilament thread for the top and a light purple for

the backing.

The Blanket Statement designed this small wallhanging and the name of the pattern is Pine

Falls. Again, lots of straight line quilting.

The backing 

Sienna Burst is the name of this quilt and Then Came June is the designer.

There are alot of straight lines , cross hatching, and pebbles on this quilt.

Love the backing color and the stitching.

The backing

Again, the overall look of the quilting on the backing differs so much from the front of the quilt.

Nordic Triangles is the name of the pattern and Suzy Quilts is the designer.

Once again, the fabrics are new from Northcott.

Lots of straight line quilting.

Love the look of the backing. I tried matching the thread color on the front and

the backing. This is what it looks like when pink thread is not used on the backing of

the quilt.

Initial K Studio designed this quilt called  “Lucky Charms.”

In each of the colored sections, I quilted in a different motif. It helps

to add some interest to the quilt, especially due to all the straight

lines that are stitched into the quilt.

 

The baking

Lucky Charms

Then Came June designed this quilt. Each row received its own motif, again to add interest to

the quilt.

The blue row received swirls. These are alot of fun to quilt.

Cross hatching was added to the grey row.

Circles and pebbles were stitched into the black row.

The yellow row received angled lines.

Stonehenge

Northcott’s Stonehenge fabric line is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year! Wow!

Way to go Northcott and Stonehenge. This is big, especially since Northcott is a Canadian

Company.

This quilt consists of a Stonehenge panel in the middle and lots of Stonehenge fabrics used

in the borders and outer sections. In the outer flower petals, I stitched in swirls. I was trying to

keep the quilting simple due to lots of movement within the Celtic knots in the fabric.

The center panel was quilted  following the print on the panel. No need to fight what is

printed on the panel.

A Celtic design was quilted into the orange-red area as well. I tried to find motifs that would

match the Celtic feel of this quilt.

I quilted around the motifs in the blue section of the quilt. I also used lots of clear and smoky

monofilament thread to stitch around motifs and the center panel. This saved alot of time in that

I didn’t have to constantly change thread colors for different areas of the quilt.

The backing of the quilt is also full of Celtic designs.

Hope you enjoyed the show. Have a great week.

 

 

Wrestling a Coverlet….

This past week, I had to wrestle a coverlet in order to  quilt it. It was 140″ by 138″,

massive!

The Coverlet

This is the fabric that was used for the coverlet. Gorgeous!

Leaves

Sometimes, I am afraid to even touch this fabric. It has a nice sheen to it.

The backing on the coverlet. The simple quilting shows up nicely.

I also quilted 2 really cute baby quilts for Laura. Foxes are the theme of this baby quilt.

The fox is really cute.

The backing is really cute too, lots of foxes on it.

2nd baby quilt

‘This baby quilt is also so cute. I quilted around the animals and quilted in some

swirls in the border areas.

Even the sheep has some nice swirls in it as well.

There was some open space in the top corner so I added a star .

The backing is really cute as well.

A close up of the backing.

Hope you are staying warm and sewing lots.

Hit And Miss….

It seems like my blog posts have been hit and miss lately. I hope to improve upon

this in the future.

These are quilts that were completed in the summer and I am just getting the

chance to show you them now.

Anne made this quick strip quilt. What great colors!

“Swirl” is the name of the quilting pattern that is stitched all over this

quilt. I used a cream polyester thread on the backing and a light blue on the front.

It is nice to see close ups of the backing and the quilting design.

A very subtle color scheme. Very calming and relaxing.

Flowers were stitched all over the quilt.

A cream polyester thread was used for the front and the backing. Less tension issues this way.

Bright and cheery and very graphic. Stars and loops were quilted all over the

quilt using a blue polyester thread for the top and the backing.

I really love how the blue thread shows up on the black fabric.

The backing ties in nicely with the front of the quilt.

Love the colors and pattern in this quilt.

A swirly design was stitched all over the quilt.

A grey thread was used for the front and the backing. It was the most neutral color

that blended with all the colors on the front of the quilt top.

The backing

Red and White Quilt

One of the perks of my job is being able to see what everyone is working on.

One of the blocks

Red and white quilts are so impressive and bright.

The backing has swirls all over it. White polyester thread was used for the top and

the backing.

A block of the month quilt that has been finished and is now usable.

 

I love this Muskoka Quilt. It has so many fun animals on the front of the quilt.

Anyone know what this animal is?

The backing shows off the leaves and oaks all over the quilt.

Have a great week and see you next week.

Way Back…

As I was looking through my photos for this blog tonight, I realized that the pictures

are from way back in the summer. Alot has happened since then but I am catching

up in showing you some of my customers’ work. I must admit, my customers

are pretty talented, as you will shortly see.

Baby Quilt

Who can resist Winnie The Pooh. He seems to be timeless.

Eeyore is so cute as well. I really love this baby quilt.

And Piglet, of course can’t be left out. I used a white polyester thread for the

top and a light blue for the backing.

Winnie the Pooh is busy enjoying his favorite snack.

 

The backing is always nice to see. The texture from the quilting shows up nicely

on solid backings.

The Backing

One of my customers likes to make up her own patterns. She made this for her

daughter’s friend and husband. Very modern looking to me.

I used a black polyester thread for the top and the backing and followed the piecing in each

block. Why fight the piecing, go with the flow, in this case.

The backing was a grey print but the stitching shows up nicely.

Anne made this quilt for a friend using a panel and adding borders. I love the colors and

the print, so cheery.

The backing

I used a light yellow polyester thread for the top and a cream for the backing. Flowers

were stitched all over the quilt top.

Dale’s quilt

Dale made this cutie for one of her grand daughter’s. Can you guess what she loves?

It was alot of fun working in this quilt.

Unicorn’s mane

I love the simple wavy lines in the unicorn’s mane. I used a grey polyester So Fine thread

on the backing and I matched the thread color to the background colors on the top.

The backing is so soft and the texture is amazing.

Laura’s Quilt

Laura made this huge quilt. I am amazed at how large some of these quilts are and how

someone can actually fit them under their sewing machine.

The blocks

All that piecing too! Whew! I don’t have time to piece anymore but the patience it

requires is incredible.

The outer border is composed of flying geese. I really love flying geese in the borders but

would not attempt it myself.

The center medallion area. The colors were really rich looking as well. It will

look great on Laura’s bed.

 The Backing

Have a great week and stay warm.There is another cold front moving in. Australia sounds good

right about now, they are having a heat wave.

 

I Am Back…

I am back. I have been away for a while but here I am once again.

Hopefully, everyone had a great Christmas Holiday. Mine was pretty

quiet, which was nice.

It’s been so long since I completed these quilts for customers that I can’t

remember all the details. If you are wanting information about the thread or

pattern I used, just ask me and I will go back and find out for you.

Green and pink quilt

This is a pretty cool pattern.

The backing

Pieced backs add so much interest to the backing.

A close up of the fabric used for the backing.

Christmas was coming and here is a panel that was cut up and sashing added to

look like you are looking out of a window.

Overall picture

You can see how the pieced border adds more interest as well.

The backing fabric, a nice navy blue to match the front. I used a blue polyester

thread for the top and the backing and “Swirls” for the pattern.

 

Centennial Quilt

This quilt has so much fun blocks in it. Because it is Canadian, I had to stitch “Maple Leaves”

onto the quilt.

My neighbour always says that he is “as cool as a moose.” Well, this moose says just that. I really

love this block.

And what says Canadiana more than a pair of mittens?

 

The backing

The pieced backing is neat as well. So much information and I love the provincial emblems

used too.

 

Red Cardinal Quilt

This pattern is really lovely and the fabrics used are really nice.

The Birch trees and Cardinals are really stunning. A swirl pattern was used on the

quilt top. A light grey polyester thread was used for the front and the backing.

A close up of the Cardinals.

A grey fabric was used for the backing.

A child’s quilt

The bright colors in this quilt are so cheery, which is nice for this time of the year.

“Splat” was stitched all over the quilt top. It is a fun pattern to stitch out.

The backing

Using leftover fabrics  for a pieced backing is a great way to use up fabrics from a project.

Once again,  pieced backs adds more interest to the backing. Please remember to press the

seams flat,  as the seams add more bulk that has to be stitched over by the longarm sewing

head.

Have a great week and it is good to be back.

One Week Left Before Christmas Day…

One week left until Christmas Day. I hope that doesn’t strike fear in your  heart as

you read that last sentence. I still don’t have all my shopping done or wrapped and

Christmas cards didn’t happen again this year. All of my customers’ quilts did get

finished and on time too.

There are a few more pictures from The Houston Quilt Festival, 2018. I hope that you are

not getting sick of me still talking about it. I just want to share some beautiful quilts with

you.

I love this quilt, the colors, the lady in the quilt and the stitching, of course.

But for the life of me, I can not figure out how she made this quilt.

Even the up close pictures is not helping me. I love trying to figure out

how a quilt was constructed. Any ideas?

This is quite the quilt as well. The creator hails from Japan.

A close up of the boat.

Speaking of close ups. this shows a portion of the Best of Show Quilt. Look at

all the detail and the quilting.

Jacqueline De Jonge is the designer of this quilt.

The  kids are having a blast. Brings a smile to my face every time I look at this

quilt.

Lisa Calle’s Quilt

I met Lisa at her booth at the Festival. She is very down to earth and talented.

More close ups and great texture.

Too bad I didn’t get the whole picture of this quilt. I was running around trying to

get lots of interesting shots of quilts that I liked. There were so many quilts and not

enough time to see them all.

I love these boats and the colors too.

Interesting color choices.

Again, I love the colors, the picture and the quilting.

Great colors!!

A more traditional quilt. Very intricate.

An award winning Alphabet Quilt.

Betty Busby created this colorful quilt.

More close ups.

Love the colors and the lines.

Colorful Trees

Colorful Horses

This quilt had all kinds of fabrics on it: cheesecloth, wool roving, tulle. What fun to use all

of these fibers in a quilt.

Dots

Being creative is so much fun and sometimes so simple. Dots! Who would have thought.

Love the colors.

Birch trees, far away and up close and personal.

A Japanese applique quilt. It is fun to look at all the detail in this quilt.

Darlene and I in front of her third place quilt in the Large Hand Applique Category.

I am on the left in the picture.

Have a great week.