Fall Is Upon Us…

The leaves have certainly hit their peak, here in Central Ontario.

I am surprised that there are still alot of leaves left on the trees and

I do not see alot of the vibrant red color this year. The main color

seems to be the orangey yellow color. What about in your area?

What is the dominant color this year? It makes me wonder what

factors contribute to the colors of the trees each year?

Well, I had better get on with this quilting blog.

This lovely quilt was stitched with an overall design called “Maple Syrup.”

A white Omni polyester thread was used for the front and the back.

Look at how vibrant the colors are in this quilt. Feathers were stitched all

over the quilt top. A cream Omni polyester thread was used as well.

Barb”s Celtic Quilt is really beautiful.

Barb wanted to keep the quilting fairly simple so as to not distract from all

of her lovely work.

So I added alot of straight lines in the sashing area and a cable in the outer

border. Because the theme of this quilt was “Celtic,” I thought that the

quilting should follow that theme as well. That means that feathers would

not compliment this quilt, in my mind. However, with that being said, if you

like or want feathers on your quilt, go ahead. It all depends on your own

personal perference.

Pebbles were quilted in the main colored areas of the blocks and swirls

were quilted in the white background areas. Background fills always

stump me. In the end, I usually come up with something.

Now, doesn’t that sound reassuring to you out there. One thing

that I have noticed in the 14 years that I have been longarm quilting, is that

each custom quilt takes time to assess and create its own unique design.

I really never considered design to be a part of quilting before I began

doing this, but it is. It’s fun and challenging some days. Other days, it

becomes easier, much like any other practice. One gets better at it with

lots of practice.

Have a good week and stay safe.

HAPPY BELATED CANADIAN THANKSGIVING…..

I know that Thanksgiving is over and there is still some turkey leftovers but

I had to wish everyone a Canadian Thanksgiving.

Linda made these quilts using eyelet fabric. They make quite interesting

quilting texture. Because the eyelet fabric has holes in it, a piece of cotton is

added on top of the batting but underneath the quilt top. I used a white

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

How do you like the gallery of photos? I am trying out my new layout for

the WordPress blog. I think that I may like this after all.

This is another quilt made by Linda, made out of eyelet fabric. I like the

texture that is created when you stitch over the eyelet fabric.

How do you like those soccer balls? I just realized that this quilt has initials

on it. Isn’t that funny? I didn’t notice that while I was working on it.

For all those Canadians out there, I hope that you had a great Thanksgiving.

We have alot to be thankful for . Enjoy the nice weather and have a good

week.

I’m Still Here….

It has been a crazy three months for me. Lots of people are

quilting due to Covid and Northcott seems to be busy

creating online releases.

Nathalie made this quilt for her daughter. She wanted zig zag lines to

co-ordinate with her bedroom decor.

Im hoping that her daughter liked her quilt. I used a white Omni polyester

thread for the top and the backing.

I can’t recall who made this quilt but it certainly does eat up the scraps you

have hanging around.A swirly design was quilted all over the top.

Joan makes alot of scrappy quilts for charity. She is a very generous person.

The backing fabric is really cute and pink, with hearts as well.

Here is another quilt that Joan made. I love the simplicity of it and all the colors too.

I quilted “Happy Times” all over this quilt. It stitches out fast and looks great.

I hope that you are keeping safe.

WordPress has released a new platform for writing my blog. It is a bit

challenging but I am hoping to get used to it.

What are you learning during Covid?

See you next week.

More Quilts….

Here are some photos of quilts that I have completed recently.

I hope that you  enjoy them.

Lesley made this quilt. Maple leaves were quilted all over the quilt top.

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

Maple Leaf Motif

There is a crimson flange on the edge of the yellow border. These have to be basted

down because the hopping foot catches them so watch out for the flanges. It is

painful to have to pick out the stitches and restitch them once again.

The backing fabric shows off the maple leaves beautifully.

Tilly’s Quilt

Tilly made this African Safari Quilt. She wanted wavy lines quilted all over

the top. These wavy lines were to mimic the grasses on the quilt top.

I used a gold polyester thread to match the color of the fabric on the quilt top.

She liked the quilting but remarked how the quilting changes the look of the quilt.

I think that the quilting brings the quilt to life, the same as the outlining stitch

does for a cross stitch picture.

Backing

The backing fabric of the African Quilt.

Evelyn’s quilt was very bright and cheery. She wanted a floral design that

mimicked the flowers found of the fabrics on the quilt top.

Quilts like this one amaze me in that there is so much piecing involved. I don’t get

to piece much anymore but I do appreciate all the time that goes into making a

quilt like this.

The border area also received the same floral design but in a different pattern.

I love this design. I used to dislike quilting the border areas but now I don’t mind

so much.

The backing

A backing like this one really hides all the stitching. Please remember to think

about what look you want on the back of your quilt, before you buy the fabric

for the backing.

Nathalie’s Quilt

Nathalie made this quilt for her daughter.  If you look closely, you can see a

watercolor bird in the top third of this quilt.

Nathalie’s Quilt

Nathalie wanted some movement in the quilting so we went with spikes.

It does add alot of texture to the quilt, which I love.

The backing

A solid backing always shows off the quilting beautifully and it looks

totally different from the front. Good idea to use if you want to turn over the

quilt for a completely different look.

Have a good week, stay safe and stay cool.

 

 

Happy Belated Canada Day!

Happy belated Canada Day!

I am only a week late but better late than never. Hope you enjoyed the day last

week.

This quilt was also late or behind in being quilted. Large quilts usually take

a whole week, if not longer to quilt.There is alot of thought that goes into

the design process and many decisions to make along the way. All part of the

fun though.

Dale made this beautiful quilt. I apologize for the bright photos.

I outlined the center Lone Star because I wanted to make this part of the

quilt, the focal point. I  also outlined the white blocks surrounding the

Lone Star, just to eat up some space and continue with the line theme.

In the floral blocks, I did a freehand feather background fill. Whew! That’s

a mouthful to say and type. Feathers were chosen because Dale likes

feathers and it goes with the traditional feel of the quilt.

In this triangular white area, I picked feathers as well. I like the classy

look of them.

I know, it’s bright. I did try to tone down the brightness but didn’t succeed at all.

For the pieced blocks, I outlined them because I think they look  better with

stitch in the ditch quilting but it is time consuming. This is a personal preference

as well.

 

The inside border received some lovely swirly lines. I did not keep track

of the designs but I will next time. If you want to know, just email me and

I can look it up in my records. I know that I did purchase these designs

several months ago when Dale dropped off her quilt. I had decided

to try out some new digital designs to go with the feather theme.

I think it worked out well.

The back of the quilt. I like to use the same colored thread for the top and

the backing. Some people don’t like the look of this but it makes tension

issues less of a problem for me.

This is the center of the Lone Star. Even though there are alot of feathers

stitched on this quilt, they are all different in shape and size, which creates

alot of interest on the quilt top.

The outer parts of the Lone Star. I tried to add alot of texture and I

accomplished this by using contrasting motifs beside one another.

Straight lines are a favorite of mine right now so I threw them in that area.

I use alot of monofilament thread to do all of my outlining of the piecing

blocks and the borders. Various thread colors are then used to fill in the remaining

areas of the quilt.

 

Desert Animals Quilt

Once again, I am still working on this quilt by Elizabeth Hartman. I only have

9 more blocks to complete -yeah!! I really like these quilts but there is alot

of prepping time to be done first. That seems to be the case with anything

that we do, prep takes the longest time.

Enjoy the heat and stay safe.

 

 

 

FIGO’S New Line…

Northcott’s new modern division, Figo, has just released another new line.

I had the privilege of quilting some of their  quilt for this new line.

Just a side note, I do not receive any compensation for posting this on my blog;

I thought that you might enjoy seeing the new fabrics and some of the new

patterns.

I’m unsure of who designed the quilt pattern and   fabrics. I do try to keep track

of all of this pertinent information for you but not this time. I will work on this

for future reference.

The backing fabric. Karlee Porter designed the orange peel motif that was

stitched all over the quilt top. A clear monofilament thread was used for the

top of the quilt and matching polyester thread for the backing.

Whenever I use a Karlee Porter motif, the motif needs to be redesigned

in my digital program, Creative Studio 7, from Gammill, so that the motifs

are quilted tightly together.

A Modern Wave

This quilt has a design stitched onto it that is called “Modern Wave” by

Anita Shackelford. She digitally designs alot of quilting patterns; this one is

amongst one of my favorites. It’s so cool to watch it being stitched out and to

even look at it later, as it looks like there are actual moving waves on a stationary

quilt.

Nova Star Quilt

Then Came June created this Nova Star Quilt. Alot of piecing involved but beuatiful when

completed.

Cactus backing fabric

The backing fabric is covered in cactus.Glad the fabric is soft and not prickly.

Circles were quilted all over these hexagons. I love all the stitching: it creates

so much texture. And I love texture!!

 

The backing fabric has cats all over it. For all those cat lovers out there, you will

love this new line.

Tessa Quilt

The color orange is really beginning to grow on me. This quilt is very cheery and makes

me happy just looking at it. Don’t we all need a shot of happiness right now?

Kitchen Table Quilting designed this quilt.

The backing fabric is cheerful as well.

Modern Squares

“Solistice Lights” by Cotton + Joy is the name of this quilt. Monofilament thread was used on the

front and matching thread again, on the backing.

I could go for an ice cream cone right now. r

The backing fabric looks like alot of fun. Take a closer peek and you will

see people swimming in the water.

 

This quilt was designed by Pen +Paper Patterns.  The title of the quilt is “Fresh As A Daisy.

Christina wanted straight line quilting, which I love, and the end result is texture.

The backing

The Mary Quilt was designed by Kitchen Table Quilting. She has designed alot of quilts.

The backing fabric is full of flowers too. A grid was stitched all over the quilt top.

I actually designed it myself. I am getting a little braver these  days and trying out some

new ideas. It’s not as scary as I thought it was. Maybe it’s time for you to try some

new things too.

Hope you have a good week.

 

 

 

It’s Hot…..

I’m not sure about you but it’s hot here!

Funny, it was cold a month ago and now it’s hot. Seems like I can never be

satisfied.

Even though the weather isn’t co-operating , these quilts are providing me

some relief from the heat.

Lesley made this beauty.

I love the colors of this Canadiana Quilt. Maple Leaves were stitched all

over it in a light teal color.

The Backing

Polyester thread, matching the teal color, was used for the front and the backing.

The colors are very rich looking on this quilt. Gorgeous fabrics were used too.

The bright backing fabric matches the colors of the quilt top.

Lesley also made this quilt. A light gold thread was used for the quilting.

Caroline’s Quilt

Carline made this strip quilt. It is so soft and pretty. Because there were so many floral

patterns in the fabrics used for the quilt, I thought it  was a good idea to quilt in flowers.

The name of the overall stitching pattern is “Summer Breeze.” It is quite pretty too.

Lesley’s Circle Quilt

It seems like there is a circular theme happening in this post.  I really love all the lines and the

subtle circle in the middle of the quilt.

Again,  the backing shows off the circles. I really like this quilting design. There are so

many out there, that it is hard to pick one sometimes.

Caroline’s Quilt

Caroline also made this quilt. I don’t see many orange quilts and this quilt

has a very unique color combination. I like it though.

Summer Breeze was also used on this quilt too.

The backing is a solid color so it shows off the stitching really well.

Caroline’s penguins. I love the penguins but they  stumped me for a while.

What do I quilt on penguins to compliment them? Of course, water came to mind and then,

Anita Shackleford’s “Modern Curves” popped in my mind. I love how the stitching

looks like there are waves on the quilt. Now the penguins are happy that they

can play in the water.

A green baby penguin. You are seeing lots of colorful animals today.

The backing almost looks like waves as well. I used a clear monofilament

thread on the top of the quilt and a dark thread on the backing.

Elizabeth Hartman’s Desert Quilt

This is the quilt that I am working on right now. Elizabeth Hartman is the designer. She

creates alot of animal quilting patterns.

6 adorable little bunnies.  I love their white cotton ball tail.

Have you ever seen a blue bunny before? Well, now you have.

What about a green raccoon?

Almost done, only 2 more animals to go. I like these quilts because

there are only 6-9 blocks that need to be made of each animal.

By the time I get bored with making this number of blocks, I

am moving onto the next block.

What are you working on right now? Or taking a break to enjoy the

hot weather?

Have a good week. See you next week.

 

 

Making Masks…

I have been making masks for several weeks now.

Kids’ fabrics always look like so much fun so I had to make some

masks, just to try them out. Of course, I did find homes for them, so it

was not a futile exercise. I found the free pattern on CraftPassion.com.

I ran out of elastic so I made my own strips for the masks. They took a

little bit of time to create but they match the mask. Fashion is not

out of style, even when wearing a mask.

There are several types I have made but I like this style the best. So easy to cut

out and sew together.

Angie’s Quilt

This quilt was made by Angie and I love all the hearts covering it. It amazes me

how much the stitching brings a quilt to life. Of course, the texture is what

draws me in.

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

The Backing

I love a solid backing because you can see all the quilting and the texture

it creates. Backings, like the quilt top, is a very personal choice though. Pick

what you like.

Pat’s Quilt

I really love this feather quilt. Straight lines really call to me right now.

Pat made this quilt and she did a great job. The colors are really

interesting too, although the sunlight doesn’t do the quilt justice.

Straight lines were quilted all over the top.  A man is receiving this quilt,so

straight lines work well.

The backing

You can see all the texture and straight lines on the backing of the quilt.

Have a safe week and enjoy the sunshine.

 

What Are You Working On Right Now?

I’m wondering what you are working on right now?

I’m just trying to stay cool, as it got pretty hot and humid here today.

Funny how the weather changes so much. Two weeks ago, we had snow!

Besides the weather, there is alot of  cuteness happening here. Take a look

for yourself.

Pat’s Quilt

Pat made this quilt from her grandson’s clothes when he was younger.

It was so much fun looking at the clothes as I was quilting around it.

Of course, the tractor had to get some rocks to keep busy.

The pj’s were so fun and soft. If you are planning on using T-shirts or

baby clothes in a quilt, make sure you use a stabilizer behind the blocks which

have baby clothes on them. Otherwise, the blocks can stretch like crazy!

You can use either a sew in stabilizer or a fusible one that you iron onto

the back of T-shirts and pj’s. I think the fusible stabilizer would be less fussy

to deal with.

These corduroy overalls were really thick and I could not quilt through all of these

layers. Something else to keep in mind when you tackle a project like this.

Pat did a great job, don’t get me wrong.

What a great way to use  the waist bands and labels on jeans and T-shirts.

Again, please be mindful of where you place things. There were several

zippers on this quilt too. I had to be careful stitching  around them as well.

The backing

Great choice, Pat!  The fabric on the back blends with the top perfectly.

Quilt #2

Pat also made this quilt for another grandson. Lucky boys! More cuteness to look at.

I love the T-shirts on this quilt. It reminds me of my boys, when they were growing up.

Look at these overalls. How can you not love these cuties? Again, I had to be careful

stitching around the clasps on the overalls. I had nightmares of knocking the timing

off of my machine. All went well, not to worry.

The backing of the second quilt. I used a clear monfilament thread for the

front of the two quilts and matched the backing thread to the color of the

backing fabric. I used alot of straight lines because it makes the quilt

more masculine, in my opinion.

BAby Quilt

It seems there is a theme this week: baby quilts. This quilt was made for a

grand daughter as well. It is very bright and cheerful. The song”You Are My

Sunshine” was quilted in the middle of the quilt.

The rest of the quilt received  smiling suns  all over it. A bright yellow

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

You can see the words quilted onto the top.

The backing fabric is very cheerful as well.

Pat’s Quilt

Pat made this lovely Hexagon Quilt. The colors are very calming and relaxing.

The Quilt Design

Pat picked a very simple all over design for the quilt.

The backing

Sometimes, it’s hard to choose how big or small to make a quilting motif. Many

times I measure the size of the blocks or the border of the quilt and it helps me

to make sure the scale of the quilting pattern is correct.

Joan’s Quilt

Another grand daughter is receiving a quilt. Very lucky young lady indeed.

I really love this quilt. The fabrics are Japanese ;  I love the colors and the pattern.

The flowers that are stitched here  are one of my favorites right now. A soft tan thread color

was used on the front of the quilt and the backing.

The backing fabric is very beautiful as well.

Hoping that you are getting some projects finished up

before the hot weather gets here and all we do

is sweat it out. Have a great week and stay safe.

 

 

A Sneak Peek…

A few months back, I was working on some quilts for a Canadian fabric company,

Northcott. They are located in the north part of Toronto, Canada.

Every now and then,I quilt some quilts for them. This is their latest

line coming out so I am unsure if I should be showing these yet.

In that case, I will  put several pictures for you to see.

Back of the quilt

I know, looking at the back of the quilt is not as exciting as the front.

Although it does show off the texture beautifully. And I do love the texture

on the back of a quilt.

I was looking through Northcott’s fabric line and they are gorgeous!!

I think that I may have to buy some fabric from them. 1 meter of every

line you have, please. How in the world would I manage to sneak that

into the house?

Have a good week and hopefully, I will have the pictures of the front of

those quilts for you.