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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Stitching Along….

I have been stitching along, trying to catch up with all the quilts waiting for me.

Here are several quilts that I completed  last week.

Evelyn’s Baby Quilt

Evelyn was really brave when she made these 2 baby quilts. The day that she dropped

off these  quilts, was the day that the baby arrived. I guess that the baby had plans of its own.

Evelyn wanted to try her hand at designing her own quilts using similar fabrics but in 2 totally

different quilt patterns. Good for you Evelyn. I love seeing people try new things and become

even more creative.

The backing

Evelyn chose a fun overall pattern called “Flirtatous.” It works well for this baby quilt and adds

some movement to the quilt blocks and top.

A light tan polyester thread was used for the top of the quilt and a bright yellow polyester

thread for the backing.

Baby Quilt #2 

If you look at the previous picture, you can see some of the same fabrics used. Evelyn wanted

to use up the fabrics but create two totally different baby quilts. What a great idea! I am not

sure about you but I do get bored making the same pattern over and over. Nice to change it

up a bit. Well done Evelyn!

The backing

The same pattern was used for this quilt too. Why not? It looks great and is alot of fun.

The backing was a medium tan color so we matched the thread color to the quilt top and

backing.

Joan’s Quilt

Joan found this quilt kit in BC while she was visiting her daughter. There is an unique

quilt shop there that she loves and usually picks up a quilt kit. This was the latest one.

I used a monofilament thread to stitch around all the shapes. It saved alot of time that would

have been used for switching threads to match the color of the background fabrics.

All those interesting shapes would make a great modern quilt, in my mind anyways.

In the outside border, I stitched in leaves due to all the trees on the printed fabric. Feathers

would not have worked on this quilt top at all. Sometimes, the quilt tells you what it wants, you

just have to pay attention to all that is going on in the quilt: fabrics, prints in the fabrics, what

type of quilt it is, how it is going to be used and lots of other stuff.

 

The backing

The backing shows off the quilting nicely. I love the close up pictures because then you can see

how  lovely the fabrics really are.

The backing fabric, a nice light green color , although it doesn’t look green in this photo.

Have a great week and Happy  Belated Easter.

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Lots of babies…

It seems like there are alot of babies on the way.

Margaret’s Quilt

Margaret made this cute quilt for a new baby that will be arriving real soon.

It is so cute and adorable.

I love the belly that is sticking out. The bottle and cap adds to the attitude of

this little guy.

Baby Quilt

Margaret wanted the plaide to have some stitching in it and to quilt around

each of the babies. In the outer border, swirls were added. Blue polyester thread

was used for the top and the backing.

The backing

The backing is a nice teal blue fabric with dots on it.

Here is a close up of the backing.

Dale’s Quilt

Dale made this adorable baby quilt. The colors are really soft .

A close up of the fabrics used in the quilt. “Popcorn” was the name of the panto stitched

all over the quilt top.

More of the fabrics used in the quilt top.

BAby Quilt

This is what the whole quilt looks like.

The backing

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

I didn’t realize that the backing was actually composed of sheep. I had only been looking at this

quilt for a day or so until I noticed the sheep. Sometimes I wonder about myself. Have a

great Easter weekend.

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I forgot the title….

Here are some quilts that were done before the New Year.

Dara’s Quilt

Dara made this colorful quilt using charm packs. It is so good to be  able to use

those charm packs that we buy but just sit there. It looks very modern to me.

A white polyester thread was used for the top of the quilt while a medium blue polyester

thread was used on the back of the quilt. Spiral Rings is the name of the pattern stitched all

over the quilt top.

The backing

The backing is very vibrant and colorful. You can see how different it looks when you

are close to it. Alot of fun.

Kaffe Fassett fabric

Dale made the following quilt below. She really amazes me as she is such a quick quilter.

I really love the fabric and colors of this quilt. Dale wanted it custom quilted but the

pattern had me stumped for a while.

Dale’s Quilt

I stitched around all the diamond shapes with a monofilament thread. All that stitching

helps to stabilize the quilt while also making all those diamonds so crisp and detailed.

I know alot of longarmers don’t like the ditch stitching but it is so necessary for outlining

blocks and motifs.

In the diamond shapes, I outlined the flowers in that area. Why fight with the  print when

it is so beautiful?

In the star blocks, I outlines the stars and stitched around the diamond, 1/4 inch from the edge

of the block.

In the white sashing area. I stitched a 1/4  line on the outside edges and then a straight line

down the middle of the sashing. I also stitched the same star shape in the white areas. Looking

back now, I am not sure I would do that again. I think that I would use a different motif

as there are too many stars for my liking.

The backing fabric is gorgeous! I usually don’t like peach as a color but this fabric

is beautiful.

A close up of the backing material with all the stitching completed. I love the graphic

look of this fabric as well. What do you think?

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