A Sneak Peek…

Recently, I quilted several quilts for Northcott, for an upcoming

Show. So, this is a sneak peek for all of you who did not go to the



This year the trend seems to be going towards printed panels.

There are 2  panels sewn together to make one quilt. It is less

time consuming for sure.


Northcott wanted an overall design for one of the quilts.

I chose something swirly -named “Flirtatous.” It adds some

movement to the top.


In the border area, there are some cool vintage sewing



The backing

I used a grey variegated So Fine Superior Thread -a 40 weight

for the top and the backing.


Buttons of the back of the quilt.

The backing was covered in buttons, very fitting for

this printed panel quilt.


The second quilt, is the exact same printed panel but

in a different color way. This time, I could play and

stitch any design I wanted onto the top.


I love the straight lines around these blocks. On the fabric,

there were all sorts of rulers so I just  picked a shape and

stitched around it. In the block border, each block has

a little bit of stitching as well.


On the sides of the borders, there are a few blocks that

look  pieced but are again,printed. I really like the

words in the border area.


The backing.

It was quite interesting to see how different, besides the

color difference, these 2 quilts were when completed.


Close up of the backing.

Again, buttons on the back of the quilt.


This beauty belongs to Bethanne Nemesh. I had the

opportunity to take a class with her this past week.

And yes, I did ask permission to take photos of her

quilts,  at The Quilting Bee, in Fonthill, Ontario.


This woman is very talented, smart, creative and witty.

I had a great time too and hopefully learned lots in the



Some close ups of her wholecloth quilt. If you ever get

the chance to take one of her classes, you will not be

disappointed at all.

Have a great week and enjoy the warm sunshine, here in

Southern Ontario.




Jeanette made this quilt. What a great pattern in each

of the blocks.  It reminds me of snowflakes. I used a medium

blue polyester thread for the top and the backing.


An overall design called “Celtic Braid” was the

pattern of choice.


The piecing around the blocks  helps the

snowflakes stand out even more.


A blue flannel is on the back of the quilt.


A close up of the quilting . Flannel really makes the

quilting stand out.


The border of the quilt is comprised of a nice

floral fabric.


Eva made this quilt for her grandson. She is so

ingenious and one of those people who uses whatever

materials are around.


In this case, she used clean (unused boxer shorts) that

her grandson didn’t like. Eva chose a pattern and colors

to co-ordinate with all of the boxer colors. Did I mention

how creative she is as well?


On the backing of the quilt, she used leftover

boxer shorts. No fabric is safe when she is around.


I used a blue polyester thread for the top and the

backing. The “Swirl” panto was the pattern of



Ann created this beauty. It reminds me of spring and is

oh, so cheerful. Ann wanted a swirly design and this

one fit perfectly.


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


The backing was a cheery yellow color as well.


The swirls are a quick panto to stitch out.


Karen’s Snowman Quilt

Karen found this snowman kit and created this quilt.

Each block is colored  with crayons. What a great idea

to get kids involved with quilting!


Karen wanted a swirly design; it resembles a windy

snowy day for the snowmen. If you noticed, 3 of these

quilts have the same quilt pattern on them. Yet,

the design works with each of the different quilts

and patterns.


I used a blue grey polyester thread for the top and the

backing of the quilt.


The close up looks great. Karen used a grey flannel

for the backing too, it makes the quilt, oh so

warm and cuddly as well.

Have a great week.


Cupcakes anyone?


Susan’s Cupcake Quilt

Susan took a trip to Len’s Mills and ended up buying some fabric with

mice all over it. From there, this became the springboard for her

making a Cupcake Quilt. She found an adorable one designed by

Lori Holt, called “Cake Walk.”


One of the cakes on the quilt.

I keep telling Susan that she should be designing quilts herself, as

she takes an idea, runs with it and makes it her own. As in the

above photo, she chose fabric and then bought all types of

trim for the icing on the cakes. She said that she had so much

fun choosing fabrics and trims for this quilt.


Cake n0. 3

Can you see the mouse on the top of the cake? Even the mice

on the  print fabric were so cute. I must admit that this

quilt was so much fun to work on. Every time I  looked at it,

I had to smile because it seemed so full of joy.


Here is one of the finished blocks. I used a monofilament

thread to stitch around all the cake layers. And I used 2

different brown thread for the sides and bottoms of the windows.

There were 11 different cakes and I cupcake block.


All the cakes had stippling in the backgrounds but the cupcakes

were different because of the dome they were under. I stippled

in the background area but quilted in straight lines under the

dome. This helped to differentiate between the 2 areas.

I used a white So Fine thread for the backgrounds and a

brown So Fine thread for the backing.


I had to show you the label that Susan made. Isn’t it

adorable?  You can see the stitching I did on the

border, behind the label. Unfortunately, I  forgot to

take pictures before I sent it out the door. I stitched

around each and every mouse in the border because

I couldn’t bear to quilt anything over them.


Mary’s Quilt

This is Mary’s quilt, which I also forgot to post here.

It is called ” The Wizard of Oz Meets New York.”


One of the spikes in the middle of the  quilt.

Mary has written in some of the words to the song that

Dorothy sang in the movie: “The Wizard of OZ.”

And some of the colors in the quilt reflect that theme as well.

Most of the quilting consisted of SID but I did quilt in

straight lines around the center medallion, following the

lines of the fabric print. Why fight with the print?


The center of the quilt.

I used a  monofilament thread to do all the SID work.

In the center, I wanted it to be more noticeable, so I

stitched in a double lines around the spokes. In the

black border area, I also stitched double lines.

In the outside borders, I used straight lines again,

to draw the eye into the center of the quilt.


The backing

The back has  its own story to tell as well. I really

love all the texture on the backing.


I used a grey thread for the backing of the fabric.

Pebbles were stitched in the middle of the medallion

block as well.

Have a great week and check out some other

quilters at The Needle and Thread Network.