Here are some of the quilts that I have finished for customers lately.

Mary’s 365 Quilt

Mary has been busy completing this 365 Quilt.  This quilt is not for the

faint of heart. Most of the blocks are 3″ square and the corners blocks are

6″ square. The Australian designer,  Kathryn Kerr, decided to complete one block a day

so it was ranked high on the commitment scale.

I had originally thought I wanted to participate but after 3 months, I ran out of

steam. I am very impressed that Mary completed hers; she always is up for a


Black Inner Border

The weight of the quilt surprised me. It actually is quite heavy. Because there are

so many seams and blocks, I think it would have been a nightmare to do all the

Stitch in the Ditch. So, Mary decided on a simple panto called “Swirls ” and I used

a monofilament thread in the top and  grey polyester thread  in the backing.

This helps to hide the thread color and all you see is the lovely piecing and blocks.

Each block is different.

One of the corner blocks, I love the flowers. Mary also picked all of her

fabrics and colors for the quilt by herself; she did a great job.

I noticed that she has an elephant here. I am beginning to think that Mary loves

elephants. She also brought me a quilt that has a fractured elephant on it. You

will have to wait until next week to see that beauty.

Here is the backing. I love the swirls and the colors, so perfect for this quilt.

Another customer of mine, also called Mary, made this quilt to commemorate

Canada’s 150th Birthday. Because Mary is of American descent, she wanted to

include symbols from both Canada and the US.

She designed and pieced this wallhanging. Mary wanted me to add some

more motifs from both countries as well.

Most of the wallhanging already had printed pictures on it so I stitched

around all of those. Then I began looking and thinking about what to

add that represented Canada and the US. I finally came up with

The Parliament Buildings in Ottawa,  an RCMP Officer in full uniform,

a Totem Pole, a Salmon, a moose, an Eagle, and Tim Horton’s.

Overall, it was so much fun. I even became brave and drew most of the

designs free hand. Here is the backing. What a great idea Mary and well done!

“Rowdy Flat Library” is the name of this quilt by Susan Smith from

Australia. Connie sent it to me in the spring and I completed it by the end of June.

Here are some close ups of the quilting but there will be a whole post on this

one particular quilt later on. Connie is still away from home and won’t be able

to see this in person for several more weeks so I don’t want to take away

all of the surprise for her.

A close up of the corner block. What a great appliquer Connie is and the

fabrics she chose are so much fun and gorgeous!! Can’t wait until you see it

in person Connie.

And finally for this post, I am still working on my “Carrots” quilt. Orange is the

color I am in right now and here is a sample of what painting with orange looks like.

I didn’t have the right shades and tones so I painted some of my own.

I can’t wait until this one is finished and gets to the quilting stage.

Have a great week. Check out The Needle and Thread Network.

The Big Rubber Ducky

This past summer, The Big Rubber Ducky was on display in an effort

to create tourism within Ontario. Being a supportive Canadian, we went

to see it in Midland,Ontario.

The Big Rubber Ducky

It took 3 hours to inflate it to full size so it was pretty big. I am unsure of the

prize for this baby but it wasn’t cheap. I was thinking that maybe I could

create something for tourism next year. Maybe an inflatable quilt?

What do you think? Would you come to see it?

150th Quilt

Because this year is Canada’s 150th Birthday, I am seeing alot of Canadiana Quilts.

This one is no exception, very simple to create but it looks great.

Of course, Maple Leaves had to be quilted all over it. What a great quilt for the young

recipient. I can’t remember who made this quilt; I feel like I have been on a roller coaster

ride this summer  and am just barely hanging on.

Another Canadiana Quilt. I really like the panel with the RCMP officer in the middle.

Again, Maple Leaves were quilted all over it. A light polyester cream thread was used

for the top and the backing.

A close up of the young officer.

Sandy’s Quilt

Sandy made this quilt as an experiment. She was  trying  a new

technique and branching out on her own. Good for you Sandy!

It is scary to do your own thing but oh so fulfilling. I encourage you to try

it sometime. You may surprise yourself.

A few close ups of the fabrics in the quilt. Sandy said that she was trying to

capture the mood and colors of a summer’s day in the woods.

The backing

Here is what the backing looked like. I used a light blue polyester thread for the

top and the backing.

“Flirtatious” is the name of the overall design on the quilt.

$10 Quilt/Mystery Quilt

This quilt was either a $10 Quilt at a local Quilt Shop, Country Concessions, or

it was a Mystery Quilt. Remember how I told you earlier it has been a busy

summer? Seems like the memory is the first to go.

Here are a few blocks in the quilt. I really like the one in the bottom picture.

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

And “Happy Times” was the design chosen for the quilting.

And who can forget to show the back? We quilters love to see the front and the back.

A really nice variegated blue backing. Co-ordinates perfectly with the front.

And last but not least, here is Connie’s Quilt. I managed to complete it

before the kids got out of school. And it is now home in Florida.

I promise to have the name of the quilt and the designer for you, for

next week.

Have a great week and check out the Canadian site called

The Thread and Needle Network.