Tis the Season…

Tis the season for spending money, eating, and running around like a chicken

with its head cut off. Does this sound familiar to you? Yup, it feels like this to

me right now.

Here are a few photos of quilts I have completed recently.

Evelyn’s Quilt

Evelyn has been busy making quilts. This is the second one of this pattern, only in

a different color way. It is quite simple but the color choices make it stunning.

A close up of the block and the stitching. I used a monofilament thread for the

ditch work and a white polyester thread for the background motif. Although it

the motif looks complicated, it is quite simple. A loop de loop that looks great

when it is done.


The backing is a great mix of colors.

Evelyn also created this beauty for her son. She wasn’t sure of what to stitch onto

the top but straight lines work every time and make it feel more masculine.

The blocks, up close and personal. I used a grey polyester thread for the top and the


The backing and all those straight lines.

A close up of the stitching. Have a great week and don’t stress too much.

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Christine’s Quilt…

This is the quilt that Christine brought to me. I think that it has been

a local Mystery Quilt Class. What made Christine’s extra special was the

fact that she picked all of her own colors. I think she did a great job!

There is a ton of piecing on this quilt. Because I don’t get to do much

piecing any more, I appreciate even more all the time and effort that

goes into making a quilt like this.

Christine made my job somewhat easier because she knew exactly what

she wanted on her quilt: lots of pebbles, straight lines and texture. All of

my favorite things too.

Instead of feathers, Christine wanted a maple leaf to commemorate Canada’s 150th

Birthday.  In the above picture, you can see the maple leaf in the corner of

the cream section. In the sashing area, I stitched in straight lines.

The block also had a combination of straight lines, pebbles , and swirls. You

can’t  go wrong with that combination.

The outer border

The outside border was very complex looking; what a great pieced border. I SID around all the

little squares and added pebbling in those small areas. The outside border had pebbles and

leaving those small squares blank didn’t look right to me.

More pebbles in the colored square. At first, the colored thread didn’t appeal to me

but as I kept working on the quilt, it grew on me and I fell in love with it. I used

a monofilament clear thread for all the ditch work. It saves alot of time for me.

I don’t have to change thread colors constantly.

One of the 9 blocks

As you can see, the fabrics are gorgeous. There is also a Maple Leaf in the center square

of each block. The Maple Leaves were integrated all over the quilt.

More Maple Leaves, pebbles and straight lines. I also used a cream polyester thread

for the cream areas and the backing.

Some of the offset blocks consisted of this design.

The finished quilt.

I love the before and after shots of quilts. All the stitching really brings a quilt to life.

The backing

You  must not forget the backing. It also has its own story to tell. And how can

you resist all that yummy texture?

This is my favorite shot of the quilt. You can see all the texture and designs showing


The border area

And here  is the border area. Again, more texture. Christine loved her quilt and at the

end of the day, that is all that matters.

I can’t remember who made this quilt but soon it will be that Christmas Season

once again.

The pattern is a loopy Star design by Linda Taylor. I used a light brown

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

The backing

Again, the backing tells its own story.

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A New Line…

As promised, I do have pictures of the new line that Northcott is coming

out with.  I must warn you though, they are very enticing.

Green Colorway

This is a digitally printed fabric;  it is a part of the new line that was revealed this

past weekend, at Quilt Market, in Houston. And you are getting your own

private viewing. Yeah, I am going a little overboard.

A Close Up

Because 2 of the quilts were the same, except for the color, I chose to

quilt them differently.

A Close Up

For this green colorway, I interpreted the quilt as having fallen leaves on the

forest floor, so I quilted in pine needles as the background filler. I only came

up with this idea after taking a walk and racking my brain for ideas.

The leaves

This is also a digitally printed fabric that looks like marble or granite.

I am seriously thinking that I have to get my hands on some of this


Table runner

I also love this table runner;  So simple yet effective.

A Magnifico Thread was used for the top background filler. I used a

monofilament thread to do all the SID (stitch in the ditch).

Close up

Because leaves were the theme of this particular line, I  thought of rocks,

pine needles, wind, and pebbles as the background fillers.

The Backing

This is the backing of the tablerunner. Again, I love the leaves, the color gradations,

and the stitching.

More close up and texture .

This is the same quilt but only in a different colorway. This is my

favorite piece and colors .

For this quilt, I thought of the wind blowing through all the leaves so

I quilted  in swirls through the middle of the quilt.

The center of the quilt

In the outer areas of the quilt, I quilted in rocks so it resembles leaves on the


Here is a close up of the rocks I stitched in the top.

More swirls to represent the wind blowing through the leaves.

The backing. I am totally in love with this color gradation!!

A close up of the stitching on the backing. So, what do you think of this

new line?

This is what I am working or right now. The blue carrots are really

stretching me; I have to admit that I will be happy when this one is

finished. Still wondering how I will quilt this one up.

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