Houston and Japan…

Are you wondering about the title of this blog post?

My husband went to Japan in the summer and even managed to

bring me back some fabric. Not much but some.

It is interesting how the fabric is rolled up and presented like this.

One of my sons is very artistic; he painted this on the back of a denim jacket. I thought

that he did a great job but I am biased in this area. Can you guess who the singer is?

Nathalie’s Quilt

Nathalie is a very quick piecer and she always makes huge quilts. The colors are very

striking on this one.

Nathalie is also very brave in that she creates her own layout for the quilts that she makes.

Good for you Nathalie. I think  that you only grow as a creative person, as

you experiment and play. Have fun and see what new discoveries you can make.

The backing of the quilt has the same colors as the front. The stitching consists of

outlining the interior lines in the center of the quilt and the stars in the outer corners.

The rest of the quilt received meandering all over the remainder of the quilt top.

Evelyn’s Quilt

Evelyn is another brave customer that I have. She is fearless in creating her own baby

quilts. And she did a great job with this one. I love the colors, the layout and the stitching.

The penguins are really cute; someone is very fortunate to be receiving this baby quilt.

The backing

The backing shows off the quilting nicely. I used a grey polyester thread for the top and

a matching thread for the backing.

Evelyn’s Baby Quilt #2

As you can see, Evelyn has been hard at work. She also made this cute baby quilt. Again, her

own layout and design. I love seeing original work from my customers.

Penguin fabric

The backing of this baby quilt. Matching thread was used once again.

Blue and White Quilt

What a great pieced border on this quilt! I love the 2 colors as well. Again, all the time it takes

to create a quilt like this really blows my mind.

I like the 16 patch and the star block below.

A swirl design was used all over the quilt top and white thread was used for the

top and a dark blue for the backing.

Once again, please try to remember when buying backing fabric for your quilts, the color

of threads that will be used on the top and the backing. In this case, white was used

on the top and a dark color on the backing. If the tension is not perfect, which it isn’t

sometimes, then you may get white dots coming through on the back of your

quilts. If you can live with that, then great. If not, then I recommend you

buy a different color of fabric for the backing. Maybe something lighter

in color that matches the front of the quilt.

Once again, I am happy to say that I am heading to Houston next week, for

the Houston Quilt Festival. I am both nervous and excited. Any words of

advice from anyone about what to do or not do, what to see or not see?

Have a great week.

 

 

 

The Last Of The Local Quilt Show…

Here are the last of the pictures from our Local Quilt Show, in September.

Love the red, white and black polar bear quilt.

Sampler Quilt

Sampler quilts are a great way to practice your quilting skills.

Peach Quilt

Anyone know the name of this block?

Blue and White Quilt

This quilt looks modern to me but  traditional blocks are used  in the corners.

Donna made this quilt.

 

I really like what Donna quilted in this area. How can you not love pebbles and swirls?

The motif in the center of this block is interesting as well.

Sampler Quilt

Mini Tumbler Quilt

Look at all those small pieces!! Wow! Someone had alot of fun and patience.

Lynn’s Quilt

Lynn made this beauty. She always has the most gorgeous fabrics. When she  brought me

the quilt, she told me to pebble it. There were so many pebbles, I was seeing them in my sleep.

Just kidding!

Lynn won the Viewer’s Choice Award. Congrats Lynn!

Rose of Sharon?

I probably have the wrong name for this block but I do like the colors used. And the

quilting is very effective and well done.

Donna’s Quilt

If my memory serves me correctly, Donna made this adorable quilt. I really like

the colors and how whimsical it is.

I like the yellow and green colors, great for cheering you up. especially now that

all the leaves have fallen and the cold wind is blowing.

This is my current hand sewing project. There are over 750 triangles in this bin.

I am planning on making a king size quilt composed of flying geese.

My trial block; trying to work out some of the bugs. I only have 119 more blocks

to make. Yes, I think that I have finally lost my mind.

Have a great week.

 

 

A Local Quilt Show- Part 3

Here are more pictures of our Local Quilt Show, that was held in September.

The tiny houses are  very cute.

Here is the entire village of the tiny houses. Did you notice how the color changes in the

background around the perimeter of the quilt?

I like the quilting on this quilt. I am constantly looking for new designs and this one intrigues me.

There is only half a quilt because there was alot of bad shadows on the one side. You

will have to use your imagination to fill in the rest of the quilt.

The small pieces that are acting as sashing, is interesting.

Can you guess what block this quilt is made up of?

It never cease to amaze me of how clever quilters are at using

a common block to create  a new design.

The “Log Cabin” block certainly looks different in this quilt.

Modern 9Patch

This reminds me of a modern quilt with a traditional twist. What do you think?

The backing to a Canadiana quilt.

Canadiana Quilt

Another backing.

I thought that you might want to see all three of these quilts together.

Ripples

A Square Quilt

The quilting design is pretty nice, anyone know the name of the design?

I love this quilt. All the colors, the pattern, the design.

The barns are interesting. I saw an interesting barn in NewMarket the other day.

Hippo or safari anyone?

Can you find the hippo in this picture? I think that he has gone into hiding.

This quilt reminds me of the autumn leaves that are falling right now..

Brenda made this quilt at the Kempenfelt Guild, last year,  as their

Block of the Month.

She picked out gorgeous colors. Not only can she applique but she can choose

great colors too!

Great job Brenda! Well done!

This center motif is so simple yet so classy.

Here is the entire quilt, well half of it again. You get the idea though.

A Square Quilt

Once again, the colors are the ones that I love right now.

A Sampler Quilt

I like the green, black, and white color combination.

I hope you enjoyed the show, more to follow next week. May I suggest that you get

outside and take a look at the Fall colors, if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, that is.

Have a great week .

Local Quilt Show-Part 2

Here are more  pictures from a local Quilt Show, that happened in September.

Once again, I warn you that there are alot of photos, so you may want to

grab a hot beverage, sit back, relax and enjoy the Show.

I love the colors and straight lines of this quilt.

Sew Kind of Wonderful

A Sew Kind of Wonderful ruler was used to create this quilt. I love the pattern and quilting  of this

quilt.

Kerry Burke’s Quilt

Kerry Burke is a local lady who is quite the accomplished appliquer. Whatever she touches

seems to turn into gold. This quilt just won at Quilt Canada, 2018. Congrats Kerry!

Rose’s quilting

Another local lady, Rose  is also an accomplished longarmer. She quilted this for Kerry and did

and did a fantastic job. Congrats Rose!

I love the pebbles and swags stitched onto the quilt.

Brenda’s wallhanging

Brenda is also a very accomplished appliquer and piecer as well. It seems that she also

has a very good eye for color. Love, love. love the flowers here.

It is nice to see close ups of the pieces.

I think this is a Mary Jane Quilt. Look at all those blocks and how tiny they are.

Someone has alot of patience as well as skill at piecing.

The individual blocks are really quite outstanding.

Maple Leaves

I am wondering if Shiva Paintsticks were used to add some color to the Maple Leaves?

Helen’s Wallhanging

This is a tribute to Vimy Ridge, created by Helen.

The embroidered flowers are quite spectacular. Well done, Helen!

Hummingbirds Wallhanging

I love the colors of this piece too.

Look at all that texture!  I have a similar panel that I want to quilt but we will have to

wait and see how long that takes me to get to it.

There were also rug hookers at the Show and here is a sample of what they have been

working on this past year. They also made pieces that reflect Mary Jane Quilts only hooked

into rugs.

A very modern piece.

Winter Wallhanging

I love snowmen and this piece looks like a lot of fun to make.

The skates had actual laces attached to them. And don’t overlook those buttons either.

Cottages

These cottages look like alot of fun as well. Could use one right about now.

Donna quilted this quilt but I am unsure if she made it.

I really love the quilting on this piece, especially in the black center area.

Kaffe Fassett Fabrics

Look at all that color! It definitely must be Kaffe Fassett fabric.

Boxes

I hope that the creators of these quilts do not mind me labelling their quilts. If so, please

forgive me. I didn’t take shots of the labels for each quilt as I went through the Show.

Sue Garman Quilt

Look at all those pieces and how well it was executed!! Wow! This Sue Garman Quilt is

not for the faint of heart. Well done!

Butterflies

A very pretty vintage butterfly quilt and it is hand quilted too. Wow!!

Embroidered Quilt

Once again, embroidered quilts are making quite a mark in the quilting world.

Bargello Quilt

Drunkard’s Path

I love the look of the Drunkard’s Path Quilts. I have never made one but maybe it is time.

Hexie Quilt

Floral Quilt

I don’t know the name of this block but if anyone does, feel free to let me know what it is.

Thanks.

Kathy McNeil Quilt

I think that this pattern is a Kathy McNeil Quilt. She is winning alot of prizes with

her quilts that depict the Alphabet. So cute too.

Colorful Hexies

I love the colors of this quilt! Wow! I can’t imagine how many hours went into making this

quilt. And each piece is a hexie too. And then, to further complicate matters, each one has to

go into a specific spot. Wow!

A close up of the actual quilt. I think that I would be pulling out my hair when the placements

for all the pieces were to be done.

Maple Leaves

How can you go wrong with Maple Leaves?

Disappearing 9 Patch?

I know that this isn’t the correct name so someone enlighten me. The colors are

really spectacular , reminds me of the fall colors.

Alphabet Quilt

My husband gave me a Scan and Cut, several years ago. I thought I should use it so I did.

My daughter and I cut out all the shapes and fused them on. The outer border stumped me

for a while but then the Alphabet Song popped into my head one day, and voila, I had the

border figured out. I love pebbles, so that is what is stitched all over the outer border.

Sample Quilt

I love this wallhanging but would not want to see that outside of my window.

Suzanne’s Quilt

Suzanne is another local longarmer and she created this quilt. I love the colors in it and she

quilted the designs by freehand. That means that she had lots of fun playing and creating the

designs as she stitched.

A close up of the stitching.

I hope you enjoyed the Show, have a great week and happy stitching.