Way Back…

As I was looking through my photos for this blog tonight, I realized that the pictures

are from way back in the summer. Alot has happened since then but I am catching

up in showing you some of my customers’ work. I must admit, my customers

are pretty talented, as you will shortly see.

Baby Quilt

Who can resist Winnie The Pooh. He seems to be timeless.

Eeyore is so cute as well. I really love this baby quilt.

And Piglet, of course can’t be left out. I used a white polyester thread for the

top and a light blue for the backing.

Winnie the Pooh is busy enjoying his favorite snack.

 

The backing is always nice to see. The texture from the quilting shows up nicely

on solid backings.

The Backing

One of my customers likes to make up her own patterns. She made this for her

daughter’s friend and husband. Very modern looking to me.

I used a black polyester thread for the top and the backing and followed the piecing in each

block. Why fight the piecing, go with the flow, in this case.

The backing was a grey print but the stitching shows up nicely.

Anne made this quilt for a friend using a panel and adding borders. I love the colors and

the print, so cheery.

The backing

I used a light yellow polyester thread for the top and a cream for the backing. Flowers

were stitched all over the quilt top.

Dale’s quilt

Dale made this cutie for one of her grand daughter’s. Can you guess what she loves?

It was alot of fun working in this quilt.

Unicorn’s mane

I love the simple wavy lines in the unicorn’s mane. I used a grey polyester So Fine thread

on the backing and I matched the thread color to the background colors on the top.

The backing is so soft and the texture is amazing.

Laura’s Quilt

Laura made this huge quilt. I am amazed at how large some of these quilts are and how

someone can actually fit them under their sewing machine.

The blocks

All that piecing too! Whew! I don’t have time to piece anymore but the patience it

requires is incredible.

The outer border is composed of flying geese. I really love flying geese in the borders but

would not attempt it myself.

The center medallion area. The colors were really rich looking as well. It will

look great on Laura’s bed.

 The Backing

Have a great week and stay warm.There is another cold front moving in. Australia sounds good

right about now, they are having a heat wave.

 

I Am Back…

I am back. I have been away for a while but here I am once again.

Hopefully, everyone had a great Christmas Holiday. Mine was pretty

quiet, which was nice.

It’s been so long since I completed these quilts for customers that I can’t

remember all the details. If you are wanting information about the thread or

pattern I used, just ask me and I will go back and find out for you.

Green and pink quilt

This is a pretty cool pattern.

The backing

Pieced backs add so much interest to the backing.

A close up of the fabric used for the backing.

Christmas was coming and here is a panel that was cut up and sashing added to

look like you are looking out of a window.

Overall picture

You can see how the pieced border adds more interest as well.

The backing fabric, a nice navy blue to match the front. I used a blue polyester

thread for the top and the backing and “Swirls” for the pattern.

 

Centennial Quilt

This quilt has so much fun blocks in it. Because it is Canadian, I had to stitch “Maple Leaves”

onto the quilt.

My neighbour always says that he is “as cool as a moose.” Well, this moose says just that. I really

love this block.

And what says Canadiana more than a pair of mittens?

 

The backing

The pieced backing is neat as well. So much information and I love the provincial emblems

used too.

 

Red Cardinal Quilt

This pattern is really lovely and the fabrics used are really nice.

The Birch trees and Cardinals are really stunning. A swirl pattern was used on the

quilt top. A light grey polyester thread was used for the front and the backing.

A close up of the Cardinals.

A grey fabric was used for the backing.

A child’s quilt

The bright colors in this quilt are so cheery, which is nice for this time of the year.

“Splat” was stitched all over the quilt top. It is a fun pattern to stitch out.

The backing

Using leftover fabrics  for a pieced backing is a great way to use up fabrics from a project.

Once again,  pieced backs adds more interest to the backing. Please remember to press the

seams flat,  as the seams add more bulk that has to be stitched over by the longarm sewing

head.

Have a great week and it is good to be back.

One Week Left Before Christmas Day…

One week left until Christmas Day. I hope that doesn’t strike fear in your  heart as

you read that last sentence. I still don’t have all my shopping done or wrapped and

Christmas cards didn’t happen again this year. All of my customers’ quilts did get

finished and on time too.

There are a few more pictures from The Houston Quilt Festival, 2018. I hope that you are

not getting sick of me still talking about it. I just want to share some beautiful quilts with

you.

I love this quilt, the colors, the lady in the quilt and the stitching, of course.

But for the life of me, I can not figure out how she made this quilt.

Even the up close pictures is not helping me. I love trying to figure out

how a quilt was constructed. Any ideas?

This is quite the quilt as well. The creator hails from Japan.

A close up of the boat.

Speaking of close ups. this shows a portion of the Best of Show Quilt. Look at

all the detail and the quilting.

Jacqueline De Jonge is the designer of this quilt.

The  kids are having a blast. Brings a smile to my face every time I look at this

quilt.

Lisa Calle’s Quilt

I met Lisa at her booth at the Festival. She is very down to earth and talented.

More close ups and great texture.

Too bad I didn’t get the whole picture of this quilt. I was running around trying to

get lots of interesting shots of quilts that I liked. There were so many quilts and not

enough time to see them all.

I love these boats and the colors too.

Interesting color choices.

Again, I love the colors, the picture and the quilting.

Great colors!!

A more traditional quilt. Very intricate.

An award winning Alphabet Quilt.

Betty Busby created this colorful quilt.

More close ups.

Love the colors and the lines.

Colorful Trees

Colorful Horses

This quilt had all kinds of fabrics on it: cheesecloth, wool roving, tulle. What fun to use all

of these fibers in a quilt.

Dots

Being creative is so much fun and sometimes so simple. Dots! Who would have thought.

Love the colors.

Birch trees, far away and up close and personal.

A Japanese applique quilt. It is fun to look at all the detail in this quilt.

Darlene and I in front of her third place quilt in the Large Hand Applique Category.

I am on the left in the picture.

Have a great week.

Christmas is coming…

I’m not sure about you but Christmas is coming fast and I am kind of

panicking right about now. Not to worry though. When the big day

does finally arrive, everything is somehow done and ready to go.

Anyone out there feel the same way?

Here are some more pictures from The Houston Quilt Festival.

The Japanese quilters are so funny. They are so humble when receiving their

awards and they keep on bowing. They are so happy to be there and to win.

You can see all the detail in this quilt. Makes me wonder how someone can

actually design a quilt like this.

Japanese Quilter

Another Japanese applique quilt. The colors run in the taupe family.

The stitching is always amazing.

Bethanne Nemesh made this quilt.

She loves to draw and she designs all of the animals on her quilts and then

quilts them in. She also uses silk in her quilts as well.

Alot of texture too.

The center of the blocks, very interesting.

The name of this quilt is called”Is She Ready Yet?” All the pieces were cut by laser.

Not sure how that works but it was pretty cool to look at.

The quilter who made this quilt painted the whole  picture onto the fabric.

I would love to know who she did this.

close up

I love to see the close ups of the quilt. The stitching fascinates me.Maybe that

is why I longarm. Have a great week and don’t stress too much about what needs

to be done for Christmas Day.

More Photos From Houston…

Here are more of the photos from The Quilt Festival in Houston, in the beginning of

November.

This quilt looks like it was painted onto the fabric and then quilted. And it looks like

metallic thread to me. Very interesting.

A very abstract wall hanging.

Japanese designer

This quilt was very cute. It was so much fun looking at all the little extras on the quilt.

Teddy Bears

You have got to love the teddy bears hanging off the side of the quilt.

And there is a teddy bear hanging off the bottom of the quilt as well. Alot of hand work was

put into this quilt.

This beauty was created by several Canadian designers.It is even better up close and personal.

There was so much detail on this quilt. And I love all the straight stitching too.

You have to have a large bucket to carry essentials wherever you go, kind of like a good

purse. I grew up in Nfld and we had buckets for everything.

Have a great week.

The Countdown to Christmas…

We are in the countdown to Christmas. I hope that you are getting

everything done for the big Day.

Here are some more photos from Houston and the International

Quilt Festival

Running Shoes

I really liked these red runners.

It is interesting to see these quilts up close and personal. It helps me break down how the

quilt was made. This one looks like it was created using raw edge applique or collage. And I love

the stitching on this piece as well.

The shadows and the laces are fascinating to me.

The colors of this wallhanging  made me want to take a closer look.

I can’t imagine making such a small log cabin. The blocks below

show how small they really are.

It was so much fun being able to look at these quilts so closely. The designers

stood in front of their quilt  and you could ask them all kinds of questions about how

they made their quilt. I love being able to pick peoples’ brains.

This blue bird looked like it was  painted onto the background fabric.

The Architecture of Trees

Suzan Engler created this digital piece. I sat beside her at the Winners’ Circle meal.

The top 8 winners sit on the podium and told their story about the quilt they

created and why. It was very interesting to hear each person tell their own unique story.

Look at all that gorgeous color!

Ruby

Roxanne Nelson,a Canadian,  won one of the three Judges’ Awards with this piece.

She also won at Quilt Canada last year with this piece as well. It is great when

Canadians win, we need to show the world that we can quilt too.

I hope you enjoyed the short show. There are more photos to come but I have

limited time right now to post. Have a great week!

 

 

Taking A Break..

I have been away for the past several weeks. The first week, I needed a break from

quilting, as I was working  non stop for 2 weeks on samples for Northcott.

It was International Quilt Festival Market,  in Houston, and they needed some of their samples

done. I promise that photos will follow in the weeks to come.

I was also in Houston. last week, for  International Quilt Festival.

It was so much fun hanging out with my new friend, Darlene, from

South Carolina. And to make matters even more fun, Darlene won 3rd place

in the Large Applique Quilt Category. And guess who quilted her quilt for her?

You got it- me!

Darlene’s Quilt

Who would have guessed that blogging would actually bring two total strangers together?

Darlene and her friends were very kind in that I hung out with them at

Quilt Festival. We had so much fun, even rode on a metal bull. I will tell that story some other

time though.

This quilt is called “Hope.” The male designer was battling cancer and made this during his

struggle. It is beautiful!I It is made up of one large piece of fabric ; all the motifs pop off

the quilt due to gold thread being used. Very impressive!

A close up of the stitching.

This piece was created by a lady from Japan; the Japanese are so talented and usually win

some of the top honors at Houston and elsewhere. It is hand pieced and hand quilted.

This quilt looked very modern to me.

All that texture

The quilting is great too; so much texture, which I love.

Again, lots of  yummy texture.

All the winners are announced on the first evening of the Festival.  There is an Awards Ceremony

and all the top 9 winners are kept secret until then. After all the categories are

gone through,  the top 9 winners are announced. It becomes very tense for some of the winners,

wondering what top award they have won.

I must admit that the Aussies are a rowdy bunch. They were hooting and hollering each time an

Aussie won an award. They seem like alot of fun and very supportive of each other.

The top 8 winners receive $5,000 for their quilts and the Best of

Show, wins $12,000. What a catch that would be.

I love the circles on this quilt, even the ones stitched into the background.

This spiral ring catch my eye because it is made out of velvet. I can’t imagine working with that

material in hand applique. You have to consider the nap of the fabric and if it frays or not. I

wouldn’t want to deal with that headache,  yet it looks great here.

The berries also drew me in. I am trying to figure out what  material is being used  for the yellow

berries: wool, thread, or embroidery floss?

Any ideas?

This bug was also a  big winner and the background had me stumped. It looked like each block

was separate from the other. Very interesting.

It was alot of fun hanging out at the Festival.

Darlene and I even walked around peeking into  doorways of classrooms, trying to catch a

glimpse of all the Quilt celebrities. We were being  quiet too so we wouldn’t get in trouble. I

managed to shake Linda Taylor’s hand. Maybe some of her talent will rub off on me. Here’s

hoping-ha!

Have a great week and I will have lots more photos to come.