Aunt Green’s Quilt Is Completed…

Darlene sent me this beauty to quilt for her.

Aunt Green’s Garden Quilt

It took several weeks to complete but it is done now. Yipee! It will be on its way

home tomorrow.

Here are a few pictures for you to enjoy. Darlene hasn’t seen it yet, in person so

I do hope that she likes what I have done.

Before I even put one stitch into a quilt like this, I have to come up with a game plan

of how I am going to quilt  it. Usually I spend several days drawing designs and

coming up with something that I  like and is doable.

The outside border area;  feathers is always a good choice for traditional applique designs.

The backing

The backing on this quilt matches the front and it is a solid color. The back shows off

the quilting beautifully and it almost looks like a wholecloth quilt.

Center area

Here you can see the center of the quilt with its basket.

More of the florals on the front of the quilt. I chose to use a background fill that incorporated

some of the elements from other areas in the quilt.

The loopy border

In this area, I used feathers as well but stitched them in a different way. This adds interest

to the quilt.

More flowers

On my frame

This shot shows you what I look at while I am working on the quilt when it is on my frame.

Sometimes the quilt top reminds me of a blank canvas before the painter begins to paint.

It can be intimidating but you have  to push yourself and begin. It does get easier with

practice.

Aunt Green’s Quilt

The finishes quilt, in all its glory. Well done Darlene!  It took her 2 years to complete but

what a beauty.

Have a good week and I am linking up to The Needle and Thread Network.

My Ode to Florida

 

Florida has been on my mind lately, as I am sure that it has been with everyone.

Connie is from Florida and sent me her quilt, called “Rowdy Library” quilt

this past spring.

It was completed and sent home to Florida but Connie didn’t see it until this

past week. With all the weather tantrums occurring, she was concerned, and so

was I, about the condition of it when she got home.

I know and understand how important people are and I constantly have

Florida in my prayers;  yet I was also thinking about this quilt. Wondering

if it had made it through the Hurricane as well.

Connie contacted me this past week and let me know that it was ok. A huge

sigh of relief on both of our parts. I also want to mention that Connie is

a nurse and has been out helping people who are needing help in

areas around her home. Thanks for being so kind and helpful Connie.

As you can see by Connie’s quilt, there is alot of detail in this quilt. And the

colors, fabrics and applique are outstanding. I so enjoyed just looking at this

quilt while I was working on it.

When I begin a quilt like this, I use a monofilament thread and SID around all

the applique shapes. Yes, it does take a long time but it is well worth the effort

in that it helps to hold everything down and nothing shifts, most of the time.

I also used 2 layers of batting:  Hobb’s wool batting on the top, next to the

quilt top and a 80/20 cotton batting under that. This combination gives

tons of loft and makes all the applique and quilting ‘puff” up even more.

There is some shifting sometimes, but most times, if you do stabilize the

quilt, it works out in the end.

After all the SID is done, then the fun begins. Even before I begin stitching,

I like to have a road map of what I am going to quilt  on the top. This

can take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours, depending on what

type, size,and budget that I have. This is both fun and mind boggling sometimes.

When the design is done, I can begin the stitching. If I am unsure of an area, I

usually work on what I know I want to do. In this case. lots of straight lines and

swirls.

The back of the quilt. Here you can see the stitching more. I also used

cream Bottom LIne thread for the background fills, on both the front of

the quilt and on the backing as well. It helps using the same thread

color so you don’t have to worry so much about tension issues.

A thin thread such as Bottom LIne gives a lot of texture without the

thread build up.

I had a lot of fun adding texture to this quilt. As I mentioned

before, this is my Ode to Florida, after all that they have been

through. I also wanted to show this quilt all on its own, as you

have been getting bits and pieces along this quilt’s completion.

Now, you can enjoy the full show in one blog post.

More texture and sunlight.

I had alot of fun with this quilt. Thanks Connie for

your quilt and all the help you are giving to people at

home. We are  praying for you all.

 

 

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.

 

The Quilt That Keeps Giving…

This past week has been interesting once again.

I am sure that you remember this quilt, made by

Darlene Donohue, from South Carolina. Well, she

got an email this past week asking her for permission

for her quilt to be in the 2018 AQS Calendar. Yup, this is

the quilt that keeps on giving.

Way, to go Darlene!!

Besides this news, I am working away on Connie’s quilt.

It is a real beauty and I will have lots of pictures when it

is finished. Here are a few of what I have completed thus

far.

Lots of grid work and mashing down of the fabric. Using 2

battings also helps the fabric to puff up and give loft to

the less quilted areas. It almost looks like trapunto but

less time consuming than the traditional way of

stuffing areas and cutting off the excess batting.

4 of the 9 blocks have  alot of piecing in them. But it works well for

grid work.

Again, you can see that I have also inserted a circle in one

part of the pieced block.  Mainly to add interest and I am

becoming a little more brave with dividing up this large

space instead of just quilting around all those squares.

Here are my carrots. This was the stage I was at a few weeks ago.

I am really enjoying this color challenge and am hoping to have

it all completed by the end of the summer. That is the plan for now.

This is my new and improved “Yellow ” section. I know it looks like a lot

of green but when you look at Joan Wolfrom’s Color Tool, there is alot

of green when grey and black are added to the color yellow.

If you have noticed all the dots in the picture, these dots are really

pins that are holding the fabrics together. Susan Carlson’s

fabric collage technique is how I am creating this piece.

Eventually, all the fabrics will have to be glued down and then

quilted.

Carrots

Here is where I am currently at. I have to find some time this week to

complete this “Red” section. Again, this color tool has alot of pink  in

the color red.  I am learning so much about color and  am thoroughly

enjoying this exercise.  Hopefully, there will be more pictures and

progress for next week. What do you think thus far?

Enjoy your week. Check out the Needle and Thread Network 

as well.

 

Almost finished…

Lily of Rosenberry

Lily of Rosenberry

This is the third week in  a row I have been working on Lily of Rosenberry.

If you are getting tired of looking at it, I quite understand.  I am hoping that I will

complete it tomorrow.  Only 1 hour or so left of McTavishing to go.

I think that I have spent 50 hours on this quilt.  This may

be the longest time I have spent on any one quilt.

 

 

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Here is a close up of the pebbling I quilted in the middle section.

Besides feathers, pebbles are one of my favorite background fills too.

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The outer border consists of 16 swags.  This is one of the swags-feathers and

pebbles fill in the inner section.

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More pebbles in the border swag area.

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Thought that you might like to see what I see when I am quilting

an area.  It looks pretty bleak but the quilting brings it to life.

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Another corner swag area that is awaiting McTavishing.

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The swirly area is the McTavishing.  Basically, it is an “S”

shape that is repeated over and over.  The change in direction is

what gives the stitching movement.

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One of the pink flowers in the central blocks.  Pink and  lime

green were the colors I chose for this quilt.  Very daring, I think.

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Here are some of the berries on the quilt.  This quilt has a mere

1,004 of these berrries.  Yes, I am crazy.

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The corner swags were given feathers and some cross-hatching.

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Another outside swag shot.

 

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More berries with McTavishing.

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This is what the outside of the border looks like.

Swags were stitched in the area around the central 16 blocks.

It helps to divide up the border and the 2 different fills: pebbles and

McTavishing.  It also repeats the swags in the border area.  Due to the

2 layers of batting used: a wool and an 80/20 cotton, the swags puff up

nicely.  Even the berries are puffy too.

This quilt has certainly tested my patience but now that I am almost done,

I think that I will miss working on it.

I am linking up the Freshly Pieced.

 

 

Introducing Lily of Rosenberry…

 

For approximately 2 years, I have been working on this applique quilt,

designed by Sue Garman.  And 2 weeks ago, I finished appliquing it.

Now, it is on my frame and being quilted.

Lily of Rosenberry

Lily of Rosenberry

Here is some eye candy for you to have a peek at. I have spent about

20 hours on this quilt so far.  All the SID is done, the border is just

about finished and all that is left is the background fill.  I am beginning to

get a bit excited because I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

 

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This is a section of the outside border.  Desley, over at Addicted to

Quilts, gave me  permission to use her quilting design for this quilt.

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This grouping of vases really is a good place for feathers.

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Another picture of the outside border area.

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There are swags on the outside border area and once again, feathers

enhance it nicely.

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You can see the whole border area here.  The entire quilt measures 89 X 89, so

it is quite large. It took me 8 hours just to mark it!

 

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Another section of the border area-yes, feathers. I think they make the

border area look great.

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The corner area of the border.  The curved cross-hatching breaks up the area

nicely but doesn’t over take it.

I used a polyester cream thread for all the SID work, both on the top and in the bobbin.

For the background fill, I am using a thin cream thread in the top and bobbin as well.

I like a thin thread when doing alot of pebbling  for the background fill.

Because this quilt is nearly completed, I have a new dilemna.  What shall I do next?

I will let you know next week.

What new projects are you beginning?

I am linking up with Freshly Pieced as well.

‘Happy Easter.

Ruth

IPM Quilt-part 2

 

As promised, I do have pictures of the completed IPM Quilt from last week.

This is what I am currently working on.  My “Add Media” button is acting up

so this is why my unfinished pictures are at the top of this post.

I will introduce Lily of Rosenberry to you.  Sue Garman is the designer of this

applique pattern.  It has taken me 2 years to get to this stage and today I am

drafting a pattern for the quilting.  The design comes from Desley over at

Addicted to Quilts.  She is from Australia and I do have her permission to

use her design to quilt this quilt.

Lily of Rosenberry

Lily of Rosenberry

 

Drafting a design

Drafting a design

Using a pencil, eraser and paper to design the corner area.

The corner block

The corner block 

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Here is the outside area of the corner-yes, more feathers.  They  look

great with just about everything.

And here are the remaining blocks from the IPM Quilt I was working

on last week.

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I love the feathers in this block.

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This sashing area is cream but I quilted it in the same manner as the

pinky peach areas.

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Don’t you just love feathers?

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Stippling is the name of the game in this block.  I decided to quilt

it a little different-no feathers here at all.

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I love how the block is divided up and adds a little more interest.

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More feathers.

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The straight lines in the pinky peach star section really emphazies

the star shape.

I am linking up to Freshly Pieced.

Hoping to have a good experience using 2 battings on the Lily of Rosenberry.

This should prove to be interesting, to say the least.

Have a good week.