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.

 

So far, so good.

In an earlier post today, I mentioned an applique quilt I was starting

to quilt.  All the ditch work is done and now the fun begins.  It is

always nice to know what you will be quilting on the top but in

this case, the quilt is silent.

Woodland creatures

Woodland creatures

I bit the bullet and started quilting anyways.  So far, this is what it

looks like.

Free motion quilting

Free motion quilting

I really like the lily pad for the frog.

Frog and his lilly pad

Frog and his lily pad

The spider web is extended a little, just for fun.

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And here is another picture.

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The one word that keeps jumping out at me is FUN. So, I think

that I will go with that theme.  I hope that the customer likes it too.

Don’t foget to check out Freshly Pieced blog-lots of interesting quilts to

see there.

Ruth

Aunt Millie’s Garden…

This is a quilt made by Lynn. The pattern is Aunt Millie’s Garden by Piece of Cake.

Lynn did a fantastic job of appliquing it and is a fast appliquer.  The fabrics are

alot of fun and I love the colors in this quilt. If you want to see the blocks close up,

just click on the picture of the block and it will open up into a larger window.

Aunt Millie's Garden Quilt

Aunt Millie’s Garden Quilt

Last month, at the Quilt Show, I had seen the exact quilt all quilted and

finished. It looked pretty impressive so I hoped that my ideas and designs

would do it justice.

After all the SID  was done, I decided to background fill all of the 12 blocks

differently. Yes, I am nuts!

Block 1

Block 1

I did a swirl but added a few clouds.

Block 2

Block 2

Feathers were stitched  all around the outside and in the middle areas

as well.  I love feathers and I think that stitching tiny feathers are alot

easier than large ones.

Block 3

Block 3

A tight swirl design was used here.

Block 4

Block 4

Don’t you just love the funky flowers in this block? I didn’t want to use

too many straight lines as fills so I decided to try a flame design instead.

It kind of looks like wood grain to me.

Block 5

Block 5

I was running out of ideas so I used an old stand by for a background fill:

meandering.

Block 6

Block 6

Love the colors in this block. I even tried several background fills that I

thought of.  This is one of them.  I call it a “pumpkin seed.”  Real creative,

eh? But this is what it looks like to me-an oval shape on top and a point

on the bottom and then an echo all around it.  Each “pumpkin seed” is

nestled to the preceding one so it looks kind of cool.  What do you think?

Block 7

Block 7

I was getting to the end of the quilt and trying to come up with some more

background fills.  What is an applique quilt without some echoing on it?  That

is what this one is all about.

Block 8

Block 8

Again, I love the colors and flowers in this block. I stitched another

swirl design but made it much bigger and not so tight together.

Block 9

Block 9 

Swirls were used again but I added feathers on the circular part of the design.

Amazing how many ways a person can use swirls.

Block 10

Block 10

McTavishing was stitched in this block.   It’s an “S” shape that is

repeated over and over again, all over the block.

Block 11

Block 11

Pebbles were stitched all over the background of this block.

I love pebbles;  Never seem to get tired of them.

Block 12

Block 12

The last block has tiny leaves sitched all over it.  They are nestled pretty close

together and I think it makes a neat design.  This is the other design that I came up

with and I think that I may use it again in the future.

Now, for the borders.  I decided to stitch a swirl design on the outside of the border.

Border area

Border area

Who can resist feathers on an applique quilt?

As I mentioned earlier, the other quilt had feathers running along the vine.  Rose had

quilted it so I thought I would use the same idea. Thanks Rose.

On the inside of the border, I used 2 different fills-pebbles and the “Pumpkin Seed” fill.

Border area

Border area

I think that it breaks up the border somewhat and adds more interest to the

border area.

Border area

Border area

What do you think?

I used a cotton light cream thread on the top and backing for all

the SID work.  Then I switched over to a light cream thread that is

about the size of one hair strand.  It is quite fine but doesn’t add

alot of thread build up when all the background fills are done.

I think that I did the quilt justice.

Have a good week.

A Quilt Show-Part 2

As promised, here are the rest of the pictures I took at the Quilt Show, a few weeks ago.

Applique quilts seemed to be very popular this year.

Aunt Millie's Garden

Aunt Millie’s Garden  

Kerri from “Simple Bird Applique” is the creator of this lovely quilt.

Another applique quilt

Another applique quilt

Here is another beautiful applique quilt.

Woodland Creatures

Woodland Creatures

Mary Makham is the designer of this quilt.  She is a Canadian designer too.

Celtic Quilt

Celtic Quilt

Changing gears a bit here.  I think this is a “Celtic Quilt.”

Pieced Quilt

Pieced Quilt

Here is a beautifil pieced quilt.  Look at all the tiny pieces!

There were even a few hand embroidered quilts.  These seem to be

gaining in popularity.

Hand embroidered quilt

Hand embroidered quilt

This quilt is quite adorable.

Goodnight farm animals

Goodnight farm animals

I think any child would love this farm animal quilt.

Blue work embroidery

This is another pieced quilt with a blue and white color scheme.

Modern Quilt

Modern Quilt

This quilt reminds me of a modern theme quilt.  What do you think?

Falling leaves

Falling leaves

What would a Fall Quilt Show be without a Fall quilt?

Chevron Quilt

Chevron Quilt

Pieced quilt

Pieced quilt

Interesting layout for  a Log Cabin block.

Circles

Circles

Lots and lots of circles.

A Star Quilt

A Star Quilt

A nice star quilt.  I like the colors in this one.

Another Star quilt

Another Star quilt

Interlocking design

Interlocking design

This quilt looks very challenging and has got me thinking about

the construction of this piece.

Pieced Quilt

Pieced Quilt

3D Quilt

3D Quilt

I like the 3D effect of this quilt.

Pink wallhanging

Pink wallhanging

Are you tired of looking at quilts yet?

Funky Quilt

Funky Quilt

Toucan Quilt

Toucan Quilt

And that’s all folks! Hope you enjoyed the show.  See you next week.