Almost there…

Isn’t this quilt gorgeous?  To me, it is a work of art.

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Although this quilt is not an exact replica of the one I have

on my frame, it is not far off. There are only 2 blocks that differ

between the two. This one was quilted last summer.

Darlene, has been patiently waiting for her quilt and I am

almost there. I finished all the background fills for the 16

blocks yesterday; today I worked on the border.

After 4 hours of quilting, I only had  1 border completed.

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This block has 2 feathers quilted at the base of the vase.  I filled

in the feathers using Judi Madsen’s style.  Once again, the pebbles

around the outside of the block looks quite classy, to me.

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A double teardrop was used in this background fill. They

are actually quite small. This quilt seemed to have a

mind of its own, in that all the motifs seemed to stitch

out on the small side.

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Swirls were used in this block. I tried to use a different

background fill in each of the 16 blocks. It makes it more

challenging and fun for me.

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I decided to try a different fill here. It is a half circle that is echoed

2-3 times.  It is a more modern fill but I think that it looks ok.

What do you think?

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The top of the same block. I know that some of the pictures

are a bit yellow. I have 2 different lights above my frame and

now I think that I have to get more Daylight LED lights. I have

some LED lights but they are the soft light. It does make a

difference when I stitch and take photos.

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I decided to quilt in some circles here.  A thin cream

polyester thread is used for the stitching because it doesn’t

create alot of thread build up, only texture.  And I love

texture!!!

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Cindy Needham has alot of background fills that I love, love,

love. This one is made up of scallops and then filled in with

small lines.

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More texture.  I think that this background fill may be

my favorite of the whole quilt. Basically, I marked a  diagonal

grid on the block. Stitched in lines around each edge and then

scribbled in the center so that the lines pop off the block.

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Another pictures of the same block. Do you see how 3D the

rose bud looks, in the upper left hand corner? Gorgeous!!

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All I can see in this photo is feathers. I  threw in alot

of these, all over the quilt.

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Again, this blocks looks similar to the one above but the

scribbling has not been added.

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Do you see the 3D rosebuds?  They are gorgeous and

are just popping off the block. I had to be careful going

around these because my foot kept getting caught on them.

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MctAvishing was used for this background fill. I love the

texture it creates but it does take alot of time to quilt out.

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The mighty eagle, he received a tight miniature stipple.

It really makes everything pop. I must add that I used

2 layers of batting for this quilt too.

The top batting was wool and the one beneath it was

80/20 Hobbs.  Using 2 layers can be tricky but the

rewards are well worth it.

 

I hoped you enjoyed your tour of the 16 blocks. I can’t

wait until Darlene sees it. Pictures really don’t do

justice to the quilt.

Have a great week. Happy Valentine’s Day too.

 

 

Friends of Baltimore-Part 1

This past week, I have been volunteering with the Barrie Fair; thus the reason

for this late entry.

All summer I have been working on this gorgeous quilt made by Kerry Burke,

over at Simple Bird Applique and designed by Sue Garman.

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I finally finished it this past week. Kerry hasn’t seen it yet, as she is picking it

up today.  Due to this fact, I will only show you several pictures that she

has seen and the backing.

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There are 16 blocks in the entire quilt and 4 borders, all of which

has been hand appliqued. Being OCD, I decided to quilt a

different design and background fill in each block.

In this block, I tried my hand at cross hatching,  in minature form.

I marked the lines with a pink air soluble pen and marked the lines

with a stencil.

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In this block, I mashed down (yes, it is a technical term) the background

and stitched in some feathers around the leaf vine for some added interest.

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Because this block has an anchor in it, I added rope around it for

added interest. A mariner’s compass (large version) was added

as well. I used McTavishing on the outside of the rope.

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The vase looks pretty ornate so feathers were screaming at me plus

Kerry wanted them too, so it was an easy choice for this block.

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Here you can see the outer appliqued border too. I pulled 3-4 different

motifs from various background fills and placed them strategically

all over the border-just kidding!!

My daughter asked me: “Mom, how do you know where to  stitch

stuff?”

My answer: ” I stitch a design in an area, when I get bored with it,

I switch and  stitch in something else.” I get bored alot.

How is that for being technical?

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I love the sailboat. What is a boat without waves?  The boat

received tons of waves, on the bottom and  all around the border

and bottom of the block.

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This basket is 3D. You’ll have to take my word for it until next

week. The outside edge of the basket is braided!! It is really neat. And

I was surprised that I could stitch right up to the edge of it.

Kerry is an amazing appliquer. All the intersections of fabric and turned

down corners were flat.  No ridges at all. That is music to my ears

because the hopping foot on my longarm didn’t get caught on those

corners or bumps at all.

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This bird has beautiful feathers and lives amidst a bunch of berrries. So I

quilted in a background fill that looks like seeds, in my mind anyways.

The block reminded me of Fall so that is why I chose seeds.

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This is the outer border. Each border has 3 different vases in it. I’m

beginning to think that I am not the only one who is OCD here (sorry Kerry).

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Did I mention that I also SID around all of the applique pieces?

I  used 2 layers of batting: top layer-wool and the bottom-a blend

of cotton and polyester (80/20). It adds alot of loft and puff to the

applique pieces and the background fills.

I used a monofilament thread for all the SID because you don’t have to

keep changing thread colors and if you make a mistake ( and accidentally

quilt on the applique piece)you can’t really see it that much so you don’t

have to pick it out and fix that loose stitch on the back.  Yeah!!

Win -win all way round.

Next week I won’t be posting but I will show you the colored

pictures after that. This quilt is a work of love and art.

Have a great week!

 

Pumpkins anyone?

 

What better time to work on a fall themed quilt than on a cold

winter’s day?

Shirley made this next quilt as a BOM. Buggy Barn is the

designer of this pattern “Farm Fresh.”

How can  you not love what designs  they create?

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I think that the pumpkins are my most favorite part of this

quilt. The quilting lines really make the pumpkins come to

life.

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I love the Canadian flags in the flower pot too. I am unsure

if Shirley designed these herself or if they came with the

pattern.

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The flowers in this pot are so cute too. I love the whole thing and

may just have to make one for myself.

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Here is what  the watering can and stool look like. It was alot

of fun trying to come up with whimsical designs for each

element of the quilt. Shirley also wanted the background to

be filled with meandering or stippling.

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In the border area, I stitched in several more sunflowers. It

really does add a nice touch and gives the viewer something

else to look at. I used a polyester thread for the top and

backing.

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Here is the stem of the sunflowers in the border.  The thread color

was matched to whatever color was on the top.

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The back looks like an entirely different quilt. The backing

is a dark blue batik and the thread shows up beautifully.

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The vase of flowers on the back.

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Pumpkins anyone?

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The watering can, the stool and another vase of flowers.

What a great job Shirley did making this quilt.

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Have a great week.

Around The World Blog Tour-Pt 2

Once again, I would like to thank Kerry, at Simple Bird Applique,

for the invitation to participate in this Around The World Blog Tour.

She does incredible  applique and is quite quick about it as well.

I have to answer 4 questions in this post, so let’s begin.

 

1. What am I working on?

Good question. I seem to have a few UFO’s lying around but this

one is at the forefront. This pattern was designed by Roxane

at Scrap, Quilt, Stitch.

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It is an adorable pattern and I joined up for the BOM.

Thus far, I have only 2 blocks done.

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I found thin white suede at The Dollar Store and it makes

a great pole for the umbrella, as well as chair legs for the

chair. I learned this trick from Kerry, at Simple Bird Applique.

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I recently finished this quilt for Isabel. She hasn’t

even seen it yet. Because it is such a traditional

pattern, I had to quilt feathers on it.

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Feathers really show up in this photo.

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This fall I was asked by Patti Carey, of Northcott,

to quilt 5 pieces for her upcoming show in Houston.

What an honor! This was my favorite Quilt of Valor

that I quilted.  The color in this quilt was stunning!

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I was really surprised that I liked the orange and

cream in this table runner too.

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Carol made this quilt. What an intricate design and the

stitching on the backing looked great too.

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I am beginning to realize that I love the texture that

the quilting creates on the backing. It has only taken

me 10 years to figure this out.

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My first modern quilt.  It went together quickly but

the quilting took a bit longer than I had anticipated.

All the open space does take a long time to fill in

with quilting.

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This is Lily of Rosenberry, designed by Sue Garman.

There are over 1,000 berries on this quilt. Yes, I am

crazy! And it took over 60 to quilt it up. Desley,

at Addicted To Quilts,  gave me permission to use

her quilting design for the quilting.

And who can resist fabric postcards?  I first discovered

fabric postcards on Monika’s blog, at My Sweet Prairie.

This one did take a bit of time due to all the thread

sketching and painting on it.

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This is a photo I took of hay bales in a farmer’s field.

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And here is my fabric postcard I made.

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2. What makes my work different from others?

I think my work naturally differs from others because

I have different likes and dislikes than others. I am

an unique individual and that makes me differ from

others and what I create different from others.

 

3. Why do I create?

I create out of trying to remain sane while taking care

of my family and home. I also create because I enjoy it.

 

4. How do I create?

Depending on what I am creating, whether a large

quilt or an art quilt, this will dictate how I make the

piece. A few years back, I made a Judy Niemeyer quilt.

Because her patterns are so complicated and precise, the

only way to make it was by paper piecing. That cured me

of paper piecing too, by the way. So, it depends on what

I am making. Kind of an elusive answer, don’t you think?

Sometimes I get frustrated with myself because I like so

may varied types of quilting. Maybe if I narrowed it down

to one or two I could be more proficient.  But then again,

I get bored easily (I know , I am a little OCD) so variety

keeps me interested.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out

Lorette at Spruce It Up Quilting. She is next on  The

World Blog Tour. I met her online and she has recently

opened up a quilt store in New Brunswick.  Distance

seems to be no boundary for the Web.

 

 

 

Lily is done-the quilting that is.

full view

full view

Here is the completed Lily-all quilted up.  I apologize for not getting

a full shot of the quilt but its large size-89 x 89- didn’t help.

Pebbling-close up.

Pebbling-close up.

Here is a close up of the pebbling on the quilt.  Most of the

pebbling was quilted in the middle of the quilt, between all of the

16 blocks.

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This is a shot of the outside of the border.  The swags really liven

up the outside border area.

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The back is always interesting and so textural.  I love looking at the back to see

how the quilting looks as well.  This quilt is being entered into a juried show but

I am really unsure if it will do anything.  When I bought the backing, I forgot that

the front was a cream color and I ordered a white backing.  I remembered when I

put it on the frame but it had to be quilted so I kept the backing white.  One mistake

I will not forget next time.

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It is a good thing that we learn from our mistakes, especially silly ones.

 

Corner border area

Corner border area

Here is the outside corner area, with its cross hatching and feathers.

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This is what the swags look like on the back of the quilt. I think that I have

to email Sue GArman-the designer-and show her what her design looks like in

green and pink colors.

Forever Blooming-my new applique quilt.

Forever Blooming-my new applique quilt.

This is my new applique quilt that I will be working on for the next year.

A light yellow fabric is my background color of choice, so I hope that it will

look ok when completed.

This is a Pearl Pereira BOM this year.  You should check it out on her website,

p3designs.com.

I am also linking up to Freshly Pieced.

 

Ruth