Wrestling a Coverlet….

This past week, I had to wrestle a coverlet in order to  quilt it. It was 140″ by 138″,

massive!

The Coverlet

This is the fabric that was used for the coverlet. Gorgeous!

Leaves

Sometimes, I am afraid to even touch this fabric. It has a nice sheen to it.

The backing on the coverlet. The simple quilting shows up nicely.

I also quilted 2 really cute baby quilts for Laura. Foxes are the theme of this baby quilt.

The fox is really cute.

The backing is really cute too, lots of foxes on it.

2nd baby quilt

‘This baby quilt is also so cute. I quilted around the animals and quilted in some

swirls in the border areas.

Even the sheep has some nice swirls in it as well.

There was some open space in the top corner so I added a star .

The backing is really cute as well.

A close up of the backing.

Hope you are staying warm and sewing lots.

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.

Hit And Miss…

Life has been so crazy around here lately that my blog posts seem to be either a hit

or a miss. I am trying to be consistent with the posts but life is getting in the way.

Here are some finishes I have managed to complete lately.

Donna’s Mini

I think Donna made this mini quilt for someone special. I really love how simple and

colorful it is. Lisa Calle comes to mind when I look at this mini.

Donna wanted feathers and it adds to the traditional feeling of this mini. I SID around all the

triangles using a monofilament thread. I also used a So Fine White 50 Weight polyester thread

for the background fills. Thin threads  create alot of texture while helping the thread itself to

disappear and be less noticeable.

A circular feather wreath was stitched into the center of the block and the feathers were

carried out into the edge of the outside border. I wanted to create interest by changing up

the style of the feather somewhat from the middle of the quilt to the outside border.

The backing

A straight line border was also stitched into the border framing the middle of the quilt.

Another good way to cause the eye to go to the middle of the quilt first. All the background

fill consisted on a small stipple or meander. The triangles received straight lines and the

center of the blocks received a circular design.

The backing shows off the texture that the quilting creates. I love the texture.

This is one of 2 mini quilts that one of my customers created. This lady is very proficient and

very precise in her piecing. She loves stippling so that is what we did on both of her

minis. I used a blue polyester thread for the top and the backing.

Even though the pictures look muddied, they are the same quilt. The flash  must have

been turned off on my camera for the latter photo.

The is what the border area looked like. I like the stripes and the bright red polka

dot binding fabric.

The backing

Here is the bright blue backing with all the stippling included.

Japanese Quilt

The same lady who made the above mini, also made this lovely Japanese style mini.

Japanese fabrics

The fabrics are gorgeous! My husband went to Japan in June. All I wanted was some

Japanese fabrics. He did manage to find some fabrics but they all looked like they

were made in the US. Later, I ordered some fabric for one of my son’s quilts, online and

from the US, which I showed you a picture of in my last post. When I looked at where

the fabrics were printed, it said “Japan.” That made me laugh alot!

More of the gorgeous fabrics.

More meandering on the quilt top. I used a light tan polyester thread on the

top and the backing.

Evelyn’s BAby Quilt

Evelyn is preparing for a baby’s arrival by making 2 baby quilts but in different color

ways.

This fabric is really cute for a baby. Evelyn chose to stitch a simple overall design onto the

quilt and it was a good choice. I used a light green polyester thread for the top and the

backing.

BAby Quilt #2

A light peach polyester thread was used on the top and backing of this baby quilt as well.

You can see how cute this fabric really is when you are up close to it.

The backing

The stitching shows up nicely on the back when you use a solid color fabric.

The backing

When you look close enough, you will see baby bottles, a rubber ducky, and pins. This was

the overall pattern sewn onto the quilt top. Very cute indeed.

Hope you are staying cool in this warm and hot weather. Have a great week.

 

 

The Heat is Here….

I am not sure where you live in the world but in Ontario, right now, it is hot. It sure

makes quilting less appealing, as I would love to be outside and basking in the

sun,  just for a little while though.

Here are some finishes from the last month or so. Maybe next week,I will show

some pics of some recent tool purchases and fabric bundles.

Baby Quilt

Evelyn is becoming very talented in the area of creating baby quilt patterns from scratch.

This is one of her creations and it is so cute!!

Yes, my cows are upside down;  I wanted to see how many of you caught that!

The backing

I love the black and white cow print. I used a light lime green polyester thread for the

top and a white for the backing. The overall design consisted of swirls. It adds some

movement to the quilt top.

Evelyn’s 2nd Baby Quilt

Evelyn was on a roll when she made this second baby quilt using the same fabrics as the one

above.

We used the same swirly pattern but switched out the thread for a grey color. Both were used

for the top and the backing.

 

Dale’s Quilt

Dale always has the most interesting quilts . She is also very fast  putting them together.

I think that I may need to take some lessons from Dale in how she manages to do this.

What do you think Dale?

A close up of the blocks that were used in the quilt top. Because this quilt felt so modern to me,

Dale chose to have straight lines stitched across the top. I think it works great. I used a

monofilament thread to SID around all the blocks.  A dark blue thread was used for the

straight line stitching.

The backing

Even the backing fabric matches the top of the quilt. Great way to use up all the fabrics

when creating a quilt.

Ruth E. made this “Trip Around The World” Quilt. It was huge!

Flying Geese Border

I love Flying Geese and Ruth made the border out of these.  It adds a nice touch to the quilt.

The central square. A small swirl was added in this block.

Swirls were added on each side of the Flying Geese. In the Geese

triangles, I did a quick swirl as well.

The backing of the quilt was a cool relaxing tan color. You can see the lines from the top.

I used a monofilament thread to go around the Flying Geese and the center blocks.  A light

tan polyester thread was used on the rest of the quilt.

I think Laura made this lovely quilt. Stars and swirls were stitched all over the top. A l ight

purple polyester thread was used for the top and the backing.

Laura’s Quilt

The backing

Please consider if you want your stitching to be noticeable on the back of your quilt. If you don’t

want the stitching to be noticeable, then use the same color as on the top. If you want the

stitching to be more noticeable, then use fabric that is a different color from the quilt top.

I know, so many choices to make.

Black & White Quilt

I can’t remember who made this quilt but it is quite eye catching.

A grey polyester thread was used for the top and the backing. Dragonflies and Hearts were

stitched all over it as well. I really love some of the graphic prints used in this quilt.

The back of the quilt.

I am linking up to The Needle and Thread Network.

Have a great week and stay cool.

 

 

 

It’s Busy….

It is Quilt Market time once again and I am working for Northcott, trying to get

some of their sample quilts completed. They have  created a new division called Figo, which

covers modern quilts. I met several of the young ladies running this division and I was really

impressed with how excited they are to be creating modern quilt designs and how warm

and friendly they were.

I will have some pictures for you next week.

Here are a few quilts that I finished a few weeks ago.

Jeanette’s Quilt

Jeanette made this huge quilt as a  part of a mystery project at Country Concessions, which is

a local quilt shop. This store holds alot of fabric and is very popular with quilters from all

over Ontario. Check it out if you get a chance.

 

The colors were very interesting, almost like a blue purple or periwinkle. “Splat” was the

name of the overall design stitched onto the quilt.

I am not quite sure why I keep taking pictures of the same blocks. Maybe deep down inside

I love this Dresden Plate alot. A white polyester Omni thread was used for the top and the

backing.

The backing is  the same color as the top but it is flannel. Makes me want to snuggle up

in the quilt already.

Flannel does a great job of showing off the texture and quilting pattern.

Baby Quilt

My Church is holding a Silent Auction and I wanted to make several baby quilts to

add to  the Auction. I bought this panel at Missouri Star Company. I liked the pink color and

thought the panel  would be appropriate for a baby girl. Digitally printed panels are sure

making strides in the quilting arena now.

I had fun stitching around all those hearts. Looking at the pattern now reminds me of a box

of chocolates, I must be hungry.

The corners looked lonely and empty so I added a hug and kiss to fill up that space. I used a

So Fine #50 thread for the top and the backing.

The backing

I love the look of the backing too.

More hearts

The fabric I used for the backing had been purchased over 13 years ago. I now have only

scraps left. It feels good to use up fabric that I have had for a long time. Then I can

buy some new fabric.

2nd Baby Quilt

I also wanted to make a baby quilt for a boy.Originally the blocks were to be used as a fabric

book but I thought the blocks would make a great baby quilt. I cut up the blocks, added some

sashing and borders and viola, a baby quilt.

A firetruck

The blocks are really adorable and I used some of the pictures on the blocks for my quilting

motifs. If you are looking for ideas for quilting something, take a look at the fabrics being used.

They may give you a hint of what to quilt or use.

A cute doggy

In the vertical sashing, I stitched in fire hydrants. I really like them alot.

Outer border

In the top and bottom borders, fire trucks were added. Again, the motifs came from the printed

fabric blocks.

The outside verticals borders were given some ladders. They were roughly stitched in but you

can tell what it is.

And the middle sashing received shovels to help all those firemen  to put out fires. I used a grey

polyester thread for the top and backing as well. I also stitched around all the motifs in each

block. It takes more time but makes all the pictures more crisp.

The backing

The backing fabric was picked up at Lens Mills and fits the firemen theme perfectly. And it was

on sale. How could I pass that up?

 

Here’s a close up of the fabric on the back.

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Stitching Along….

I have been stitching along, trying to catch up with all the quilts waiting for me.

Here are several quilts that I completed  last week.

Evelyn’s Baby Quilt

Evelyn was really brave when she made these 2 baby quilts. The day that she dropped

off these  quilts, was the day that the baby arrived. I guess that the baby had plans of its own.

Evelyn wanted to try her hand at designing her own quilts using similar fabrics but in 2 totally

different quilt patterns. Good for you Evelyn. I love seeing people try new things and become

even more creative.

The backing

Evelyn chose a fun overall pattern called “Flirtatous.” It works well for this baby quilt and adds

some movement to the quilt blocks and top.

A light tan polyester thread was used for the top of the quilt and a bright yellow polyester

thread for the backing.

Baby Quilt #2 

If you look at the previous picture, you can see some of the same fabrics used. Evelyn wanted

to use up the fabrics but create two totally different baby quilts. What a great idea! I am not

sure about you but I do get bored making the same pattern over and over. Nice to change it

up a bit. Well done Evelyn!

The backing

The same pattern was used for this quilt too. Why not? It looks great and is alot of fun.

The backing was a medium tan color so we matched the thread color to the quilt top and

backing.

Joan’s Quilt

Joan found this quilt kit in BC while she was visiting her daughter. There is an unique

quilt shop there that she loves and usually picks up a quilt kit. This was the latest one.

I used a monofilament thread to stitch around all the shapes. It saved alot of time that would

have been used for switching threads to match the color of the background fabrics.

All those interesting shapes would make a great modern quilt, in my mind anyways.

In the outside border, I stitched in leaves due to all the trees on the printed fabric. Feathers

would not have worked on this quilt top at all. Sometimes, the quilt tells you what it wants, you

just have to pay attention to all that is going on in the quilt: fabrics, prints in the fabrics, what

type of quilt it is, how it is going to be used and lots of other stuff.

 

The backing

The backing shows off the quilting nicely. I love the close up pictures because then you can see

how  lovely the fabrics really are.

The backing fabric, a nice light green color , although it doesn’t look green in this photo.

Have a great week and Happy  Belated Easter.

Linking up to The Needle and Thread Network.