Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day to all the Canadian bloggers out there.

I was thinking about why I like Canada so much and here are a few items.

Freedom, maple syrup, lots of open space, lobster, salmon, trees,

and beautiful scenery. Sad how alot of what I mentioned revolves around food.

Oh, I forgot the great fabric stores all across Canada as well.

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Happy Canada Day!

This was a fabric postcard I made last year for an exchange, but

it was stolen in the mail.  Someone was overly patriotic last year.

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Here are a few of the quilts that I have finished lately.  This quilt was made by

some ladies at a local quilt store, Country Concessions. One of the ladies has

cancer and her co-workers decided to make her a quilt.

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She loves butterflies and the color purple so both were combined. What a

kind and thoughtful idea.

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3D butterfly

A 3D butterfly. I couldn’t quilt over it so I went around it. I used a white polyester

thread for the top and backing. A butterfly panto was used as well.

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The butterfly quilt

Each person used the same fabrics but created their own unique block

that revolved around the butterfly theme.

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I think this was my favorite  block of the whole quilt. You have got to

love the butterfly bra.  I need to get one of these.

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Here is the entire quilt. It is interesting that the back was made of

minky. I was a bit nervous putting it on the frame because I thought that

it would stretch like crazy.

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It didn’t stretch as bad as I thought that it would. One interesting

occurence though was that the minky fibers came through to the front of the

quilt. I had used a white thread on the backing and you couldn’t even see the

white thread  but the purple fibers came through to the front. So, I adjusted

my top tension by  loosening it alot. It did help somewhat but I had to take

a needle and push the  fibers back through the stitching holes. There was only

one really bad spot anyways so it all worked out in the end.

The recepient loved the quilt so that is all that really matters.

It was beautiful and I love the minky on the back. I think that I will have to put it

on a few of my baby quilts.

Have you ever worked with minky? Let me know what you think about it.

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Kay’s Quilt

This is Kay’s quilt. She is quite the piecer, perfectly straight borders and

no ruffles anywhere.

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Kay wanted to used Celtic Vine for the panto design and we used a light cream

polyester thread for the top and the backing.

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I think it turned out beautifully.

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Back of Kay’s quilt

The backing is gorgeous with all the texture from the quilting.

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I think the texture is what makes my heart flutter.

Here is the latest completed block from the Oceans BOM,

over Quilt Art Designs.

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June block of Oceans BOM

Can you guess what animals these are?

Have a great Canada DAy!

Playing Catch Up

School is quickly coming to an end and I am trying to play catch up with all

my customers’ quilts. Here are a few of the latest that I have completed.

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Dorothy brought me 3 cute baby quilts. How can you not love this pattern?

Her daughter gave her this pattern for Christmas from Fabricland. Can you

believe that they have such cute patterns!

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swirls

She wanted some custom quilting and I couldn’t resist swirls in the blocks

beside the numbers.  They do stitch up fast because there is no marking involved.

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This monkey is the cutest. I gave him some leaves to hang around in.

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

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Here’s another monkey that is fooling around too. On the outside border,

I stitched in more leaves as well.

The backing is a solid cream flannel which shows up the stitching beautifully.

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Here is baby quilt #2- elephants.

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Elephant Quilt

 

I love the fabrics in this quilt.  I  followed the space between the

flowers on the top and bottom borders. It almost looks like cross

hatching but not quite. We can call it modern cross hatching.

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In the block section, I quilted  diagonal lines, for interest. They were

fairly quick to stitch out as well. In the small inner border, I stitched

2 lines- 1/2″ apart and then added the squiggly lines later.

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The backing of this quilt was a piece of yellow fleece. I must warn you to be

careful of how tight you roll this on the frame, because it stretches so much.

When I took this quilt off the frame, the grey background, behind the elephants

really puffed up. It bothered me so much, that I put it back on the frame and

quilted the elephants down, by going around the circles on the print.  And in

the background, I stippled the whole thing so that it  wouldn’t puff up either.

The stitching shows up beautifully on the back.

Quilt # 3-ducks.

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I love the ducks in this quilt-especially the one in the middle.

I wanted to stitch a different design in this quilt so I changed up the design in the

pieced blocks.  I marked the middle of the block and stitched a diagonal line. It

makes the stitching look very modern.

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In the yellow floral section, I stitched 2 diagonal lines instead of  1 line.

In the middle of the quilt, I stitched puddles and water for the ducks. I hope

the recipient doesn’t mind the fact that it is raining on her quilt. Ducks love

water so what better design than rain?

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It does look very different from the stitching on the elephant quilt. In the small

grey border, I did gentle wavy lines.

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Back of the Duck Quilt

The backing is also yellow fleece. The stitching does show beautifully

on the backing.

I even managed to complete a block for my BOM Oceans quilt.

This month the block consists of Emperor Penguins.

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I am so excited that I finished the block on time.  Now,  I am only

2 blocks behind. I may actually catch up. This is one reason why

I don’t like BOM programs. However, I do love the idea of

being able to work on a new block each month. It gives me

something to look forward to.

What are your thoughts about BOM’s?

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Don’t you just love the baby penguin? Now, I have to go and make

some dolphins.

Have a great week.

 

 

Spring Chick, anyone?

This is a block that was designed by Janeen, over at Quiltartblogspot.com.

I have never really been a fan of paper piecing. This year I felt

like sewing  something different so this is filling that niche.

I am surprised at how  long it took to create this cute little bird.

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Janeen needed some help creating some of the blocks she has

designed for an upcoming magazine article. She publishes a

magazine called qadpublishingblogspot.com.

This little spring chick is for the March/April edition.

The pattern can be bought on her Craftsy store.

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This is a quilt that Laurie created for a friend of hers. It is so

neat to see how a simple pattern can really make a nice design

and quilt.

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Here is a closer view of the individual block itself. It consists of

4 squares that are cut up and randomly moved around. Each square

has the same layout but the different fabrics will take a different

spot ineach of the blocks.

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The fabric itself is pretty rich looking as well. Carol decided

that she wanted a fairly simple panto on the quilt top. She chose

“Celtic Braid.”  The thread used was a  white polyester thread,

used on the top and the backing.

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I really like the medallion in the middle of this square. It

would make a nice motif for sititching. I know, I have

issues.

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Here is the backing. It is a white color and shows the quilting

beautifully.

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A close up of the stitching on the backing.

Here is a teaser for you for next week. Linda

created this amazing BOM quilt at a local Quilt Shop

in the area, Country Concessions. Next week, I will give

you some more pictures of it. It is now finished and

done.  Stay warm.

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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.