I’m Back….

I apologize for not blogging for the past 5-6 weeks but I am back now.

It has been a rough summer dealing with family issues.  I am glad that

it is now over and life is somewhat returning to normal.

The quilts shown below were all finished before the beginning of the summer

and again, I can not remember who owns what quilt. So, sit back and enjoy

the show.

This was a large quilt. It is one of many I have completed for my clients this

year. It was a popular mystery quilt that was held at Country Concessions,

a local quilt shop in the area.

I love the color of the blues in this top. You can see that there are many

different blocks;  great for practicing your 1/4″ seam allowance accuracy.

 

The white border

In the white border, my client wanted feathers. As usual, I wanted to dress them up

a little bit so I added the swirl inside of each feather.

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I love feathers and nothing says traditional like feathers. I used a white polyester

thread, So Fine, in the outer white border.

The outer border

The outer border is gorgeous! I love the pieced borders but it does take alot of time

to make these. It is well worth the time and effort though.

Another block

I thought that I would throw in one more block for you. I forgot the backing but we can

manage. An overall design was stitched onto the top but that has slipped my mind as well.

I thought I would shake things up a bit by showing the backing first. Yes, I am living

on the edge.

I love all the sailboats on the fabric on the back.

Arlene made this quilt for one of her grandsons. I think that he is going to love it.

The kit came from Connecting Threads, an online fabric store. They also have great

sales too. The only problem I notice when buying online is that you can not tell

the exact color of the fabric you are purchasing until it arrives at your house and

then you are stuck with it. Something to think about before ordering online.

The anchor and stars are so cute.

The lighthouse is adorable as well. I used a white polyester thread for the top and

a navy blue polyester thread for the backing. Waves were stitched all over the quilt top.

Sailboat Quilt

I hope that you enjoyed this mini quilt show. Enjoy the nice weather.

 

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.

Have a great week and check out The Needle and Thread Network.

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.

 

A Short Post…

Looking at my pictures and quilts from last week, this may be a short

post. I do hope you enjoy the pictures and thanks for checking out my blog.

Bernice made this quilt and was quite excited to pick it up and show

her friends. I can not imagine how long it took her to piece this quilt.

Because I finish so many peoples’ quilts, I do not get much time to

piece my own  quilts, so I am beginning to appreciate even more

all the time and hard work that goes into making a quilt.

Bernice chose a cream polyester thread for the top and the backing.

“Flirtatious” is the name of overall design stitched onto the quilt.

The backing.

Again, a solid colored backing always shows off the quilting beautifully.

The Quilting Design

Joann made this beauty. I was really impressed with how perfect the borders

were on this quilt.

 

Joann’s Quilt

This was a $10 Quilt at a local Quilt Shop, in the area, Country Concessions. They

have alot of bolts of fabric and all arranged by colors. It is always a treat to go

there and just look at the fabric ( I am dreaming when I say that).

Joann picked a light blue So Fine polyester thread for the top and the backing.

Stars were stitched all over the quilt;  a design by Lisa Calle.

The backing

The backing is a beautiful deep blue color. I love it! When using a print for

the backing, it is more difficult to see the quilting. It all comes down to

personal preference.

Earlier in the year, I took an online class with Katie Pasquini Masopust.

Yes, that is a mouthful. She is quite the abstract artist and I love some of

her work.   It really surprises me that I like this art type.

This is my attempt at my first abstract art piece. The picture

is a bit dark, so I apologize for that.

Here is a close up view of another area of the piece. Hopefully, I will

get it quilted up this week and bound. Maybe I will show you

the finished piece next week.

Have a great week and check out a Canadian site called

The Needle and Thread Network.

 

 

 

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!