Going Back…

It’s a good thing that my husband is retired because March Break turned out to be

extremely busy. My daughter is in HIgh School and wanted to check out some

universities in the area. McMaster and Lauriantan University were on the agenda and

I tagged along for the trip to Sudbury.

Now life has settled down, I am back at work and trying to catch up on my

photos for this blog. These quilts were completed in the summer so I am going

back a few months. Nonetheless, everyone seems to enjoy a  good Quilt Show.

Eva’s Quilt

I have two  good friends who are very talented hand embroiderers, Eva being one of them.

This is one of two  hand embroidered quilts that she made.

The colors are very soothing and Eva even hand quilted it as well. Did I mention that

she is also very talented in this area as well?

The backing

I love pieced backings. They add so much more interest to the back  of the quilt and you

feel as if you are getting two  quilts for the price of one.

Eva’s 2nd Quilt

This is another hand embroidered quilt. Crabapple HIll is the designer and I really like

the patterns that they create.

Eva also created this beauty. Does she ever sleep?

This quilt is hand quilted as well.

You can see her  evenly spaced stitches on the back of the quilt.

The colors are really soothing in this quilt. Do you find that certain

colors draw you to a quilt and make you want to buy the pattern?

Swirls were stitched all over the quilt top. I love  helping

people finish their quilts so they can be used instead of

sitting in a box or drawer somewhere, waiting to be finished.

And yes, I have quilts  in a box, waiting to be finished too.

I love this light blue backing fabric. I am wanting to start a miniature

Wedding Ring Quilt and I couldn’t decide on the colors. I think that I

just found my colors.

This quilt is very graphic in nature but who can resist a black and white Quilt?

Swirls were stitched on the top and a black polyester thread was used for the top and

the backing.

 

The backing matches the top beautifully.

Wolves

Wolves anyone? I think that this may be a Robert Kauffman print. Anyone out there

know for sure?

This was fun as I was able to stitch around each of the wolves. Some guy is really

going to love this quilt.

The Backing

You can see all of the wolves on the back as well.

Have a good week. Spring is almost here.

 

 

 

Moving On…

Last week was so exciting that the weekend was kind of a let down; I guess

routine and laundry has that effect on everyone.

Here are some of the quilts that have been completed lately. There are

alot of photos so you may want to grab a coffee or tea.

Arlene’s Quilt

This adorable baby quilt was created by Arlene. She is so precise with her hand

embroidery and her piecing.

And the colors she chooses are spot on as well. How can you not love this cute

baby boy quilt? Her new grandbaby is going to be spoiled for sure with this quilt.

The backing

The backing always shows off the texture beautifully, especially when it is a solid fabric.

I SID around all the blocks using a Bottom Line cream polyester thread for the top and

the backing.

Evelyn’s Quilt

Evelyn made this beautiful quilt. I love the colors, the pattern and the shapes. Evelyn

said “surprise me.” What a great thing to say to a longarmer. I tried to keep the stitching

simple due to the print on the fabric. I stitched straight lines in the ovals and loops

in the square white areas.

A light grey polyester thread was used for the top and the backing.  Because the pattern

felt modern to me, feathers were not an option.

The backing

Once again, the backing shows off the quilting beautifully. The stops and

starts are more noticeable due to the color of the backing and the thread but

Evelyn was ok with it so all is well in my world.

The swirls or loops add some fun to the quilt as well.

Evelyn’s Quilt

Evelyn has been busy lately, as you can see by this second quilt. It is so cute for

the summer with all the birds, birdhouses, flowers, butterflies and bees on the printed

fabric.

The backing

“Dancing Daisies” was the panto chosen for the quilt and a medium orange

polyester thread was used for the top and the backing.

Ruth made this quilt for her grandson. The colors are gorgeous. She wanted

straight line stitching around the whole thing. All the thread colors were matched

to all the fabric colors so it did take a bit more time to complete with all the

changing of the threads.

In the very centre of the quilt, there is a heart.  I thought that was very sweet.

The backing is great in helping to hide all the stops and starts that were

needed to complete the stitching design on the top.

Bonnie created this sampler quilt. The fabrics used in this top

are gorgeous.

Stippling was requested as the stitch of choice. I used a light

colored beige polyester thread for  the top and the backing.

The backing of the quilt. Isn’t it so cool how the quilting brings

the quilt to life? Kind of like cross stitching, all the outlining brings

the cross stitch to life as well.

Anna made this quilt for her grandson. I love all the wonky

square blocks and the colors too.

I really didn’t notice the 9 Patch blocks until it was on the frame; what

a great idea to combine 2 very different blocks and create such an unique

modern looking quilt.

Anna wanted squares all over the quilt so I became very brave

and stitched them in without a panto or pattern. It is alot of

fun quilting this way and I encourage you to try it as well.

I used an aqua colored polyester thread for the top and the backing.

Jeanette’s Quilt

Jeanette made this quilt for her grandson; she is as busy as a beaver

making quilts for all of her grandkids. What a great grandma.

The car is a panel that she bought and she added the 9 Patch block and the

Monkey Wrench or Churn Dash block to the top, bottom and sides to

make it bigger to fit on the bed. Great idea!!

“Swirls” were stitched onto the quilt so that it resembles all the movement

created by driving a car.

The backing is great for texture. I used a medium grey colored polyester

Omni thread for the top and the baking.

I hope you enjoyed the show and have a great week.

Check out the Needle and Thread Network as well.

 

 

Happy Summer…

Summer has finally made it here. And with quite a splash, I

might add; very hot and dry. Despite  the weather, I am

quilting along, trying to complete some orders.

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Judi made this quilt for her daughter. It has over 3,000

pieces in it. And over 350 identical blocks. Now that is

a labor of love. I hope her daughter likes it because it

is very stunning.

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Judi wanted an overall design that resembled paisleys,

due to paisleys being on some of the prints on the fabric.

Isn’t it amazing where some sources of inspiration come

from?

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Did I mention that this quilt is also very big?  It is

huge!!! The backing fabric is pretty cool, in and by

itself too.

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I really love the swirls on the back. I used a cream

Omni polyester thread for the top and  a black

polyester thread on the backing. As usual, tension

always seems to give me headaches during the summer

months; it seems thread doesn’t like humidity at all.

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Helen’s hand embroidered quilt.

Helen brought me this quilt and I quickly became

giddy with appreciation when I saw all the hand

embroidery that she had done. The quilt is composed

of all the provincial flowers of Canada, minus Iqualit.

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The panel was bought prior to Iqualit becoming a new

territory. When I first saw the embroidery, I asked

Helen if she had an embroidery machine. “No, I just did this

because I had the time and I enjoy it.”

Wow!! This is truly a labor of love. Her hand  embroidery

is amazing!!!

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In the background, Helen wanted a tight stipple so that the

embroidery would pop. And that is exactly what happened.

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More flowers

“Keep it simple” was the motto going through my mind as I

worked on this quilt. Helen hasn’t seen it yet either so I have to

finish cleaning up the loose threads on the back.

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I tried to keep the designs and the quilting simple so I

could make sure that Helen’s embroidery would be in

the lime light and shine.

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Sashing area

In the sashing area, I quilted in straight lines, again

simple designs.

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More provincial flowers.

I SID around all the flowers too and the embroidery so

that it would add more dimension to the quilt.

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In the stars, I did a little more fancy quilting, just to add

a tad bit of interest and I couldn’t help myself.

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Helen mentioned that she wanted a classic  cable design

in the outside border. In the  inside, light green border,

I quilted in feathers. Another classy choice as well.

Helen likes them too so all is well in my quilting world.

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The backing.

I love, love, love the backing. All that texture

goodness.

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The cable border.

The cable border looks fantastic.

I used a monofilament clear thread for all the

ditch work. A cream for the background block

fills and 2 shades of green for the borders.

On the backing, I used a cream Omni polyester

thread.   I hope Helen likes it as much as I do.

Have a great week.