Quilt Market

Once again, I had the privilege of being asked to quilt some quilts

for Northcott, in Vaughan. Although this is a great opportunity for

me, it always makes me feel nervous, stretched, and excited.


This is what one of the quilt tops looked like when I got it. A blank canvas

so to speak. Due to time restrictions and deadlines, I have to

quickly figure out what I am going to stitch on it. Patti Carey usually gives

me her thoughts and wishes about what she would like on the top.


Because this top screams “modern” to me, I thought that I might try

some of Angela Walter’s designs.  There are alot of squares on this top so

I just followed the shape and stitched in squares as well. I didn’t use a

ruler so I am surprised that the lines in the squares are pretty straight.


The backing was white and shows the quilting nicely. I used a white

40 weight thread for the top. And a variegated 40 weight for the colored

squares.  Because the batting is really thin, the thread brands used on

these quilts are usually So Fine, King Tut, Bottom Line, and Fantastico.

They do have a lovely sheen to them and show the texture of the quilting.

Here is the second one that I worked on. I did manage to quilt  11 tops

in a span of 2-3 weeks. Yes, it was quite the feat but most were only

50-60″ in size.  At the end of this marathon, I didn’t even want to

think about quilts at all, at least not for a couple of days.


This is a nice top. At first, I had no idea about quilting designs

but I thought that I would connect all that sashing around the brown

stars. And feathers are fast so I quilted feathers in that area using a

variegated blue thread-So Fine-40 weight.


In the brown stars, I quilted in 4 straight lines in the center of

the block and then filled in the space with swirls. It is a Judi Madsen

design. It stitches out really quickly and looks great.

In the area outside of the stars, I quilted 1/4 ” around the block and

then some straight line ruler work.


outer border

In the small outer border, I thought that something simple

would be appropriate so I did a double set of lines on an

angle to resemble the stars.


The back of the quilt was a nice dark blue.


The brown thread from the front did come through onto the

backing a little but it can’t be avoided sometimes.

Have a great week.



Save the selvages…

A good friend of mine has come up with a great idea for saving and

using the selvage edge of the cotton fabrics that we use.


Here are  a few samples of what she has come up with.  The selvages

have been collected and sewn together onto a piece of batting.  Once

the batting piece is  totally covered, a freezer paper template is ironed

on and the shape (ie. tree, star etc) is cut out with pinking shears or

scissors. The outside edge is straight stitched and then a button and

cording or thread are added.  What a great recycling idea!  These can be

used as a tree ornament or as a gift tag.  I wonder what else you can do

with them? Any ideas?  This next quilt was made by Isabel and she did

a great job!  I can’t imagine all the hours it took to piece this baby.  Wow!!



I think the name of this quilt is The Washington Star?  If I am wrong,  please

let me know. Isabel’s only request was to have feathers in the brown center

around the star.


Of course, I had to add more feathers in the light and dark borders too.  I like the

gentle curve that is in the outside border area too. I used polyester thread for

the top and backing.


I was running out of time for this post so I will show more pictures next week.

In the border area, there were 10-20 different star blocks too. Each one was

different so I tried to use the same motifs throughout the quilt so that it would

tie together.


Alot of straight stitching and ruler work but I think it works well with the

feathers and swirls.

This week was the big Quilt Show in Houston.  Any word yet on the winners?

Let me know if you hear anything.  And don’t eat too much candy on the


Have a great weekend.


As promised…

As I promised from last week, here are a few more pictures of what I was working

on for Northcott.


This runner was designed by Diane MeGregor of Castilleja Cottons.

Diane wanted a fairly simple quilting design so I decided to play up

the squares and quilted  straight lines.


The stitching almost looks like a picture frame.

In the outer orange border, I carried the stitching into that area too.

It emphasizes the square shapes as well.  I don’t think that any motif

would have looked good in this border area.


Ah, the backing.  What great texture on the back as well.  A 40 wt

embroidery variegated thread was used for the top and the backing.

I am learning that it is a good idea to use the same weight of thread

for the top and the back, less tension issues that way. The thread brand

varied from Fantisico, to So Fine, to Bottom Line.  All seemed to

work ok but it shreds alot on the back so you have to make sure that

you secure it  well when starting and stopping.


My second Bargello runner.  Again, Diane designed this runner. What a

great job she did too.  Intially, I thought that this would be so simple to quilt.

Boy, was I wrong.  The lines are simple but do you know how hard it is to

stitch a large curved smooth line?  You can see  every squiggle you make. I did

pick out the really bad squiggles and re quilt them but overai, it worked out well.


Don’t you just love the lines?  I used a 40 wt variegated thread on the top  and backing.


What great lines and texture that the quilting created.  Can you tell that I love



I know you saw this one last week but I really like how it turned out.

Daphne Greig, of Patchworks Studio is the designer of this runner.


This block is one of my favorites.  Yes, the texture again

is calling to me. Feathers were included too because it felt like the runner

was a little traditional and classy, all at the same time. Swirls were added

too, to break up the straight lines and add some variety to the runner.


And the backing shows off the quilting and the texture as well.

A 40 wt thread was used for the top and backing too.

Have a great week!


Introducing Lily of Rosenberry…


For approximately 2 years, I have been working on this applique quilt,

designed by Sue Garman.  And 2 weeks ago, I finished appliquing it.

Now, it is on my frame and being quilted.

Lily of Rosenberry

Lily of Rosenberry

Here is some eye candy for you to have a peek at. I have spent about

20 hours on this quilt so far.  All the SID is done, the border is just

about finished and all that is left is the background fill.  I am beginning to

get a bit excited because I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.



This is a section of the outside border.  Desley, over at Addicted to

Quilts, gave me  permission to use her quilting design for this quilt.


This grouping of vases really is a good place for feathers.


Another picture of the outside border area.


There are swags on the outside border area and once again, feathers

enhance it nicely.


You can see the whole border area here.  The entire quilt measures 89 X 89, so

it is quite large. It took me 8 hours just to mark it!



Another section of the border area-yes, feathers. I think they make the

border area look great.


The corner area of the border.  The curved cross-hatching breaks up the area

nicely but doesn’t over take it.

I used a polyester cream thread for all the SID work, both on the top and in the bobbin.

For the background fill, I am using a thin cream thread in the top and bobbin as well.

I like a thin thread when doing alot of pebbling  for the background fill.

Because this quilt is nearly completed, I have a new dilemna.  What shall I do next?

I will let you know next week.

What new projects are you beginning?

I am linking up with Freshly Pieced as well.

‘Happy Easter.


IPM Quilt-part 2


As promised, I do have pictures of the completed IPM Quilt from last week.

This is what I am currently working on.  My “Add Media” button is acting up

so this is why my unfinished pictures are at the top of this post.

I will introduce Lily of Rosenberry to you.  Sue Garman is the designer of this

applique pattern.  It has taken me 2 years to get to this stage and today I am

drafting a pattern for the quilting.  The design comes from Desley over at

Addicted to Quilts.  She is from Australia and I do have her permission to

use her design to quilt this quilt.

Lily of Rosenberry

Lily of Rosenberry


Drafting a design

Drafting a design

Using a pencil, eraser and paper to design the corner area.

The corner block

The corner block 


Here is the outside area of the corner-yes, more feathers.  They  look

great with just about everything.

And here are the remaining blocks from the IPM Quilt I was working

on last week.


I love the feathers in this block.


This sashing area is cream but I quilted it in the same manner as the

pinky peach areas.


Don’t you just love feathers?


Stippling is the name of the game in this block.  I decided to quilt

it a little different-no feathers here at all.


I love how the block is divided up and adds a little more interest.


More feathers.


The straight lines in the pinky peach star section really emphazies

the star shape.

I am linking up to Freshly Pieced.

Hoping to have a good experience using 2 battings on the Lily of Rosenberry.

This should prove to be interesting, to say the least.

Have a good week.


Feathers galore…

Another quilt to be designed

Another quilt to be designed


This is the quilt I have been working on for the past week and a half. Because

this quilt is not finished, I will show you partially completed blocks.

Enjoy the eye candy.


In this sashing area, I outlined the block and then filled it in with a criss cross

motif.  Trying something new, found the idea on Green Fairy Quilts.


Pebbles were added for textural interest in this area.


More feathers in the corner areas.


Two more sashing blocks.


I love feathers-the more the merrier.


In this cream area, I outlined the block first, helps to give the eye an area to rest,

especially in a busy quilt such as this one.


These are actually blocks but I liked the motif so much, I quilted

them in this area too.

Sashing area

Sashing area

Here are some more feathers in the sashing area.

Round block

Round block

In this round area, I quilted straight lines to add some

movement to the circle.

Feathered tulip

Feathered tulip

Even the tulip turned into feathers.

Black outer border and red inner border

Black outer border and red inner border

For the outer black border, I stitched a small swirl and the red inner

border received feathers. Yes, there are feathers galore on this quilt.

Linking up with Freshly PIeced too.



Going international….

Holly made these 2 quilts for relatives in Holland.  Thus, I am now “going international.”

If I may brag a little, I have already had quilts go to Australia and Japan, so I have kind of

been there for a while.  Ha! Ha!

Holly did a great job and I am amazed at how many quilts she is able to complete.  And

she is a new quilter as well.  Pretty impressive, if you ask me.

Holly's quilt

Holly’s quilt

Holly chose a panto-“Happy Times” to fill the space  of the plaid area.

It suits it well as the stitching is not easily visible.  And the pattern fit in

the area perfectly, as I was worried about stitching along that straight cream

border area.

In the cream borders, I stitched a swirl design. It is one of my favorites and

stitches up quickly.  All you have to remember is up, then down, as the swirls

move in different directions.

Cream border and swirl design.

Cream border and swirl design.

In the blue border, I decided to add feathers.  Again, an easy filler but

one that does take a bit of time.  I decided to switch up the feathers a bit

by adding an outside loop around each  feather.

The pieced blocks were a bit of a challenge.  I was thinking about a Dutch

motif but ended outlinging the blocks and pebbles for the background fill.

Background fill for the pieced blocks.

Background fill for the pieced blocks.

Again, I love pebbles and they are a great fill.

For the blue strip blocks, I used a curved ruler to create a star

shape.  I outlined it so that it would stand out a bit more.

Pieced strip block.

Pieced strip block.

Can you see the curved star?

When I looked at the block, it reminded me of a star so that is the design I went with.

For the centre of the block, I did feathers.  It kind of ties the block in with the blue

border design too.

Middle of the pieced block.

Middle of the pieced block.

Overall, I think the quilt turned out well.

Hoping that Holly thinks so too.

Have a great week.

Merrily I quilt along.

I hope that you had a good week.  Quilts are awaiting my attention so I managed

to work on Linda’s black and white quilt.  Due to all the pattern on the fabric,

I decided to do a pantograph.  Spring Garland was the name of the design and I

think that it suits it well. Linda is such a quick piecer and quite accurate as well.

Always a bonus when working with the bigger quilts and the outside borders.

Linda's black and white quilt

Linda’s black and white quilt

Here is a close up of the quilting on Linda’s quilt.

close up of black and white quilt

close up of black and white quilt

After Linda’s was completed, I moved onto a quilt that my sister sent me in the mail.

It was a HUGE quilt!  Measuring in at 94″ x 110″.  Whew!  She wanted it by the 25th

of May so I considered stitching a pantograph on it but later I changed my mind.  All that hard

work and stitching needed something special on it.  Being on a time crunch made me

think of some quick stitching to do in certain areas.  I think that the overall quilting looks ok.

What about you?

A huge quilt!

A huge quilt!

The name of the quilt is titled “French Twist” so I thought that rope in the outer border was appropriate.

Rope in the outer border.

Rope in the outer border.

I used chalk to mark in the area so my sister can clean that off later.

In the red outer border, I stitched straight lines, again so that it would be quick and easy to do.

Outer red border

Outer red border

I also had to stitch some feathers in there too. Again, I hurried along so the stitching is

not perfect at all. In the middle of the quilt, I wanted to do some nicer stitching so I opted

for more feathers.  I wanted that area to be a little more fancy as she will be looking at it every day.

Feathers in the center panel.

Feathers in the center panel.

The center panel also had some dark brown areas so I stitched a motif in there as well.

It was funny because I just bought that stencil at Fabricland this past week.  Always fun

to try a new stencil out.

A stencil motif.

A stencil motif.

There were 2 smaller borders in this quilt.  The first border, I stitched a swirl-my favorite

right now. In the second border, I stitched a swirl but quite different from the first one.

The quilt did get completed on time,as well as the 2 pillow shams included.

She liked it so that is all that matters.

Till next week,

keep stitching!


On the backburner

As promised, I am including more close up photos of the quilts that I have completed. Due to the time crunch

in the past month, several other quilts were put on the back burner. I was commissioned in February to make a

Tie Quilt for Mary.  Last week, it was finally completed and taken to Mary.  She was estatic!

It was interesting to hear her story about the tie on the back of the quilt.

Mary's Tie Quilt

Mary’s Tie Quilt

There were a total of 61 ties.  I made 20 blocks, consisting of 3 ties each.  There was 1 tie left over

so I decided to put it on the back of the quilt, just so all of them would be used up. The tie meant

nothing to me and Mary didn’t tell me which tie was which. Even if she had, I did not remember

throughout that whole 3 month period.  When Mary saw the purple tie on the back of the quilt, she

was so excited.  It was the tie that her late husband had worn to their daughter’s wedding.  Wow!

What a God wink.  I thought it was pretty cool.

Here are few close ups of the ties in the quilt.  Mary’s husband had quilte a sense of humor.

A literal mouse

A literal mouse

Need a mouse with your computer?


Igloo anyone?

AFter the tie quilt was completed, I moved onto Lynn’s applique quilt.  I forget the name but

Lynn is becoming quite an accomplished appliquer.  And her fabrics are so much fun too!

Lynn's applique quilt

Lynn’s applique quilt

Isn’t this quilt amazing?

I did alot of pebbling in the block areas and  double wainscotting lines in the outside border.

close up of the pebbling

close up of the pebbling


Aren’t the fabrics neat?

corner treatment

corner treatment

Of course, I had to put feathers in the corner areas.  I think that it looks ok.

What do you think?

Besides all the quilting, our family discovered some baby birds nesting in the corner of our gazebo.

our extended family

our extended family

Aren’t they adorable?  They can’t even see yet but boy can they sure make noise!

The mommy bird is quite busy feeding these hungry foursome.

Well, happy quilting and see you next week.


Feather Overboard

I am happy to say that the Charity Quilt I was working on last week,  is done.  Yeah!!  I think that I put over 60 hours into that baby.

I wanted to do something special for the Guild and give back something ,so hopefully, they will like it.

Here are some more of the completed blocks:

Cube-with feathers.

Cube-with feathers.

Again, more feathers.  They fill a space so easily and look so good.

Less feathers this time.

Less feathers this time.

I tried to mix up the stitching a little but still keep the designs the same over all the quilt.

One of my favorite blocks

One of my favorite blocks

Just a few more blocks to go.

This one reminded me of a picture frame.

This one reminded me of a picture frame.

More feathers.

More feathers.

And finally, we come to the inside border.  To be quite honest, I didn’t know what to stitch in this area.  I felt all my creative juices were stretched already so….

guess what I put in that area?

You got it…. more feathers!!

Inside border-yes, feathers!

Inside border-yes, feathers!

I know, I have a serious problem.

inside border area

inside border area

I really hope that the person who wins this quilt really likes feathers.

Whew!  Life seems a little boring after being so engrossed in completing this quilt on time.  I feel a littel deflated but yet excited, all at the same time.

Now, I can actually work on something for ME.  What a novel thought.

To change up this “feather” update, I will show you an art quilt that  I created after taking a class, last year, with Elizabeth Alexander.  She is an amazing art quilter!

My piece is of trillums growing in the pine forest near my house.

The photo is one that I took and Elizabeth helped me with everything:  placement and size of the Trillums,

color of fabrics to use, and how to lay out the whole design.

It was quite a challenging class but I learned alot.  I think it turned out ok.

What do you think?

Trillum art quilt

Trillum art quilt.

A few more  close up photos of the Trillum art quilt.

Flanges made to resemble fallen pine branches.

Flanges made to resemble fallen pine branches.

Originally I had made flanges out of grey fabric but they were ugly so I had to rip them off and make new ones-alot better!

Large Trilum

Large Trilum

The Trillums were made different sizes, just to add interest to the piece.  Tulle was used to create the shadow behind the flower.

If you look closely, you can see that there are pine needles stitched in, hanging down from the flanges.

And beads were added to represent the sunlight glimmering in the trees and on the pine needles on the ground.

Maybe my artistic side will grow a little  from this exercise. Here’s hoping!

Have a good week!