Getting Closer to Christmas…

Hoping that you are getting prepared for the big day next week. I still have

wrapping and cookie baking to do. What about you?

It is nice when everything is done and you can sit back, for a while anyways,

and enjoy the celebrations. I am planning on being better prepared next year.

This is a quilt that Figo, a modern branch of Northcott, released in their Fall, 2020, digital line. It is very

colorful and bright, perfect for this time of the year.

Another quilt of Figo’s Fall, 2020, digital fabric release. Love the blue backing on this quilt.

I love the feather wreath on this quilt. It is so traditional but I love it. You really can’t see it that much on the

front of the quilt but it certainly stands out on the back.

I like the colors of this quilt too. Circles were stitched in to help add some movement to the straight lines

of the piecing.

And lastly, another Figo quilt. The subtle wavy line does add lots of movement to the quilt top.

Hope you enjoyed the show. Stay safe and see you next week.

Getting Closer To Christmas

I hope that you are wrapping your head around the fact that Christmas is

quickly approaching. I usually begin to freak out about now but with

Covid happening this year, I am trying to get everything done a bit

earlier. What about you? Getting things done earlier or freaking out a

little? Not to worry though, when the big Day is here, everything has

magically been done.

The photo on the right is pretty dark so I apologize for it. As you can see, it

is a black background. I thought that the block in this quilt is pretty simple

but interesting and effective. Swirls were stitched all over it so that some

movement could be added to it.

This quilt is made of fleece, on the front and on the back side, I stitched

around the straight lines and the motifs and then sewed the two sides

together. As you can see, the recipient is a fan of Harry Potter.

What do you think these 2 quilts have in common? If you said, “nothing,”

then you are correct. I placed them together for no reason at all.

The quilt on the left was made for a special new baby, created by Kathy.

I love the colors in it. A simple wavy pattern was stitched all over it.

The elephants of the left are quilted quite heavily. They are a new line

that is coming out for Northcott soon.

Northcott is a Canadian Cotton FAbric company that carries beautiful

silky cotton for quilting, as well as a new modern department called

Figo. They also sell fabrics that are not cotton. You should check them

out. And no, I get no compensation for mentioning them on my blog.

Well, enough eye candy for now.

Have a good week, keep safe, and see you here next week.

FIGO’S New Line…

Northcott’s new modern division, Figo, has just released another new line.

I had the privilege of quilting some of their  quilt for this new line.

Just a side note, I do not receive any compensation for posting this on my blog;

I thought that you might enjoy seeing the new fabrics and some of the new

patterns.

I’m unsure of who designed the quilt pattern and   fabrics. I do try to keep track

of all of this pertinent information for you but not this time. I will work on this

for future reference.

The backing fabric. Karlee Porter designed the orange peel motif that was

stitched all over the quilt top. A clear monofilament thread was used for the

top of the quilt and matching polyester thread for the backing.

Whenever I use a Karlee Porter motif, the motif needs to be redesigned

in my digital program, Creative Studio 7, from Gammill, so that the motifs

are quilted tightly together.

A Modern Wave

This quilt has a design stitched onto it that is called “Modern Wave” by

Anita Shackelford. She digitally designs alot of quilting patterns; this one is

amongst one of my favorites. It’s so cool to watch it being stitched out and to

even look at it later, as it looks like there are actual moving waves on a stationary

quilt.

Nova Star Quilt

Then Came June created this Nova Star Quilt. Alot of piecing involved but beuatiful when

completed.

Cactus backing fabric

The backing fabric is covered in cactus.Glad the fabric is soft and not prickly.

Circles were quilted all over these hexagons. I love all the stitching: it creates

so much texture. And I love texture!!

 

The backing fabric has cats all over it. For all those cat lovers out there, you will

love this new line.

Tessa Quilt

The color orange is really beginning to grow on me. This quilt is very cheery and makes

me happy just looking at it. Don’t we all need a shot of happiness right now?

Kitchen Table Quilting designed this quilt.

The backing fabric is cheerful as well.

Modern Squares

“Solistice Lights” by Cotton + Joy is the name of this quilt. Monofilament thread was used on the

front and matching thread again, on the backing.

I could go for an ice cream cone right now. r

The backing fabric looks like alot of fun. Take a closer peek and you will

see people swimming in the water.

 

This quilt was designed by Pen +Paper Patterns.  The title of the quilt is “Fresh As A Daisy.

Christina wanted straight line quilting, which I love, and the end result is texture.

The backing

The Mary Quilt was designed by Kitchen Table Quilting. She has designed alot of quilts.

The backing fabric is full of flowers too. A grid was stitched all over the quilt top.

I actually designed it myself. I am getting a little braver these  days and trying out some

new ideas. It’s not as scary as I thought it was. Maybe it’s time for you to try some

new things too.

Hope you have a good week.

 

 

 

Catching Up…

Once again, I am trying to catch up on my blog posts. Here are some of the quilts

that I have been working on lately.

Quilt Con, 2020, occurred last week. Here is one of the quilts that I did for Figo,

Northcott’s new modern division.

I used a monofilament thread on the top and a So Fine green on the backing.

Here is the backing fabric, love this shade of green. A wavy design was chosen for the

quilt top.

Angie made this quilt for a special someone.

A butterfly motif was used for the design. It was a new design that I picked up

at Urban Elementz. I will have to check my records to see exactly what it is called.

The backing fabric had dragonflies all over it. I used a light blue Omni

thread for the top and the backing.

Angie’s BAby Quilt

THis quilt is so adorable. I love the outer borders, it adds interest by  breaking up

the border with 2 different fabrics, placed on an angle.

Because this is going to a special young boy, I thought that deer prints would be appropriate

in the outer border. The panel was stitched around and bees were  placed in the pink/red inner

border.

 

The backing had lots of owls on it, gorgeous fabric! Well done, Angie!

Delightful Desert 

I am working on this quilt, by Elizabeth Hartman, right now. It seems like alot of

piecing but I am  being surprised by how fast these blocks sew up. The most time

consuming part of this whole process is the cutting of the fabric.

The Aloe blocks are done for now. I need 6 but my daughter could only manage to pick

6 fabrics for now so I have to make the other 3 later on.

The leave are done as well. I thought that I would start with the easiest blocks first

and work my way up to the more complex blocks.

Pamela Puma is missing a friend but she will join the others soon enough.

Carlos Coyote is all done. I actually saw 3  coyotes yesterday, around this area. I had better

be careful not to make an elephant block any time soon.

Hope you have a great week and I will try to show more Figo quilts next week.

Yes, I Am Still Alive…

HI everyone,

Sorry that it has been over 6 months since my last post. LIfe has been busy

and I have neglected my blog. I’m hoping to begin posting once again.

I’ll make this my one and only New Year’s resolution. I hope you had

a great Christmas and New Year. Here are a few photos from last year to

wet your appetite.

Figo

This is one of the modern quilts that I quilted for Northcott’s modern department,Figo.

I can’t remember the designer and pattern name but I promise to keep better records

from here on in.

Sea Shell Quilting

Christine, the head of Figo, wanted sea shells all over the quilt. I think the design came

from Urban Elementz. They carry alot of digital and paper quilting patterns.

The backing

Here is the backing of the quilt. I really love this fabric, so soft and pretty.

Modern Quilt

Another quilt for Figo. I used a monofilament thread on the top and a soft Omni

grey thread on the backing.

Karlee Porter Quilting design

The quilting is designed by Karlee Porter. It is a square with a slight curve but it

stitches out in a really cool shape.

The backing

This fabric is a new line that Figo launched this past fall. It deals with the Zodiac.

Modern Quilt #3

A Close up

The quilting on this modern beauty is a simple wavy line. Again, I used a clear

monofilament thread on the top and a light cream Omni  thread on the backing.

The backing

Another close up

I hope you liked the  pictures. Hoping to be back next week  but if not, in 2 weeks for sure.

Have a great week and keep stitching.

Ruth

Figo and Stonehenge Anniversary….

I am not sure if you know about Northcott’s new modern division called Figo.

And no, I am not getting paid to tell you about this. I have been working on some

of their quilts that were displayed in their booth last week at QuiltCon, in Nashville.

And yes, I do have pictures of these samples for you. I had to wait until QuiltCon was

over so you could see them. Hope you like them.

Interwoven

Lo & BEhold Stitchery is the pattern designer of this quilt. The fabrics are from Northcott’s new

modern line.

The quilting consists of straight lines throughout the entire quilt.

the backing

Very geometric quilting. I used a  clear monofilament thread for the top and a light purple for

the backing.

The Blanket Statement designed this small wallhanging and the name of the pattern is Pine

Falls. Again, lots of straight line quilting.

The backing 

Sienna Burst is the name of this quilt and Then Came June is the designer.

There are alot of straight lines , cross hatching, and pebbles on this quilt.

Love the backing color and the stitching.

The backing

Again, the overall look of the quilting on the backing differs so much from the front of the quilt.

Nordic Triangles is the name of the pattern and Suzy Quilts is the designer.

Once again, the fabrics are new from Northcott.

Lots of straight line quilting.

Love the look of the backing. I tried matching the thread color on the front and

the backing. This is what it looks like when pink thread is not used on the backing of

the quilt.

Initial K Studio designed this quilt called  “Lucky Charms.”

In each of the colored sections, I quilted in a different motif. It helps

to add some interest to the quilt, especially due to all the straight

lines that are stitched into the quilt.

 

The baking

Lucky Charms

Then Came June designed this quilt. Each row received its own motif, again to add interest to

the quilt.

The blue row received swirls. These are alot of fun to quilt.

Cross hatching was added to the grey row.

Circles and pebbles were stitched into the black row.

The yellow row received angled lines.

Stonehenge

Northcott’s Stonehenge fabric line is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year! Wow!

Way to go Northcott and Stonehenge. This is big, especially since Northcott is a Canadian

Company.

This quilt consists of a Stonehenge panel in the middle and lots of Stonehenge fabrics used

in the borders and outer sections. In the outer flower petals, I stitched in swirls. I was trying to

keep the quilting simple due to lots of movement within the Celtic knots in the fabric.

The center panel was quilted  following the print on the panel. No need to fight what is

printed on the panel.

A Celtic design was quilted into the orange-red area as well. I tried to find motifs that would

match the Celtic feel of this quilt.

I quilted around the motifs in the blue section of the quilt. I also used lots of clear and smoky

monofilament thread to stitch around motifs and the center panel. This saved alot of time in that

I didn’t have to constantly change thread colors for different areas of the quilt.

The backing of the quilt is also full of Celtic designs.

Hope you enjoyed the show. Have a great week.

 

 

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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