A Local Quilt Show and Houston…

Several weeks ago, local Guilds in the area put on their annual Rug, Quilt, and Craft Fair.

Other Guilds which are involved include the Embroidery Guild, the Teddy Bear Makers,

a Tatting Group and more. Please forgive me if I didn’t include your group.Let me

know and I can add it to the above list. There was a lot going on and alot to see.

Of course, I took lots of pictures of the quilts and here is a sample of some of them.

There will be more in the following few weeks so enjoy the  show.

I may comment on some of the pictures but not all, as there are about 30 or so in

this blog post alone. Enjoy!!

Red and White Quilt

Canada 150th Quilt. There seems to be  some of these being finished from last

year. They are quilt stunning when you see red and white quilts up close and personal.

Floral Quilt

I love the colors of this quilt, which really surprises me. I usually love bright, bold

colors but the softness of these colors really speak to me.

Sew Kind of Wonderful sells this curved ruler and you can make so many interesting

shapes with it. I may have to dig it out and make one for myself.

I couldn’t pass up checking out the quilting on this one.

Wholecloth Quilt

This wholecloth quilt is hand quilted!! Wow!

Snail’s TRail

Baby Animals

Because I don’t remember the names of all these quilts, I am making up the names

as I go. I ran through this room taking photos like a crazy person. I have a booth in the

Show and I have to stay there all weekend  so I quickly got some shots for you to see.

Sampler

Snowmen

Jennifer and her daughter made this quilt. Jennifer is also a longarmer in Orilla

and is one talented lady.

You can see how cute this wallhanging really is and I think, it has been colored

with crayons or fabric markers.

A Year of Redwork

I remember the name of this small wallhanging because it is mine. Nothing like a

deadline to get you to complete something. It took me a year to complete  the hand

embroidery. I thought that  bricks would help to unify the piece by showing that all

these windows belong to the same apartment building. To make this Canadian, I added a

Canadian flag in place of the American one.  This pre printed panel is still available at

Fabricland, in the clearance section.

 

Garden Wallhanging

I really like the baskets in the background.

Nancy’s Wallhanging

As I was looking at this photo, I noticed that each square is a different color. Well done,

Nancy. She does beautiful hand work!

This piece reminds me of Elaine Quehl, a Canadian fiber artist. She is known for her

Hosta pieces. Whoever made this one, certainly nailed it as well.

Suzanne made this piece and I like it. She is also a longarmer in the area. She took a

class with Al Cote, another Canadian fiber artist living in Niagara Falls, Ont.If you ever

get the chance to take one of his classes, do so. He is so talented and alot of fun.

A close up of the panel.

Color, color, and more color. I love color and it seems like it is a hot topic

right now when it comes to quilting.

This fabric reminds me of Kaffe Fasett. Whatever fabric that is being used, certainly

gives this giraffe lots of personality.

Again, the colors speak to  me. I love big and bold florals. This piece reminds me

of GEorgia O’Keefe’ work and style.

Birds In Flight

“Postcards From Muskoka ” is the name of this wallhanging. These are really cool and from what

people tell me, not that difficult to create. Once again, a local lady designed this pattern. Lots of

talent in this area of Ontario.

Christie made this Kathy McNeil wallhanging. She won 1st place for the Best

Wallhanging in the Quilt Show, with this piece.

I love all the hand work Christie did as well. Each pinecone is stitched individually.

Cat Tails

And I love the stitching on these cat tails. All those French knots. What fun she must have

had making this one.

I really like the Northern Lights on this piece. What a great way to shake things up a bit?

Connie’s Wallhanging

Connie designed this wallhanging herself. Well done Connie! She love Angela Walters,

so it was easier for me to design the quilting with that in mind.

It was alot of fun working on this piece for Connie. Lots of swirls, ribbons, and straight lines.

There are even several words stitched into the piece as well. It seems like text is becoming

a part of what I am currently quilting.

Hope you enjoyed this Quilt Show.

In the title at the beginning of the post, I mentioned  Houston. Well, this has been on my bucket

list for a while and now I will be able to take if off because:

I AM GOING TO HOUSTON!!!! FOR INTERNATIONAL QUILT FESTIVAL!!

I know I am shouting but I am so excited. I am still in shock as well. My husband was

very kind and let me use up all of his Aeroplan points.  Hopefully, I will have tons of

pictures for you when I get back. All of this won’t be happening until the first week

of NOvember. Until then, have a  great week. And thanks for stopping by.

A Sneak Peek…

I hope that you enjoyed our local Quilt Show in the past few posts. Now I

am catching up with clients’ quilts and this post holds pictures of those  for you.

There is also a special sneak peek at the end of the post but you will

have to wait for the full reveal next week.

Mary created this quilt a long time ago; it’s funny when she looks back at it

now because her taste has changed so much. Can you remember your

first quilt? Fast forward to today and check out how your quilts have

changed since then.

A close up of the blocks and the fabrics in the quilt. It reminds me of

a quilt by Zen Chic.

A pieced backing always adds so much more interest to the quilt.

A white polyester thread was used for the top and the backing.

Carol made this quilt from plaid shirts that she picked up at the

Thrift STore.

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I love the newspaper print fabric in this block. A cream polyester thread

was used for the top and the backing. Flirtatious is the name of the

overall design stitched onto the quilt.

The backing

The backing is a light green fabric that is really shiny and soft.

You can really see all the texture from the quilting on the top.

This is quilt #2 for Carol. The same design is stitched all over

the quilt and a light pink polyester thread was used for the top

and the backing.

I really like the light floral print on the backing of the quilt.

Floral backing

The flowers are very feminine and pretty.

Carol’s Owl quilt

This Owl quilt is so cute. Carol is  quite the  piecer and very quick too.

How can you not love this owl?

A grey backing for the Owl Quilt. Happy Times is the name of the

overall design stitched on the quilt. A light grey polyester thread

was used for the top and the backing.

Square Quilt

Carol also made this beauty. I really love the colors in this one. I used a

monofilament thread to do all the ditch work. White  thread was used for the

border areas.

I love the straight line quilting in the border area.

Inside Border area

The inside border area, has  the same design as the blocks.

The backing

The backing is full of texture. You can see all the outlines of the blocks from

the quilt top.

 

Another graphic design that I love. Carol also created this quilt.

Triangle Quilt

Each block is composed of 4 half triangles stitched together.  I really like the

overall design but I can not imagine how much time it took to piece this baby.

The backing

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

Again, I love the overall design of the quilting on the backing.

And now, for the sneak peek. Northcott contacted me to help

do some longarming for the upcoming Quilt Show in Houston.

This is the backing of one of the tablerunners I completed. All I have to say is

“The fall fabric is gorgeous!”

I have got to buy some. Even though it is digitally printed, the colors in this

table runner  are full of reds, oranges, and creams.  I think that you

will agree when you see the full quilt.

Next week, I will show you all 4 of the pieces I did for them.

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

 

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.

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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!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

weekend.

Have a great weekend.