Almost there…

Isn’t this quilt gorgeous?  To me, it is a work of art.


Although this quilt is not an exact replica of the one I have

on my frame, it is not far off. There are only 2 blocks that differ

between the two. This one was quilted last summer.

Darlene, has been patiently waiting for her quilt and I am

almost there. I finished all the background fills for the 16

blocks yesterday; today I worked on the border.

After 4 hours of quilting, I only had  1 border completed.


This block has 2 feathers quilted at the base of the vase.  I filled

in the feathers using Judi Madsen’s style.  Once again, the pebbles

around the outside of the block looks quite classy, to me.


A double teardrop was used in this background fill. They

are actually quite small. This quilt seemed to have a

mind of its own, in that all the motifs seemed to stitch

out on the small side.


Swirls were used in this block. I tried to use a different

background fill in each of the 16 blocks. It makes it more

challenging and fun for me.


I decided to try a different fill here. It is a half circle that is echoed

2-3 times.  It is a more modern fill but I think that it looks ok.

What do you think?


The top of the same block. I know that some of the pictures

are a bit yellow. I have 2 different lights above my frame and

now I think that I have to get more Daylight LED lights. I have

some LED lights but they are the soft light. It does make a

difference when I stitch and take photos.


I decided to quilt in some circles here.  A thin cream

polyester thread is used for the stitching because it doesn’t

create alot of thread build up, only texture.  And I love



Cindy Needham has alot of background fills that I love, love,

love. This one is made up of scallops and then filled in with

small lines.


More texture.  I think that this background fill may be

my favorite of the whole quilt. Basically, I marked a  diagonal

grid on the block. Stitched in lines around each edge and then

scribbled in the center so that the lines pop off the block.


Another pictures of the same block. Do you see how 3D the

rose bud looks, in the upper left hand corner? Gorgeous!!


All I can see in this photo is feathers. I  threw in alot

of these, all over the quilt.


Again, this blocks looks similar to the one above but the

scribbling has not been added.


Do you see the 3D rosebuds?  They are gorgeous and

are just popping off the block. I had to be careful going

around these because my foot kept getting caught on them.


MctAvishing was used for this background fill. I love the

texture it creates but it does take alot of time to quilt out.


The mighty eagle, he received a tight miniature stipple.

It really makes everything pop. I must add that I used

2 layers of batting for this quilt too.

The top batting was wool and the one beneath it was

80/20 Hobbs.  Using 2 layers can be tricky but the

rewards are well worth it.


I hoped you enjoyed your tour of the 16 blocks. I can’t

wait until Darlene sees it. Pictures really don’t do

justice to the quilt.

Have a great week. Happy Valentine’s Day too.



Lily is done-the quilting that is.

full view

full view

Here is the completed Lily-all quilted up.  I apologize for not getting

a full shot of the quilt but its large size-89 x 89- didn’t help.

Pebbling-close up.

Pebbling-close up.

Here is a close up of the pebbling on the quilt.  Most of the

pebbling was quilted in the middle of the quilt, between all of the

16 blocks.


This is a shot of the outside of the border.  The swags really liven

up the outside border area.


The back is always interesting and so textural.  I love looking at the back to see

how the quilting looks as well.  This quilt is being entered into a juried show but

I am really unsure if it will do anything.  When I bought the backing, I forgot that

the front was a cream color and I ordered a white backing.  I remembered when I

put it on the frame but it had to be quilted so I kept the backing white.  One mistake

I will not forget next time.


It is a good thing that we learn from our mistakes, especially silly ones.


Corner border area

Corner border area

Here is the outside corner area, with its cross hatching and feathers.


This is what the swags look like on the back of the quilt. I think that I have

to email Sue GArman-the designer-and show her what her design looks like in

green and pink colors.

Forever Blooming-my new applique quilt.

Forever Blooming-my new applique quilt.

This is my new applique quilt that I will be working on for the next year.

A light yellow fabric is my background color of choice, so I hope that it will

look ok when completed.

This is a Pearl Pereira BOM this year.  You should check it out on her website,

I am also linking up to Freshly Pieced.



Almost finished…

Lily of Rosenberry

Lily of Rosenberry

This is the third week in  a row I have been working on Lily of Rosenberry.

If you are getting tired of looking at it, I quite understand.  I am hoping that I will

complete it tomorrow.  Only 1 hour or so left of McTavishing to go.

I think that I have spent 50 hours on this quilt.  This may

be the longest time I have spent on any one quilt.




Here is a close up of the pebbling I quilted in the middle section.

Besides feathers, pebbles are one of my favorite background fills too.


The outer border consists of 16 swags.  This is one of the swags-feathers and

pebbles fill in the inner section.


More pebbles in the border swag area.


Thought that you might like to see what I see when I am quilting

an area.  It looks pretty bleak but the quilting brings it to life.


Another corner swag area that is awaiting McTavishing.


The swirly area is the McTavishing.  Basically, it is an “S”

shape that is repeated over and over.  The change in direction is

what gives the stitching movement.


One of the pink flowers in the central blocks.  Pink and  lime

green were the colors I chose for this quilt.  Very daring, I think.


Here are some of the berries on the quilt.  This quilt has a mere

1,004 of these berrries.  Yes, I am crazy.


The corner swags were given feathers and some cross-hatching.


Another outside swag shot.



More berries with McTavishing.


This is what the outside of the border looks like.

Swags were stitched in the area around the central 16 blocks.

It helps to divide up the border and the 2 different fills: pebbles and

McTavishing.  It also repeats the swags in the border area.  Due to the

2 layers of batting used: a wool and an 80/20 cotton, the swags puff up

nicely.  Even the berries are puffy too.

This quilt has certainly tested my patience but now that I am almost done,

I think that I will miss working on it.

I am linking up the Freshly Pieced.



Aunt Millie’s Garden…

This is a quilt made by Lynn. The pattern is Aunt Millie’s Garden by Piece of Cake.

Lynn did a fantastic job of appliquing it and is a fast appliquer.  The fabrics are

alot of fun and I love the colors in this quilt. If you want to see the blocks close up,

just click on the picture of the block and it will open up into a larger window.

Aunt Millie's Garden Quilt

Aunt Millie’s Garden Quilt

Last month, at the Quilt Show, I had seen the exact quilt all quilted and

finished. It looked pretty impressive so I hoped that my ideas and designs

would do it justice.

After all the SID  was done, I decided to background fill all of the 12 blocks

differently. Yes, I am nuts!

Block 1

Block 1

I did a swirl but added a few clouds.

Block 2

Block 2

Feathers were stitched  all around the outside and in the middle areas

as well.  I love feathers and I think that stitching tiny feathers are alot

easier than large ones.

Block 3

Block 3

A tight swirl design was used here.

Block 4

Block 4

Don’t you just love the funky flowers in this block? I didn’t want to use

too many straight lines as fills so I decided to try a flame design instead.

It kind of looks like wood grain to me.

Block 5

Block 5

I was running out of ideas so I used an old stand by for a background fill:


Block 6

Block 6

Love the colors in this block. I even tried several background fills that I

thought of.  This is one of them.  I call it a “pumpkin seed.”  Real creative,

eh? But this is what it looks like to me-an oval shape on top and a point

on the bottom and then an echo all around it.  Each “pumpkin seed” is

nestled to the preceding one so it looks kind of cool.  What do you think?

Block 7

Block 7

I was getting to the end of the quilt and trying to come up with some more

background fills.  What is an applique quilt without some echoing on it?  That

is what this one is all about.

Block 8

Block 8

Again, I love the colors and flowers in this block. I stitched another

swirl design but made it much bigger and not so tight together.

Block 9

Block 9 

Swirls were used again but I added feathers on the circular part of the design.

Amazing how many ways a person can use swirls.

Block 10

Block 10

McTavishing was stitched in this block.   It’s an “S” shape that is

repeated over and over again, all over the block.

Block 11

Block 11

Pebbles were stitched all over the background of this block.

I love pebbles;  Never seem to get tired of them.

Block 12

Block 12

The last block has tiny leaves sitched all over it.  They are nestled pretty close

together and I think it makes a neat design.  This is the other design that I came up

with and I think that I may use it again in the future.

Now, for the borders.  I decided to stitch a swirl design on the outside of the border.

Border area

Border area

Who can resist feathers on an applique quilt?

As I mentioned earlier, the other quilt had feathers running along the vine.  Rose had

quilted it so I thought I would use the same idea. Thanks Rose.

On the inside of the border, I used 2 different fills-pebbles and the “Pumpkin Seed” fill.

Border area

Border area

I think that it breaks up the border somewhat and adds more interest to the

border area.

Border area

Border area

What do you think?

I used a cotton light cream thread on the top and backing for all

the SID work.  Then I switched over to a light cream thread that is

about the size of one hair strand.  It is quite fine but doesn’t add

alot of thread build up when all the background fills are done.

I think that I did the quilt justice.

Have a good week.

Dirty floors, dishes and house. Oh my!

Well, my quilt marathon has ended and now I am faced with having to catch up on all the cleaning that I missed in the past 3 weeks.

Between the floor in the kitchen ,the fridge  and the windows that need to be cleaned, life is pretty good.  I am always amazed at how

spring cleaning only seems to infect women at this time of the year.

Wouldn’t it be great if everyone in the family came down with this sickness?  The whole house would sparkle and shine!

I know, I have a problem.  I shouldn’t let a messy  house bother me so much but it does!

On a more pleasant note:  here are the last 3 quilts that I completed for Northcott this past week. They are being shipped out tomorrow.


Here is the last of the panel quilts.  A swirling star design was stitched in the large outer border.

The inside border received stars and loops as well;  the small red border received a swirl design as well.

Each individual block received a different design.  I promise to take more close up shots with the next quilts that I do.

The large blue background was stitched with 2 different fills:  one was a small swirl and the other with McTavishing.

It was alot of work and I know that you can’t see it very well with the dark background color -it is very subtle.

Blue pieced quilt.

The pieced quilt received a panto, an all over design. Spring Garland is the name and it seemed

appropriate due to its coloring and the time of the year.  This panto contains butterflies, flowers, ribbons and swirls all in one.

Butterfly panel quilt.

Butterfly panel quilt.

This quilt has a butterfly panel for its centre.  It was pieced in a very interesting manner which I used as inspiration for the

quilting.  I stitched butterflies and loops in the outside border and in the lattice, I stitched pebbles in the white section and straight

wiggly lines in the dark brown section.  It looked kind of neat indeed and lots of texture as well.

I tried to imitate grasses in the inner border section, in an attempt to tie the whole quilt together.

NOw, I have to complete 3 more quilt tops that are waiting for me.  Until next time, keep stitching up a storm.

If you are in Penitiction , BC this weekend, Quilt Canada has their big show on as well. Check it out.