A Few More Pictures…

As promised, these are the last of the Canadian Quilt Show.

Wholecloth Quilt

This wholecloth quilt was very big and interesting. It depicts a young girl riding

her horse. It ribboned as well.

I loved this squirrel pattern that was hanging in a vendor’s booth. The blue color

is what draws me in.

Trend TEx Challenge

There were alot of exhibits at the Show. The Trend Tex Challenge uses 5 fabrics and

the theme was “A Canadian Memory.” In Nfld,  “mummering” used to be a local

tradition but it has died out. Basically, people dress up and go to their friends’ houses

and  act silly while the neighbours try to guess who it is dressed up. There is also

alot of liquor involved so you can see why it was both entertaining and amusing.

Guess who?

Whoever came up with this one, was thinking.  We can’t forget how much

Canadians love their coffee and donuts.

Northcott’s Quilts of Valor Challenge

The Quilts of Valor Display was interesting as well; there were lots of different

quilts to choose from.

RCMP Quilt

How can you resist a red uniform?  And the red toque is adorable.

Centennial Quilt

It was nice to see quilts that were made for Canada’s 100th Birthday. Very

different from today.

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A close up of one of the blocks in the quilt above.

Embroidered Quilt

A close up of all the work in this quilt.

Modern Quilts

Modern quilts were also being displayed.

‘Sticks”

I really like this quilt. It is so simple but the color is effective.

The Fibre Art Network was also holding their own display. This piece caught

my eye.

Curvy Quilt

I also like this pattern. The quilt was made by using Sew Kind of  Wonderful’s

arc ruler.

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The quilting is terrific on this quilt. Love all the straight lines and pebbles.

Paints and stitching were used to create this watercolor effect. I think

I will have to try this technique  in the future.

Skiing

Another piece which I totally fell in love with. It looks like a picture, it is that

good.

Who can forget to get the kids involved?  They had their own display too.

Canadian Leaf

What a great idea to use a Canadian symbol celebrating the 150 th Birthday and

turn it into a quilt.

“Trees”

I like these trees as well.

“Taking a Walk”

It amazes me how someone can turn an ordinary experience (ie. going for

a walk) into such a great art quilt.

The details

This  quilt looks like a picture. The creator did a great job!!

Hope you liked the Quilt Show and have a great week.

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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.

 

 

The Last One & Merry Christmas!

This is the last quilt that I will be completing for 2016. Yes, I am

cutting it close but at least it is finished and before the end of the

year.

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Sherri’s Modern Quilt

Sherri brought me this quilt and told me” Play! Do what you want,”

Those words struck both fear and exhilaration in me. Fear because

I had no clue about what to stitch on it and exhilaration because I

felt that I could try something new.

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To be quite honest, I kind of went nuts on this one. At one

point, I was waiting for a customer to arrive and I got so

involved in what I was doing that I didn’t hear her come in.

My son opened the door and let her in while I was quilting

away. I started complaining about how I didn’t like what I

had just stitched out; thinking that my son was in the room

with me but was ignoring me, I said it again. When I looked

up, to my horror, there was the customer. She said’ You

looked like you were really concentrating on what you were doing.”

The whole thing made me laugh uncontrollably.

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Pebbles and straight lines

Sherri only gave me one stipulation, I had to use pebbles and

straight lines. To be quite honest, I love pebbles and straight

lines so my only thought was “how many ways can I stitch out

pebbles and straight lines?”

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These pictures give you a small glimpse of that.

Usually, I like to design or come up with 3-5 designs

of what I will stitch onto the top, even before I put one

stitch into the quilt.

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Sometimes though, I fly by the seat of my pants. I start with all the

SID work . By the time this is completed, I have stared at the

same quilt so long that some type of inspiration hits me. I prefer

the first method instead of the second one; it is less stressful and

I know what the end result will look like.

 

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I chose to cut loose, play, and have some fun. Because there

were so many circles on the printed fabric, I knew that I had to

incorporate some circles into the stitching. And the piecing

depicted boxes or squares, so I had to add some of those as

well.

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Because the background is white, the stitching would show up

really well so I decided to place these shapes randomly, all over

the quilt.

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The inside “crosses” all received the same treatment and the outer

border was stitched using pebbles and boxes/squares. I thought that

it would help calm the quilt top and stitching down a little.

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I do have alot of pictures of this quilt. I apologize for that but

there is so much to look at. Sherri hasn’t seen it yet so I hope

that she likes it.

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Some of the designs were taken from several of my favorite

long armers: Judi Madsen, Jodi Robinson, and Cindy Needham.

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The middle section

I used monofilament thread for all the SID work and a thin

Bottom Line for all the quilting. It is so thin that you don’t get

alot of thread build up and the texture is amazing.

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I love, love, love the texture of this quilt. With all this stitching, the

quilt does get somewhat stiff but it does soften up eventually.

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The prints were so graphic that I knew I had to make the

stitching match and support it.

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More texture and matchsticks.

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I think that the circle on the right looks like a  pepperoni

pizza to me. I must have been hungry when I stitched that in.

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The overall quilt.

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More pebbles.

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And who can forget the back?  Again, more graphic fabric;

this is a great choice if you don’t want to see the stitching and

all those stops and starts.

On a different note, here are some Christmas fabric postcards

that I received. I love getting these in the mail.

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Hope you are ready for Christmas Day. I only have to pack

some Christmas cookie tins and wrap some presents.

Have a Merry Christmas!  Maybe I see you again this year

but definitely I’ll see you next year.

A Local Quilt Show…

Our annual local Quilt Show happened several weekends ago now.

Here are some of the gorgeous quilts that were hanging in the Show.

There are alot of talented quilters and people in this area. I am

sure that you will agree after you have seen these pictures.

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Star Quilt

I am unsure of many of the people who made these quilts. And

be forewarned, there are alot of pictures in this post.

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16 Patch Quilt

The additions on the corners add some more interest to the

quilt.

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These are some of the wallhangings in the Show. Yes, my camera

didn’t do a very good job here. I apologize but I am sure you get

the overall idea of the design.

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Cute little birdies.

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More wallhangings.

Mary made the lower wallhanging.

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More wallhangings

Quite the selection at the Show this year.

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A modern Quilt

There were alot of modern quilts at the Show this year.

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A very colorful modern quilt.

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Very subdued colors in this quilt but still effective.

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A Chevron Quilt.

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Joan made this quilt that I finished for her last year. It

received lots of comments.

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I still love the bubbles, or pebbles, and the matchsticks;  it adds

so much texture. And I love texture, although I don’t want to

quilt another one like this for a while.

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I think this was considered a large wallhanging.

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A Strip Quilt

I love the pinks in this quilt.

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As I  mentioned before, a nice selection this year.

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Another Modern Quilt.

I do like the blocks in this quilt.

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This looks like Northcott’s Stonehenge fabrics to me.

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A Floral Quilt

How can you not like this one? Love the flowers and the colors.

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Wow!! Look at all that piecing!

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Love the modern fabrics in this one.

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Doesn’t color affect the way you react to a quilt?

I love how the colored blocks go around the

quilt.

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CArls’ Quilt

This quilt is rather interesting. Not sure of the name or

the designer.

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BArb’s Quilt

I love Batik fabrics.

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Not quite sure of the block’s name that was used in this quilt.

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More piecing. And curved at that.

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A bright quilt

Again, I am unsure of the name but I can’t imagine

all that piecing.

 

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Anther dark photo. I am sure you get the idea though.

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Tans and browns.

I do like this color scheme together.

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A very traditional quilt. I think it has 1/2 log cabins

strips in it.

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A Sampler Quilt.

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A Modern Garden Quilt.

This one intrigues me. What a great idea to use up some

of your blocks that are floating around.

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Lynn’s Sock Monkey Quilt

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Susan created this fun quilt from Lori Holt’s pattern

called “Cake Walk.” I keep telling Susan that she should

be designing because she uses a pattern but changes it

up to make it her own.

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The border area was alot of fun, although it would have been

scary to watch me as I zoomed around each of the mice in the

border.

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An example of one of her cakes. Notice the trim that was used

as icing. I couldn’t help but to keep smiling and laughing as I

quilted this quilt.

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I am unsure if the designs on this quilt was totally embroidered.

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Mary’s Quilt

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The lady who created this quilt used alof of bias strips.

She mentioned that it took her quite a few years to

complete but it is stunning.

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An Applique Quilt.

These are works of art to me.

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A close up of the blocks in the quilt.

Hope you enjoyed all the pictures. I have

a few more for next week. Have a great week.

 

Quilt Canada-Part 2

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Here are some more photos, as promised, from last week’s

Quilt Canada, in Toronto.

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There seemed to be alot of modern quilts at the Show this

year. Depending on what your taste is, this could be a good

thing or not. I really like the colors in this

quilt and the piecing  seems like alot of fun as well.

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Orange is a color that is growing on me. It will be fun to

see if I actually make an orange quilt.

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This was an interesting quilt. It is very modern looking

and its size draws you in.

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Upon closer inspection, you can see that the stitching is all

done by hand, unless the maker has a Sasiko sewing machine.

Yes, there is such a thing.

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Another modern quilt. It was interesting how the designer

chose the colors that she/he did. There is alot of tight

straight line stitching on this one as well.

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Krista Withers quilted this quilt while another lady

made it. Krista is a longarmer that I follow and am

beginning to really like her quilting.

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Again, another orange pieced quilt. An interesting layout and

designs for quilting.

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As usual, it is the quilting that draws me in. I  love the texture

that the quilting gives to a quilt. It brings it to life.

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An interesting take on a modern circular quilt.

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I love the colors in this wallhanging.

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This wallhanging seemed to grab alot of attention. The

bright yellow circle stands out alot.

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More machine stitching.

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Here is an example of the tight, dense, straight line

quilting that seemed to be so popular in the Quilt

Show this year. I wonder what next year will bring?

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Modern wallhanging

I do love the colors in this piece and the stitching is

fascinating as well. Again, where does someone start

on a piece like this?

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Wholecloth wallhanging

I love wholecloth quilts. The stitching and texture is

what makes the whole quilt. This must be why

longarming appeals to me so much.

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Another wholecloth wallhanging

Forget the piecing and go straight to the quilting and

texture.

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This is Ruth Kennedy’s quilt. It is quite large and colorful.

Once again,she won a ribbon too. A very talented lady

indeed.

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This was an interesting quilt. When I first saw it, I

wondered “how did this  person ever piece all those

small pieces?”

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Getting closer to the quilt, I noticed that the background

was all white/cream and all the black marks were drawn

onto the quilt top using a black marker or sharpie.

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Wow!! That must have taken a long time to create. The stitching

is pretty cool as well. This quilt certainly stirred up alot of

commotion.

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Best of Show

Helen Fujiko won the “Best of Show” with this

wallhanging. It is extremely colorful, which I love.

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Helen’ Quilt

A close up of her quilt.

The whole quilt judging process intrigues me.

There are still more photos to come. I will try to

wrap it up next week. Enjoy the sunshine in

Southern Ontario.

 

Quilt Canada-Part 1

Quilt Canada is currently happening at the International

Center, In Toronto, this week. I was there yesterday,

volunteering for several hours. My buddy in crime, as we

manned the door, was Patti Carey. What fun we had

checking tickets. Because I took so many pictures of quilts,

I will be posting them within the next several weeks so

bear with me. Enjoy.

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This modern quilt intrigued me. At first glance, you see a

guy wearing sunglasses but as you get up close to the quilt,

all the black colors are really circles. Each one is a different

size though. I thought it was pretty creative.

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The Toronto Modern Quilt Guild was displaying some of

their modern quilts. This is a taste of what they have created.

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Chains. The blue color is what caught my eye.

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I like the layout of this quilt. Again, who comes

up with these ideas? I am learning  that you have to be

brave and just create what you like, irregardless of what

others think.

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I like the colors of this quilt too.

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Again, the  colors caught my eye. On closer inspection,

you will see that the fabrics are all raw edge applique.

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Tracey Lawko created these hay bales. She is quite talented

in that she creates pictures by using only thread. It is

quite impressive to see up close and personal.

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Modern quilt

This quilt intrigued me. At first glance, you think that the

fabric is printed this way but it fact, all the shapes on this

quilt was cut and pasted there. All the stitching holds those

pieces in place. Again, how do people come up with these

ideas? It would take me a million years to even think

of such a thing.

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I really love this quilt. The horse is comprised of different

colors of chessecloth that has been added to the tan background,

Even the tan rectangle, behind the horse, is one sheer  piece of

fabric. There is alot of stitching on the horse but it is beautiful.

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I liked the stitching on this traditional piece so I had to have

a picture of it.

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This quilt is so full of color. I really do like the color and

the size draws me to it as well.

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How could I pass up this cute little bear?

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Puffins

And puffins, I have a soft spot for them, especially

since I am from Nfld.

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They are so cute.

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More modern quilts. The quilting adds alot of

dimension to them as well.

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Again, the color draws me in. And the piecing is pretty

cool as well.

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I am beginning to like the color orange more and more.

I hope you enjoyed the pictures. There are more to come.

Also,note that if you click on each picture, the

picture will pop up larger. Good to know if you want to see

each quilt a little closer.

Before I forget, Kerry Burke’s quilt “Friends of Baltimore”

won “Excellence in Hand Applique.”  Wow! It it truly a

work of art and love. I worked on it for her last summer,

so I am pretty happy about that as well.

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Kerry’s “Friends of Baltimore.”

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The winning quilt

Have a good week.

 

Filling it up…

This is what I have been working on for the past several weeks.

It seems that whenever a quilt needs to be done by a certain time,

that obstacles keep popping up and taking me away from working

on a quilt.

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On the frame

This quilt is  no exception. Lots of appointments, a funeral

to attend, kids finishing up exams and life in general seems to be

telling me that this quilt is not going to get completed. I have

other thoughts about this though.

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In each block, I decided to stitch in 3 lines around the

perimeter. In the center section, I stitched in pebbles.

If you ask me, I think it makes the blocks and quilt,

in general, look more “classy.” This fits beautifully

with the quilt, as it is a more traditional applique

quilt.

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Stitching the pebbles in the border sections. Sorry for the

terrible lighting. Once this is completed, I will begin

filling up the blocks with background fills. That is always

my favorite part of working on a quilt.

To change up this post, I have added some pictures of

completed quilts I did for customers, before Christmas.

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A customer’s quilt.

I can’t remember who made this quilt but it was big!!

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The borders were really cool. Leaves were stitched all

over the quilt and I used a cream polyester thread for

the top and the backing.

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The cream backing really shows up the pattern nicely.

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Modern cars and trucks.

This proud grandma wanted to keep the feel of this

quilt modern. So I stitched in cars, trucks and trains

for her grandson. It was pretty funny because all

of the templates I used for  the vehicles, were bought

at Dollarama. They were made of fun foam too.

It is pretty interesting that you can find alot of quilting

supplies at the Dollar Store. What quilting supplies

have you found at Dollarama?

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In the borders, she wanted her grandson’s name and

date of birth. What a great idea!! So I used my Scan & Cut

machine, which my darling husband bought me last summer.

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I cut all the letters and laid them out on the border.

Then I traced around them and stitched

them out. What a time saver that was!!

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Back of the quilt.

The backing shows up the stitching nicely. I used a white

polyester thread for the top and the backing.

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A close up of the trains, cars and trucks.

Remember last week and my encouragement to join the

365 Challenge. Well, the first few blocks only took 5 minutes

or so but the one I made last night took me over an hour!

And it is only 3 1/2″ square.  I am realizing that it takes

alot of accuracy to make these blocks. And it doesn’t help

that the pieces are so small and sometimes move when

you stitch them together.

That is ok though, because I am stubborn and will find some

way to make it work. Any tips for working with small

pieces?

Have a great week!!