Christine’s Quilt…

This is the quilt that Christine brought to me. I think that it has been

a local Mystery Quilt Class. What made Christine’s extra special was the

fact that she picked all of her own colors. I think she did a great job!

There is a ton of piecing on this quilt. Because I don’t get to do much

piecing any more, I appreciate even more all the time and effort that

goes into making a quilt like this.

Christine made my job somewhat easier because she knew exactly what

she wanted on her quilt: lots of pebbles, straight lines and texture. All of

my favorite things too.

Instead of feathers, Christine wanted a maple leaf to commemorate Canada’s 150th

Birthday.  In the above picture, you can see the maple leaf in the corner of

the cream section. In the sashing area, I stitched in straight lines.

The block also had a combination of straight lines, pebbles , and swirls. You

can’t  go wrong with that combination.

The outer border

The outside border was very complex looking; what a great pieced border. I SID around all the

little squares and added pebbling in those small areas. The outside border had pebbles and

leaving those small squares blank didn’t look right to me.

More pebbles in the colored square. At first, the colored thread didn’t appeal to me

but as I kept working on the quilt, it grew on me and I fell in love with it. I used

a monofilament clear thread for all the ditch work. It saves alot of time for me.

I don’t have to change thread colors constantly.

One of the 9 blocks

As you can see, the fabrics are gorgeous. There is also a Maple Leaf in the center square

of each block. The Maple Leaves were integrated all over the quilt.

More Maple Leaves, pebbles and straight lines. I also used a cream polyester thread

for the cream areas and the backing.

Some of the offset blocks consisted of this design.

The finished quilt.

I love the before and after shots of quilts. All the stitching really brings a quilt to life.

The backing

You  must not forget the backing. It also has its own story to tell. And how can

you resist all that yummy texture?

This is my favorite shot of the quilt. You can see all the texture and designs showing

through.

The border area

And here  is the border area. Again, more texture. Christine loved her quilt and at the

end of the day, that is all that matters.

I can’t remember who made this quilt but soon it will be that Christmas Season

once again.

The pattern is a loopy Star design by Linda Taylor. I used a light brown

polyester thread for the top and a light cream for the backing.

The backing

Again, the backing tells its own story.

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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.

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I am still here…

My husband was on vacation and I decided that I would like to be on vacation

with him so I took 2 weeks off. Before I left for vacation, I had posted about

an elephant wallhanging that Mary had completed. Here are the before and

after photos.

Elephant before stitching\

This is what the elephant looks like when I get him. He looks like a blank canvas to me.

I really didn’t know what I was going to stitch onto this beautiful creature. So, I scanned the

Web and looked at what others had done. But I like to do my own thing and kept looking

for ideas.

Background

The background fabric is great and Mary just wanted me to stitch over all the ovals.

That was pretty easy and why fight the print on the fabric? So, this area was covered

but what about the rest of the elephant?

The trunk

I love libraries and off I went one evening, with no thought about elephants at all. When

I got there, I decided to pick up some books on elephants.  Maybe I could get some ideas

from pictures in the books. It was worth a try.

The tusk

After looking at several books, I decided that I would try to imitate all the wrinkles

on a real elephant but the lines would have to be simplified or I would be quilting

for the next several months.

Another tusk

I started with the ears and quilted in wiggly lines to replicate all the lines in the outer

perimeter of  the ears. Then I moved onto his tail, that was the easy part. Just make

it look like hair. Next I quilted his body beside the trunk; again simple lines to outline

the curves of his body.

The trunk was kept for last because I really didn’t know how I would tackle making  it

looked curved while being on a flat  2D surface. I had even gone the extra step of adding in

an additional layer of wool batting so that it would “puff” up like trapunto. I quilted in

all the lines with only the quilt top on the frame. Then I off loaded it and cut off all

the extra batting on the backing.

Right side of the elephant

Then I reloaded  the whole thing again, only this time with the batting and

the backing. Everything was working out fine until I got to the trunk. All the stitching  without a

stabilizer had caused the fabric to pucker up. I was not happy at all. Panic was beginning to set in

but I kept going.

Half of the reveal

I decided to stitch around the grey sections in the trunk and liked that but the unstitched

area was really “puffing” up and I knew I couldn’t stop there. So I tried stitching all the

way across the trunk, in a slightly curved line and then stopped to access the situation.

To my surprise, I actually liked the look of it and knew it would make the “puffy” areas

more flat. Ahhh! Now I could relax and finish the trunk.  The stresses of a  longarmer-ha!

The inside of the ears needed some stitching but I didn’t want to attract any more

attention to them so I merely outlined the piecing in monofilament thread.

The completed elephant

Lastly, I tried to imitate the lines on the legs and made them somewhat curvy. I

thought that more curvy lines on the tusks would clash with the lines on the

trunk so I stitched in long straight lines. It helps to emphasize how strong the

tusks are, in my mind anyways.

And that is the story of how I completed and lived through completing this

beautiful elephant for Mary. What is quite funny too is that I also picked up

a book by Anthony Lawrence called “The Elephant Whisperer.” It is a true

story of how he adopted an herd of elephants and managed to help

them forgive humans who hurt them. It is an easy read, check it out.

I also learned about his Conservation efforts in South Africa, his homeland

and of his conservation area called “Thula Thula.”  Visiting this place may

have to go on my bucket list now. Funny how quilting can lead to something

totally different. I had great fun learning about elephants and Thula Thula

through this quilt. Thanks Mary.

The backing

Mary loves Tula Pink and here is some of her fabric for the backing.

A close up of the backing fabric. It does a great job of hiding all the stops

and starts.

Mary also made this quilt. “La Pascallia” is the name of it. All of the piecing is

done by hand. It is definitely a work of love and art.

Here are some close ups of the fabrics Mary used and fussy cut to make each

circle unique.

The quilt was actually quite heavy when Mary brought it to me so Mary

had decided not to use batting in the middle. That was a really good choice

because it helped to lighten the weight of the finished quilted piece.

Flannel was used as the batting and it also helped to keep the

quilted piece from becoming too wavy. I think that the traditional

batting would have made the piece puffy in areas and that would

have detracted from the beauty of all that hand piecing.

Mary also wanted minimal quilting on the top  and I ended up

using a monofilament thread all of the quilt. It blends well with all

the colors of the top and you don’t have to keep changing threads

to match the colors on the top.

I stitched a small wiggly line all around each of the seams. This holds the

top together and doesn’t interfere with all the fussy cutting piecing either.

Great idea Mary!

More Tula Pink fabric

Mary also had some more Tula Pink fabric; again it helps to hide all the

stops and starts used in the quilting.

A close up of the background fabric.

Dara’s Quilt

Dara made this beauty for a special girl getting married. There is alot of time

put into this quilt in the way of machine embroidery.

Each block has either a moose or bear in the center that was machine embroidered.

You might think that this takes no time at all but it does. You have to center each block,

hoop it, add stabilizer and then keep an eye on the machine as it stitches it out.

The bear is pretty cool too. There certainly is ALOT of piecing on this quilt as well.

Good job Dara! Maple Leaves were the design of choice and a dark brown polyester

thread was used for the top and the backing.

The backing works great with the front too.

Jeanettte brought in this quilt. Again, alot of piecing. Because I don’t get

to piece much anymore, I am always amazed at how  patient quilters are

when putting together a quilt top.

Oak leaves were the design chosen and a light brown polyester thread

was  used for the top and the backing.

The border

This shows the piecing in the border area, I love it! Pieced borders add

so much more interest to the quilt top, in my opinion.

The backing was a light color and shows off the stitching perfectly.

Keep in mind what type and color of backing you want to use when

making a quilt. Do you want to hide all the stitching or do you want

it to be seen for the world to see? Mention that you your longarmer

and I am sure that they will help you with this.

Anne made this table runner for Canada’s 150th Birthday. She bought it

as a kit and it is gorgeous! The batiks are really striking.

I know that a Canadian designer  created this piece but can’t think of her

name. If you do know, just let me know and I will add it later. I stitched

around the central leaf with monofilament thread and then added

some clouds in the sky. It didn’t need much stitching as the

Canadian Geese and central design are beautiful.

 

Hope you enjoyed the show and don’t smile too much.

The kids might think that you are happy that they are back in

school-yipee!

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Staying cool?

I am not sure about you but here in Central Ontario, it has been hot lately.

We are all trying to stay cool; having a pool certainly does help.

Here is what I have been up to in the past several weeks.

Kaye’s Baby Quilt

Kaye brought me this adorable baby quilt. It has minky on the back and the

top is similar to minky, in texture and touch but not as thick.

My  only concern was that the backing would stretch on the frame and when

it comes off, it is not flat at all. So,  if you are working with minky, make sure

there is alot of backing fabric and load the length of the backing along the

length of the frame.

This ensures that the stretch runs along the length of the frame and it

won’t stretch as much.

Ask me how I know this? I ruined one baby quilt this way so I have

learned from that experience. And yes, it was my own baby quilt, thank

God. I would have been very upset if it belonged to a customer of mine.

Charity Quilt

Evelyn pieced this baby quilt and I quilted it.  It is really cute and the fabric

is lovely. If I remember correctly, this is for an upcoming new baby.

 

A close up.

Evelyn wanted some  daisies all over the top and we used a light purple

polyester thread for the top and the backing.

Evelyn’s 2nd Baby Quilt

Evelyn also made this baby quilt too. She was making sure that she had both of

the genders covered.   Daisies were stitched onto this top too.

I forget the thread color we used but it matched the top, for sure.

The backing is cute and cuddly.

I really like the color of the backing.

Hope you enjoy your week. I am linking up with

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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.

Close Up

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.

Close Up

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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Summer is coming…

Summer is coming and I am trying so hard to get all caught up with

customers’ quilts. Currently, I have a quilt on the frame  that usually

resides in Florida but is home here for the time being. I promise to

put some photos up next week.

Helena’s Quilt

Helena commissioned me to make this quilt for her. She picked out all the

colors and fabrics so it made my job somewhat easier. I did all the piecing,

quilting, and binding for her. The pattern is one that I designed several years ago.

Helena chose  the “Flirtatious” design and I used a cream Omni polyester thread

for the top and the backing. The backing was a dark brown fabric, similar to the color

of the brown in the border area. It was completed last week.

Cathy’s Quilt

Cathy made this adorable quilt for a special someone in Nova Scotia. I would love

to be there when he gets it. The whole time I was quilting it, I was smiling.

It is so colorful and so much fun to work on and look at.

The quilt  has alot of Dr. Suess fabrics in  it, so how can it not  be fun?

The backing is made of minky. I love this fabric but also hate it.

You have to be so careful when putting it on the frame to be quilted

because there is so much stretch in one direction.

Minky backing

I think I scared Cathy when I explained this to her but I checked several times

when I put it on the frame. I wanted to make sure that the stretch went the length

of the frame and not the other way around. And I also made sure not to wind the

frame and quilt too tight so that the minky would not suck in once it was off the

frame. Ask me how I know that? Yes, I did a baby quilt once with minky and had

to throw it out due to all the puckering when it came off the frame.

So, my word of caution to you is, buy extra of the minky just to ensure that you

have lots of wiggle room.

As promised, I did complete my abstract piece and here it is. Several months

ago, I took an online course with Katie Pasquini Masopust. I love the fact

that you just painted and played and then picked out an area on your

canvas that you liked. This area is then enlarged and you make templates

from the painting.

This was one of the hardest pieces I have ever made; trying to figure out values

of color threw me into panic mode but I kept at it until I was satisfied. Overall,

I am pretty pleased with it but would change some of the steps in the process,

just for future reference.

Here is the backing. I chose a black polyester fabric so I could see all the

colors of threads. And to be quite honest, I think I love the back

better than I do the front. I will have to think about which side the

facing will be attached to.

The entire backing. What do you think?  Add the facing to the

white front or the black backing?

Now, that this abstract piece is completed, I am starting another

larger piece depicting carrots, using Susan Carlson’s fabric

collage technique. I don’t know why I love this picture of carrots

so much, maybe the color? Angela Liddon gave me permission

to make a quilt of this picture that she took of carrots.

Yes, I am crazy but the color bug has

bitten and I can’t help myself. I am already pulling my hair

out in regards to what colors to use. I think that I have finally

settled upon using Joan Wolfrom’s Color Tool. And thus far,

I like what I have done. Here’s a sneak peek.

I really don’t like the brown fabric so it is going to be removed

shortly. Maybe I will be further along next week, so stay tuned.

Have a great week and check out some other Canadian

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A Baby Boom…

This is the second week of baby quilts;  I am beginning to think that there is a

baby boom out there, or at least in this area of Central Ontario.

Modern BAby Quilt

One of my husband’s co-workers just had a baby boy.  And my husband wanted

a quilt for the baby. So, I picked this up at Lens Mills and quilted it. Because this

was a rush job, I merely outlined the blocks.

Cute baby blocks

I thought the pattern was cute. The edging has no binding because I folded both

of the backing and top edges together and stitched it down.

The backing

I decided on a fun blue flannel print for the backing. The flannel will

help keep the baby warm and it is so soft.

I don’t know about you but I find making quilts for other people so hard,

especially when you don’t know them that well. Quilts and art are similar in

that peoples’ tastes are so different and unique.

Guild Comfort Quilt

Our Guild, Kempenfelt Guild, usually makes alot of comfort quilts for the

local hospital. Here are 2 that I have been hanging onto for the past 7 months.

Time to get them done and out the door.

Brenda bought all the fabric and pieced these  2 following Comfort quilts together.

It never  ceases to impress me how generous quilters are with their time and money.

Thanks Brenda!

The backing\

The backing of the first Comfort Quilt. Here is Brenda’s second Comfort quilt.

Comfort Quilt #2

This one is really cute and what a great idea to give non quilters such

a homemade and unique gift.

For both quilts, I stitched a fun panto called “Popcorn” onto the quilts. I also

used a matching polyester thread for the top.

Jeanette is on a mission to make all of her grandkids a quilt. She is almost there

too. The middle of this quilt is a panel and she added the 9 Patch and Monkey Wrench

blocks to make the panel into a quilt and fit onto the  twin bed size.

Jeanette’s Quilt

What a great idea! Did I mention how smart quilters are as well?

The backing is really a darker color but my camera and monitor are having issues with

one another. Jeanette chose a simple swirl design to represent the motion of a truck

moving. A grey polyester thread was used for the top and backing too.

Anne’s Quilt

Anne is also making quilts for her grandkids. I didn’t know there was “Anne Of

Green Gables” fabric out there but there is. One of Anne’s grandkids is reading

the “Anne Of Green Gables” series and so, she made her a quilt to go along with it.

I am sure that her grand daughter will cherish this quilt for a long time.

Flowers were stitched onto the quilt; if you look at the light pink fabric, you can

see the flowers.

The backing is also fun and suits the quilt perfectly. A light So Fine blue thread

was used for the top and the backing.

Anne’s 2nd quilt

Anne also made this fun quilt for her grandson. She said that she had alot of fun

putting this one together and it went together fast due to all the big sizes of the

blocks.Her grandson loves soccer and so the fabric is spot on.

The backing

And the backing is perfect as well. Well done Anne! I am sure your grandson will

love this quilt. Again, a simple swirl was chosen to mimic the rolls of the soccer ball.

Lori made this lovely quilt for someone special too. She was quite creative in that

she designed the outer  border area. What a great idea to use up leftovers from the

top and a great way to add interest  as well.

Lori’s Quilt

Here is a close up of the border area and the blocks in the quilt itself.

Lori chose a floral design and I quite like how it looks in the border area.

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

The backing.

Having such a dark backing can really create alot of tension issues if you choose

to use 2 different colored threads, especially a light for the top and a dark for the

backing. But we longarmers try our hardest to make it work.

I hope you enjoyed the eye candy, have a great week and check out

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