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.

 

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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.

 

 

Taking A Break..

I have been away for the past several weeks. The first week, I needed a break from

quilting, as I was working  non stop for 2 weeks on samples for Northcott.

It was International Quilt Festival Market,  in Houston, and they needed some of their samples

done. I promise that photos will follow in the weeks to come.

I was also in Houston. last week, for  International Quilt Festival.

It was so much fun hanging out with my new friend, Darlene, from

South Carolina. And to make matters even more fun, Darlene won 3rd place

in the Large Applique Quilt Category. And guess who quilted her quilt for her?

You got it- me!

Darlene’s Quilt

Who would have guessed that blogging would actually bring two total strangers together?

Darlene and her friends were very kind in that I hung out with them at

Quilt Festival. We had so much fun, even rode on a metal bull. I will tell that story some other

time though.

This quilt is called “Hope.” The male designer was battling cancer and made this during his

struggle. It is beautiful!I It is made up of one large piece of fabric ; all the motifs pop off

the quilt due to gold thread being used. Very impressive!

A close up of the stitching.

This piece was created by a lady from Japan; the Japanese are so talented and usually win

some of the top honors at Houston and elsewhere. It is hand pieced and hand quilted.

This quilt looked very modern to me.

All that texture

The quilting is great too; so much texture, which I love.

Again, lots of  yummy texture.

All the winners are announced on the first evening of the Festival.  There is an Awards Ceremony

and all the top 9 winners are kept secret until then. After all the categories are

gone through,  the top 9 winners are announced. It becomes very tense for some of the winners,

wondering what top award they have won.

I must admit that the Aussies are a rowdy bunch. They were hooting and hollering each time an

Aussie won an award. They seem like alot of fun and very supportive of each other.

The top 8 winners receive $5,000 for their quilts and the Best of

Show, wins $12,000. What a catch that would be.

I love the circles on this quilt, even the ones stitched into the background.

This spiral ring catch my eye because it is made out of velvet. I can’t imagine working with that

material in hand applique. You have to consider the nap of the fabric and if it frays or not. I

wouldn’t want to deal with that headache,  yet it looks great here.

The berries also drew me in. I am trying to figure out what  material is being used  for the yellow

berries: wool, thread, or embroidery floss?

Any ideas?

This bug was also a  big winner and the background had me stumped. It looked like each block

was separate from the other. Very interesting.

It was alot of fun hanging out at the Festival.

Darlene and I even walked around peeking into  doorways of classrooms, trying to catch a

glimpse of all the Quilt celebrities. We were being  quiet too so we wouldn’t get in trouble. I

managed to shake Linda Taylor’s hand. Maybe some of her talent will rub off on me. Here’s

hoping-ha!

Have a great week and I will have lots more photos to come.

 

Lots of color…

These next few quilts are full of color.  The longer that I work on other peoples’

quilts, the more I realize how much color affects me and how much I love it.

Lori Rose made this beauty for her daughter’s wedding; she actually made it

ahead of time and had it ready for the wedding. Way to go Lori Rose!!

I really love the colors of this quilt. And the dragonflies are gorgeous!! The fabrics are

Kaufman’s “Dance of the Dragonflies.” I looked all over the Internet and had a hard

time finding it. It is available on Amazon but it is a crazy amount.

Another colorful block. Hilde Morin makes fabric bowls and I wanted to make one

using this fabrics. After looking for weeks, I called Lori Rose and she graciously gave

me the leftover from this quilt. What a generous person she is! Thank you Lori Rose.

I will post pictures of the fabric bowl when it is completed.

This is the backing fabric. Again, the blue matches the intensity of the colors on the top

of the quilt. Lime green polyester So Fine thread was used for the top and the backing.

Dragonflies and hearts were stitched all over the quilt. Hope your daughter loved her quilt.

Northcott made this quilt for Quilt Market. I really like the colors too. I would never

have guessed that orange would become one of my favorite colors.

“Pick a modern design” is what I was told so I chose “Modernish” by Urban Elementz. It has

a fantastic website of quilting designs to choose from.

I used  a variegated thread by Superior  Threads  for the top and the backing.

The backing of the quilt.

A close up of the back.

Another Northcott quilt. I love this quilt too. The lines, the colors, the pattern, all work

for me. What about you?

I was surprised to see that the black blocks on this quilt were fused on, I stitched around them

to ensure that they would not come off at all. It sure saves time to skip the piecing.

The Batiks in this quilt also speak to me. Too bad that there is not enough hours in

the day to create all that I like.

The fused blocks

For the stitching, I used a monofilament-smoky color- to stitch around all the black squares. In

the white areas, I followed the lines on the printed fabric. In the grey areas, I stitched in straight

lines. The print on the fabrics was used as the quilting and stitching designs.

The backing

This is what the backing looks like.

Close up

A Batik was used on the back of the quilt too. So Fine and Superior Threads were used for the

quilt top. Check out The Needle and Thread Network.

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.

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

A New Line…

As promised, I do have pictures of the new line that Northcott is coming

out with.  I must warn you though, they are very enticing.

Green Colorway

This is a digitally printed fabric;  it is a part of the new line that was revealed this

past weekend, at Quilt Market, in Houston. And you are getting your own

private viewing. Yeah, I am going a little overboard.

A Close Up

Because 2 of the quilts were the same, except for the color, I chose to

quilt them differently.

A Close Up

For this green colorway, I interpreted the quilt as having fallen leaves on the

forest floor, so I quilted in pine needles as the background filler. I only came

up with this idea after taking a walk and racking my brain for ideas.

The leaves

This is also a digitally printed fabric that looks like marble or granite.

I am seriously thinking that I have to get my hands on some of this

fabric.

Table runner

I also love this table runner;  So simple yet effective.

A Magnifico Thread was used for the top background filler. I used a

monofilament thread to do all the SID (stitch in the ditch).

Close up

Because leaves were the theme of this particular line, I  thought of rocks,

pine needles, wind, and pebbles as the background fillers.

The Backing

This is the backing of the tablerunner. Again, I love the leaves, the color gradations,

and the stitching.

More close up and texture .

This is the same quilt but only in a different colorway. This is my

favorite piece and colors .

For this quilt, I thought of the wind blowing through all the leaves so

I quilted  in swirls through the middle of the quilt.

The center of the quilt

In the outer areas of the quilt, I quilted in rocks so it resembles leaves on the

ground.

Here is a close up of the rocks I stitched in the top.

More swirls to represent the wind blowing through the leaves.

The backing. I am totally in love with this color gradation!!

A close up of the stitching on the backing. So, what do you think of this

new line?

This is what I am working or right now. The blue carrots are really

stretching me; I have to admit that I will be happy when this one is

finished. Still wondering how I will quilt this one up.

Have a great week and check out

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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.

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

 

Quilt Show Time Again- Part 2

Last week, I showed you several of the quilts I quilted for Northcott.

Here are the remaining quilts that I completed as well.

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To be quite honest, I really didn’t know what to do with this panel.

I decided to leave it until last, hoping that something inspiring would

hit me.

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Nothing dramatic popped into my head so I quilted squares in the

background.

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

In the houses, I stitched in some curtains and straight lines to hold

the fabric in place so it wouldn’t pop up in that area.

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The house backing

The backing always shows off the texture beautifully. I love the solid

white backing.

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A close up of the backing.

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The Hippie Quilt

I love, love, love the colors in this quilt. It looks like fun to

me so I tried to immulate that feeling with the motifs that I chose

for the background fill.

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Swirls were chosen for the background fill because they look like

fun to me.

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Modern was also the theme that I wanted to include so I

stitched around the colorful squares and added the loops. The

loops almost look like flowers to me.

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In the grey star area, I wanted to draw attention to them so

I used straight lines in the background area.

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The Backing

I love the circles on the backing. You really can’t see the

stitching but it is fun too.

This is the last quilt that I stitched. I love this wallhanging as well.

I love the colors and the shapes.

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I stitched around the large circles and outlined the  large

circles with more circles. It seems that circles were the main

attraction on this quilt top.

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I added straight lines in the white background, as I didn’t

want to draw too much attention to the background. I also

changed the direction in which the straight lines were

stitched so that interest would be created.

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All the circles around the stars were stitched freehand. I was

nervous when I began stitching them but thought; ” What the

heck, I’ll give it a try.”

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The triangles

In the triangles, I stitched a quick arc because you can’t really

see the stitching so why put alot of detail into that area?

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The borders were very easy to design. Just use the straight

lines and arches that were printed onto the fabric. Easy peasy.

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The whole quilt, from the backing.

Here you can see all the yummy texture on the backing.

How can you not love this?

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The border areas show off the straight line stitching.

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One of the stars and all those circles around the stars.

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More stars.

The straight lines are cool and I love the one triangle in the

background fill. A white Omni polyester thread was used for

the top and the backing.

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Outside border area.

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The whole quilt.

Here is a  postcard I received from Judy Stupak; she is

hosting a postcard exchange each month. This is the

postcard for September’s theme: “Back To School.’

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I love it. It resembles a blackboard and practice writing on it

and of course, the kids in the classroom.

Have a great week.