Going Back…

It’s a good thing that my husband is retired because March Break turned out to be

extremely busy. My daughter is in HIgh School and wanted to check out some

universities in the area. McMaster and Lauriantan University were on the agenda and

I tagged along for the trip to Sudbury.

Now life has settled down, I am back at work and trying to catch up on my

photos for this blog. These quilts were completed in the summer so I am going

back a few months. Nonetheless, everyone seems to enjoy a  good Quilt Show.

Eva’s Quilt

I have two  good friends who are very talented hand embroiderers, Eva being one of them.

This is one of two  hand embroidered quilts that she made.

The colors are very soothing and Eva even hand quilted it as well. Did I mention that

she is also very talented in this area as well?

The backing

I love pieced backings. They add so much more interest to the back  of the quilt and you

feel as if you are getting two  quilts for the price of one.

Eva’s 2nd Quilt

This is another hand embroidered quilt. Crabapple HIll is the designer and I really like

the patterns that they create.

Eva also created this beauty. Does she ever sleep?

This quilt is hand quilted as well.

You can see her  evenly spaced stitches on the back of the quilt.

The colors are really soothing in this quilt. Do you find that certain

colors draw you to a quilt and make you want to buy the pattern?

Swirls were stitched all over the quilt top. I love  helping

people finish their quilts so they can be used instead of

sitting in a box or drawer somewhere, waiting to be finished.

And yes, I have quilts  in a box, waiting to be finished too.

I love this light blue backing fabric. I am wanting to start a miniature

Wedding Ring Quilt and I couldn’t decide on the colors. I think that I

just found my colors.

This quilt is very graphic in nature but who can resist a black and white Quilt?

Swirls were stitched on the top and a black polyester thread was used for the top and

the backing.

 

The backing matches the top beautifully.

Wolves

Wolves anyone? I think that this may be a Robert Kauffman print. Anyone out there

know for sure?

This was fun as I was able to stitch around each of the wolves. Some guy is really

going to love this quilt.

The Backing

You can see all of the wolves on the back as well.

Have a good week. Spring is almost here.

 

 

 

I have no title….

Here are some more quilts that were completed before Christmas. Hope

you enjoy the show.

A huge quilt

Look at all the piecing! Wow! This quilt was also huge!

This is a close up of one of the blocks in the quilt. The overall quilting design comprised

of leaves.

Look at all the Flying Geese in the border area. Again, all the time it took to create

this beauty.

Another shot of the completed quilt. I used a bright orange polyester thread

for the top and the backing of the quilt.

Here is the back of the quilt. I love the deep orange color.

You can see the leaves on the back of the quilt.

Dara’s Quilt

Dara created this Canadian quilt;  there were alot of these Canadiana quilts this

past year. Kind of makes me regret that I didn’t  make one myself.

It was easy  to choose a design:  Maple Leaves. What could be more Canadian than that?

The backing shows off the Maple Leaves beautifully.

Close up

This quilt below was made  by a very generous person. I quilted it up for a charity.

Another Canadian Quilt

Instead of Maple Leaves, I quilted in straight lines all over the top. I used a cream

polyester thread for the top and the backing.

The backing fabric kind of looks like candy canes, to me anyways. Why does fabric

seem to remind us quilters of food?

Too bad the fabric doesn’t smell like candy canes.

Charity Quilt

This is another quilt that was made by people all over Canada. The completed blocks

were sent into Quilt Canada and the tops were then put together. I quilted straight lines

all over this one too. It was quicker  and I could manage to get it done on time.

A close up of the block. I really like all the colors in this quilt top.

The backing is flannel and the colors match the top perfectly.

Anne purchased this panel and was planning on giving it to someone special.

I stitched in the star lines because I noticed them after staring at the panel for

an hour or so.

The Tree

I outlined the panel and added in some extra stitching.

The border

I quilted in swirls in the green border; a lot of the stitching wouldn’t be

seen anyways so it was a good choice.

The backing is a really fun fabric;  shimmering metallic snowflakes.

A close up of the metallic snowflakes fabric.

Another large coverlet also found its way onto my frame. I outlined the shapes on

the fabric.

The hardest part about quilting this fabric, is deciding what motifs to stitch around.

You have to make sure that the stitching is even and you have to find a

continuous line; you also have to make sure to stop and start really well so that

the stitches don’t come out later on.

The motifs are embroidered onto the fabric;  I try to stitch around them as close as

I can. You would laugh at how fast I can stitch. Sometimes, I have to mentally tell

myself to slow down.

The back of the coverlet; it usually is a thin cotton or polyester fabric. The batting

inside is always a polyester so it puffs up somewhat when it is all done.

Anne’s Quilt

Anne also brought me this panel. I really like it, so vibrant with that black door.

Again, I outlined stitched around the whole panel. The door really stood out when

it was all done.

Some of the Poinsettas on the panel. Even the flowers stood out a little as well. It was

a really fun panel to work  on.

The backing

The back of the panel shows off the stitching nicely. I used a monofilament thread to

go around all the flowers and the door. I used a black polyester thread to fill in the door and

a white polyester thread for the backing.

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Classes with Al Cote

As you know, my big birthday came and went a few weeks ago. In honor

of this birthday, I had the privilege of taking 2 classes with Fibre Artist and

Art Quilter, Al Cote. He is Canadian and lives in Niagara Falls. You can check

out his website here.

Al Cote’s work

I did ask Al if I could take photos of his quilts and he did agree.. I also

asked for permission to post these on my blog. Again, he was gracious

enough to allow me to do this. So, enjoy his work, he is very talented,

creative, and funny.

The purple Wallhanging

It is remarkable how creative Al is. He has the ability to make you

believe that you can make something creative as well. He simplifies

the process and helps you takes creative risks.

Another quilt.

I was hoping  to pick Al’s brain during class. I asked lots of questions and Al

was very patient in answering all my questions. I really love the fact that

he is constantly learning and growing as an artist. What a great challenge!

I think that I would love to follow in his footsteps, in this regard.

My favorite

I am beginning to think that I can create my own art quilts but instead of

pressuring myself to create pieces, I can just “play.” This takes all the

pressure off of myself and allows me to relax and just enjoy the process.

Maybe, just maybe I will create something that evokes beauty of some kind.

The purple wallhanging

Al creates a lot of painted fabrics for his art quilts.

One of the classes that I took with Al was called “Panels, Panels, Panels.”

As you can tell by the title, you buy multiple panels, cut one up, sew it back

together and create your layout.

This is the art quilt I created with one of my panels. I really

struggled with the layout but eventually I pushed through and

realized that I was trying to add too many colors. I tried a

more simple route and I think it works. I am so glad that

I figured the layout out because it makes me feel confident

enough to try it again.

I really like the orange fabric in this picture and I love the 3 pieces

of fabric laid onto it. I have yet to quilt it so I am sure that it will

look entirely different when it is totally finished as well.

The second class was called “Curve Piecing.” You had to pick

3 of your favorite fabrics plus a few others.

I have been wanting to make a blue and white art quilt for a while.

I was originally thinking that it would look like a wave but I

really like this art quilt as well.

This is what the orange section looks like; Al was gracious

enough to help me with the color choices and the layout.

And to make my birthday even more memorable, at the

Quilt Guild last week, I won this book. Isn’t that crazy?

I was so excited to win it. It has lots of colorful quilts, it seems

like this is the route I am taking right now.

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