Keeping busy…

Hello, I hope that you are staying inside and keeping safe.

Here are some quilts that I completed for clients within the last month.

Joan’s Quilt

Joan made this cute panel into a baby quilt for her new grand daughter. The animals

are very sweet and the fabric is gorgeous!

I stitched around all the animals and the blocks. The outer border received leaves .

Joan’s Quilt

Its funny that these two quilts were made by two different ladies with the same name:”Joan.”

I just realized that as I loaded the pictures for this blog post. It made me laugh. Yes, I am

easily amused.

A Charity Quilt

These quilts that are made by Joan are given to charity. She is a very generous person.

If you have any scrap fabric you would like to get rid of, I know a lady that I could pass it

on to and she would be very happy to receive it and sew it up into a charity quilt.

The Backing

The backing of the quilt. I used a cream Omni thread for the backing and a light pink thread

on the front of the quilt.

Charity Quilt #2

Joan also made this quilt for charity. Love the pink color. I used a light pink OMni polyester

thread for the top and the backing.

Swirls were stitched all over the quilt. The name of the design is “Soho”

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Hope you are staying inside and safe. It’s a great time to sew, quilt or learn a new

hobby or skill. I have been tying my hand at sketching something  once a day. I will have to

show you my scribbles next time.

I also quilted my first Ribbon quilt this week. I will have to show pictures of this too.

See you next week.

Who Would Have Guessed…

Well, another drawing class has come and gone. This week we were able

to try out some charcoal sticks and Conte Charcoal sticks. I came to

the conclusion that I really don’t care for them. It is nice to be able

to use these supplies  though, without having to purchase them.

Len, our teacher, uses all of her own pictures;  although this one

was taken by her mom. What do you think?

Here is my rendition. Who would have guessed that I can draw.

Once most of the picture is drawn with pencil, the artist goes back

in with ink or a micropen and draws all over the pencil lines. Then

a gummy eraser is used to erase all the pencil lines. I thought that

was ingenious, as I have never taken a class before. It is alot of fun

and you forget the time, just as when you are sewing and quilting.

You should try it sometime; it is fun to learn new things, even if it

is not as exciting as quilting.

This exciting wallhanging was made for someone special. I can’t

say any more due to fear of letting the cat out of the bag.

The border area is so cute. I love all the leaves and the whole color

scheme of this quilt. “Blossoms” is the name of the panto chosen.

One of the center blocks. I used a light blue So Fine polyester

thread for the top and a polyester red thread for the backing.

The backing is full of color too.

Eleanor is moving to Nova Scotia so she is finishing up all of

her quilts before she goes. We will miss you Eleanor.

Eleanor is a great piecer-all the borders are flat and square, no

ripples at all.

“Brocade” was the panto of choice for this quilt and we used

a medium colored brown polyester thread for the top and the

backing.

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The brown thread shows up beautifully on the gold backing. The design

pops alot on the backing as well.

A close up of the quilting design on the back of the quilt.

Bonnie made this lovely quilt out of a jelly roll. She added the side

strip and diamonds to create interest; I think she succeeded.  What

a great  idea to spruce this quilt up.

“Dancing Daisies” is the name of the overall design chosen.  I think

it adds some movement and fun to the quilt.

THe backing of the quilt. I used a light So Fine blue polyester

thread for the top and the backing.

And lastly, I am so excited to be able to get to this one tomorrow, that

is my plan. Al Cote the designer of this wallhanging.

Have a great week and you should check out

The Needle and Thread Network, a Canadian site, featuring all

sorts of textile art and artists.

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!!

Happy Belated New Year!!

I hope that you had a great Christmas and New Year. To say that mine

was relaxing is an understatement. I think that I need a holiday from the

Holidays. It was all good though.

To kick start the year off, I have completed something of my own.

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This year, I have made a resolution to take Fridays  off to work on some

of my own stuff. I am very excited about this decision. It will be interesting

to see if I actually stick to it.

What are some of your resolutions?

This is blue red work embroidery. When I first heard this phrase, it

made me laugh. Why not just call it blue work? Anyways, my snowmen

are done and are awaiting their transformation into a cover for one of

my  pillows.

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I used 2 strands of blue DMC floss-#311. They stitched up quite quickly

too, I might add.

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I love the hat on the snowman to the right of the sign.

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Today I worked on this quilt for Laura. She made this lovely quilt

with her niece. It is always so encouraging to see young women

take up quilting. I wonder what this younger generation will

do within the quilting world?

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The blocks look pretty simple but it is the fabric and color that make

any quilt.

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The border in this quilt is pretty interesting. I love the blocks that are

used to make the border. Laura’s niece is pretty artsy so she picked a light

blue polyester thread for the top and the backing. She wanted simple

stitching on the quilt top so she chose “Swirl” by Norma Sharp. It does look

nice with all the straight lines in the piecing and blocks.

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The backing.

The backing is made up of a silver flannel. Very soft and warm;  the light

blue thread shows up nicely on the backing.

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A close up of the swirl panto design on the backing.

Take some time this week to do something that makes you

happy.

 

 

Missing in action…

Even though I did’t post last week, I have been thinking about you all.

It’s time for Quilt Market once again and Northcott contacted me again

to quilt some of their samples for their booth. Thus the reason why I

have been missing in action. I will post pictures of their samples but

I have to get their permission first.

In the meantime, here is what I was working on prior to Quilt Market.

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Jeanette’s Quilt

This is Jeanette’s lovely quilt. She makes them for her grandkids. What

lucky grandkids, I’d say. Jeanette picked the panto “Spring Garland” for

this quilt. It has nice movement to it.

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On the backing, you can see the design even better. I used a blue

polyester thread for the front and the backing.

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Here is a larger picture of the backing. The design shows up nicely.

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This is Mary’s quilt. She found the pattern online. Orginally, the

pattern was being used for a pillow but Mary is very talented and

decided to make it larger and designed it into a quilt. Way to go

Mary!!  She wanted a modern design so she chose “Raindrops” by

Lisa Calle.

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We used a cream polyester thread for the top and backing. I really like

this swirly design.

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Once again the backing shows up the panto nicely.

I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful fall weather.

And Happy Belated Thanksgiving to all the Canadians out

there.

Have a great week!

 

A Barrel of Monkeys…

Last week seemed like a barrel of monkeys with all the activities

that were going on but I am back on track this week.

Lynn created this adorable Sock Monkey quilt.

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The fabrics in this quilt are so much fun; Lynn always has really

cool fabric.  These sock monkeys are no exception.

Lynn decided that she wanted an all over design so we went with

“Quirky.” What a great name for a  design and it fits the monkeys perfectly.

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How can you not love these critters? Even the backing shouts monkeys.

When I loaded this quilt on the frame, I mistakenly put the backing on

the front. I had to take it off and reload it once again. Whose acting like

a monkey now?

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It is a pieced backing so it will seem as if the receipent is getting 2 quilts in one.

Here is the backing. We used a light yellow polyester thread for the

front and the back of this quilt. There are alot of different colors so the

yellow blends well with all of them.

Here is  another quilt that Lynn created. She is quite the creative

quilting force.

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Lynn chose “Happy Times.” It adds nice texture and movement

to the rectangular shapes of the quilt top.

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The backing consisted of a blue fabric and the stitching shows up nicely.

Can you see the string of pearls on the fabric?

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Karen made this quilt at a local quilt shop. It was a BOM Quilt

with lots of piecing in it. The colors are really soft and beautiful.

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This section of the outer border shows up the quilting nicely. Karen chose

“Celtic Vine” as her all over pattern; a taupe polyester thread was used as well.

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The taupe blends with all the colors yet isn’t too loud for the quilt.

Here is the backing fabric, although a little dark.

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A close up of the panto on the back of the quilt. This is a really

classy design  that works well with alot of designs.

Have a great week!

A Library Quilt…

Joan bought this quilt kit, online, at Connecting Threads because

her daughter loves books and works in a library.

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Isn’t it cool? The cream fabric has dates stamped all over it which

resembles the old fashioned way of taking books out of a library.

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books on the bookshelf

Joan wanted something swirly so we used the “Flirtatous” panto. It helps

give movement  to the quilt.

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I used a cream polyester thread for the top and a dark brown

polyester thread for the top.

If you look closely you can see some of Alex’s favorite authors and

book titles too. I thought that it would be appropriate to stitch

some of them into the spines of the books.

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The backing is made up of circular books and looks pretty funky.

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I had alot of fun with this one.

I am continuing to show you some more of the quilts that I worked on

for Northcott last month.

Nortrhcott

This one was really bright when I received it. Patti mentioned using an

all over design (or panto) so I chose Quirky as my design. It is very

circular in design and I chose it to add some movement to the top

It has alot of straight lines and very bright colors so I wanted

something to soften it a little.

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border of the quilt

Here is a close up of the stitching on the top. I used a variegated

thread with lots of reds, oranges and yellows in it. If I remember

correctly, it had a cream backing. Yes, it was only a month ago but

alot has transpired within that time frame. There are still a few more

of the Northcott quilts to show but you will have to wait patiently

until next week.

Have a great week and happy quilting.

 

Lots of tiny pieces..

These next 2 quilts contain lots of tiny pieces. I can’t imagine how

much time it took to cut the pieces, sew them together and press them.

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I am really beginning to appreciate more and more, how much

time and effort it takes a person to create a quilt like this.

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Doreen created this beautiful quilt. Log cabin is still one of my

favorite quilts.  Doreen did a great job with the piecing as well.

If I had to sew all those little strips together, I don’t think it would

be very flat or square.

Flirtatous is the name of the pantograph that was used. And a

light cream polyester thread was used for the top.

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The backing was pieced, another great idea too. I think that I used

a light blue polyester thread for the backing too.

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Here is another shot of the backing.

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This is Marilyne’s quilt. She did such a great job with the

piecing. Everything was square and flat.  I really love the

white little squares that run throughout the quilt.

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It seems that the quilt is made up of 3 -4 different blocks. And

the fact that there are so may different fabric in the top makes for

a great scrappy quilt too.

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The backing was a really rich creamy color with florals on it.

It had a really silky feel to it as well.

On the quilt top, I think we used a light tan polyester thread and

a light cream polyester thread for the backing.

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The panto we used is called “Blowing Wind.”

I hope you like these 2 quilts. They are a labor of

love and works on art in and of themselves.

Have a great week.

 

 

It’s time for Maple Syrup

While spring is in the air, sometimes, it is that time of the year

once again.

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Yes, the sap is flowing when the weather is co-operating. I hope that

you get the chance to sample some maple syrup because it is

yummy.

While the sap is flowing, I am being busy like a beaver. Yes, the

puns are flowing too and with a  Canadian twist. Ok, I will stop

with the dry antics.

Seriously, I have been busy and it seems blue is the color of this

post.

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Doreen brought me this blue quilt and decided that she

wanted an all over design.

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We chose a new panto that I just purchased from Anne Bright named

“Florence.” It has somewhat of an elegant feel to it.

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We weren’t sure of the thread color, as there is a lot of deep

blues and white on the top of the quilt. In the end, after

pulling different colors of thread, we settled on a medium

grey polyester thread. It suited the quilt top nicely.

It is funny how the color of thread changes depending on

what other colors are surrounding it.

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The back of the quilt was a rich blue color as well. For the

backing, we chose a deep blue to match the backing.

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The backing fabric itself is very beautiful in and of itself.

My sister also brought me a scrappy quilt that she had made.

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I think that the blocks are a simple block made up of 3 strips.

It does make an effective pattern. She added two outer

borders, of blue and white to enlarge the quilt top.

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The backing is white and you can see the panto that we chose too.

It is named “Flirtatous” and is quite a fun design that stitches up

quickly.

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We  chose a light blue polyester thread for the top and a

white polyester thread for the backing.

Have a good week and don’t forget the maple syrup.

 

Birch Trees…

Susan brought me this quilt and I totally fell in love with it. I love

birch trees and maybe it has something to do with the fact that

while growing up, my family used it as a source of fuel and heat.

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Pinterest and Charley Harper were the source of inspiration for

Susan. She saw a similar quilt on Pinterest but wanted to do it

a little differently. She had some fabric designed by Charley

Harper and wanted to incorporate it into her quilt.

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What a great cardinal. So much attitude!  I think that I may

have to create a fabric postcard of this one.

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Susan and I discussed what to do on the quilt top. All I could think

of was “branches.” Luckily, Susan agreed. To be quite honest, I was

scared to death of how I was going to quilt in these branches.

I did procrastinate for a while but eventually I had to quilt this

top.

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I was going to draw up a paper pattern but decided not to. I  laid it on the floor,

hoping that inspiration would hit me.  The white areas reminded me of

Birch trees and the blue area, the sky.

I printed off several pictures of birch trees and decided that I would

have to work backwards on this quilt top. Usually, I stitch the top

onto the backing and work my way down the quilt-top to bottom.

With this quilt, I had to baste from the top to the bottom and then

work my way back up, from bottom to top. This was the only way

I would be able to ensure that the branches were quilted in the right

direction, growing up and not down.

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Then, I had to decided which branches would be in front of what

trees and what branches would be behind other trees. Also, the

size of the tree would also determine how large the branches would

be. For instance, a small tree would not have large branches nor a larger

tree, smaller branches. Yes,alot to consider but , in the end, I did

enjoy the process of it all.

Working from the bottom and checking with my printed off

picture, I started marking with a chalk marker. It rubs off

easily so I don’t worry about removing the marks later.

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I also decided to stitch in the ditch around all the birch trees but

not the blue pieced sky in the background. I wanted the trees to

stand out a bit more than the sky. I used a monofilament thread

as well, on the top and a grey on the backing.

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I am glad that Susan chose grey for the whole top or I would have

been changing thread like crazy. The grey also works well with the

blue and white and stands out a little too.

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I began marking in branches and decided that the bigger birch

trees would stand out in front of the smaller ones. Smaller

trees mean that they are further away. So, I could stitch

branches on the small birch trees but not on the bigger ones.

I started stitching in branches and it looked okay. I just had to

keep checking which trees I had stitched over and which ones I had not.

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Here is the finished quilt. I think it looks great. I really

love how art quilts are a bit tricky but you have so much

more freedom with your quilting. I enjoyed this quilt

so much, that I had to recreate it somehow. I didn’t have

a lot of time so I decided to make a fabric postcard.

I laid out layers of dark blue to light blue and then

3 birch trees on top.

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I used a dark grey thread and stitched in branches. I really

liked how this little postcard turned out. I think I may have to

make a bigger version though.

See you next week.