Spring Chick, anyone?

This is a block that was designed by Janeen, over at Quiltartblogspot.com.

I have never really been a fan of paper piecing. This year I felt

like sewing  something different so this is filling that niche.

I am surprised at how  long it took to create this cute little bird.

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Janeen needed some help creating some of the blocks she has

designed for an upcoming magazine article. She publishes a

magazine called qadpublishingblogspot.com.

This little spring chick is for the March/April edition.

The pattern can be bought on her Craftsy store.

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This is a quilt that Laurie created for a friend of hers. It is so

neat to see how a simple pattern can really make a nice design

and quilt.

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Here is a closer view of the individual block itself. It consists of

4 squares that are cut up and randomly moved around. Each square

has the same layout but the different fabrics will take a different

spot ineach of the blocks.

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The fabric itself is pretty rich looking as well. Carol decided

that she wanted a fairly simple panto on the quilt top. She chose

“Celtic Braid.”  The thread used was a  white polyester thread,

used on the top and the backing.

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I really like the medallion in the middle of this square. It

would make a nice motif for sititching. I know, I have

issues.

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Here is the backing. It is a white color and shows the quilting

beautifully.

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A close up of the stitching on the backing.

Here is a teaser for you for next week. Linda

created this amazing BOM quilt at a local Quilt Shop

in the area, Country Concessions. Next week, I will give

you some more pictures of it. It is now finished and

done.  Stay warm.

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A seal pup

Despite all the cold weather lately, I am managing to get some

quilts finished.

This quit belongs to Eva. What a great idea to use up all those

scraps.  It never ceases to amaze me of how simple patterns,

the square here, looks so neat when it is used.

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Eva is quite the quilter too. She loves hand work and I think

that she even hand stitched all these small squares onto the

black background. Wow!  A very patient person indeed.

She wanted a panto, an overall design on the top. And since

she loves beige so much, that is what we used for the thread

color on the top and the backing.

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The backing is read and it has all kinds of sewing items on it, such as

needles, thimbles, and thread.

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It is funny how color changes depending on what color its neighbour is.

The beige thread I mentioned above does not look like beige on this red

background, it looks more like cream to me.

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This is a sweet baby panel that I bought at Fabricland. I know, I am not supposed

to shop there for quilting supplies but this baby quilt is for a silent auction

coming up at my Church. I didn’t want to spend a ton of time on making

an original quilt so this one fit the bill perfectly.

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I really do think it will make an adorable baby quilt. I used a white thread

and quilted all around the motifs.

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Here is what the baking looks like. It looks like a plain white  backing

but it is really a pale plaid backing. Both the top and the backing are

flannel as well, not cotton.

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I have just completed my block #2 in a Quilt Along over at

Artquiltdesignsblogspot.com.

This is totally paper pieced and I didn’t use any freezer paper this time.

I completed it alot faster and the paper tore off quickly at the end. I am

a bit disappointed with the fabrics I chose for his face and the water.

The water is a little too dark for the seal pup and his face reminds me of

a lion. What do you think? Can you guess what is missing on his face?

I will take another photo when I get him totally completed.

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I did have alot of fun creating him. Paper piecing reminds me of completing

a puzzle. After I choose all the fabric, it is so exciting sewing all the pieces

together and wondering what it will look like when it is totally finished.

I know, I have issues.

Keep warm and have a great week.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

 

Dorothy made this cute camo quilt for her grandson.

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Dorothy wanted a simple design for the quilt so we

chose the “Swirl” panto by Norma Sharp.

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As you can see in the photo, she even stitched  a bull’s

eye in the middle of the target.

 

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Dorothy had wanted a simple design because she was using a quilt that

had already been quilted. It also had the batting in the middle so she

didn’t want to add another layer of batting to it.

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The quilt was quite thick in the areas where she joined the red backing.

I think that you can get  past this issue by butting the two pieces of

quilted backing up against each other and sewing a zigzag stitch

instead of sewing a 1/4″ seam as usual.

The backing looks pretty neat with the swirl and the quilted backing.

I am sure that her grandson will love his new camo quilt. What a

great grandmother!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Don’t forget to get something for your

sweetheart. Valentine’s Day is on Saturday this year.

 

It’s cold….

 

 

I’m not sure where you live but it is cold here.  Even though

the temperature is frightful outside, it is a great time to be

quilting.

I am trying to catch up with orders that I received before

Christmas.

Laura made this quilt for a friend. Wow! Lucky friend.

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This quilt has quite the story behind it. Laura originally started

out choosing the color palette for this quilt with only fat

quarters.  Then she bought some fabric at a local fabric store but

still needed a light pink fabric.  She then ordered that online and

had to wait for it to arrive.  Finally, she was able to put it altogether.

I think she definitely has a gift for choosing colors. Besides all this,

she managed to complete this quilt in a year!

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Laura brought her friend with her and Danielle picked out

“Happy Times” as the pattern  for the quilting.  She also liked

the light peach polyester thread and a dark burgundy polyester

thread for the back.  It is neat how colors change when they

are sitting next to another color.

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This quilt has alot of piecing in it and Laura did a great job

with it. No puckers or ripples at all.

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The quilt consists of 3 rows of pieced blocks and then a wide

sashing(a floral print) between each row.

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Here you can see the floral print sashing between the pieced rows.

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Another pieced block. I didn’t count how many but there

must have been at least 15 of them. The more that I quilt

for others, the more I appreciate all the time it takes to

actually create a quilt.

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Some of these blocks are very interesting. I have never seen some

of them before either.

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This is the color of the backing. It is easy to see the stitching of the

pattern that was chosen.

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More of the backing. It was a large quilt.  I am sure that Laura’s

friend will be happy to put this one on her bed.

Have a great week and stay warm.

Traditional meets Modern

 

 

 

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This quilt belongs to Susan.  The piecing is phenomenal on

this quilt. Everything is straight, square, and flat. What more

can you ask for?

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Don’t you just love the border?  Intially, when I first looked at

it, I thought it was pieced.  But no, it is actually a print!  We decided

to quilt right along the lines.  A blue polyester thread was used for

this border area.  It looks like cross hatching when you turn the

quilt over.

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A close up of the blocks and the border area. Susan wanted feathers

in the blocks, both in the cream area and the blue print area.  It

seemed appropriate due to the log cabin strips that make up the blocks.

In the dark blue star, I quilted an outline 1/4″ inside of it. I also

quilted in the square and inside of the square, an orange peel.  I also

outlined around the outside of the star as well.

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Around each block there was that outer dark blue log. Instead of

incorporating this into the sashing, we kept it as part of the Log

Cabin blocks themselves. In one area of the quilt, this meant that

one part of the outer log would not be incorporated into the

block. No problem. I used that area to quilt in a swirl design and

it helps this traditional quilt have a modern twist to it.

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The backing always tells a story as well. This is what one block

looks like.

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This is the whole quilt. As you can see, I did use a cream polyester

thread too. It is easier when you use the same thread color on the top

and backing-less tension issues. However, if you don’t  like this look,

then you have to consider more carefully the color of your backing.

Dorothy made this quilt for a little guy, who recently announced that

he would like to have his own quilt.

Dorothy whipped this cutie up pretty quickly.

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I had so much fun looking at all the squares of fabric. Some of it I had

never seen before.

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For instance, Thomas The Tank Engine, I haven’t

seen that before. What young lad wouldn’t love this?

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And the Berstein Bears?  Where did this come from?

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And Mario, where did she find this?  My boys would

love this.

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And who could resist Spiderman?

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You have got to love the plaid fabric for the backing.

I used a dark blue polyester thread for the top and the

backing.  A panto called “Quirky” was used the

quilting.

I am positive that this young guy will absolutely love

this quilt for Christmas.

Have a great week.

2 finished quilts

These are 2 quilts that belong to Dale. She has been a busy lady, completing these 2 large quilts.

She took a class at a local quilt shop and these are the results.

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The colors on this quilt are very rich looking.  There are 2 different types of pieced

blocks within this quilt top.

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Each “Star block” is different in the center than the others. It may look like

I am showing the same block repeatedly but if you take a closer look at the center

of the block, you will see that it is pieced differently each time.

In this example, there is a 16 patch block.

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In this block, it looks like a combination of a half square triangle and

a four patch. The outer star is the same throughout each block.

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I am unsure of the block name but here it almost looks like a cross with

4 outer half square triangles.

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A pinwheel is used in the center of the block this time. The outer border can also

be seen as well.

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This inner section almost looks like a Churn Dash.

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Again, a 4  patch and another cross.

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Spools are used in the center this time.

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A star within a star for the center section.

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Another cross with half square triangles.

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I think this is a Rail Fence.  As you can see, Dale chose a

panto for the quilting design.  A cream polyester thread was used for the

top and the backing as well.

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An interesting inner block.

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Half square triangles on the inside.  What an interesting idea!  Change up all

the pieced sections and use the same fabric for the whole top.

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This shows the other block that was pieced on the top. Straight lines add

another dimension to the top.

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I missed one block on the top.  It is a Friendship Star, I think.

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Here are the borders.  They are pretty neat as well.

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This is what the back looks like.  Again, you can turn the top

over if you want a different looking quilt.

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This is Dale’s second quilt. I am amazed that a whole new design and pattern

can be made from a single block.  Can you pick it out?

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A half square triangle is the block.  If you rotate it, it creates a spinning star design.

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A view of the side.  Dale chose a panto for this quilt as well. There are

alot of pieces so the panto design looks great.  I again used a cream

polyester thread for the top and backing.

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You will notice though, that some of the center of the blocks have a solid square

of fabric. This helps to create the design as well.

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Same design but different colors.

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The outside  borders are very pretty in color and match the rest of the quilt

perfectly.

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Here is a better shot of the outer borders.

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The cream backing for the quilt.  Again, you could turn it over

for the look of a whole new quilt top.

I hope that you are enjoying your summer.  I have managed to finish

another fabric postcard.  I will have pictures for you next week.

 

 

 

 

Going international….

Holly made these 2 quilts for relatives in Holland.  Thus, I am now “going international.”

If I may brag a little, I have already had quilts go to Australia and Japan, so I have kind of

been there for a while.  Ha! Ha!

Holly did a great job and I am amazed at how many quilts she is able to complete.  And

she is a new quilter as well.  Pretty impressive, if you ask me.

Holly's quilt

Holly’s quilt

Holly chose a panto-“Happy Times” to fill the space  of the plaid area.

It suits it well as the stitching is not easily visible.  And the pattern fit in

the area perfectly, as I was worried about stitching along that straight cream

border area.

In the cream borders, I stitched a swirl design. It is one of my favorites and

stitches up quickly.  All you have to remember is up, then down, as the swirls

move in different directions.

Cream border and swirl design.

Cream border and swirl design.

In the blue border, I decided to add feathers.  Again, an easy filler but

one that does take a bit of time.  I decided to switch up the feathers a bit

by adding an outside loop around each  feather.

The pieced blocks were a bit of a challenge.  I was thinking about a Dutch

motif but ended outlinging the blocks and pebbles for the background fill.

Background fill for the pieced blocks.

Background fill for the pieced blocks.

Again, I love pebbles and they are a great fill.

For the blue strip blocks, I used a curved ruler to create a star

shape.  I outlined it so that it would stand out a bit more.

Pieced strip block.

Pieced strip block.

Can you see the curved star?

When I looked at the block, it reminded me of a star so that is the design I went with.

For the centre of the block, I did feathers.  It kind of ties the block in with the blue

border design too.

Middle of the pieced block.

Middle of the pieced block.

Overall, I think the quilt turned out well.

Hoping that Holly thinks so too.

Have a great week.

I’m back!

My family and I went on a much needed vacation.  It’s been 4 years since we

last went on one.  It is amazing how much you think you don’t need a vacation,

then when you are away, you realize how much you did need it.

I am back and off to the races!

Holly began quilting last year and, to guesstimate, she has made 5 quilts

thus far.  Not bad for a beginner.  She has help from Carol  and together

they make quite a team.

On Monday, Holly called and dropped off some quilts.  She needed 2 by

Friday.

This one is for someone special who loves John Deere tractors.  It is quite cute.

I think that he will love this quilt.

Holly's John Deere quilt.

Holly’s John Deere quilt.

We decided that it needed a circular design, so we went with

“Flirtatous.”  Lots of swirls and circles to give the quilt top movement.

Close of up of Flirtatous panto.

Close of up of Flirtatous panto.

Even the back of the quilt has John Deere all over it.

BAck of the quilt.

BAck of the quilt.

This second quilt was made by Carol and given to Holly.

What a gift!

Buzz saw quilt.

Buzz saw quilt.

We decided to go with another circular design, to add movement to

the quilt pattern.  This time, we chose “Quirky.”  It is one of my favorite

pantos, from Willow Leaf Studio. I think it looks great!

Close up of Quirky panto.

Close up of Quirky panto.

Tomorrow, I am working on 2 pillow shams.  Hoping to have all 3 done and

out the door by Friday.

I am hoping to continue with the fabric painting and am looking forward to

Mickey Lawler being on The Quilt Show, this week.  She paints alot of fabric

and I am hoping  to learn  lots from her.

Until next time,

Happy Quilting.

Ruth