I Am Back…

I am back. I have been away for a while but here I am once again.

Hopefully, everyone had a great Christmas Holiday. Mine was pretty

quiet, which was nice.

It’s been so long since I completed these quilts for customers that I can’t

remember all the details. If you are wanting information about the thread or

pattern I used, just ask me and I will go back and find out for you.

Green and pink quilt

This is a pretty cool pattern.

The backing

Pieced backs add so much interest to the backing.

A close up of the fabric used for the backing.

Christmas was coming and here is a panel that was cut up and sashing added to

look like you are looking out of a window.

Overall picture

You can see how the pieced border adds more interest as well.

The backing fabric, a nice navy blue to match the front. I used a blue polyester

thread for the top and the backing and “Swirls” for the pattern.

 

Centennial Quilt

This quilt has so much fun blocks in it. Because it is Canadian, I had to stitch “Maple Leaves”

onto the quilt.

My neighbour always says that he is “as cool as a moose.” Well, this moose says just that. I really

love this block.

And what says Canadiana more than a pair of mittens?

 

The backing

The pieced backing is neat as well. So much information and I love the provincial emblems

used too.

 

Red Cardinal Quilt

This pattern is really lovely and the fabrics used are really nice.

The Birch trees and Cardinals are really stunning. A swirl pattern was used on the

quilt top. A light grey polyester thread was used for the front and the backing.

A close up of the Cardinals.

A grey fabric was used for the backing.

A child’s quilt

The bright colors in this quilt are so cheery, which is nice for this time of the year.

“Splat” was stitched all over the quilt top. It is a fun pattern to stitch out.

The backing

Using leftover fabrics  for a pieced backing is a great way to use up fabrics from a project.

Once again,  pieced backs adds more interest to the backing. Please remember to press the

seams flat,  as the seams add more bulk that has to be stitched over by the longarm sewing

head.

Have a great week and it is good to be back.

Summer is just around the corner…

Summer is just around the corner and I am beginning to panic a

little. This is a good problem, if there is such a thing.

Irregardless, here are some recent quilts that I have completed.

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Dara has been a busy girl. She saw a panto titled “Flipflops”

and had the perfect quilt for it.

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The colors are very vibrant and great for flip flops to be

walking all over it. I used a purple polyester thread for the

top and the backing.

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The backing

Again, vibrant gorgeous colors.

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Can you see the flip flops?  There are shells stitched into

the top too but they may resemble hands a little.

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Isabel created this beauty. She wanted all overall design so

she chose stars. Very fitting indeed.

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I used a cream polyester thread by Omni.

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The backing,

The backing was made up of a thick fabric print. I used

a grey polyester thread here.

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You can really see the stars here. It is really difficult to

stitch stars. It may sound wierd but the lines are hard

to keep perfectly straight.

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Janis’ quilt

The colors of this quilt are really stunning. Fall is one of

the favorite times of the year for me and this quilt

reminds me of Fall.

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In the center of the quilt, there are 9 different blocks

surrounded by a double border.

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The flying geese on the outside of the quilt adds even more

interest to the top. I used a golden brown polyester thread

by Omni for the top and the backing.

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I really love pieced backings. What a great idea to use up all the

leftover fabric from the top. A great recycling idea!

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The panto Janis chose was leaves. It is a really big design

because the quilt is so big.  Scale always has to be taken into

consideration when choosing a design.

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This is an interesting quilt. Jeanette made this quilt

using fabric she had originally bought for a dress.

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The fabric is really thin but it seems to hold up well with

the rest of the fabrics. Jeanette will have to be really

careful when she washes it though.

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The backing is made up of flannel. It is very warm

and cuddly. Jeanette chose an overall panto titled

“Celtic Braid.” I used a beige polyester thread for the

top and the backing.

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I was away last week. Water is so relaxing and inviting,

although it wasn’t  too inviting last week.

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While I was in Nfld, I had to have some of these. I made

sure that it was lobster season before I left. The fishermen

had caught these the day that I bought them. How can they

not taste good?

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My supper

Have a great week.

 

Blue and green..

Blue and green seem to be the colors that I am being drawn to

lately. It’s funny how my preference for color seems  to keep

changing. Last year, I loved bright reds and oranges. Can you

believe that?

Do you have a preference for a certain color?

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Nathalie’s Quilt

This is an interesting pattern but it is the color that is

drawing me in.

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The border area

Here is the pieced border. The quilt doesn’t look flat because

I had it bunched up on the floor. It is quite large so I would not

have been able to lay it all out flat.

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Again, I love the colors of this quilt. Maybe because I

am also working on my Oceans BOM.

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Oceans BOM-completion of blocks only.

I am hoping to have it all pieced within the next 2 weeks so I can

begin adding embellishments. Wish me luck.

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The borer area is pretty cool. The pieced border

mimics the piecing in the centre of the quilt but in a

different way.

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The backing shows the quilting nicely. Nathalie wanted

an all over design and chose “Quirky.” The design

resembles one of the prints on the front of the quilt.

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A pieced backing

I love pieced backings. They add more interest to the back

and use up more fabric as well. Nathalie chose a light

aqua polyester thread for the top and the backing.

Can I brag a little here? My son drew this picture for his

art class, in school.

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Mothers can be pretty biased when it comes to their kids’ abilities

but I really do think he is talented when it comes to drawing.

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A close up of the baseball. Can I remind you that this is

drawn freehand and with a pencil. Looks pretty

realistic, doesn’t it?

Hope you have a good week.

Can I challenge you to find something amazing about

each of your own children today?

See you next week.

Summer is here..

Summer is here and I am frantically trying to finish all the pantos that

I have before the kids are out of school.Here are several that I recently

completed.

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Dale is quite the prolific quilter. She can piece quite quickly and her

quilts always look fantastic. This quilt is for one of her lucky

grandsons.

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“Ribbit” is the name of the panto. It is quite fun for a boy and I think

that he will totally love the frogs on the quilt.

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Dale chose a grey polyester thread for the top. It does show up

nicely on the top.

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The backing fabric looks like a batik but it is a cotton fabric. A blue

polyester thread was used for the backing.

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Dale’s quilt

Dale’s second quilt was also quite large and for another grandson.

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She chose the same panto and thread color as well for the top.

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The backing was purple and I used a purple polyester thread for the backing.

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Here you can see the frogs on the back of the quilt. I think that these two

quilts would test my patience. Well done, Dale!

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Arlene also brought me a quilt that will eventually migrate to her cottage.

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Arlene is a great piecer and the quilt was very square and flat.

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Arlene’s cottage quilt

How can you not love the animals in this quilt? Arlene wanted a simple

design for the quilting so I chose “Happy Times.” It reminds me of water and

waves so it would look great at the cottage.

I used a cream polyester thread for the top and back.

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I love pieced backings and what a great way to use up all the fabrics that we use

in making a quilt. Less scraps that way too.

I hope you are enjoying the nice weather and getting your projects finished up.