A Favorite Quilt…

More quilts that were completed before Christmas . Amongst these are

one of my new favorite quilts. Can you guess which one it is?

Joan created this cute owl quilt. All of the owls were fused onto the background but

all the blanket stitching around the owls were done by hand.

The hand stitching really does go fast. I love all the bright colored backgrounds

in this quilt.

Joan wasn’t sure what design she wanted stitched onto the quilt so I merely followed

the design printed onto the background fabrics. Why fight the printed design? All

that stitching wouldn’t show up anyways. In the border, I added leaves to

resemble the trees that owls sit in.

In the middle section, I did stitch in some branches, just because the fabric was lighter

in color and to add some interest to the quilting design. I used a monofilament thread to

do all the outlining of the owls and around the blocks. I love this thread for outlining, no

changing thread constantly to match colors.

The backing fabric

I love the backing fabric as it matches the colors of the quilt  on the front.

A closer look shows even more of the printed fabric on the back.

Judi’s Quilt

Judi has been really busy creating quilts. This one is really interesting in that she

made an entire quilt for the back of it as well. It is really 2 quilts in one.

The “Swirl” panto was chosen for the design and I used a white polyester thread for the top and

a light purple polyester thread for the backing.

Here is the back of the quilt. The person who is getting this quilt is one lucky person.

Judi also created this quilt for a special someone. I used a light pink/peachy

polyester thread for the top and the backing.

The border shows off the quilting nicely.


The backing

Once again, Judi made a very nice backing for the quilt.

And the solid fabric shows off the stitching very well.

This is Judi’s third quilt. What a great way to use up some 4 patch blocks that are hanging

around. I say that because I have over 100 of those 4 patch blocks that I need to use up and

create a quilt with. Any suggestions for patterns?

You can see the stitching here and the fabric that makes up the background.


The backing looks so different in these 2 pictures yet they are the same fabric.

A brown polyester  thread was used for the front and the back of this quilt.

Ruth made this huge quilt for her and her husband. They are such a  sweet couple;

is is so amazing to watch how attentive her husband is to her needs. What a great guy!

They both chose to add hearts onto the quilt top. In the middle of the big blocks,

I added 4 big hearts in a gold colored polyester thread.

In the smaller areas, I added 4 smaller hearts in a darker blue polyester thread.

In the striped border area, I stitched in straight lines, just to hold down the that area.

The backing shows off the stitching nicely.

In the darker border area, I stitched in swirls, you really can’t see it that much on the

front of the quilt but it is there.

Dale’s cousin first quilt

Isn’t this a cute quilt? Dale’s cousin made it-her very first quilt. I think she came upon it

when there was a local Shop Hop in the area.

I really struggled with what to stitch onto this quilt. An overall design would ruin all the piecing

used to create the critters. Eventually, I tried to mimic the environments that each animal

lives in. The Loon received some water and reeds to swim in.

The border area started growing leaves  to resemble the woods where all these animals live.

The Caribou or Moose was given some trees to hide in.

The mosquito just got wind, hopefully to blow him away. Thank God that

mosquitos aren’t really this big.

Reeds, rocks and some water was given to the turtle. I love his purple color. I would be

worried if I met a purple turtle on the side of the road though. Isn’t it great to be able

to switch the colors up a little, just for fun?

The backing

The back of the quilt shows off all the quilting and yummy texture that was created. I love

this part of the process too.

The moose in all his glory, on the back of the quilt.

This is my favorite quilt of 2017. I kept it for last. Do you like it?

I love the colors of the fabrics, I love the gradual gradations of the color as well.

Dale made this beauty and what a job it must have been! Just keeping all those

colors in the proper order and then to make sure you had sewn them in the correct

order. That must have been a nightmare in and of itself.

If you are wondering what blocks make up this quilt, it is rather surprising

that the 2 blocks used are a solid square and a 4 patch block. Now, maybe, I could

try this with my 100 plus blocks?

The center of the quilt is light and then all the darker colors change from

there on out.

The back of the quilt. Dale wanted a light brown polyester thread for the back

of the quilt and a light brown polyester thread for the front of the quilt.

The panto used looks very sophisticated. I feel very jealous of the person

who is getting this quilt. Well done Dale. What was your favorite quilt?

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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


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


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


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!


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.


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

with it. No puckers or ripples at all.


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

sashing(a floral print) between each row.


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


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.


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

of them before either.


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

pattern that was chosen.



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.

100th post!

This post marks my 100th  post!!  Wow! I can hardly believe it.

Even though it does take a bit of time to blog weekly, I really enjoy

the opportunity to write. There is always something to write about

when it comes to quilting.

In this photo, there is a whole lot of cuteness going on with these

puppies.  This is actually a Charity Quilt our Guild created and

I had the privilege of quilting it. I love these small quilts because

I get a chance to practice some freehand quilting. It also feels

good to give back to the community and help someone out too.


In the doggie blocks, I quilted around the dogs.  How easy is that?


In the dark blue squares, I opted for straight lines, almost

imitating a plaid look. I was short on time too, so this was a

quick way to complete the top.


The background is a bit blurry but it is a solid dark blue fabric.

I did use a blue polyester thread for the top and back. I also chalked

in the lines and used a small ruler to help with the quilting.


Delores made this quilt. I am amazed at how a simple

block can look so great just by turning it around.


Here is a close up of the block itself.  It is a rectangle with 4 different

colors in it.  The block is also surrounded by the tan border and then

turned sideways to create the pattern.


I used a red polyester thread on the top and a medium brown

polyester thread on the backing.  The panto is named “Bowknots.”


This is what the outer border looks like. I really like this

red print.


Ah, the backing.  The stitching really stands out here. It is

an interesting pattern.



An overall look at the backing. Hope you have a good week

and stay warm. It is -22 here right now.  Brrrr…


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.