Hit And Miss..

Unfortunately, my blog posts have been a hit and a miss lately. I am hoping to

remedy that by blogging more. In the meantime, here are some quilts that

I finished for customers in the winter.

I am unsure of who made this sampler but I do love the colors.

A light polyester thread was used on the front and on the backing as well.

The backing wasn’t made of cotton but flannel. You can see the texture so much

more with flannel.

Julie made this quilt for a special someone. It consists of a Robert Kauffman print and

pieced blocks.

Maple Leaves were quilted all over the quilt to make it truly Canadian.

The backing fabric.  Blue thread was used for the top and the backing.

Eugenia’s Quilt

This quilt was so cute. I love it. Eugenia made it for her grand daughter.

It has famous female heroines in all the blocks. And the colorful border was

made of strips of colorful fabrics.

I quilted straight lines around all the blocks so that they were emphasized.

In the background fabric, I quilted in loops, which  ties in with the theme of the

quilt.

The backing is great too, matches the quilt top.

Japanese Fabrics

These two quilts consists of Japanese fabrics and I quilted them in two different

ways.

A cross hatch was quilted on the top of the quilt and flowers on the bottom section.

There was also an orange Japanese quilt as well. I wanted to quilt something

different in this one so I quilted in floral motifs.

The backing shows off the quilting beautifully.

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This is what the second quilt looks like.

Pat made this modern baby quilt for a new baby.

Don’t you just love the giraffes?

To keep with the modern style of this quilt, straight lines were quilted all over

it, using a white thread.

Minky was used on the backing and it shows off the textures so well.

It is extremely soft and oh so thick as well.

The whole backing. Love the texture.

Anne made this colorful quilt out of a printed panel. Borders were added and

voila, you have a quilt.

I used a lime green thread to quilt around the lily pads.

In the border, I used a pink thread and added a simple vine motif.

The backing is pink as well. The young lady receiving this quilt really loves

pink.

Julie made this second quilt as well. Again, a Robert Kauffman print was used and Flying

Geese were added too.

Oak leaves and acorns were stitched all over the border.

I love the bear and her cubs.

The backing shows off the quilting nicely.

I love the colors in this quilt. I can’t imagine the time it took to piece this

beauty.

A close up of the quilt and the backing.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures and have a good week. See you next week.

A Local Quilt Show-Part 1

Several weeks back, there was a local quilt show. I took lots of pictures for you

and will show them in the next couple of weeks. Here are some photos of

the quilts. Be pre-warned though, there are alot of pictures. You may want

to grab a coffee or tea. Enjoy the show!

Love the colors of this one.

This was an interesting quilt. I like the colors but wait until

you see the quilting.

Lots of feathers all over the quilt.

I am unsure if this is stitching or embroidery. Whatever it is, it is quite

interesting.

Again, I am unsure of what type of stitching this is but I do like it.

Love the feathered star.

Helen’s quilt

This is Helen’s fabric selvage quilt.

I love the close up;  it helps you to be able to actually see the quilt up close and

personal.

Mary’s quilt

Mary hand pieced this top . It is quite complicated and it took Mary a long time

to complete. Well done Mary.

Modern quilt

I really like the colors of this one and the quilting is interesting too.

A close up of the quilting.

This one reminds me of McKenna Ryan.

The Cardinals are really nice. I really like this block.

I like this quilt too. An interesting lay out as well.

The sunflowers

The sunflower block is really nice. Do you see the dragonfly next to the sunflower?

Modern quilt

Again, the colors are striking.

Sampler quilt

Modern quilt

Interesting modern quilt.

Another sampler?

This one yells out for you to notice it. I like the idea of using up more selvages

and scraps.

Another modern quilt. Lots of variations and modern quilts this year.

Pieced quilt

Interesting interwoven design.

Last but not least, a scrappy quilt.

I hope you enjoyed the show. Lots more to come next week as well.

Linking up to Needle and Thread Network.

A Baby Boom…

This is the second week of baby quilts;  I am beginning to think that there is a

baby boom out there, or at least in this area of Central Ontario.

Modern BAby Quilt

One of my husband’s co-workers just had a baby boy.  And my husband wanted

a quilt for the baby. So, I picked this up at Lens Mills and quilted it. Because this

was a rush job, I merely outlined the blocks.

Cute baby blocks

I thought the pattern was cute. The edging has no binding because I folded both

of the backing and top edges together and stitched it down.

The backing

I decided on a fun blue flannel print for the backing. The flannel will

help keep the baby warm and it is so soft.

I don’t know about you but I find making quilts for other people so hard,

especially when you don’t know them that well. Quilts and art are similar in

that peoples’ tastes are so different and unique.

Guild Comfort Quilt

Our Guild, Kempenfelt Guild, usually makes alot of comfort quilts for the

local hospital. Here are 2 that I have been hanging onto for the past 7 months.

Time to get them done and out the door.

Brenda bought all the fabric and pieced these  2 following Comfort quilts together.

It never  ceases to impress me how generous quilters are with their time and money.

Thanks Brenda!

The backing\

The backing of the first Comfort Quilt. Here is Brenda’s second Comfort quilt.

Comfort Quilt #2

This one is really cute and what a great idea to give non quilters such

a homemade and unique gift.

For both quilts, I stitched a fun panto called “Popcorn” onto the quilts. I also

used a matching polyester thread for the top.

Jeanette is on a mission to make all of her grandkids a quilt. She is almost there

too. The middle of this quilt is a panel and she added the 9 Patch and Monkey Wrench

blocks to make the panel into a quilt and fit onto the  twin bed size.

Jeanette’s Quilt

What a great idea! Did I mention how smart quilters are as well?

The backing is really a darker color but my camera and monitor are having issues with

one another. Jeanette chose a simple swirl design to represent the motion of a truck

moving. A grey polyester thread was used for the top and backing too.

Anne’s Quilt

Anne is also making quilts for her grandkids. I didn’t know there was “Anne Of

Green Gables” fabric out there but there is. One of Anne’s grandkids is reading

the “Anne Of Green Gables” series and so, she made her a quilt to go along with it.

I am sure that her grand daughter will cherish this quilt for a long time.

Flowers were stitched onto the quilt; if you look at the light pink fabric, you can

see the flowers.

The backing is also fun and suits the quilt perfectly. A light So Fine blue thread

was used for the top and the backing.

Anne’s 2nd quilt

Anne also made this fun quilt for her grandson. She said that she had alot of fun

putting this one together and it went together fast due to all the big sizes of the

blocks.Her grandson loves soccer and so the fabric is spot on.

The backing

And the backing is perfect as well. Well done Anne! I am sure your grandson will

love this quilt. Again, a simple swirl was chosen to mimic the rolls of the soccer ball.

Lori made this lovely quilt for someone special too. She was quite creative in that

she designed the outer  border area. What a great idea to use up leftovers from the

top and a great way to add interest  as well.

Lori’s Quilt

Here is a close up of the border area and the blocks in the quilt itself.

Lori chose a floral design and I quite like how it looks in the border area.

A white polyester thread was used for the top and the backing.

The backing.

Having such a dark backing can really create alot of tension issues if you choose

to use 2 different colored threads, especially a light for the top and a dark for the

backing. But we longarmers try our hardest to make it work.

I hope you enjoyed the eye candy, have a great week and check out

The Needle and Thread Network.

 

Happy Easter

This morning, we had another blast from old man winter. My

favorite saying is” if the weather is rotten outside, it is a perfect

day for quilting inside.”  Don’t you agree?

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Baby girl quilt

My son is heading to Thailand, this summer, with our local

Church. Fundraising is always a big part of raising money for the

kids to go, so how can I not make a quilt?

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I saw this panel at Lens Mills or Fabricland and I couldn’t resist

buying it. It is so cute. I think it is based on a book called”How

Much Do I Love You?”

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I added borders because the panel wasn’t big enough by itself. I knew

that feathers would help dress it up a little and make it a bit more

classy. I hope the receipent thinks so too.

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The backing

I has some light pink fabric that I thought would match the front

of the quilt.  Again, I think it fits and works well with the front.

I used a white polyester thread on the front and the backing of

the quilt.

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Kathy’s Quilt

Kathy made this quilt for her grand daughter who is leaving

for University in the fall. Can you guess what university she

will be attending in the fall?  What a great idea!!

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A close up of the blocks used for the quilt top itself.

I really am beginning to like words on a quilt. Maybe I am

transitioning into the Modern Quilt Movement without

realizing it.

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The back of Kathy’s quilt

Kathy pieced her backing. This is one of my favorite

techniques as well. It helps use up the left over fabric and

adds lots of interest on the back of the quilt.

I used an Omni polyester cream thread for the top and the

back of the quilt. And “Raindrops” was the name of the

overall design quilted onto the top.

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This is the picture of what I discovered in my washing

machine this week. I am attempting to teach my teenage

boys how to do their own laundry. Great idea  but sometimes

it fails miserably.

While the washing machine was spinning, the laundry soap

container fell off the machine and landed on the floor, laundry

soap flying everywhere.  The cap just happened to be left OFF

of the container. A huge puddle  was lying on the floor so

my daughter cleaned up the mess.

As a result, the towels were smothered in laundry soap and

when I washed them, this is the result of it. I had to laugh

or I would have yelled. No one was home anyways to hear

my rant.

It was funny because I cleaned the washing machine out with

a scoop. So much for teaching the kids self sufficiency.

What are your funny kid stories? I am sure that you

must have at least one to tell.

Have a great Easter.

Keeping on track…

Even though it is only the second week into the new year, I am still

on track with my resolution to work on-and complete- some of my

own personal projects.

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I have 3 Advent Calendars on the frame right now. You could say

that I am either really late or really early; it depends on which way you

look at it.

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This is the center of the Advent Calendars. They are  pretty cute and stitch

up really quickly. I am getting ready for Christmas, 2016. Please, don’t send

me any hate mail for that last comment. The panels were purchased at

Fabricland and  several borders were  added  to enlarge the panel.

Besides completing these 3 projects, I have actually found time work on

my Monarch wallhanging.

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Monarch wing

The wing is broken up into 2 sections and I used some fusible webbing

to cut and paste the pieces onto the black wing. I actually found a dead

Monarch and kept it in a plastic bag for a few years. I copied the

Monarch and enlarged it for the shape of the wings.  My kids think

I am crazy; sometimes, I think I am too.

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Now, I just have to decide what color for the background. I am hoping to

have it on the frame by the end of the week.

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This octopus has been waiting for several months to be put together.

I don’t like some of the fabrics I picked-the purple-but it is

staying that way.  The block is paper pieced and is part of a BOM,2015,

from Quilt Art Designs.  I only have 1 more block to complete and

then I can put the quilt together.

I do have an idea of how to put the 9 blocks together but hopefully, the

picture I have in my mind, will look good in reality.

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Dale is quite the quick quilter. Here is another quilt that she has

completed. She wasn’t sure of what type of stitching but I thought

that the piecing spoke of a modern quilt.

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The backing

We can’t forget the backing of the quilt. I used a polyester thread

for both the top and the bottom of the quilt.

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Eva was in a recycling mood when she completed this quilt for

grandson.  The fabric came from a friend who was getting rid of

some fabric and Eva stitched it together. What a great

idea!! Free fabric and a completed quilt.

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Here is a funky backing .

I hope that you are finding time to work on and complete some

of your own projects. It feels so good to actually complete

some of your own things.

Have a great week.

 

 

A special Kitty…

This is one special kitty.

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She showed up at our front door several weeks ago, meowing

loudly while staring up at us through the door. How can you

not do something?

My daughter decided to take care of her and began feeding

her. Eventually, she moved into our sunroom and then,

after several days of feeding her, her belly became quite

round and plump. Yes, she was pregnant! What to do?

We already have one cranky cat who did not like this

new addition to the family and we were dog sitting too.

We decided to contact a local animal rescue charity called

Street Cats Rescue Mission.  A lady and her husband showed

up that evening, confirmed our suspicions and assured us that

she would find her an adoptive home asap. She did and within

3 days, our very special kitty had seen a vet and was being loved

by another caring family. I am very thankful for organizations

like this.

On that note, I also made a kitty lap quilt for an upcoming

fundraiser at my church. The pattern was free over at

Shwin & Shwin. You have to go onto their Craftsy account

to download the pattern pieces though.

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It went together really quickly and I quilted it really

simply as well.

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How can you not love the glasses?

I quilted straight horizontal lines on the white background

and in the cat’s pink body, I stitched a diagonal line in matching

pink thread.

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For the backing, I used some yellow fabric. It is a little hard

to see the stitching but it is there.

I also managed to quilt Barb’s quilt last week. It is a very

colorful Batik quilt.

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I love Batik fabrics and the color is always eye catching.

Barb wanted a pantograph so she chose “Flirtatous.”

It is a fun design and it adds some nice swirls to the square

piecing of the top.

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A light purple polyester thread was used on the top and a light

polyester grey thread for the backing.

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The backing fabric was really soft so it should be nice

and cuddly to use.

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Again, the stitching shows up nicely on the back.

I think that spring has finally sprung here but now there is the

urge to clean everything is sight. Blah!!  I would rather be

quilting.

Have a great week!

 

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.