Yes, I Am Still Alive…

HI everyone,

Sorry that it has been over 6 months since my last post. LIfe has been busy

and I have neglected my blog. I’m hoping to begin posting once again.

I’ll make this my one and only New Year’s resolution. I hope you had

a great Christmas and New Year. Here are a few photos from last year to

wet your appetite.

Figo

This is one of the modern quilts that I quilted for Northcott’s modern department,Figo.

I can’t remember the designer and pattern name but I promise to keep better records

from here on in.

Sea Shell Quilting

Christine, the head of Figo, wanted sea shells all over the quilt. I think the design came

from Urban Elementz. They carry alot of digital and paper quilting patterns.

The backing

Here is the backing of the quilt. I really love this fabric, so soft and pretty.

Modern Quilt

Another quilt for Figo. I used a monofilament thread on the top and a soft Omni

grey thread on the backing.

Karlee Porter Quilting design

The quilting is designed by Karlee Porter. It is a square with a slight curve but it

stitches out in a really cool shape.

The backing

This fabric is a new line that Figo launched this past fall. It deals with the Zodiac.

Modern Quilt #3

A Close up

The quilting on this modern beauty is a simple wavy line. Again, I used a clear

monofilament thread on the top and a light cream Omni  thread on the backing.

The backing

Another close up

I hope you liked the  pictures. Hoping to be back next week  but if not, in 2 weeks for sure.

Have a great week and keep stitching.

Ruth

More Quilts For You To See..

Here are some  pictures of quilts that I completed in the Fall. Hope you enjoy the show.

Blue and White Quilt

Love the colors in this sampler.

I love the fabrics in this quilt.

The backing of the quilt.

Debbie made this King size quilt. Look at all that piecing! Wow!

Shibori Fabrics

I love all the textures in this quilt.

All of the pastel colors are so encouraging this time of the year.

Hexie Quilt

Love this quilt too.

Hope you enjoyed the Quilt Show. Have a great week.

 

Hit And Miss….

It seems like my blog posts have been hit and miss lately. I hope to improve upon

this in the future.

These are quilts that were completed in the summer and I am just getting the

chance to show you them now.

Anne made this quick strip quilt. What great colors!

“Swirl” is the name of the quilting pattern that is stitched all over this

quilt. I used a cream polyester thread on the backing and a light blue on the front.

It is nice to see close ups of the backing and the quilting design.

A very subtle color scheme. Very calming and relaxing.

Flowers were stitched all over the quilt.

A cream polyester thread was used for the front and the backing. Less tension issues this way.

Bright and cheery and very graphic. Stars and loops were quilted all over the

quilt using a blue polyester thread for the top and the backing.

I really love how the blue thread shows up on the black fabric.

The backing ties in nicely with the front of the quilt.

Love the colors and pattern in this quilt.

A swirly design was stitched all over the quilt.

A grey thread was used for the front and the backing. It was the most neutral color

that blended with all the colors on the front of the quilt top.

The backing

Red and White Quilt

One of the perks of my job is being able to see what everyone is working on.

One of the blocks

Red and white quilts are so impressive and bright.

The backing has swirls all over it. White polyester thread was used for the top and

the backing.

A block of the month quilt that has been finished and is now usable.

 

I love this Muskoka Quilt. It has so many fun animals on the front of the quilt.

Anyone know what this animal is?

The backing shows off the leaves and oaks all over the quilt.

Have a great week and see you next week.

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.

Houston and Japan…

Are you wondering about the title of this blog post?

My husband went to Japan in the summer and even managed to

bring me back some fabric. Not much but some.

It is interesting how the fabric is rolled up and presented like this.

One of my sons is very artistic; he painted this on the back of a denim jacket. I thought

that he did a great job but I am biased in this area. Can you guess who the singer is?

Nathalie’s Quilt

Nathalie is a very quick piecer and she always makes huge quilts. The colors are very

striking on this one.

Nathalie is also very brave in that she creates her own layout for the quilts that she makes.

Good for you Nathalie. I think  that you only grow as a creative person, as

you experiment and play. Have fun and see what new discoveries you can make.

The backing of the quilt has the same colors as the front. The stitching consists of

outlining the interior lines in the center of the quilt and the stars in the outer corners.

The rest of the quilt received meandering all over the remainder of the quilt top.

Evelyn’s Quilt

Evelyn is another brave customer that I have. She is fearless in creating her own baby

quilts. And she did a great job with this one. I love the colors, the layout and the stitching.

The penguins are really cute; someone is very fortunate to be receiving this baby quilt.

The backing

The backing shows off the quilting nicely. I used a grey polyester thread for the top and

a matching thread for the backing.

Evelyn’s Baby Quilt #2

As you can see, Evelyn has been hard at work. She also made this cute baby quilt. Again, her

own layout and design. I love seeing original work from my customers.

Penguin fabric

The backing of this baby quilt. Matching thread was used once again.

Blue and White Quilt

What a great pieced border on this quilt! I love the 2 colors as well. Again, all the time it takes

to create a quilt like this really blows my mind.

I like the 16 patch and the star block below.

A swirl design was used all over the quilt top and white thread was used for the

top and a dark blue for the backing.

Once again, please try to remember when buying backing fabric for your quilts, the color

of threads that will be used on the top and the backing. In this case, white was used

on the top and a dark color on the backing. If the tension is not perfect, which it isn’t

sometimes, then you may get white dots coming through on the back of your

quilts. If you can live with that, then great. If not, then I recommend you

buy a different color of fabric for the backing. Maybe something lighter

in color that matches the front of the quilt.

Once again, I am happy to say that I am heading to Houston next week, for

the Houston Quilt Festival. I am both nervous and excited. Any words of

advice from anyone about what to do or not do, what to see or not see?

Have a great week.

 

 

 

The Last Of The Local Quilt Show…

Here are the last of the pictures from our Local Quilt Show, in September.

Love the red, white and black polar bear quilt.

Sampler Quilt

Sampler quilts are a great way to practice your quilting skills.

Peach Quilt

Anyone know the name of this block?

Blue and White Quilt

This quilt looks modern to me but  traditional blocks are used  in the corners.

Donna made this quilt.

 

I really like what Donna quilted in this area. How can you not love pebbles and swirls?

The motif in the center of this block is interesting as well.

Sampler Quilt

Mini Tumbler Quilt

Look at all those small pieces!! Wow! Someone had alot of fun and patience.

Lynn’s Quilt

Lynn made this beauty. She always has the most gorgeous fabrics. When she  brought me

the quilt, she told me to pebble it. There were so many pebbles, I was seeing them in my sleep.

Just kidding!

Lynn won the Viewer’s Choice Award. Congrats Lynn!

Rose of Sharon?

I probably have the wrong name for this block but I do like the colors used. And the

quilting is very effective and well done.

Donna’s Quilt

If my memory serves me correctly, Donna made this adorable quilt. I really like

the colors and how whimsical it is.

I like the yellow and green colors, great for cheering you up. especially now that

all the leaves have fallen and the cold wind is blowing.

This is my current hand sewing project. There are over 750 triangles in this bin.

I am planning on making a king size quilt composed of flying geese.

My trial block; trying to work out some of the bugs. I only have 119 more blocks

to make. Yes, I think that I have finally lost my mind.

Have a great week.

 

 

A Local Quilt Show- Part 3

Here are more pictures of our Local Quilt Show, that was held in September.

The tiny houses are  very cute.

Here is the entire village of the tiny houses. Did you notice how the color changes in the

background around the perimeter of the quilt?

I like the quilting on this quilt. I am constantly looking for new designs and this one intrigues me.

There is only half a quilt because there was alot of bad shadows on the one side. You

will have to use your imagination to fill in the rest of the quilt.

The small pieces that are acting as sashing, is interesting.

Can you guess what block this quilt is made up of?

It never cease to amaze me of how clever quilters are at using

a common block to create  a new design.

The “Log Cabin” block certainly looks different in this quilt.

Modern 9Patch

This reminds me of a modern quilt with a traditional twist. What do you think?

The backing to a Canadiana quilt.

Canadiana Quilt

Another backing.

I thought that you might want to see all three of these quilts together.

Ripples

A Square Quilt

The quilting design is pretty nice, anyone know the name of the design?

I love this quilt. All the colors, the pattern, the design.

The barns are interesting. I saw an interesting barn in NewMarket the other day.

Hippo or safari anyone?

Can you find the hippo in this picture? I think that he has gone into hiding.

This quilt reminds me of the autumn leaves that are falling right now..

Brenda made this quilt at the Kempenfelt Guild, last year,  as their

Block of the Month.

She picked out gorgeous colors. Not only can she applique but she can choose

great colors too!

Great job Brenda! Well done!

This center motif is so simple yet so classy.

Here is the entire quilt, well half of it again. You get the idea though.

A Square Quilt

Once again, the colors are the ones that I love right now.

A Sampler Quilt

I like the green, black, and white color combination.

I hope you enjoyed the show, more to follow next week. May I suggest that you get

outside and take a look at the Fall colors, if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, that is.

Have a great week .