Trying to catch up…

It has been busy around here the past month or so. I took a quick trip

to Nfld to visit my mom for Mother’s Day. My 2 sisters and I also managed

to find my parents a new apartment while we were there. And we moved

them from their home of almost 60 years into their new apartment in 1 1/2 days!

I also managed to drive a 20 foot moving van.

It was one crazy weekend!

Then, when I came back, it was catch up time.  Here are some of the quilts that

I was working on before I went East.

Debbie made this Sampler Quilt. She chose “Dancing Violets” for the overall

stitching design. We used a light polyester So Fine thread for the top and the

backing.

Some of the blocks that make up the quilt top.

The backing of the quilt is grey as well.

Debbie’s Quilt

A close up of the fabric on the backing. I like to see what the backing fabric looks like as

well.

Joyce made this quilt. It was funny when she explained how she made it;  she mentioned

that it just kept growing as she was making it.

You can see what fabrics she used and how striking the overall quilt is depending on where

you place the fabrics on the quilt.

The backing. A purple So Fine thread was used for the top and the backing but I can

not remember what design we chose for this quilt.

The dragonflies seems to be a popular wallhanging right now at a local

quilt shop called “HummingBird SEwing Centre in Barrie.  It is a Robert Hauffmann

design and it is very striking indeed.

Dale’s sister made this particular one and it is only her 3rd quilt. So, anyone can

manage this Stained Glass technique.

Dragonflies wings

I love the colors used in the wings. I quilted in the black areas using a monofilament thread.

More wings

In the background areas, I used a So Fine thread, because it is thin. Next I quilted in straight lines

to follow the print on the fabric. It was quilted very densely, so much so that when it came off the

frame, it was very stiff. I am sure it will soften up over time but it is a wall hanging so it may help

it to lay more flat, in the end.

More beautiful colors!

The backing was a black fabric and you can see more of the colors of the thread that I used

the front of the wallhanging.

Muskoka Sunset

Dale’s sister also made this lovely wallhanging. These type of wallhangings really

challenge me to go out of the box. It is a good thing that my son is home from College. He

is pursuing a Graphic  Design Diploma so it is nice to have some input from a very

creative person.

The sunset

I stitched in some radiating lines around the sun but they needed to be broken up as the solid

lines were not very attractive looking.

The Chair

The chair was easy, just quilt around it. The trees and water were easy too, follow the pattern.

The  Rocks

The grey areas were harder but I tried to stitch in rocks.

The backing

Can you see rocks in this photo?

The tree

I love the shapes of this tree. Very relaxing and calming to me.

The back of the wallhanging. I love the texture of all the stitching.

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A First Quilt…

Beryl made this quilt, her first. What a great feeling to complete your first quilt.

Hopefully, there will be many more.

Beryl’s Quilt

The blocks have alot of embroidery and handwork in them. Beryl did a great job. She wanted

an all over design. She loves butterflies so that is what is stitched all over the quilt top.

I used a cream polyester thread on the top and the backing.

The outer border is pretty neat, alot of pieced blocks in it.

The Backing

She wanted the backing to be centered and why not? I like pieced backings.It is such a good

opportunity to be able to use up left over fabric form the top.

The backing matches the front of the quilt top.

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More quilts…

Here are some more completed quilts for customers.

Lori Rose made this colorful quilt. It really has the feel of a modern quilt,

to me, even though it has alot of piecing.

One of the black middle blocks that surrounded the middle of the quilt top.

Lori Rose chose a light purple So Fine  #50 weight thread which we used

for the top and the backing.

An overall quilting design was used for the stitching design. It really shows up

on the back of the quilt nicely.

The backing

This is what the back of the quilt looked like. The purple thread shows up nicely

on the backing.

You can see the quilting motif nicely on the backing. Lori Rose liked the finished

product and that is all that matters.

Anna made this flannel lap quilt and she wanted a Fall theme quilting

motif on the quilt. She chose Oak Leaves and Acorns but unfortunately

I forgot to take a shot of the whole finished quilt.

The fall colors on the flannel are gorgeous!  These colors are amongst

one of some of my favorite colors.

Here is the back of the quilt. A golden orange polyester thread was used for

the top and the backing of the quilt.

Anna made this cute quilt for her daughter, who is a math teacher.She wanted

to make some math equations on the quilt top and then added bright colored

sunglasses to finish off the quilt.

Sunglasses border

I really love the sunglasses in the border. I am sure that her daughter will love this

quilt. We  used a white polyester thread for the top and backing.

The backing of the  quilt. “Flirtatious” is the name of the overall design used on

the quilt top.

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I have no title….

Here are some more quilts that were completed before Christmas. Hope

you enjoy the show.

A huge quilt

Look at all the piecing! Wow! This quilt was also huge!

This is a close up of one of the blocks in the quilt. The overall quilting design comprised

of leaves.

Look at all the Flying Geese in the border area. Again, all the time it took to create

this beauty.

Another shot of the completed quilt. I used a bright orange polyester thread

for the top and the backing of the quilt.

Here is the back of the quilt. I love the deep orange color.

You can see the leaves on the back of the quilt.

Dara’s Quilt

Dara created this Canadian quilt;  there were alot of these Canadiana quilts this

past year. Kind of makes me regret that I didn’t  make one myself.

It was easy  to choose a design:  Maple Leaves. What could be more Canadian than that?

The backing shows off the Maple Leaves beautifully.

Close up

This quilt below was made  by a very generous person. I quilted it up for a charity.

Another Canadian Quilt

Instead of Maple Leaves, I quilted in straight lines all over the top. I used a cream

polyester thread for the top and the backing.

The backing fabric kind of looks like candy canes, to me anyways. Why does fabric

seem to remind us quilters of food?

Too bad the fabric doesn’t smell like candy canes.

Charity Quilt

This is another quilt that was made by people all over Canada. The completed blocks

were sent into Quilt Canada and the tops were then put together. I quilted straight lines

all over this one too. It was quicker  and I could manage to get it done on time.

A close up of the block. I really like all the colors in this quilt top.

The backing is flannel and the colors match the top perfectly.

Anne purchased this panel and was planning on giving it to someone special.

I stitched in the star lines because I noticed them after staring at the panel for

an hour or so.

The Tree

I outlined the panel and added in some extra stitching.

The border

I quilted in swirls in the green border; a lot of the stitching wouldn’t be

seen anyways so it was a good choice.

The backing is a really fun fabric;  shimmering metallic snowflakes.

A close up of the metallic snowflakes fabric.

Another large coverlet also found its way onto my frame. I outlined the shapes on

the fabric.

The hardest part about quilting this fabric, is deciding what motifs to stitch around.

You have to make sure that the stitching is even and you have to find a

continuous line; you also have to make sure to stop and start really well so that

the stitches don’t come out later on.

The motifs are embroidered onto the fabric;  I try to stitch around them as close as

I can. You would laugh at how fast I can stitch. Sometimes, I have to mentally tell

myself to slow down.

The back of the coverlet; it usually is a thin cotton or polyester fabric. The batting

inside is always a polyester so it puffs up somewhat when it is all done.

Anne’s Quilt

Anne also brought me this panel. I really like it, so vibrant with that black door.

Again, I outlined stitched around the whole panel. The door really stood out when

it was all done.

Some of the Poinsettas on the panel. Even the flowers stood out a little as well. It was

a really fun panel to work  on.

The backing

The back of the panel shows off the stitching nicely. I used a monofilament thread to

go around all the flowers and the door. I used a black polyester thread to fill in the door and

a white polyester thread for the backing.

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Happy Skiers and Snowmobilers….

In my small corner of the world, we have snow. It fell quietly last night and

amounted to about 4-5 inches. The skiers and snowmobilers are going to be

very happy from here on in. As for me, it makes me happy too because I

can stay indoors and sew and quilt all day long. There is now no temptation

to go outside. What about you? Do you like the snow?

This quilt was quilted in the early fall so I don’t remember who created it.

The yellow really plays nicely with the black and grey colors.

This block stood out to me, not quite sure why but I do like the

transparency of the inner block inside the yellow.

I also found the 4 patch and white block interesting as well.

“Flirtatous” is the name of the overall design stitched onto the

top. I used a light cream color for the top of the quilt and a

black polyester thread for the back of the quilt. Beware of

tension issues when using a light colored thread on the top of

your quilt and a dark colored thread on the backing.

The backing

As you can see by the photo above, the backing almost looks grey but in the

photo below, it is actually black.

Again, I can’t remember who created this quilt. I do like the piecing, very effective

visually. So much so, that I pieced together a baby quilt using the same pattern.

A close up of the blocks; I was pleasantly surprised how quickly these blocks

go together. Mind you, mine didn’t have so many pieces in the individual

blocks.

“Swirl” is the name of the design quilted onto the top. I used  a grey

polyester thread for the top and the backing.

The backing has gorgeous fabric on it and I think it reminds me of Lynn.

A close up of the backing.

 

Jeanette or Anne made this quilt from a panel. What a great idea to add

blocks to enlarge the panel. And it adds to the theme and color of the panel

as well. Quilters can be so creative. This is one aspect of my job that I love;

seeing how others come up with their own designs.

A close up of the blocks and fabric used for the quilt.

The backing

This backing isn’t cotton but a thin polyester fabric. It worked well on the frame

and didn’t give me any trouble at all. Feel free to use other fabrics than cotton

on the back of your quilts. Just remember to consider how stretchy the fabric

may be before you purchase it.

Leaves were stitched all over the quilt and a light blue So Fine Thread was used

for the top and the backing.

Lynn made this quilt as a result of a BOM at her local Guild. I love the colors and

Lynn went bold in her choice of thread color-teal.

An overall swirl was quilted and one of her lucky grandkids will be

getting this baby.

Hope you get out and enjoy the snow, if you have any in your corner

of the world.

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Details, details…

The days and weeks leading up to Christmas  Day is always a busy time. Are you

discovering this phenomena? By the time that Christmas Day finally rolls

around, it is a huge relief to have all the details taken care of. Here are some

details that I have been trying to take care of lately.

Carol’s Quilt

Carol is a very generous person and has taken lots of trips to Jamaica, if I remember

correctly, to help out the locals there. In doing so, she raises money by making charity

quilts. This particular quilt is made from scraps that were left over from a previous quilt

that she had made before. Did I mention that she is pretty clever as well?

I used a monfilament thread to stitch around all the blocks. Carol didn’t know what she

wanted in the background section so I decided to stitch in straight lines. As I was stitching,

I noticed that the pattern was really a  2″ wide square. How cool was that? By the time I was

finished, it almost looked like a plaid fabric.

The backing

The backing fabric was really interesting;  lots of words on it.

I used a cream polyester thread on the back of the quilt. Carol was pleased with

the result and so was I.

Dorothy’s quilt

Dorothy made this cute little baby quilt. I love it when my customer’s

decide to be creative and make their own designs and quilts.

 

I tried to mimic all the designs on the quilt itself so I added some waves for the

water and some more grass on the quilt top. I also added another daisy and outlined

the petals.

Here is the backing. You can really see the pattern on the back of the quilt.

Jeanette made this panel quilt. She added some 9 patch blocks on the top and

the bottom of this panel. She chose an oak and leaf pattern for the stitching.

Here is what the 9 patch looks like. You can really see the stitching in this

block. I used a brown polyester thread for the quilt top and the backing.

The backing

I love the green flannel on the back of the quilt.

Here is a close up of the back of the  quilt.

A floral quilt

I can’t remember who made this quilt but it is definitely for a little girl.

I used a light pink polyester thread for the top and the backing.

The overall design used on the quilt top was called “Rose Vine.”

The border section of the quilt top.

The backing

The green fabric is really nice and suits the quilt nicely.

Once again, it is nice to see a close up of the backing fabric and the

stitching. Hope you are taking some time to enjoy  this Christmas Season.

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Christine’s Quilt…

This is the quilt that Christine brought to me. I think that it has been

a local Mystery Quilt Class. What made Christine’s extra special was the

fact that she picked all of her own colors. I think she did a great job!

There is a ton of piecing on this quilt. Because I don’t get to do much

piecing any more, I appreciate even more all the time and effort that

goes into making a quilt like this.

Christine made my job somewhat easier because she knew exactly what

she wanted on her quilt: lots of pebbles, straight lines and texture. All of

my favorite things too.

Instead of feathers, Christine wanted a maple leaf to commemorate Canada’s 150th

Birthday.  In the above picture, you can see the maple leaf in the corner of

the cream section. In the sashing area, I stitched in straight lines.

The block also had a combination of straight lines, pebbles , and swirls. You

can’t  go wrong with that combination.

The outer border

The outside border was very complex looking; what a great pieced border. I SID around all the

little squares and added pebbling in those small areas. The outside border had pebbles and

leaving those small squares blank didn’t look right to me.

More pebbles in the colored square. At first, the colored thread didn’t appeal to me

but as I kept working on the quilt, it grew on me and I fell in love with it. I used

a monofilament clear thread for all the ditch work. It saves alot of time for me.

I don’t have to change thread colors constantly.

One of the 9 blocks

As you can see, the fabrics are gorgeous. There is also a Maple Leaf in the center square

of each block. The Maple Leaves were integrated all over the quilt.

More Maple Leaves, pebbles and straight lines. I also used a cream polyester thread

for the cream areas and the backing.

Some of the offset blocks consisted of this design.

The finished quilt.

I love the before and after shots of quilts. All the stitching really brings a quilt to life.

The backing

You  must not forget the backing. It also has its own story to tell. And how can

you resist all that yummy texture?

This is my favorite shot of the quilt. You can see all the texture and designs showing

through.

The border area

And here  is the border area. Again, more texture. Christine loved her quilt and at the

end of the day, that is all that matters.

I can’t remember who made this quilt but soon it will be that Christmas Season

once again.

The pattern is a loopy Star design by Linda Taylor. I used a light brown

polyester thread for the top and a light cream for the backing.

The backing

Again, the backing tells its own story.

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The Big Rubber Ducky

This past summer, The Big Rubber Ducky was on display in an effort

to create tourism within Ontario. Being a supportive Canadian, we went

to see it in Midland,Ontario.

The Big Rubber Ducky

It took 3 hours to inflate it to full size so it was pretty big. I am unsure of the

prize for this baby but it wasn’t cheap. I was thinking that maybe I could

create something for tourism next year. Maybe an inflatable quilt?

What do you think? Would you come to see it?

150th Quilt

Because this year is Canada’s 150th Birthday, I am seeing alot of Canadiana Quilts.

This one is no exception, very simple to create but it looks great.

Of course, Maple Leaves had to be quilted all over it. What a great quilt for the young

recipient. I can’t remember who made this quilt; I feel like I have been on a roller coaster

ride this summer  and am just barely hanging on.

Another Canadiana Quilt. I really like the panel with the RCMP officer in the middle.

Again, Maple Leaves were quilted all over it. A light polyester cream thread was used

for the top and the backing.

A close up of the young officer.

Sandy’s Quilt

Sandy made this quilt as an experiment. She was  trying  a new

technique and branching out on her own. Good for you Sandy!

It is scary to do your own thing but oh so fulfilling. I encourage you to try

it sometime. You may surprise yourself.

A few close ups of the fabrics in the quilt. Sandy said that she was trying to

capture the mood and colors of a summer’s day in the woods.

The backing

Here is what the backing looked like. I used a light blue polyester thread for the

top and the backing.

“Flirtatious” is the name of the overall design on the quilt.

$10 Quilt/Mystery Quilt

This quilt was either a $10 Quilt at a local Quilt Shop, Country Concessions, or

it was a Mystery Quilt. Remember how I told you earlier it has been a busy

summer? Seems like the memory is the first to go.

Here are a few blocks in the quilt. I really like the one in the bottom picture.

A light cream polyester thread was used for the top and the backing.

And “Happy Times” was the design chosen for the quilting.

And who can forget to show the back? We quilters love to see the front and the back.

A really nice variegated blue backing. Co-ordinates perfectly with the front.

And last but not least, here is Connie’s Quilt. I managed to complete it

before the kids got out of school. And it is now home in Florida.

I promise to have the name of the quilt and the designer for you, for

next week.

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Grab a cup of coffee…

The Canadian Quilt Show was held in Toronto last week. If you

missed it, you missed a really good show.  I have tons of pictures so

you may want to grab a cup of coffee, tea, or other beverage. Because

there are so many photos, I may stretch this over 2-3 weeks.

Judy Niemeyer Design

Wow!! Look at all that piecing! Gorgeous! There were so many great

quilts that it was hard to choose which one I liked the best.

A ribbon winner.

I didn’t take pictures of all the names of the people who won ribbons, I need

to work on this for next year. I love the colors in this quilt.

There were lots of modern quilts at the Show this year.

Kelly Corfe

Kelly Corfe quilted this beauty.  I think it is an design by Laundry Basket

Quilts.

A close up of the quilting. How can I not include the quilting and texture,

done by a longarmer?

Judy Niemeyer

Another Judy Niemeyer design. The quilting is incredible on this one.

The colored areas is thread buildup. The quilter used a variegated

thread and it resulted in all this color and texture.

This quilt is quite unique. All the pieces are made from selvages.Can

you believe it?

Selvage Fingerprints

What a cool idea.

Terry Aske design

Terry created this modern quilt. She seems to be very talented, as she keeps

winning every year.

The owner of this quilt used a dress and it seems it paid off too. Interesting

design.

Elizabeth Dillinger is another talented Canadian quilter. She

quilted a very colorful wholecloth quilt and her efforts  were

rewarded with a ribbon.

A close up of her work.

I don’t remember seeing the sailboat in this quilt but there it is.

I really love the stitching underneath of it. So simple yet effective.

I

Again, I didn’t notice the swirl around the flying geese but

it is quite effective as well.

The owner of this quilt is from Brazil. She did a beautiful job

with this quilt.

Here is the back of the same quilt. One thing I did notice about

this show,  alot of the quilts here were in the recent Spring

Paducah Show, in Kentucky. I guess if you are making a

show quilt, you might as well enter it into as many

shows as you can.

Another winner

The owner of this wholecloth quilt is also from Brazil. It also won a

coveted ribbon as well.

This is an entirely different quilt from the one above. IT didn’t win a ribbon

but it is well done and executed.

I love the colors in this quilt. Again, this one didn’t place in

Paducah but it did here. Quilt Shows are funny that way; it all

depends on the  perspective of the judges.

I love the fabric and colors here. It looks like there is some

fabric  painting going on too.

The Aspen Trees below is quite striking . Pictures never do the

quilts justice. The quilts look so much better in person and

up close.

More trees and color.

You have got to love the Adirondack Chairs. I want to

go sit and have a snooze.

Colorful Chairs

The name of this piece was called “The Secret Garden.” I think that

there is alot of thread  painting in this one.

Sunflowers

I have a thing for sunflowers and this one is gorgeous too.

I really love the center of this piece. I think it is made out of wool.

The Cat

This piece also won and award. Lots of people loved the cat in it.

I love, love the colors in this  piece. Velvet was used for the rich and

saturated colors.

A close up of the boats. It looks like the creator had alot of fun

with this one.

Carol Seely’s piece

Carol Seely created this piece. It is 3 dimensional and had me trying to figure

out how she created this. It is fascinating up close.

Close up

You can see a little of how she made this. Again, I can’t imagine the time and

patience for all that small intricate work.

This piece actually looks like a real tree!

Another close up

Moss growing on the tree itself.

Fungus

IT seems that any subject can be used for art.

I love the guy in this  piece.

This was the first piece I saw in the show. I was in for quite a Show.I

hope you enjoyed these photos from the Show. There are lots more

to come next week.

On a more humble note, I managed to quilt up a storm last week.

Huronia Drapes had me quilt up this huge piece of gorgeous fabric

for them.

The store is making a king size coverlet for the customer. And the fabric

is beautiful!! All those flowers are embroidered.

My machine

You can see here how high the roll was under my machine when I was

finished. I thought that I may not be able to have room to complete it.

It was 100 inches by 200 inches.  Glad that one is done.

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A Week of Baby Quilts…

It seems to be a week of baby quilts lately. There seems to be

a baby explosion around here. Arlene has completed her second

baby quilt.

Arlene’s Quilt

I think that Arlene is covering all her bases by creating 2 baby quilts, just to make

sure she has one on hand for whatever sex the baby is when he/she is born. Smart

grandma!

Close up

I love the colors that Arlene used and she is so precise in her piecing. She chose

a simple all over design called “Popcorn.” It has alot of curves so it works well

with all the straight line piecing and blocks.

The backing

Doesn’t the fabric make the quilt? I love the backing material used here.

Cute fabric

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

Anne’s BAby Quilt

Anne is also expecting some new grandbabies as well. Being the smart grandma

that she is, she also made 2 baby quilts  as well. This is the second one.

The colors are very soothing and the same panto-“Popcorn” was also

used for the quilting.

The backing

I used a light blue polyester thread for the top and the backing.

“Popcorn” panto

The quilting design is really visible on the back of the quilt.

Linda’s Quilt

Linda has been busy completing these next 2 quilts.   She chose a light grey

polyester thread for the top and a dark blue polyester thread for the backing.

“Brocade” is the name of the panto used for the quilting design.

The backing shows up the quilting nicely as well.

Around The World Quilt

LInda also owns this quilt. The same panto was used on this quilt as well.

A light cream polyester thread was used for the top and the backing as well.

The backing

The backing of the  quilt is similar to the floral fabric on the top of the

quilt.

Try checking out the Needle and Thread Network; a Canadian site

dedicated to Canadian quilters and textile artists. Have a great week.