Christmas is almost here…

I have been catching up on the quilts for my customers. Here are

some of the quilts that I have completed recently.

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Anne made this lovely table topper for Christmas. The Poinsettas

really stand out  and the pieced border adds alot of interest.

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Anne’s table topper.

Anne wanted the outside border to be quilted in an all over design

whereas the center received more attention and detail.

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I used a monofilament thread to outline the fused flowers and

then a thin  white thread to fill in the background space with small

stippling.

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The back of the table topper

The outside border shows up the quilting nicely. I think the

name of the panto, on the outside border, is “Snowballs.”

I really love how it looks like a blistery cold winter’s wind.

 

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A peach quilt

It’s been a while since I quilted this one. I think

that it is a sampler quilt.

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All the time and effort it takes to create such a quilt top amazes me.

We used a light peach polyester thread for the top and the backing.

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The backing

“Flirtatious” is a popular panto I use alot;  it gives so much

movement to the top and the backing. It is a lot of fun to stitch

out as well.

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Nathalie created this huge quilt for someone special. I really

love the colors and the pattern itself.

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The blocks look fairly simple to make but all the piecing sure takes

alot of time.

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

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I loved pieced backings, almost like having 2 quilts in one. Sometimes,

though, if there is alot of piecing on the backing, it creates alot of drag

and bumps for the hopping foot, on top. So, please keep this in mind

when you  are deciding to add  pieced backings to your quilts.

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Again, the piecing astounds me.

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I think that Lynn created this quilt top. She is a very talented

quilter and always has the best fabric around.

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We used the panto “Flirtatious”once again.

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The backing of the quilt.

Jeanette made this quilt and it comes with ATTITUDE.

The inside area is really a panel with fun fabrics for the

outside borders.

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Each block has a different Scripture verse on it. I really

love it!!

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Even the border has fun fabrics on it. And the colors are

pretty wild as well.

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Jeanette chose a vibrant yellow flannel for the backing;  although

it looks more like orange on my monitor.

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A bright yellow backing

Here you can see the fun panto we used. “Splat” is the

name of the panto and its name even depicts fun.

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Jeanette also created this  Christmas  wallhanging.

Nancy Halvorsen is  the designer and she designs

lovely Christmas Nativity scenes.

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Jeanette’s wallhanging

Blocks were used to create the outer border and what

better way to dress up a panel?

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Stars were quilted all over the top and suits it just fine.

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The pieced blocks even have Christmas prints in them.

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The backing

The backing also carries over the colors from the front of

the wallhanging.

 

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This is another one of Lynn’s quilts. I was at her house

visiting one day and she showed me all of the quilts in her

closet. WOW!! I hope she doesn’t get mad at me for

mentioning this.

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White polyester thread was used for the top and the backing.

A floral  panto was used for the quilting design.

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The funky backing

Lynn made this quilt for one of her grand kids that likes

music. I love the pieced piano keys for the border.

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A musical quilt.

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Some of the blocks in the quilt.  “Lyrical” was the name

of the panto;  I thought it was appropriate due to the musical

nature of the quilt top.

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The piano keys border.

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The backing

The backing is even comprised of musical instruments, violins

to be exact. Quilters are so generous with their time, talent, and

fabrics. It even took time to search out this fabric. And I am

sure that she didn’t find it on the first trip out.

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Another fun quilt by Lynn. I love the bright colors.

This is a huge quilt as well.

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Lynn’s quilt

I can not imagine how long it took to create, piece, and finish

this baby.

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More pictures of the piecing in this top.

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A large overall panto was used for the quilting design

and a white polyester thread was used for the top and

the backing.

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The backing

You will notice how large the motifs are on the backing.

When a quilt is large, you can use bigger motifs because

it fits in with the size of the quilt.

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I hope you enjoyed all the pictures.  Have a great

week.

Check out the Canadian Needle and Thread Network.

 

 

 

I have to name this post-this is my title.

Here are some of the quilts that I have recently finished for

customers.

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Can you guess what the theme of this quilt was?

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Donna loves bees; and I love the fabrics that are in this quilt.

Color always draws me first into a quilt. It may be color for

some quilters, or pattern, or texture for others.

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Donna added so many little hand embroidered bees all over

the quilt top. What a great way to dress it up and make it even

more special.

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I had to show some photos of the fun fabrics that are

interspersed all over this quilt top.

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Corner block

Even the corner blocks had fun sayings in them.

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Another corner block. I used a gold polyester thread for the

top and the backing.

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The gold backing. Donna wanted small loops all over the

top and I added some bees, here and there, to dress it up

a bit.

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I love the color of the backing as well.

Laura brought this fall themed quilt. The colors are

quite stunning.

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Laura’s quilt.

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Each block had some picture of fall in it. Laura chose a

light cream polyester thread for the top and the backing.

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And there were leaves and acorns stitched all over it.

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The backing has roosters on it. It does look fall like but

why not add fabrics that you love best?

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I can’t remember who made this quilt but it is lovely.

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A butterfly panto/ design was requested and it worked really

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

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The backing

You can really see the butterflies on the backing. Almost makes

it look like 2 quilts in one.

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I am linking up with the Needle and Thread Network, a Canadian

site dedicated to artists of all sorts. Take a peek.

Have a great week.

A Quick Hello…

This will be a quick hello as I am literally running out the

door, trying to prep for an upcoming local Quilt Show

this weekend. Who says that a quilter’s life is dull and

boring?

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Before I leave you, I want to show you one quilt that I

finished last week. Joyce made this beauty and it was

huge!! She says that she always makes big quilts and why

not?

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It was a block of the month, if I remember correctly.

She chose a light blue polyester thread for the top and

the backing. The panto chosen was “Happy Times.”

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Isn’t the border interesting? I am really beginning to

love pieced borders. It is actually made up of blocks that

are sewn together. I had to take a few glances and guesses

at it to try and figure out how it was sewn together.

Quilters are also pretty clever too.

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The backing

The backing was a beautiful dark blue color and it reminded me

of the sky and stars.

Have a good weekend and I will have tons of photos for you for

next week.

Summer time…

I am not sure about you but summer time makes me lazy.

All I want to do is lie in a hammock and take a quiet afternoon

nap. No doubt that this attitude has been cutting into my

quilting time.

Here are a few of the quilts that I have managed to complete

for customers.

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Barb’s Quilt

Barb really likes this pattern. Who can blame her?

And batiks, you can’t go wrong with them.

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Barb chose an overall design called “Flirtatous;” another

one of her favorites as well. If you like something alot, you might

as well stick with it.

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A light purple So Fine thread was used for the top and the

backing. Tension issues are at a minimum then, especially in

the summer with the humidity.

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The backing is pretty interesting as well. I really love

pieced backing, as it adds more interest to the back. It

also looks like a totally different quilt; two quilts for the

price of one, not bad indeed.

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A soft flannel green fabric was used for the backing. Adding

more of the piecing from the quilt top is quite smart and also

uses up some of the leftovers.

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Karen made this quilt. I am seeing more Downton Abbey fabrics

and quilts lately. The prints are very interesting. I think that the

Dresden Plate is seeing a resurgence in popularity lately as well.

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Karen wanted an all over pattern so she chose “Blossoms.”

And we used a light purple polyester thread for the top and

backing as well.

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The design shows up nicely between the Dresden Plates.

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I really like the purple border and how it is pieced together.

Adds more interest than your typical 2 pieces of fabric borders.

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The backing has the title of the  British’s Show-Downton

Abbey-printed on it.

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A close up of the backing.

Hoping you are enjoying the warm weather and getting

more quilting done than I am.

 

Underwear…

Jeanette made this quilt. What a great pattern in each

of the blocks.  It reminds me of snowflakes. I used a medium

blue polyester thread for the top and the backing.

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An overall design called “Celtic Braid” was the

pattern of choice.

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The piecing around the blocks  helps the

snowflakes stand out even more.

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A blue flannel is on the back of the quilt.

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A close up of the quilting . Flannel really makes the

quilting stand out.

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The border of the quilt is comprised of a nice

floral fabric.

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Eva made this quilt for her grandson. She is so

ingenious and one of those people who uses whatever

materials are around.

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In this case, she used clean (unused boxer shorts) that

her grandson didn’t like. Eva chose a pattern and colors

to co-ordinate with all of the boxer colors. Did I mention

how creative she is as well?

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On the backing of the quilt, she used leftover

boxer shorts. No fabric is safe when she is around.

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I used a blue polyester thread for the top and the

backing. The “Swirl” panto was the pattern of

choice.

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Ann created this beauty. It reminds me of spring and is

oh, so cheerful. Ann wanted a swirly design and this

one fit perfectly.

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

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The backing was a cheery yellow color as well.

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The swirls are a quick panto to stitch out.

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Karen’s Snowman Quilt

Karen found this snowman kit and created this quilt.

Each block is colored  with crayons. What a great idea

to get kids involved with quilting!

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Karen wanted a swirly design; it resembles a windy

snowy day for the snowmen. If you noticed, 3 of these

quilts have the same quilt pattern on them. Yet,

the design works with each of the different quilts

and patterns.

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I used a blue grey polyester thread for the top and the

backing of the quilt.

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The close up looks great. Karen used a grey flannel

for the backing too, it makes the quilt, oh so

warm and cuddly as well.

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.

Filling it up…

This is what I have been working on for the past several weeks.

It seems that whenever a quilt needs to be done by a certain time,

that obstacles keep popping up and taking me away from working

on a quilt.

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On the frame

This quilt is  no exception. Lots of appointments, a funeral

to attend, kids finishing up exams and life in general seems to be

telling me that this quilt is not going to get completed. I have

other thoughts about this though.

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In each block, I decided to stitch in 3 lines around the

perimeter. In the center section, I stitched in pebbles.

If you ask me, I think it makes the blocks and quilt,

in general, look more “classy.” This fits beautifully

with the quilt, as it is a more traditional applique

quilt.

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Stitching the pebbles in the border sections. Sorry for the

terrible lighting. Once this is completed, I will begin

filling up the blocks with background fills. That is always

my favorite part of working on a quilt.

To change up this post, I have added some pictures of

completed quilts I did for customers, before Christmas.

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A customer’s quilt.

I can’t remember who made this quilt but it was big!!

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The borders were really cool. Leaves were stitched all

over the quilt and I used a cream polyester thread for

the top and the backing.

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The cream backing really shows up the pattern nicely.

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Modern cars and trucks.

This proud grandma wanted to keep the feel of this

quilt modern. So I stitched in cars, trucks and trains

for her grandson. It was pretty funny because all

of the templates I used for  the vehicles, were bought

at Dollarama. They were made of fun foam too.

It is pretty interesting that you can find alot of quilting

supplies at the Dollar Store. What quilting supplies

have you found at Dollarama?

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In the borders, she wanted her grandson’s name and

date of birth. What a great idea!! So I used my Scan & Cut

machine, which my darling husband bought me last summer.

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I cut all the letters and laid them out on the border.

Then I traced around them and stitched

them out. What a time saver that was!!

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Back of the quilt.

The backing shows up the stitching nicely. I used a white

polyester thread for the top and the backing.

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A close up of the trains, cars and trucks.

Remember last week and my encouragement to join the

365 Challenge. Well, the first few blocks only took 5 minutes

or so but the one I made last night took me over an hour!

And it is only 3 1/2″ square.  I am realizing that it takes

alot of accuracy to make these blocks. And it doesn’t help

that the pieces are so small and sometimes move when

you stitch them together.

That is ok though, because I am stubborn and will find some

way to make it work. Any tips for working with small

pieces?

Have a great week!!

Fast piecing

Here are a some of the quilts that I worked on before Christmas

arrived.

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It always amazes me how fast some people are in getting quilt

tops completed. Dorothy is such a person.

The fabric  looks like cotton but is actually flannel. It should be

really warm and cuddly for whoever is getting it.

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The blocks seem fairly simple and the fabric is really nice. Lots of

trees, boughs, pinecones,  and pine needles.  Perfect for this time of the

year. If I remember correctly, Dorothy chose a rusty brown polyester

thread for the top and the backing.  My apologies for not having

pictures of the backing.

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How can you not love the bright colors in this quilt? It is for one

of her grandsons. I think that he will absolutely love it.

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It has so much great fabrics in it: Thor, Iron Man, and other

comic heroes.

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I  had lots of fun just looking at the fabric and picking out

all the superheroes.

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Dorothy chose blue polyester thread for the top and the backing. The

stitching pattern is called “Swirls” and adds lots of movement to the

straight piecing in the blocks.

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A great “I Spy” quilt.  Once again, the prints and fabrics are fabulous.

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I Spy Quilt

Dorothy mentioned trading scraps and fabrics with some of her friends.

That”s a great way to get some new fabric at a great  price.

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The backing is pretty cool too. A blue polyester thread was used on the

top and the backing. And a “Circus” panto was stitched onto the top.

Lots of swirls and curls to help add some movement to the quilt top.

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A modern Quilt

I really like this quilt.  Dorothy wanted  square boxes all over the

quilt top. I felt really brave that day so I decided to freehand squares

all over the quilt. It was quite liberating and fun! I didn’t have to mark

any lines at all and could just focus on stitching. Quite a feat in and of

itself. Sometimes, I am a bit of a perfectionist and  slight wiggles bug me.

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The different sizes and shapes of the squares were fun to stitch in. The only

concern I had was to make sure that I didn’t stitch over any boxes in

previously stitched areas.  A grey polyester thread was used for the top and

a cream for the backing. The backing fabric was comprised of the a solid light

cream color.

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What a great design! I love the little squares running through all the blocks.

Dorothy chose a white polyester thread for the top and the backing.

“Happy Times” was the panto used for the quilting design and it adds

movement to the straight blocks too.

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A great border for this particular quilt.

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The backing

The backing is pretty funky and definitely gives a different look when the

quilt is turned over.

As for my resolution to work on my own stuff, I have added anther project

to the list. This year I want  to complete several of the BOM’s that I have

hanging around from last year.

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My design wall

This is what my design wall looks like right now.  Quilt ARt Designs had an

“Oceans” BOM last year. It was comprised of  9 paper  pieced blocks in total.

I am missing 2 in this picture but they are on the bottom of the design wall.

I have an idea in my head of what I would like the finished quilt to look like but

I wonder if the finished quilt will look that good. You will have to stay tuned

for that one. It might be a while.

Have a great week and find some time for yourself.

 

 

A quick hello

Here’s a quick hello and hoping that you are having a great week

thus far. Last week brought lots of challenges but I managed

to make it through unscathed. My daughter was less

fortunate though. She picked up Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

but it usually passes within a week or so. She is on the mend.

Doesn’t it freak you out that it is November already? Time seems

to be flying by. I guess the old adage :”Time flies when you are having

fun” is true. Here is some of the fun I have been having lately.

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Mary made this quilt for a special young man. He chose the colors

and she made the quilt. What a great deal that is!

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The blocks are fairly simple but it is always the colors that

change up the look of a block and a quilt.

Mary chose “Swirls” for the design and a light grey polyester

thread for the top and the backing.

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The backing is pretty cool in and of itself.

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Mary’s backing

This young man loves to play the trumpet and so Mary chose

trumpets for the back of the quilt. It amazes me how much

quilters love to find fabric that the recepient loves. I guess that

is part of the thrill of quilting too, hunting down the perfect

fabric for that special quilt and person. We are such a thoughtful

group. I think you deserve to give yourself a pat on the back today.

For those of you who want to get a head start on Christmas-I am

sorry that I mentioned that word but it is coming. Here is a link

to a site that helps you get organized NOW for Christmas. I have

followed it in the past and it does help alot.

http://christmas.organizedhome.com/printable/christmas-countdown/calendar-2015

There are 6 weeks in this plan so make sure that you download and

print off the checklist for each week. It helps to put the sheets in

a small binder. It does work.

 

Ruth

 

End of September?

I can hardly believe that it is the end of September already. It seems

like time is on wheels and every time I turn around, another 2 weeks

have gone by.

This is what the last 2 weeks have produced.

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This is Dara’s quilt, for her grandson;  She wanted

something modern, with squares all over it.

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So I freehanded the squares. Most of them are fairly straight but a few are

not. I must say that it was fun stitching the squares freehand, I didn’t have to

follow a  pattern and it stitched  out fairly quickly.

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I used a  browny orange polyester thread for the top and the backing.

It makes tension issues alot easier for me when using the same color on the top

and the backing.

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The backing matched the front really well and I think her grandson will love

his new quilt.

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This is one of Maureen’s quilts that she brought to me. She wanted something

quick and relatively inexpensive. I chose a panto called “Swirls” by Norma Sharp.

It stitches out really quickly and adds some nice movement to the top.

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This top was  a sampler and it has the shape of a Canadian maple leaf. It is the

first Canadian sampler that I have seen like this. I like the outer border on this

quilt. It reminds me of the Delectable Mountains pattern.

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I was stumped as to what thread color to use on the top and the backing.

Maureen had said to pick whatever I wanted.  I know that some people

like the thread color on the backing to show but I didn’t know what

Maureen preferred.  So, I picked a burgundy polyester thread for the top

and a bright red polyester thread for the backing.  I picked burgundy because

burgundy made up the majority of color on the top and if I have tension issues,

it would blend with the red polyester thread on the backing as well.

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If you look closely at the white sections, it does look like white thread but it

is really a burgundy color. A bright red color makes up the backing fabric.

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This is Maureen’s second quilt. I chose a Linda Taylor design called

“Baby Curls.”  It is quite large but it stitched out fast  and fit the

space quite nicely.

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The outer border of the quilt. I used a cream color polyester thread for

the top and the backing.

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You can see the panto design more clearly on the back of the quilt.

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Maureen’s 3rd Quilt

This is another one of Maureen’s quilts. She dropped it off and when I

put it on the machine, I fell in love with the colors and the stars. It felt

like it was telling me to love it and give it a home.

I hummed and debated for several days about whether or not to buy

it from Maureen. Finally I gave in and emailed her. Now, I am the

proud owner of this quilt and hopefully I will be able to quilt it soon.

You’ll have to stay tuned for this one. I do have some ideas in mind but

the final decisions will be made when it is on the frame.

Have a great week.