Happy Summer…

Summer has finally made it here. And with quite a splash, I

might add; very hot and dry. Despite  the weather, I am

quilting along, trying to complete some orders.

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Judi made this quilt for her daughter. It has over 3,000

pieces in it. And over 350 identical blocks. Now that is

a labor of love. I hope her daughter likes it because it

is very stunning.

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Judi wanted an overall design that resembled paisleys,

due to paisleys being on some of the prints on the fabric.

Isn’t it amazing where some sources of inspiration come

from?

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Did I mention that this quilt is also very big?  It is

huge!!! The backing fabric is pretty cool, in and by

itself too.

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I really love the swirls on the back. I used a cream

Omni polyester thread for the top and  a black

polyester thread on the backing. As usual, tension

always seems to give me headaches during the summer

months; it seems thread doesn’t like humidity at all.

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Helen’s hand embroidered quilt.

Helen brought me this quilt and I quickly became

giddy with appreciation when I saw all the hand

embroidery that she had done. The quilt is composed

of all the provincial flowers of Canada, minus Iqualit.

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The panel was bought prior to Iqualit becoming a new

territory. When I first saw the embroidery, I asked

Helen if she had an embroidery machine. “No, I just did this

because I had the time and I enjoy it.”

Wow!! This is truly a labor of love. Her hand  embroidery

is amazing!!!

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In the background, Helen wanted a tight stipple so that the

embroidery would pop. And that is exactly what happened.

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More flowers

“Keep it simple” was the motto going through my mind as I

worked on this quilt. Helen hasn’t seen it yet either so I have to

finish cleaning up the loose threads on the back.

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I tried to keep the designs and the quilting simple so I

could make sure that Helen’s embroidery would be in

the lime light and shine.

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Sashing area

In the sashing area, I quilted in straight lines, again

simple designs.

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More provincial flowers.

I SID around all the flowers too and the embroidery so

that it would add more dimension to the quilt.

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In the stars, I did a little more fancy quilting, just to add

a tad bit of interest and I couldn’t help myself.

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Helen mentioned that she wanted a classic  cable design

in the outside border. In the  inside, light green border,

I quilted in feathers. Another classy choice as well.

Helen likes them too so all is well in my quilting world.

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The backing.

I love, love, love the backing. All that texture

goodness.

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The cable border.

The cable border looks fantastic.

I used a monofilament clear thread for all the

ditch work. A cream for the background block

fills and 2 shades of green for the borders.

On the backing, I used a cream Omni polyester

thread.   I hope Helen likes it as much as I do.

Have a great week.

 

Baby Quilts

Joan brought me this adorable baby quilt, that was made using a

pre printed panel.

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These panels make quick work of creating a baby quilt. Joan wanted

some custom stitching done of the top and I had lots of fun fulfilling that

wish for her.

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I quilted around all the motifs on the panel and matched thread color

to each motif. In the palm trees, I used a Glide green thread. The thread

really shines and glistens; it was the first thing Joan noticed when

she looked at the quilt.

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In the bottom border, I quilted grass to resemble the grass

that was on the panel, in the area beneath the animals.

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On both sides of the panel, I quilted in ferns which was on the

panel as well. Sometimes, the panel or fabric will give you a

clue as to what to stitch on the quilt.

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On the top of the  panel, I quilted in palm leaves. They are my

favorite part of this outside border.

As usual, the backing tells its own story too. I love the lime green

fabric. The stitching really shows up because a variegated King Tut

thread was used.

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The backing is alot of fun as well.

The second baby quilt is adorable as well.

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The fabric in this baby quilt is really quite classy.  Marilyne

wanted this quilt to be extra special so she wanted it custom

quilted.

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In the 9 patch, I outlined the square and then stitched in

curvy lines. The solid colored blocks beside it have a nice

feather wreath in it.

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I cheated when it came to quilting this feathered

wreath. Can you believe that I actually had a

stencil that fit this space  perfectly?  All I had to

do was mark the feathers and stitch away. I used

an air erasable pen to mark the wreath.

I love the feathers and they dress up this quilt beautifully.

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The outside border also has feathers in it. They are hard to see

due to the printed fabric but they are there.

I used a taupe polyester thread for the top and on the backing,

I used a white polyester thread.

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The backing fabric shows up the quilting a little more, in

the outer border.

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Even the backing has a classy feel to it.

Marilyne did a  beautiful job on the piecing. Everything

laid flat and square.  Someone is receiving a very special

baby quilt.

Have a great Easter.