Happy belated Valentine’s Day!

I hope that your special someone gave you a card or some

chocolate this week. Mind did-yeah!! If not, at least the

days are beginning to look a little brighter and longer.

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Speaking of Valentine’s Day, here is a pink quilt that Eleanor is in love

with. And who can resist the cats? Eleanor was wondering what

color to use for her binding and her friend came up with this

clever idea. Why not use the left over pink and black fabric as

the binding?

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So, she made the binding in two different colors: black

and pink. She sewed the black binding onto the white section of

the quilt but didn’t sew it all down due to the fact that

she wouldn’t be able to guess where the pink binding and

the black would meet. Are you confused yet?

I will try to say it in a different way. She  partially sewed the

black binding down onto the white corner. She left about

a 5’6 inch extra, to make joining easier later on.

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Eleanor’s cool binding method

Then, she sewed down the pink binding =partially. She left the ends open

and  about 5-6 inches longer so that she could join them at the exact spot

where the black  corner and white border met. She marked that spot on

her binding and then sewed them together. Notice that the binding is

sewn straight across and not on an angle, again easier to execute.

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It looks so perfect and fantastic. Thought you might want to try that one out.

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Susan made this adorable “African Queens” quilt. Pinterest is a source

of inspiration for Susan and I love to see how she tweeks the patterns

she likes, to  make it her own.

 

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Lovely batiks were used for the Queens’ dresses and  head coverings.

Susan just wanted the Queen’s to be outlined, as it was a shame to

cover them up with stitching. Let their outfits shine through.

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The offset border has an African feel to it as well.

I used a clear monofilament thread for the top and a dark

So Fine Brown thread for the back.

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Pieced backings are great and what better way to use up all the

blocks left over.

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A close up of the backing.

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Linda’s Quilt

Linda made this darling pieced quilt. I can’t imagine the hours spent

making all those blocks.

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A close up of the blocks in this quilt.

I used a light cream polyester thread for the top and navy blue

polyester thread for the backing.

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The backing is really a navy blue but it looks more grey here than blue.

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A panto called “Brocade” was stitched all across the top of the quilt.

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I also managed to complete block #2, in the “Baby Animals”

BOM through Quilt Art Designs. Janeen is very talented when it comes to

paper piecing.

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The back of the block says it all. Lots of tearing and shredding to be

done later on. I enjoy paper piecing as it feels like a fabric puzzle to me.

Check out the Canadian site Needle and Thread Network.

Have a great week.

 

I can’t believe it!

I can’t believe that January is almost over! Where did this month

go? While I am wondering where January went, here are some

of my completed customers’ quilts.

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Cathy made this quilt for her son. Wow! I hope he likes it;  if he

doesn’t, I will take it.

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A flannel moose

This whole quilt is flannel. It is going to be really

warm and snuggly.

And I love the moose, how Canadian is that?

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The border print is so much fun as well and fits the

theme of the quilt perfectly.

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Here are what some of the other blocks look like. Because

of Canada’s 150th birthday this year, I am already

seeing lots of Canadiana quilts coming in.

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The backing of the quilt, flannel, of course.  Cathy

chose “Maple Leaves” for the overall design for this

quilt. And a dark brown polyester thread was chosen for

the top and the backing.

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My color choices for the BOM.

I decided to join a BOM, over at Quilt Art Designs. Janeen

is designing paper piecing patterns depicting baby animals.

One look at her site made me fall in love with her patterns and

my daughter has already told me that she wants the completed

quilt.

The colors above are the fabrics I chose for the 1st block.

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My new labelling system

I had a brain storm and came up with the idea of putting

all my fabrics in  ziploc bags. I numbered the bags so I

would be able to pick which color I needed quickly.

So far, it has worked like a charm and I can put

all the fabrics away, by color, pretty quickly as well.

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Here you can see that the grey is in bag # 10.

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When the pieces are all sewn together, I usually trim

off the excess fabric and place them in a larger bag

for all the completed pieces.

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When all the pieces are completed, I can start sewing

it altogether. I love paper piecing because it reminds me

of doing puzzles, only with fabric. While I am sewing

all the pieces together, I can’t wait to see what the

finished product will look like.

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Here is block # 1- a Koala Bear. He is sleeping in the branches

in a tree somewhere. I think he is really cute.

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I can’t believe that I also managed to quilt one of my own

quilts!! Yeah!! There was a twinge of guilt while I was

quilting but I got over it quickly.

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The idea for this wallhanging came from a picture I

found on the Internet. I know there is alot of concern

about copyright but I am not going to sell the  pattern

I made, nor the finished product, so I think I am ok.

I love the colors and the lines in this piece.

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Some of the fabrics in this wallhanging were painted by

moi. It was so much fun that I think I have to do it again.

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More close up of the quilting on the wallhanging. I

used a glue stick to fold down the edges of the roofs.

When I was quilting it, I didn’t like the thickness  of

the roof fabrics so I will not be using glue next time.

It did gum up my needle a little as well so that won’t

be happening again.

Have a great week and check out

Needle and Thread Network.

A New Year…

A new year has begun and I am wondering what your plans

are for it? Any new BOM’s?  New resolutions to maybe

finish the older BOMs hanging around? Those are my

thoughts today.

I have begun working on customers’ quilts once again,

so that is not new. Over at Quilt Art Designs, Janeen

is starting a rather cute paper piecing BOM for this

year;   entitled “Baby Animals.” You should check

it out. Next week, I may have pictures for you.

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This is Anna’s quilt. I think it may have been a Mystery

Quilt that she participated in at a local quilt shop.

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The pieced border looks great. What  a great way to add some

drama to the top.

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The following few photos show some of the varying

blocks in the quilt top.

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Some of the blocks are very interesting. Color certainly

adds another dimension to the quilt.

Anna chose a grey polyester thread for the top and the backing.

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The backing

The backing always looks so different from the front.

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A close up of the design that Anna chose. It is

called “Starlets” by Lisa Calle.

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Anne made this bright quilt. I love all the red colors in it.

Because the colors are so vibrant, she chose a vibrant red

polyester thread for top and backing.

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“Swirls” was chosen for its simple design. Why stitch in a

complex design when you won’t see it anyways?

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The backing

I love the red/orange color of the backing. It blends well

with the front of the quilt too.

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You can see some of the design on the back of the quilt.

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This beauty is Eleanor’s quilt. I love the aqua blue and

dark chocolate color combination.

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Eleanor chose “Swirls” as well, very simple yet classy.

Eleanor chose a light aqua blue polyester thread for the

top and the backing.

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The swirls add some movement to the quilt without taking

away from all the piecing.

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The backing consisted of a white on white tone fabric.

The blue thread shows up nicely.

One thing I really like about my job is the fact that I get to

see what others are working on. There is alot of talent out

there so don’t be afraid to show others what you can do.

Have a great week, thanks for stopping by and check out this

Canadian link;  The Needle and Thread Network.

My coral reef…

I have been fortunate enough to be able to complete the 9

blocks for my Oceans BOM. And I am really surprised

that I managed to complete these blocks so soon.

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The nine paper pieced blocks came from Janeen,

over at Quilt Art Designs and  the patterns were

free. Instead of adding sashing between the blocks,

I wanted to make some gradations and this is how

it turned out.

What do you think?

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I really like the tuna fish. The Manta Ray needs some

gills embroidered onto his underside.

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My Red Octopus isn’t quite red enough but I will

chalk that up to artistic license.

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I think the Dolphins are so cute and adorable. I chose

a different color for the background in each of the blocks.

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I have been debating what else I can do with this completed

top. My brain is on overload today with all the ideas

swimming around dealing with coral reefs. I really

want to add some more tuna fish, jellyfish, coral and

other things. I was online checking out some ideas when

I ran across this website.

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Sayuris World is a website you need to check out.

Aren’t the jellyfish so cool?

This lady is really creative!! She uses felted items to create

this whole scene. Wow!!

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I really like the Message in the Bottle block. The message

actually looks like writing on it.

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Baby Quilt

Besides finishing up some of my own things, I also

quilted this baby quilt for a customer.

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“Splat” is the name of the overall design. I used a soft

grey Glide thread on the top and a light white polyester

thread on the backing.

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This backing is minky. I must warn you to be careful not to

stretch the minky too much. I quilted a baby panel and

used minky on the backing and I threw it out after I

was done. The quit wouldn’t lay flat because the minky

had stretched too much.

Remember, just be careful when you are using it.

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This is Kay’s quilt for her husband. He is a brick layer

so she wanted to make a quilt depicting this idea.

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I think she hit the nail on the head and did a superb job.

She wanted the bricks to be outlined; I used a monofilament

thread for the SID work. In the 2 outer borders, I used 2

different purples and stitched in straight lines that offset

one another. Again,  the straight lines reminds me of bricks.

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The backing of the quilt. I used a cream polyester thread

for the backing.

Hope you have a great week. Just remember, spring

is almost here.

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.

 

 

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day to all the Canadian bloggers out there.

I was thinking about why I like Canada so much and here are a few items.

Freedom, maple syrup, lots of open space, lobster, salmon, trees,

and beautiful scenery. Sad how alot of what I mentioned revolves around food.

Oh, I forgot the great fabric stores all across Canada as well.

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Happy Canada Day!

This was a fabric postcard I made last year for an exchange, but

it was stolen in the mail.  Someone was overly patriotic last year.

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Here are a few of the quilts that I have finished lately.  This quilt was made by

some ladies at a local quilt store, Country Concessions. One of the ladies has

cancer and her co-workers decided to make her a quilt.

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She loves butterflies and the color purple so both were combined. What a

kind and thoughtful idea.

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3D butterfly

A 3D butterfly. I couldn’t quilt over it so I went around it. I used a white polyester

thread for the top and backing. A butterfly panto was used as well.

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The butterfly quilt

Each person used the same fabrics but created their own unique block

that revolved around the butterfly theme.

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I think this was my favorite  block of the whole quilt. You have got to

love the butterfly bra.  I need to get one of these.

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Here is the entire quilt. It is interesting that the back was made of

minky. I was a bit nervous putting it on the frame because I thought that

it would stretch like crazy.

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It didn’t stretch as bad as I thought that it would. One interesting

occurence though was that the minky fibers came through to the front of the

quilt. I had used a white thread on the backing and you couldn’t even see the

white thread  but the purple fibers came through to the front. So, I adjusted

my top tension by  loosening it alot. It did help somewhat but I had to take

a needle and push the  fibers back through the stitching holes. There was only

one really bad spot anyways so it all worked out in the end.

The recepient loved the quilt so that is all that really matters.

It was beautiful and I love the minky on the back. I think that I will have to put it

on a few of my baby quilts.

Have you ever worked with minky? Let me know what you think about it.

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Kay’s Quilt

This is Kay’s quilt. She is quite the piecer, perfectly straight borders and

no ruffles anywhere.

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Kay wanted to used Celtic Vine for the panto design and we used a light cream

polyester thread for the top and the backing.

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I think it turned out beautifully.

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Back of Kay’s quilt

The backing is gorgeous with all the texture from the quilting.

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I think the texture is what makes my heart flutter.

Here is the latest completed block from the Oceans BOM,

over Quilt Art Designs.

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June block of Oceans BOM

Can you guess what animals these are?

Have a great Canada DAy!