All finished…

I am very happy to say that the “Friends of  Baltimore” applique quilt

is all finished.  And it is on its way home to South Carolina. When

it arrives, I will breathe a sigh of relief; I am sure that Darlene will too.

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This is what it looked like on the floor of my studio. I have

included lots of photos for you to enjoy.

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The braided handle looks like it is 3D. The two

layers of batting(wool on top and 80/20 Hobbs underneath) really

makes all the applique puff up, almost like a trapunto effect.

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I really like the borders in each block. And did I mention that

the applique is phenomenal. I couldn’t even find the threads

that Darlene used to applique the  pieces onto the quilt top.

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Do you see the masking tape in the upper right hand corner?

I put this on so Darlene can see where there is an area that

needs a little repair.

It is funny how each quilt takes on a life of its own. On this

particular quilt, all the background fills wanted to be

in miniature.

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Feathers and  swirls are the background fills here. I saw this

sample on one of Sharon Schamber’s quilt, so I had to try it.

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The border area. I decided to use 5 background fills that I

had used on 4 of the 16 blocks. These consisted of swirls,

pumpkin seeds, McTavishing, a circular design, and

some gridwork. Whenever I get bored with one, I switched

over to another fill. Yes, I am a little OCD.

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One of the 6 different vases in the border area. I love feathers

so I had to put some of them onto the quilt top. It seemed like

they wanted to be miniature too.

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In this block, I used an oval design that is echoed several times. It

does look stunning with the very posh bird.

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Darlene’s “Friends of Baltimore”

The fruit in this basket is quite stunning. The pineapple

needed a little extra stitching but all the other fruit was

stitched around. I used a monofilament thread to stitch

around all the fruit. It saves alot of time not having to

switch out thread color constantly and the monofilament

thread seems to camouflauge itself with quilt blocks.

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In this block, I used 2 different background fills. It does add

interest to the block.

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Onto the back of the quilt. This looks so cool. It reminds

me of a wholecloth quilt.

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You can actually guess what block is which when you look at

the backing. I packed the quilt in such a particular way so that

Darlene can see the back of the quilt first when she opens the box.

Hopefully, it will give her goosebumps.

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Here is the posh bird but now he is colorless.

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One of the baskets and the feathers that support it.

You can see the sashing received straight lines. It add more

texture to the quilt.

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Another vase; this one is holding a book in it.

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More shots of the background.

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Love, love, love the texture of the backing.

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The mighty eagles finally found his feathers. My son

actually drew in the lines for me. He is quite artistic

and helps me out whenever I need it.

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The border area once more. I hope you enjoyed the photos.

I feel  like I am coming back down to earth today. Working on a

quilt like this kind of pumps you up for the duration of the

quilting. One’s mind almost becomes obsessed  with the

quilt; how much is done and what is left to be done.

It is all good and fun though.

Have a great week.

I’m back!!

For those of you who have been following my blog regularly, you

know that I try to post weekly. Last week I missed because I was

away on a cruise to the Bahamas with my family. Yes, I  have it

rough!!

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This is where I lived last week, along with my family.

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And this is where I was staying for several days. How can

you not love the sunshine? The heat is a different matter though.

You have got to love AirMiles. I had enough saved up for my

whole family to stay overnight at an hotel before the Cruise began

as well as the Air Miles  covering all of us getting onto the boat. A sweet deal

indeed.

If you have AirMIles, please check the expiry date, they now

come with an expiry date-crazy or what? My expiry date is coming up at the

end of Dec, 2015, so I didn’t want to waste or lose them. I urge you to check

out the expiry date of your Air Miles too.

Back to the important stuff.  I did promise pictures of the front of

Kerry’s “Friends of Baltimore” Quilt. And Kerry  (Simple Bird Studio)

loved her quilt, by the way. I am glad because I find it very stressful

when the owners come to pick up their prized possessions. I want

them to be happy with the finished product.

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Once again, the front of the unquilted “Friends of Baltimore.”

Due to the large number of blocks(16 in total) I will show you

the first 2 rows with close ups.

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Each block has a different background fill. Sees are the fill here because

the block  felt like Autumn to me.  So, I stitched in seeds in the outside

of the circular wreath.

Inside the wreath, I stitched in circles to mash down the background and

help the applique puff up a bit more. This is one of Cindy Needham’s

tricks of the trade.

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You can see the seeds alot better here.

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This block stumped me for the longest time in trying to design it.

In the end, I went with feathers around the base of the vase and dressed

them up a bit with some stitching inside each feather.  Straight lines

were added as well as diagonal lines to  look like an herringbone

pattern.

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Kerry didn’t want any pebbling in the quilting but I had to throw in

some pebbles along the outside edge of the block. It does dress it up nicely.

 

I love the floral bouquet in this block. I wanted to dress it up so

I marked off a diagonal grid,  stitched in swirls, and then filled in

the curved grid. I love the look of this block-very classy.

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As you can see, I am constantly checking out what other longarmers

are doing, scanning Pinterest, and Quilt Shows to keep up with

trends in the Quilting Industry. It does take time but it is fun to

check it out and then try it for myself.

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Ah, the anchor. What to do with this one?  I thought of sailors

and what they used on the high sees. A compass came to mind and

thus the Mariner’s Compass in the block.

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I also thought of rope and voila!!  McTavishing was used outside the

rope border and  circular stitching inside the block.

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I love the leaves in this wreath!! It must have been very challenging to

applique though. I used another diagonal grid, marked it with an air

soluble pen and stitched out the straight lines in the grid first and then

filled in the grid.  I have some stencils on hand so it makes  marking the

blocks quick and accurate.

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As you have noticed thus far, this applique quilt has alot of colors

in it. Instead of changing thread colors constantly, I chose both a clear

and monofilament thread and stitched around all the pieces  of the

applique. It is a bit shiny but not that noticable when the whole

quilt is completed. It also keeps the back tidy and no colored

threads  showing through to the backing.

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In the center, I quilted in circular stitching and made some waves under the

boat. On the outside of the boat, I made circular swirls.

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This boat is really going through quite a quilted storm. Glad that

the boat I was on didn’t experience that kind of turbulence. And no,

I didn’t get sea sick. After I got home though, I still felt the gentle

swaying of the boat for several days.

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What a gorgeous block and vase!! I can not imagine the time that it

took Kerry to make this block alone. Again, I opted for a

diagonal grid pattern.

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I marked the lines, stitched them in and then filled it with straight

lines. You will notice that even the sashing was SID and has stitching in

it as well. In the little blue triangles, I used a dark monofilament thread

because the blue polyester thread kept showing up on the back of the quilt.

After all that hard work, I couldn’t let that happen. The monofilament thread

seems magical in that it seems to transform and take on whatever color

it is stitched on.

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Due to all the grid work, I wanted a different design in this block.

I took out my arc rulers and this is what happened. Yes, I know the

bird is upside down.

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On the inside of the block, there is circular stitching and on the

outside I quilted feathers. You can’t go wrong with feathers.

Well, I hope the wait was  worth it. I hope you enjoyed the

blocks. Which one was your favorite?

Next week, there will be 8 more to choose from.

Have a great week.

 

Friends of Baltimore-Part 1

This past week, I have been volunteering with the Barrie Fair; thus the reason

for this late entry.

All summer I have been working on this gorgeous quilt made by Kerry Burke,

over at Simple Bird Applique and designed by Sue Garman.

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I finally finished it this past week. Kerry hasn’t seen it yet, as she is picking it

up today.  Due to this fact, I will only show you several pictures that she

has seen and the backing.

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There are 16 blocks in the entire quilt and 4 borders, all of which

has been hand appliqued. Being OCD, I decided to quilt a

different design and background fill in each block.

In this block, I tried my hand at cross hatching,  in minature form.

I marked the lines with a pink air soluble pen and marked the lines

with a stencil.

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In this block, I mashed down (yes, it is a technical term) the background

and stitched in some feathers around the leaf vine for some added interest.

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Because this block has an anchor in it, I added rope around it for

added interest. A mariner’s compass (large version) was added

as well. I used McTavishing on the outside of the rope.

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The vase looks pretty ornate so feathers were screaming at me plus

Kerry wanted them too, so it was an easy choice for this block.

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Here you can see the outer appliqued border too. I pulled 3-4 different

motifs from various background fills and placed them strategically

all over the border-just kidding!!

My daughter asked me: “Mom, how do you know where to  stitch

stuff?”

My answer: ” I stitch a design in an area, when I get bored with it,

I switch and  stitch in something else.” I get bored alot.

How is that for being technical?

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I love the sailboat. What is a boat without waves?  The boat

received tons of waves, on the bottom and  all around the border

and bottom of the block.

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This basket is 3D. You’ll have to take my word for it until next

week. The outside edge of the basket is braided!! It is really neat. And

I was surprised that I could stitch right up to the edge of it.

Kerry is an amazing appliquer. All the intersections of fabric and turned

down corners were flat.  No ridges at all. That is music to my ears

because the hopping foot on my longarm didn’t get caught on those

corners or bumps at all.

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This bird has beautiful feathers and lives amidst a bunch of berrries. So I

quilted in a background fill that looks like seeds, in my mind anyways.

The block reminded me of Fall so that is why I chose seeds.

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This is the outer border. Each border has 3 different vases in it. I’m

beginning to think that I am not the only one who is OCD here (sorry Kerry).

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Did I mention that I also SID around all of the applique pieces?

I  used 2 layers of batting: top layer-wool and the bottom-a blend

of cotton and polyester (80/20). It adds alot of loft and puff to the

applique pieces and the background fills.

I used a monofilament thread for all the SID because you don’t have to

keep changing thread colors and if you make a mistake ( and accidentally

quilt on the applique piece)you can’t really see it that much so you don’t

have to pick it out and fix that loose stitch on the back.  Yeah!!

Win -win all way round.

Next week I won’t be posting but I will show you the colored

pictures after that. This quilt is a work of love and art.

Have a great week!

 

Around The World Blog Tour-Pt 2

Once again, I would like to thank Kerry, at Simple Bird Applique,

for the invitation to participate in this Around The World Blog Tour.

She does incredible  applique and is quite quick about it as well.

I have to answer 4 questions in this post, so let’s begin.

 

1. What am I working on?

Good question. I seem to have a few UFO’s lying around but this

one is at the forefront. This pattern was designed by Roxane

at Scrap, Quilt, Stitch.

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It is an adorable pattern and I joined up for the BOM.

Thus far, I have only 2 blocks done.

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I found thin white suede at The Dollar Store and it makes

a great pole for the umbrella, as well as chair legs for the

chair. I learned this trick from Kerry, at Simple Bird Applique.

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I recently finished this quilt for Isabel. She hasn’t

even seen it yet. Because it is such a traditional

pattern, I had to quilt feathers on it.

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Feathers really show up in this photo.

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This fall I was asked by Patti Carey, of Northcott,

to quilt 5 pieces for her upcoming show in Houston.

What an honor! This was my favorite Quilt of Valor

that I quilted.  The color in this quilt was stunning!

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I was really surprised that I liked the orange and

cream in this table runner too.

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Carol made this quilt. What an intricate design and the

stitching on the backing looked great too.

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I am beginning to realize that I love the texture that

the quilting creates on the backing. It has only taken

me 10 years to figure this out.

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My first modern quilt.  It went together quickly but

the quilting took a bit longer than I had anticipated.

All the open space does take a long time to fill in

with quilting.

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This is Lily of Rosenberry, designed by Sue Garman.

There are over 1,000 berries on this quilt. Yes, I am

crazy! And it took over 60 to quilt it up. Desley,

at Addicted To Quilts,  gave me permission to use

her quilting design for the quilting.

And who can resist fabric postcards?  I first discovered

fabric postcards on Monika’s blog, at My Sweet Prairie.

This one did take a bit of time due to all the thread

sketching and painting on it.

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This is a photo I took of hay bales in a farmer’s field.

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And here is my fabric postcard I made.

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2. What makes my work different from others?

I think my work naturally differs from others because

I have different likes and dislikes than others. I am

an unique individual and that makes me differ from

others and what I create different from others.

 

3. Why do I create?

I create out of trying to remain sane while taking care

of my family and home. I also create because I enjoy it.

 

4. How do I create?

Depending on what I am creating, whether a large

quilt or an art quilt, this will dictate how I make the

piece. A few years back, I made a Judy Niemeyer quilt.

Because her patterns are so complicated and precise, the

only way to make it was by paper piecing. That cured me

of paper piecing too, by the way. So, it depends on what

I am making. Kind of an elusive answer, don’t you think?

Sometimes I get frustrated with myself because I like so

may varied types of quilting. Maybe if I narrowed it down

to one or two I could be more proficient.  But then again,

I get bored easily (I know , I am a little OCD) so variety

keeps me interested.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out

Lorette at Spruce It Up Quilting. She is next on  The

World Blog Tour. I met her online and she has recently

opened up a quilt store in New Brunswick.  Distance

seems to be no boundary for the Web.

 

 

 

Barrie Fair Week

It was Barrie Fair Week, last week.  I call it a “week” because I volunteered there

just about every day, for the whole week.  There is alot to do, to organize, set up

and tear down in the HomeCraft Division.  As promised, I did take some pictures

for you.  I hope you enjoy the eye candy.

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Here is “Lily of Rosenberry.”  I thought that I would put it in the Fair, to see how

it would show.  It won. However, it is easy to win when there are only 3 quilts in

the whole show.  I was disappointed that there were not more quilts but we are

hoping to generate more interest for next year.  There are alot of amazing

quilters in Simcoe County and I am hoping to get them involved in

exhibiting in the Fair next year.

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Phyllis made this cute bunny wallhanging. You have got to love the bunnies.

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Phyllis also made this cute wallhanging. She was able to draft the pattern

by looking at a photo.  Pretty creative, if you ask me.

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This is my “Trillums” wallhanging I made several years ago. Elizabeth

Alexander held classes and I took one with her.  I am so glad that I did

because she moved back to Scotland this year. She is a very, very talented

fiber art and quilting lady.

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This gorgeous wallhanging was made by Phyllis. I love how the beads look

like frost on the leaves.  It is so cool.  Phyllis won 1st in the Art Quilt category.

I think she mentioned taking a class for this art quilt but I don’t remember with

whom.

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Don’t you just love this little mouse?  I think he is so cute!

Again, Phyllis made this little guy.  She not only quilts but knits and

crochets too.  Where does she find all the time to do all 3?

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I love this doll! Her shoes were laced up and even the corset

on the back.  Another adorable creation by Phyllis.

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I am unsure who knit this hat but it got lots of attention at the Fair.

If you are unsure of who he is, he is a character in a recent kid’s movie:

“Frozen.”  He is the adorable snowman, Olfa.

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I thought that this was a cute centerpiece. The Class said

“decorate an old shoe.”

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And who can resist the horses? I had to watch a few horse shows while

being there.

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Isn’t this drawing just amazing?  There is one very talented young lady out

there. Pencil is the medium and the shading is incredible!  This will

definitely go on to the next level.

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This drawing, of an mommy and baby dragon is cute too.  I thought

that the artist is very talented as well.

 

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And who can resist this cute scarecrow?  The kids seem to love the

scarecrow division in the Fair.

I am working on some more fabric postcards and hoping to have

more for you next week.

 

 

 

 

IPM Quilt Show -part 1

Rose Bell's winning quilt-Elegance.

Rose Bell’s winning quilt-Elegance.

“Elegance” won Judges Best of Show.  Rose Bell, of Elite Quilting,

was the longarmer who quilted it.  She did a fantastic job.

Close up of Rose's quilting.

Close up of Rose’s quilting.

This close up shows Rose’s talent and ability.  What a

great job she did.

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Patti Carey, of Northcott, is the designer of this pattern.  I am unsure of

the piecer but it was a nice addition to the Show.

 

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This quilt reminds me of Sue GArman-all the intricate

piecingin the blocks and the borders.

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You have to love all the colors in this quilt.

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Speaking of colors, what do you think about the colors in this one?

Great!!

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A close up of the previous quilt.  I really love the border in this quilt.

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Anyone recognize this quilt?  Yes, it is my Lily. And no, it did not

win any prizes or awards.  Yes, I was disappointed but I will try to

learn something  positive from this whole experience.

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What  a fun quilt! This one won 2nd in the small category for

wallhangings, I do believe.  This is an  original design by the piecer too.

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What fun and imagination by the designer.

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All the pieces in the Orange Peels were hand appliqued onto the

quilt top.  And it is even hand quilted too!  It won 3rd place in the

small wallhanging category.

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Hexies are popular right now so this one fits in beautifully.  Wow!

Someone has alot of patience.

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This is Kerry Burke’s Baltimore Album quilt-it won 1st in the small

wallhanging category.  All hand appliqued and machine quilted by

Rose Bell once again. I wanted to get the whole quilt but someone

was talking in front of it and I didn’t want to tell them to move.

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Here are some of the smaller wallhangings in the Show.

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This one is very impressionistic, I think.

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Love the green fabric and the ladybugs too.

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The leaves really do look 3D when you are close to the quilt.

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Looking very Canadian, eh?

1st place wallhanging

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The Cabin wallhanging won 1st in the Wallhanging category.  The

designer pieced the quilt from one of her photos.

The bottom wallhanging won 2nd in the small wallhanging category.

Very abstract and modern indeed.

Hope you liked the eye candy so far.  Next week, I will show you the remainder

fo the quilts.  I thought that 60 pictures of quilts might be a bit much.

Linking up with Freshly Pieced and the Canadian Needle and Thread Network.

Lily is done-the quilting that is.

full view

full view

Here is the completed Lily-all quilted up.  I apologize for not getting

a full shot of the quilt but its large size-89 x 89- didn’t help.

Pebbling-close up.

Pebbling-close up.

Here is a close up of the pebbling on the quilt.  Most of the

pebbling was quilted in the middle of the quilt, between all of the

16 blocks.

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This is a shot of the outside of the border.  The swags really liven

up the outside border area.

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The back is always interesting and so textural.  I love looking at the back to see

how the quilting looks as well.  This quilt is being entered into a juried show but

I am really unsure if it will do anything.  When I bought the backing, I forgot that

the front was a cream color and I ordered a white backing.  I remembered when I

put it on the frame but it had to be quilted so I kept the backing white.  One mistake

I will not forget next time.

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It is a good thing that we learn from our mistakes, especially silly ones.

 

Corner border area

Corner border area

Here is the outside corner area, with its cross hatching and feathers.

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This is what the swags look like on the back of the quilt. I think that I have

to email Sue GArman-the designer-and show her what her design looks like in

green and pink colors.

Forever Blooming-my new applique quilt.

Forever Blooming-my new applique quilt.

This is my new applique quilt that I will be working on for the next year.

A light yellow fabric is my background color of choice, so I hope that it will

look ok when completed.

This is a Pearl Pereira BOM this year.  You should check it out on her website,

p3designs.com.

I am also linking up to Freshly Pieced.

 

Ruth