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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I forgot the title….

Here are some quilts that were done before the New Year.

Dara’s Quilt

Dara made this colorful quilt using charm packs. It is so good to be  able to use

those charm packs that we buy but just sit there. It looks very modern to me.

A white polyester thread was used for the top of the quilt while a medium blue polyester

thread was used on the back of the quilt. Spiral Rings is the name of the pattern stitched all

over the quilt top.

The backing

The backing is very vibrant and colorful. You can see how different it looks when you

are close to it. Alot of fun.

Kaffe Fassett fabric

Dale made the following quilt below. She really amazes me as she is such a quick quilter.

I really love the fabric and colors of this quilt. Dale wanted it custom quilted but the

pattern had me stumped for a while.

Dale’s Quilt

I stitched around all the diamond shapes with a monofilament thread. All that stitching

helps to stabilize the quilt while also making all those diamonds so crisp and detailed.

I know alot of longarmers don’t like the ditch stitching but it is so necessary for outlining

blocks and motifs.

In the diamond shapes, I outlined the flowers in that area. Why fight with the  print when

it is so beautiful?

In the star blocks, I outlines the stars and stitched around the diamond, 1/4 inch from the edge

of the block.

In the white sashing area. I stitched a 1/4  line on the outside edges and then a straight line

down the middle of the sashing. I also stitched the same star shape in the white areas. Looking

back now, I am not sure I would do that again. I think that I would use a different motif

as there are too many stars for my liking.

The backing fabric is gorgeous! I usually don’t like peach as a color but this fabric

is beautiful.

A close up of the backing material with all the stitching completed. I love the graphic

look of this fabric as well. What do you think?

Have a great week and linking up the The Needle and Thread Network.

 

A Few More Pictures…

As promised, these are the last of the Canadian Quilt Show.

Wholecloth Quilt

This wholecloth quilt was very big and interesting. It depicts a young girl riding

her horse. It ribboned as well.

I loved this squirrel pattern that was hanging in a vendor’s booth. The blue color

is what draws me in.

Trend TEx Challenge

There were alot of exhibits at the Show. The Trend Tex Challenge uses 5 fabrics and

the theme was “A Canadian Memory.” In Nfld,  “mummering” used to be a local

tradition but it has died out. Basically, people dress up and go to their friends’ houses

and  act silly while the neighbours try to guess who it is dressed up. There is also

alot of liquor involved so you can see why it was both entertaining and amusing.

Guess who?

Whoever came up with this one, was thinking.  We can’t forget how much

Canadians love their coffee and donuts.

Northcott’s Quilts of Valor Challenge

The Quilts of Valor Display was interesting as well; there were lots of different

quilts to choose from.

RCMP Quilt

How can you resist a red uniform?  And the red toque is adorable.

Centennial Quilt

It was nice to see quilts that were made for Canada’s 100th Birthday. Very

different from today.

Close Up

A close up of one of the blocks in the quilt above.

Embroidered Quilt

A close up of all the work in this quilt.

Modern Quilts

Modern quilts were also being displayed.

‘Sticks”

I really like this quilt. It is so simple but the color is effective.

The Fibre Art Network was also holding their own display. This piece caught

my eye.

Curvy Quilt

I also like this pattern. The quilt was made by using Sew Kind of  Wonderful’s

arc ruler.

Close Up

The quilting is terrific on this quilt. Love all the straight lines and pebbles.

Paints and stitching were used to create this watercolor effect. I think

I will have to try this technique  in the future.

Skiing

Another piece which I totally fell in love with. It looks like a picture, it is that

good.

Who can forget to get the kids involved?  They had their own display too.

Canadian Leaf

What a great idea to use a Canadian symbol celebrating the 150 th Birthday and

turn it into a quilt.

“Trees”

I like these trees as well.

“Taking a Walk”

It amazes me how someone can turn an ordinary experience (ie. going for

a walk) into such a great art quilt.

The details

This  quilt looks like a picture. The creator did a great job!!

Hope you liked the Quilt Show and have a great week.

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Lots of tiny pieces..

These next 2 quilts contain lots of tiny pieces. I can’t imagine how

much time it took to cut the pieces, sew them together and press them.

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I am really beginning to appreciate more and more, how much

time and effort it takes a person to create a quilt like this.

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Doreen created this beautiful quilt. Log cabin is still one of my

favorite quilts.  Doreen did a great job with the piecing as well.

If I had to sew all those little strips together, I don’t think it would

be very flat or square.

Flirtatous is the name of the pantograph that was used. And a

light cream polyester thread was used for the top.

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The backing was pieced, another great idea too. I think that I used

a light blue polyester thread for the backing too.

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Here is another shot of the backing.

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This is Marilyne’s quilt. She did such a great job with the

piecing. Everything was square and flat.  I really love the

white little squares that run throughout the quilt.

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It seems that the quilt is made up of 3 -4 different blocks. And

the fact that there are so may different fabric in the top makes for

a great scrappy quilt too.

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The backing was a really rich creamy color with florals on it.

It had a really silky feel to it as well.

On the quilt top, I think we used a light tan polyester thread and

a light cream polyester thread for the backing.

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The panto we used is called “Blowing Wind.”

I hope you like these 2 quilts. They are a labor of

love and works on art in and of themselves.

Have a great week.

 

 

Traditional meets Modern

 

 

 

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This quilt belongs to Susan.  The piecing is phenomenal on

this quilt. Everything is straight, square, and flat. What more

can you ask for?

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Don’t you just love the border?  Intially, when I first looked at

it, I thought it was pieced.  But no, it is actually a print!  We decided

to quilt right along the lines.  A blue polyester thread was used for

this border area.  It looks like cross hatching when you turn the

quilt over.

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A close up of the blocks and the border area. Susan wanted feathers

in the blocks, both in the cream area and the blue print area.  It

seemed appropriate due to the log cabin strips that make up the blocks.

In the dark blue star, I quilted an outline 1/4″ inside of it. I also

quilted in the square and inside of the square, an orange peel.  I also

outlined around the outside of the star as well.

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Around each block there was that outer dark blue log. Instead of

incorporating this into the sashing, we kept it as part of the Log

Cabin blocks themselves. In one area of the quilt, this meant that

one part of the outer log would not be incorporated into the

block. No problem. I used that area to quilt in a swirl design and

it helps this traditional quilt have a modern twist to it.

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The backing always tells a story as well. This is what one block

looks like.

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This is the whole quilt. As you can see, I did use a cream polyester

thread too. It is easier when you use the same thread color on the top

and backing-less tension issues. However, if you don’t  like this look,

then you have to consider more carefully the color of your backing.

Dorothy made this quilt for a little guy, who recently announced that

he would like to have his own quilt.

Dorothy whipped this cutie up pretty quickly.

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I had so much fun looking at all the squares of fabric. Some of it I had

never seen before.

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For instance, Thomas The Tank Engine, I haven’t

seen that before. What young lad wouldn’t love this?

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And the Berstein Bears?  Where did this come from?

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And Mario, where did she find this?  My boys would

love this.

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And who could resist Spiderman?

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You have got to love the plaid fabric for the backing.

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

backing.  A panto called “Quirky” was used the

quilting.

I am positive that this young guy will absolutely love

this quilt for Christmas.

Have a great week.