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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Working away…

I have been working away this past week, both on my

own quilts and on some customers’ quilts.

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Eleanor created this cute quilt;  there are alot of cute

cats on it.

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Eleanor chose a simple floral design all over the quilt top.

She also chose a light pink polyester thread for the top

and the backing.

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The cat border.

I really like the cat border print.

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Dale created this beauty.  I have seen strip quilts

before and I really like how Dale created her own version

by adding a strip of white fabric with the diamonds.

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“Autumn Oaks” are the name of the panto stitched on

the top of the quilt.

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The backing was a beautiful golden color.

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This quilt was created by Wendy; I think the fabrics

are from Northcott, Stonehenge, to be exact.

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“Modern Curves” was the name of the panto design

used. It looks like a gentle way all over the top of the

quilt.

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A light blue polyester thread was used for the top and

the backing.

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The backing also has a label on it. Well, done,

Wendy, you already have the label on the quilt.

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A close up of the backing fabric.

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A baby quilt

This is a fun baby panel I bought for a new baby, but now

it is going to another new baby that is due soon.

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I thought that the alphabet was cute and suitable

for a little boy.

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I stitched around all the blocks and the letters. I left the

border unstitched because it wasn’t very wide at all.

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The backing fabric.

The backing is blue and it has lots of fun things on

it, like teddy bears, ice cream cones, lolli pops etc.

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A finished project

I also managed to quilt this wallhanging for

myself. It has been waiting for about a year and

a half so it felt good to get it done.

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I have lots of embellishments to add to the top yet

so it isn’t completely finished.

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It was alot of fun to work on this quilt. It did

take me 4 hours to complete; That kind of

surprised me because I thought it wouldn’t

take so long.

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The background of the skies was the hardest

to stitch out. I  followed the designs that were

printed on the fabrics itself.

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The backing

I found some umbrella fabric at a local

Quilt Show, in September. I didn’t have

enough for the whole backing so I added

a strip of white to make it big enough.

Can’t wait to see what I can complete this

week.

What are you working on this week and

hoping to complete?

I am linking up to

The Canadian Thread and Needle Network.

 

Christmas is almost here…

Christmas Day is almost here and I am not ready. Usually I am

pretty organized but this year, I am behind. The funny part is that

I am not stressing about it- yet. Maybe when the kids get out of

school, that will be my wake up call. Until Friday, I am ok.

Janate saw this Nancy Halvorsen pattern hanging on my wall

last year. She fell in love with it and asked me to make her one.

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Somehow, I did manage to complete hers while my own

wallhanging is still hanging on the wall- uncompleted. Anyone else

feel my pain?

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Santa

You have got to love how cute this pattern is. The cheeks

are embroidered onto Santa’s face and the moustache is added

once the whole thing is quilted.

I tried to quilt in lines that resembled the wind blowing in this

block. And Santa’s beard was quilted to resemble wavy hair.

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Cardinals on the mistletoe.

The cardinals have their beaks embroidered  and their

eyes consists of French knots.  I quilted in swirls in the

cream background, straight lines in the gold sections

and wavy lines in the aqua background.

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Rudolph received some buttons too. I really love his red button

nose, it has a swirl in it as well. Wind was the idea behind the

quilting for this block . And I love the snowflakes in the

bottom of the block.

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I wanted to create the illusion of the ornaments hanging on a

tree, so thus the reason for the branches.  And the bottom

ornament has the name of the family who will be hanging

this  in their home.

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Candy Cane

Strips add a bit of drama as well. And the 3D leaves add some more

interest to the overall wallhanging.

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The backing shows some of the quilting. Monofilament thread

was used for the outlining of the motifs in the blocks.  I did

use a fusible to attach all the motifs onto the background blocks.

I really don’t like Satin stitching at all and I didn’t have time to

do this so I put the top on the frame and stitched around each

motif with monofilament thread. Then, I added the backing and

the batting and quilted this wallhanging. It took longer than I

anticipated but is well worth the time.

After the top was completed, there still was alot of embellishments

to add and some embroidery that needed to be done.

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Now I just have to repeat it all over again. I am looking forward to

completing my own version of this wallhanging.

Have a great week and don’t stress too much. You will get it all done

by the time Christmas Day arrives.

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas season is upon us…

Once again, the Christmas Season has snuck upon me. I must

be getting older because I say that it comes around faster every year.

Although this wallhanging is not Christmasy, it is red and hopefully,

will put you in the Christmas Spirit.

Dale brought me this wallhanging.

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Dale’s wallhanging

“Do what you want” were her

exact words. That sounds like a whole lot of fun to me.

I had visions of swirls, instead of sugar plums, dancing in

my head.

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My sugar plums

The Poppies were SID with a smoky monofilament thread. It

really blends well with dark backgrounds and you don’t have

to constantly change thread colors, although I didn’t have to

do that here.

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I love the poppies in this wallhanging. I used a black

Glide thread for the black background because I wanted

to give it some extra sheen.

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Border area

In the border, I quilted in straight lines. I didn’t want a fancy

border to take away from the poppies so I kept it fairly simple.

I used a red polyester thread for the border area.

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How can you not love these poppies? It is  a gift

for a special military man.

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The backing

The backing shows up the quilting nicely. Black was the

color of the backing but it looks silver here.

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The backing -2

Here again, the backing does not look black.  The Poppies

stand out alot here. I sometimes love the back of a quilt

as much as the front. It tells the same story but just in

a different color.

Hope you have a great week and don’t stress too much

about Christmas and all that has to be done. By the time

Christmas Day gets here, you will have it all done.

 

Fabric Postcards-Week # 1

Dale's quilt

Dale’s quilt

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Dale did a great job on this batik quilt.  “Spring Bouquet” is the name

of the panto that she wanted for the quilt.  I used a dark polyester pink

thread on the top and a pale pink polyester thread on the backing.

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In the border area, you can really see the stitching well.

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The backing was also a pale pink color.  It makes  the quilt look totally

different from the front of the quilt.

 

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Dale also brought a really neat “Elephant” wallhanging that

needed to be quilted as well.

The  picture above shows the 2 different borders in the wallhanging.

In the inner block border, I followed the lines of the blocks using a light

grey polyester thread.

In the white borde area, I quilted a simple wavy line .  This helped add

some texture to the area. In the outer border, I quilted an “X” shape,

again following the lines on the fabric. Sometimes, the fabric used in

the quilt top itself gives you an idea of what to quilt in a particular area.

I think that if the person used a certain fabric in the quilt, then they must

like that fabric.   So, why not use the pattern within the fabric itself?

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I really love the sun shape in this wallhanging.  It is so cool.  Dale wanted

me to stitch around the sun and leave the inside area alone. No problem.

In this space, I used a darker grey thread to match the background area

around the sun.

There is also a tree stitched underneath the sun.  I thought that the elephant

needed some vegetation to surround him,to make him feel at home.

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Here you can see the front of the elephant.  Again, another tree was stitched

in this area.  Again, a lighter grey thread was used to match the background

area.

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Underneath the elephant, I tried to quilt in some pebbles and dirt.

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You can see most of the elephant here. It is a really neat

wallhanging.

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There were also 2 pieces of grass on the wallhanging.  I thought that more

grass would be fun so that is what I quilted in these 2 areas.

Last week, I mentioned starting a Fabric Postcard Challenge.  In the rules

I created, I had to take a picture and make a postcard from that photo.  Each

week, there would also be a theme.

Well, here is week # 1. The theme I chose was “Circles.”  I didn’t think that

I would actually manage to complete my postcard for this week.  Isn’t that

the  way-make a committment and then not even manage to complete it

the very first week. I got up early today and stitched it this morning.

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Hay bales at a neighbouring farm.

Week # !- Circles

Week # 1- Circles

Here is my completed fabric postcard.  It needs some work but at least it is

finished.  There are a few things that can improved upon but it was fun

to do.  Hoping that it will stimulate my creative juices.

Have a great week.

OH, by the way, 3  people left comments last week so I have decided to send

each one a piece of my hand dyed fabric.