Modern Strawberries…

Although strawberry season is over now, strawberries were on my mind

while quilting this quilt for Judy.


Judy designed this quilt with the idea that all the aqua petals would

represent leaves and the red petal would represent a strawberry. Even the

lime green outer border fits into the strawberry theme.

What a great modern idea for a quilt.

Any of you trying your hand at designing modern quilts?


Because the quilt was modern, Judy wanted modern quilting on it.

She chose”Raindrops” by Lisa Calle for the quilting.  I used a white Glide

thread for the top and the backing. It has alot of sheen to it so it adds an

extra sparkle to the quilt top.


The backing was made up of a mottled fabric.

It blends nicely with the quilt top.

Judy also brought me this wall hanging.


This is the second one I have quilted. It is a popular wallhanging in

this area because we live near cottage country.

Judy wanted little stitching around each motif but wanted something more

in the black and colored  sashing as well as in the outer border.

In the colored sashing, I stitched clouds, birds flying, and a sun

or moon, whichever you prefer. In the black sashing, I stitched

leaves due to the small space.


In the outer black border, I stitched  pinecones and pine needles. I

thought they were appropriate and you can see trees in the area to

the left of the  black border.


The white bits are pieces of tracing paper that I used to make symmetrical trees.

The white paper had to be picked off later. I have since discovered a new way

to stitch out these trees and not use tracing paper.

A lady told me to use Stretch and Seal. You can draw on it with a Frixion pen

and then it will stick to your quilt, no pins needed and it will not shift or move

while you quilt.

When you are done quilting, you can brush off the bits and pieces or iron it off.

I was told that it melts away. I have yet to give it a trial run but when I do, you

will be the first to know the results.

Don’t you just love it when you can use other non quilting items and gadgets and

use them for quilting?


Another shot of the wallhanging. The backing was black so I used a black

polyester thread for the backing. On the front of the quilt, I used a black

polyester thread as well as a variegated 40 weight for the colored sections.

I also want to mention that I used a black batting so if any bearding occurs,

you will not notice it at all. If I had used a white or cream batting, any

bearding will show through. Keep that in mind with black fabrics and



I have finally finished my Message In A Bottle Block for my Oceans

BOM, over at Quilt Art Designs. It was fun and I am totally addicted

to paper  piecing now.

Have a great week.

Anyone for the cottage?

Arlene brought me this wallhanging a while back.  I think she

was preparing for the summer and heading up to her cottage.


It seems fairly easy to create. Each block has a black

background. All the other pieces are fused onto the black

background and the edges stitched around. You can use

either a straight stitch or a zigzag stitch. You can also use

a matching thread for each color or a monfilament thread to

stitch around the shapes. You can also use a monofilament

thread in the bobbin but it shouldn’t be a full bobbin. I have

heard that it is not good for your machine to use a full

bobbin of monofilament thread-just a half of a bobbin.


If you use a monofilament thread, please remember to use a

the clear monfilament for the light colors and a smoky

monofilament thread for the darker colors. The size

of the monofilament thread is the size of one strand of

hair. I use monofilament all the time and sometimes

you have to loosen the top tension so it doesn’t stretch.

I also wouldn’t recommend it for baby or children’s

quilts either. They may get tangled in it and it is hard

to see, especially if you are not a quilter and don’t know

that it is there.


Arlene did a lovely job with this wallhanging. I used a black

polyester thread for the top and the back. The monofilament

was used in the colored square border so that I didn’t have

to change thread color constantly.


When I quilted it, I stitched around all the shapes in a black

thread so that the thread wouldn’t be noticeable. This helps

the shapes and images to pop out a  little.


And I stitched around the colored border but not in the black

outer border. I felt that the pictures were the focal point of this

wallhanging and anything in the border might detract from that.

The border wasn’t that big anyways so you can get away with no

quilting in it, in this case.


I really like these flames. The batiks are so cool.

I forgot to take a picture of the backing but I think

that it was a black color as well.

Hope you are having a great March Break.

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.


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.



This quilt reminds me of Sue GArman-all the intricate

piecingin the blocks and the borders.


You have to love all the colors in this quilt.


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



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


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.


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.


What fun and imagination by the designer.


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.


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

Someone has alot of patience.


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.


Here are some of the smaller wallhangings in the Show.


This one is very impressionistic, I think.


Love the green fabric and the ladybugs too.


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


Looking very Canadian, eh?

1st place wallhanging

1st place wallhangingSONY DSC

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.

A Quilt Show-Part 1

This past weekend, there was a Quilt Show in Midhurst, Ontario.  Usually I have a booth

there and this year was no exception.

My booth at the Quilt Show

My booth at the Quilt Show

The lighting is bad so I do apologize for that.

There were alot of applique quilts this year but I will make you wait until next week

to see those.  There are too many photos to show you all of them right now.

The Art Quilts were pretty amazing too!

Linda's Art Quilt

Linda’s Art Quilt

This cute little guy was made by Linda.



And this little guy is so sweet.  I think the owner took a class with David Taylor.  This

is the outcome of all that work.

Cottage wall art.

Cottage wall art.

Isn’t it amazing what a person can capture in fabric?


This wallhanging is pretty cool.  I can’t remember the designer but

there is alot of hand embroidery in it.  Seems that hand embroidery is becoming

popular in the  quilting world too.

Mckena Ryan

Mckena Ryan

I am guessing that Mckena Ryan is the designer of this pattern.  It suits the

style of the piece.

Peggy's Cove

Peggy’s Cove

I love this  piece-“Peggy’s Cove.”  It reminds me of home-especially since I did grow up in Nfld.

Grace Errea style quilt

Grace Errea style quilt

This quilt was made using the pattern and technique used by Grace Errea.  I saw her on the

Quilt Show and want to try out her technique for making an Art Quilt.



Are these poppies?  I should have read the little note with the quilt but

being in a rush makes  you miss out on some details sometimes.

Jack In The Pulpit

Jack In The Pulpit

This one has an interesting name indeed.

What is living by a Great Lake without seagulls to annoy you?



This is my favorite wall hanging/Art Quilt out of the whole show.  I love the

fun that the creator threw in with all the 3D embellishments on the bottom of

the piece.  There is even a fishing lure  and a seashell  included in the piece.

Fishing lure

Fishing lure





And last, but not least, here is a photo of my quilt that was chosen to be auctioned

off by SACA. Made me feel pretty honored that they purchased a quilt that I made.

Auction Quilt made my me.

Auction Quilt made my me.

It even hung nicely-pretty flat and not many ripples at all.

That’s all for now but I promise more photos next week.

Have a great week.