Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Move Over 2

 This is Colleen's Move Over quilt.    It got the Modern Maze#2 pantograph on it.  It's an intricate panto, perfect on this quilt. 
 It's funny (to me, because I don't know much about photography) how minkee photographs.  This is a lovely charcoal minkee on the back. 

Monday, 25 February 2019

Quilts of Valour - Stars

 Quilts of Valour   is an organization I try to do at least one quilt a year for.  I think they're doing such a great thing with these quilts.  And the local Calgary chapter is a pleasure to quilt for--the quilts come well prepared, with ample backing and batting. 
 I love the colors in this one. 

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Canadian Quarter Sections

 This sweet baby quilt is Quarter Sections, a Highway 10 designs pattern.  I sure love their patterns, so easy to follow.   Alice pieced this one. 
 I modify the pattern to use 6 Fat Quarters, giving me 18 blocks, and I don't add a border, it's just the right size for a baby quilt.  Very little waste from the 6 FQ. 
We picked up this great Canadian fabric at Sugar Pine 
 I love the tree stumps.  

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Antique Replica

This is Heather's amazing quilt.  It's a replica of an antique quilt they had seen at the Alberta Quilt Study Society.  someone had brought it in to a documentation day.    The center is hand-pieced and then there is machine piecing.  The original was in silks.  
The center of this quilt reminds me of a Chinese Checkers game board.
 This quilt got edge to edge freehand feathers to give it a nice even texture.
Heather used so many fun fabrics in this quilt.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Cake Walk

mmm.....now I want cake.     This vibrant quilt is Noreen's, and I'm pretty sure the pattern is called Cake Walk. 
 To say something is a cake walk is to say that it is easy.  I think in the case of this pattern, it also refers to using 10" squares of fabric, or a "layer cake".
 I have also experienced a cake walk as a type of fundraiser (usually for the youth in our church), where you buy tickets to participate in a musical chairs variation, and win a cake at the end! 

Tuesday, 12 February 2019


I thought this was a great quilt to share for the week of February 14.

Dana brought in this cute little baby quilt, and I gave it this light custom quilting.

 The backing Dana brought it was a soft pink (not properly shown in my photo), oh so soft ribbed fabric, I could have just petted it all day.   I

Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Donna's String Quilt

 This is Donna's string quilt, and I love how she graded the colors from dark to light.    It has just occurred to me now, though, that perhaps she meant it to be light at the top and dark at the bottom.  I apologize if I've got your quilt upside down Donna.

 Donna knew that she wanted the Flamingo Sunset pantograph, so the only decision I had to make was thread color.  Which was so fine 509, denim. 

Virginia's Samplers

 Virginia made 4 of these sampler quilts--if I recall correctly they were Block of the Month's from Traditional Pastimes, a store that has since closed.  She decided to get them all finished up before Christmas this year, and asked for freehand feathers on each of them.  I switched the feathers up a bit from quilt to quilt. 
 I had fun with these, and I think Virginia has some very lucky family members who got quilts for Christmas gifts. 

Tuesday, 25 December 2018


 My son is a camp counselor at summer camp, and his camp name is Yeti.  So, of course I had to make a pillow for him from Elizabeth Hartmans' Legendary Pattern.

I used my new Garden Lines rulers from Bethanne Nemesh to get a 3/8" outline stitch. 
 I had extra tree fabric, so I put an extra tree on the back.  And I tried out one of my Jodi Robinson stencils on part of the backing as well.    I'm still not convinced I like using stencils.

Monday, 24 December 2018

Penny-Farthings and Clamshells

 This cute wallhanging belongs to Katherine.  She is getting some of her store of quilt tops done up, so this was from her early days of hand applique.  She knew exactly what she wanted on this quilt top--clamshells. 
 I love the penny-farthings.    Katherine wanted to see what this might look like with 2 battings, so wool on top, and cotton on the bottom.  And lots of puffy definition is the result.
 The watermelons really add a summer feel to the quilt. 

Thursday, 13 December 2018

100 Modern Quilt Blocks 2

 This is Vicki's 100 Modern Quilt Blocks, pattern by Tula Pink.  Vicki did it as a block of the month with Along Came Quilting, but in a different session than my 100 Modern Quilt Blocks, which made it lots of fun to quilt, because some blocks were identical to mine, some had one or two of the same fabrics, and some had entirely new to me fabrics. 
 Vicki wanted an edge to edge design, and while I did consider a few pantographs I thought would look great on this quilt, I wanted to look at all the blocks, so  I chose this freehand open swirl from Kathleen Quilts book Diary of a Young Swirl
 I think the fabric Vicki used for her sashing and borders is a stonehenge.  It worked beautifully for this project. 

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Elevated Abstractions - Mt Hood

This is my Elevated Abstractions - Mt Hood quilt, a paper pieced pattern by Violet Craft.  

We love the mountains in our house, and are very fortunate to live close to Banff National Park.    We can see the mountains from afar as we drive around Calgary, and quite regularly make the drive, in both summer and winter, for camping, hiking and skiing.

I had a lot of fun quilting this wallhanging, going for lots of angular stitching patterns, with some curves to change things up a bit here and there.  The wind is blowing in the evening sky, and the moon is high.

 I put a faced binding on this wall hanging, a type of knife edge finish, so you don't see the binding on the front. 

I simplified the piecing of the moon A LOT from the pattern, I used only 2 fabrics, but they were batik, so I got lots of movement and color variation, and didn't use as many pieces as the pattern called for.   I was getting lazy by then LOL

I had fun playing with different threads

and here is a photo of the 'flimsy' so you can see the texture added