Friday, 26 November 2021

My Grassy Creek

This is my version of Bonnie Hunter's 2020 Mystery quilt, Grassy Creek. It's large, I think about 96" square. The suggested colors were
but my fabric shop looked like this
My grey is a handdyed linen, that I already had, everything else was purchased at Along Came Quilting. It wasn't an easy fabric pull, as I didn't have a clear vision when I started, so I left piles of bolts in my wake.
I slowly got it put together over the first part of 2021, and then it had to wait its turn for quilting.
I have been using freehand clamshells, with different 'fills' in the shells for Bonnie Hunter quilts recently--the piecing makes it a no-mark design. I am very pleased with how this one turned out.
Step 1 of the 2021 Quiltville Mystery quilt just released today---so far I am strong, and haven't started it. I'd like to get a few of my other tops quilted first, before committing to something new. We shall see.

Thursday, 25 November 2021

Colorful Stars

Katherine made this scrappy quilt a while ago, and recently brought it for quiltng. She had seen how I'd quilted my Grassy Creek (which I realize now I haven't shared) and so wanted the same sort of freehand clamshell quilting. And we picked a fun color thread to go with it. A morning "on the frame" shot as I was getting started. It's been so grey in the mornings lately, I haven't had this kind of light in quite a while. I miss it.
I really enjoyed all the fabrics in this quilt, and how colorful it is. The bright and cheery colors made me think of Hot Air Balloons as I was quilting. A fun cityscape backing on this one.

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Baby Quilts

Heather had brought me more baby quilts. She really likes this pattern for babies, as the prairie points give them something to tug at. And, as before, Heather had double batting for these. She's convinced me--double batting for a baby quilt (especially when they are so often used as play mats rather than as bed coverings because parents use sleep sacs now. This one had a viney-leafy freehand in the center and a modern u-turn design in the border.
This houses quilt is just so cute
I quilted this with a ribbon candy in the 'sidewalks' and a ribbon meander with a few butterflies in the blocks of houses. I thought the ribbon meander could be the butterflies flight path (I guess I was having a whimsical day when I quilted this one). The quilting shows so nicely with the double batting.
And this third quilt Heather had done the hand quilting on the interior, and asked me to do the borders
The fabrics were nautical themed, so I added a water-y type freehand.

Tuesday, 23 November 2021

Hyde Park 2

This Hyde Park was made for a minister who has left our church congregation for a different job, and we wanted to express appreciation and best wishes. The back is covered in signatures and wishes.
I'm sure I mentioned this before, when I posted the first Hyde Park quilt I got to quilt, but I love how the crosses appear in the secondary design, which makes it a particularly appropriate pattern for this recipient. Also, I hadn't realized until we were presenting it that the colors in this quilt really reflect the colors in the wall banners in our sanctuary. Colleen (who selected and pieced the quilt) probably knew all along. She's clever like that.
The quilting on this is spirals, as spirals have some meaning to the recipipent and his colleagues. I won't explain it well here, but spiraling is a thought and understanding process, as well as a template, if you will, of structuring sermons. Plus, it adds fantastic texture to a quilt! (which was a key factor in my decision making)

Monday, 22 November 2021


Noreen also made this quilt called Migration. Probably the name put this in my mind, but there are many flying geese units, and so I think it's meant to play with that concept, the migration of the geese...and in the Prairies where Noreen and I both live, we certainly see many geese flying overhead both spring and fall.
These fabrics are a lovely fall color palette. Migration got this elegant (in my opinion) filigree design.

Saturday, 20 November 2021


Noreen made this Entwined quilt, and I took inspiration from the fabrics and quilted freehand leaves.

Monday, 15 November 2021

Sharons Ocean One Block Wonder

Sharon brought me this One Block Wonder to quillt--she wanted a meander, and I made it fairly flat and swirly to make it look more like water. What's great is she left whole panels in the quilt, so you can see where the fussy cut blocks came from. That made it really fun to quilt
She found a great backing too

Friday, 12 November 2021

Three Sisters

< Vicki made this Three Sisters quilt by Violet Craft. I had fun quilting it.
It was a windy day in the mountains, the wind blowing along the slopes and twisting about on itself.

Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Hyde Park


Isn't this a neat quilt?  The fabrics are very interesting, and I didn't even notice the crosses until I laid it out for photos.   Colleen made this quilt and the recipient would very much appreciate those crosses.   I quilted the topographical spirals that I love so much for the texture they add. 

The fabrics were very interesting as I quilted too   It’s a Tim Holtz line, and the quilt was a kit from Along Came Quilting 

Monday, 27 September 2021



Sprinkles.   This is a Jaybird Quilts pattern, which I increased the size of the pieces to make it lap sized rather than baby sized.    I made this for a young friend, who had completely worn out her existing quilt, which also had 6 pointed stars, and she really wanted 6 pointed stars again. .  

She had given her Mom and I some ideas as to her favorite colors and a bit of a color inspiration in the form of a poster, and her Mom did an amazing job of pulling colors from that poster

She also very much wanted a minkee backing, like the quilt I had made for her Mom.  

Saturday, 25 September 2021

Windmills, Prairie Points and Florals


Heather recently brought me two baby quilts to do.  This first one is windmills with prairie points (she says babies just love grabbing onto them).  We decided on a light custom on this quilt, to follow the piecing and to allow those prairie points to be free.  The quilting really shows well because Heather likes to use double batting on baby quilts.  It makes them a little thicker, and I think a very nice play mat, which is how most baby quilts are used these days, as the babies sleep in sleep sacks instead of with blankets.

She used really cute fabrics in this one.  

The second quilt has lots of floral fabrics, and so Heather chose a freehand floral design for this one.  

Lots of work went into the piecing of this one, making the points all match.  

Thursday, 23 September 2021

Fractal Bargello quilt


When I spotted this two fabric bargello on Keystone Modern Creative's website, I just had to have it.  The pattern is Fractal by Patti Carey

I've long had a bargello on my list of quilts to make, because my Nana (my Dad's Grandma) used to do bargello needle point, and I've got a pillow made of bargello needlepoint my Aunt made me (which I absolutely loved as a kid).  But, a bargello is a lot of work, and so this one really struck my fancy. I also really liked that the background fabric goes between each column on this pattern, and the rainbow sealed the deal. 

The color changes within each main color block are all at crazy angles, and so I decided to carry that along into my quilting design, and it also fit the Fractal name of the quilt. 
I've given this one to my sister, but if I find this fabric again, I'll for sure make another.