Friday, 16 September 2022

Summer Attic Window

This is now the third of Noreen's planned 4 seasonal windows. You can see Autumn and Winter if you wish to.
I liked how the diamonds worked out in the winter quilt, so I put diamond windowpanes in this window as well. And the borders were curvy lines to follow the fabric a bit, to be a bit like waves on water. >

Monday, 15 August 2022

Hourglass by Katherine

Katherine made this hourglass quilt with beautiful fabrics. It's a king size quilt and will be used as a bed quilt. The quilting was kept simple, but still followed the piecing lines, so this is considered a light custom quilting job.

Saturday, 16 July 2022

Rose of Sharon by Lisa

Lisa made this amazing 120"x120" Rose of Sharon quilt. She added blocks to the original pattern and then had to modify the swags. She's been working on this stunning hand applique on and off for 20 years. My quilt holders couldn't get the whole quilt high enough to see the swags properly, so here are few photos on the frame. inside the swags are feather sprays, and outside are piano keys. When Lisa dropped the quilt off she wasn't sure if she was going to leave the quilt square or scallop it when she bound it, so the piano keys are OK to be cut down and truncated if she chose to scallop.
The blocks were crosshatched, and the sashings got "egg and dart" This project needed simple quiltng to allow the hand applique to shine.
The back looks OK too. Thank you Lisa, for trusting me with your work of art.

Friday, 15 July 2022

Speed Date with Improv

In 2021 I also got to do a zoom class with Krista Hennebury aka Poppyprint called Speed Date with Improv. She takes a lot of the decision making away for the purposes of the class by limiting the fabric pull to one color, black and white. I chose blue, navy and white. Then she takes you through making several types of improv blocks and then puzzling them together. I had fun, got this put togther, and then didn't know what to do with it, so it sat in the TBQ (ToBeQuilted) pile. Then, a few months ago, my middle, as he was thinking of moving out, started looking around and asked if I had any wall hangings I wasn't using, and that he might take with him. I pulled this one out, and he liked it. I asked if he wanted it finished as a wall hanging or a pillow, and he chose pillow.
I had fun with the quilting, all improv, no rulers for the straight lines.
I put a small wale courdory on the back. Partly because I had Neva's Patchwork Pillows in my mind, and they used courdory backings, and partly becuase I like it.

Wednesday, 13 July 2022

Hard Rock Cafe

I've been to one or two Hard Rock Cafe's but not very many. Sujatha made this quilt with her daughter's t-shirt collection. It was a thing for their family to go to Hard Rock everywhere they went.
Sujatha chose Es and 3s Edge to Edge design, always a classic.

Monday, 11 July 2022


This quilt is one of mine. I just love this Kaldeidoscope plaids and stripes by Allison Glass fabric line, and so when I saw this Kaleidoscope kit at Keystone Modern Creative I just had to have it.
This pattern is paper pieced, and the only frustration I had in making it is I didn't follow the first step in every paper pieced pattern, probably becuase the quilt shop had printed the pattern out and sent it with the fabric,I didn't measure the 1" square to make sure it was the right size, and my first blocks wound up too small. I decided to start again as I didn't want a smaller quilt--I found the pattern online (see link above) and reprinted at the right size, and the quilt went together very nicely.
I had planned to keep this quilt for myself, but as I was making it, it told me in many ways that it belonged to my cousin. So it has gone to live with my cousin. Aren't the saturated colors in these fabrics great?
I did have scraps to play with though--so I've made a scrap top, and it's waiting in the TBQ (ToBeQuilted) pile, and maybe I'll get to keep that one.
and the 4 blocks that were too small are sewn together and will make a pillowtop

Friday, 8 July 2022

Crumb Quilt

In March 2021 I particpated in a crumb block Playcation with Cheryl Arkison I had been saving these crumbs as a "curated" group of scraps since making the Tula Pink 100 Modern Quilt blocks 5 years earlier, so it was time for them to be used! A playcation is a fun way to spend an afternooon--Cheryl Arkison is always good entertainment and there is always something to learn from her. So the photo above is the slab, or quilt top that I made. But I wasn't sure what to do with it, so it sat for about a year, and then I wanted to do a little demonstration for one of my quilt groups on how I made a quilted pillow top. I use a combination of online tutorials from Jaybird Quilts and from Elizabeth Hartman. I quilted up the slab I had made and made a pillow from it, and I LOVE it! I started out doing just straight-ish line quilting and even on such a small piece I found it to be so boring I quilkly had to switch it up. I really admire the look of straight line quilting--and now I admire the patience of those who do a lot of it.
I had some pieces left over from the slab, so I made a little bag too

Thursday, 7 July 2022

Dawn and Sandra's Fire Escape

Dawn made this quilt with her mom, Sandra, which makes it a very special quilt. Dawn is going to use it on her bed, and wanted double batting, so it's delightfully heavy and cozy. The pattern is Fire Escape by Atkinson designs. Their patterns are always so well written.
I quilted this way back in March or April, when we were still operating under pandemic protocols, so Dawn dropped off the quilt and then we phone consulted about thread colors and quilting design. There were many great options for thread color.
We decided on the teal colored thread, and the E and 3's quilting pattern--its my go do design for a reason! It always adds great texture and movement. The fireside backing shows the quilting nicely, and adds to the weight and cozy of the quilt.

Wednesday, 23 March 2022

Beautiful Blue Bargello

Sandra made this Beautiful Blue Bargello for a special young adult in her life. I just love the movement in it, and her color transitions. It's a queen size quilt--as you can see its big enough I couldn't avoid getting the furniture into the photo.
Because it was for a young adult, and becasue of the backing having quite a modern look to it, I kept the quilting a little more modern, with my version of modern spirals. I also knew how this design looks on a bargello, so it was an easy decision.
I quite liked this backing, so when I spotted it at the store this week I picked some up.

Monday, 28 February 2022

Color My World

Linda brought me this Color My World to quilt for her. Isn't it great? I love all the different houses and trees and the towers in the corners--Big Ben, Eiffel Tower and I don't know the names of the others. Color My World was the 2021 BOM at the Quilt Show, designed by Wendy Williams I was impressed that Linda had it finished to bring to quilt in January--my 2021 BOM is still in block form.
Originally, Linda had thought to put custom quilting on this quilt, but there are so many details, and so little space for custom quilting to show, that ultimately we decided a freehand edge to edge design was best.
Linda chose this design, as it represents a topographic map--my DH came along to have a peek while I was working on the compass area, and he got it immediately, "a compass and a topographic map" was his comment.
There were so many fun fabrics to look at while I quilted. Thanks Linda, for letting me play on your creation.

Thursday, 17 February 2022


Hello readers! Have you stuck with me through my blogging gaps? January and February are very computer intense for non-quilting reasons, and so I don't tend to spend any extra time sorting photos or writing posts. I also have little time for quilting, so have less to show. This Beehive runner is made by Colleen, for our guild exchange. This years theme was Flora and Fauna. I didn't participate this year, so quilting Colleens exchange was fun, and let me feel a little bit involved.
I quilted hexagons in the beehive itself, and then some ruler work in the bees wings, as the bees in the hive fabric had very segmented wings, and then a meandering loopy path as the bees buzzed along from flower to flower.
Colleen combined a few different patterns so there's no pattern to reference, although I think Elizabeth Hartman was involved somewhere.

Friday, 31 December 2021


In the waaay back of early pandemic days, in April of 2020, Bonnie Hunter started a mystery quilt called Unity, and unlike her usual winter mysteries this was a round robin quilt--each week we got directions for another round of blocks. YAY! Something to do while we're stuck at home for a few weeks :P I have very limited fabric stash at home, and the local stores were closed to in person shopping. So I emailed Along Came Quilting and connected with Sharla. I wanted to do an all blue quilt--described to her what I wanted, she texted back some photos of fabrics, and she had a short stack of bolts to choose from by the time I went to the store to peer at the fabrics from behind a taped line through the open door (this was waay back when when we were being told NOT to mask because masks were for the medical professionals). Not an optimal way to purchase fabrics but better than on my computer monitor. I think we did better than OK. But I did learn, the hard way, that Grunge doesn't have anyting on the selvedge to indicate the colorway, and its hard to match up later if you didn't get the color name off the boltend when purchasing the first time. Luckily, when I needed more, Kim was able to take my swatch into the store and match the bolt, give me the name, and then I could order still more again online from Willow Creek, as I emptied the bolt at ACQ.
And then the fun began--I like having a step all cut out and ready to sew, its easy then to sit down for even just 15 minutes and run fabric through the machine.
I was planning all along to make Unity for our bed--but I thought I wanted it square, rather than rectangular, so I put flying geese all the way around (In Bonnie's pattern the geese are only on top and bottom)
It kept growing and growing, and I really ran out of room to lay it on the floor for photos
This was where Bonnie's pattern ended, and with my geese all around, about 98x98. I decided I wanted it a little wider, so the sides would cover the drop of the mattress, so I made it rectangular after all, by adding a checkerboard border to the sides. This is where it took me a while to source the extra grunge, and to figure out what to add. 99 1/2 x109 1/2 was the prequilting measurement. and this is my quilt, for our bed, so custom quilting all the way!! which meant it had to wait for me to have a large chunk of time on the frame, and the right mindset for designing the quilting. The right mindset has been a little hard to come by some days in the past few years. December was finally the time! Wool batting for lovely loft to show the quilting and for warmth and comfort.
I gave the quilt a mix of ruler work and freemotion --straight lines, continuous curve, ribbon candy, loops, figure 8s.
And really, I can look at the back as much as the front. I haven't yet reversed it on the bed, but maybe next month!
Some areas I knew right off how I wanted to quilt them, and some took quite a bit of drawing and planning.
Binding only took an afternoon--I had already made the Susie's Magic Binding last year when I finished piecing the top, so it went quite quickly for a king size quilt. I love that method.
This quilt was on my frame for a full month, I generally track my hours on all quilts, but I didn't on this one--suffice to say it took a ridiculously long time. I was extra picky on this, as it's the first bed quilt I've made for us in more than 10 years, since I've had my Innova. I wasn't able to do precision work or ruler work on my old setup.
Post quilting measurements are about 96x106, so it shrunk up about 3 1/2" in each direction. I've come to expect anywhere between 1-3" It makes a lot of sense, if you think about crumpling a piece of paper and then trying to lay it out again--it won't be its original size as the folds/crinkles have shrunk it in. I did presoak all the fabrics, so I don't expect it to have much shrink from washing--it's been cold here so it went straight on the bed (our other quilt had silk batting and I was a little chilly some nights) where it has been keeping me perfectly warm. There is room for some more shrink though, so it will be OK either way.
Happy New Year! Michelle