Wednesday, 6 January 2021

Simply Dashing

 

My oldest has made her first quilt!!   She wanted to make a quilt for a dear friend, and I thought Simply Dashing by Highway 10 Designs  was the perfect pattern for a first quilt, and with these fabrics.  
Freehand quilting design is Effervescent by, you guessed it,  Christina Cameli     The first time I did this design I strayed from her design (didn't look back at my reference before I started)  and didn't go  through the bubbles, so thought I'd try it again.  I really like this one. 
The first requirement my daughter had when she wanted to make a quilt was a minkee back.   This is a beautiful wine burgundy that photoed a little pinker than reality.   Now she just needs to get the binding stitched so she can gift it.   I finished all my hand-stitching and had more zoom meetings so I did the hand-stitching on this too. Hopefully she'll be back next university break to make her second quilt. 

Monday, 28 December 2020

Journey2Nebula part 2 Rock Candy, Candy Dish, Gazebo, Jawbreaker, and a few others

 Back in November I posted the first part of my Journey2Nebula, hosted by Julie Herman of JayBird Quilts

 The Journey Continued.  First up, Rock Candy, which I finished as a table topper, as the pattern suggests. 

Candy Dish
and Gazebo.  Gazebo is supposed to be a hexagonal table topper, but I squared it off and made a pillow cover.   It was my least favorite, I think because of my fabric choices.   I was getting to the very bottom of my fabrics by this point.   And then I quilted it!  Now its my FAVORITE!! 

I haven't done the final two patterns in the Journey yet, I probably will some day.

I enjoyed these little projects very much--I think having some thing small and FINISHED on a regular basis was great.   I loved it so much I made multiples.


More Jawbreakers

These projects all used remnants (they were too big to be called scraps) from prior quilts, smaller chunks of batting, and remnants from backings....the only yardage harmed in the making of all of these was a length of IKEA muslin used as backing to quilt the tops.

and some more Candy Dish, this time with bigger pieces to make a 26" pillow.  I love having a big pillow like this for reading in bed--now that I have progressive lenses lying down to read just doesn't work well.  My sister reports that her new pillow has vastly improved reading in bed for her too :) 





 and then I was on a roll and made a few more pillows, just squares



I bet you can guess what everyone got for Christmas??  

And here's a "class photo" of most of the projects together....like any class photo, some were missing that day :P




 

Saturday, 26 December 2020

Puddle Jumping 2

 

This is the 2nd Puddle Jumping quilt I made--pattern by Camille Roskelley  

And the fabric is Violet Craft's Betty's Luncheonette--except for the green sashing and borders. 


This quilt is my nieces grad quilt, and matches my daughters Puddle Jumping which you can see here.

These cousins are very close, despite living far apart, and so I wanted them to have "same but different" quilts.  I mixed and matched the prints, so they have fabrics from each others quilts.  

I have long wanted to try freehand clamshells as a quilting design, and, once again, Christina Cameli had a  design in her book to try.  I LOVE the texture I got on this quilt.   I will use this again. 

Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Horse Abstractions


 When I first saw Violet Craft's Horse/Unicorn Abstractions pattern I knew I had to make it. 

I bought the fabrics in the summer of 2019 at Nuts for Bolts near Sylvan Lake Alberta.   There's a delightful mix of solids and textures, with a grunge background.  


This photo is a little funny--the perspective is off and the legs look really short.  But it shows the quilting really well.  I just had fun with the background--freehand straight(ish) lines, and some ribbon candy and s-curved lines thrown in here and there.  


Here's a better shot of the whole thing, once I had a quilt holder.   I added to the width and length of the quilt with extra background--now it's big enough to be considered a twin, or as a topper on a double bed.    I wish you could touch it--the some of the fabrics are textured, and then all the texture the quilting adds....


And for extra tactile pleasure, a minkee backing from Maple Leaf Quilting.  I'm a big fan of the 90" minkee backings.  




Sunday, 13 December 2020

Merry Christmas

 

Lisa made this quilt and asked me to quilt it.  It was fun to do.  She had started putting some beads and embellishments on it, so there were some areas I had go around, but she had lots more embellishments to add after I quilted it. 

No two blocks were the same, all 3 R's were different. 
I did minimal stitching on the wool appliques--only where they were quite large did I stitch into them.  The candy cane is lined with beads, so you can see the stitching is spaced away from it. 

two S blocks
Ribbon candy in the interior border and meander ribbons in the exterior border.   I do hope Lisa sends a photo when she's done adding all the beading and embellishments. 

Wednesday, 9 December 2020

Norman, the Enormous Elephant

 

 
I'd like to introduce you to Norman (click here to see where tobuy a kit/pattern)   Isn't he magnificent?   He belongs to Vicki and she wasn't going to let me keep him.  
 
 
I'm pretty sure Vicki said there are 181 pieces in Norman's trunk.  The entire quilt is 30x30, so those are tiny pieces. 
 
Look how she fussy cut his eye!   Vicki doesn't often have suggestions for the quilting, but this time she mentioned wanting swirls behind Norman, so the wind is swirling behind him. 


And some hills in the background.
and the ground is dry and cracked--with some dust swirling under his feet.





Tuesday, 8 December 2020

Kathleen's Moda Love Quilt

 

Kathleen also sent me this Moda Love Star quilt.   It's a quilt she intends to use a lot, so she wanted and edge to edge quilting and something reminiscent of the beach.   

 

I chose Time Warp pantograph because I thought it was like the ripples you see on the water--when the light is shining and the water just looks dappled....oh I wish I could go to the ocean.  

 


 
 
Kathleen always has fun with her quilt backs too--almost as good as the front.

Sunday, 6 December 2020

Kathleen's Missouri Stars

Kathleen sent me this quilt and although I cannot find my notes on it just now,  I'm pretty sure she said it was a Missouri Star pattern. 
Kathleen sent some photos of what she had in mind--some cross hatching (which I only "hatched" 2 corners of each square), some curly fill....and I always like the movement that feathers add.


I could see this secondary block design forming too-- and so that helped me choose some of the quilting designs, as I wanted seeing that design to be an option still, and not have the quilting mask it.  


 

I forgot to get a photo of the back, so here's a very poor photo of the flimsy--you can see how much life the quilting adds. 

Thursday, 3 December 2020

Ruth's Floral

Ruth brought me this quilt too, and the always elegant E&3 came out to play on this one.  A perfect compliment to the lovely floral fabrics.   

I'm looking at the photo above and thinking if I'd turned it 180 degrees before taking the photo, it might look more dimensional.  I think I laid the quilt out upside down.  



 

Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Ruth's Magic Tiles

 

Ruth made this gorgeous magic tiles quilt.  
 
There were leaves in some of the fabrics, so I quilted it with a freehand viney-large leaf design.
 
 


                        So many great fabrics in this quilt. 

Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Enoki take 2

Annette brought this darling baby quilt to be quilted, and I decided to use Enoki again

 Enoki is a free motion quilting design from Christina Cameli's book Step by Step Guide to Free Motion Quiltng. 

 


Annette used a lot of fun fabrics in this quilt.