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

Thursday, 30 December 2021

Christmas at Noreen's

Merry Christmas from Noreen's house. Noreen made 5 Christmas quilts for gifting this year. She started early--I quilted the first few in March, but wasn't able to share until after Christmas because secret Christmas gifts. Quilt one got a feathered swirl (a la Kathleen Quilts) freehand edge to edge design and had a pretty pointsetta backing. This one is being gifted to someone who does do freehand quilting, so I was aiming for a design that I don't think she does on her own quilts.
The quilting does show nicely on the back
Quilt two is, I think, a BQ2 block. Pointsettas and pinecones.
There was so much movement and pattern in the background fabric, I didn't want the quilting to compete, so a ribbon meander in a red thread. Ribbons being very Christmas appropriate.
The quilting can't really be seen from the front--but shows nicely on the flannel backing
Quilt 3 is called Christmas Relish.
This quilt I quilted with freehand curls, which I like to call filigree. I think it's very elegant and has lovely mtion. I used a shiny gold colored Magnifico thread for this one.
And again, the longarmer is rewarded with a lovely showing of the quilting on the back
I think quilt 4 is called Honor. The piecing in this one was more simple, so I added a little custom quiting combined with my favourite E's and 3s.
I just love the panel in the center of this one.
And again, the quiltng shows well on the flannel backing
And lastly we have, quilt 5, Christmas Dimaonds. One of the things I really like about this quilt is how it has fabrics from the others, perfect for family gifts.
The one block quilt made it easy to do freehand clamshells. I just love the texture this design gives.
The quilting is a little hard to see in these photos on the front, but once again, the red flannel backing was my friend
I bet it was a great Christmas for Noreen's kids!

Wednesday, 29 December 2021

Geesey Geese 2

When Katherine finished her first Geesey Geese Quilt, she took her "curated scraps" and built another--similar yet different.
This quilt received leaves in the geese, and ribbon candy in the setting columns
And Katherine pieced the backing with Giant Geese, using the Big Geese Quilt Tutorial from Bryan House Quilts
The quitling shows up well on the back

Tuesday, 28 December 2021

Geesey Geese

Katherine participated in the Geesey Geese sew along hosted by Rachel Hauser @stichedincolor and this is the top she made from that sew along
Katherine asked for leaves on this quilt--and as usual, she was right. The freehand leaves added fabulous texture. I didn't want to do the same leaves I'd done for Katherine before, so I added a double curvy line between each leaf vine.
When the direction of the geese changed, I changed the direction of the leaves.