Saturday, 24 November 2012

Baptist Fan Anew

This Yellow Brick Road quilt was made by Patty, for her mother-in-law.  She used lovely florals, and we decided to use the pantograph Baptist Fan Anew. 

I think this is a great alternative to the full out custom treatment of baptist fan using circle rulers.

And I took Kathy's Quilt Photography 101 advice and took the photo of the entire quilt at an angle and that was great advice, I like it...but I don't have a lovely dock or iced over lake to put beneath it, so the picture still just isn't as exciting as one of Kathy's.

That raspberry zinger is very yummy.  We used warm and natural cotton batting, so it'll shrink up a little for an antique-y look.  I think Patty is shooting for 'favourite daughter-in-law' :)

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Forest Floor

This quilt is Heather's Turning Twenty.  It's in greens with lots of leafy fabrics, so we chose to do a freehand 'Forest Floor' all over pattern.

 It was an honour to have Heather ask me to quilt this, as, when I was first learning to quilt on my domestic sewing machine, Heather taught me a lot about to break thread and stitch over a few stitches if you went off your stencil or pattern or turned the wrong way, and a whole lot of other very useful things.  She decided that she didn't want to wrestle with a quilt this large on her sewing machine. 
 I was a little nervous quilting this, because I've seen a quilt that Heather has quilted in leaves, and she does such beautiful work,  I wanted to live up to her standards.    Once I quit being nervous, I had a lot of fun.

 I think this Forest floor turned out well, if I do say so myself.  Thanks Heather, for trusting me with your quilt.
 a photo of my design board, as I worked, I could look at the different types of leaves.  The Forest Floor idea comes from Suzanne Earley's book.Meandering Magic

Monday, 19 November 2012

"Mom, do you EVER use the whole frame?"

Believe it or not, this is what my son asked just 2 days before I loaded these quilts, that came with a single backing of luscious minkee.  I had to load it the long way so I could attach the selvedges to the leaders.   I could have cut the backing into two pieces, but then I would have had all the fuzz would have been at my house, and not at the clients :D

 So, now we know that 132" of backing maxes out the frame...and I could have quilted a few inches wider, but really wouldn't prefer to do so...any wider and I would have been forced to cut the backing...
 The flash really makes that minkee shine.  It's actually a deep black.
 One of the tricks to loading it this way was to find a thread that complimented both quilts at once. My son and I found a Magnifico thread that would work on both.  They also both got the same pantograph.

 Maybe you can see the thread better on this's got a lovely sheen to it.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Play Time

This was a top I picked up at out guild swap.  Already pieced and layered with the backing.  I prefer to have a top to 'play' on, I get bored with plain fabric, so I snapped this up.  Played with my clamshell ruler, and some straight line designs.  Learned a few things too, so that was time well spent.

Once I was done with it (ie: it was quilted, and I had had my fun), I gave it back to the piecer, and she said it was a wonky basket...if I'd figured that out I would probably have quilted that area between the basket and the handle a little differently, but oh well.  I probably would have oriented it differently for the photos too :)

Monday, 5 November 2012

A More Modern Quilt

I'm not sure why I missed posting this quilt when it was finished a few months ago...I think I was intending to ask Colleen what the pattern was named, and it all just fell off of my brain.  I do know it's a pattern from The Stitchery, in Olds Alberta.  They have it made up in several different size blocks and different fabrics, it's a wonderful pattern.

 Before Quilting...that's a lot of 4 inch blocks!   The funny thing about this quilt is Colleen's daughters, and my children as well, called this 'the purple quilt' and the purple pieces are the smallest pieces in it.  So, I used a purple thread to increase the purple.    This quilt just begged for some more 'modern' quilting, so I grabbed Angela Walters book, and away I went.

 The cross-hatch inner border is wonky to go along with the wonky blocks.

 A close up to show the purple thread.
 Alternating rows of square spirals and round spirals give this quilt a marvelous texture, which is all it needed.   A flannel backing and wool batting, and this is a very cozy quilt.

Thanks for looking!


Saturday, 15 September 2012

the Other Scrappy Needleworks Quilts

So, after the post on the Arabesque quilt, I was thinking about the others I'd made from those classes.   They've all been given away to family members, and they were all quilted on my short-arm Husqvarna machine on a Grace frame...I had only 5-6" of quilting space at a time, but it sure was a great way to try out frame quilting.

I was fairly new to quilting, so these classes were a fun way to learn some techniques, make some scrappy quilts and hangout with some fun people.

We did bright batik flying geese:

 Greens and Floral fabrics for a Garden Block quilt:

 This one was made into a bedsized quilt with some extra borders and a picket fence to contain that garden
 Delectable Mountains in a Icy White/Blues coloring:

 Snowball blocks in a Valentines/Chocolate theme:

There was also a pineapple block class, but unfortunately I missed that one.

Thursday, 13 September 2012


 This quilt is one of mine.  It's a scrappy quilt called Arabesque, from a fabric swapping class at Needleworks years ago.  We met once a month, each bringing 6 lights and 6 darks (for example) and swapping fabrics to get lots of variety for a scrappy quilt.  Those sewing nights were a lot of fun, and I wound up with 5 very different quilts, and at that point in time I certainly didn't have enough scraps to make a scrappy quilt on my own.  This is the last of mine to be finished.   I was glad to see recently that my friend Nancy had a client bring in one of the other quilt patterns from one of  the same classes to finish, so I'm not the only one still working on these years later. 

I had always planned to do a custom quilting job on this quilt, and have been waiting for months for it to 'speak' to me about how it wanted to be quilted, but ultimately couldn't decide on anything, and so....pantograph!
 This pantograph is Plumage by Jodi Beamish, and adds a lovely texture to the quilt.  Hobbs 80-20 batting and a nice flannel backing to finish it off.

The binding is done, the label is on...all I need do is give it to its new owner.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Lori's Dancing Ladies-Blanket Toss

This is the second of Lori's Alaska quilts.  When she first gave me this, I had just recently gotten my Innova, and I wanted to wait and build some skills and comfort level before tackling this quilt, so Lori waited several months for me to get this done.  I sure appreciate her patience. 

Lori said these characters are from a storybook she and her daughters have loved, and so when she spotted this kit on her Alaska cruise (and apparently there isn't time to shop for anything other than kits on those stops), she had to have it.  The storybook is Mama Do You Love Me by Barbara Joosse and Barbara Lavallee.  The pattern is Blanket Toss by Mount Redoubt Designs.

This is the top before quilting, or a 'flimsy' as it is sometimes called...

I had so much fun with this quilt, deciding on how to quilt the 'snow' behind the dancers, and how to quilt their clothes.  Their snowpants and mittens all got cross-hatched, in reminiscence of some snowsuits my Mom had made in the late 70's early 80's from quilted fabric.

 The echoed curls in the above 'snow' was a design I saw in Angela Walter's new Free Motion Quilting book, which arrived just as I got to this block.  I'll be using that one again.

It's maybe too hard to see, but this dancer is a little older than the others (her hair is a little grey), and she's been dancing up a storm--her grey hair is all messy!

 The back is nearly as fun as the front.

Unfortunately this is the only picture I took of the completed quilt in entirety, and it's not a great picture.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Teddy Bears

We've been home from vacation for a few weeks now, and finally seem to be settling back in, with some time to quilt!! 

This is a quilt from one of the ladies in my guild, and it's a charity quilt.  I cc'd (continuous curves) all those squares, and stitched some fur onto the bears...I didn't even need to stitch in the hearts this time, they were already there!

Saturday, 14 July 2012

A Pieceful Day

kids at camp, husband at work, the only customer quilt I'd promised done in July done...and while I do have more tops to quilt, I decided to spend some time piecing...we do a fat quarter exchange in my get 4 FQ from someone and have to make them a completed project, someone else is doing the same with my FQ', to maintain secrecy and suspense,  all I can show you is my practice block.

The top is it just needs quilting, the funnest part :)

Friday, 13 July 2012

Courthouse Steps

This quilt is Patty's.   Love the colors in this one. Patty wanted a meander on this one, which was a really good choice, because those brightly patterned fabrics don't show much quilting.    I really enjoyed the simple meander after the Doghouses.  It was fun.  I used Wonderfil Mirage thread on top, so there's some sheen (but the photo doesn't show that).

 The quilting does show on the backing