Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Patty's Fat Quarter Frolic

This quilt is Patty's Fat Quarter Frolic.

Patty uses such interesting fabrics, so bright and colorful and patterned.  One of the really great things about longarm quilting is that I can see and quilt all sorts of beautiful quilts that I'd never have made myself.

If I recall correctly, she said some (or maybe all) of these fabrics were from a Ty Pennington line.

We used a grey Silco thread and freehand E's and 3's as an edge to edge design.

 I think my phone camera has real issues with depth of field.  Sigh...someday we WILL find the camera in the depths of the teenagers room :P

 The quilting gives a lovely texture to the quilt, and the grey is nice and calming.  At one point we had considered a turquoise thread, but Patty decided grey, and it was a good choice.
This large turquoise block just about fried my brain with all those irregular spaces and lines.

 The back of this quilt is just beautiful too.  I love that grey fabric.
This was quilted with Quilters Dream cotton batting.

And, because it is fun to see how different the same pattern can look with different fabrics, here is a link to Marilyn's Fat Quarter Frolic, if you are interested...

Thanks for visiting.

Monday, 11 March 2013

Square Dance

This is a disappearing 9-patch pattern, from a magazine--this pattern uses 1/2 of a jelly roll (2 1/2" strips). 

This quilt belongs will be a wall hanging in the office of the church.  It was fun, because in addition to using some jelly roll strips, we used scraps from the comfort quilts we make for people in the congregation, and from the Stoles made for the ministers last year.  There were many hands involved in making this quilt.

And I guess it was fun, as many of the quilters went on to make their own.  Some of the ladies made theirs entirely from scraps.  I enjoy seeing the same quilt in different fabrics...here's another Disappearing 9 patch if you want to see a comparison.

Gold Magnifico thread, wool batting.  Line dancing for the quilting.  It will be bound in the same dark navy as the tiny cornerstone squares.

And this time I had a picture of the quilt 'pre-quilting'.  It's a neat comparison.  So often I wish afterwards that I had one,  but by then its too late ;)

Sunday, 10 March 2013


This quilt belongs to Colleen.  It is a basic 9-patch set on point with fussy-cut alternating blocks.  She got the fabrics and pattern as a kit at Along Came Quilting a few years ago.

We decided to put feathers in the border, and a simple edge to edge design in the body of the quilt.  Used a silver Magnifico thread and wool batting, with a luxurious minkee backing.

 I apologize for the blurriness of the photos...they looked pretty good on my phone screen:)

 This quilt looks pretty good in my room, if you get tired of it Colleen :)

Friday, 8 March 2013

Nancy's Magic Tiles

This is a quilt that Nancy made for her son, Daniel.  She decided on Kathleen Bissett's Magic Tiles pattern, and then her son, who lives abroad, was going to be in the USA.  So, she called the quilt store there, described the pattern and her son. Daniel walked into the quilt store a few days later, and was astounded when they recognized him (but than again, how many very tall young men frequent quilt stores I wonder?).  He selected these vibrant fabrics, and brought them home to his Mom.

This is, I think, Nancy's 4th quilt, and certainly her largest so far.  It was lovely and square and laid so flat and nicely for quilting.

Nancy got the top done, then had her younger son lie on the couch, covered him with the quilt...but it didn't quite fit, so she added extra length to top and bottom, so by the time she was done, this couch quilt for her very tall son is the right size for a twin-bed. 

Again, my phone-camera is producing slightly wonky colours--and it's a long story about where my camera camera is, so I'm just making do with the slightly wonky colours for now.  This quilt is in lovely blues and greens.  We decided on a simple meander just to give some texture.

This picture above is the closest I got for colour.

 Nancy's son managed a surprise visit home for Christmas this year, but he didn't want to see the top, he was waiting until it was all finished. 
Those really are lovely greens, not yellows.  You'll just have to trust me :)

 This picture shows the lovely turquoise thread we used....Wonderfil Konfetti if I recall correctly.  The batting is Hobbs 80/20.

 And the quilting shows very nicely on the back as well.

Nancy got this quilt finished just in time to send it to Daniel in  New Zealand, hand couriered by friends who were going over on a vacation, and it arrived just in time for his birthday.

Stars Divided

This was my 2012 FQ challenge, Robyn put in the 4 Fat Quarters, and I had to make her a project.  It was the first time I had participated in the challenge (other than quilting prior projects). 

It was also my first attempt at a mini-quilt.  This one finixhed at 20x25, so the stars are 4".  Not too tiny, but the smallest I had worked with to date. 

First I made a practice block...
and I liked it, so then I cut into Robyns FQ's.  The pattern is Stars Divided by Quilts Remembered.

I added the blue in the stars, and some of the backgrounds...the brown, dark blue sashing, border fabric and one of the backgrounds were Robyns fabrics.     This pattern makes these stars without Y-seams (Yay!!), but the construction does cause some waste.  The piecing was fun, but I had even more fun with the quilting.

SID around the stars, some details in the stars, some ruler work in the sashing and border. 

Unfortunately, I never did  get proper pictures of the finished project.  This was just me goofing with my camera phone after I'd finished stitching the binding while waiting for my kids at one of their events.  I didn't take more pictures before I gave it to Robyn.
A greyscale photo is interesting too.  I'll have to remember to do that more often.

I got a few shots of the quilting from the back.

Looking forward to working on the 2013 challenge now :)

Mini-Stars Tablerunner

This was Colleen's FQ (fat quarter) challenge for our guild for 2012.  Michelle M (not me) is the lucky owner of this quilt.  The pattern is Judy Neimeyer's Mini-Stars Tablerunner.  Michelle supplied 4 FQs, and the challenge was for Colleen to make a finished product for Michelle.

I really had fun quilting this one.  My phone-camera, however, decided to do some really weird color things, so please ignore the odd colors in the first and third photo, and the weird blue streaks in some photos.