Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Kaffe Lollipops

 This is Lisa's Kaffe Lollipop quilt. 

 I just love how she fussy cut all those fabrics on the appliques. 
 We kept the quilting simple--an edge to edge design to provide texture and to hold it together, but not to compete with that wonderful applique and fabrics.
 the thread is an apple green magnifico--light enough to not be obvious on the white backgrounds, but neither does it stand out on the colors of the fabrics.  Just right.

This blue one above makes me think of a butterfly.
 and she found a fabulous backing fabric too

Friday, 13 April 2018

Yellow Brick Road - turquoise and chocolate

 There's no yellow in this quilt, but that is the name of the pattern.    I love how that zinger (narrow little border with a little zing to it) just glows.  I wouldn't have come up with that color on my own--that was Colleen's vision.
 This is a quilt for the church also, I guess when I feel like I haven't been piecing much lately, I have to recall this quilt and the strip tube quilts from the previous post.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Two at Once

These are quilts for the church, and as you can see, I loaded and quilted two at once, it's a very efficient way to use a wide backing.

I also pieced them at the same time--gives a little more variety in the blocks.   I've made quilts with 4 strips and with 5 strips before, so thought I'd try 6.  It's a strip tube quilt, each block has 3 colored strips and 3 neutral strips.  So 42 colored and 42 neutral strips resulted in 2 lap quilts. 

With these tops I had to let go any hope of great points--the neutral strips were often wider than 2 1/2", but I didn't figure this out until well into the process....the great thing about using the strip tube ruler is that the blocks are all square, so they go together nicely, it's just a matter of forgiving the points, and once these quilts are washed and loved a little, the points won't matter.

 The two tops are quilted differently--this one got a square boxy meander...

 and the second one what I call a Maori fishhook. 

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Charlotte's Under Covers

Charlotte made one of these mystery quilts too, but she changed the borders up a bit. 

 I love the soft blues in this quilt, and how distinct the green chains are.  The stars are a prize for looking closely. 
 I quilted concentric swirls on this top.  I love the motion it adds, and I think it's age appropriate for the recipient of this quilt.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Sunny Irish Chain

 This is the Double Irish Chain, oversized king (108x108) that Yvonne made for her Son and new DIL for their wedding.  They picked the Irish Chain pattern as that's what Yvonne had made for an anniversary quilt for her and her DH.   Her new DIL said that she liked blue, grey and yellow, so that's what Yvonne had in mind when she picked fabrics. 
 Yvonne is a hand quilter, and was originally going to have me do most of the quilting and leave the grey borders for her to hand quilt, but she decided she'd like them to have their quilt before their 20th anniversary....so I quilted the whole thing.

 My bed is a king and this quilt still comes down and hits the floor.  It will be lovely and cosy and lots of room for a pillow tuck and no-one has to worry about not having enough quilt to cover them.
 The batting is a cotton/wool blend, so lovely texture for the quilting and I'm sure it will be fabulous to sleep under as well.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Noreen's Shadow quilt

Noreen almost always gives me the names of the patterns, so I'm sure she did, and I just didn't write it down properly, because all I have is Shadow quilt.    This is another lovely quilt for showcasing great fabrics.

 doh....the photo came in upside down.  Oh well, it's a neat way to see how the shadow effect is created, and you can still see these great fabrics up close.

 I guess I quilted it upside down too :)  I stitched a modern greek key to match the linear aspect of the quilt.  I remember being told a quilt with all straight lines in piecing needs some curving quilting, but I've moved on from that concept.

 Love how the blocks just seem to float (when you get the photo orientation right LOL)

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Reel Time

 This is the second quilt Vicki has made with her stash of Reel Time fabrics.  I cannot find the first one on the blog, so maybe I never blogged it, since it was a gift and I delayed--maybe forever LOL. 
 anyway, the point being Vicki had these wonderful fabrics left from her making of the first quilt, and she made this quilt, which was a wonderful way to showcase these great fabrics.

I wanted to add movement and not compete with the fabrics, so I quilted echoed swirls with a soft grey thread, probably Omni silver.

 a black minkee backing, it's so hard to photograph nicely but it sure feels warm and cuddly.
I went looking for pictures of the first Reel Time quilt, and couldn't find any---maybe it was a quilt that got away unphotographed.  So, you'll just have to imagine another awesome quilt with these interesting fabrics.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Lori's quilt - Move Over

 This is Lori's quilt.  I don't know the name of the pattern--it is a kit she bought somewhere, and so I didn't really know what else to call this post.    The kid is from Connecting Threads and the pattern is called Move Over.  I've been told if you're careful with the cutting you can get two quilts from one kit.

  I don't often choose to put a pantograph a quilt, but this top (and it's luscious backing) was asking for something interesting and varied, and so I chose to put Modern Maze#2 on it. 
 It adds nice movement and interest, lots of variation, and modern, which suits the top nicely.   I also know that this top will belong to a man, so this panto suits that as well.
 And this lovely grey Shannon Cuddle backing, this I know came from All Stitched Up in Olds.  It was a wide back, so no piecing required!  Love it when I'm not having to deal with a backing seam in minkee.

I hadn't told Lori it was ready, and was going to her place for a day of quilting....she had found this and unpacked it and was fully admiring before I'd made my second trip back from the vehicle.  I think it was a hit!!