Sunday, 18 August 2019

Horses and Alligators and Dinosaurs

I made this quilt for a special little guy who was born this summer.   It is a Yellow Brick Road  (green and blue road?)   This quilt is really about the animal fabrics.   Baby's Mom and Grandma are horse riders, so this fabric bundle from Carola's Quilt Shop was pretty much a given.  I added a blue from my stash. 

 The alligators make me think of my 2 year old nephew, who spent a weekend with us recently .  He puts his arms together and hinges from the elbows to make the alligators snap snap snap.  :)

 He also enjoys the dinosaurs we have around the house, pointing at them and trying to say pterodactyl  (ter -dac), so I imagine the baby who owns this quilt might someday really enjoy these critters.

 A baby blue fireside fleece on the back (color didn't photo well).
 Our resident dinosaurs---from a welding camp my son took at SAIT many years ago.  The pterodactyl looks a lot less menacing in real life than in the photo, truly. 

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Quarter Sections for BJB

It's summer, and I get to quilt my own!!  This is a quilt I made for a dear friend.  It is the Quarter Sections pattern by Highway 10 designs.

It's a great Fat Quarter pattern, very little waste, adaptable to the size of quilt/number of fat quarters you want.  I used 12 FQ for this generous lap/throw/napping quilt.  I needed a long quilt for a long lady.
 I love the variety of fabrics in this one, and the lovely brown tones. And, as a prairie dweller, I love how the design looks like the land from the air.  Farm land in the Canadian prairies is divided into sections (square mile) and quarter sections (1/2 mile x 1/2 mile) and then further divided into homesteads, smaller fields and pastures.  Now, of course, the fields are getting larger - fewer divisions, but the imagery still holds.   
 My friend came to visit, and asked if I ever sold quilts.  I said no, and we looked at my longarm and talked about the quilts I had hanging in my house and so many other things, a great, too short visit.   But before she left that day, I handed her this quilt, in a gift bag, and said "I don't sell my quilts but I do give them away".   There may have been tears--from both of us :) 


Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Herringbone Pillow

I had made eldest an un-Broken Herringbone quilt ( see it here) a few years ago, and had some left over fabrics from that quilt.  I decided to make her a pillow, and was going to use Woodberry Way's quilted braid pillow tutorial, but when I pulled out the fabrics, I decided I'd rather make one large herringbone, similar to the quilt.

 That made the piecing very simple, and so I had lots of fun with the quilting.
The three panels before quilting   I used the same 3 panel pillow construction method from Elizabeth Hartman's patterns that I used in making the Yeti Pillow

 And that has used every bit of that fabric!  

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Medallion Quilt

Isn't this a gorgeous photo of a gorgeous quilt?   I totally stole the photo from QuiltKat's insta.  I think she took the quilt on a road trip before gifting it.

The mariners compass is a Petra Prins design, and the other rounds Katherine picked from a variety of sources.  I love quilting for Katherine, because I love the variety of fabrics she uses, and the designs she picks

 I'm sure you can see why I stole, borrowed, repurposed Katherine's photo, as these are the best whole quilt photos I got.
The rest of the photos can just speak for themselves

Friday, 9 August 2019


Linda brought me this giant pinwheel quilt and wanted to have some fun with the quilting on the large grey triangles, much as I had done with my Elephant Abstractions and Abilene

I was happy to oblige

 I repeated elements in each quarter, so there would be some constancy across the quilting. 

 I was adding lots of texture in the large triangles, the smaller pinwheels got a very constant texture--u turns in the blue-grey, and herringbones in the print. 

Thanks for letting me play Linda!

Tuesday, 6 August 2019


Dana made this quilt for her nieces wedding.   I loved looking at all the fabrics she used as I quilted. 

 Dana wanted wavy lines for the quilting--something very organic. 

 And she brought this wideback grunge dot for the backing.