Thursday, December 8, 2016

Modern Black, White and Grey

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This is my last client quilt for the year!  It belongs to Norma and she made it for her daughter who designed it, no pattern.  I have never quilted a quilt with folded pleated ( white area) but I was able to just lift up the edge of each pleat and stitch underneath. It was very thick to stitch through and I did have some thread breakage but I realized I just needed to go slow and then it was fine!

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Since this is a very Modern quilt I thought I would try my hand at an Angela Walters design I have never tried.  It is called the Signature design in her book Shape By Shape Quilting.   Oh was it fun to quilt out, I love it!  I shared a picture of this on IG and Angela reposted it on her account, that was a wonderful surprised for this fangirl!   I only chalked out the basic shape and then echoed it on each side. I then did the curved design in the waves and finally the U-turns in the outer edge.   I did three repeats in the wider black fabrics strip and just one wavy design in the narrower black strip.

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I used random wavy lines in the light grey fabrics and diagonal lines in the darker grey fabric for great contrast.  

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So the ice is now strong enough to hold my weight near the shore so I cleared a small area for now.  It was –23’c this morning with a –35’c windchill.  It was a very quick photo shoot!

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Ice Formations!

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I really enjoy December as it is a month I do not book any quilts.   I have one more client quilt to share but haven’t taken pictures yet but hope to share that one soon.  The forecast is finally for sun but really cold temperatures!  I am working on a few of my own quilting project that I will share this month as well as any cool nature shots I get now that winter is here!

On Sunday Tim took me for a drive so I could take pictures and we stopped a the creek we usually watch the suckers run in the spring.  The water levels in the area have dropped considerably in the last week or two and one result of that is these very cool ice formations!  They look like Chandlers hanging off this tree.

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This last one looks more like  a hat!   The water level in this creek must have really dropped quickly to have these form.

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It is amazing what you can find if you take the time to explore the world around you!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Quarter Section–Oh Canada

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This is Eileen’s Quarter Sections quilt and she used the Stonehenge Oh Canada fabric collection.    This is one of my favorite versions of this pattern and I made one without borders which I shared here.   Now I’m regretting not adding a border as Eileen's looks great with them!

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I used the Maple Syrup pantograph, beige So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.  Eileen brought a red Stonehenge wide backing.

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So this has been a very strange fall!  Usually by now the lakes been frozen over for a few weeks and I’m out there shovelling a rink to lay my quilts on.  The lake did start to ice over two weeks ago and then that all melted.  There was no ice around the dock yesterday and this morning about half our bay is frozen.  I really hope it stays this time as I can hardly wait to start walking out on the lake again.

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Old Blue and the Necessary Clutch Wallet

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Earlier this week I went to visit a few friends for a couple of days of sewing.  Nothing like hanging out and sewing with great friends in a quilt shop on the days it is closed!   Wendy’s shop Fabriculous is closed on Sunday and Mondays so those were the perfect days to visit.  I insisted she work on something that was not on her ‘to do’ list for the shop but make something that she would really have fun with.   She picked a pattern by Fibreworks called Old Blue and we had fun running around her shop picking fabrics.  I helped her piece the back and cut out the blue truck on the first day.  The second day she had a blast adding all the flowers to the truck. It was so much fun watching her enjoy having a shop and getting to use all those fabrics she loves.  She even named it ‘Road Trip” and added the letters to the quilt. Wendy will be kitting this pattern soon if you are interested!   While she was doing that I got started oh my Necessary Clutch Wallet, which is a pattern by Emmaline Bags.  I chose a Tim Holtz fabric for the flap ( and fussy cut so I could get the work Highway in the middle), a brown Essex Linen for the body of the wallet and for the inside I pick two beige star print fabrics.

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Lori got to work on a new Highway 10 Designs sample for Wendy’s shop now that she brought in 250+ bolts of batiks ( at $12.98/m).  We picked some beautiful blues and a soft yellow for this Not Your Mother’s Rain Fence quilt which only took Lori the afternoon to piece!

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Now I’m back to work and been very busy finishing my November quilting list. Only have one more quilt to go before I take December off.  I haven’t been able to take pictures of all the quilts that I have worked on this month so I do apologies to my clients for that.   Just too busy trying to get them done and the weather has not been cooperating either. It has been unseasonably warm, the lake ice that started to form is melting and we have been getting a lot of freezing rain!  The yard it too wet to take quilt pictures, I really hope we get more normal temperatures soon or even just some sunshine.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Fancy Fox #3

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This is Sheri’s Fancy Fox quilt and the pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman.   Sheri asked for wood grain quilting which is always fun to do!  I’m pretty sure this was a kit from Fabriculous as the fabrics are exactly the same as the one that my client Heather made last year.  You can see that one here.   I love the addition of the glasses on this quilts.

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She used a beautiful blue cotton backing!   I used grey So Fine thread on top, a blue Bottom Line on the back, and Quilters Dream Blend batting.

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You may have noticed the ice is starting to form on the lake!  It was –14’c last night and it looks like we will stay below freezing from now on.  Just a dusting of snow on the ground so I’m hoping that stays away for a few more days while the lake freezes.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Chris Cross Quilt

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Now before you tell me I spelled ‘Chris Cross’ wrong that is how they spell the name of the pattern, it is named after the designer!   This is Michele’s quilt and the pattern is from a free YouTube tutorial that you can find here.   I think the fabrics are Kansas Troubles and Michele requested the Maple Syrup pantograph.

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I used a medium green So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.

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You can see the lake is still open but we won’t have too many more days like this as the lake should freeze soon!

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Christmas Hunters Star Quilt

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Here is our guilds second Rapid Fire Hunters Star quilt and will be a One Day Raffle fundraiser at the Cranberry Portage Christmas Craft Sale on Nov 26.  Last week we raffled our Red and White Hunters Star at another local Christmas Craft Sale and sold about 350 ticket in 6 hours for $2 each.  If your quilting group is in need of a good fundraiser I would highly recommend this type of raffle.  When people hear it is ‘drawn today’ they are more likely to buy tickets.

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I used Holly Berries for the pantograph, white So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Canadian Sampler

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Earlier in the year Lori and I were approached by Sew Sister Quilt Shop in Toronto and asked if we would like to design a block for their Block of the Month Program called The Canadian Sampler.     The quilt will celebrate Canada's Sesquicentennial next year and we were excited to have Highway 10 Designs be part of this project.    All the blocks were designed by Canadian pattern designers and information about the project is now available on Sew Sisters website here.

Lori and I created the Snowflake block.   It reminds me of catching snowflakes on my red knit mittens as a kid and seeing if I could find two the same, or maybe I was doing that a few weeks ago!

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Sugar Almonds Quilt

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This is Iris’s Sugar Almonds quilt and the pattern is from a tutorial on Samelia’s Mum blog here.  She used a purple jelly roll for the center design and white fabric strips for the background.  Iris used a different method from the blog tutorial to make her quilt and I think I like how it has a more random looks.   I plan on making this quilt for a fundraiser for my son’s high school grad committee using black, red and white fabrics, the school colours.  It should make the perfect ‘dorm room’ sized quilt.

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Since it has a modern feel I used Bayside for the pantograph, white So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.

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It was another calm day and beautiful sunrise this morning but the temperatures are suppose to plummet to –18’c by Thursday night so I imagine our lake will be freezing over soon!

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Last week I was interviewed by our local newspaper about my Nature and Northern Lights photography and the article was published on Friday.  My husband came home with the newspaper today so I could read the article.  They even added my picture to the cover which was very surprising but I think it was that amazing camera strap that I wear that was the reason!  LOL!  Here is a link to the article if you are interested in reading it.  They took a few pictures from my blog and was a full page spread!  I had a lot of anxiety about this article, I definitely stepped out of my comfort zone but that’s good for me right?

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(Stepping back into my comfort zone now!)

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Fresh Diamonds

 

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This is Evelyn’s Fresh Diamonds quilt and the patterns is available on Craftys as a free download here.  Evelyn used blue and navy Batiks for the diamonds and a very light greyish beige for the background.

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I chose Allium for the pantograph, light beige So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.

It is a beautiful morning here, so nice to see the sun and the lake so calm.   I really like this next photo with the quilt reflecting on the lake. It is nice to have a helper on the weekends to hold the quilts!

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The backing is a navy Fireside so this will make a very cozy couch quilt!

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