Friday, May 20, 2016

2011 Mystery Quilt #15

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Well it’s been a very long time since I quilted one of these quilts!  It was our guilds 2011 Mystery Project and I quilted 14 of them in 2011/2012.   The pattern is called Stars for Audrey and this just so happens to be Audrey’s quilt.  She used shades of teal for her prints and a medium brown for the background.   She gave me a list of pantos she likes and I chose Come Dance with Me from her list.  Quilters Dream Blend batting and brown So Fine thread.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Modern Grey and White Neutrals Quilt

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This is Sandra’s Modern Grey and White Neutrals quilt and there is a tutorial on the Diary of a Quilters blog here.   I actually was Sandra’s personal shopper for this quilt as I picked out the fabrics for her when I was down in Swan River teaching at Fabriculous.   A lot of the fabrics are Zen Chic fabrics from the Modern Background Essentials line but we through in a few other fabrics to give it more variety.  The HST blocks are squared up to  7 1/2” and Sandra made her layout a bit bigger from the tutorial instructions by adding more blocks.

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She asked for a swirly panto so I picked Bora Bora. I used white So Fine thread and Quitlers Dream Blend batting.  She made this quilt for a wedding gift for a young couple that has decorated their house in all grey and neutrals so it should fit in beautifully!

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Well our weather has changed drastically in the last week from freezing temperature and snow to sunny 27’c today!  Time to get out the kayaks!

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Monday, May 16, 2016

City Slicker #3

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This is Rae’s City Slicker quilt and she used Grunge and Black Tie Affair Moda fabrics for her quilt.  I quilted one very similar a few weeks ago, which you can see here, and it was made with the Little Black Dress fabric collection.  I used Flourish for the pantograph, light beige So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.

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She brought a beautiful light beige Grunge backing as well!

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The snow is gone and I hope that is the last I see of it until the fall!   Today is suppose to be a beautiful 22’c and tomorrow 25’c!  Happy Dance!!

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Summer in the Park…well sort of!

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If you follow me on Instagram you have seen all my snow pictures from the last 48 hours.  This are not pictures I took last month but from yesterday and this morning!  While many of you are enjoying your gardens, we are still ‘enjoying’ our spring snowfalls. 

This is Rae’s Summer in the Park quilt and you can find the MSQC YouTube video on how to make it here.  I thought I would be taking pictures of it by the sparkling lake but I actually love how it looks in the snow!  Rae used all batik fabrics for this quilt and I picked Wave on Wave for the pantograph. I used Quilters Dream Blend batting and a light blue So Fine thread.

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  I made this when I got home yesterday after a 8 hour drive to take my son to a 10 minute orthodontist appointment!  The joys of living up north!  When life gives you snow you make a snowman!

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I had my son hold the quilt before he left for school, poor snowman is already falling over!  Melt snow MELT!!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Urban Birthday Quilt

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This is Yvonne’s Urban Birthday quilt and the pattern is by Sew Kind of Wonderful.   I really enjoy quilting these quilts as they is always room to play with quilting designs!  I SID around the pod shapes and then did a 3/4” echo around that and filled in with pebbles.   I did a simple flowing feather in the print fabrics and then a feather motif in the center of the backgrounds.    Batting is Quilters Dream Blend and thread is So Fine off white in the background and bright yellow on the print fabrics.

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As you can see it is very smokey here today.   I thought it might be high altitude smoke from the Fort McMurray area fires but I have since heard that it is from fires in Cumberland House,SK.   If you have not heard about the huge Fort Mac fire, the city of Fort McMurray Alberta has been evacuated ( over 90,000 people) and many homes and businesses have been lost to the fire.  It is not surprising that the quilting community in Canada has already create a network of places to drop off quilts that will be given the family affected by this disaster.  Here are a few links to these groups.   Quilts for Fort McMurray and Erie Quilt Art.  I have three quilts I am sending their way and know our local guild and quilters will be donated as well.  

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Wonky Stars Quilt

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This is Adell’s Wonky Stars quilt and there is a tutorial by Missiour Quilt Company on how to make it which you can find here.  Adell made hers 100”x106” which is larger than the tutorial size.  I chose Bora Bora for the pantograph to give the allusion of a windy night sky.  I used a variageated Lava thread ( dark to light blue) and Adell brought Warm and Natural batting. 

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Atomic Tulip Quilt

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This is Yvonne’s Atomic Tulip quilt and it is a pattern from Fons and Porter Quilty magazine from Jan/Feb 2014.  To keep with the modern feel of this quilt I just did straight line quilting across the whole top.  I used Quilters Dream Blend batting and medium grey So Fine thread.

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Notice anything different about the scenery?  The ice was all gone Tuesday monrning and today we are going to reach 28’c.   As nice as that is, when I see on the news that the city of Fort McMurray in Alberta is burning from a forest fire I worry that this will be a bad summer for fires across western Canada.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Fly Away Home Quilt

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This is Heather’s Fly Away Home quilt and it is a pattern designed by the owner of Tiger Lily Quilts in Wolseley, SK.  The pattern is originally a 40” x 45” size but they changed it to 84” x92”.  I love the teal and browns as those are my favorite ‘beachy’ colours.   Heather picked a few pantographs that she liked and I chose Plush from her list.  Batting is Quilters Dream Blend and the thread is a medium teal So Fine.

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As you can see most of our snow is gone and in the last two days the ice has been disappearing fast off the lake.  This morning I was playing with the ice that has ‘candled” which means it is very brittle and ready to move.

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I was having fun scooping up the ice and playing with the thin pieces the size of pencils.  

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If feels like we have gone from winter to summer overnight as we are now getting 20’c temperatures and the ice is disappearing fast.  I took this first pictures this morning…

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…and this picture tonight. The main lake is now open water and the ice in our bay is moving out to the open lake very quickly.  I don’t expect to see any ice when I wake up tomorrow.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Quarter Sections #7

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This is Donna’s Quarter Sections quilt that she made in childrens fabrics, so cute!  Love the orange, blue and greens with the animal prints.  We chose Popcorn for the pantograph and Dream Blend for the batting. I used yellow So Fine on the top and yellow Bottom Line on the back.

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The backing is hand dyed by Leslie from Keystone Quilts in Winnipeg.  It is soft flannel in shades of yellow to bright orange.

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I also quilted a small baby Quarter Sections quilt for Donna as she is waiting on a new grandbaby to arrive!   The panto is Chantily Lace, batting Dream Blend and the backing a beautiful pink Fireside.   Pink So Fine thread on top and pink Bottom Line for the back.

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