Monday, September 26, 2016

Oversized Hopscotch

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This is Yvonne’s Oversized Hopscotch quilt which is a pattern by The Quilt Patch.  She purchased the flannel kit from Fabriculous and used Fireside for the backing.   It will make a great cuddle quilt for our cold winters!

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I picked Spiral Square for the pantograph, used gold So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Mahjongg #7

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This is Cynthia’s Mahjongg quilt that she made in my Beginner Class back in 2014.  She used beautiful batik fabrics in black, orange and yellow, it was a perfect time of year to get to quilt this quilt!

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I used the Mimosa pantograph, black So Fine thread on top and black Bottom Line on the back.  The batting is Quilters Dream Blend.

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So I was again out in the dark playing with my camera  the last couple of nights and my challenge to myself was to capture the Milky Way.  I have been researching how to accomplish this and had a basic understanding of what setting to use. My only disappointment was the best time to capture the Milky Way in the Northern Hemisphere is in the summer!   But I did manage to get a few pictures I am please with for my first try!  I know I have a lot of room for improvement and that drives me to take better, more creative pictures next time!

This first one I took from my next door neighbours dock and the light from the next yard created light that shows the colour of the leaves on the island.  You can also see lights from houses further down the lake.  I love that the lake was calm and I was able to get the brighter stars reflecting in the water.

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Then last night I took these one from a different part of our lake and I was happy to capture a meteor in this one which I saw zip above us.

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While we were waiting for the clouds to move off I experimented with backlight.  I think next time I need to hold a quilt or drape one over the water level stick!

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Last picture of the night and Mars is heading towards the horizon and reflecting in the lake.  If you haven’t stood under a dark starry sky in a while I highly recommend you find the time as it is the best way to clear your mind and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us.

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“We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.” Carl Sagan.  

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Bloggers Quilt Festival–Applique Category

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This is my second entry into the Bloggers Quilt Festival and this time I have entered my Butterflies quilt, a pattern by Laundry Basket Designs, into the Applique Category.  I made this quilt back in December 2015 so my original post of it was in the snow.  So I thought it would be fun to give it another photo shoot in the fall colours.

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I quilted the butterflies with a free hand feather and swirl motif.  I then stitch in the ditch around each butterfly and pebbled the background to allow them to pop!

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The butterflies are fused down and then machine appliqued using smoky invisible thread with a blind hem stitch.   I started to embroider the antenna but then changed my mind and just drew them on, very happy I did that!

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Hope your enjoying the Festival, the voting starts in three days and the festival runs until Sept 30.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Brick Wall

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This is Cynthia’s Brick Wall quilt, she used a Tonga Treat and added a fun orange batik border.   I used a pantograph I have not used in awhile, it’s called Tickle. I find it looks great on batik quilts as it adds a swirly texture to the prints.

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I used a medium beige So Fine thread on top, a beige Bottom Line on the back, and Quilters Dream Blend batting.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Bloggers Quilt Festival–Large Quilt Category

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Welcome to those visiting from the Bloggers Quilt Festival, my name is Kathy and I am a longarm quilter living in Northern Manitoba, Canada.  It is always hard to pick only two quilts to enter into the festival because I’m a Quiltaholic, the proof is here, because I love making quilts.  No UFO’s for this quilter, I enjoy the whole process from picking the fabric to putting the last stitches in the binding and have to finish a quilt before starting another.  It’s good motivation to be able to start a new project!   I also love photography and this goes well with having a blog but I don’t just share pictures of quilts but of the beauty that is Canada’s north from the wildlife to the Aurora Borealis. I’m pretty obsessed with taking pictures of the Northern Lights and feel so fortunate to live where they are so active.   Anyway I digress…you’re here for the quilts!
I am sharing my City Slicker quilt in the Large Quilt category for the Bloggers Festival.   The pattern is one my friend Lori and I designed for our pattern company Highway 10 Designs, you can see all our patterns at our Etsy shop here.

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I used a Cantik Batiks Gemstone called Cassiopeia and a light batik for the background.  I custom quilted a leafy feather in the background and used a diamond pattern in the colourful batiks fabrics.

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I used white So Fine 50wt thread on the whole quilt and Quilters Dream Blend batting.

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If you are a regular blog reader you will enjoy visiting all the other blogs entered into the Bloggers Quilt Festival so don’t miss out.  To visit the festival click on the image below.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Green Tea Fusion Quilt

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This is Jean’s Green Tea Fusion quilt and it was a pattern found in a 2007 issue of Fabric Trends.  She asked for light custom quilting and I knew right away I wanted to do the Curved Echo on the outer border as the quilting would be seen on it and it suits the theme of the quilt.  You can find my tutorial on how to do this design here.

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Since this quilt has an Asian theme I wanted to use simple textures on the quilt as the fabrics are the star!  I was going to do a swirl on the appliqued circles but found that too dense so replaced it with this design that I call Uniaxial…(yes a geology reference, won’t bore you with the details.)  A stipple in the background of the circles, a water meander on the large blocks and wavy lines on the strip pieced blocks.   Swirls in the inner border and  l’s and e’s in the middle border. I used a shiny beige thread called Magnifico for the center and inner border of the quilt, black So Fine on the middle border so the quilting would not compete with the fabric pattern, and red So Fine in the outer border. I matched the colour of my top thread to my bobbin thread.

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It was a cool morning, only 5’c.

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I was out taking pictures of the moon the other night, not quite full then, and testing my new remote shutter release.  Reduces camera shake and will work great the next time the aurora is active.  I also have a new wide angle lens to test on the aurora as well,  I should get sharper images and more sky.  I fear my new obsession for camera equipment is just as bad as my fabric obsession!

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Swoon

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This is Jean’s Swoon quilt and she drove a few extra hours out of her way while heading to a meeting, to personally drop it off.  We had a lovely visit and was great to meet one of my out of town clients.   Jean used Moda’s Lady Slipper Lodge fabric collection which has tiny dragonflies in a few of the fabrics. I showed Jean the Dragonfly Pond pantograph and she loved it so that is what I quilted.

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I used a soft yellow So Fine thread on top,  a beige Bottom Line for the backing, and Quilters Dream Blend batting.

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

It’s A Plus Quilt

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This is Rae’s It’s A Plus quilt using Comma fabric by Zen Chic.   This is a very modern quilt so we chose Bayside for the pantograph as it provided great texture.

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I used grey So Fine thread on top and grey Bottom Line on the back.  Quilters Dream Blend batting.

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