Thursday, February 11, 2016

Arcadia Avenue Quilt

I am so excited to finally be able to share this beautiful quilt with you, I have been working on it all week and if you follow me on Instagram you would have seen a few work on progress pictures.  This quilt belongs to Megan and the pattern is called Arcadia Avenue. This is a very challenging pattern to piece and Megan did a fantastic job.  She asked for custom quilting and shared some pictures of quilting designs she liked for inspiration. 

 The first thing I sketched was the diamond design as it would be the focus in the background fabrics.  I knew the rest of the background should be clean lines as the piecing is the main focus and my quilting should enhance the piecing and not take away from it.

I used So Fine white thread in the background and Invisible MonoPoly thread in the blocks. The backing thread is was white Bottom Line.  Megan sent Warm and White 100% cotton batting.

I'm so happy with how flat this quilt lays after quilting!

Here are some close up picture of the blocks so you can see some of the quilting designs.   I used the quilt the pattern designers had made for Quilt Market in 2014 for quilting inspiration, you can see it here.  Some blocks I quilted very similar and other very different.  The are all a mix of stitch in the ditch, echo lines and free motion designs.

Sorry for the picture overload but since I haven't posted in a week I thought I better make up for that!

We had a lot of snow fall this past weekend and it was-26'c with a -32 windchill when I was out taking these pictures this morning. Brrr! We have been having a very mild winter this year so I'm not complaining!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Critters Quilt

This is Rhonda's The Critter Quilt and the pattern is by Brandywine Design.   Rhonda claims she is a beginner quilter but I wouldn't have know that by the wonderful work she did on this quilt.   All the animals are fused appliqued and then the edges satin stitched. She made this quilt for her second grandson.  He has been watching this quilt come together for 3 years and was starting to worry his new baby sister might get it.   I'm sure he will be thrilled to finally have it to cuddle under!

Rhonda just wanted a simple panto design and suggested Raindrops or Ebb and Flow.  I picked Raindrops as it really suited the quilt and the outer border fabric has concentric circles that look like water drops on the surface of a lake.  The batting is Quilters Dream Puff and the thread is light blue So Fine.

 I noticed a 'critter' trail in my yard to had to take a picture by that!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Winter Wonderland Quilt

This is Donna's Winter Wonderland quilt and she used a cute penguin panel for the center. 

  Since this is a cuddle quilt we used Dream Puff batting and the panto design is Snow Winds.  I used light blue thread on top and back and Navy Stonehenge backing.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Black, White and Teal

This is Vivian's Black and White quilt and I love the pop of teal she added to the design.  I don't know the name of the pattern she used.  She asked for a simple panto design so I chose Bora Bora.
The thread is white So Fine and the batting is a Pellon Cotton.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Moda Love

This is Lynn's Moda Love quilt and you can find the pattern for free here.  The pattern has three sizes using different precuts ( Layer Cakes, Charm packs and Mini Charm packs).  Lynn used a Grunge Charm pack so the final quilt is 42" x 42".  When we were discussing quilting options the first idea was to custom quilt.   But then she mentioned it is a baby gift and wants the little boy to be able to use the quilt as he grows and also brought a beautiful brown Minkie for the backing and Dream Puff batting. So based on that information I knew it had to be a panto.  The purpose of the quilt really does dictate how it should be quilted.  I don't like custom quilting with Minkie and to keep it soft and cuddly a lighter design is best.   So Lynn picked the Lounge Lizards panto to make it fun for a little boy.  Great choice!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Diamond Dazzler

This is Lori's Diamond Dazzler quilt and it is a pattern by Glad Creations. Lori used beautiful bright coloured batiks and a tone on tone white background. She asked for custom quilting and I used a variety of feathers, swirls, loops and CC's. I stitched in the ditch around each block and triangles.

I used two different thread on top.  White So Fine in the background and green #456 So Fine in the bright batiks.  I've mentioned this magic green thread colour before as it works so well on multicolored quilts as it blends in well with all the colours.   I also used Quilters Dream Blend batting.
I cross hatched the square in the outer border and added tall loops in the piano key inner border. I stitched in the ditch between the two borders as well as along the top of the piano keys against the white background.  I didn't stitch between each key as the spacing of the loops provided enough quilting for that area.

I quilted a larger feather motif in the setting triangles.

It was snowing while I was taking the outdoor pictures but I just had to get for a few photos as I knew it would look so pretty against the snow!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Plus Quilt

This weekend I make a few more Plus block for Laila's Low Volume Plus Sew Along and made a baby quilt with them.  I added a 2 1/2" strip of background between each block and offset the rows.  

I quilted it with free hand wavy lines, used beige So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.

On Friday I received my new Blog book in the mail.  I like to print my blog into book form every year using the website Blog2Print.   This is my seventh book so that means I have just started my 8th year blogging!    They have a sale on right now and if you use the promo code FORKEEPS before Jan 19th you'll get 30% off.  But don't worry, if you sign up on their site they constantly send you promo codes,  this is just the highest percentage I have seen them offer.