Sunday, August 19, 2018

Summertime Activities

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Hope you are all having a wonderful summer!   I haven’t been doing much quilting this month but did entered a few quilts, cross stitch and photos in my first Agricultural Fair last week.   I didn’t realize that they picked a best of show and that it gets to go onto the district and possibly provincial competitions.  I entered my Dresden Plate in the Large Machine quilted category so it was a nice surprise to see the ribbon. I entered 7 quilts in 7 different categories and received 4 first and 3 seconds.  My cross stitch pictures and photos did well too. Here are some pictures from the exhibit.

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I’m sure you can guess which photo is mine in this next picture.

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Had some fun taking pictures of the midway rides in the evening last night too, no I didn’t ride them!

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We did a bit of traveling around our new area this  month.   Tim and I drove down to Duluth but stopped at Kakabeka Falls and Thunder Bay first.

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We have a friend come to visit so we explored the local area some more and checked out a walking trail along the Rainy River.

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There is a herd of Bison near by but hard to get photos of as most where laying in the grass to protect themselves from all the flies.  Poor guys!

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I know many areas across Canada and the US are very smoky from all the forest fires, we are here too.  Its been very dry and my yard is full of large cracks!

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The smoke turned the moon a dark red last night too.

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We have also been finishing our new garage now that the contractor has done his part, we decided to insulation and drywall it ourselves to save money. Next we need to landscape the yard as it was trenched to put the gas and electrical in and its a mess!  So our summer has been a good mix of work and play!  I’m looking forward to getting back to quilting in September but I still have 2 more weeks of holidays and more friends to visit!

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Canadian Floral Emblem Quilt

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This is Bonnie’s Canadian Floral Emblem Quilt. She found the muslin printed with the 10 provinces floral emblems in her mothers belongings after she passed in 2000.  Bonnie photocopied the muslin then used a transfer pen to copy the designs onto fabric.  She hand embroidered all the blocks and then decided how to turn the blocks into a quilt. With the help of graph paper, many yards of fabric and the help of the internet Bonnie came up with the quilts layout.  She framed all the blocks with a navy 1/4” flange.  Some of the blocks are set on point and while the four in the outer corners are framed in a brown fabric like the focal center block is.  I thought this gives the quilt a nice balance! 

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Bonnie asked if I could quilt butterflies on the quilt somewhere and I added them into the white sashing bars.  I cross hatched the embroidered blocks using 100wt MicroQuilter white thread so there is no thread seen on the embroidery and the blocks lay flat.

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The borders consists of swirls, l’s and e’s, and a leaf with a curl design.  In the setting blocks I used a curved ruler as well as free handed the extra loops.
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I used 4 different colours of thread.  Navy, brown and blue So Fine and white MicroQuilters on the embroidery blocks. Batting is Quilters Dream Blend.

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Here are some close-ups of some of the blocks.

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Bonnie has created a wonderful heirloom quilt that I’m sure will be a enjoyed by her family for many generations to come.

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This was my last client quilt for the summer as I am taking August off,  I can’t believe summer is half over already.   I intend to spend  this month enjoying the outdoors and visiting with friends and family!  I have all winter to sew but I’m sure I’ll be in my sewing room on those rainy days! :)

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Feathers Quilt

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This is my clients's Feathers quilt, the pattern is by Allison Glass.   In keeping with the modern feel we decided on straight line quilting, about every 1/2”, down the length of the feathers.  She used lovely modern fabrics with a navy background.  I used a navy So Fine thread on top and a dark green Bottom Line on the back as the backing was green.  The batting is Quilters Dream Blend.

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She made her quilt 96” x104” so drapes nicely on a queen size bed.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

A Full Moon Quilt

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This is Bev’s A Full Moon Needlework BOM quilt, designed by Buttermilk Basin.  Bev did all the embroidery by hand to create this sweet Halloween wall hanging.  She said to ‘quilt it Halloweeny’ so that’s what I did! 

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I first stitched in the ditch on all the blocks, then cross hatched the embroidery blocks with a beige MicroQuilter 100 wt thread. Then I had some fun and quilted spider webs in the four corners around the center block and added a spider dangling down from each.   Next was pumpkins and leaves in the orange sashing strips and loops and stars in the green starry fabric.  And in the outer border I quilted bats!

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It seems to be haying time in our area so what better place to take pictures than in the field by my house full of hay bales.  Took me a bit to figure out how to hang it on the bale, glad I filled my pockets with supplies. Binder clips did the trick!

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Had to walk through thistles as tall as me to get to this spot that I use often in the winter, I think it was worth it!

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Canadian Sampler

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This is Eileen’s Canadian Sampler Quilt, it was a BOM project by Sew Sisters in 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday.  Each block was designed by a Canadian designer and Lori and I were pleased to be asked to participate in this project.  We designed block #8 which was the Snowflake block you see above.  We chose a snowflake for our block as it is a reflection of our love for winter in Canada.

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I quilted it with the Bora Bora pantograph, giving it the feel of wind or clouds across the blocks.  I used white So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.  The fabrics are Northcott Colourworks Premium Solids ( Cardinal and Snow).

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There are a lot of unique and fun blocks in this quilt!

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