Monday, January 16, 2017

Batik Metro Hoops

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This is Melanie’s Metro Hoops quilt and it is a pattern by Sew Kind of Wonderful.  I am a big fan of these patterns and have made this quilt myself, you can see mine here.   Melanie asked for custom quilting so I sketched out a few ideas that has a similar feel to what I did on mine and we went with this version.   Melanie made her quilt a queen size and used batiks fabrics.  I used two thread colours on top , white So Fine on the background and a medium brown So Fine on the batiks.  I kept the bobbin thread one colour, a white Bottom Line.    The batting is Quilters Dream Blend.

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I stitched in the ditch around the rings and then added a 1/4” echo.  Then I added the double diamond curved design and filled in the spaces with free hand feathers.

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I used quite a few longarm rulers on this one and they were the #15 QP Curved Template, the #8 QP Curved Template and the QP Edge 5” straight ruler.   I used my channel locks on my Millennium to do the vertical lines and I eyeballed the 1/2” distance.  Only had to pick out a few the were spaced too wide!

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Well we did the get warm weather Environment Canada predicted, it was +2’c yesterday but that caused my nice clear ice to cloud over.

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Melanie send a very pretty Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements wide backing.  It is extremely soft with a good weight to it and quilted up beautifully!

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Didn’t think I could get this large of quilt to cooperate and layout nicely on the snow, but it did!  So here are more pictures!

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Big City Friends

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This is Sandra’s Big City Friends quilt and she made it for her little granddaughter.   You can find the fabrics and pattern as a kit here.   The panels in this collection are very cute and it even included a border design that go on the top and bottom.  I quilted it with the Happy Times pantograph, used white So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.

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The backing is just as sweet as the front!

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I am now working on a custom Metro Hoops quilt that I hope to finish before I have to leave for a teaching gig at Fabriculous in Gimli, MB.  I am teaching a Free Motion Class on domestic machines at their retreat on Saturday, January 21.   I hear there are a few spots left so if you are interested please contact their shop!  All the info about the class is on their Facebook page.     

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Watercolor Wings

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This is Marg’s Watercolor Wings quilt and the pattern is by Pine Tree Country Quilts.   When you look at the whole quilt it looks like butterfly wings.  I love the soft colors in this quilt, very pretty!  I used the Curlz pantograph to add a swirly texture and used a soft green So Fine thread.  The batting is Quilters Dream blend.

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We woke up to –35’c this morning with a –41’c wind-chill so I took pity on my son and drove him to where the school bus picks him up.  I have to laugh at our forecast, I really doubt we will see those warm temperatures next week.  Yes it will warm up but not that much, talk about getting our hopes up!

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Twisted Nine Patch

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This is Marianne’s Twisted Nine Patch quilt and she asked for a piano key design in the outer border and a pantograph in the center.  I asked her if she had a pantograph design in mind and she said Plush, which I agreed would look great on this quilt.   I used grey So Fine thread on top and grey Bottom Line on the back.

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She sent a black Cuddle wide backing and Hobbs batting to make a very cuddly quilt!  I love that Cuddle now comes in extra wide widths so you don’t get the bulk of a seam on the back.

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I was out taking pictures on Sunday and Tim spotted 3 ptarmigan on the side of the road.  It’s not uncommon to see these birds here but hard to spot as they blend into the snow so well!  I think these were Willow Ptarmigans as when they flew away you could see their black tails.   I was hoping to get all three in one pictures but only managed to get these two. They can move pretty fast in the snow!

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Colorband Quilt

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This is Phyllis’s Colorband Quilt and she purchased it as a kit from Craftsy.  I noticed the kit is on sale right now and here is the link to the kit.  This is the first large quilt Phyllis has made and I enjoyed helping  her as she worked on it at our guild Retreat and UFO days. It was quite an ambitious project for a beginner and I’m so glad she never gave up on it even though she hit some bumps along the way.  Her positive attitude was so wonderful and each time I suggested she rip and try again she was in full agreement and could laugh at her mistakes.    Well Phyllis look at the beautiful quilt you made, you did an awesome job!

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I quilted it with the Bora Bora pantograph,  used a variegated Lava thread and quilters Dream Blend batting.

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Usually by now I have been out walking my swirls on the lake but this year I thought I would try something different.  Unfortunately giant snowflakes seen from this angle don’t have the same impact swirls do, glad I only walked out two.  I think I’ll go back to my swirls after the next snow fall!

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2005 Block of the Month

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I’m getting back into my normal routine again after taking the month off!    This is Joan’s quilt and it was a Block of the Month project by a local quilt shop in 2005. I have quilted many of these and I’m sure there are many more still waiting to be quilted!  Joan added a pretty red sashing to her quilt and a navy backing.  I used the Rhapsody pantograph and a medium green So Fine thread on top and a matching green Bottom Line for the back.   I auditioned red thread but it really over powered the blocks and blended to much into the sashing. Using the green allowed your eye to follow the quilting across the quilt top without it disappearing in the sashing or standing out too much in the blocks.

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Looking Back at 2016

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I always surprize myself  when I look back at all the quilting projects I finished in the year.   This year there were more smaller projects but they are ones that I use all the time so I can enjoy them more.    I quilted about 90 quilts for clients and that is my goal, 10 quilts a month for 9 months of the year.    I have kept that number steady over the last couple of years and feel it is the right number for me.  Also thank you for letting me know you enjoy my nature and Northern Lights photos,  this pictures was taken on this day last year and is one of my favorites.

Here are the quilts/projects I was able to finish in 2016.

January –Batik Plus Quilt

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March – Rapid Fire Hunter Star

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April – Chic Sisters

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July – City Slicker

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July – Ice Cream Cone

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August – Mini Charm Pillows

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August – Batik Charm Placemats

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October – Lori and I published our 8th pattern, Good Vibrations for Highway 10 Designs.

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October – Batik Tuffet

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November – Necessary Clutch Wallet

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December – Quarter Sections

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December – Graduation Raffle Quilt

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December – Dresden Plate Quilt

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Happy New Year to all my blog reader!  I feel so blessed to be part of a wonderful and supportive quilting community.