Saturday, April 20, 2019

Alternate Routes #9

Stacey joined in on our Highway 10 Designs 'Alternate Routes Sew Along' at Up North Quilt Shop last year.  I helped her pick out her fabrics as she was overwhelmed with the amazing batik section at Up North.  She made this quilt for her niece and the teal and purple batiks are so vibrant and youthful.  Stacey even went out of her comfort zone and chose to do one of our asymmetrical layout options, love it!

I quilted it with the Wave on Wave pantograph and it shows up so nicely on the teal Minky backing!  Batting is Quilters Dream Blend and the thread is a teal So Fine.

 I have a few more Alternate Routes waiting in my que from the Sew Along so can't wait to share them with you!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Calendula Patterdrip's Cottage

Sally created this wonderful witch themed quilt that is a combination of hand embroidery, colouring and pieced blocks.  The pattern is called Calendula Patterdrip's Cottage by Crab-Apple Hill Designs.  There is so much detail in the embroidery designs that I keep seeing new things each time I look at it!  

Sally asked for simple custom quilting with minimal quilting on the embroidery so I just SID the main elements in the designs.  I added a meander in the background and treated the blocks on the outer edge like a border and quilted those blocks individually. But the blocks in the center of the quilt I treated as background and meandered over to define that area. I wanted the focus to be the embroidery work not the pieced blocks.

I used 100wt Microquilter off white thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.

I think that pointy toed boot is my favorite image! So much detail in everywhere you look on this quilt!

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Black and White HST Quilt

Kim made this great black and white HST quilt for her grandson!  I watched her work on this quilt top at our Tuesday sewing group, no pattern, just an idea from a sketch!  She used black and white fabrics from her stash and Primitive Gatherings Triangle Papers to make the 2 1/2" HST blocks. I think the main benefit of using this method is you get accurate HST blocks with not trimming!

Kim asked for free hand wavy lines and I think that was a perfect choice for this quilt.  I used black So Fine thread, Quilters Dream Blend batting and the backing she brought was black Fireside.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Creamsicle Quilt

Shelly made this delicious quilt called Creamsicle, makes me think of hot summer day by the lake!  The pattern is in the book Simple Color - Orange by Vanessa Christenson.  Shelly is on a mission to use up her stash one colour at a time and this is the perfect pattern for orange.

 She asked for simple custom quilting and really wanted it quilted like it was in the book. I tried to convince her to let me quilt few feathers on there but nope, she is a modern gal so I did my best to make sure she was going to love it!  I made a few changes to the quilting in the books sample to add my own touch to it!

Here is a picture of the books version below. I changed out the cross hatching to echo quilting and added a double line in the petal.  

There are a lot of stops and starts to this style of quilting but so worth it!  I used off white So Fine thread and the QP Curve 20" template for the curved quilting.

I really want to make an orange quilt now, how about you?

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Four Patch Charm In Dot Dot Dot

Gay made my Four Patch Charm Quilt using Charm Packs from Artisan Batiks collection called Dot Dot Dot. It is a lovely blend of light blues and beige.  With the collection being so light the navy background allows the fabrics to shine!

I quilted it with a pantograph called Ripples and used a medium blue So Fine thread.  The batting is Quilters Dream Blend.

  The pattern for this quilt can be found on my sidebar as a free download. 

Monday, March 25, 2019


Shelly made this sweet XOXO quilt which is a pattern in the book 'Simply Color Red" by V & Co.  She used up a lot of her red scraps making this quilt and I love how they all look together!

Shelly loves modern quilts and quilting so we decided on just vertical straight lines on this one. I used white So Fine thread and the batting is Warm and Natural.   The background fabric is a metallic polka dot!

Shelly also brought me quilt made by one of her friends which is an adorable Mickey and Minnie Mouse panel.  I used Fascination for the pantograph and white So Fine thread.

Saturday, March 23, 2019


Peggy made this beautiful quilt called 'Fresh' from Camille Roskelley's book 'Simply Retro".  She used the Marmalade fabric collection by Bonnie & Camille for Moda.  These blocks are 24" so I used a large scale panto called Wave on Wave.  I have two different sizes for this pantograph and used the larger one for this quilt. When I first started my longarm business I didn't realize you could buy pantographs in different sizes so that was a very valuable lesson. 

I used white So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.

Friday, March 22, 2019

August Stars Quilt

Diane pieced this stunning quilt using Jaybird Designs pattern called August Stars.  The fabrics are all batiks and they just sparkle with the back background.  I quilted it with the Happy Times pantograph using purple So Fine thread.  The batting is Quilters Dream Blend.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Animal Parade

This is Linda's sweet Animal Parade baby quilt.  She used applique designs in two pattern books to create her quilt, Animal Parade and Animal Parade 2 by Cheri Leffler.  She based the background and owls on a pattern in Animal Parade called 'Whoo Dat and then added the other animals creating her own final design.

I quilted double leaves in the outer border, stippled the background and SID around the animals.  I quilted CC and feathers in the top and bottom pieced stars.

Linda used cotton and wool to do the appliqued animal. She embroidered the bees and ladybugs too!

The batting is Quilters Dream Wool, so lovely to quilt with!

I used teal and yellow So Fine for the majority of the quilt and then as I quilted details on the animals I matched thread colours.