Thursday, December 24, 2009

Mount Redoubt Quilt - Midsummer's Dream

I have had this kit for awhile and got it out the other day to work on.  I was surprised how fast it went together and how much I like it!   I quilted down the applique pieces and then free hand quilted the water and swirls in the border. I used my Janome instead of my longarm this time since it was a small project.
 The kit included Swarovski crytals that are fused onto the flower centres and swan wings.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Quilt

Here is Eileens Christmas/holiday quilt and as you can see I'm trying to be more creative with my picture taking ( maybe that should be my New Years Resolution).   It is a mystery project that she was working on from a quilting magazine, can't remember which one.  It is called Christmas Lights but I had no intention of quilting a string of christmas lights on it!  Those setting triangles were just calling for their own design.

I designed and free handed the holly and berries for the setting triangles, as well as the ribbon swirl for the red border.

I also designed the outside border with a smaller version of the holly and berries.
I used a bold King Tut varigated thread in greens, reds and golds.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Vintage Quilt

It is amazing what a little quilting can do to a quilt.  These blocks were bound for the garbage can but were given a second chance by the guild.   I was working at Faktor one day when an older woman came in and asked if anyone at the store would want these blocks.  They were given to her by a friend who bought them at a garage sale years ago and they had been sitting in her basement for years since then.  She was going to throw then out so I said I would bring then to the guild to see if anything could be done with them.  The blocks were half hand pieced and half machine and in relatively good shape.  The ladies at the guild worked there magic and pieced then into a pretty quilt.  But you'll have to indulge me here when I say I think the quilting has given this quilt that extra something special!

I quilted a feather wreath in all the blocks.

Quilted feathers in the setting triangles, simple lines in the sashing and a swirl feather design in the outside border.

Here is the back.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Folded Borders!

Here is Rae's quilt that I finished with the Flourish pantograph and my new Connecting Threads thread!  Bought a large cone of white to try and had no problems with it, no breakage and it quilted beautifully.   I can't remember the name of this fabric collection but I know it is a Mark Lipinski line as I have 11 fat quarters of it from the Northcott contest.   I think I need to find the butterfly border fabric Rae used and them maybe I can do something with my fabrics!
This quilt has a tiny white folded border and I was able to keep it from flipping on me as I quilted by basting it down using my needle up/down feature every half inch.   You can see the tiny holes in the border in the picture below where I pulled the basting stitches out.  Anyone have a trick to easily remove those holes without scratching at the fabric?  I"ll let Rae know as she has the quilt back!  :)
Well this cold weather has affected my Millie and I'm finding some drag on my machine in certain areas so I know it's not a problem with my wheels.  It gets down to 12'C in my shack with our -40'C nights so I"m sure that is effecting the metal in the table. Added an extra heater for when I'm working in there but do not want to leave it on when I'm not in there.
I have the guild's Vintage quilt on the frame right now, it's the one we rescued from being thrown out.  I'll post pictures when I'm done, probably this weekend.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Birdhouse Raffle Quilt

IT'S DONE!!!!!!

This is the North Star Quilt Guild's raffle quilt for our 2010 Quilt Show in April.  My goal was to have it quilted by the December meeting and that is still a week away, so well ahead of schedule!!
Here are some close ups of the quilting.   That is suppose to be wood grain in the attic window sashing!


Saturday, December 5, 2009

Introducing...!   The latest issue of the Canadian Quilter is out and my introduction article is in this winter issue.  Most of you know that I am the CQA Manitoba Rep, I started in July 2009 and it is a two year volunteer position.   I was asked to write an article and send in some photos of my work.  My sister was visiting this summer and we wrote the article together, well it was more I gave her the facts and she did her magic and made me sound interesting!   So this post is just some shameless self promotion, but it is quilt related!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Batik Workshop

So I mentioned that I have been taking a Batik workshop this week.  It was held at the High School and they brought a teacher in from Winnipeg for the week long coarse for the Art students. About 10 additional adults were invited to join in and it was fun to go back to school ( but I definately felt old!)
I wasn't prepared with any design idea so I did a version of my Tamarack Shack logo.  I'm very happy with the finally result as you really don't know how it will turn out until you iron off the wax.  Now that I know what looks good  I would really like to give it another try with something more abstract.
Batiks have a translucent property so looks best with light behind, that is why it is taped to my window.

I handed in all my homework for my online quilt whisperer class and can sit back and see what others hand in.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

County Lines

I quilted Dragonfly Pond with green variated thread on Rae's County Lines quilt.  The colors in this quilt are so relaxing and calm, and the brown adds a warm neutral to the palette. 

This is the first time I have quilted with my new Dream Blend batting and it has a beautiful loft to it.  It is very strong when tugging and adjusting in my frame so I enjoyed working with it too.  I will definately be ordering more rolls of this batting. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Shirt Quilt

My client made this quilt out of shirts and added a few extra fabrics to finish the top.  It is going to be used on a couch in a jacuzzi room so I though the simple swirl pattern would look like swirling water!

I went to my Batik workshop yesterday since I'm feeling better. It's not what I was expecting ( design wise) but it will be interesting for me to see what kind of creation I end up with at the end of the week.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Dick and Jane Quilt

My client brought me this cute Dick and Jane quilt that she is giving her granddaughter for Christmas.
I got out the cross hatching rulers and quilted the picture blocks then free hand quilted the sashings and borders. 

I have changed a few setting on my blog layout and am trying to learn how to post my pictures differently so be patience with me if things look odd.
I got my H1N1 flu shot yesterday and am not feeling well today.  Woke up in the night with the chills and a doozy of a headache. Slept most of the afternoon today and hope I'm feeling better soon as I have a Batik workshop I want to go to tomorrow.
We finally have about 5 inches of ice out on the lake infront of us so hubby cleared off a rink for the boys and set up some lights as it is dark by 5pm this time of year here. The lake froze so smooth this year and with only a dusting of snow the kids have a good area to skate.  I do not skate!  For some reason everytime I try within 10 minutes my heels are just aching so it's just not an activity for me. Our family activity this year will be cross country skiing as everyone now has skis. Now we just need the snow.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Random Math

That is what Lori and I call this quilt as it was made from our Northcott winnings and we were able to make a nice pattern out of the blocks we made. One of the challenges we are finding with winning 350+ fat quarters is finding matching fabric to finished a quilt. A lot of what we got were 5 fat quarters of one collections and what can you do with that. So when we split up the fabric we found one collection that had about 13 coordinating fabric!! Jackpot...a quilt! So we saved it ( plus a few other plain fat quarters that matched) to work on a project together and this is the result. We want to donate the quilt but haven't found a home for it yet, but we will have a quilt if the right situation arises.
The panto I used is called Butterfly Charm, first time using this one, and I have one minor issue with it. As you can see from the backing picture it isn't evenly quilted, there are open spaces between the butterflies. It looks great but when I free hand a design I like to make sure the open spaces are even or balanced with the quilting.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Flannel Bargello

My client who made this quilt said piecing it really tested her patiences! I can image the flannel might have been a little stretch but she did a great job. Love the hand appliqued vines and she even added the lace for flowers! I just meandered the quilt as that is this clients favorite design and she requested it.
Oh, i finally got my roll of Dream Blend Batting and it is wonderful!!!! I'm quilting with it right now and enjoying working with it. I will definately be getting more rolls.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Homework in Black and White

I have been quilting this week just haven't had much time to blog. Three quilts are waiting in the shack to be picked up but I don't want to post pictures until the owners have them in their hands.
It's been a busy few days with the guild retreat, sewing skirts with Lori for the school xmas concert, my son's birthday today and of coarse the online Quilt Whisperer class. Thought I would post some pics of my homework today. We have been learning to design quilt patterns as well as learn Carla's feathers. I am much better quilting these design than I am drawing so here is what I did tonight on black fabric. Just a note about quilting white thread on black shows every little wibble and wobble. But surprisingly I like the high contrast and actually seeing the quilting on the fabric. I think I'm going to be bolder in my thread choices and patterns from now on. Let's see who's quilt is next...Eileen's. Hummm...which pattern should i pick for her???

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Feathers and Roses

It is so nice to get back to the front of the machine. I still find custom quilting scary but once I get going that all disappears. So I quilted a bit of everything on my clients beautiful quilt. Cross hatching in the outer borders, feathers in the inner border, CC in the triangles and red squares and swirls in the sashing. The blocks have a free hand rose in the center and a flower with leaf/ribbon ( can't deside what it is but I like it) motif in the light fabric.
I thought I would also mention that I'm taking an online coarse called The Quilt Whisperer with teacher Carla Barrett. I have followed her blog for awhile and when Lori mentioned that Carla was offering an online class we both signed up. It's through the MQResourse site, I now have a link to it under my blogcounter.
Well I better go listen to my quilts now, they have been awfully quiet especially the guilds Birdhouse quilt, not even a peep out of that one yet.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Bush Berries

I still can't believe how different all the Mystery quilts are turning out. I think this the seventh one brought to me for quilting. My client chose the panto Bush Berries and it matches nicely with the fabric she used.
A good percentage of the quilt I have done in the last two months have been pantos and I am now feeling "Pantographed OUT!" Meaning time to get back to the front of the machine for some custom quilting. I just put a quilt on the frame that will get a good dose of cross hatching, feathers, and free hand work.
I was in a piecing mood this week and made 11 placemats and a table runner... just need to find time to quilt them now. Guess I better get my name on my list!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

If You Bring A Quilt To Kathy...

She will probably give you a bag to take the quilt home in.
When you get home you will want to make another quilt.
So you'll search through your patterns
and find one you like.
When your done digging through your fabric stash you'll realize your one fabric short.
So you go online to your favorite fabric shop.
You'll find the right one and order it.
While waiting for the package to arrive you'll find a quilt top that you forgot all about.
You'll need it quilted.
And chances are if you bring a quilt to Kathy,
She will want to you bring it in the new bag she gave you.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

First Quilt with New Batting

Here is the first quilt done with the Dream Cotton Batting I carry. What do you think? I am very happy with the results and it has a nice mid-loft look. This quilt belongs to a new client and this is only the third quilt she has made... all I have to say is WOW!! She did an amazing job for a beginner and she wanted an honest critique of her work. I didn't have a lot to say as her piecing was excellent, and it was press correctly but the only tip I had for her was how to piece her backing better and she appreciated that info.
I gave her one of my special gifts that I got in the mail that day and it even matched her quilt too! (There is one hint).

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Bathing Beauties!

This quilt is made from a cute collection of fabric. These curvy gals look like there are having fun at the beach. My client said I could quilt anything on it so I did my free hand swirls ( waves) on the center of the quilt and free hand loops and flip flops in the pink border! My client thought the flip flops were tulips at first and if you look at them upside down the toe part does look like a tulip! Hey I designed a tulip pattern and didn't even know it!! Yay me.
My 'surprise' arrived in the mail today but maybe I'll wait until a few clients pick up their quilts with their surprise before I show it. After all it wouldn't be a surprise if I showed it to you here would it?

Monday, November 9, 2009

Snazzy Snowflake

Here is a clients snowman quilt and what snowman collector wouldn't want this to cuddle under. This is new panto called Snazzy Snowflake and i used an ecru thread.
When I quilt a panto I usually 'zone out' as I quilt and go to my 'happy quilty place'. Usually that is okay but with this panto, since you start the snowflake at the same place you stop, it can lead to quilting the snowflake twice! (Which I did twice.)