Monday, November 12, 2018

Four in a Row Quilt

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This is Gail’s Four in a Row quilt and the pattern is from Quickly Quilting magazine, Spring 2014.  She used a stunning grey,black, white fabric collection called Nature’s Pearl by Kansas Studios.  Since the fabrics had a few images of dandelions I chose Bora Bora for the pantograph as it reminds me of wind!  The thread is grey So Fine and the batting Quilters Dream Blend.

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I was also able to finished a lovely neutral modern table runner for Nancy this weekend.  The pattern she used is called Stepping Stones by Midcoast Cottage Designs. I quilted it with the Chinook Pantograph, used dark grey So Fine Thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.   We had a light snowfall this weekend, just enough to cover the deck and was able to take advantage of about 10 minutes of sunshine this morning to get a few photos.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Microwave Bowls and Other Gifts

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I have been finding time to make a few smaller projects and whipped up a few more Microwave Bowls as they  make great gifts.   If you are new to my blog I do have a tutorial on my sidebar on how to make the bowls, or click this link to take you right to the post.  When I found this fabric at the Born to Quilt shop in Kenora, ON and knew right away it would make great microwave bowls as the panel designs where in different sizes. Sorry but I can’t remember the name of the fabric line.  I quilted them quite heavily by outlined all the designs as they do tend to lose there shape with multiple washings.

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I also made a few Retreat Bags (without the frame) which is a free pattern from Emmeline Bags.  And then made matching Fabric Baskets which is a free PDF pattern by Highway 10 Designs that you can also find on my side bar.

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I used a super sweet fabric line called “Sew Sew” by Benartex which I picked up at Road 17N in Winkler, MB.

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Primitive Gatherings Wool Mini

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Kim made this sweet Primitive Gatherings mini from their Summer Wool Block of the Week freebie.   The applique pieces are wool and the rest of the piecing cotton.  She hand appliqued all those tiny flowers and baskets!kr1

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To get an idea of the miniature scale of this piece, the checkerboard squares are 3/4” finished and I put a dime in this next photo for perspective.

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I quilted feathers in the outer border, cross hatched the checkerboard border and pebbled the background of the applique blocks.   I used brown and beige 100wt MicroQuilter Thread.

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Kim also brought a table runner that is a Kim Diehl pattern.  It also has wool applique in the center that she hand appliqued.

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Sheep Shape Quilt

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This is Heather’s Sheep Shape quilt and it is a pattern from a 2014 Quiltmaker magazine. The quilt is made up of large half hexagons and the sheep is made with white Fireside fabric so it is very soft.  The ears and legs of the sheep are floppy so a baby can touch and grab onto them as they lay on the quilt.  Heathers only quilting request was the the sheep be quilted with curls!

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I used a few different colour of So Fine thread, white, blue, green and pink, on this quilt top.  The batting is Quilters Dream Puff which is great for baby quilts.

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Heather made this quilt for someone very special, her granddaughter Baby P!  Baby P was born at 23 weeks and weighed 1 lb, 7 oz.  With the amazing care from the Dr.s, nurses, respiratory therapists and support staff at the NICU at Children's Hospital in Winnipeg, Baby P was giving the chance to live and grow and has reached 7 lbs at 4 months old (her due date).  Baby P’s parents gave permission for me to share her story and photo.  Baby P’s mom knit this Sweet Pea costume for her first Halloween, how adorable it that picture!  Baby P’s mom love to spin, knit and loves everything to do with wool so the Sheep themed baby quilt was the perfect choice.

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Oh Canada Quarter Sections Quilt

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This is Phyl’s Quarter Sections quilt which is one of our Highway 10 Design patterns.  She used Northcott’s Oh Canada fabric line and added some machine embroidery to the top and bottom borders for a great finishing touch!  I quilted it with the Maple Syrup pantograph, used beige So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Gelato Ombre Quilt

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Well I finally made my first Jelly Roll Race quilt, took long enough right as this pattern has been so popular for a long time!  Last spring when I was at the quilt show in Winnipeg I bought a Gelato Ombre jelly roll from Keystone Quilts. She had a Jelly Roll race quilt made from it hanging in her booth and I just fell in love with it!  So in September when I was at a Keystone retreat in Winnipeg I made the quilt top. It was a great retreat project and I even put all the strips into a bag and randomly pulled out a strip and sewed them end to end. Those that know me well know that would not have been an easy process for me as I like to be ‘matchy matchy’ when I put fabrics together.  The only time I put a fabric strip back in the bag was if I had just pulled that same one out that I just used as there are doubles of each fabric in this jelly roll.

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I chose Ebb and Flow for the pantograph,  Monopoly thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.  Still need to add the binding but this might be the last sunny day for awhile!

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I was able to get some nice pictures down at the boat launch dock on the river in Emo.  It was windy but I take risks with my own quilts ( NOT with my clients)  as I had my foot on it for most of the photos except this next one! So glad it didn’t blow into the river!

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I had drove down to the Barwick boat launch with the lighthouse but the dock has been pulled out for the winter.

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Four Patch and Road Trip Quilts

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Vicki brought me a few quilts and I two ready to share.  The first one is a Four Patch quilt in lovely modern floral fabrics.  She thought swirls would nice for quilting on it so I picked Fascination as it fit the scale of the large blocks.  I used apple green So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.vc2vc3

This is Vicki’s second quilt called Road Trip and since it is for a boy I used Popcorn for the panto.  Beige So Fine thread and Quilters Dream blend batting.

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So the weather has finally improved here, nice sunny skies but the wind has been crazy. We actually had a few shingles blow off our roof so Tim was up there today putting them back on!  So that means I had to come up with a new plan for quilt photos since I can’t get any outdoor pictures.  At Christmas last year Tim bought me a backdrop stands and I found that the round bar that it came with was not the best for hanging quilts on.  So this weekend Tim created holders to add to the stands so I could use a 1x2 board to clamp the quilts to and also have it extend out so the legs on the stand could be hidden. Works great! I can hang any size quilt and hide the stand behind it. Only down side is moving furniture in the living room to set it up as that room has the best natural light and then I have to take it down.

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I also found these great skinny clamps at Menards that work perfect!

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