Thursday, March 15, 2018

Sweater Weather Quilt


This is Shelly’s Sweater Weather quilt and the pattern can be found in Quilty Magazine, Nov/Dec 2017 issue.  The designer Lorna from Sew Fresh Quilts did a great blog post about her design here.


Shelly added her own applique designs with the tree and moose on the sweaters, so cute!  Definitely not ugly sweaters!   I used Flurry for the panto and I actually spent some time figuring out how to get the large snowflakes to line up in the toques!  The batting is Quilters Dream Blend and the thread is a grey So Fine.


We had lovely blue sky today but as usually a bit windy making the photos a challenge.



Still lots of snow here but it is melting fast!


I had a nice surprise last Friday night, I finally say Northern Light for the first time since moving to Ontario.   They can’t compare to what I use to view up north but it was really nice to be out taking pictures in the middle of the night in my pj’s! ;)


One nice thing about our new house is I have a large window in my bedroom and was laying in bed when I noticed the green glow outside.  I was able to watch them for about an hour before they disappeared.


Friday, March 9, 2018

The Night Before Christmas Quilt #2


This is another one of Lorette’s beautiful applique quilts!  The pattern is called The Night Before Christmas by Bunny Hill Designs and this is the second one I have quilted, you can see the first one here.  Lorette made this quilt back in 2013 right after she oldest sister passed away and I imagine this was a very therapeutic process for her.  It took her 6 weeks to make and it is all hand appliqued and embroidered. The little mice are made out wool and are so sweet.


I custom quilted it with beadboard on the outer border and used a stencil for the corner squares.  I SID around all the applique and blocks and added a variety of background fills including pebbles, swirls, wavy lines and loops.


Lorette sent wool batting and asked that it be layered on top of my Quilters Dream Blend which created wonderful texture with the quilting.  I think she has now converted me for the two batts on these special quilts and I might have to order a couple of packages of wool to have on hand!



I just love quilting these overlapping swirls, they really add a lot of great texture!


I thought this would  be the perfect quilt to show you one of the smallest church in Canada!  It is right down the street from my house and so cute. It is called the Norlund Chapel, it is 8’x10’ and can hold 8 people.  It was built by two local men in 1973, the chapel is open as a house of prayer for all 24/7.  The chapel's steeple was salvaged from a church fire in 1971.


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Merry Merry Snowmen


This quilt belongs to Lorette who owns Spruce It Up Quilt Shop in Port Elgin, New Brunswick.   She has two longarm machines in her shop that are kept very busy with renters, so much so that she doesn’t have time to custom quilt her own quilts so she asked me to quilt two lap quilts for her. I just finished the first one, it is called Merry Merry Snowmen by Bunny Hill designs.  Lorette did all the applique and embroidery by hand and all the snowmen are made from wool.   For her applique she used ‘Cheri’s Cool Tool” mini iron with the applique tip to turn the edges over freezer paper, she said this is her favorite applique method and loves this tool.   Lorette made this quilt back in 2013 and it only took her 5 weeks to make!  It has been hanging in the shop since waiting to be quilted so I’m very happy to help her finished this project.



Lorette send a wool batt and asked me to use it on top of my Quilters Dream Blend batting. I am rarely asked to use two batts but this turned out wonderful!  Just look at the texture it created!



For thread I used a beige MicroQuilter on top and a beige Bottom Line on the back.  I used my Quilted Pineapple Fat Edge Straight ruler to quilt the cross hatching in the outer border.  I SID around all the applique and blocks and added loops, stipple, curls, pebbles and wavy lines for the background fill.  I used a small stencil for the corner squares in the border as well as a few blocks in the quilt.







Friday, March 2, 2018

Big Sky Bear


This sweet baby quilt is Shelly’s and the pattern is free online at United Notions/Moda here.   The pattern is called The Bear and the fabric collection is Big Sky by Moda.    Shelly asked for my free hand wood grain quilting and it really suited it so well!  I used off white So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.




Today I received my Blog Book in the mail from Blog2Print.  This is something I have done every year since I started my blog back, in 2009, so I have a hard copy of my blog since the beginning of my longarm career.