Friday, July 13, 2018

A Full Moon Quilt

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This is Bev’s A Full Moon Needlework BOM quilt, designed by Buttermilk Basin.  Bev did all the embroidery by hand to create this sweet Halloween wall hanging.  She said to ‘quilt it Halloweeny’ so that’s what I did! 

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I first stitched in the ditch on all the blocks, then cross hatched the embroidery blocks with a beige MicroQuilter 100 wt thread. Then I had some fun and quilted spider webs in the four corners around the center block and added a spider dangling down from each.   Next was pumpkins and leaves in the orange sashing strips and loops and stars in the green starry fabric.  And in the outer border I quilted bats!

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It seems to be haying time in our area so what better place to take pictures than in the field by my house full of hay bales.  Took me a bit to figure out how to hang it on the bale, glad I filled my pockets with supplies. Binder clips did the trick!

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Had to walk through thistles as tall as me to get to this spot that I use often in the winter, I think it was worth it!

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Canadian Sampler

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This is Eileen’s Canadian Sampler Quilt, it was a BOM project by Sew Sisters in 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday.  Each block was designed by a Canadian designer and Lori and I were pleased to be asked to participate in this project.  We designed block #8 which was the Snowflake block you see above.  We chose a snowflake for our block as it is a reflection of our love for winter in Canada.

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I quilted it with the Bora Bora pantograph, giving it the feel of wind or clouds across the blocks.  I used white So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.  The fabrics are Northcott Colourworks Premium Solids ( Cardinal and Snow).

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There are a lot of unique and fun blocks in this quilt!

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Canadian Sesquicentennial Celebration Quilt

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This is Jenny’s Canadian Sesquicentennial Celebration quilt, say that ten times fast! :)  Northcott Fabrics released this great collection to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary last year.  Jenny asked for straight line quilting and it really suited the quilt highlighting the Hudson Bay Blanket lines that she pieced into the quilt.

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

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I have been having fun taking pictures of lightening this summer as I love a good thunderstorm. This storm was just to the south of use last night, I had stars overhead so it was neat to watch the tops of the clouds light up.

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Then last week we were right in the storm and I was trying to catch a bolt of lightening. Hope to get one that touches the ground, maybe next time!

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Northwoods Memories Quilt

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This is Ellen’s Northwoods Memories quilt and the pattern is by Beth Ritter. You can find the pattern at Beth’s Etsy shop.   Ellen beautifully hand embroidered each block using green floss on a batik background. She used a very light stabilizer on the back of each block keeping them nice and flat, great idea!  She pieced a lovely variety of batiks in greens and browns for the sashing and borders.

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I cross hatched the embroidery blocks and stitched in the ditch in the rectangles using MicroQuilter 100wt beige thread. Then I switched to green So Fine thread for the loops in the sashing and leaves in the outer border.  Batting is Quilters Dream Blend.

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The embroidery blocks on this quilt are so beautifully designs so here are more close up pictures.

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We went kayaking on Lake Despair last weekend which is only a 30 minute drive from our house.  It was pretty windy so we stuck to the east side on the downwind side of the islands.  Saw two otters, a fox, and four turtles sunning themselves on a rock.

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Only one turtle left when I got close enough for a picture!

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Falling In Love Quilt

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My friend Wendy and her husband George, the owners of Fabriculous Quilt Shop, designed this fun quilt.   I knew I had to stretch out of my batik comfort zone and make it in bright modern fabrics.  The pattern is called Falling in Love and you can find the pattern for sale at their shop or on their website here.  I really enjoyed working with the modern fabrics and can see myself collecting more! I had shared this picture in a May blog post of the fabrics I had purchased and they worked perfect for this quilt.  The fabric are a blend of Tula Pink, Kaffe Fassett, Blueberry Park, and Grunge Dots. I like to mix collections rather than just use one!    The background is a white on white print.

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I quilted it with straight lines and then changed the quilting in the white heart to cross hatching and CC’s.  I called it ‘Hugs and Kisses” quilting as it looks like X’s and O’s.

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I used white So Fine thread on top and white Bottom Line on the back. Quilters Dream Blend batting.

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I’m going to wrap this quilt up and sent it to Wendy so she can hang it in her shop in Gimli, MB. 

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Now its time for me to get back to quilting for my clients, it’s always fun to take a little break and squeeze in one of my own projects!

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