Thursday, April 22, 2021

Iris Quilt

Theresa made this lovely 'Full Moon Rising' quilt, pattern by Whirlygig Designs. She used a beautiful large scale print Iris fabric (not a panel) by Michael Miller.  The black and colourful piecing is all batiks fabrics as well as the backing print.

I quilted it with the Fascination pantograph, used black So Fine thread and Theresa sent along black Poly from Quilters Dream.


Friday, April 16, 2021

3 Mystery Quilts

Julie brought me a few quilts she made from Mystery project she did over the years from a local quilt shop that is no longer in business.  This first one was from their 2012 Mystery project and Julie used construction themed fabrics to make a great boys quilt.

I quilted it with the Popcorn pantograph, medium blue So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.

The second one was a 2009 Mystery quilt and she used a fun yellow kids print fabric with orange and green. 

I quilted it with the Tickle pantograph, yellow So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.

The third one was a 2013 Mystery quilt done in purple batiks!

I quilted it with the Simple Jacobean pantograph, purple So Fine thread and used Quilters Dream Blend batting.

Thanks for your suggestions yesterday, I checked out Bonnie Hunters blog post and she is having the same issue with finding a replacement to keep her email subscribers.  Now I do have a link to a blog reader called Bloglovin on my sidebar (you have to come to my actual blog to see it and that is one way to follow multiple blogs easily. But if you don't want to use a blog reader the only other suggestion I have right now is to bookmark my blog and come visit a few times a week! I doubt a new email system will be created as blogging is not as popular as it was 5-8 years ago but I'm not ready to abandon this format yet.   I do have an Instagram page 'tamarackshack1" and a business Facebook page so those are other options to see what quilts are coming though my door.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Belgian Lace Quilt

Linda made this pretty Belgian Lace quilt which was a Mystery quilt project designed by Melissa Marginet.  She used a combination of batiks and cottons in beige and purple tones.  The batting is wool and backing flannel making it so soft and cozy!

Linda picked out a few pantograph designs she liked and we decided on Come Dance with Me. 


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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Snow Days Quilt

Marlene sent this lovely Snow Days quilt for me to quilt for her, the pattern is by Crabapple Hill Studio.  Marlene has made many embroidery quilts and I have has the pleasure of seeing a few of them hanging in her home when I dropped of a finished quilt for her quite a few years ago.  She loves the combination of embroidery with quilting.  She had finished the embroidery part of this quilt a while ago but was finally able to complete the quilt top while staying safe at home due to Covid restrictions this past year.

Love the soft shades of brown used in the pieced blocks and then as you look closer you see all the lovely winter scenes embroidered into the background fabric. 

 We decided on Bora Bora for the pantograph as it looks like blowing snow!  I used off white So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.

Taking photos of an embroidery quilt breaks all the normal rules of quilt photography!  You don't want to highlight the quilting with side light from a window, you want the light source to face directly towards the quilt to avoid the quilting shadows from becoming predominant.  So I hung the quilt on my photography stand indoors and faced the quilt directly opposite to one of my living room windows. It was overcast out so perfect lighting for this as no direct sunlight was shining through.

This next photo was to highlight the quilting on the pieced blocks so I laid it on the floor to get the side light from the window.

I like her Canadian touch by making the schoolhouse flag the Canadian flag!

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Gypsy Wife Quilt

This is Janice's Gypsy Wife quilt, a pattern by Jen Kingwell.  She used a variety of fabrics from her stash plus a fat quarter bundle and added a lovely orange border which frames the piecing nicely.

We decided on the Flourish pantograph, beige So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.

The backing is a natural muslin and it shows off the quilting beautifully!

Tim and I drove down to the old train station to get a few pictures. I love the colour of that old loading dock door.

Its been pretty windy here but we were patient and got a few photos in the field.

 We had a visit from a fox the other morning and I was able to grab my camera before it ran off.

The horses in the field behind our house have been enjoying these warmers days too.


Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Critter Caboodle Quilt

Linda did a fabulous job picking fabrics and machine appliqueing this sweet baby quilt that she made for Thomas, her first grandchild.  The pattern is called Critter Caboodle by Linda Hohag from Brandywine Design.

She asked for custom quilting and I started with a feather curl design in the outer border and curls in the inner border/sashing.  I then SID around all the applique, added a stipple in the grass on each block and swirls/meander/loops/clouds in the backgrounds.

I used 6 different Bottom Line 60wt thread colours on the top and bottom and Quilters Dream Blend batting.

What a beautiful gift from Grandma to Grandchild! 


Monday, March 29, 2021

Walk About Quilt

Lori made this lovely floral quilt called Walk About, a pattern by Grizzly Gulch Gallery. She used a line of fabrics called Flower Show by Wilmington Prints for the squares and tonal purple and green fabrics for the arrow blocks.

I quilted it with the Come Dance with Me pantograph as the ruffle leaves in that design really complimented the ruffled flowers in the print.  I used a cream So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.

Lori also brought me this sweet 'Ocean Life' lap sized quilt using the Octopus Garden panel designed by Amy Schimler for Robert Kaufman.  I quilted with the Ebb and Flow pantograph and used turquoise So Fine thread.