Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Bloom-Topia Quilt

Diana made this pretty Bloom-Topia quilt using Summer Sweet fabrics by Sherri and Chelsi for Moda Fabrics.   I found the pattern still available free online as a Quilt Along on the Jolly Jabber blog.  You can find it here.  

Diana asked for the Belladonna pantograph which was the perfect choice for this summery quilt!  I quilted it with off white So Fine thread and used Quilters Dream Blend batting.

Nice to see the blue sky again. Hope it stays clear tonight so I can get out to take more night sky photos.


Monday, January 11, 2021

Fairhaven and Cherish Quilts

Debbie sent me three quilts and the first one quilted was a large queen sized Fairhaven quilt, pattern by Villa Rosa Designs.  She used pretty Chickadee fabrics highlighted with grey and red four patches. 

 I quilted it with the Flirtatious pantograph as it has a light and delicate design.  I used off white So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.

The next two quilts are made with the Cherish pattern by Villa Rosa Designs.  The first one uses Lewis & Irene's Bear Hug collection and I quilted it with the Bora Bora pantograph. I used light grey So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.

The third quilt was made with cute animal prints called For Fox Sake by Dear Stella.  I was getting photobombed by the horses when taking these pictures. 

They were very curious with what I was up too!

 Quilts with Ears!


Saturday, January 9, 2021

Astrophotography and Frost

This may not look very exciting to you but to me it is a game changer when it come to taking night time photos.  I received a SkyGuider Pro motor camera mount for Christmas and what it basically does is move the camera along the polar axis so I can take longer exposures without getting star trails or blurry images.  After playing with it for a few evenings I finally have a good handle on how to level it, align it to the north star and balance it with the weights.  I can then use my Canon DSLR and my 600mm zoom lens to take more detailed images of the night sky.

My first target was the Orion Nebula, it looks like a star with the naked eye but once you zoom in and take a 2 minute exposure this is what you see!  I was beyond thrilled with this result of the single shot. I have to still learn how to take multiple shots and layer to reduce noise in the image but for now I'm happy with this.  I only darkened the background on my computer, the colours you see are true to the original image.

My next target was the Andromeda Galaxy, also known as M31.

It was a nice surprise to see the second small galaxy and if I had moved my camera a smidge to the right I could have gotten more of the third on.  Setting up this shot took a lot of time as just the slightest move of the camera the galaxy disappeared from view.  It was a good test in patience in lining up this shot.

The skies have now been cloudy and I have switched my focus to taking picture of the hoar frost we have been waking up too all week.  I got out my lens ball to take a few shots and then the horses came by for a visit. They were a bit frosty too!

The blue sky made an appearance this week which made a beautiful contrast with the frost.

Our lockdown in NW Ontario continues so my quilting and photography has been keeping me sane and safe!  

Monday, January 4, 2021

Rabbits Prefer Embroidery Quilt

This sweet little quilt belongs to my friend Rae who sent it to me to custom quilt.  This project was originally her dear friend Diane's who started it and had all the piecing done. Sadly Diane passed away and her friends sent this UFO project of hers to Rae to finish.  She did all the hand embroidery and now has a treasure of Diane's to remember her by.  The pattern is called Rabbits Prefer Embroidery by Bunny Hill Designs.

I quilted it with 100wt beige Invisafil, cross hatched the embroidery blocks and feathered in the scalloped border.  I added loops and CC's to the pieced sections.

Friday, January 1, 2021

Farm Girl Vintage Quilt

Happy New Years!  I got an early jump on my January quilting and quilted Gail's lovely Farm Girl Vintage Quilt this week.  The pattern is by Lori Holt and I'm sure Gail used fabrics from her stash for this one, its a great stash-busting pattern.

I quilted it with the Delicious pantograph as it has apples, leaves and blossoms.  The thread is a off white So Fine and batting is Quilters Dream Blend.  Backing from Northcott's beige Crackle collection.

It was a beautiful frosty morning to take quilt photos!

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Goodbye 2020!

I usually call this my "Looking Back at ..." post but do we really want to look back at 2020?  I think a simple Goodbye is more appropriate this year.  I have been social distancing, wearing my mask and washing my hands, don't think that is too much to asked to keep our community safe.  With many of my activities and trips cancelled I could put more time into my longarm business and this was my busiest year to date!  So many quilters home and finishing projects and bring 2, 4 or even 6 quilts at a time!  

I found myself spending more time with my camera taking pictures of the hummingbirds and bluejays at our feeder and then the surprise arrival of Comet Neowise this summer. 

Our Prairie thunderstorms were a great subject to capture too!

I didn't make too many personal quilts this year though I did make quite a few samples using our Highway 10 Design patterns. I also had fun making bags!

So here are my personal projects that I finished this year.

January 2020

Home Quarter using a Winter Shimmer fat quarter bundle.

May 2020

Waxed Canvas Totes that I gifted!

Level Two Tote made with purple cork and batiks.

August 2020

I made 3 different projects from my North Stars Quilt blocks.

Made another Home Quarter using Jen Kingswell's "Behind the Scenes" wovens.

Ended up making about 8 of these water bottle slings for gifts!

Finished my Hawaiian applique kit that I bought on our trip last year.

Made a blue vinyl Bonnie Bucket purse! 

November 2020

Made a Washboard Road quilt using the Juniper jelly roll.

More Waxed Canvas Totes for gifts!

December 2020

Washboard Road in blue batiks.

Made 3 baby Quarter Sections quilts using Brave Enough to Dream fat quarter bundle.

Pedal to the Metal in Simply Neutral 2 collection.

Funny I didn't think I made much this year so glad I took the time to find all this pictures!  I did have a productive year!

I hope you all are keeping busy with your hobbies while you are stay close to home.  I think 2021 will be another quiet year but will have hope on the horizon.  I'll end this post and year of blogging with the happiest picture I have taken this year, a hummingbird playing in my sprinkler on a hot day!