Sunday, September 15, 2019

Metro Rings

This is Diane's Metro Rings quilt, the pattern is by Sew Kind of Wonderful. I'm not positive on the fabric collection name but pretty sure it is a Moda line by Kate Spain.  If you know please leave a comment so I can edit this post, thanks.  I quilted it with a pantograph called Flourish, used white So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Maple Leaf Quilt

This is Vicki's King sized Maple Leaf quilt.  The pattern is called Frosted Candy by Gerri Robinson, you can find the pattern if you click here. Vicki increased the quilt pattern size from 84"x 96" to 108" x 108".  She used a lovely selection of maple leaf fabrics to create her quilt.  I used Fascination for the panto design, medium green So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.

I was hoping to get some outdoor shots of this quilt with the changing leaves but it has been quite rainy here.  In the last 48 hours we received 65mm of rain!  The next couple of days are forecast for a brief return of some summer like weather so will enjoy that before the cool falls days are here to stay.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Winter Quilt and Garden Sighting!

This is Barb's Winter Quilt and it is made with the sweetest winter themed panels .  She framed each panel in red and used a 4 patch in a 9 patch for setting blocks.  I used Bora Bora for the pantograph design and used light grey So Fine thread.

I have been having fun taking picture in my garden, more specifically the insects in the garden.  My first discovery was a Luna Moth Caterpillar which I had never seen before. I have seen a Luna Moth before but not the caterpillar stage.
Here is the caterpillar, which is about the size of my thumb, and I've added my moth pictures from 2017 to show you it moth transformation.

Caterpillar looking right at me!

Luna Moth from 2017. Look how fuzzy and fat they are!  I have read that Luna Moth sighting are getting rarer. I am really hoping to see the final moth stage so have my eye out for it now.

Then a few days ago I had just returned home from a bike ride and  noticed a Hummingbird Moth flying around my petunias. I got out my phone and took a few pictures and videos, you can see the videos on my Instagram page. I was surprised after posting these on IG how many people had never seen one!  Yes they are a moth, but the size of a hummingbird and fly like a hummingbird.  I have never seen one this colourful before so looked it up and found out it is a White-lines Sphinx moth which is part of the Hummingbird Moth family. They are usually seen at dusk which was when I saw this one.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Simply Dashing in Stonehenge

No I haven't abandoned my blog, I am now back to work after my summer break and will start posting again.  I didn't do any sewing or quilting this last month as I needed to take a break.  My back has been bothering me a bit this year and I also wanted my thumb to heal after my longarm incident in July, you can find that story here if you missed it. It is healing up nicely and the cracked nail should be grown out in another month.  I want to thank those that suggested I move my needle screw to the right side of the needle. I did that so hope it prevents another injury. 

Now onto sharing Vicki's quilt!   Vicki made our Highway 10 Designs pattern Simply Dashing using a dark brown Stonehenge fabric and a light beige blender for the dashes.  Her colour choices give the quilt a rich look and makes for a great masculine quilt.

I used Fascination for the pantograph, beige So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.


There are 3 new horses in the field behind our house so I have been enjoying taking their picture.  Only took a few days for them to come up to me so I could pat them.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Minnesota Shop Hop Bus Trip

I'm back from the Shop Hop Bus Tour and we had a great time. I traveled down to Blackduck, MN with these 5 lovely ladies, we were the only Canadians on the bus. It was an early start, 7am so we drove down the day before and did a bit of shopping and spent the night in Blackduck.  Once on the bus we drove 90 minutes to International Falls to shop at Up North Quilt Shop! If you are ever traveling through Northern Minnesota and wonder if it is worth the trip to the top of the state to check out the quilt shops I can honestly say 'Yes, it is worth the trip!"  I'm kicking myself for not getting photos of the entrance to each shop.

Missy has been a great support of our Highway 10 Designs patterns and likes to display my samples in her shop. Here is my Simply Dashing double and baby size on her shop wall!  Missy also has the Shop Hop Quilt sample I shared in my last blog post in her shop, but didn't get a was pretty crowded in that area of the shop so I didn't want to get in anyone's way.

Once our time was up we headed back to Blackduck and shopped at Anderson Fabric's Quilt Shop.  I was so happy to see they had made a sample of our Shop Hop quilt too!  

 I also discovered a wonderful sample of our Not Your Mother's Rail Fence pattern  hanging in the shop.  

After they fed us lunch we hopped back into the bus and headed off to Oklee Quilting Supply in Oklee, MN.  There I found a lovely sample of our Detour table runner pattern.

The shop was bigger than I expected and the huge cutting table made for a fast moving line to get fabric cut.  All the shops were great at setting up extra cutting areas.

This was the Barn quilt that hangs on the outside of the Oklee shop.

Then back on the bus and off to Sadie Rae's Quilt Shop in Bemidji, MN.  I found a fun sample of our Quarter Sections pattern on the wall with kits made up as well.

So we were all back on the bus and in Blackduck by 7:30pm.  They were able to keep everything running on time and we didn't lose anyone along the way!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Minnesota Shop Hop Quilt

Earlier this year Lori and I were asked if we would like to design a quilt for the Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop Northwest Region.  We thought that would be a great way for Highway 10 Designs to connect with the four shops in this regions so said yes!

We designed a pattern that was lap size and could use the  Kansas Troubles fabric line that the Shop Hop participants will receive as a gift ( 4 half yard cuts) after visiting all four shops in the region.  We wrote the pattern in four sections so each shop can hand out one part of the pattern so once participants had visited all our shops they had the complete pattern.

The Shop Hop started August 2nd and runs to August 18th.  I'll be on the Shop Hop bus that is touring the Northwest region on Saturday, August 10 and I heard there are a few spots left!  Should be a lot of fun!

We designed this pattern you can chose either a dark background or a light background.  The fabrics you receive as your gift will depend on which shop you complete your four stops at so will not be exactly like our sample quilt but they will be Kansas Troubles fabric. Here are two diagrams we created to show how the pattern looks in the two colour ways.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Stellar Quilt Top

Thought I would share one of my finished quilt top on the blog as I am still trying to figure out how to quilt it. This is one of our  Highway 10 Design patterns called Stellar and the great thing about it is there is no curved piecing, the circles are created using straight line sewing.  It is made using the Tri Rec ruler, that is the trick to getting the right angle to create the curves. 
I had to put rocks on my quilt top to keep it from blowing away!

I used batik fabrics in shades of off white, blue, brown and orange.  It is similar to our cover quilt but I added more blue. Lori made and quilted our cover quilt so thought I should go through the whole process of making it too!  

I started piecing it back in February 2018 at a quilt retreat and I worked on it off and on over the next year.I t has been sitting and waiting to be quilting for about 6 months now.  I want to custom quilt it but still not sure how yet. I have the whole month to work on it so this might be my only opportunity for awhile!  Here was the picture I shared of it as a WIP back in Feb 2018, it was a great retreat project and easy to keep organized!

So I hope the quilt starts to whisper to me soon as to how it wants to be quilted! :)