Saturday, September 18, 2021

Midnight Silhouette Quilt

Christine sent me a very special quilt to finish for her.  The quilt top was made by her good friend Anne who passed away last year. Anne was an amazing quilter and was very generous in sharing her quilting knowledge with others.  She had many quilting projects in the works and her wonderful quilting friends have been busy completing these treasures as they are part of her quilting legacy.  This quilt is called Midnight Silhouette, designed by Blackbird Designs. I asked Christine if she knew the story behind this quilt and she said it was a project of Anne's that she had not seen before so didn't know much about it.  She was surprised to see a cat quilt in her collection as she described Anne as 'not' a cat person.  I can related to that and find that I am drawn to this quilt too, the cat totally sets the mood of this quilt without being overly Halloween themed. Its a great design and Anne's piecing and applique skills made it a breeze to quilt.

 I quilted it with the Gossamer pantograph which looks like spider webs.  Used black So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.

Christine sent this lovely orange/pumpkin coloured backing that really compliments the quilt top. 

The leaves are just starting to turn here and I'm sure by next week will be in full autumn colours. 

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Irish Chain Quilt

Bev made this beautiful Irish Chain quilt using a lovely Lilac print fabric with purple and green to accent fabrics.  I quilted it with the Mimosa pantograph, used purple So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.


Sunday, September 12, 2021

Four Patch Charm Quilt in Batiks

Brigitt made my Four Patch Charm quilt for a teenage girl and used beautiful blue, green and purple batiks!   You can find this pattern free on my sidebar.  Brigitt didn't use Charm packs but cut her squares out of yardage so made them bigger!  Her blocks ended up measuring 7 1/2" and the final quilt was 76" x 81".  So if you have been wanting to make this pattern but a bit larger that is one way to do it!

I quilted it with the Tickle pantograph, used white So Fine thread and Quilters Dream white 80/20.

Brigitt brought this gorgeous blue Bliss backing by Northcott! 

On Friday it was 25'c and sunny so we headed out to Sable Islands Provincial Nature Preserve on Lake of the Woods.  Its only an hour drive from our house. We had heard about this area a few years ago but had no idea how to get there by kayak. It turns out they is only one public launch spot close to it and it is very well hidden, probably a local secret! :)  It is a beautiful long sandy esker island in very shallow water so perfect to kayak too. We are trying to make the best of our short summers before weather turns cool!

We kayaking about 8km along its shoreline and only saw one other family.  

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Mineral Matrix #4

This is Gay's beautiful Mineral Matrix quilt which was a BOM from Up North Quilt Shop 3 years ago.  The pattern is by A Wing and a Prayer.  Gay brought a Hobbs 80/20 batting and I used a medium beige So Fine thread.  Pantograph design is called Taro which works wonderful on the botanical themed batiks.

My feathered fleece throw is a great accent as it is often thrown on my Mineral Matrix quilt.  If your curious how I make my fleece throws you can check out this old blog post

I was pretty surprised when I laid Gay's quilt on top of mine and realized how much mine has faded in 3 years from the sunlight!  But it happens so gradual and I still love mine! :)

So here is my latest Critter pictures from our kayaking adventure on Rainy Lake last weekend.  We spotted about 4 otters during this paddle and I was able to get a few shots of the baby otter running and hiding in the crevasses in the outcrops. He is hard to see as his fur blends so well into his surroundings.

Friday, September 3, 2021

Winter Solstice Quilt #2

Well September is here and I have my first client quilt to share since my summer break.  Stacey brought me this lovely Winter Solstice quilt which is a pattern by Holly Holderman. You can find the pattern to purchase at this link

Stacey requested Wool batting so I ordered a King size Quilters Dream Wool for her as her quilt top is 101" x116".   The thread is a light grey So Fine and the pantograph design is Fascination.

I had a fun encounter with a porcupine a few days ago and got some great pictures!  My husband saw it walking in the field beside our house when he got home from work so I grabbed my camera and followed it.  What a cutie!

He climbed a tree when he saw me approach, I had my zoom lens so didn't have to get too close.  When I shared these photos on Instagram I was surprised at how many people didn't realize that porcupines climb trees!  They are excellent climbers as tree bark is their main food source in the winter.

Monday, August 16, 2021

Summer Images

Thought I would check in as I haven't been doing any quilting or sewing this month.  Just enjoying the last few weeks of summer before I start back to longarming in September.  I have been taking a lot of hummingbird photos as well as other birds in the area.  I find it to be a great challenge to capture those images and a great thrill when I get a few really good ones. These first photos were taking this morning on my deck. This female hummingbird was not scared of the clicking of my camera as she we enjoying the nectar of the Blue Salvia flowers. 

A few days ago I was able to capture the fighting between the males at the feeder as they are so territorial.  It happens in a blink of an eye, you can hear them chirps at each other and their wings clashing together making a very distinct hum sound like a card in the spokes of a bicycle.

The gold finches are still good amusement.

Have been seeing a pair of eagles around the neighbourhood.

While out kayaking I have been getting brave and bringing my Canon camera with zoom lens!  Love seeing the loons again and hearing their call.

And we found a local attraction on Rainy Lake while kayaking last weekend.  This mermaid was created in 1930 and is an icon of the area.  She is 'human sized' and by the amount of lichen growing on her you can tell how high the water can get on the lake.

I have been pointing my camera to the night sky as well.  This shot of the Milky Way was taken from my back yard.  We have been making the best with all the covid restrictions this year and just enjoying  and appreciating what is around us.