Saturday, October 31, 2009

Black Stack and Whack

I apologise for the poor quality of these pictures (the color is not right) but the weather hasn't been cooperating. The best way to take a picture of a quilt is to turn off overhead lighting and not use a flash. For me the best time to take picture of quilts is late in the morning when the sun is not shining directly in though the window but is bright out. The sun has not been shining here lately.
This quilt belongs to a member of our local guilds and she is known as the 'Queen of Stack and Whacks". Can you guess who? She suggested to me to just put clients initials as she enjoys trying to figure out who's quilts I'm posting.
I'm getting much more comfortable with my new cross hatching rulers but they are time consuming. I did CC in the Irish chain and pinwheels and a ripply water effect in the black background.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween!

I love making Halloween costumes. My son was going wear his older brothers grim reaper costume ( you know the one all the grade 6 boys wear since all there friends are wearing them and they don't want to be different ). Anyway I was able to suggest something more original for Daniel as he hasn't quite hit that stage yet. First he wanted to be R2-D2....and when i showed him some pictures of what i could make he thought they were too babiesh. Okay, next....he wanted to be a Lego Minifigure ( the lego people) but specifically Boba Fett from his Star Wars lego sets!!! Okay....NO... so next i suggested a lego brick and he thought that was great and I thought that was a realistic costume to make. So seven coats of paint later...TA DA.....a red Lego brick!! I even painted the back to look like the bottom of the brick.
Can you believe this is my baby that I brought to the guild xmas party 10 years ago!!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Batting Available Soon!!

This is my friend Eileen's Mystery quilt and she used the same layout on hers as I did on mine.
I have been ordering new pantographs to keep up with all the Mystery quilts I have been getting as I want them all to be quilted differently. This panto is called Clematis and I used a blue varigated King Tut thread on the top and navy So Fine on the bottom.
If you look carefully on the backing picture you can see a lot of white batting fluff, I think the batting was Bamboo and I find it is very linty and beards through the backing. Not a fan of Bamboo eventhough it feels very nice to the touch.
And speaking of batting I just placed my first order for Quilters Dream Batting today and will let you know when it arrives. I should have a list made for my local guild members soon with the types and sizes of batting I can order and prices...I have to wait and see what the shipping cost is before I can say what the final price will be.
This isn't my surprise thought.....that is on backorder!! Have to wait a few more weeks for that.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

New Logo!!

So here is the secret little project I have been working on for MONTHS!! I never thought a simple thing like a logo would be so hard to make. It could have gone in so many directions, it was very hard to decide with all the choices. I have a very talented friend to thank for this logo design but they would like to remain anonymous and I will respect that so please don't ask who it is. Now that I have my logo I can finally order the 'special' item I want to give to my customers when I return their quilt to them. Hope to have that surprise by the end of November.
I am busy making Halloween costumes this weekend. My nine year old is going to be a Lego brick so not much sewing involved just a lot of painting!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Underground Railroad Quilt

I ordered a new set of rulers for my longarm and received them this week. They are for cross hatching and they are fantastic! I had been saving this quilt, that belongs to Rae, to try them on as it is the Underground Railroad Quilt. I wanted to quilt it in a traditional style and give it a hand quilted feel. So i did a lot of quarter inches stitches, used the Pumpkin Seed stencil for the sashing and cross hatched the border.
I have been working on a secret project for my business but I'm not going to show it to you just yet!
Stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Cabin Quilt

At first glance you may think this is a Christmas themed quilt but it really is cabin/woods themed fabric if you look closely. My client made this quilt for her cabin and I'm sure it will get a lot of use. I tried something new on the squares, instead of basic continous curves I give it a twist and it looks like a twisted star (see second picture). I also was able to use a variagated cotton thread (red, green and gold) and it blended in beautifully with the colors in this quilt.

Friday, October 9, 2009


I have really surprised myself with how much I enjoy quilting with Pantographs. At first I thought I would just use them once in awhile but I think they have a place in my longarm quilting business. It looks like I have only being quilting with pantos this month but I have done a few customs jobs just can't post them yet.
This quilt belongs to my neighbour and I traded this quilting job for the beautiful boat bookshelf in my shack. I think that was a fair trade, hope she does too.
The panto on this one is called Flourish and i used an olive green thread.

Check This Out.

I just want to point out a blog that I follow, it's on my list to the left. It is called 365 Days of Free Motion Quilting Filler Designs. I started following it a couple of weeks ago and find it interesting. She has taken on quite the task of coming up with a new design every day for a year and has come up with some very unique designs. She even includes a YouTube video so you can see how she stitches each one.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Mystery Quilt number.....

...okay I think I have lost count but I haven't quilted two the same yet. It is amazing how different they look with different fabric choices. My client chose beautiful shades of browns for her quilt and I found a brown thread that showed up nicely on the light and dark fabrics. I'm always thrilled when I put those first few stitches into a quilt and realized I got the thread color right. I must admit many times I have started a quilt only to pick out the stitches because the thread wasn't right.
I used the Whirlygig panto on this one and you can see the whole pattern nicely on the back of this quilt.

Thursday, October 1, 2009


I woke up to a beautiful sunrise this morning. My house faces east and this is the view off my deck looking into our little bay on Schist Lake.