Thursday, November 29, 2018

Nicole’s T-Shirt Quilt

My friend Debby, who I have known since 1997 when she lived in Flin Flon, asked if I would be interested in quilting her daughter Nicole’s T-Shirt quilt.   Absolutely!  I was so excited to hear she was interested in quilting along with all her other crafting interests like knitting, crocheting and wool felting!   She watched YouTube videos and read other online sources to learn how to quilt.  Debby bought her the rotary cutter, rulers and mat so she had the right tools.  She did a fantastic job on the quilt top and stabilized all the t-shirts well!  She used mostly T-shirts from her high school activities including Orchestra where she plays the Cello, and Track and Field where she excels in Pole Vaulting.  This will be a great memory quilt for her of her high school years.
Nicole picked Flirtatious for the pantograph, I used grey So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Puff batting so it will be cuddly and warm.
Nicole will be graduating this coming spring and then off to University to study Kinesiology in the fall.  Here  are a few pictures of her from her grad photo shoot and one of her in action pole vaulting!   She is a very talented young lady and I wish her all the best in her future!

Monday, November 26, 2018

New Highway 10 Designs Pattern - Roundabout

Lori and I are excited to share our latest Highway 10 Designs pattern – Roundabout.  The pattern includes instructions to make 6 placemats and two table runners that work well on a round or oval table.  The placemats and Elongated Runner can easily be customized in length to fit your table size using our simple formula! It is very simple, trust us! :)

I made my Roundabout samples with pretty blue and grey batik fabrics and custom quilted  with grey thread.  This is a fast and fun project that you can quilt up easily yourself.
You will need a 60 degree ruler, minimum 7”, for this pattern.   

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Roundabout cover
As you can see this Hexi runner was inspired by our Lug Nuts pattern.

It was quite a challenge to find a round table to take photos for the cover shot as I do not own a round table.  Then I remembered that there was a round picnic table on one of the community decks in Emo along the waterfront.  And to my pleasant surprise there was an umbrella in the table that matched the placemats I made!  I couldn’t have planned it better!  And yes these pictures were taken back in September.
Lori made this purple set for her daughter to go on her table for her new apartment.   The pattern also includes bonus instructions for a single Hexi table center.   You can check out Lori’s blog post as she gets into more detail about how many placemats work on different sizes of tables.

And here is the table with the leaf to make an oval table with the Hexi runner in the center.

Lori and I were able to test the pattern at Keystone Quilts retreat in Winnipeg in September.  A few ladies took our afternoon class and here are the results.  Love seeing all the different fabrics quilters choose for their projects.
There were a few more but they were camera shy!


Sunday, November 25, 2018

Scrappy Squares and HSTs


Sarah-Lynn’s mom started this lovely scrappy quilt and Sarah-Lynn added a few more rows to help her mom finish the top.   I asked her what the pattern was called and she didn’t know, her mom just referred to it as her Flying Geese quilt so that might be the name of the pattern even thought the blocks are not flying geese.  I love the scrappy background as it creates a watercolour effect on the whole quilt. She asked for Ebb and Flow for the pantograph and Quilters Dream Blend Batting.



I used beige So Fine thread on top and gold Bottom Line on the back.  I usually like to use the same thread top and bottom but beige would not have looked good on the back. Since the backing had a metallic print I thought gold would suit it best and it is similar enough in colour to the top.   I’m very happy with that choice as the gold thread looks like an extra strand of gold beads mixed into the ones in the print.



Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Spool Quilt


This is Gail’s Spool Quilt and the pattern is by Missouri Star Quilt Company.  You can find the link to the tutorial for the pattern here.  It is a charm pack friendly pattern and Gail used lovely soft floral collection for the center of the spools.  I chose Rhapsody for the pantograph design as it matched well with the floral fabrics.  The batting is Quilters Dream Blend and the thread beige So Fine.


Still not much snow here, thought we did get a bit today it won’t last long as we are forecast to warm up by Friday with rain! 



Monday, November 12, 2018

Four in a Row Quilt

This is Gail’s Four in a Row quilt and the pattern is from Quickly Quilting magazine, Spring 2014.  She used a stunning grey,black, white fabric collection called Nature’s Pearl by Kansas Studios.  Since the fabrics had a few images of dandelions I chose Bora Bora for the pantograph as it reminds me of wind!  The thread is grey So Fine and the batting Quilters Dream Blend.

I was also able to finished a lovely neutral modern table runner for Nancy this weekend.  The pattern she used is called Stepping Stones by Midcoast Cottage Designs. I quilted it with the Chinook Pantograph, used dark grey So Fine Thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.   We had a light snowfall this weekend, just enough to cover the deck and was able to take advantage of about 10 minutes of sunshine this morning to get a few photos.


Thursday, November 8, 2018

Microwave Bowls and Other Gifts


I have been finding time to make a few smaller projects and whipped up a few more Microwave Bowls as they  make great gifts.   If you are new to my blog I do have a tutorial on my sidebar on how to make the bowls, or click this link to take you right to the post.  When I found this fabric at the Born to Quilt shop in Kenora, ON and knew right away it would make great microwave bowls as the panel designs where in different sizes. Sorry but I can’t remember the name of the fabric line.  I quilted them quite heavily by outlined all the designs as they do tend to lose there shape with multiple washings.


I also made a few Retreat Bags (without the frame) which is a free pattern from Emmeline Bags.  And then made matching Fabric Baskets which is a free PDF pattern by Highway 10 Designs that you can also find on my side bar.


I used a super sweet fabric line called “Sew Sew” by Benartex which I picked up at Road 17N in Winkler, MB.


Monday, November 5, 2018

Primitive Gatherings Wool Mini


Kim made this sweet Primitive Gatherings mini from their Summer Wool Block of the Week freebie.   The applique pieces are wool and the rest of the piecing cotton.  She hand appliqued all those tiny flowers and baskets!kr1


To get an idea of the miniature scale of this piece, the checkerboard squares are 3/4” finished and I put a dime in this next photo for perspective.


I quilted feathers in the outer border, cross hatched the checkerboard border and pebbled the background of the applique blocks.   I used brown and beige 100wt MicroQuilter Thread.




Kim also brought a table runner that is a Kim Diehl pattern.  It also has wool applique in the center that she hand appliqued.



Saturday, November 3, 2018

Sheep Shape Quilt


This is Heather’s Sheep Shape quilt and it is a pattern from a 2014 Quiltmaker magazine. The quilt is made up of large half hexagons and the sheep is made with white Fireside fabric so it is very soft.  The ears and legs of the sheep are floppy so a baby can touch and grab onto them as they lay on the quilt.  Heathers only quilting request was the the sheep be quilted with curls!


I used a few different colour of So Fine thread, white, blue, green and pink, on this quilt top.  The batting is Quilters Dream Puff which is great for baby quilts.


Heather made this quilt for someone very special, her granddaughter Baby P!  Baby P was born at 23 weeks and weighed 1 lb, 7 oz.  With the amazing care from the Dr.s, nurses, respiratory therapists and support staff at the NICU at Children's Hospital in Winnipeg, Baby P was giving the chance to live and grow and has reached 7 lbs at 4 months old (her due date).  Baby P’s parents gave permission for me to share her story and photo.  Baby P’s mom knit this Sweet Pea costume for her first Halloween, how adorable it that picture!  Baby P’s mom love to spin, knit and loves everything to do with wool so the Sheep themed baby quilt was the perfect choice.