Saturday, January 26, 2019

Boxtrot Quilt

This is Barb's Boxtrot quilt which is a pattern by Creative Sewlutions.  She made this quilt for her granddaughter and adapted the pattern to add her granddaughters nickname onto it.  She used pretty dragonfly fabrics so I quilted it with the Dragonfly Pond pantograph using teal So Fine thread.  The batting is Quilters Dream Blend.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Gingham City Slicker

This is Mary's City Slicker which is our Highway 10 Designs pattern.   She used a sweet jelly roll of Gingham fabrics and the quilt is a wonderful reminder of warmer summer days!  The pantograph is called Daisies Galore, white So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Gimli Retreat 2019

This past weekend I drove up to Gimli, MB for a quilting retreat to spend time with old friends and meet new ones!   Lori and I took this opportunity to work on new sample of our latest Highway 10 Designs patterns that will be used for promotional display by QuiltSource Canada. They are our Canadian pattern distributor and have been so supportive of our pattern business.  Above you can see Lori and our friend Renee holding our finished Simply Dashing quilt, made in black and gold Lewis and Irene Bumbleberries fabrics, available through QuiltSource Canada!  Lori stitched the whole top on her featherweight machine while I did all the pressing and cutting.  We make a good team!

 Next we made a few place mat and runner samples from our Roundabout pattern which we will also send to QuiltSource Canada to display.  We used another Lewis and Irene collection called Bear Hug, also available through QuiltSource Canada.

 It was so hard to just pick a few fabric combinations as they all mixed and matched so well!


 While at the retreat Lori and I taught a class making our Roundabout pattern.  Students could chose to make a place mat or elongated runner  in the class and it was fun to see all the different fabrics chosen for the project.  We even had a young quilter in our class and she did a fantastic job on her placemat!  Feels good to help the younger generation get starting in quilting!

Lori and I also did a Trunk Show after supper Friday night in the restaurant banquet room so everyone had a comfortable seat.  We showed about 50 samples of our pattern quilts and really enjoy sharing our stories and quilts with other quilters.   It was a really great weekend, even though it was –35’c outside!   Thankfully we didn’t have to leave the hotel as it was a one stop retreat!  We ate, slept and shopped under one roof, as Fabriculous Quilt Shop as it is located in the hotel complex!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Empire Place Quilt

This is Megan’s Empire Place quilt, the paper pieced pattern is designed by Sassafras Lane.  This is a stunning quilt and Megan did an amazing job piecing this top!   Two years I quilted Megan’s Arcadia Avenue which was spectacular too!  We discussed a lot of quilting ideas and the samples shared on Sassafras Lane blogs were a big inspiration to the final choices.  The lines across the blocks with U-turn ends using grey Microquilter thread was a great option over SID.  It gives each block even texture allowing the piecing to shine as they are the star of this quilt!  I have a lot of photos to share for this quilt as there is so much to see!

Flowing feathers and swirls in the black sashing around the smaller diamond border design using black Microquilter thread added lovely texture to the open space.  I used grey Microquilter in the smaller diamond designs and quilted loops, pebbles and a tiny diamond in the centre. The batting is Quilters Dream Blend.

I SID in the outer spikes and then added a loop in the black triangle and a V in the coloured triangles using black Microquilter thread.

I was so happy to see the sun shine today as I have been finished this quilt for a few days now and been patiently waiting for the weather to improve to take photos!
Thank you Megan for trusting me with your amazing quilt! 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Icicle Stars


This is Vicki’s Icicle Star quilt and the pattern is designed by Kansas Trouble Quilters.  It might be hard to see but the edges of the stars and the trees are raw edge and machine stitched down.  I used Flirtatious for the pantograph, gold So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting. 


Vicki also brought a Jelly Roll Race quilt and I used Modernish for the pantograph using grey So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.


Saturday, January 5, 2019

Our Third International Round Robin


Lori, Desley, Bronwyn and I are doing another Round Robin, its been over 2 years since we finished our last one. We call it our International Round Robin because Desley and Bronwyn live in Australia.   If you have not seen my previous post on our projects here is the reveal of our first and second one.   This time Lori and I have created the instructions and the basic outline this time is every two months we reveal the block theme and participants have to make 4 identical 12 1/2” blocks, (one for each of us) using that theme.   So in November the block theme was Log Cabin/Log Cabin Variation and on January 1, 2019 we revealed our blocks to each other by email.  Oh and I forget the best part…we all have to have a piece of the same focus fabric in all the blocks.  It took Lori and I forever to find the right fabric, even bought 6 metres of another fabric but changed our minds!   Above is a picture of the fabric everyone has, it is called Gigi by Adornit Girls.  It has a lot of colours to pull from so you never know what colours each person will be drawn to each round!

Here is my block with the focus fabric in the centre of the log cabin blocks.  I found modern bright fabrics to go with a scrappy light beige backgrounds.


Lori made a very similar block ( I almost added the curved center to mine but that little voice in my head said someone else might do that).


Desley and Bronwyn are both very good at thinking outside the box!  Here is Desley’s block and I love how she played with the fabrics to create this look!


And here is Bronwyn's block and she used the focus for her background on her Log Cabin Variation.


Our theme for January/February is Dresden Plates!