Friday, July 16, 2021

Washboard Road Quilt in Stiletto

I made this Washboard Road quilt top about 6 months ago so was happy to load it on my machine this week and get it quilted and bound.  This is one of our Highway 10 Designs patterns that you can find on our website in either paper or PDF format.  I had purchased a Stiletto jelly roll and border fabric by Moda from Road 17N quilt shop as well as a Grunge for the background.

I quilted it with the Flourish pantograph, used light beige So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.

I took this quilt to Fort France to find some new locations to take pictures.  Had good luck at Point Park on Rainy Lake and didn't have to drag Tim around to any more locations.

I usually don't take pictures of a quilt with the sun shining behind them but that was a suggestion to try in the Quilt Photography online class I took this spring. I like how they turned out, give the quilt a softer look as it doesn't highlight the quilting.

I have been enjoying my summer break so far and spending more time outside with my camera than inside sewing.  Mainly taking picture of bugs, butterflies, and birds.  All challenging subjects that don't sit still!   Also have been out kayaking on the local lakes and hope to find another lake to try this weekend. 
This was at Off Lake.

This is the crystal clear water of Crow Lake.

Its been very dry here, lots of forest fires in our region so the air has been very smoky.  Took this shot the other day before sunset..

I just loaded another one of my own quilts on the machine so hope to get that quilted up soon!

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Queen Bee Block Swap

Last fall a group of friends asked if I would join in their block swap that would start in January of 2021. I had never participated in one before so thought why not.  This swap is a Queen Bee block swap as each month one of the participants is queen for a month and all the other members make the block she chose and you sent the blocks you make to her that month. Since there were 9 of us participating we decided that we would all make each queen two of the blocks she chose so that we all end up with 16 blocks total.  I got the month of April and chose the paper pieced butterfly block that is a free pattern on Lilyella's blog which you can find at this link here.  The pattern has 3 different butterfly designs so I got a lovely mixture in the 16 blocks I received.

I asked for bright colour fabrics and send the ladies the above picture for inspiration. 

So here are the blocks I received from my wonderful swap buddies! 









Now to figure out how to make them into a wall hanging as the blocks are only 5" square.

Once the year is over I'll share all the blocks I made for the other participants.  But if your on Instagram we have been sharing our blocks with the hashtag #badassmbquilters and #beebadassblocks and I have been sharing the ones I have made so far on my personal Instagram at 'tamarackshack1' 

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Moonlight Serenade Quilt

Lori made this lovely quilt using a panel called Moonlight Serenade designed by Greta Lynn for Kanvas Studios.   Lori loves dragonflies so I quilted with the Dragonfly Pond pantograph.

I used bright blue So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.

So this is my last client quilt for the next two month as I take the summer off.  I'll be back at it in September but have a few personal sewing projects planned that I will share over the summer. I have been doing a Block Exchange with some friends this year that I will share and I'm starting a new International Round Robin with Lori and our Australian friends. I can't remember if I shared the final results of our last Round Robin, I hope to quilt that one this summer too!

Had to add these dragonfly pictures that I took last year in keeping with the theme of the quilt.

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Bramble HST Quilt

Peggy made this modern HST quilt using oversized blocks and a dominant red accent.  She was inspired by a blog post by Quilting is More Fun Than Housework.  The fabric line she used was a Layer Cake called Bramble by Gingiber for Moda. It has images of cute squirrels, deer, raccoons and hedgehogs. 

I quilted it with the Fascination pantograph, used light beige So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.

I'm still being entertained by the hummingbirds at our feeders.  

Hope to get better shots of them at my Fuchsias and Salvia this summer but happy to catch these one so far.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

City Slicker in Pinkerville

Vicki made this fabulous quilt using our Highway 10 Designs City Slicker pattern.  She chose a Tula Pink jelly roll called Pinkerville and added grey Grunge for the background. 

I quilted it with the Flourish pantograph, grey So Fine thread and used Quilters Dream Blend batting.

On the weekend we went for a drive in the rain to look for wild pink Lady Slippers that grow in our area.  The blossoms don't last long and are so pretty. My friend Suzette gave me heads up on what road they were abundant along this year so we went to check it out.  So happy to report we found them!

We also came across some wild irises as well.  One of my favorite flowers.