Monday, May 31, 2021

Home Quarter Quilt in Boro Wovens

Kim made our Highway 10 Designs "Home Quarter" quilt at our guilds retreats last year before our province went into lockdown.  She used Moda's Boro Wovens and made the double size using 30 fat quarters. Here is a picture we took of it at the lodge when she finished piecing it!

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


She bought a beautiful beige wide Grunge for the backing.

I have been having fun taking pictures of the hummingbirds again this year now that that are back at the feeders.

Its been very challenging to get the colours on the males throat as the colours disappear when the puff their feathers out.  And the angle of the light hitting the feathers has to be just right.

Here he is getting ready to chase the other hummingbirds away from the two feeders while his girlfriend was feeding. Fierce little fellow!  

 But caught a flash of this ones orange throat the other day. Hope to get better photos of this colours over the summer. I'm really enjoying the challenge of capturing these birds as you have to take the shots at very high speeds to see the feathers in the wings. Now my challenge this summer is to capture the colours of the males.  

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Sapphire Song Quilt

This is Lucinda's Sapphire Song quilt, the pattern is from the Jan/Feb 2021 edition of Fons & Porter magazine.  This is a paper pieced pattern and she used lovely shades of blue against a white Grunge background. 

I quilted it with a new pantograph called Jester, used white So Fine thread and Quilters 80/20 white for batting.

I was able to get these photos after a small rain shower when the wind died down.   Then once it cleared up I set up my stand again and got this next shot against the blue sky. I was excited to take pictures today as I just finished an online quilt photography coarse by Kitty Wilkin ( Night Quilter) for only $25US and it was fabulous.  You can find the course here. Even though I consider myself a Hobbyist Photographer there were some great tips and tricks I learnt in the course.  

If you're curious what I hang my quilts on here is a peek. A few years ago I had my husband created special brackets to add to my backdrop stand to turn it into a quilt stand. I wanted the quilts to hang in front of the tripod legs so they can't be seen.  

Friday, May 14, 2021

Surviving January Quilt

Janice made this modern 'Surviving January' quilt at a workshop at Keystone Modern Creative back in Feb 2020, before the lockdown.  It was a class taught by Bill Stearman.  I was fortunate enough to be in Winnipeg at that time and went to his trunk show.  It was very inspiring and Bill is a great story teller.

I quilted Janice's quilt with the Raindrops panto, used black So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.

Janice's backing was just a few inches too small so she had some leftover blocks that she added to the back to make it the perfect size and give the back a modern flare!


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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Wonderful Woodland #2

Amanda pieced this adorable Wonderful Woodland quilt, a pattern by Art East Quilting Co.  She bought this as a kit from a wonderful shop called Keystone Modern Creative in Winnipeg. Here is a link to the kit. 

I quilted it with the Ombre pantograph to give it a grassy texture.  Used beige So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.

Amanda sent along a lovely grey Minky that she also purchased from Keystone quilts.

It was a rare calm day by the river and the weather is warming up! 

Had this little guy visit last night, he was digging up grubs in the field beside our house.  Now I know how all the little holes were created in my back yard!  Wonder why you don't see many skunks on these critter quilts, they are pretty cute!

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Midnight Quilt

Trina made the fun Midnight quilt using Blueberry fabric by Timeless Treasures for the background and a white on white swirl fabric for the blocks. This pattern is by Bonnie Olaveson of Cotton Way.  Trina added an extra wide white border to make it 90" x100".

I quilted it with the Bushberries pantograph and used Quilters Dream Blend batting.  I used white So Fine thread top and white in the bobbin.  Love how the white thread looks on the blue backing.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Circle Quilt

Stacey made this lovely scrappy Circle quilt. Her husband made her a wooden circle template with a handle to help her cut out her circles, how clever!  She used the Sew and Turn applique method and then machine stitched the circles onto the squares.  I just love the scraps she used and many having a geometric design.

I used the Happy Times pantograph, light beige So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.

Her backing choice suited the quilt theme too!

I have this beautiful piece of Macramé hanging in my bedroom that I bought from Brenda, a local crafts person.   Her business is called Willow and Knots and she has an Instagram and Facebook page. I highly recommend you check her amazing pieces if you like Macramé, I just love mine!

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Disappearing Spiral Quilt

Suzette made this fantastic Disappearing Spiral Bargello quilt, a pattern by Heather from Koontz Hand Quilting. Heather has an Etsy shop and you can find her pattern by clicking this link.  Suzette used autumn colours and a solid brown background to piece this stunning quilt. The quilt measures 103" square and the batting used was Warm and Natural.

Suzette chose the Whitecaps pantograph which really fits well with the spiral theme.  After auditioning a bunch of different shades of brown thread we ended up picking a rust coloured So Fine thread, it was perfect!  It blending nicely across the print fabrics and stood out just enough on the brown background without distracting from the design.