Thursday, June 30, 2022

Deco Quilt Finished

Last December I shared this quilt top in a post here and said I was going to send it to someone special to quilt it for me.  Well that's just what I did, I sent my quilt to another longarmer!   I have a lot of friends who do longarm quilting as a business and it is fun for me to have samples of their work on my quilts. I sent this one to Wendy who owns a quilt shop in Brandon, MB called Fabriculous. She also has the same machine I own, an APQS Millennium but she has the Quilt Path computer system on hers.  I wanted some dense quilting on this one and found the perfect pantograph, its called Behold.  I definitely would not want to hand guild this design on my longarm.

 I was thrilled when I got this back from Wendy last week she did an amazing job!  I can't stop touching this quilt, the texture on it is amazing!  I plan on hanging this one in my studio as it makes me very happy when I look at it.

This quilt pattern is called Deco by Lo & Behold Stitchery. 


Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Mineral Matrix #5

Here is the 5th Mineral Matrix that has come though my door, including the one I made myself!  It was a BOM project offered by Up North Quilt Shop in 2018.  It was designed by A Wing and a Prayer and the kits used Tonga Batiks.  This one is Nyla's and she wanted an all over design.  

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

This was my last quilt for June and I'm ready to take my usual summer break.  My pile of personal quilt tops has been growing so I hope to get a few of those done over the summer and will share here.  I recently had a friend longarm one of my quilts as she has a computer on her machine and I wanted a specific design is not easily done hand guided.  So I hope to get photos of that quilt to share here soon!   I also have some new camera equipment I want to play with this summer so you know I like to share those nature photos over the summer too. 

Monday, June 27, 2022

Ophelia Tiles Quilt

Nyla pieced this lovely Ophelia Tiles quilt with is a pattern by Pine Tree Country Quilts.  She used the Ophelia fabric line from Northcott fabrics.  The bold peony design looks great with all the complimentary prints.

I used the Lavish pantograph, off white So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.

This is such a pretty fabric collection, makes a beautiful quilt.


Monday, June 13, 2022

Undercover Maker Mat

 I have been wanting to make a mat with pockets to put under my sewing machine when I'm at retreats and my sewing groups.  I found an orphan butterfly block that I made last year to test a swap pattern and realized the designer of this block also had a free mat pattern!  You can find the patterns for both the butterfly and mat at Lillyella's website here

You can also use it as a sewing machine cover as well!

Tim took me back to the Heron rookery on Sunday so I could take more photos.  There wasn't a lot of activity as all the chicks are still quite small and you can only see the tops of their heads when they are resting in the nest.  This time I just picked one nest that I could get a clear view of and kept my camera on a tripod focused on that nest.  This is what I was looking at for 30 minutes, I could just see the fuzzy heads of the chicks so knew they were in there.  I was hoping this adult was waiting for its mate to return with food.

My patience paid off!  We saw a heron approaching and all of a sudden she stood up tall and stretched her neck out! Yah I picked the right nest!

Then all three chicks popped up and were very excited!

Here comes lunch!

It was now the other parents turn to go catch some food!

I just ordered a new 2x teleconverter for my camera and hope it allows me to take closer clearer photos of the herons when we go back to check on the chicks in a few weeks.

Friday, June 10, 2022

Laundry Basket 2021 Mystery #2

 Vicki joined in the Laundry Basket 2021 Mystery quilt project and she used her stash to pieced this quilt.  

I quilted it with the Windswept pantograph and used a light beige So Fine thread.

Now that the weather finally feels like summer I have been planting my flowers and spending more time outside with my camera.  The hummingbirds are still one of my favorite subjects to photograph as they are so challenging to catch! 

Finally got a good one of this one with her beak in the fuchsias. 

Then she checked out the Verbena.

I have been putting out oranges to attract the orioles to the yard and since my apple tree is dying I thought I might as well make it useful so I stuck the oranges on it! 

I have checked out the local Heron nesting grounds a few times and the baby are starting to hatch.  Since they are a distance from the road with no access on the ground (swamp) its challenging to get photos with all the dead trees blocking the view.  

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Red Panda Quilt

Gail made this sweet Red Panda quilt for her granddaughter.  The pattern is by Art East Quilting Co.

We decided on Ebb and Flow for the pantograph design and to turn it vertical on the quilt, which just means loading the top lengthwise on the machine.

I used a teal green So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.  Gail pieced this lovely red backing.

Monday, June 6, 2022

Halloween Home Quarter Quilt

Bev made this fun Halloween quilt using our Highway 10 Designs Home Quarter pattern.  She used a line from Free Spirit called Spooktacular by Maude Asbury. 

 I used the Gossamer pantograph, orange So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.

The backing is a Metallic Black Specked by Ruby Star Society.  I used a copper/brown coloured Magna-Glide on the back.

Finally a sunny day to take quilt pictures.  That has me back into the blogging mood.