Quilting with Friends

I just returned from my second quilting retreat. It is so much fun to quilt with friends and to not only see what they are making but also to share ideas and new notions and techniques there that others have found.

These retreats also allow for hours and hours of sewing uninterrupted by things like errands, cooking, cleaning etc… this particular retreat includes meals that eliminate the need to even decide what to eat! The major bonus is that every meal there was fantastic! So fantastic that I really need to take walking breaks next time.

I chose to work on my Winter Village quilt that I hope to have ready to hang up in January.

Do you sew with friends? I also quilt with friends almost every Thursday evening if you live in Thunder Bay and would like a group to quilt with even if you are a beginner and would like to learn more let me know and I will share more information about a new group!

Colette’s Sampler

This quilt was from from the beginners class from the first quilt shop here in Thunder Bay the shop was called Patchworks.

Colette brought me this quilt and allowed me to use it to play, so I had fun freehand quilting  it. I like to challenge myself to quilt each block differently while keeping the density of my stitching similar. Balance is important.

Some of the pictures were taken before I finished Quilting the sashing.

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Courtney’s Quilts

 

It it was a pleasure to  meet and quilt these two quilts for Courtney. For the first quilt she chose Hobbs wool batting and the Bubble Pantograph. This was her first Machine pieced quilt. I love the backing that she chose. The Bubble pantograph has been so popular and has been chosen by several of my customers in the last year!

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Courteny hand pieced her star quilt, it was beautifully sewn together. She chose the star swirl pantograph for it and Hobbs 80/20 batting.

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Practice,Practice,Practice!!!

I have recently taken an online course by Judi Madsen. I started following her blog when she was just starting out and it has been fun watching her Quilting style grow and evolve. I have admired her work so it was a treat to take her classes.

I have previously used all of the actual designs in this quilt many times but it was fun for a change to mark and load a practice piece just for myself and play. I only used one layer of batting because it was just practice but I can see myself using a lot of what I learnt in these courses in future quilts and will probably add another layer of batting.

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Alva’s Thimbleberry Circles

Last summer Alva completed this quilt that she had purchased as a kit. The colours were an unusual choice as she almost always uses very clear colour,  low volume or muddy colour. I love the circles and had a new pantograph that I had been waiting to use.

Leslie’s Amazing Rockies Quilt

Leslie is a local Arist who brought me her queen sized hand pieced landscape quilt depicting a scene of the Rockies. This quilt lived with me and on my design wall for some time until one day it had spoken with me enough to start. This quilt and I went on a journey so to speak, an adventure. It was for the most part fun to work on though also challenging as I wanted to be sure to capture Leslie’s vision and also bring movement and capture the light of her work.

Quilting and Life

I have often said that life is full of twists and turns which has been true of mine. I have still been busy quilting for my wonderful customers and I am so thankful for them ESP for their patience when I have needed it.
I have been busy working as a respite worker which I love. I have been working in a respite home where we give 24/7 care for adults giving caregiver much needed rest (shift work). It is a joy to be able to make such a positive difference in people’s lives. I don’t think that people really know how illnesses such as dementia impact the life of the caregiver unless they have experienced it or know someone who is.

I also relocated a couple of years ago and recently my longarm has joined me. My new studio offers a large window and the daylight is very welcome. Living with my machine means that my turn around on jobs is much much faster!

I have been busy these last two years quilting, I just have been negligent about blogging. I hope to get a better routine about that too.

Some recent customer quilts insclude Susan’s stunning tumbling block quilt

On the Quilting Side of Life

Alva never fails to amaze me with her use of colour and the different patterns she finds and makes as in finishes too! I quilted this for her using the Pantograph Leaf Pile.

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Lorraine is another prolific quilter, I love the colours that she used in this quilt. It was quilted using the pantograph Waterworld.

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