Change

Life gets busy and before I knew it I hadn’t pieced anything in ages. My casual, part time job took front stage over my quilting time and add a few other commitments and life became way out of balance. Suddenly something happened that truly forced me to stop and catch my breath and to re-evaluate my priorities.

A little over a month ago I was invited to an amazing quilting retreat. Three days of uninterrupted sewing, all meals were were amazing and best of all spending the weekend with kind nurturing and supportive quilting friends helped to spark my joy in quilting all over again!

It’s not that I had lost interest it was just that life had taken over.

I started the weekend putting my kaleidoscope blocks together

I spent a few hours working on my scrappy 16 patches

And finally began working on my Fatquartershop designer mystery block of the month from 2012! It had been patiently waiting!

I had seven blocks completed when I got home and it didn’t take long before I had all 12 finished and moved on to the finishing kit!

My Mojo has returned! More to come!

Susan’s Quilt

This quilt is such a beautiful burst of colour and was fun to quilt using the pantograph Helix.

I chose to use medium brown bottom line thread which blended beautifully in all of the colours, this colour took third place enabling the piecing then pantograph to come first and second when viewing the quilt.

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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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Emily’s Quilts

I have quilted several Quilts for my customer/now friend Emily. In the last few years I have also been piecing and Quilting for her using up her stash sometimes supplementing when need be. She loves flannel Quilts.

Once I was settled into my new studio, I felt inspired to play with her fabric again. I love these bright pinwheels the print became the background. I had fun piecing the backing as well making both sides of this quilt fun. I really do have dozens of different pantographs but bubbles seems to be pantograph of the year!

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Triangles and Bubbles!

Anastasia pieced this queen sized quilt for her daughter. I love the teal and grey together. She chose the bubble pantograph as many of my recent customers have lately. The contrast of circles and angles really adds interest. Her backing was a wide back purchased from Conecting Threads.

Disappearing Blocks

After watching tutorials from Missouri Star Quilt Company over the winter I decided it was time to play a little. Using some Kaffe Facett layer cake fabrics and white yardage I gave these blocks a go. It was really different with the bias edges but I found that as long as I pressed carefully and didn’t stretch the fabric piecing went smoothly.

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I still have borders to add and am planning to use white.

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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.