Chenille Quilt

Every now and then a quilt comes in with something I haven’t quilted before. (Not very often, after 9 years I’ve quilted a lot of quilts!)

I just finished this one this morning, cotton and chenille top and flannel back. My Millennium came through as always, no problems with thicker intersections and the tension is perfect! I can’t wait for my customer to see it!

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Alva’s Flannel Quilt–Block Tutorial

I’ve had several people ask me for this pattern. My friend Alva has demonstrated the block at Thunder Bay Quilters Guild.

One note about her quilt is that the fabrics came from a fatquarter bundle of flannels.

Each block consists of:

  • 4 different 7 1/2”x3 1/2” rectangles
  • 4 solid 7 1/2”x 1 1/2” strips
  • 1 3 1/2” square

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1. Sew on black strip to each of the rectangle prints

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2. Choose your layout for the block and one of the rectangles with the black (or your solid) to the square. HERE IS THE IMPORTANT STEP: only sew half way from the bottom edge.

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3. Press this section. (Press all seams to the black strip) and sew your next rectangle as shown:

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4. Continue with the next 2 rectangles:

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5. and finally finish the first seam. Alva added black sashing’s to her quilt when joining her blocks.

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Now that I’ve made a block I am going to have to add this to my quilts to make list.

I’d love to see other versions, so if you make a quilt using this tutorial and would like me to quilt it this winter I will supply your batting! Just mention this tutorial. (This offer applies only to January and February 2013.)

Also note that I now have several wide quilt backs for sale to my quilting customers all backs sell for $15. a yard. You will only buy what your quilt requires.

Suzanne’s Stars and Modern Quilting

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’ve been gaining some new quilting ideas from some new sources. Thank you Suzanne for letting me do what I wanted on this quilt it really was fun to do!

(It’s so hard to believe that this picture was taken yesterday morning, no jacket on and this morning the same table had almost 10” of snow on it!)

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Autumn and Flannels

I love to visit these falls, they are tucked behind a short paved trail just south of the border. We often stop in the spring and again later in the summer, Marlene and I stopped for a short walk when we went to the border a couple weeks ago. Although it was a very misty grey day we were rewarded with beautiful colours and of course the view of the falls.

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and don’t the colours of the above picture go along with these two quilts by Alva.

This is the quilt that Alva demonstrated the blocks for, at Thunder Bay Quilters Guild October meeting.

It is quilted using the Bayside Pantograph (by Lorien Quilting)

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and another, also by Alva who bought a Fat Quarter Bundle of these Flannels and has been getting incredible mileage from it. I quilted this sweet lap quilt with the Waterworld Pantograph (by Jodi Beamish)

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A very busy and productive week…

Last week flew by, I had a visitor for the week which made each day full and busy…

While Liam was here the kids asked me to try to capture his 10 month picture (tail end of his 10th month)  on his quilt. He started walking a few weeks ago and ever since he has been in constant motion.

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One day though I caught him sitting still, he had pulled an empty laundry basket off of the table and climbed in..

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While visiting Grandma he also managed to cut 2 molars so the first few days of his visit were pretty tough but all in all we managed well.

During naps I was able to finish a few customer quilts

this pile shows 5 of the 6 that I quilted for Emily..one day after she has seen them I will be post some of her quilts!

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I also managed to finish this queen size quilt that shows what a Longarm Quilter can do with a pre-printed fabric! This is quilted using Michelle Wyman’s Star Swirl Pantograph.

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I was also able to finish a custom Thimbleberries King Quilt that I forgot to take pictures of as well as a flannel lap quilt for Alva which will be shown in my next post.

Did I mention that after Liam went home I went to bed early and slept late!

Proud to be Canadian Quilt

Another beautiful quilt by my customer Jeannette. (Last year I quilted her Texas Quilt)

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Her piecing is so precise and her applique again was perfect. For the Mounties she used Ultra suede which really brought them forward (and was no trouble to quilt through) I used Superior’s Monopoly thread to quilt the details in the Mounties.

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For the Maple Leaf and the cream background I quilted a Pantograph called Ground Cover by Keryn Emmerson, changing thread colours between Red and Cream. The trees were all freehand quilted with Superiors Rainbow in a variegated green.

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It’s always so much fun when I take a quilt off the Machine to see the back, I used Superiors Bottom Line in my Bobbin and I love how the colour changes on the Top are not reflected on the back.

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Why I Love Quilting for my Customers

1. I love quilts, all quilts. Yes some are not necessarily my taste but then that will present a challenge for me which helps me to grow as a quilter. Also I never know what my customers are piecing and I love to see new quilts.

this is my Moms quilt, she pieced it and embroidered each block. It was a Thimbleberries Club Block of the Month. These are not my colours, but I really love how it turned out and it lives on my Parents bed keeping them snuggly warm together which brings me great joy!

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2. I love that my customers will often let me play with their quilts and give them suggestions that I think will work, and I also love when my customers want something in particular that might stretch me and cause me to grow in my skills.

This quilt that Tara brought me took me a while to complete, but was a pure joy to quilt and I still love looking at the pictures.  (the hand applique on this quilt is incredible!)

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2. I love quilters, there is something about people who cut up fabric only to sew it all back together. We share a joy that perhaps non quilters don’t understand. When my customers bring me their tops they are usually very excited about having them quilted and getting them finished. Some are for personal use, some for special gifts and I get to share in the joy.

I have quilted a couple of wedding gift quilts for Terri, I love her colour choices!

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3. I love helping beginner quilters learn more about this art, as a longarm quilter I’m often able to give encouragement and offer suggestions to the new quilter how they can grow as a quilter. I am also able to watch them progress in their quilting skills..

this is a sweet baby quilt that Ellen made for her Grandson before he arrived she did an incredible job on this quilt and has continued to grow in her skills and her joy in quilting!

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Mabel made 2 quilts this is one of them, she made them for her granddaughters and it was a true joy working with her!

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4. I really love to have my customers come by with their quilts or for pick ups and have a little visit and share the joy of quilting.

Jeanette’s True North Strong and Free Quilt..I will be writing a separate post on this beauty!

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5. I Love quilts, I love quilting and I love to share this joy with others!

Free motion Fun and Sunshine

Just a little peek at what I have on my machine. I’ve been trying some ideas that I’ve had since reading a great book during my holidays.

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I’ve really been loving brighter more cheerful colours lately and this little beauty fit right into that.

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We really have had a sunny and hot summer a lot more humid than we are used to but I hate to complain, it won’t last much longer.

oh one more thing..oh how I love these boys! We had a very quick but wonderful visit with Sarah, Jerry and Jerry’s other Grandma. The cousins were pretty happy to have more time together.

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Happiness is…

February 3 is not only my daughters birthday but also the 26th anniversary of becoming a Mom. What a wonderful, challenging, fulfilling, stressful at times but mostly rewarding career of love being a Mom has been. When Sarah was born I was 23 and looking back I sure was young and naive, but I was young and grew in so many ways because I was a Mom. Happy Birthday Sarah!!

This little quilt had been here for a while, it belongs to my good friend Alva. When I loaded this quilt onto my longarm I wasn’t sure how I was going to quilt it but it very quickly spoke to me and I just had fun, I played and the ideas flowed as I doodled along. I enjoyed quilting this one so much that I felt a bit sad to have it finished.

Alva picked it up at the shop last week, and later that day I was brought another one to quilt! We may have a long way to go before there are flowers blooming outside but these sunny little quilts will help remind me that spring is coming. (This quilt was a BOM a few years ago)

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So the title of my post… well for me Happiness is being a Mom to my 4 beautiful daughters and to the men in their lives and being a Grandma to my adorable grandsons. Having friends and family who encourage, support me in my life and are so much fun to have in my life! Workwise it is helping others to finish the quilts that they have created, I am so thankful for my customers and friends for allowing me that joy!

 

Quietly Busy

Its been extremely quiet here this last week, all of my girls have been away. Of course Sarah is always away now that she lives in Texas. Emily, Dave and Katie drove down for Jerry’s first birthday. I’m waiting for more birthday pictures…

This was one of Jerry’s first pictures as a cowboy

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and a year later at his party!

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Yesterday I finally re-quilted my original Summer Wind quilt. I really wish I’d taken some pictures of it to show why I decided to re-quilt it. I had used a panto that wasn’t as dense as I like and also used a wool batting, when it was washed it just did not like it. It is my summer quilt for my bed so I use it and I still love it so it was worth re doing. Thankfully I have a friend who offered to un-quilt it for me. I had been a bit concerned about the stitch holes from before but they have all but disappeared.

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I used a Robyn Pandolph backing that I absolutely love and suits this quilt perfectly.

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a little sneak peak of some quilting for the Circle of Friends Quilt Shoppe (opening soon)

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more to come…