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.

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.

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

Revisiting Summer Wind a Low Volume Quilt

Several years ago on a little March Break trip across the border, my youngest daughter and I saw a fabric line in a shop that we had to have along with a pattern that the fabric had been made into. The fabric line was called Seaside Rose of Three Sisters for Moda fame and Katie and I collected a lot of it. I have made several quilts with it over the years but my favorite still is the one I made with Carrie Nelsons Summer Wind Pattern (I have made a few more with the pattern since in a few different colorways). 

I have noticed lately that many people are making what are now referred to as Low Volume Quilts and realized that this one falls into that category though it was made so long ago. It is so soft and gentle looking and maybe that’s what drew me to the quilt in the first place as it was made during a very difficult and hard time in my life’s journey.

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On another note it sure is nice to see green grass even sprinkled with dandelions even if only in pictures…we still have about 3 feet of snow…

 

Alva and her Ricky Tims inspired Bed-runner Quilt

Alva has been both my friend and quilting mentor for over twenty years now. She has also been a major cheerleader in my Longarm Quilting career, entrusting me with the quilting of many many of her incredible quilts over the years.
This latest quilt was inspired by a pattern in one of Ricky Tim’s magazines Quilt Life, the pattern itself by Wendy Hill. Alva had the templates made and then played with ideas for awhile before allowing this project to be what she’s referred to as her latest insanity! Notice all of the Y seams!

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We chose a Pantograph called Helix by Patricia Ritter, to give even more movement to this piece. I chose Superiors Bottom Line thread as I did not want the thread to take front stage just the spiral affect.

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I am really hopeful that yesterday was our last snow day, but I must admit that I love photographing quilts against a snowy background.

Thank you again Alva for allowing me to work with you to make your vision come to be!

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