My Very Fresh Start to the Day

This is what I woke up to just before 7am

So I checked this…

Which made me so happy that I have a car starter! Which cycled twice today! Because….

This was the temperature while driving this morning…this is not unusual to have weather like this in Thunder Bay in the winter, we do however like to complain about it! I call it perfect quilting weather!

This quilt was pressed and loaded onto the longarm last night and will be quilted today. I always go over my customers quilts, press them and make sure everything is good to go.

My next Moda Blockhead block is almost ready to be sewn together. I made the flying geese units before calling it a day last night. I have a few methods and rulers for making these units and always seem to come back to Deb Tuckers Wing Clippers.

I love the accuracy of trimming down the blocks along with all of the different sizes on each ruler. I especially love the tiny ones!

Joan’s Batik Star Quilt

This is another one of Joan’s quilts. It’s batik fabrics really pop off of the black fabric doesn’t it. When discussing the quilting she mentioned that her Grandson might like it for his dorm and so requested the quilting not be floral or feathers.

I have often chosen a variegated thread on quilts with black backgrounds however auditioned this Glide Sterling and chose it.

The pantograph is a favourite of mine. It was designed by a friend from my early long-arming days when a group of us regularly chatted on Longarm Chat. It’s called Star Swirl and is by Michelle Wyman.

The quilt is so vibrant on its own, it really didn’t need a bright thread.

Moda Blockheads 3 (block 54)

I continue to slowly work on these blocks. The softer colours that I chose to work with a year ago are pretty but soft they will make for a pretty spring quilt.

I am leaving these two sections apart for now. I might add them to the top separately.

Basting your Quilt

I was approached late last year about basting quilts on my Longarm. I had heard about this technique before so I did some research and offered to give it a go.

I have friends who use some of the basting sprays instead of pinning. I am leery of not only the glue but the fumes and what they mean for our health.

Maureen brought me three projects and reported back that the basting worked well.

Success! The needle holes from basting will disappear with time or washing.
Maureen shared a picture of the thread nest made after quilting 😊

Joan’s Kaffe Quilt

Joan’s quilt was the first customer quilt of the year. I quilted it during a very grey cloudy week. The brightness of the Kaffe Fassett fabrics with the white background and oh the backing was just the ticket to light things up a bit.

I chose the pantograph by Bethanne Nemesh, called Nemesh Feather Grande which to me really suited the quilt. I also love stitching this out and that particular week I needed some relaxing stitching which it provided.

Joan’s quilt

Unfortunately, the sunlight did not reappear before the quilt was picked up and the only picture of the finished quilt was before it was trimmed. Joan will bind it with the solid green that is in the top.

Oh and check out the backing!

2012 Designer Mystery Block of the Month 2021 First Finish!

When My Longarm quilting adventure first began I joined a club through the Fatquarter Shop called Moda University. I really enjoy piecing and it was fun to receive the kits to play with during a period of my life that was already so busy.

I did finish and gifted many of those quilts and they were great for practicing my quilting.

I also started their Designer Mystery Block of the Month programs. One is ready to be quilted, one is still in the finished stage and the latest one as of yesterday is ready for binding

Moda 2012 Designer Mystery Block of the Month.

I chose the Pantograph Be Mine by Patricia E. Ritter and Leisha Farnsworth. I love not only the density but the very pretty lace like look it adds to this very pretty quilt.

For some reason I didn’t buy the backing that I wanted at the time and as with most fabric collections if you don’t buy it when it comes out you take your chances. Thankfully I was able to find the perfect backing from https://road17n.ca

Such a pretty backing
I love this machine and the walking foot for bindings.
Ready for hand stitching.

March …….2020

My grandsons wish of a longer March break was granted…what a strange time of the unknown and life as we knew it coming to a halt with constant news of non essential services to be closed.

I was and am so thankful to have my quilting to keep me busy.

While watching you tube tutorials I came across one by Edita Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts for her Shining Star Block. It looked like a good challenge and so it was. I have added a few borders and now it’s ready for quilting.

Our Little Sweetheart and her Quilt

Mom requested an Ultra Feminine quilt. Grandma went on the search for fabric. Laundry Baskets Little Sweetheart collection was perfect for the Dresden Plates that I had envisioned. For the background I chose the sweet little print from the porcelain collection by Three Sisters.

Most of the quilting was done freehand.

Welcome to our sweet Granddaughter Kaija!

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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