Thursday, April 20, 2017


I had the pleasure of quilting this striking quilt for the Roblin Jewel Quilters.  It is their raffle quilt for this year and was made from a pattern called "Dazzled."  

I attended one of their meetings recently and introduced myself and my business and we had an opportunity to decide the quilting plan as a group.  In the end we decided on the "Lithe" pantograph as it added a nice texture to the quilt, and it complimented the prints of the chosen fabrics.  The piecing is the star of this quilt, and the more simple quilting was all that was required.  This quilt is a  generous 96" x 115" and the piecing job was stellar.  Someone is going to be very lucky to win this one!

Lovely job ladies!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Amy's Pedal to the Metal

Amy made this crisp version of Highway 10 Designs' Pedal to the Metal quilt.  It is the perfect "guy quilt" - crisp, clean, masculine and not too fussy.  

To keep with the modern feel Amy selected the "Gatsby" panto and a charcoal grey Stonehenge wide backing.

If you need a quilt for a graduate, or a special guy in your life, check out Pedal to the Metal, is comes together in a snap and can be personalized with the colors of a favorite sports team or school. The pattern includes sizes to fit twin, double, queen or king beds.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Cheri's City Slicker

Cheri made this beautiful version of our Highway 10 Designs City Slicker pattern using a earthy collection of Cantik Batiks.  She used one Gemstone pack in the Alberta colorway.

Cheri chose the "Mimosa" pantograph that adds a nice even windy/leafy texture to the quilt.

A beautiful blue-green Northcott Stonehenge wide backing that I have in stock was teh perfect compliment.

I really enjoyed having this on my machine.  I wish it could have stayed a little longer!

City Slicker and all of our other Highway 10 Designs patterns are available in our Etsy shop as an instant PDF download or as a paper copy in the mail.

Friday, April 7, 2017

A Treasure for Megan

Every once in awhile I get to work on a quilt that has an interesting story.  This quilt that Marilyn put together for her granddaughter Megan  is one of those quilts.  The Dresden Plate block you see below was made in the 1930s by Megan's Great-Great-Great Grandmother.  Those aren't '30's reproduction fabrics, they are the real thing!   I love personalizing quilts, so Marilyn and I decided quilting Megan's name in the centre of this block would be just the right touch.

 If that was not cool enough, this cross stitched block was made in the 1960s by Megan's great grandmother!

Marilyn prefers lighter quilting, rather than a lot of feathers or other dense motifs, so I did my best to honor that request.   I did a dimple crosshatch right across the cross stitch with my 100 wt Micro Quilter thread.  I used the MicroQuilter on the Dresdenn plate as well.

I used the "onions and garlic" border, swirls, and a ribbon meander in the background. The leaves jut got some simple continuous curves.

I'm sure Megan will treasure the quilt that was made with love by generations of women in her family.  It was an honour to work on it.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Amy's Hexagon Star Stack 'n Whack

Amy made this quilt in a workshop at the guild we both attend.  This quilt is an attention getter for sure, but is very far removed from Amy's taste or style.  Amy usually makes more modern masterpieces like this, or this, or this.

After all the careful pinning and cutting and sewing that goes into a stack 'n whack quilt, an all over designs never quite feels right to me, so I decided on an equally affordable freehand option.  For this freehand quilting I did not use a ruler, or do any Stitch in the Ditch, or change thread colors.  A simple continuous curve in the kaleidoscope hexagons, three loops in the black triangles.  I did 3's an e's in the green background, a wavy line in the skinny border and big swirls in the outer border.

There is so many interesting designs created with this process!  Amy went all in and chose my red Stonehenge backing.  I think it look great.  I'm hoping that Amy like this quilt a little more now that the work is done and its quilted!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Hazel Hedgehog

This is Reneta's version of Hazel Hedgehog II by Elizabeth Hartman.  I just love the color combination, and it mad me smile the whole time it was in my care.

Reneta left the quilting up to me, and it took me a while to decide what to do.  I have quilted wood grain over Elizabeth Hartman pattern in the past, but that didn't seem to fit.  I thought about flowers as I know this quilt is a gift for a special little girl, but I didn't want to do anything to compete with Hazel, so this wavy line/bubble combination was the choice.

I am not the biggest fan of cuddle fabrics, but this one really suited the quilt and just adds to its sweetness.

Over the last week I stole some time and made a few projects for me.  There are many great tutorials online, and sometimes letting someone else do the math and hand it to you is just perfect.  This is the One Hour Basket by kelbysews, and it lived up to its name.    I didn't have fusible fleece on hand so I quilted the outer layer, batting and an extra scrap fabric together to give it body.

I also made this iPad mini case using the Tablet Case tutorial from Sew in Harmony.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Chilly Charmers

The fun and folky quilt was made by Gail.  The pattern is a Block of the Month from Pearl Louise Designs called "Chilly Charmers."  I should note that you are really not seeing the final product as there are many embellishments that Gail will add now that it is quilted.

All of the applique was fused and then stitched down with a machine buttonhole stitch.  It really adds to the charm of the quilt.  Gail & I decided that I would stitch in the ditch around the applique and then keep the rest of the quilting fairly light.  I used two threads for the entire quilt.  So Fine #489  -"Lewis and Clark" was my choice for the borders and colorful pieced sections, it is a mossy green than was good at blending with black and green and red.  For the stitch in the ditch and the background quilting in the blocks I used Superior's new MicroQuilter thread in Natural White.  It is a 100 wt and just blends in so well even without an exact color match.

Gail requested simple piano keys on the border and I think it was a great choice as it frames the piece nicely, and doesn't compete with the busy print.  I had a lot of fun playing on this one.  Thank Gail!