Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Scraps Squared!

This fantastic scrap quilt belongs to Patrice. It is a biggie and the front and the back use a wide variety of fabrics. The quilt has a great story too.

Patrice shared that this quilt was started 10+ years ago.  She and her daughter saw the idea on TV and her daughter wanted one just like it. Her daughter loved the idea of random colors in each block, but Patrice confessed that she suffers from "matchy-itis" and thought she would have a breakdown trying to follow that path, so most blocks have a theme.

Patrice used fabric leftovers from clothes she sewed for her daughters and herself as well as some quilting scraps from her sister.  There was cotton, linen, slippery things, denim and corduroy.  Her daughter has no idea that she pulled the project out and finished it, so it should be a wonderful surprise.

Patrice had a vision for the quilting and sifted through the hundreds of pantograph options available on one of my favorite sites - Urban Elementz.  She chose "Bauhaus Baby" and I was happy to add it to my collection.  It has a nice modern feel and is very different than anything I have used in the past.

Bauhaus Baby
And when ordering a new panto, I can't stop at just one, so here are the other new pantos in my collection:

Breath of the gods

Ebb & Flow
Falling Leaves

Sunday, April 13, 2014


The block of the month project belongs to Deanna.  She told me it was 17 years old - she knows as she remembers working on this when her now 17 year old son was a baby.  I love being able to help quilters get their projects out of the cupboard and completed.

Deanna prefers less dense quilting, so we decided on the "Dazzle" panto with Dream Puff batting.

Deanna wanted to use of fabric she had on hand so provided muslin for the backing.  I prefer to match my bobbin thread to the quilt back instead of using the same color as the top thread.  I was hoping that I would be able to get the tension just right to balance the charcoal thread on the top and the light cream on the back.  

 My Innova did not let me down! Beautiful tension giving the calm look I was hoping for on the back and allowing the texture of the panto to shine through.  It was a happy quilting day for sure!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Bev's Batik HST Quilt

This is Bev's stunning batik quilt.  It is made up of HST and no, there isn't a commercial pattern. Bev played around with the blocks to come up with this striking layout.  Again, I am impressed with the power of a HST!

We chose the Mimosa panto, Dream Blend Batting and a variegated Lava thread.

 I wish you all could have seen this one in person as the fabrics are just gorgeous, my pictures are not doing it justice!  

Friday, April 4, 2014

Fresh Diamonds

This pretty quilt belongs to Eileen.  It is called Fresh Diamonds and the tutorial can be found on the Samelia's Mum blog.

Eileen purchased one fabric to use for the white background and raided her scrap bins for all of the colors.  It really is amazing how great something as simple as HSTs can looked when put together in a creative way.

 Eileen chose the "Chinook" panto and a soft plum colored So Fine thread along with the Quilter's Dream blend batting.  This was the first time I had stitched out this particular panto and I really like the texture it added to the quilt.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Perfect 10 - Owls

The adorable quilt belongs to Sheri. She requested my "Hedwig the Owl" panto and I think it was the perfect choice.

The pattern is called "Perfect 10" by Swirly Girl Designs. Sheri made this as part of a paint chip challenge at her guild.  I think she did a great job working with the bold color combinations she was given.  I love the focus fabric - the owls are awesome!

You can see in the back of this photo that my garden owls have started to emerge from their winter snow fort, but we still have a long way to go before we see anything like green grass!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Crayon Quilt & Magic Binding

I made this Crayon quilt to use as a sample for a project I will be doing with the Ukrainian Immersion students in Dauphin. The Manitoba Parents for Ukrainian Education contacted me to create a fabric art piece for the 200 years of Taras Shevchenko Celebration.  There are 92 students in grades K-8 that need to work together to create one piece, and I thought crayon quilting would be the perfect choice.  I also knew that I wanted my sample to have a totally different subject matter so that students wouldn't feel compelled to copy something I had done.  My wonderful family helped me with the sample, and we decided that memories of the 11 years we spent living in Flin Flon would be perfect.

The crayon technique is quite simple.  

You need only need a few supplies:
  • 100 % cotton fabric that has been washed to remove any sizing etc.
  • freezer paper cut to the same size as your squares to stabilize the fabric for coloring
  • good quality standard crayons (not the washable kind)
  • paper towel 
  • iron

I cut my fabric into 6" squares and ironed freezer paper to the back.  Some of us drew directly on the the fabric, and some chose to trace images before coloring them in.  You can easily see through the fabric so drawing your idea out on paper first is a viable option. The beauty of this technique is that you color directly on to the fabric as if it were paper.  No chemicals or complicated processes involved.  Just remember that you will lose a 1/4" to a seam allowance all around your design, so don't sign it in the very corner!  Once you are satisfied with your design, remove the freezer paper.  Place a few layers of paper towel over your image and press with a dry iron until no more wax transfers onto the paper towel.

For this project I decided to try a new binding technique and I was quite pleased with the results.  You can find the tutorial for "Susie's Magic Binding" here.  The binding is completely sewn on by machine and the bonus is the piping that is also created.  The binding is sewn to the back of the quilt and top stitched down from the front in the ditch between the piping and the main binding fabric.

 There is an extra line of stitching on the back, but it was neat and tidy, staying on the backing fabric, and not wavering between the binding and the backing as sometimes happens.

The corners were a breeze as well.  I know I won't always use this technique, but I happy to have it in my bag of tricks.

 Last but not least, one of our Highway 10 Designs customers shared photos of her Pedal to the Metal quilt that she is making for her grandson.  Judy said this is only the second quilt she has ever made.  I think she chose great masculine fabrics, and that it is looking fabulous.  Thanks for sharing Judy, you made our day!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Reneta's Lug Nuts

This is Reneta's version of our Highway 10 Designs Lug Nuts pattern.  This is the first time I have quilted this pattern so it was a lot of fun for me.

Reneta loved the plaid fabric that you see in the above hexagon, so all the rest of the fabrics were picked around it. A really nice mix of grey, green and teal.

Reneta left the choice of panto up to me and I called in my girls for their opinions as this quilt might be destined for a young lady.  We decided on the "Plush" panto and I used a leafy green thread.

I love the fresh modern fabric choices Reneta made, it give Lug Nuts a whole different look.