Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Cindy's "Not Your Mother's Rail Fence" - 2.0

The stunning version of our Highway 10 Designs "Not You Mother's Rail Fence" pattern was made by Cindy.  The mix of rich and bright batiks really is breathtaking.

Cindy chose the paisley panto, Quilter's Dream Blend batting, and a shiny turquoise Magnifico thread.

Cindy also used some of my wide Stonehenge backing fabric.  It is a navy and brown combination that really adds to the richness of the quilt.

So tricky to get pictures in the wind!  Cindy, I loved your version of this pattern.  I can always tell when I've got a special one and all my family members stop to comment on it.  When you can stop a teenage girl in midstory to comment "wow, nice quilt" you know you did something special!   I really enjoyed having it in my house for awhile.

I am also excited to show my second completed row in the mystery leaf row quilt I am participating in.  This time the leaves were fused on and I did a machine blanket stitch around them.  

Here are rows one and two together.  I am loving this one.  I can't wait for next week to see what's next!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Stack 'n Whack Fans

I have been quiet on the blog for a couple of weeks, but I get to make it up to you by sharing this stunning quilt made by Dorothy.  I had little bit of trouble getting a good picture of the whole thing as it is a biggie - it came in at 94" x 113"!  It is a generous size but should really fit nicely on a bed with the shaped corners.

I really enjoyed the mix of freehand and ruler work that went into quilting this quilt. 

These blocks are 14" set on point.  My 20" QP Curve Template by Linda over at the Quilted Pineapple is what I used in both these squares and the setting triangles.  The markings on the templates made echoing the line a breeze.

Dorothy really likes a leafy feather so I used those and a swirl in a variety of ways throughout the quilt to tie it all together.  (The taupe leaf print does a good job of hiding the quilting!) Here is a close up of the center of the quilt.  The quilting shows up really well on the back!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A Quilt for Dennis

This cheerful quilt was made by Patrice as a surprise gift for her husband's upcoming birthday.  She said it was a bit of a challenge to work on without him being aware of it - until he broke his foot and could no longer make his way downstairs to her sewing area!

Patrice chose the "Quirky" panto, Quilter's Dream Puff batting and a bright turquoise So Fine! thread.

When this quilt arrived in the mail, I only knew that it was a 1600 quilt that Patrice had made from her scraps.  The bright colors surprised me a little as it isn't what you typically imagine when you know the quilt is a gift for a man.  Through my emails with Patrice I learned the entire story behind this quilt and she was happy to share Dennis' story here:

"This quilt has a happy/sad story to it for my husband.  Seven years ago he had leukemia and was really quite sick.  Ten months later he had a stem cell transplant that was successful in that he remains cancer free.  He was told a few times that every stem cell recipient gets a quilt made and donated by volunteers.  His month in the hospital came and went - and no quilt. We didn't ask about it.  Several times since over the years he has mentioned the quilt that he didn't get. This quilt is going to be that stem cell quilt.  I made this quilt in all these bright colours and patterns because I just want him to be happy every time he looks at it."

The perfect gift that is sure to be treasured for a very long time.  Job well done Patrice!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Sherry's Quarter Sections


This is Sherry's version of Quarter Sections.  It is always a thrill for me to see someone making one of our Highway 10 Designs patterns, and Sherry's color palette really gives the pattern an elegant look.

Sherry chose the "Allium" pantograph, Quilter's Dream blend batting and my favorite beige Stonehenge backing.  A few more pictures because I can't get enough!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Quilts Don't Need to be Complicated

This is another one of Ina's lovely quilts that she is donating to her local care home.  This autumn color palette is different from the other six I have quilted for her.

This is the first time I used the "Falling Leaves" panto.  It is not very dense and really seemed to suit her fabric choices.

This lovely lap quilt belongs to Vanda.  It is a gift for a young lady, and I think she will be thrilled with this funky quilt.  The pattern is "Just Can't Cut It" by All Washed up Designs.

Vanda chose the "Fluffy Clouds" panto and the grey Stonehenge backing I have on hand and we used a dark grey Magnifico thread.

And I did start another project of my own.  I am participating in a Row quilt along being instructed by two lovely ladies in the Nimble Thimbles Quilt group that I attend twice a month.  It is a mystery in that we don't know what the end result will be.  We do know that each row will contain some kind of leaf block.  This is row 1.  The instructors do amazing hand applique and had there leaves done that way.  I am still allergic to applique and zig-zagged mine down with invisible thread.  I did turn the edges under using the non-fusible interfacing method.  I am excited to see what the next row will look like, and excited that I have kept up  - so far!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Italian Tiles


This wonderful quilt belongs to Dorothy.  The pattern is called Italian Tiles from the book Strip Therapy 8 by Brenda Henning.

 Dorothy chose the "Yo-Yo" panto and I used a variagated Lava thread.  As the top and the back were both very dark we decided that Quilter's Dream Midnight poly batting would be a good choice.

I think the thin black accent in this pattern really makes it.  I did ask Dorothy if it was hard to work with, and she said it went together very nicely.

And once again, things made with a Cappuccino Bali Pop, just look great in my living room ;)!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Christie's Quilt

I am so excited to share my sister-in-law's quilt.  I have had it ready for a little while, but wanted to wait until after her birthday to share pictures and this quilt's story.

The year was 1997 B. K. (Before Kids),  when my sister-in-law Christie signed up for a quilting class.  A HAND PIECING class.  Christie has always liked hand work so that didn't send her running.  You can see on the back of these blocks all the pieces were sewn together by hand. Her stitches are even and lovely and so are her points!

Jump ahead to 1998 and I was expecting my first daughter, and my wonderful sister-in-law puts aside said quilting project to produce a spectacular heirloom Baptismal gown for her first goddaugter.  (As I pulled out the gown today for a few photos, I realize that I have a task ahead of me to remove the stain.  Any advice?  My concern is the silk ribbon embroidery.)

I am amazed at all the details she included in this piece.  A true labor of love!

A little more time passes and a few of blocks have sashing pieces joining them together, but now we are in the year 1999 A.K., and Christie has her first child and said quilting project gets tucked far, far away.  A little over a year ago we got to talking and Christie pulled the project out, and we had fun looking at it.    She knew she wasn't going to get back to it anytime soon, so I took it home thinking maybe one day I would get the top together.  Well, it is now 2015 and Christie and family made their traditional New Year's visit.  We thought we might work on the quilt top together, but fishing got in the way, so I decided that finishing it would be the perfect gift for her 40th Birthday. Christie had mapped out where the blocks were to go and in which direction, so finishing it  - with the assistance of a sewing machine was a breeze.  The original layout made for a pretty small lap, so I added the four patches on point to the top and bottom to make the quilt a more usable size.

Christie had no idea that I got the top together, and I showed her a few quilting pictures for "someday".  She found my photos of feathers busy, so I new I wanted to try to keep the quilting a little simpler to match her taste.

I was really pleased with how the design in the yellow sashing and cornerstones turned out.  I hadn't done anything like that before, but I really like the effect.

The outer border got some free hand flowers.

My original thought was to do some crosshatching in the green triangles around the four patches, but decided on the simple echoed lines.  I love how it all looks on the back.

All of the blocks had a little bit of a different design. Here are a few.

This center Tumbling Blocks block is Christie's favorite.  I stitched in the ditch and did a tight background fill to make the blocks and the perfect piecing stand out.

You may have noticed that in some of the pictures the binding is sewn to the front of the quilt, but isn't finished on the back.  I thought that since Christie put the first stitches into this quilt by hand, it would be fitting that she put in the last.  Happy 40th Birthday Christie!