Friday, July 28, 2017

Bold Lug Nuts

I made this version of  the Lug Nuts pattern for my nephew's high school graduation.  I originally thought I might make a woodsy colored quilt as he likes the outdoors, but when I asked my nephew what colors he liked, his response was "yellow- the brighter, the better." Yellow?!? He liked yellow as a toddler and still does at 17.   Not usually my go to color, but when I thought about our Lug Nuts pattern and adding some grounding black and grey it seemed like it might be fun.

I have to thank Shari at Road 17 N in Winkler for selecting these fabrics with just a few words of direction.  She sent a few photos for me to pick from and quickly popped the fabric in the mail, and I had it two days later.

For the quilting I went with the Fascination panto and a grey thread.  The fabrics and layout are the stars of this quilt and I just wanted a nice even texture to hold it all together.

I used a wide Stonehenge backing fabric but decided to make it a little more interesting by adding a couple of the extra hexagons to the back.  I turned the edges under 1/4" and appliqued them to the backing before I loaded it on to my frame.

This is the first time I made a full size Lug Nuts quilt and it goes together quite quickly.  I was a little concerned about binding all the extra points, but with the bias binding it really was a simple process.  A little more time consuming than a straight edge, but not nearly as hard as I imagined it would be.

Lug Nuts is available in both paper via snail mail or and instant PDF download in our Highway 10 Designs Etsy Store.  Wholesale patterns are available through Checker Distributors or Quilt Source Canada or contact us directly at
 Thanks for making to the end of my picture heavy post.  I am quite pleased with how this one turned out!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Floral Pedal to the Metal

This wonderful quilt was made by Janice.  It is one of the versions included in our Highway 10 Designs Pedal to the Metal pattern and I haven't had the opportunity to quilt one like this before.

I really love the floral fabric that Janice used in the border and body of the quilt.  I am not usually drawn to florals, but there is something special about this one.

Janice selected the Wildflower pantograph and it provides a nice even all over texture that completes the quilt.

 Pedal to the Metal is available in paper or digital download in our Etsy store, or ask your local quilt store about bringing the pattern in for you.  Wholesale inquiries can be directed to

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Amy's Cross Stitch Heart 2.0

This is the second heart quilt that I have had the pleasure of quilting for Amy.  You can see 1.0 here    The base pattern that Amy used is "Cross Stitch Heart Quilt" by Pile o' Fabric.  Amy changed up the layout, but I was able to repeat many of the past quilting designs which made this one a little easier on me.  As this is a wedding gift she again requested that I personalize it with the couple's last name and year of their wedding.  

Here is a close up of the thread painting I did with a purple Magnifico thread.

For the borders I did wavy lines in the cross stitches, curly hearts and the ombre border got some flowing hook feathers.  Those were so fun to add!

The heart in the centre is quilted with more hook feathers and filled in with some branching curls.

One lucky couple received this gift on the weekend and I'm sure it will be cherished!  Great job Amy.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Drinks By the Pool in Vegas

This quilt was made by Reneta.  Reneta chose some fun and cheerful flamingo fabric for the focus of her Stack n Whack project.  Reneta often has a vision for her quilts that I need to extract from her brain so I know that we are on the same page.  I thought a panto might look nice, but Reneta has a different idea....

I did continuous curves in the kaleidoscope blocks.  I love how it looks on the back!

Now for where the title of this blog post comes in....  Reneta said the flamingos made her think of Las Vegas, and she likes to enjoy a drink by the pool while she is there, so martini glass were the order of the day.  I filled in with some stars and bubbles around them, and added a water meander to the outer border.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Day Break

This beautiful quilt was made by Connie.  It was a kit from Keepsake Quilting and the pattern is Day Break by Wendy Sheppard.  Hoffman fabrics has a slightly different version on this pattern as a free download.

We chose the Mimosa pantograph for a nice all over texture.  The pictures of this quilt do not do the fabrics justice.  These are some of the prettiest batiks with the most interesting patterns that I have seen in awhile.

It really is a stunning quilt and it is entirely made up of half square triangles!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


This sweet quilt was made jointly by Reneta and Amyfor a fellow quilting friend who just welcomed a baby girl into her family.  The pattern is "The Kittens" by Elizabeth Hartman.    Reneta and Amy dug into their stashes for a beautiful selection of pink fabrics for the kittens.   

This quilt has a bit of a fun story.  To preface, I need to tell you that Reneta and Amy are both cat crazy!  (I may only know one other person who loves cats more.)  Sheri, the new mom,  on the other hand is a dog person through and through.  Sheri, Reneta and Amy all love a good joke and can dish out the teasing as well as they can take it. So of course, the first thought is to make a cat quilt for the dog person!  Reneta and Amy think every little girl should have a kitty to love and they knew the only way that would happen is with kitties on this quilt.  Here is Darby with her loving puppy and alone to see her beautiful face.

Reneta and Amy left the quilting design up to me, and I did this wavy line/bubble combination.  Reneta said it looked like a ball of yarn loose on the quilt top.  

The backing fabric was something new to me.  It is a chenille type of cuddle fabric.  It quilted up fine as it really isn't any thicker than regular cuddle, but it is MESSIER when you trim it!   Ugh!


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Canadian Fabric Challenge

Each year the Crocus Quilter's Guild here is Dauphin, MB has a challenge.  Normally we are given 3 fat quarters and can making anything within the size parameter of 120" in perimeter.  Whoever wins the popular vote picks the fabric for the following year.  I won in May of 2016, you can read about that here.  Since our challenge reveal would be taking place in May of 2017, and our challenges would be on display at our local library over June and July, I thought is was the perfect opportunity to pick some Canadian themed fabric in honour of all the Canada 150 celebrations.  


I chose three fabrics from Northcott's Stonehenge  OH CANADA line.  I thought the flag print could be a bit challenging to work with so I added a neutral off white and a tone on tone red.

My project did not get completed in time for the reveal date so you won't see it with all of the others here.  I am very pleased with how mine finished up so I will show you some of the details.

All of the fabrics I added were coordinates from the Stonhenge line.  I really love the border fabric, and almost selected it for one of the challenge fabrics.  I thought its directional nature would be tricky to work with when you are only given a fat quarter so I opted not to.  I bought a big chunk for myself so I could use it for the border and the backing.  I decided to add curved lines for the quilting.  I was concerned that straight lines might make the text print look crooked if it was even the slightest bit off.

I stitched in the ditch around the flag print squares and  the narrow sashing and border strips.

Pebbles behind the 3-d maple leaves were the finishing touch.  I had intended to leave the leaves a little more dimensional but it didn't quite work out that way, but I am still happy.

I had a wonderful visit with Kathy back in May, and we found a few moments to take some new head shots for upcoming Highway 10 Designs projects.  We don't get to see each other very often so I'm glad we took the time to do this, these are my favorites.