Sunday, April 5, 2020

North Star

This striking quilt is a pattern called North Star from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.  I actually had the pleasure of piecing this quilt top for Leslie of Keystone Modern Creative with my dear friend and business partner Kathy at a retreat we attended in the shop.

The fabric is line is called "Almost Blue" by Libs Elliott who is a Canadian Designer for Andover Fabrics.

Leslie left the quilting design choice up to me.  I selected the Fascination pantograph and used a silvery Magnifico thread for some shine to match the metallics in all the prints.

As we all try to navigate this unique time in our lives, trying to do our part to slow the spread of Covid 19, Leslie of Keystone Modern Creative  in Winnipeg, Manitoba is offering free shipping on most everything on her website.  If you need something you don't see online, drop Leslie an email or message or call the shop and she will do her best to hook you up!

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

King Size Quarter Sections

This fabulously rich quilt was made by Bonnie.  The pattern is our Highway 10 Designs Quarter Sections pattern.  Bonnie made the King size version with some additional borders and it came out to 102" x 126" - Bonnie has a few days of binding in her future, but it will be so worth it! You can see it on my Queen size bed below.

Bonnie fabric selection was mostly Orientals with a metallic highlight with a mix of batiks and cottons mixed in.  Bonnie selected the "Paisley" pantograph and I used my favorite Magnifico gold thread - 2063 Clover Honey.  It is a pretty gold thread that isn't too brassy.

Bonnie choose and brown Stonehenge wide back and we used the extra wide Quilter's Dream Blend batting.

Quarter Sections is a fat quarter friendly pattern with 6 sizes ranging from Baby to King.  You can find it on our website as a PDF download and in printed form.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Space Bacon

I am still smiling looking at the fun quilt. Reneta was a pattern tester for the Art East Quilt Company's new release called "Space Bacon."  I absolutely love it and i can't stop hear the Muppets announer in my head saying "Pigs in Spaaaaace"!

Swirly stars in a shiny grey Magnifico seemed like the perfect choice to finish off the quilt.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Perfect Boy's Quilt!

Val brought the fabulous quilt that she made for her grandson.  The layout is her own, combining 4 individual block patterns from Counted Quilts.  What little boy wouldn't love this quilt?

Val selected the "Quirky" pantograph and Quilter's Dream Puff Batting, and she supplied a flannel backing for a very cozy quilt.  I love the end result!

Monday, March 23, 2020


Shylyte made this wonderful batik top in a gorgeous purple palette.  The pattern is called "Chianti" and is from Villa Rosa Designs.

Shylyte selected the Daisy Bounce pantograph with Quilter's Dream Puff Batting.  I suggested a lovely purple Magnifico thread #2123 called February that is fabulous on batiks.

I have the first two blocks done in the Manitoba Prairie Quilter's applique block of the month.  I am about 4 months behind but am motivated to get caught up.  Not my normal type of project but I do like participating when quilters make the effort to organize something, and it is good to be pushed out of my comfort zone now and again.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Audrey's Quarter Sections

 I had the pleasure of quilting Audrey's version of our Highway 10 Designs Quarter Sections quilt.  Audrey had a vision for this quilt that influenced everything from her color palette to the quilting design that she chose.

Audrey shared that to her the center of the quilt represents the fields flourishing and in fallow.  The outer border is the highway running alongside and the inner border is the ditch between.  After hearing this I knew fancy feathery border was not what this quilt needed!  Audrey opted for the Breath of the gods pantograph which perfectly adds the touch of wind blowing across the prairie landscape.

Audrey plans to keep this quilt for herself, which is not something I hear my clients say often!

Quarter Sections is a fat quarter friendly pattern that includes 6 sizes ranging in size from baby to king.  PDF downloads and paper copies are available on the Highway 10 Designs website.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Snowmen A To ZZZ

I had the pleasure of working on this lovely version of the Crabapple Hill Studio's "Snowmen A to Zzzz" pattern.  Barb did all of the hand embroidery and crayon shading, and mom Dorothy assisted by piecing the blocks together and adding the borders.

Barb selected the Snow Winds pantograph and it makes for a very pretty quilt back.

In order to not overwhelm the delicate hand embroidery, I used my favorite thread for this type of application - Superior's Microquilter.  It is a 100 wt. polyester and it melts into the embroidery beautifully to let the embroidery remain the star of the quilt.

So many hours went into this lovely top, so I will share a few more close ups of some of the blocks.