Monday, July 16, 2018

Gail's Lug Nuts

This awesome version of Lug Nuts was made by Gail.  Gail was a student in a workshop I taught in January.   I loved the rich neutral fabrics that she had selected, and was very curious as to how her choice of one brick red fabric would look in the final product.   (Lug Nuts uses nine different fabrics and we normally suggest 3 lights, 3 mediums and 3 darks.)  I think end result is awesome!


Gail prefers a light touch with the quilting and chose one of my newer pantographs called "Expression".  Gail chose to do the optional pieced back to use up some of the leftover hexagon sections.

I just love how the landscape brick fabric look in the quilt!

Lug Nuts is a great stash buster if you have 1 m cuts lying around.  It is also a pattern that is much easier to construct than the final product would suggest.  No y-seams!   Pattern is available in the Highway 10 Designs Etsy Store, or ask your local quilt store about it.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Magic Tiles

Bonnie brought over this classic quilt top made from Kathleen Bissett's Magic Tile Pattern.  This pattern was extremely popular a decade or two ago, and really stands the test of time as it makes into a very striking quilt.  

It took my awhile to decide what quilting options to choose.  At first, I hesitated to sew across the thin black sashing as it was so crisp I didn't want to muddy it up.  I knew the two borders would allow some custom quilting to show, and wanted something dense enough in the center to balance that out.  I felt stitching in the ditch beside the black only would leave the center feeling a little flat, so I opted for a simple pantograph called "Raindrops"for the center.

You can see the quilting on the Stonehenge backing Bonnie selected from me.

I did a simple feather with a curl in the turquoise outer border, and a new to me twist on my regular curls in the black border.  I used a dark turquoise thread in the outer border and center and a charcoal grey on the black border.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Circle of Life

When I left home on June 14 to visit my mom and travel to Emo, Ontario to visit my friend Kathy, I had no idea how different my world would be one short week later.  My mom passed away June 21 after spending a peaceful 12 hours in the palliative care unit.  I was thankful to be with my mom in her last days, and to be in Winnipeg to help my brother and sister-in-law with the care-giving that became necessary at that time.  I truly believe that God's hand was involved in the timing of my little holiday.  Although Pulmonary Fibrosis caused her to grow weaker and limit what she was able to do,  she was mentally strong until the end.  

Just before I left on my trip, I had the pleasure of quilting this skulk of foxes for Reneta.  

Reneta requested my all-over wood grain quilting on these darling baby boy quilts, and suggested that I quilt right across the names as well.  Reneta provided one large piece of wide flannel for the backing and I was able to do all four quilts at once. 

Here you can see them before I cut them apart to return to her.

Reneta adapted the layout, but used the "Fancy Fox" pattern by Elizabeth Hartman.

I love the texture that the wood grain quilting provides to this quilt and I think Griffin would agree!

And here is more sweetness to balance out this post!

Sunday, June 3, 2018

R2D2 Quilt

Reneta has been busy sewing squares together yet again!  This time is was this fabulous R2D2 quilt made following the free tutorial on the Bored Zombie Blog here.

Reneta left the quilting design up to me, we knew that this one was calling for light custom rather than an all over design.  

I tried to pick a different but complementary design to use in each of the main colors.  Continuous curves in the blue, "Terry twists" in the grey, vertical u-turns in the blacks and larger horizontal u-turns in the white.  

Swirls in the border and a swirly background filler finished it all off.  I decided to stitch in the ditch around the black border and leave it unquilted.

I am sure the lucky recipient (and his parents) will be thrilled with this one!

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Double Slice

Donna brought me this lovely "Double Slice" layer cake quilt.  It is a nice way to use one of those layer cakes that you purchased and weren't quite sure what to do with once you got home.  You can find the tutorial here.

We took inspiration from the fabric prints and used one of my favorite pantographs - "Come Dance With Me".  It shows up beautifully on the Northcott Stonehenge backing fabric that I had on hand. 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Feather Bed

This beauty was made by my friend Dawn.  The pattern is called Feather Bed and is available for free from the designer Anna Marie Horner here.

 So much love was put into this piecing of this quilt, that it only needed me to let its beauty shine. I stitched in the ditch between all the feather segments and 1/4" around the outside of the feathers themselves.  The background fill I’m calling “bark”, and I love the texture it gave to the background.

No more words from me, just enjoy a few more pictures of this lovely quilt!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Music Quilt

June made this quilt for her granddaughter's upcoming graduation.  

June prefers lighter quilting, and the fabric is the real star of this quilt, so we opted for the Fascination panto for the quilting on this one.

I have to say that June's choice of backing fabric caught me by surprise.  I would never have considered using this keyboard print for more than a border, but I love the look after it was all quilted.  We should all step out of our box and take a chance now and again!