Thursday, August 21, 2014


This is Cheri's Hopstoch quilt that she made for her daughter's graduation.  We decided on a new panto in my collection called "Lithe".  It has a nice even texture and the design complimented the fabrics Cheri used really well.

Lithe by Lorien Quilting

Cheri made this quilt a little bigger than her original plan which meant she had to get a little creative to increase the size of the backing as well.  I love the added interest on the back!

When I was recently at Road 17N in Winkler I found some fabric that I just couldn't leave behind.

 I have had a bare window in my studio forever and thought it was time I fixed that problem!  Simple but I love my Night Owl curtains!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Summer is Flying By!

I have been pretty quiet here on the blog, but I have been doing a little bit of quilting.  The cute baby quilt was made by Bev for her grandson Joel.

The pattern Bev used for this pattern is called  Star Fling, and it is a great fat quarter pattern.

 She provided a lovely minkee dot for the backing.  I used Quilter's Dream Puff batting, which is my favorite with a minkee backing.

Bev always asks me to personalize the quilts for her grandchildren, so I channeled my junior high self and added Joel's name in bubble letters inside one of the stars.

Bev and Joel's big sister Taylor chose the Baby Bauhaus panto pattern as they thought it looked like square wheels.  It was the perfect scale for the piecing too.

We have been trying to enjoy some of the joys of summer - time spent with friends and family and each other.  Here are some of the highlights so far.

My handsome hubby all ready for the parade.

Some daddy and daughter bonding time on a construction project for her room.

My catch of the year - so far!

Happy times on Lake Athapap!

Spending some great time with friends at their cabin.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Kyla's Quilt

This is a quilt that I started for my daughter Kyla way back in 2010.  I participated in the Sister's Choice block swap hosted by Shannon at the Piecful Kwilter. We made 12 blocks that were identical using bright batiks and Kona black. All the participants were to sign the front of their block discretely with their name and where they lived. We sent them to Shannon, she shuffled them up and sent us 12 back, including one of our own.  My block is in the bottom left corner of the picture below.

I knew I wanted to do some custom quilting on this one, but didn't want to quilt it within an inch of its life so it would still be soft.  Kyla, now 16,  had a lot of input into the quilting designs.  She really wanted me to use variegated thread on the black.  I was a little hesitant, but glad I went for it as we are both really happy with the results.

The blocks were framed with this motif in the sashing between the small blue stars.  The thread is a blue/green/purple Lava.

The blocks themselves had a mix of continuous curves, loops and swirls in a So Fine thread that blended fairly well into the block fabrics.

Kyla requested feathers in the outer border.  I added a curl every so often for to break it up a little. It was very scary getting started on this as I knew I couldn't hide anything, but things went really smoothly with my favorite "less stress feathers".

Here is a shot of the black back that shows the quilting (as well as some lint!).  I used Quilter's Dream Midnight Poly batting and Kona black for the back.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Simple and Striking

This quilt was sent to me by Trina.  She made it for her son who just graduated and is off to University in the fall.  He didn't think he needed at quilt at first, but Trina wore him down and decided on a simple pattern. After seeing the first couple of rows, Chris asked if Trina could add a little bit of red, and her layout took shape.

The backing in pieced in a large scale version of the front.  Keeping with the simple theme, the "Dazzle" panto was the choice. 

Trina asked for one bit of personalization in the quilting, which I always love to do.  The request was for the number 14 to be quilted into a corner in red thread. 

After completing the stitching on the front, I used my template on my pantograph at the back of the machine to show me where I needed to stop so that I wouldn't stitch through the numbers.  I repositioned the template as I advanced the quilt.

Here is the end result with the panto surrounding the lettering.  This is the first time that I did something like this is the midst of a panto, and I was very pleased with the outcome.  And it really wasn't a lot of futzing about either!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pedal to the Metal 2.0

When I was up in Flon Flon for the North Star Quilt Guild Show in April, Mami's Country Quilts was there as a vendor with acres of batiks to drool over.  Kathy and I  decided to treat ourselves and make another version of our Pedal to the Metal quilt.  This time around it was Kathy's turn to piece and quilt our sample.

My favorite part about this version of Pedal to the Metal is how the diamonds extend in to the border of the quilt.  

We had been wanting to redo the cover of Pedal to the Metal for a while now.  Our first attempt was okay, be we were rushing to get it done, and it just never felt quite right.

Here is version 2. 

We decided to let version A be the focus so that the woven look that we like so much could come through. Quilts B & C play a nice supporting role from the quilt ladder.  I am still a little surprised that we ended up with an indoor shot of the quilts, as Kathy is usually known for her outdoor shots like the one below.  It is good to mix things up every now and again I guess!

 Pedal to the Metal (2.0) is available in our Etsy shop.  
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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sweet Dreams

This is Vanda's "Sweet Dreams" Quilt.  The pattern came from a recent issue of Quilter's World Magazine. I love the fresh modern color palette that she used, and I am sure the young graduate who will be receiving this quilt will too.

We decided on the "Fascination" pantograh, white Magnifico thread and Quilter's Dream Puff batting.

 And since it is summer, it is once again time for our family tradition of the girls taking on the planning/cooking/cleaning up of supper one night a week.  Kendra had the first week on her own while Kyla was at camp and made a Chow Mien Casserole and salad but I forgot to snap a picture before we dug in. This week we were treated to steak, baked potatoes, green beans and our first picking of garden lettuce. This tradition is by far one of my best parenting moves ever!