Sunday, July 12, 2020

Shadow Box with an Amazing Backing

 This bright and cheerful Shadow Box quilt was made by Karen for her sister-in-law who recently became a Canadian Citizen.   The front of the quilt is pretty special but I may like the back just as much!

For the new Canadian, Karen thought adding some maple leaves to the backing would be very fitting and I couldn't agree more.  This isn't the first time Karen has wowed me with a quilt back - this one was pretty spectacular too!

 We decided on the the Tickle Too pantograph and it continues the cheerful feeling. I love seeing other quilter's creativity and getting to play a small role in the completion of a wonderful quilt!

Friday, July 10, 2020

Slam Dunk!

Get ready to see not one, not two, but three versions of this fabulous Slam Dunk quilt.  Reneta was sewing up a storm this winter with Cluck Cluck Sew's Slam Dunk pattern to make two graduation gifts and a special thank you gift for her youngest son's long time coach.

You will notice these photos were taken in the winter and early spring when I did the quilting, but I didn't share the photos until the gifts were given.

The first of the three received some light custom quilting.  I followed the fabric design in the sashing, added a background stipple behind the balls, and only stitched on the black lines on the ball itself to make the orange part puff up.

The second one got the Gatsby pantograph and Reneta loved it so much that she requested the same treatment on the third on which was for her son.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day!  What a perfect day to share this great quilt made by Liz for her grandson's graduation.  The fabric she used is from Northcott's Canadian Sesquicentennial Collection.

Liz selected the Maple Syrup Pantograph to continue with the theme.  I used So Fine #456 is Goose Down to blend across the reds and beiges.  I think the whole thing turned out great and that Liz has a very lucky grandson!

Monday, June 29, 2020

Bonny's Star Quilt

This fresh quilt was made by Bonny for her daughter.  One focal fabric with some beautiful coordinating tone-on-tones and solids sure do make for a lovely quilt.

I would say that about half of my clients make quilt design decisions over email and/or text and half visit my studio and we come up with a plan in person. (Covid did increase the need for distant consultations this spring though!)  I am glad Bonny was able to bring this quilt in person as she made a much bolder thread choice than I would have suggested through photos, but I love the end result!

Bonny chose the Raindrops pantograph, one of my Northcott wide backings and a peachy brown thread.  The thread that looked like it matched the peach fabric when on the cone looked almost white on the solid blue sashing.  When I pulled out some darker options we found just the right one.  So Fine #417 called Antique Rose.  Auditioning odd threads sometimes results in the perfect fit!

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Holly Taylor Summer Nights and Northern Lights

Margaret brought this lovely quilt that was made from Holly Taylor's Summer Nights and Northern Lights fabric line.   I think it would be fair to say, that like a fine wine, this fabric was given a bit of time to mature in her stash...   Margaret just purchased a new waterfront home and this quilt is going to be for one of the bunkhouses on the property.

Margaret used the panel elements and coordinating yardage to come up with this beautiful quilt.

To coordinate with the lovely maple leaf print, Margaret chose the Maple Syrup pantograph.

I used a light green thread on the front and a dark plum thread on the back.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Winter Solstice

This lovely quilt was made by Reneta.  The pattern is called Winter Solstice by Patti Carey.  Reneta had the staff at Road 17N in Winkler put together a kit for her that very closely resembles the cover of the pattern.

Reneta chose the Breath of the gods pantograph that feels like a gentle wind moving through the trees.

I'm sure the lucky graduate will be thrilled to be receiving this one!

Friday, June 26, 2020

Hugs and Kisses

This darling quilt was made by Sherry.  She told me that she combined a few ideas that she had saved from different magazines over the years.

Sherry decided on a panto that was fairly new to my collection that I hadn't yet had the opportunity to stitch out.  It is called Knit 1 Purl 2, and I really love how it looks on the quilt. 

I used a beautiful grayed purple So Fine thread #502 called Milan Mauve.  It blended nicely on the grey border and didn't detract from the purple applique.

Such a sweet little quilt!