Thursday, October 6, 2016

Good Vibrations!

GV Cover pic
I am really excited to introduce the new pattern from Highway 10 Designs called Good Vibrations.  The pattern utilizes 5” x width of fabric strips that can come from your stash or be purchased as precuts.  We used Cantik Batik Gem Fives. The large quilt uses two bundles and is featured on the cover in the Nunavut colorway.  The smaller version uses one bundle and you can see it below in the Great Lakes colorway.

While we were developing the pattern Kathy made a sample from her batik stash and you can see it over at Tamarack Shack

Kathy and I design our patterns across the miles between Flin Flon and Dauphin, but we were lucky to meet in “the middle” at Fabriculous in Swan River this summer and we got to test the pattern and sew the cover quilt together.  I took it home to quilt it, and Kathy took it back to bind and photograph it.  It was really a fun joint effort.

Good Vibrations really didn’t call for any elaborate quilting. The Ebb and Flow pantograph was run vertically instead of horizontally like it normally is.  It had a very pleasing feel in that orientation.  I had one remaining piece of this Stonehenge backing fabric that was the perfect compliment to the front of the quilt.

Kathy used the Bora Bora pantograph on the smaller quilt and it gives a different feel that compliments the colors well.


Good Vibrations is available in paper or pdf format from our Highway 10 Designs Etsy store or ask your local quilt store owner to bring it in for you!

Monday, October 3, 2016

City Slicker


This version of City Slicker was made by Reneta just in time for our local guild quilt show.  I pulled it off my machine just a few days before the show and she was able to getting the binding done in a flash.

Reneta knew she wanted the quilting to have a geometric feel so we decided on the Gatsby pantograph. A brassy gold thread was a nice compliment to all the fabrics.

Reneta found this collection of fabrics on a recent trip to New York City.  She picked up this package of New York themed fabric from The City Quilter.  Reneta thought the Highway 10 Designs pattern City Slicker was the perfect compliment and I couldn't agree more.  The yellow Grunge fabric by Moda was a really nice addition.

 While at the store Reneta also found some fabric postcards and decided to scatter them on the backing as another memory of her trip.

 Are here is a shot of it bound and at our local show.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Reneta's Lug Nuts #2

This Lug Nuts quilt was made by Reneta. Lug Nuts is still one of my favorite patterns that Kathy and I created for Highway 10 Designs.

I was lucky enough to watch this quilt unfold from the fabric shopping, to its first piecing at a retreat, to a coffee visit to see the layout and finally I got a turn to play by quilting it!

I'm sharing a lot of pictures of this beauty, because I love it so much and couldn't narrow it down anymore!

Reneta and I decided on the "Come Dance with Me" panto.  This choice came as a surprise to both of us, but it enhanced Reneta's fabric choices without compteting with it.  I love how it looks and the pieced backing with the this great taupey grey Grunge backing fabric.

If you are thinking that you might like to make a this quilt but are a little fearful of the shaped edge, do not fear!  The Lug Nuts pattern has clear binding instructions, and this is Reneta's second time making this pattern. (See her first version here).  If it was a bad, she surely wouldn't have tackled it again! 

All of the Highway 10 Designs patterns are available in our Etsy store, or ask your local quilt store about bringing it in for you.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Quarter Sections - Bright and Cheerful

This cheerful version of Quarter Sections was made by Sandra.  She wanted to clear out some of her bright fabric from her stash.  I think it turned out amazing!

I did an all over freehand double circle design in a bright orange thread, and I think it suits the mood of the quilt really well.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Gail's Circle Dance

This beauty was made by Gail for her granddaughter.  Gail used the Crazy Curve 7" and Small Path 3.5" templates from Elisa's Back Porch to create the quilt.  The quilt is based on the Circle Dance pattern that it is included with the templates, but Gail put her own "Peacful" twist on it.

Instead of just joining 4 quarters together for the small circles, Gail tweaked the piecing to create Peace Symbols.  Love it!

Gail provided her favourite Hobbs 1000% cotton batting. She selected the "Yo-Yo" panto and asked that I select a thread that blended in as much as possible.  After a number of tries it was a very dark purple  - So Fine! #439 Amethyst  that didn't call too much attention it itself.

Gail creatively pieced he back with extra blocks and some fabric from her stash.

Because I knew this quilt was intended for a special individual I asked Gail if she would like me to add her granddaughter's name to the quilt. I loved how it turned out.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Belle Wave

The fresh quilt was made by Cheri and the pattern is called Belle Wave.  The pattern is available as a free download from Art Gallery Fabrics blog here.

Cheri and i were debating between a light custom treatment or a pantograph for this one.  Once we tried out the Tickle Too panto we both were sold.  I used a white So Fine thread that was subtle over the quilt top.

This is just one of the lovely quilts that will be on display at my local guild's show happening in just two weeks.  If you are in the vicinity I suggest that you come check us out!  Vendors are Road 17N from Winkler, Keystone Quilts from Winnipeg and Fabriculous from Swan River/Gimli.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Mixed Mutts

This super cute quilt was made by Cindy for her granddaughter's first birthday.  The pattern is called Mixed Mutts by Lunch Box Quilts.  Cindy did the embroidery version although there is a classic applique version available as well.

Cindy requested custom quilting.  I quilted a little heavier than I normally would on a quilt for a young child, but I just couldn't help myself!  We used Quilter's Dream Puff Batting so the quilt is still nice and light.

I used three types of thread on the front of this quilt.  For the pebbles, and ditching around the embroidery  I used an Invisifil 100 wt so that there wasn't a lot of thread build up.  For the outside border I used my trusty So Fine thread, and for the loops on the frames around the dogs, I used a variegated Fantastico thread in bright rainbow colors although it is very hard to see in the photos.

I love all the texture on this quilt!