Monday, October 15, 2018

Butterfly Whimsy

I recently finished this bright and beautiful quilt for Reneta.  The Allison Glass collection on black was stunning and Reneta left me some room for some fun quilting.  Reneta never chooses all the exact designs for her quilts, she usually gives me a few key words or feelings and I run with it.  Sometimes I need to ask a few follow up questions, but this time my direction of "Butterflies" and "Whimsy" gave me enough to go on.

I knew that I wanted to keep the quilting in the body of the quilt fairly simple.  I didn't want to put any color on the black X's as I thought it would take away from the design of the piecing, so I decided on the petal design in black thread.  Continuous curves in the colorful squares was just enough for me.

I had so much fun stitching turquoise and purple butterflies in the border.  I filled in the background with a ribbon meander in black thread to let the butterflies shine.

I do not have a computerized machine, I am hand guided, so I needed a way to keep the butterflies a little bit consistent in size and shape throughout the border, especially when I used such bold thread!

Here are a few shots of the quilt in progress and a video if you are interested in seeing the process.  It is simple and easy - paper stencil &  school chalk.  A few simple guidelines are all you really need, the details can be added by eyeballing them.

This might be one of my favorite quilts that I have ever done for Reneta and there have been a few good ones over the years - she is very prolific!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Log Cabin Swallow

Our guild hosted a swap back in the spring, and I realized I didn't share what I had made for my partner.  The theme was Log Cabin, and we were given some likes and dislikes from our partner but the rest was open.  I got my friend Dawn and knew I wanted to try to include a snow dyed fabric in the mix. You can see a little of my process here.   Snow dyeing is always a bit of a surpise,  so i did three pieces to ensure I ended up with something I could use.  

Here are all the fabrics that I finally decided on.

Once the top was pieced, I had to come up with a quilting plan.  Enter the plexiglass and whiteboard marker.  After some doodling I came up with a plan that I thought would work.

I roughly marked where the spines of the feathers should be and then just went for it.  It is fun to do small pieces like this (about 20" x 20").  

I did stitch in the ditch around all the logs in the log cabin blocks.  It help to make it nice and crisp.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Hoffman Dream Big

So many of the longarmers that I follow on social media have been sharing pictures of these amazing panels that they have been quilting.  Although I feel I was a little late to the party, I couldn't resist trying my hand at one too.

 The panel is from Hoffman fabrics and it is a digital print called "Dream Big."  It comes in a lot of different colorways, but this purple was my favorite.  Here you can see it just after it was loaded before I added any stitches.

Figuring out what to do in the center was the most challenging part.  A lot of others filled the center with pebbles, but I knew I wanted something different.  A gave myself a few chalk lines as a guide, and chose to use a few pebbles and petals with lines that followed the print of the fabric.

Once the centre was done the fun began. Feathers!!!  I was able to quilt the entire panel with one color of thread.  I chose my favorite 100 wt thread - Microquilter in baby pink.  I two layers of batting - Quilter's Dream Puff on top of Quilter's Dream blend.

The last design choice was deciding what to do where there weren't full petals.  I choice tight parallel lines. 

I'm glad I chose a fairly a white backing for this one as I love how the quilting design looks.

 And one more photo just because I can.  I sent this panel off to the quilt display at our local Art Centre, and I can't wait to have it back and find a home for it!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Custom Wedding Quilt

I had the honor of quilting this custom designed panel for my super talented friend Dawn.  This quilt was used as part of the wedding decor for her son and daughter-in-law's wedding this summer.  It was an awesome photo back drop for guests.

Dawn is usually busy making amazing art quilts,  which you can see at  but she has some pretty awesome graphic design skills too.  She created both my Night Owl Quilting logo and our Highway 10 Designs logo.  She used meaningful words and phrases, combined with her artistic vision to create the panel that you see above.  She then sent her design to a special fabric printer that could handle wide goods to be printed. 

All I did was quilt the Fascination panto to add a nice even texture and not take away from the design.  Enjoy looking at some of the details!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Hoffman Supernova Seasons

My friend Wendy from Fabriculous recently asked if I wanted to try my hand at quilting one of the new Hoffman Supernova Seasons panels.  Shortly after I said yes, my mind went blank and I had no idea what I should do!

 I decided to use the fabric design as my guide, and chalked the circle on before I loaded the panel onto my machine.  I stitched around the reindeer and two lines for the circle.  Next I followed the fabric design and stitched the straight lines in the center of the circle.  The distance between the lines varies, I just tried to keep with the angle of fabric design.

A curling feather border on the outside of the circle finished it all off.  This was a fun little quilting only project.  Small enough to easily handle on a domestic machine too!