Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Quarter Sections - Beautiful Batiks

This Quarter Sections quilt was actually made by me.  Shocking I know!

The batik fabric was a fat quarter bundle of Hoffman Batik in the sparrow colorway.  I love the serene feeling it has.

I made this quilt as a gift for a wedding we attend this last weekend.  I used the Mimosa pantograph and Quilter's Dream Blend batting and a dark taupe So Fine thread.

I have to admit I was a little sad to see this one go as it is my favorite version of Quarter Sections that I have personally made.  Might just have to look for some more fabric that I will like just as well.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Quarter Sections in Plum and Green

Cindy made this beautiful batik Quarter Sections quilt for her mom.  Cindy has made just about every single one of our Highway 10 Designs patterns, some more than once!

We decided on Quilter's Dream Puff batting to keep the quilt nice and light and the Dusty Miller panto.

 Quarter Sections is made from fat quarters and works great with collections or to bust into some of your stash.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Pedal to the Metal - Grad Quilt

This quilt was made by Reneta as a present for a special grad.  She used the Pedal to the Metal pattern by our own Highway 10 Designs.    

  I believe Reneta was just working with the intended recipients favorite colors, but this quilt gave me that "Go Team" feeling.  Using bold colors like this would be the perfect way to honour a favorite sports team or grad with their school colors.

For the quilting we decided on the bayside panto for its nice even texture.

Some news that is very exciting for me to share is that all of our Highway 10 Designs patterns are now available to Canadian and International quilt store through Checker Distributors.  You can share this information with your favorite local quilt store if you think others in your area might enjoy one of our patterns.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Pat's Wallhanging

This wall hanging is a pretty generous 50" x 50" and was made by Pat.  Sometimes it is nice to see the before and after pictures as this one had many places for me to play.

I believe these wall hangings were made as part of a mystery at the Nimble Thimbles Guild in Gilbert Plains as I have seen a few others and had the pleasure of quilting one for Bonnie that you can see here. I wanted to keep a similar feeling to what I quilted on Bonnie's, but also wanted Pat's to be unique so I changed up the border and feather designs.

 Always nice to see the quilting show up on the back!

And I had to include this one with my poppies in the background.  I just love them, but they are usually only nice for a few days as a rain or wind seems to take out the petals too quickly every year!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Two for Sherry

This darling scrappy spool quilt was brought to me by Sherry. Sherry has an eye for colour that I admire, and isn't afraid to put unexpected fabrics together.

I love the variety of fabrics included in the turquoise spool.

I enjoyed adding some light custom quilting.  Loops in the inner frames, a background of stippling, and a feather curl in the border and some Stitch in the Ditch around the spools and between the borders.

I know that this quilt isn't quite finished, it is going to get a little additional applique not that the quilting is complete.

Sherry brought a second small quilt and they were both able to fit on the same backing fabric, so once the spools were complete I added this "Take Two" quilt and kept on quilting.

Sherry selected the Daisy Bounce panto as this quilt is going to be given to a young girl, and I think it will be getting some applique as well.

We used a lavender Magnifico thread and the little bit of shine was just perfect.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Dorothy's Circle Quilt

This unique quilt was made by Dorothy.   Dorothy always starts with a pattern and makes it her own and this time out is no exception.  Dorothy left the quilting decisions up to me, the only thing that was a request was that I bring out the circles in the body of the quilt.

I used diagonal lines that followed the direction of the piecing in the background, and added petals into the circles and varied the design in each circle.

I wanted the small circles on the black background to float, so i kept the design horizontal and quite neutral behind them.

In the three borders I did single loops, triple loops and a piano key that varied between straight and wavy lines.

To assist in marking the spacing of the piano keys in the solid black sections of the border, I pulled out my Simflex gauge.  It is a sewing tool that was created to equally spacing button holes or dress pleats, but as it easily expands and contracts it made marking the piano key spacing much quicker than measuring each one with a ruler.  I used the pieced section as my guide, and adjusted the tool to that spacing and then marked in each piano key with a small chalk mark.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

New backings!

It was almost like Christmas here today! 

I received my Cantik batik "Homecoming" kit as well as 7 new colors of Stonehenge wide backing.

And here is a shot of my entire current selection.

 I just love all the Northcott Stonehenge wide backs -108" wide means no piecing and the quality is second to none.  I will have samples with me if anyone local is I need.