Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Marlene's Lug Nuts

 This is Marlene's version of our Highway 10 Designs Lug Nuts pattern.  This is the first quilt that Marlene has ever made!!!  Marlene took a class with me last year, and brought it to me for quilting this spring.  She did an outstanding job with her piecing and pressing.

We chose the "Breath of the gods" pantograph and a nice medium grey thread.  Grey and orange wouldn't be a color combination that normally pops in my mind, but I just love it!

Lug Nuts is one of those patterns where the final product looks far more complicated than it actually is to make. You might even be able to pull the require nine 1 yard cuts from your stash!  Paper and PDF patterns are available in the Highway 10 Designs Etsy store.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Labyrinth Walk

I can't believe a month has passed since I posted some photos to this blog!  I have been busy quilting, celebrating my grad 12 graduate, selling my current house, buying a new one and getting things organized for our move at the end of the month. 

I had this please of quilting this one for Eileen back in May before the grass was fully greened up. The pattern is called "Labyrinth Walk" by the Guilty Quilter.  Eileen made this as a wedding gift for a very special nephew and his bride and we didn't want to post anything until after the wedding to keep the secret.

The fabrics in the quilt are just the prefect combination to enhance the 3D effect in the top. Eileen and I discussed quilting design options and she opted for the full custom treatment.  Pebbles in the light grey, diagonal line in the dark grey, horizontal lines in the black and just stitching in the ditch around all the white.  Eileen really did an outstanding job with the pressing the seams in this quilt, and it sure made things go smoothly for me.

The borders got a bead board treatment with "rays' in the corners.

Thanks for trusting me with this quilt Eileen.   It sure is a stunner.

Friday, June 14, 2019

R2D2 Quilt #2

This is the second R2D2 quilt I have quilted for Reneta.  This one is significantly smaller than the original one you can read about here.  It comes from a tutorial from the Bored Zombie.  This is a nice toddler sized quilt and to achieve this size Reneta cut 1.5" squares.

The is the original quilt with squares cut at 2.5"!

 A new sized quilt needed a different quilting plan.  We decided a nice allover pattern was what this quilt needed, as custom quilting the 1" finished squares would have made for a stiffer quilt than desired.

Reneta chose the Twister pantograph. and I think the end result is fabulous.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Scrappy Irish Chain

I recently completed this beauty for Reneta.  It is really hard to appreciate the scale of this quilt from pictures.  I have lovingly been referring to it as "the beast" while it has been in my possession as it measures 112" X 122"!

Reneta made this as wedding present for her niece who has a king size bed.  Here you can see it covering my queen bed.  If you are curious or want to recreate this quilt, just cut 5,832 - 2" squares and you are off to the races!

Reneta is normally a "no feathers" girl, but when she brought this out to me, she thought it actually needed some, so I was happy to oblige.  The color placement in this quilt is the reverse of what you most often see, so the quilting plan needed to be a little unique as well.  We decided on straight line in the colored squares and black chain, with feathers in the beige.

I like the pattern that emerged on the solid backing.

This quilt was truly a labour of love and I'm happy I got to play a part in its journey.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Simply Dashing - Oh Canada!

This patriotic version of the Highway 10 Designs Simply Dashing pattern was made by Reneta.  Only two fabrics are required, and as Reneta will tell you, this pattern is super simple to put together. 

Reneta made this quilt for her son Joey who received his Bachelor of Music from Brandon University.  Joey is going to be continuing on to do his Master in Spain this fall, so Reneta wanted to send him off with a reminder of home.  All the fabrics she used are from the Northcott Stonehenge Oh Canada line.

Reneta knew that she wanted me to quilt this one with the Musica pantograph as it was so fitting for her son.  I used a black Magifico thread.

Simply Dashing and our whole line of Highway 10 Designs patterns are available as pdf downloads or in paper format in our Etsy store.  

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Reed's Not Your Mother's Rail Fence


I am very excited to finally be able to share a quilt that I made for someone special!  This past weekend we celebrated with my oldest daughter Kyla's boyfriend Reed as he received his Bachelor of Music from Brandon University.

I knew that I wanted to make Reed a quilt for the occasion and I really wanted to make one of our Highway 10 Designs patterns.  Not Your Mother's Rail Fence is very versatile and makes a nice manly quilt, so it was one of my leading choices.

Reed has recently developed a bit of a fishing obsession, so when I saw the fish batik at Flare fabrics, I thought I might be onto something.  I passed my idea by my daughter and she loved it. Over Christmas holidays, she took a road trip with me to pick out the other three batiks from Kick Ass Country Store in Plumas, Manitoba.   The unique gold metallic inner border fabric came from my stash and gives a fun nod to his Music Degree.  The fish and music fabric are a bit of an odd combination but perfect for this recipient!

The whole family had a hand in the construction of the quilt when we were together over the Easter Weekend.  Kyla had the pedal to the metal on the sewing machine, I cut and organized, and Kendra and Nolan traded shifts at the ironing board.  Apparently they have all picked up some skills living in my quilty world!

We opted for the Bora Bora pantograph which makes me feel the wind on the lake. 

I opted to use a Pigma pen right on the backing fabric to label this quilt.  (I hope it lasts for more than a few washings.)

This is the Queen Size version of the pattern on a double bed.  Its a bit generous in size, but it should be with him when he upsizes his bed in the future.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Scrappy Stepping Stones

Here is yet another scrappy quilt made by Reneta.  She often searches Pinterest for new ideas, and this quilt came from there.  There wasn't a link back to the source of the original photo, but another quilter loved the quilt as well and did the math and shared what she came up with.

It is always a lot of fun for me to see all the fabrics that went into one of Reneta's scrap quilts.  Sometimes there are even some pieces that came from my sewing room!

Reneta left the pantograph choice up to me, and I thought London Fog would look nice. This was the first time I stitched this pantograph out, and I know I will be using it often.

Thanks to my daughter and guest photographer Kendra who all the photos for this post!