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!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Oh Canada Quarter Sections

Cindy made the great Canadian version of the Quarter Sections pattern from our very own Highway 10 Designs.  The fabric collection that she used is the Oh Canada Stongehenge from Northcott Fabrics.

Cindy made this quilt for a special young man so we decided on the Gatsby pantograph, Quilter's Dream Blend Batting and a fun red Stonehenge wide backing.

This is the week I get back into my routing and post all the photos that have been living on my camera - or I will be showing summer pictures when the snow is already on the ground.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

CIty Slicker for the Dorm Room

 I made this quilt for daughter #1 as a grad present for her new dorm room at the University of Manitoba.  This quilt has been in the making for a while, but residence move in day of September 3rd was my deadline. 


I asked for Kyla's input on this quilt along the way.  She had suggested that she could just take the original City Slicker quilt that I made when we were designing the pattern for Highway 10 Designs.  I wasn't quite ready to part with that one, and I wanted to make something just for her, I selected a jelly roll in some of her favorite colors and paired it with the icy blue background.

Kyla chose the Zephyr panto.  I used Quilter's Dream Puff batting so that washing and drying in the dorm would be nice and easy.  I used a variegated Fantastico thread called Misty Morn on top and Bottom Line blue in the bobbin.

I love to personalize quilts for my clients when given the opportunity, and I wanted to do the same for Kyla.  I wrote her name in one row of the panto.  Subtle, but present.

I wanted to make a couple of matching throw pillows to send along and I was lucky to have an extra bit of my Stonehenge backing once the quilt was finished, so I found some small batting pieces and loaded the pillow fronts and just kept on quilting the panto over them.

It was a close call but they fit!

This pillow was made from the little pieces of jelly roll strip that are left over from cutting out the quilt.

The second one was made from bits and pieces from the quilt and my stash.

And here you see it where it will be living for the next 8 months.  City Slicker is the perfect sized quilt for a standard dorm room bed.  This one is a twin XL.