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.