Friday, 29 May 2020

Quilts for Nova Scotia

Rose made this heart felt quilt to be one of many sent to Quilts for Nova Scotia.

Our Hearts go out...

A beautiful lap quilt that needed no more than a loop-de-loop topstitch with little hearts tuck in here and there.

Meandering hearts.

Matching the thread color to the backing is always a fine idea when you want to show off the features of the quilt and not the thread color.


I heart you!









Someone is going to love this little quilt that says 'our hearts go out to all'. 

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Tuesday, 26 May 2020

April Box 2

Not much commentary today just lots of show and tell photos of the remainder of Paulines April box.

Christmas wreath 
Christmas wreath back.




Pauline does such a beautiful job on her pinwheels.



Christmas table topper
Christmas table topper back.














Always fun to mix and match designs and to try something new.




How big.........is my love?   Growing every day!!




Hearts back.













Twisting Pinwheels a statement in black.


Detail.













Statement in black back.


Statement in grey table runner
Statement in grey detail.
Statement in grey back.












And this lovely table covering or small throw.  I loved the simplicity of following the chains.

Simple but elegant chain quilt.




















Chain quilt detail.





Chain quilt back.











As you could tell there were a lot of quilts in Paulines April Box.  I had a lot of fun coming up with just the right topstitch patterns for each.  Can hardly wait for the next box to see what she has been creating next.

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

The Happy Quilt

When Terry brought me Christy's quilt to topstitch the only requirement was that I needed to make it a happy quilt.

Christy's Quilt

And how much happier can you get than having fun with butterfly flowers.  

Butterfly flowers

With lots of loops, echoing and funky little flowers sure to make you smile.

Star flowers










It worked well with the giant star flowers made with lots of little squares showing fabric flowers, butterflies and things to make you smile.   

What a wonderful quilt.
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All on one of the happiest and richest colors you can find, Purple!!  My personal favorite color.  A fun and very cool quilt, Terry C!!

Monday, 18 May 2020

Big, bold and beautiful!

Terry C's red and white quilt is unique, and gorgeous! 
Red and White
A big and bold statement and a whole lot of fun to topstitch.  A combination of ruler work with straight lines and free hand poinsettias.  At least my version of them.

I also love the little leaves tucked into the small white triangles. 

Freehand poinsettias










Matched with a large border of meandering, matching flowers along the two sides that really framed and popped the red.

Add a matching back and WOW!!

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I love it.  Big, bold and beautiful.


Wednesday, 13 May 2020

The big box.

Pauline always sends me (from Vancouver) these wonderful boxes stuffed full of quilts tops she has made.  It is like Christmas in April  when opening.  She sent table toppers, lap quilts, candle mats, and as always, a little "ok, what are you going to do with this one".

Wonderful lap quilt.
Included in the box is also the backing she wants me to use.  I load as many of the small quilts onto one backing as possible saving Pauline a bit of money as I only charge for the overall dimensions of the backing and not the $50 minimum charge for each one.

These posted today are the first to be loaded.

Pauline also just lets me "go for it" and as she says do my artistic thing!

The lap quilt with all it's colorful 4 patches took on a spiky garden with climbing leaves.

Climbing garden.











So much fun to do.















Fitting onto this back included 2 table toppers in the most wonderful twisted pinwheels.

Look at all those pinwheels!

How do you topstitch a beautiful heart? Well with more hearts of course.

Look at all those hearts!

















The second topper was fun to do with a mixture of ruler and free hand topstitching.

The perfect Christmas wreath.

I love having a solid color back to show off the quilting.

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Then of course comes  the "ok, what are you going to do with this one".  Pauline sent this little strip of 1930's retro patchwork.  Pondering for a bit, decided that a small pot holder or mug rug would be so cute for it.

 

She's going to love it and I am hoping she uses it as a mug rug while she is staying safe working from home and longingly looking at her sewing room.

Stay tune to see what other goodies were in Pauline's April box of goodies.

Just a note: as things are getting a bit busier I am hoping to post 2 blogs a week to be able to show off everyones wonderful creations. 

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Open your window

Open your window is the name of this very large and gorgeous quilt of Terry C's.  Spring is here and we should all be opening our windows to let in the sunshine in.

Open your window.

To hang Terry's quilt I had to lay it out on the floor 12" and around the one wall about the same.  I may have to find a larger display wall!

Made for a young man we decided to do a simple straight line meander or as it is better know - circuit board.

Circuit board pattern.










Making straight lines on the longarm is harder than you may expect and I have to admit that there may be a few not exactly straight lines.....but I bet you would be hard pressed to find them and that is the wonderful thing about hand driven and handmade, not perfect but gorgeous and personal.  I am not a machine....lol.

 










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A fun quilt to do and I am so looking forward to loading the her next quilt.

On an entire different note....Tyler sent photos of the SOHO quilt to The Planetary Society and they selected it to go out on their weekly newsletter for the May 1, 2020 WOW of the Week.  https://www.planetary.org/multimedia/space-images/misc/uninterrupted-view-of-the-sun.html?autologin=true&utm_campaign=downlink&utm_medium=email&utm_source=20200501
I was just thrilled.  What a wonderful son I have.



Bananas and Seashells

 Rose has done it again with this wonderful brightly colored quilt pattern named Alvira. Because of the ocean prints on the fabrics Rose ask...