April News

All set up and raring to go again. Call 604-992-8737 to book an appointment.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Showcasing the topstitching

Tracy’s stunning table runner was the perfect place to show off and show case these stunning stylized feathers.

I had originally planned on a simple feather when I noticed a wonderful leaf pattern in one of the fabrics that gave inspiration for these lovely leaf shaped feathers.

Using a gold thread on the white white of the center fabric matched to overall tone and colouring of the table runner.

Not only matching the fabric colour but really showing off the topstitching.

Another stunning quilt Tracy, one to show off your table for a long time to come.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Test, Test, Test

Getting all set up.

Well I put the longarm through it’s paces and she came out on top again.  I was amazed that after being wedged into the back of the Envoy, bounced from Nakusp to Burnaby, stored on it’s back for a month and generally ignored for that time that it required very little adjusting.  

After we put the longarm together Thursday night and Friday morning, I was so stiff and sore (took a day to set in) from packing it up all those stairs (819 vertical steps) that after I cleaned and oiled everything, I was pooped.

It was wonderful to get back at it today and just play.  It was nice to re-familiarize myself and get ready to put on my first quilt tomorrow.  
I love putting on a test quilt and think that it turned out pretty good.  Lots of feathers, micro stippling, and practice, practice, practice.
nice thing about a test quilt is you don't need to iron it.

So 6 Ave Quilting is back in business and raring to go. 
Think it might make a new much needed work apron.

Call me at 604-992-8737 or email enquiries to 6avelongarm@gmail.com to book an appointment.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Big day yesterday

Well the big day was yesterday, they brought the rails a day early.  Was funny to watch them try to load the box on 2 dollies and bring it in, but I was a good girl and kept my mouth shut.  The one guy didn't know what to say when he told me that it was about 250 lbs and I said yes I had packed it.  
It went well though, my son came home early and it took us about an hour to bring all the rails up the 21 flights of stairs.  Went faster and easier than I thought it would.  The amazing thing is that I'm not all that stiff and sore.......but Tyler is. Ha-ha.  I haven’t sweat that hard in years.  I had to stop twice on the first trip up the stairs and six times on the 3rd and last trip.

So this weekend will mean moving furniture and setting up the longarm.  I am so looking forward to getting back in the swing of things and get started on topstitching everyone’s quilts again.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Giraffes and animal tracks

Randy had ordered a rag quilt for a friend’s baby before the trek to Burnaby and I am happy to say I finally found the perfect fabric ; giraffes and animal tracks.

I love rag quilts and even though they are a bit of a mess (especially in the dryer) they are well worth the time.
Warm, cosy, and oh so soft.

Randy’s new friend (the baby) will grow up loving it as well, a loved, dragged around, and if it is anything like my sons favorite quilt, buried in the back yard with full service when I just couldn’t wash or repair it any more.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Funky Hearts

Patti must have had so much fun making this wonderful baby blanket.

Crazy quilting with a few funky hearts appliqu├ęd here and there.

Don’t you just love the bright colours.

I read somewhere that introducing babies to bright colours helped to stimulate their brain functions.

Not to mention all the fun shapes
and patterns. 

Topstitching loops and swirls and hearts in all the quilt squares was also way too much fun.  It's hard to have a job you love so much.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Origami Cranes

This is a popular quilt pattern in New Denver and you can see why.  They are so beautiful all those paper pieced cranes.

Barb finished her quilt a little different from the others making it as individual as each person making them.

Being creative is one of the best things about having quilting as a hobby; there is just no wrong way to design.

To help keep the cost down Barb decided she wanted an all-over design.
And what a more perfect topstitch pattern than ribbons.

Pretty, nice flow and it showcases the quilt and not the longarm stitching.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

The same but different

Marian loved the quilt she made for her nephew 
http://www.6avequilting.com/2014/03/jump-start.html so much that she had to make another.

The same pattern but oh so different with the rich red batiks she used.

It is wonderful when you find a pattern that is easy and lets you personalize with colour and texture.

All though she also made this quilt as a gift, I think she may just keep this one for curling up in herself.

And like all wonderful quilters make another.