July News

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July 26, August 9 & 23, September 6 & 20, October 4 & 18, 9 am to 2 pm.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Raggy Circles

The colours in Donna’s quilt are bold and way too much fun.

So what do you do with bright colours, add more.
The thread we decided to go with is the bright neon orange thread from Marathon Threads.

Perfect for the whirl pool scrolls topstitched in each of the raggy edge circles which after a few washes will really show up.

After the longarm work Donna had me bind a bright orange binding onto the quilt. 

Machine binding makes it affordable and it was the perfect finish to really frame this lovely fun quilt.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Pinwheels with a secret

Leah must have had fun adding all the little photos into her pinwheel quilt.

When she brought it in she only asked that the topstitching did not go over the pictures of family and friends.

Then I noticed the fun hearts scribbled in one of the main fabrics and the perfect pattern come to be.

Loops and stylized hearts; just enough to make the pattern fun and still have it do its job.

Such a wonderful memory quilt Leah.  

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Orange Roses

Marie’s second quilt is a great as her first.

She has such a great time going to second hand places and finding older fabrics to mix and match.

I loved the old fashion roses, especially the fabric that had the orange roses; so matched the thread and the backing and binding.

 Then what do you do with a rose garden, you add more roses of course.

These big roses worked perfectly and finished the quilt off with motion and flair.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Longarm Quilting Service Banner

I'm not too sure I wasn't crazy when I started this banner.

But it turned out so great and was so much fun that all the hours were worth it.

The hardest part was going over, and over, and over the outline for the letters.  It took about 5 to 6 rounds to get the letters to really pop.

Then the neon thread started shouting at me so I added a bit of neon green to tone it down.

It was interesting trying to micro manage the small images.  The banner is only 9” wide but 9’ long.

But the insanity has passed (I hope) and I think it is going to look great along the front of the canopy at the Burnaby Farmers Market.

A little Velcro in the right places and I'm hoping it will be bright enough to see half way across town.


Saturday, 26 July 2014

Red Circuitry

When I opened up Anne’s wonderful quilt she made for a young friend of hers I thought of a circuit board done in red, so name it Red Circuitry.

Black and white with big bold red lines meant only one thing.
The topstitch pattern just had to be big straight geometric lines.

In a dark grey thread (thought of red but decided it would just be too much).

It turned out great and her new young man (he’s 9) is just going to love it.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Wave, Wave, Wave in Stormy Seas

Myrna’s Stormy Sea is bright and beautiful and more like a fun day at the beach than a stormy one.
Surrounded by waves (a wonderful modification of the snail’s pattern) you just want to run in with your pail and shovel and make castles.

Because of all the colours in the quilt we decided on a grey thread to move and blend in.  Making sure that the colour tone is the same is the key to picking out the perfect thread for your quilt.

I changed the feathered scrolls pattern to mimic waves and the end result was perfect.

This wedding quilt for Myrna’s daughter is sure to be well loved and well used for many years to come.


Monday, 21 July 2014

Framed Box Table Runner

Tracy’s second table runner (loading both on the longarm at the same time saves money and time) is just a classy as the first.

Wanting to have a little more fun with this small quilt I played with many different options for the center of the boxes.
I tried bugs, bees, flowers and stylized feathers and was just not happy.

So taking cue from the first table runner I used a very similar flower with multi peddles in the boxes.
Ribbons tightly meandering around each of the stitched in the ditch boxes still made this a fun topper.

I love ribbons as they are whimsical and playful and who does not like a package all wrapped in ribbons?