April News

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

French Riviera


I have always liked the Turning twenty quilt pattern as it has big blocks and uses twenty fat quarters.

Having almost that many of a fabric line called French Riviera, I had only to add a few to fill it in and accent the colour way.
The final quilt turned out beautiful.

Then a new leaf pattern for the boarder matching the flow of the feathered scrolls topstitched into the main body of the quilt.

It is a wonderful quilt that will be added to the quilts for sale page.

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Saturday, 18 April 2015

Rag Quilt with Button Bear


Megan had me make this wonderful and very cute rag quilt with a matching patchwork button bear to match for her 3rd son.

The button bears are so cute and always made with extra strong sail cloth thread.

Rag quilts are so warm and wonderful to wrap up in or use as a play-mat on the floor for any child.


Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Friendship quilts with labels


I love friendship quilts that are made with a theme in mind.

Anne’s quilt was made a little more special as she asked to have everyone’s name topstitched onto the quilt.

To keep the names all consistent I first print them all using a favourite font from the computer and transferring them onto the quilt top.


It then becomes a matter of tracing the writing and joining the letters.

In order to keep the cost down as Anne’s quilt was very large a simple meandering loop with stars was used.
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It takes a bit of concentration to keep the topstitching continuous, changing from a meander to writing.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Leopards


What a wonderful first quilt Kathy has made.

She did a great job of matching all the fabric to the leopard theme.

Wanting to keep it simple but a little wild I used an all-over free hand pattern of wavy spirals.

They almost look like wild leopard spots, don’t they?
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I’m sure Kathy is going to enjoy her first quilt for many years to come.


Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Flowers in a Window


Kathleen also sent this beautiful table runner for topstitching.

I am unsure as to the name of the pattern but love how it looks like a cathedral window encasing 3 very beautiful flowers.

The flowers are very dimensional and the prairie points really stand out when the flowers were stitched in the ditch.
Micro stitching the blank background also makes the flowers pop a little more.



Sunday, 5 April 2015

Disappearing Pinwheels


Kathleen’s disappearing pinwheel quilt is wonderful with its colorful circles and a pinwheel hidden inside.


I tried a new border that turned out great and really matched the ruler work on the center of the quilt.

Topstitching in the ditch each of the pinwheels and then framing them with a large flower shows off the quilt design.


Using rulers on the longarm makes all the points come together so well and give the quilt a crisp feel.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Who wants a game of X and O’s


This quilt is a wonderful optical illusion that really shows in the muted colours Donna chose.
You can stand there and switch between X’s and O’s for hours if you’re not careful.

We decided to go with a topstitch pattern that had a lot of movement and flow.

Donna just loved Terry’s fav flowers and it was a good pick for the quilt pattern.

She had looked everywhere for a backing that she liked for this quilt with no luck.  Then coming into my small studio right there on the shelf was the perfect wide backing fabric.

All the feathers matched the colours in her quilt and saved her a few nickels at the same time.  Wide backs are a cost effective and time saving alternative to piecing a back.
A very nice quilt Donna