April News

Starting to get settled in, in Burnaby and the last 2 weeks has been fun looking for longarm space. It is amazing how many buildings are just not set up to get a 12’3” take-up rail into the elevator or stair-well. So I've been busy making baby quilts and scrappy quilts for customers. Everything will come together as it always does. I thank everyone for their patience.

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.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Ho Ho Ho Is Spoken Here

This was one of the most detailed, intense, funnest quilts I have ever done.

It took 22 hours

8 thread colours

Approximately 50 (give or take a few) thread and bobbin changes

And a whole lot of pattern changes.

Definitely kept me thinking and my motor functions on their toes jumping from one pattern to another. I loved it.

Tracy has promised to send more photos when it is all finished and all the embellishments are on. 

So for now just enjoy the pictures.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Jump Start

Marian makes a quilt for all her nieces, nephews and grandkids, for their 13th birthday.

With this wonderful fun quilt she decided to get a jump start as it will be a few years before her nephew will receive it.

It’s bright and his favorite colour, green.  With snowflakes, his birthday is close to Christmas so the fabric was perfect.

Marian also liked the straight lined geometric meander that works so well for a guys quilt.
Pieced Back

Great choice.