July News

Quilts all ready to have topstitched? Call 604-992-8737 or email 6avelongarm@gmail.com to book an appointment.

Burnaby Market dates

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

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?

Friday, 18 July 2014

Hunter Star Table Runner

Tracy made this very classy hunter star table runner and sent it home with me from my last Nakusp visit.

Mixes of light, dark and beige combine the classic old world feel with a very new world look.

Wanting to show off the stars, I stitched in the ditch around each but felt they needed just a little bit more “pop” and placed a simple 4 leaf flower in the centre.

Then what came natural where adding the same to each of the joining blocks.  Making for a beautiful frame around each star.  A table centre piece to be sure.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Burnaby Farmers Market

Being my first set-up at the Burnaby Farmers Market I was so glad my son came and helped.  We had a wonderful day even though it was really warm out.  There were lots of venders selling vegetables, garden plants, textiles, jewellery, great food, coffee, ice cream and even entertainment.  There was a chess board set up for people to use as well as a kids’ corner to play in.

It was fun to people watch and introduce myself to every quilter that came by and chat with those that weren't.

I’ll have a table set up every second Saturday so if you get the chance please drop in and introduce yourself.  For those of you that do drop in and mention that you read my website I will give a 10% discount for your next quilt needing to be topstitched on the longarm.  You can also check out a few of the patterns available by checking out the quilts there.
Please feel free to bring your quilts to the market for a free quote or to have them topstitched.

The market is set up at the Burnaby Courthouse north parking lot from 9 am to 2 pm.
Market dates
July 26
August 9 & 23
September  6 & 20
October 4 & 18

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Pineapple Pattern

Emily’s black, white and red pineapple quilt is amazing.

All the work that went into this quilt is a tribute to Emily and I wonder how many hours went into this quilt (its huge 105” x 116”).

For the main body of the quilt I picked a flower style off the border and topstitched a version of Terry’s fav flowers.
Although it is hard to see the topstitching on the front, the back really shows it off.

To add a little motion to the black border a free hand scroll themed pattern was used.

Then to keep things simple a basic meander for the outer border was used. 

What a beautiful gift Emily.  Nicely done.