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

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Blue Birds and Butterflies

When Pauline brought me this beautiful lap quilt and said “you do what you think is best”, it took me a while to come up with what I thought it needed.

Being the first (of what I hope is many) quilts from Pauline I really wanted to do something special.
So I did a bit of stressing over it until I thought, ‘what am I doing?’ just do what the quilt needs, and low and behold it came to me.

Not much of the topstitching thread was going to show with the light background so in this case I always recommend an all-over pattern.
I decided on Terry’s fav flowers, with a twist.  I added a butterfly to match the occasional butterfly in the fabric.

It was fun to be quilting away and to stop, think, and add a butterfly here and there.  Thank goodness for Frixion pens.

Didn't the back turn out beautiful?  It matches the overall flavour of the quilt perfectly.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Jelly roll stripes

Jelly rolls are so popular (at least 2.5 inch strips for some that still like to cut their own) and with the right combination of stitching are each very unique.

Lorretta’s striped quilt is wonderful in her arrangement of colours.
I found a great little paisley in one of the fabrics and had fun adapting it to this stylized and full of motion topstitch pattern.

Even though I practise on an acrylic sheet for a while to achieve a bit of muscle memory, the patterns still adapt and take on their own style once worked onto the quilt.

Lorretta is going to love the final outcome and the warmth of adding a mixed 80/20 batting.
pieced back

Friday, 22 August 2014

Happy Birthday Judy

Megan and Christa (Judy’s daughters) asked if I could do something with a family tree theme for their moms birthday.  I had seen a similar tree in a magazine a few years ago and had thought with a little help it would make a wonderful family tree.

The girls sent me all the birth dates they wanted on their tree and after debate about circles, or leaves for the names, about keeping with the colour theme or using a personal item (which turned out to be way to many different colours) we decided to keep it as simple as we could and go with a leaf and the lovely off white background.

When using an alphabet from a domestic sewing machine it really helps to remove the stitches between the letters.
Then just in case there are a few additions along the way each leaf is pinned with a small safety pin from the back and can be move to make room for the next grandchild.

Happy birthday Judy.

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.