January News

Happy New Year and welcome to 2015, sure to be a wonderful quilting year.

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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Antique Doily Quilt page 1

Lauretta last fall gave me a project to do when things slowed down in January (as they always do after Christmas).

She asked for a quilt that would showcase the doilies that her family had given her over the years.

Tools of the trade. It was fun to get out all my old drafting tools.
Made from her mom and aunts and her husband’s as well she wanted to preserve them and be able to still show them off.

In days of past doilies were used to protect tables, showcase ornaments and as covers for chair backs and arms.
It was good that I had a bit of time to think about how I was going to meld today’s topstitching techniques with yesterday’s frills.
Using a flexible ruler was a really big help.

So I created a whole cloth, measuring out each doily to create medallions that would be the foundation of the quilt. 
After I have it topstitched on the longarm I can sit and hand stitch each doily in the correct medallion.
It is going to be so much fun to topstitch.

It was fun creating large and small circle (and one not so circular) shapes that were consistent from each medallion to the next.

Big sunflowers and leaves ended up being the theme for this sure to be unique and stunning memory quilt.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Black and White and Red All-over

Wanda’s second quilt is this gorgeous 9 patch feature quilt.

The mix of base colours with the hint of grey is classic and sure to be a big hit on any bed.
I did what I so often do and took a pattern from the feature fabric and topstitched paisley shapes; even adding the big bumps or petals to the edges of the center paisley shape.

Matching the thread colour to the grey in the quilt kept a consistent colour change instead of picking a red or black thread which would have disappeared and reappeared throughout the quilt.

It also looked great on the back.

Wanda was thrilled with the outcome.  Here is what she had to say.
 “Hi Terry the quilts are so beautiful. Thank you so much I love them.
Your welcome Wanda, I had fun doing them.  Terry

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

4 Patch Quilt

I always love opening up mail from Wanda to see what new creation she has made and the latest 2 are no exception.

Wanda has a good eye for colour and matching as you can see in this single quilt.

She has no problems turning a fabric over and using the back if she does not like the front and no one is the wiser once the quilt is all topstitched and on the bed.

As for the topstitching a big daisy pattern was perfect with all the little daisy patterns on the prints.
Changing this one a bit from my usual as there are no leaves, or swirls, just daisies and echoes.

A good and cheerful edge to edge pattern.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Celtic Dragon

After topstitching a few Celtic quilts over the past few years I decided to try one myself.
Tools of the trade: frixion pen, tweezers, and a lot of pins.

Never being one to do things traditionally I picked a dragon that I found on-line at http://amandakathryn.deviantart.com/art/Celtic-knot-Dragon-50963619 by Amanda Kathryn. 
Very faint lines to follow under the fabric.

Printing out a very rough line drawing that could be seen under the white fabric gave me a base to follow. Even though I had to colour each continuous line a different colour.
Cut strips on the bias before folding and ironing to get nice curves.

Then cheating a little bit by using fusible bias tape I wove the wings together.  I did make the body of the dragon by making my own tape using a bias tape maker.
Lots of pins and a soft mat to iron on from the back.

Now I just have to sew all the fused fabric down and continue from there.  I’ll keep you all posted on it’s progress.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

From Tera-firma to Space

What a great bright and fun quilt.  

Ieke started this quilt about 10 years ago for her son and was so happy to give it as a Christmas gift this past Christmas.  It always feels so good to finish your UFO’s.

This quilt top represents the earth at the center and goes out to space on the edges.

Topstitched in brilliant neon green thread with a loop-de-loop and star pattern really finishes it off.

You can’t help but smile just looking at it.  Just needs a black light and watch it pop.

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Soccer Jerseys

Leslie put together this wonderful jersey quilt top for a young friend of hers.
She did a great job of stabilizing each panel and there were no problems with folding or wrinkling at all.

I have to admit that I was a little concerned as this was my first jersey top and added to the minky back I was sure I would have a few problems.

None, nope, not one.  It turned out great.

Leslie wanted to keep a bit of femininity to the quilt and the edge to edge stylized feathers did just that.

A wonderful quilt and one sure to keep a certain soccer loving young lady warm for years to come.
Minky back

Wednesday, 31 December 2014


Don’t you think butterflies should have been called flutterbies? I always did and I love Ali’s flutterby quilt.

In golds and coppers and bronzes it really makes a statement.

Topstitching ribbons on this quilt seemed a natural thing to do.

It did its job of keeping the quilt together while the copper thread wove and ribboned through the flutterby fabric.

Another stunning quilt Ali.