Saturday, September 9, 2017

Stache Banner


How fun is this?!!  My friend Michealanne, has started a new online business, Stache Fabrics & Notions.  She has a fabulous banner and logo.  While most of her business is online, she will be doing some shows so was looking for help on making a banner for display at those events.


Her colleague Anne made that beautiful, paper-pieced squirrel - he is gorgeous!


She managed to find the very fabrics that were used in creating her logo, the plaid and the far right flowery patch.  


The "Stache" is machine applique.  The blocks and layout are close to the layout of her actual website banner.  Love the orange and teal combo!


A few closer photos ...



A teaser for her while work was under way ...





Improv back
If you catch the shadows just right, you'll see
two wee squirrels stitched in the border :)


Presenting the finished banner ...

Batting is Quilters Dream 100% cotton, thread is Aurifil 50 wt.

Grunge Sampler - Client Quilt


This fun quilt is a Grunge sampler.  A client quilt.  My first client quilt!

I'm absolutely thrilled to be starting this journey of quilting for others.  This client was able to gather a beautiful collection of Moda Basic Gray Grunge fabric, even the white and grey.  She put this very fun design together with sixteen-patches in the middle and smaller patches on the outer edge.  I love the boxy designs the white makes.



Love the finished back - so much beautiful texture!




Here are some of the tools I used for this one.  I have a collection of books that inspire me, including this one by Margaret Solomon Gunn.  Rulers used in this quilt include the straight ruler by Jamie Wallen from Quilter's Apothecary, an arc from Linda Hrcka's Quilted Pineapple collection, and a round ruler from The Gadget Girls.




Each of the sixteen patches received a different design.  The white areas got echo'd arcs that created a nice illusion of a broken circle.  The grey has u-turns.  Some of the blocks ...



This photo was taken when the quilt was still on the frame
- that one corner did get quilted!























Swirly inner sashing.  The outer border of patches has continuous curves all around.  The outer border has wiggly nested triangles.




The client requested the start/stop threads to remain so they could bury them.

Batting is Quilters Dream 100% cotton, thread is Superior Thread's So Fine.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Secret Garden BOM 2016

Secret Garden Flimsy
I participated in quite a few of Pat Sloan's challenges and quilt-alongs in 2016! This one, "Secret Garden", spoke to my dirt-under-the-fingernails farming soul.  
Each month we received a new 12" block, inspired by a garden Pat had found in her travels.  

For this quilt, I used Quilters Dream Green batting - it's made from recycled plastic bottles.  It works up so beautifully - the needle just slides right through, has great definition, doesn't shrink much at all.  Superior Threads "So Fine" on the top, Filtec Bobbin Line in the bobbin.


I did a different design in each block, leaves in the sashing and a bead board border.



Secret Garden BOM

Secret Garden BOM

Secret Garden BOM detail - curved crosshatching


Secret Garden BOM detail - framing the fussy cut bird


Secret Garden BOM detail


Secret Garden BOM detail


Secret Garden BOM detail
Brought this to the cottage and got some great photos ...







For the back, I repeated the star multiple times to get a gigantic star.  How fun is that!
I did find that when I was binding it this spring, the poly batting is *really* warm.  

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Modern Streak Finish Photos

Modern Streak
It's Canada Day 2017, celebrating Canada's 150th birthday.  We're at the cottage on a rainy day, perfect for catching up blog posts :)

This is such a fun quilt - it was quick to do, loved the fabric collections and had a great time playing with the quilting.  Posted previously the details of the construction and fabrics ...

For this quilt, I used Quilters Dream 100% cotton batting, So Fine thread in the top and Bobbin Line thread in the bobbin.  

My first quilt from a new bolt of Quilters Dream - this is *fantastic* batting!  

The finished quilt is light and airy and delightful!  Washed up perfectly crinkly and cuddly.


Modern Streak close up
In the darker streaks, quilted u-turns - one streak is horizontal, the next is on a 45* angle - I was hoping for a design that would give some dimension and depth.
Modern Streak close up
 In the lighter streaks, played with swirly and feathery fills.


Modern Streak close up
 The back was a light, blue/green mottled backing.  


Modern Streak back

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Cut Up New House Celebration

Cut Up
At the "Pieces of Magic" Quilt Show held by the Oxford Quilters' Guild this May, Sew Sisters' booth had a beautiful layer cake of Joel Dewberry's "Modernist" made up into a fast and fun design, "The Cut Up".  It's a post-card sized laminated card from Pieced Tree Designs.  One layer cake and sashing, fun and done!  

My son has been working on buying his first house, in this crazy real estate market we're currently in. Houses listed Thursday sell by Saturday for over asking.  Bidding wars.  As stressful as it always is to conduct a real estate transaction, it is even more so, the first time.  They found a few they liked, some they loved, and bid on but didn't get.  The stars aligned one day and they found another house they loved, made an offer, success!  Two weeks between offer and closing.  Yesterday was moving day.

Some of the colours in the new house are in the same colourway as this lovely little layer cake!  So apparently it was meant to be - I finished up the quilting (simple wavy, organic lines) and had the perfect aqua grunge fabric in my stash for the binding.  We are on the road quite a bit to visit my MIL who broke her hip in May and is still in the hospital, so the hand finish on the binding was done in a couple of trips.

Now at its new home, ready for snuggling!




The back - a traditional blendy design

The new house


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Project 48 Quilt Finish


Project 48 Quilt front
Project 48 Quilt
We've had so much rain and wind it has been a challenge to find a good time for photos.  This is the finish of my 2016 Project 48 Quilt.  More details here.

The project was begun Jan 23, 2016, the last block finished Feb 12, 2017. Blocks are 9" finished. There are 974 pieces in the quilt!  Quilting was finished and one side of the binding attached for the London Modern Quilt Guild show & share at our June guild meeting.

This was a quilt-along project organized by Linden Vine of Vine Line Quilting, and Crystal McGann of Raspberry Spool.  Their website for this QAL ... Project48Quilt.com

I did add some solid blocks of my favourite fabrics, to upsize the quilt.

A fun journey through improv piecing, English Paper Piecing, curves, triangles, dresden plates, flying geese and applique, in a very modern style.

A couple of close ups ...
Project 48 Quilt close up
Project 48 Quilt close up

And the back! Full zingy fun happening here :)

Project 48 Quilt back


These ones are my favourite blocks: 






These are so bold and bright - love them!  

Stache Banner

How fun is this?!!  My friend Michealanne, has started a new online business, Stache Fabrics & Notions .  She has a fabulous banner a...