Wednesday, 2 March 2016

. . . here's to 2015 (part 3!)

Wow - I didn't know I had so much I hadn't shared with you!

Betty made this wolf quilt for her husband.  They were on a trip to Skagway, Alaska and saw this kit in a quilt store there.  Her husband loved it - so they bought it and Betty made it for him!

This is a unique type of piecing - the sashing isn't straight up and down.  I stitched in the ditch around all the sashing, put a watery meander around the centre wolf, and tried to follow some of the wolf's fur lines - and that almost made the wolf look real!  He appears to be peering right off the quilt!





I tried a new border treatment using a tutorial by Kathy Schwartz of Tamarack Shack Quilting.  If you go to her blog (and once you stop drooling over her amazing quilting!!!) check out the tutorials on the left hand side of the main page - look for Curved Echo Border.   It wasn't too difficult once I got the hang of it, and I was happy with how it looked on the quilt.



Wolf Quilt - Curved Echo Border

Joan made this quilt with the pattern and fabric designed by a local quilt designer Joanie Morrow from Olds, Alberta (http://www.patternworkzdesignstudio.com/patterns.html)  The pattern is called Circle of Life.  I quilted it using three sizes of circle templates - overlapping as I went.  Glide Thread; Hobbs 80/20 batting





Circle of Life - backing

This next one is quite a contrast - colorful +++ I mean.  Gale made this Hunter Star quilt with beautiful bright batiks.  It was a wedding present - so we put Heart Strings panto on it, Glide Thread.



Gale's Hunter Star - close up of backing
I think this next one is one of my favorite colour combinations!  Alice does a lot of quilting and sewing for people  - so her friends gave her these beautiful orange/brown fabrics to let her know how much they appreciate her generosity.  This is the quilt Alice made with that fabric.  Diamonds are Forever panto; Glide thread; Hobbs 80/20 batting.



Alice's quilt - close up backing

Myrla's quilts are always unique - and this one is no exception.  It is made with a selection of Kaffe Fasset fabrics - which are always bright and flowery!  But, check out the backing!!!  Spiral Rings panto, glide thread; Hobbs 80/20 batting



Myrla's quilt - backing!!
So, you'd think I'm caught up now . . . but no . . . there will be at least a part 4!!

Will be posting soon - from the Little House.


..... here's to 2015 (part 2)

I had the pleasure of doing a couple of custom quilts at the end of last year - both beautiful, each unique!


Rose's "Handkerchief Quilt" - made from a pattern called Love Letters by Pineapple Press . Each hankie is folded and pieced to create an envelope.  Rose is giving this quilt to her granddaughter - a very, very special treasure!  I quilted it with freehand flowers and swirls in the sashings; swirls around each hankie, and cross hatching in the body of the hankie.  Rose is going to add antique buttons to hold down the envelope "flap" . . . see the picture at the end!





Love Letters - backing

Here it is all finished - embellished with antique buttons!




If that quilt wasn't beautiful enough . . . then I got to quilt Ruth's Dresden quilt - another gift for a granddaughter!  I put "ghost"' dresdens in that big border, stitched around each Dresden blade - which really made them "pop" - and then freehand swirls and continuous curves in the rest.  This got me hooked on dresdens!




Ruth's Dresden Quilt - close up of backing
Both these quilts were such fun to quilt - and I know the granddaughters will cherish them.

Until next time - cheers from the Little House.


.... and here's to 2015! (part one)

This may take a few posts - I vow to catch my blog pretty much up to date!  The last I posted was quilts from back in September - and here's some more! 

Barb made a couple of quilts before Christmas.  The first one was a nice little quilt made from a selection of "seasonal" (aka Christmas) fabrics.  Arabesque panto; Glide Thread; Hobbs 80/20 batting




cozy Fireside backing!  So nice!!!

 Barb's wall hanging had a definite outdoors feel - forests, rivers, oceans, mountains!  I quilted each square with a different freehand design . . .






This next quilt is Ann's awesome queen quilt - using a variety of blues and creams!  I love it!  Glide Thread; Wrought Iron panto.





Ann's quilt - backing close up

Now this is a different quilt, isn't it??  Jean is originally from Britain - and she put together this flag quilt as a gift for a relative.  I quilted it with Diamonds are Forever panto; Glide thread; Hobbs 80/20 batting



Flag quilt backing close up
 Julie made a cute Christmas quilt for her granddaughter - I stitched around those cute little snowmen and the trees - and did a variety of freehand designs over the rest; Glide thread, W&N Batting



.... and then there's Jill's super cute baby quilts - they were both identical except for the backing.  I loaded them both on the frame together and stitched  them with a swirl panto design; Glide thread - unfortunately the quilting doesn't show up very well in the pictures because Jill used a thinner batting, but they really were cute!





.... and lastly, Tamara's quilt - I just love the warmth and old quilt feel of this one.  I think Tamara said she made this from a kit from Keepsake Quilting . . . Taro panto; Superior So Fine thread; Hobbs 80/20 batting.


Next post - two very special custom jobs!

Thanks for waiting for me - at the Little House!

Monday, 7 December 2015

My Mexican Stars

A few years ago, a friend gave me this pattern - called Mexican Stars by  Southwind Designs. It took me a while, but I finally got it cut and pieced this summer - it is an easy pattern with a great 3-D effect.

So, once it was pieced, it waited . . . and waited . . . and waited until I finally decided to quilt it.  Lisa Calles classes gave me the inspiration to get going on this.




First, I drew out design ideas on tissue paper laid on top of the quilt top itself.








Some were better than others, and actually, I chose the final designs once the top was on the frame and I had the hands on the start button of Freeda . . .







Here is the finished product . . . .



and the backing . . .



My next task of course is to get the binding done . . . it is all cut and ready to go . . . maybe by Christmas (!)

Thanks for stopping by the Little House - next time a few more customer quilts to show off!


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