Thursday, April 07, 2016

Some Carolyn Friedlander quilts

A client of mine, Erin  asked me to quilt a couple of Carolyn Friedlander style quilts that she had made.    They are so beautiful.   Truthfully, I had to think about these for a little bit and what I noticed, is that much of the style is more 'organic' and 'freeform' lines and design.   Not so much ruler straight and square patterns.    
This quilt was pieced together in sections of low volume fabrics.  Erin chose colourful, fussy cut fabrics (things that her daughter loves) for her centrepiece circles.  She arranged them in beautiful colour value order.
I quilted around the circles using organic (meaning not perfect) cross hatching and grid quilting.  
At one point I actually re loaded the quilt slightly off square so that I wasn't forced to make such straight lines.  My machine glides super smoothly and straight on its rails, so I needed to do this to help me get more wobbly.   I hope that makes sense!?   
 
It seems absurd that it was difficult to do slightly 'off' quilting but it was!!
Thanks to our unlandscaped yard (all dirt at the moment) I couldn't get a proper full photo.

 This one is a Carolyn Friedlander Collection Block of the month quilt.  I can't stop saying how much I adore this pattern.   It is so cool.  And it's hand appliqué.   Sigh.
 I used a variety of denser quilting -  lots of geometric straight lines in the lighter backgrounds, to let the piecing pop.
 Some of the larger pieces I quilted lightly with a few straight lines in various directions

 I have found something new I want to try -  appliqué.  
Yes,  you are telling me, yet another thing to try.   
I know. 

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

A few quilts on the go

 Jamie created this sweet modern baby quilt for her new arrival.   I adore the colours and the direction of the flying geese and pinwheels!
 Yes! I still do pantographs on occasion!  This one is called Tranquiltiy.
 I had a brain burst idea one day and had to try something out.    My idea failed miserably, so here is my humble project LOL
Geraldine made this awesome wallhanging for a quilt swap.   I believe the pattern tutorial can be found at ModaBakeShop.  It is super fun to play on small pieces like this.  I love making the piecing pop! 



and just when you thought you knew me....

Have a great week!!











Machine Quilting Unlimited Magazine

 Super cool!   A quilt I worked on was featured in the March/April 2016 issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited!    Truly an honour to be featured with so many other talented quilters...
Mel in Australia pieced the quilt and send it over to me...and I quilted it.   She has named it "Fireworks for Christmas".   You can see more details of this quilt in a past blog post called :  Modern Custom Dresden Quilt

Thank you Mel,  for trusting me with this quilt, and thank you Machine Quilting Unlimited for asking if I would like to have this quilt featured ....uh YES!  :-)  

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

A modern quilt for my bed


You know that saying -  the cobblers children have no shoes?   I'm the quilter who has no quilts.  I give them all away or work on others' quilts. Until now.  I finally made a quilt for my own bed.  A king sized quilt.  

  It is SO BIG!  
 I wanted something neutral,  simple and calm.   I chose a variety of neutral fabrics in taupes, and greys.  
 I chose someone else's pattern this time -  from Carolina Patchworks -  Sweet Garden  (Emily Cier) .   

I am not a happy pattern follower, and was grumbling a lot, but this pattern just seemed to suit what I wanted to do - and why reinvent the wheel?    But of course I had to add new treads to the wheel. LOL    I initially set out to adjust the pattern to be entirely a king.  Pieced it all together, laid it out on my bed and my heart sank - it was just too busy.  Too quilty.   Too much patchwork for the mood I wanted in my room.  
So I  *GASP*  hacked it up so it was a smaller bit of patchwork and added some calm, white fabric to the top and bottom.    And then I quilted it - and got a little carried away.   

I started with simple waving lines....
started to add swirls -  I just marked the 'c' shape of where I wanted the big swirl placements.  Then I started to fill in the shapes with fillers to show movement and flow.
This is how the top '1/3' of the quilt looks:
For the patchwork, I just did simple ribbon candy in the sashing. This gave the texture and allowed the squares to pop like little pillows.    For the squares or rectangles larger than 4'' I quilted a line or two in the space to keep the batting and fabric stable.  This is where I feel like a rule breaker.   I know it should be consistent amount of quilting throughout.   This is where I rebel and feel like I can't follow along.  I WANT this added interest.    
I mean, look at how the little pillows pop!  This is my bed anyways....I will report and edit this post in the future if I find out it is a useless experiment.   But I don't care.  I love this look.


 This was very free flowing quilting - all improvisation with me just knowing that I wanted it to look swirly, flowing and show moment -  an ode to the beach, waters, etc.     
My quilt has yet to be bound.   It is still 'commando' without a binding.  I will keep it plain white to keep the focus on the quilting and the colour palette.   
 I hope you like it!  It's pretty breath taking on my bed.   Now I'm too scared to use it.   I am so super thrilled with how it turned out.   

Pattern - Carolina Patchworks  Sweet Garden by Emily Cier
Fabrics -  assorted prints - too many !   Kona cotton in Snow
Thread -  Glide thread in White,  Wonderfil Decobob bobbin thread white
Battings - Hobbs heirloom 100% wool batting.  
Hand guided quilting on my APQS machine.



Friday, February 12, 2016

Farmer's Wife Quilt - modern custom quilting

Geraldine contacted me to work on this incredible Farmer's Wife quilt.   She had seen some of my work on Instagram and wanted to work with me.  I was so flattered and totally up for this one!  

The colours in this quilt are stunning and would be a welcome addition to my Great Room.  ha!
This quilt was meticulously pieced.  There are 111 unique blocks in this quilt.   
 Here are sampling of some of the blocks:
 I wanted to quilt them in a way that would showcase the piecing of the blocks - some areas quilted more heavily than others - allowing designs to pop.
  
 The black sashing was quilted with ribbon candy design, allowing the centre red squares to pop.


I know....a ton of eye candy right?  

I have to admit that about 3/4 of the way through the blocks my new mantra was 'Just Keep Swimming'  - Dory's song..  ha! 


                                       
The setting triangles are a simple triangle echo with figure 8 fill.    The outer border I wanted to keep simple and quilted a beadboard design to keep the focus on the blocks.    
  
 The backing showcased a lot of the quilting as well.... 



The details:
Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt
Pieced by Geraldine H.
Size  81" x 100" 
Batting:   Hobbs Heirloom 100% wool
Thread -  Superior Magnifico on top to match the piecing.   Wonderfil Decobob bobbin thread. 
Hand guided quilting on my APQS machine.

Thank you Geraldine for a spectacular piecing job, and giving me the opportunity to work on this quilt!  

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

A note regarding contact info

Our house was robbed a few months ago, and our computers were stolen as well as that special storage computer that stores every.little. thing.  My email account was then compromised (not sure if it was related)   I fixed it all up and then today I noticed that it appears to have been hacked again.       If you have tried to contact me in the past and I have not responded, it may be because I simply did not receive any message -  phone or email.  

I will never send you any unsolicited email, links or attachments - unless we are having a specific conversation!     

So, if you have tried to contact me -  I am not ignoring you -  just had a technical nightmare! Please reach out to me again!   

Have a great week!!  

Monday, January 04, 2016

You Inspire Me To Quilt


I'm sure you have all heard by now that Cheryl Arkison has a new quilting book out.  I am really lucky that I live in the same city as her - we have tea from time to time,  my kids get attacked by bees in her back yard.  She cooks with real butter.  She's just a really good soul.  And she can quilt.  
Sheesh, can she quilt. 

When we talk, I love the soul and passion she has for her writing -  she really wants people to get into their creative zone.  We bounce ideas off of each other. She doesn't want to write just another pattern book and pump out the patterns.  Her books give you inspiration,  ideas to jump from,  and wonderful stories that give us a glimpse of real people, and real quilters' lives.   You can read her books with a cup of tea.   
Her new book, You Inspire Me To Quilt , is a cuppa tea kind of book:


I was pretty shocked when Cheryl approached me to contribute to this book.   
First off -  ME?  Have you SEEN my 1/4'' seams?   
Next -  uh...does this mean I have to have my photo taken and write a bio?  LOL.

Her theme and vision for the book -  has someone ever asked you to make a quilt for them?  
What was the experience,  the process,  the outcome?  
Take me through your creative process from start to finish...

So,  I thought it was a great time to finally make that Hockey Quilt for my husband.  The one that I've dreaded for so so long.  The one where he would love to just have Montreal Canadiens cheapo fabric spewed all over the top.   The one that I just could NOT have in my portfolio.   So I made something different.  

It is not regulation sized, nor is it totally to scale.   But it is Canadian themed...hockey themed,  and my man is over the moon about it.   You can read more about my story,  the process of the idea becoming a quilt,  my husband and my sarcasm in the book.  There are many more photos of the quilt as well.....
And you can even make your very own hockey quilt too!     
hand guided quilting by me on my APQS Millennium 
 The book includes several well known contributors and outlines individual process- how do we take that IDEA and transform it, document it , massage it to finally become a quilt.  And yes, there are patterns in the book!

Cheryl Arkison is having a giveaway with prizes!   Who Inspires YOU to Quilt?  Post your photo on twitter or instagram with the hashtag  #youinspiremetoquilt  and you can win!   




Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Well, Hi.

It's been  awhile.  My life took a turn from blogging to deal with life for awhile.  You know, the stuff that you don't really count on happening, but they do.   The stuff that movies are made of.

Oh yes, and we moved too.   I took October -December off, to pack,move,  unpack, settle and just be.  

I am taking on new quilts as of January 2016 and will be quilting full-time.   If you are interested, please send me a message!

For now, here are some examples of client work I've completed that I think is pretty special:

Ashley made this gorgeous ombre pieced improv quilt -  she wasn't quite sure what she wanted, and wasn't quite sure if she even liked the top.   I played.....
 I kept the rainbow ombre quilting simple, and then densely quilted the white background.
 I mimicked the triangle theme in the white background too....

 I think it turned out really special with the quilting.  It kind of let the colours leap off the quilt top.   

Ashley also sent me a a pieced white top in which she wanted a bit of a winter scene.  This one was really hard to interpret.  As well, it was a bit more complex with thread swaps and thread changes
I drew in a 'north star', some blowing snow and tried to get a hill of trees....

 I used metallic threads for the trees and I used filler to show the shape of the trees.  


Dana pieced and appliquéd this amazing Jen Kingwell quilt:  
 Again, totally floored and honoured that someone wants me to work on something like this!   Wowza!!
 Look at the appliqué and the gorgeous piecing!  I did dense fillers around the appliqué to let them pop and showcase some of the beautiful pieces in the quilt.  
 
The border treatment I kept simple with a triangle ghost echo.....again, with some denser fill to showcase the shapes and the texture.  This is a stunning quilt! 
If you made it this far, you're thinking -  did she do anything for HERSELF?   YES! I did!
I made a tree skirt LOL:  
 and tried not to go too nuts on the quilting.  It's so hard when you have a longarm...
I made 2 baskets!  This was a riot.  The black basket below took me FOUR HOURS because:
a) I am inept at making things other than quilts
b) my sewing machine crapped out and needs to be repaired.
 This basket took a little less time....ahem...
I am planning on working on a king sized quilt for my bed....it's in my head right now. ha!
This week I have been making infinity scarves. I'm addicted. I have made 4, and have to stop.  really. they take me 15 minutes and are fool proof.   Cam was impressed:
and because I have to show BOTH kids in one post: 
my oldest....I made him!  This always floors me.  
 
If you made it this far,  a reminder -  I'm getting back into quilting again, and will be taking on full time quilting schedule as of January. 
  If you are interested in longarm quilting work or commission work,  send me a note!     
Thanks for reading...thanks for your support!