Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Urban 9 Patch quilt

This beauty was pieced by Shena of Apple Pie Patchwork  in Lethbridge.   Isn't it stunning?
Based on SewKindofWonderful's Quick Curve ruler and patterns.  I love how this one was done with an assortment of solids, framed in a dark navy blue. It's so pretty!

I lightened the photos a bit to show some of the quilting on the navy blue. 

 close up of some of the blocks as I was working on them - note some of the areas are not complete yet 

The backing is pretty too - I love how the quilting shows up.  

One thing that is always difficult is to pick a bobbin thread that will work for your top threads, especially when there are so many colours in your quilt.  This is especially true when you have a solid colour fabric will show every single thing! Because the backing was a green and navy solid,  I chose navy as my main bobbin colour.  Contrasting top and bottom threads are risky in that you may see evidence of them on either side of your quilt.   So,  I chose a navy bobbin thread for the majority of the quilt - except for the white top/white bobbin areas. 

I loved working on this quilt!

Quilted on my apqs machine
Hobbs 80/20 batting
Assortment of Glide and Superior Magnifico threads on top to match colours
Navy blue, white Decobob prewound bobbins from Wonderfil

I have some pretty amazing quilt tops in queue for the next while....stay tuned!

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

an end to 2014..

I worked with a client to create this double sized quilt of greys and blues.  She really wanted the Michael Miller Bicycles fabric to be the showcase, but when we put all of the coordinating prints together it because a bit mushy mess of prints - so I added a few extra greys and it turned out great!

This gorgeous quilt top came to me and I knew exactly what panto to use for it.   It had dragonflies on it and a gentle meander throughout.   

This blue quilt top was a definite 'before' and 'after' photo.  I wish I had the before!   The quilting really made it sing. 

 I used the Spring Garland pantograph, and just the extra texture and movement in the design helped to give the top more dimension.   

A very simple quilt top  - featuring a beautiful Christmas print.   I knew the perfect thread to go with this, a metallic lime green thread.  
 A simple meander was all it needed. 

 A modern custom quilt came to me, and while I cannot show everything, I can show a few snippets: 

 This one was so fun to work on.  I felt like it was a sketchbook for me to unleash my ideas upon.
 A beautiful triangle quilt made of all voile fabrics.   Voile fabric is light and thin cotton - and is on my list of things to make for next summer. The quilt is so light and airy.    I used the Filigree Panto on this one. 

I have been so busy that I have forgotten to take photos as I go.   This is wrong wrong wrong!!!   This will improve!!!   

Also -  more frequent blog posts will come.    I am more frequently on Instagram posting photos of work in progress.  It seems so much easier and quicker.  
 I can't even begin to tell you that I have not been reading blogs lately either.   I am trying to balance technology vs my needs vs family vs happiness vs keeping up with the (quilting) Jones'.   oh yes, and let's squeeze in some exercise time there too.   Another blog post for that one. 

Happy new year everyone!