Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Jelly Roll Rug and More.


Well I jumped on the Jelly Roll Rug bandwagon and made a rug!  The pattern is by Roma Quilts and you can find her pattern at her Etsy page here.  I started making the ‘rope’ in January when I was at the Gimli Retreat using a Gemstone precut called Canadian Rockies.    I started to sew it together at home and well….ended up with a very large bowl!  I had a good laugh about that!


So I ripped it all out and started again after some advise from my Instagram friends!   My mistake the first try was I was pulling the fabric through the sewing machine, you have to let the machine do the work. I also wasn’t working on a flat surface and just had my Bernina sitting on a table. So the second time around I but my Bernina in my Janome cabinet and added a table behind making a level work area.  This worked so much better and I could see the difference right away. If you are making this rug and see it is starting to ‘bowl’ just stop and rip, don’t keep going like I did and think you can force it flat later!  


My Bernina 350 did a fantastic job sewing this together, and I didn’t even have to use the walking foot!  On my first try I started with my 6500  Janome with the walking foot on but it was skipping stitches and looked terrible.  I quickly switched to the Bernina and had no stitching issues.


It now sits in front of my kitchen sink, nice and flat!


I was at a quilt retreat this past weekend with a group of local quilters. It was so nice to hang out with these talented ladies and work on a few of my own projects.  I made three more Diva Wallets and I just love how quickly this go together.   I made another one out of cork and the other two are batiks.


I was also able to get a good start on my own Stellar quilt.  Lori had made our cover girl for this Highway 10 Designs pattern so I thought it was time I piece  one of my own.


Saturday, February 17, 2018

Two Fabric Bargello #2


This is Gail’s Two Fabric Bargello and the pattern is by Susie Weaver.   Gail made this quilt at a class at Up North Quilt Shop last year and this is the second one I have quilted, you can see the first one here.  Gail used a floral ombre fabric so I decided to use molar feathers as the petals in the fabric print are similar to the shape of these feathers. I then quilted a wavy vertical design in the black fabric to match the print.  I used gold Bottom Line thread on top and back and Quilters Dream Blend batting.


Its been very windy here so I haven’t been able to take my quilt photos an any interesting locations. I was lucky to just get these pictures in my back yard and only had to chase the quilt  few times! 



This is a great wall hanging and again looked wonderful in my kitchen!


Monday, February 12, 2018

Critter Boxes


This is Rhonda’s Critter Boxes quilt and the pattern can be found in the book Critter Caboodle by Brandywine Designs.   This quilt is for Rhonda’s fourth grandchild that is turning 1 year old this month.  She wanted a simple panto across it and we chose Happy Times.  Thread is a off white So Fine and the batting is Quilters Dream Blend.


Rhonda did a lovely job with her machine applique and used a satin stitch around all the animals.


Friday, February 9, 2018

Five Small Quilt


This is Lucinda’s Five Small quilt and it has a great story.  She made this quilt for her brother and used fabric from a red dress that belonged to their mother.  The dress was a bridesmaid dress that her mother altered into a regular dress so it was one they remember her wearing.  Lucinda added this red fabric to the quilt to create a wonderful family keepsake.  I love the idea of incorporating these memories into a quilt!


The pattern is called Five Small and is from Fons and Porters Modern Patchwork, the Nov/Dec 2017 issue.  It was even quilt on the cover of the magazine.


She asked for heavy custom quilting so I did pebbles and swirls in the background and CC’s in the darker fabrics. I stitched in the ditch around the red fabrics.  I used Microquilter thread on top and Bottom Line on the back.  Batting is Quilters Dream Blend.


Here is a peek at the back.


Thursday, February 8, 2018

I Spy Quilt


This is Pat’s I Spy quilt and she made it for one of her grand daughters.  She found some really cute fabrics and created the design herself, no pattern.  I love the bright pink sashing with the black fabric, really frames the blocks well.  I used Popcorn for the pantograph and pink variegated Lava thread.  Batting is Quilters Dream Blend.


I have to show you the cute cat fabric on the back.


Monday, February 5, 2018

Norwegian Star Quilt


This is Karen’s Norwegian Star Quilt and it is a pattern by Marie’s Quilt Designs.  Karen was able to find the same fabrics as on the pattern cover and I just love this quilt!    I did a panto design in the centre, called Bora Bora, and custom quilted the borders with loops, snowflakes and bead board.  I used a soft blue So Fine thread and Quilters Dream Blend batting.




I seriously need to make this quilt as it looks so good in my guest room!


Sunday, January 28, 2018

Dresden Plate Quilt


This is Sandra’s Dresden Plate quilt and it is going to be a wedding gift for her daughter Heather this summer.   Sandra spent some time collecting fabrics that she knew her daughter would love, like polka dots and teal.  Heather likes to say ‘a quilt always needs yellow” so in went a pop of yellow too.  Sandra knows her daughter loves traditional quilts and likes her quilts quilted into “hard little blankets”.  For me that means ‘lots of quilting’ and this is the maximum density in quilting that I like to do!  Sandra also loves feather designs so I knew I could never put too many feathers on her quilts.  So between Sandra’s choice of pattern and fabrics, and my quilting designs I think that was mission accomplished!


I started with the flowing feathers in the outer border and tried to give them a more random, uneven look which turned out great!  I’m usually keep my feathers more even but I needed to stretch out of my comfort zone and so happy I did!    I added feather curls in the sashing and then tried a feather design that Desley showed me and I used it in the background.  I stitched in the ditch around the Dresden Plates and then used my curved ruler to add the curved lines in the blades.  Then a simple swirl in the center to finish the job!


The grey border and sashing fabric is grey Essex Linen!  Batting is Quilters Dream Blend.


I used 402 So Fine thread on the whole top and off white Bottom Line on the back so no thread changes.   This gave the back a whole cloth look and I love the texture it created!


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Winter Experience

One of the best things about writing a blog is the people I have met through it!  About 6 or 7 years ago I started corresponding with Desley from Australia and she has a blog called Addicted To Quilts.  She is an extremely talented longarm quilter so I highly recommend you check out her blog and her past posts.  So much eye candy to see and you can now find her on Instagram as I got her addicted to that when she was here.  We have been saying for years it would be great to meet in person and this fall she booked her flight to visit and have a real Canadian winter experience.  The weather cooperated and she got a taste of the bitter cold as well as some warmer days.    While she was here she missed a few 41`c days back home.  
We spent a few days in Winnipeg and she saw her first sundogs as we drove around southern Manitoba in blowing snow conditions!   We were not going to let the weather stop us from getting to a few quilt shops!

Then we drove to Dauphin, MB to visit Lori and check a few more things off her bucket list.  Driving and walking on a frozen lake was on her list and we added ice fishing, snowmobiling, and seeing a ice pressure ridge on the lake.  I love that she saw and experienced things she had no idea existed, and that she loved the sound of snow squeaking under her boots!

Lori’s husband Nolan guided Desley as she drove the snowmobile for the first time.  They went out to the pressure ridge and got some fabulous photos.

I had some great luck with the ice fishing and had my first Pickerel on the line before the rest had theirs in the water. Lori did a great job baiting my hook!   I landed two and had to throw one back as it was too large to keep.

Lori and our friend Genny cooked up lunch on the ice shack wood stove.  We were toasty warm in the shacks and ended up spending most of the day on the lake in –24’c temperatures.

As you can imagine I was so happy to be out on the lake again, I’ve really missed that this winter.

So after that adventure I took Desley to Emo for a few days and we did some snow dyeing, drove to a few quilt shops in Northern Minnesota and then I took her on one of our local lakes to do some snow shoeing and make a snow angel!  It was a beautiful day with no wind and –1’c, that is rare for January.

Then to end her trip we drove up to Gimli, MB for a quilt retreat, stopping for a photo op at the centre of Canada on the TransCanada highway!  

 The retreat was a lot of fun and Desley was able to meet a lot of my friends.  We took the Diva Wallet class and I made mine out of cork, love it!    Desley then helped me piece what might be a new Highway 10 Designs pattern, its just in the testing stage, and then she helped me start my Jelly Roll Rug that is all the craze on Instagram.  I just have the large ball of ‘yarn’ ready and will make the rug soon.

I am so glad that Desley was willing to take that long flight to visit me and she did a very good job at convincing Tim and I to come visit her and her husband in Australia in a few years.  I think that would be a great 50th birthday gift, don’t you?   :)

 Here is the view of Lake Winnipeg from the Lakeside Resort in Gimli where the quilting retreat was held!
Now its time to get back to work, my winter holiday is over.