Saturday, May 28, 2016

Pretty Pyramids

I am in love with this quilt!  It's bright rich colours and dimension just make it come alive.  It's actually more like a piece of art than a quilt.

The pattern is called Pretty Pyramid and is made using a graduated fabric.  Each piece cut out to make the pyramids create an optical illusion.

Here you can see the triangle pieced before it is quilted.  Hoary for my customer she did an amazing job piecing together all of those tricky Y seams.

For the quilting I stitched in the ditch around all of the black piecing and then the triangles themselves were quilted with three triangles inside each spaced one inch apart.  Each in a matching verigated thread. I love using Wonderfil Threads they are fabulous to work with and they have a great selection of verigated threads to choose from.

I made sure that the corners of the stitched triangles matched up with the seams of the pieced triangle to create an added and amazing 3D effect.

Then to finish it all off I stitched the border using a triangular pattern to accentuate the pattern of the quilt itself.

This is one of those jobs you feel extremely satisfied with when you are done and wished that the quilt was hanging up in your own studio :)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Open House

There has been a change in the date of the Open House it will now be 
Friday, May 13th, 1pm - 3pm
Saturday, May 14th, 10am - 3pm

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day

I have been saving this post especially for today to wish you all a Happy Valentines Day!

Just as we like to express our love for others on Valentines Day, this quilt was made as a token of love.  It was made by one of my customers for a dear friend of hers as a way of expressing her love and to provide some much needed comfort.  

It was with great love that she designed each of the blocks to personalize the quilt.  The shoes to show the love her friend has of high heels.  

The hearts to tell her how much she is loved.

And the X's and O's for hugs and kisses.

Then she chose to have it quilted with this pretty heart pattern.

What a wonderful gift of love.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Beautiful Bright Batiks

I've always loved bright colours and the blues, pinks, purples and oranges in this quilt are some of my favorites.  Having this quilt on my frame was like adding sunshine to my studio on a dark winter's day.

The contrast of colour with the black squares is stunning and really sets this quilt apart from others giving a bit of a modern feel.  I have to say my favorite part is the black sashing coupled with the richness of the orange inner border and the depth of the blue and teal outer border.

My customer wanted her quilt quilted using a circular pattern to contrast all of the squares and straight lines and add to the modern look.  The Swirls pattern worked perfectly to help accomplish this.

If you look closely at the quality of the stitching you'll see it has great tension and is perfectly regulated.  The verigated blue cotton thread blends well with all of the colours on the top of the quilt and stands out stunningly on the back.

The back of the quilt has some character of it's own with a pattern that the quilter created herself.  A fun blue strip down the length of the quilt and multi coloured strip across the top.  It is always fun to see people's creativity.

This quilt pattern is perfect for showcasing all of these beautiful bright batik fabrics.  This quilt is going to look amazing on someones bed.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Bear Face

This quilt brings a smile to my face every time I see it.  My little granddaughter took quite a liking to it.  She just had to see it every time she came to visit and in toddler fashion she would stand there and roar at it.  Soooo adorable!

Bear Face as this quilt is called was made by one of my customers as a gift for her daughter to hang in their cabin over her bed.  Being in bear country I thought that was appropriate and I'm sure it looks stunning hanging up in the master bedroom.

When I am quilting I like to choose stitching that complements the feel of the quilt and what it is going to be used for.  I wanted to make the bear look real and come alive.  Sometimes I even like to do a little quilt drawing in my work.  Can you see the how I added some padding in the bears paw?

I choose to do a lot of hair angling it all in towards the center of the face.  When choosing thread it is important to think about the effect you want.  I wanted the definition of the quilting to stand out and not the thread so I choose threads that matched each of the fabrics.  This way the quilting adds to the character of the bear and doesn't take attention away from the majesty of the bear's face.

In keeping with a nature theme and to add some variety to the quilting I quilted pebbling in and around the bear.  Again switching thread colours to match the variety of fabrics.

As bears live in wild wooded areas a tree bark pattern just seemed to be the perfect choice to quilt in
the border.  Framing the quilt this way helps to give it more of an outdoorsy feel.  Bear Face was so fun to quilt.  I am so pleased at the way the quilting turned out and am very happy to say that my customer loved it!!!   In case you are looking for this pattern it is Bear Face by Janet Fogg

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Picnic Quilt

What a fun quilt. It's filled with lots of bright colours and patterns, perfect for a summer picnic.  To make it even more playful it is quilted edge to edge with a cute kite pattern.

This quilt was so fun to work on - bright colours just make me happy.

Here is a shot of the front and the back together.


The sunshine orange borders and bright blue sashing pull it all together.

Here is the pattern.  Isn't it just the cutest.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Fire Island Hosta - Judy Niemeyer

As promised, here is my post of the Fire Island Hosta quilt that a customer of mine entered into the quilt competition at The Calagry Stampede and won third place.  Congratulations!!!  It's a gorgeous quilt, a piece of art really.

The pattern is called Fire Island Hosta by Judy Niemeyer and can be found here at Quiltworx.  Judy's patterns are quite unique and are recognizable anywhere.

When my customer brought me the quilt I was in awe.  It's beautiful and she has done an amazing job picking fabrics and colours.  She always does actually.  She has never brought me a quilt that I have not loved.

There is such contrast of points and curves that really makes this pattern pop.

We have reflected the points and curves in the quilting to complement the various pieces.

My customer found a digital quilting pattern for this particular quilt on line.  So I used the feather patterns which she loved and then created my own patterns for the rest of the quilt.  We decided on straight pointy lines which turned out beautifully.

The threads we chose for the top matched the fabrics perfectly.  We used some Konfetti which are solid colours and Tutti threads which are veriegated all from Wonderfil.  Then on the back we decided on a lighter thread as the quilting is so dense - we went with Invisafil.

I just love these curly feathers.

I had a lot of fun designing the pointy line patterns.  Once I did it for one of the leaves I digitized the patterns I had created and then had the computer sew out the rest of them for me.  Of course I still had to make sure that the patterns fit into each piece just right.

Here is a shot of the back and the front.

I love the backs of the quilts just as much as the fronts.  Look at the definition.  The feathers in the corners are stunning.  And here you get a good look at the quilting in the border as well.

Here's a shot of it in it's entirety.