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.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

This Quilt is a Winner! At The Calgary Stampede

The City of Calgary comes alive every July during Stampede Week.  Everyone from the oldest to the youngest get involved - from dressing up in western attire to attending one of the many free Stampede Breakfasts located in and around the city. Our fun started with the Stampede Parade the kickoff for the weeks festivities..

A few days later we headed to The Calgary Stampede itself.  Now what does this have to do with quilting you may ask.  Well every year there is a Calgary Stampede Art Show featuring western crafts and a Creative Arts and Crafts Competition.  One of the categories in the competition is quilting. We have some very talented quilter's here in Alberta so it is one the stampede highlights for me.

I was pleasantly surprised when I came to the display below.  The blue and turquoise quilt in the bottom right hand corner is one I quilted for a very talented customer of mine.

She did an amazing job on this Fire Island Hosta Quilt the being from pattern by Judy Niemeyer.  I have to say I really had a great time do the quilting.  Keep an eye out for my next post it will be on the quilting of this masterpiece.

Then to finish off the day we attended the Grandstand Show which was spectacular and ended with an amazing display of fireworks.  What a great week!