Flight of the Geese

This is the other quilt Shelly dropped off for quilting, her modern take on a traditional pattern. The same could be said for the quilting design she chose. “Continuous Baptist Fan” looks a lot like the traditional design but was adapted for longarm quilting and can be stitched without starting and stopping in between.

Flight of the Geese


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Fall Festival

This is the first of two quilts that Shelly asked me to quilt for her. Isn’t this a great scrap pattern? Shelly’s version is definitely an autumn quilt, and she chose “Acorns & Oak Leaves” as the quilting design, but it could easily be adapted to any other season, depending on the feature fabric.

Fall Festival


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Safari

I am afraid this situation will go on a lot longer than we think right now, and I am trying to get back to normal as much as possible. I am still posting quilts that I quilted last year, yes, I am way behind. Somebody pointed out the other day that I needed to change my watermark. I won’t because I processed these pictures last year, and it takes too much time to do it all over again. But before we go back to looking at quilts, I would like to thank everyone here in Chilliwack who has been diligently following the rules of physical distance. There are exceptions everywhere, of course, but the vast majority have been really good about it, very patient and polite. And it will look like nothing is happening for a while, the case numbers will continue to go up which can be very frustrating. Hang in there, people, and be patient. We are doing the right thing, and staying home saves lives. And now let’s get back to quilting.

Lisa made this baby quilt featuring exotic animals as a gift, and she let me choose the quilting design. I auditioned a few, and then I came across a pattern that came with my machine called “Elephant Walk”. The elephant was cartoonish enough to work with the quilt, and since there probably won’t be another chance to use this design anytime soon, I decided to go with it. The original pattern had some grass between the elephants that I didn’t like. It was smaller than the elephants and left too much space unquilted. I took it out and then flipped every other row to make the elephants walk in the opposite direction. Can you tell how much fun I had with this quilt?

Safari


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Garden Fence

This interesting quilt in soft colours that gives the impression of woven strips was also made by Linda. The quilting design that I used for this one is called “Lapis”.

Garden Fence




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Blue Flannel Squares

Darcie made this cozy flannel quilt in blue as a gift for her son. The quilting pattern “Diagonal Plaid Bias Cut” is my new favourite design for quilts with squares, and it looks fabulous on Darcie’s quilt.

Blue Flannel Squares


 



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Autumn Woods

Jean made this quilt in autumn colours from a batik jelly roll. We thought that a pattern with leaves would be a good quilting design for her project, and going with the fall theme, she chose “Acorns and Oak Leaves”.

Autumn Woods




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Split Nine Patch Christmas

Shirley made this Split Nine Patch quilt using Christmas fabrics as a group project with her friends. The quilting design she chose is called “Lapis”.

Split Nine Patch Christmas




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Dancing Umbrella

“Dancing Umbrella” is a design by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts, and this version was made by Karen. I just love the rainbow of colours. We considered all kinds of clouds, rain and umbrella designs for quilting but nothing seemed right until I came across this swirly pattern called “Wild Wind”. It really makes the umbrellas look like the wind is blowing them all over the quilt.

Dancing Umbrella




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Rectangular Nine Patch

This fun scrappy project was pieced by Gail. What a neat idea to just make the nine patch blocks rectangular – simple but very effective. I also like how the black/grey strips between the blocks go from dark to light. We wondered if the quilt was too busy for anything other than meandering but it turned out that the modern design “Bauhaus” worked really well with the rectangular blocks.

Rectangular Nine Patch




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Puppy Dog Pals

While Janet was working on Ducks in a Row, the quilt for her granddaughter, her grandson was visiting, and after watching her sew for a while he asked if she would make a quilt for him too. Of course she agreed, and together they went fabric shopping. He picked the fabrics and had his say in how the top was put together, and he picked the backing fabric, a cuddly minky with paw prints because he loves his two dogs. I have a pantograph called “Puppy Paws” that wouldn’t have been an obvious choice for this quilt but in combination with the backing fabric it was just perfect. What a great job he did on this project!

Puppy Dog Pals




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Ducks in a Row

Janet made this quilt as a gift for her granddaughter who was starting college this past September. She asked for just a simple quilting design, and “Celtic Scroll” worked well and picked up the circular designs in several of the fabrics.

Ducks in a Row




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Elephant Abstractions

This is the second Elephant Abstractions quilt I have quilted for a customer, and this one was pieced by Monette. She liked the idea of quilting different parts of the elephant with different designs which is what I did for the other one. I didn’t quilt it exactly the same though – that would have been boring – but left some things untouched that I really liked with the first version like the ribbon candy for the tusks or the escargot/pebble filler for the tail. I came up with a completely different design for the trunk and used a different leaf design for the background. Monette’s quilt also has borders which the first one didn’t. The very wide outer border is a busy batik fabric, and while the quilting is visible in reality, it doesn’t really show up in the pictures.

Elephant Abstractions




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