Crop Circles

Elaine’s mom pieced this quilt as a gift for her granddaughter, and Elaine brought it to me for quilting. The relatively large pieces of the snowball blocks required a little more quilting, and the pantograph “Overlapping Crop Circles” was the perfect size for this quilt. I love the texture it created.

Crop Circles


Crop Circles Back



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Rail Fence

Colette made this quilt as a gift and asked for simple, not too dense quilting. She picked the design “Raindrops”. I prefer to use this one sideways to create a wavy pattern but in this case it doesn’t matter as her quilt is square. In case you are wondering, I didn’t like the pictures I took with the quilts draped over the frame, so I went back to my old method for now until I can come up with a better way.

Rail Fence




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Moose Tracks

This fun quilt was made by Mary, and we didn’t have to think about the quilting design at all. “Deer in the Woods” has deer, moose, bears and trees and was just perfect for this project. It shows up nicely on the back of the quilt.

Moose Tracks


Moose Tracks Back



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Romantic Roses

This romantic rose quilt was the third project Carla brought to me for quilting. The top has been around for a while, she thinks at least ten years, waiting for a border to be added. Carla felt that a border wasn’t going to happen anytime soon and decided that finished was better than perfect and the quilt was just fine without a border. Choosing a quilting design was easy, we went with the rose theme, and I used the pantograph “Rose Garden”.

Romantic Roses



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Checks and Plaids

This cozy flannel quilt is another one of Carla’s projects. The quilting design is called “Diagonal Plaid Bias Cut”, and it is my new favourite for quilts made from squares. There is also one just called “Diagonal Plaid” that doesn’t have the rounded corners of this “Bias Cut” design version but I personally think that the rounded corners work much better with the strict geometric lines and angles of the pieced squares.

Checks and Plaids




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Carla’s Double Irish Chain

Carla made this quilt top a very long time ago, she thinks probably 25 years. Her original plan was to add appliquéd hearts to the alternate blocks but life got in the way and she decided the quilt was just fine without the hearts. The quilting design is called “Azaleas” and fills the negative space nicely. I am experimenting with taking the pictures in a different spot, with the quilt draped on the frame but I am not sure yet if I like it. I was hoping to get the colours to look better but haven’t had much success. The pink fabric looks too much like bubble gum in the photos, it is a very nice and soft pink in reality. I’ll keep trying!

Double Irish Chain

Double Irish Chain Detail 3



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Breaking Waves

Arlene made this maritime quilt in blue and white from mostly half-square triangles. The pantograph we chose for quilting is called “Seaside Swirl” and was just perfect for this project. This is another great pattern for using up scraps, it can easily be adjusted to different sizes of half-square triangles and would look great in any colour.

Breaking Waves



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Labyrinth Walk

This is Ginger’s version of the popular Labyrinth Walk pattern. I have quilted one of these before, you can see it here. I decided on a different quilting design this time, it is called “Overlapping Crop Circles”. Isn’t that a great name for a quilting design? It spoke to me right away, and it was perfect for Ginger’s quilt. The curves complement the strict geometric lines, the circles/spirals have something of a labyrinth, and they also went really well with the circular pattern of the black fabric that Ginger used in her quilt top. I love how this one turned out. But why I didn’t realize that the quilt is upside down in the picture I took will forever remain a mystery 😉

Labyrinth Walk

Labyrinth Walk Detail 3



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Stars for a Cure

Nancy purchased the kit for this “Stars for a Cure” quilt a very long time ago. I was curious and did some research… the pattern was published in 1997! Wow, what a blast from the past! Nancy was motivated to finish it for this year’s quilt show. I quilted it a while back, she had the top done with lots of time to spare. The pattern we chose is called “Lapis”.

Stars for a Cure




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Double Arrows

Sandra made this quilt based on a Missouri Star Quilt Co. pattern for Jelly Rolls. You have probably seen the original pattern, I have quilted at least two of them, you can see them here and here. But Sandra decided to go down a different route and didn’t arrange the blocks to form a star pattern. Instead she laid them out diagonally and added solid squares in between to give the quilt a more modern look. She wanted the background filled with just one pattern, and we chose these spirals, a pattern called “Overlapping Crop Circles. I just quilted in the ditch around the arrows to make them stand out more against the background.

Double Arrows



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I Woolly Love Ewe

Isn’t this just the cutest quilt? I was thrilled when Wendy asked me to custom quilt it for her. There was so much negative space to fill, block background, sashing, borders, I had a lot of fun playing with it and coming up with different designs for the different areas. Wendy provided the picture of the finished quilt, and I have permission to share it. I agree with the little girl, the black sheep was my favourite too 🙂

I Woolly Love Ewe


Several people have asked for the pattern, I didn’t design this quilt, I just quilted it. The designer’s name is Janet Stone, and it was published in Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting magazine, in the Jan/Feb 2009 issue. It looks like it is still available as a digital edition here.




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Under The Sea

When Nicole dropped off this quilt, she told me she wanted bubbles and seaweed quilted in the background and whatever else I could think of that would fill all this negative space. She didn’t have to ask twice, this was one of the most fun projects ever. I went really crazy, quilting any kind of sea creature I could come up with. It ended up being almost an I Spy quilt. I admit it was quite intimidating when I started at the top with all that empty space. I quilted the bigger creatures first and then went back to fill in the background with smaller objects and various filler designs. The full quilt can be seen in one of the smaller gallery pictures, just click on it to enlarge the view.

Under The Sea Detail 1



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