Blueberry Fields

Susan made this blueberry themed quilt and asked if I could custom quilt it for her. This quilt is one of those rare ones where I think that custom quilting doesn’t make much sense. The fabrics and blocks are quite busy and the quilting gets lost, the irregular shapes in the blocks don’t really ask for specific custom patterns, and on top of it all this was a king size quilt, so custom quilting would be quite expensive without much of it showing in the end. We discussed a few ideas and then decided on a semi custom option with a pantograph in the block area but different designs for the two borders. I used “Wedding Vine” for the centre but couldn’t find a pattern that I liked for the outer border and finally designed my own blueberry vine to use on Susan’s quilt. We were both quite happy with the way it turned out.

Blueberry Fields


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Ruffles

This cute little quilt was made by Terri for her grandbaby. Her daughter selected the fabrics and chose the ruffles that are incorporated in every block. These ruffles made it impossible to do an allover pantograph pattern, the foot of the machine would get caught and possibly flip them over and stitch them down. So we decided that I would just free-motion around the ruffles, and I filled the block section with loops and daisies and added a separate daisy design to the border where the almost solid yellow border fabric makes the quilting much more visible.

Ruffles




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Modern Blocks

Lyn made this quilt using Tula Pink’s “Modern Blocks” and the Skyline Layout. She wanted to leave the sashing between the block rows unquilted, and I stitched in the ditch along the seams to secure them in place. I put the quilt sideways on the frame and then used the “Champagne Bubbles” panto to fill the rows. To me it looks like gases bubbling up in test tubes, but that might be my pharmacy background speaking.

Modern Blocks




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Lily’s Llama

Lyn made this cute quilt for her granddaughter, using a pattern by Elizabeth Hartman. She asked for custom quilting, and with all this negative space to fill it was a longarm quilter’s dream! I quilted it using a technique I learned from Angela Walters. She recommends picking four or five different background filler designs and then just start quilting them, alternating them as needed, quilting whichever one you feel like at the moment. This creates interesting texture and keeps me from overthinking. I usually pick pebbles as one of my designs because they make it easy to fill smaller spaces and allow me to travel wherever I need to go. I think you can tell how much fun I had with this project!

Llama




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Where We Love Is Home

If this quilt looks familiar to you and you are wondering if I posted these pictures before, you are not entirely mistaken. Last year I posted pictures of Cynthia’s version, and a few months later, her friend Lisa had her version of the top ready to quilt. Both ladies love stitching by hand, and they often choose the same patterns and work on them together. For quilting, I went with the basic plan I used for the first version but changed a few things for Lisa’s quilt. A huge amount of work went into this quilt, and I feel honoured that both ladies asked me to quilt their masterpieces.

Where We Love Is Home




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Blooms

This gorgeous quilt called “Blooms” is a design by Jason Yenter of In The Beginning and was made by Debra. These are the original fabrics for the quilt, and I thought at first they were batiks but they turned out to be digital prints. Debra asked for custom quilting. While the white background seemed to ask for swirls and pebbles, any ambitious quilting would have been lost in the colourful strippy parts, and we went with a Tropical Leaves panto for these areas instead. This is such a beautiful quilt, and I am quite happy with the way it turned out.

Blooms




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Flower Baskets

This quilt was also made by the very talented Brenda. These are not Brenda’s usual colours, and she wasn’t sure how she felt about the quilt but I think it turned out great. It is a gift for a little girl who loves pink and purple, so it should be perfect for her. Brenda asked for custom quilting, and I had a lot of fun with it.

Flower Baskets




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Another Scrappy Donation Quilt

After quilting all day long for others, it is sometimes not so easy to find the motivation to work on my own projects at night, especially when they require paying attention. Mindless chain piecing on the other hand can be quite relaxing, and I always have scraps at hand to turn into donation quilts. I started this quilt using my favourite scrappy pattern last summer and was surprised how fast I finished the top. Sneaking it into the quilt line up on the other hand is sometimes a bit tricky. I managed to squeeze it in at some point, and this quilt has already been donated to our guild’s We Care program. This morning, when I put the border on the next scrappy donation top, I realized that I had never posted pictures of this one, so here they are.

We Care Quilt




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New Pattern: Penguin Promenade

And here it finally is: the finished Penguin Promenade quilt. I hope you had as much fun with the little guys as I did. I have sent the finishing instructions to everyone who has emailed me a picture of their finished blocks, and I will post the gallery of penguins in my next post, sometime this week. I enjoy looking at all this creativity and the different fabrics everyone picked and how it all comes alive. For those who have only collected the patterns and know they are not going to make the deadline for sending in their finished block pictures, the finishing instructions are now available as a separate pattern in the store section. And for those who missed most or all of the free blocks, the pattern for the full quilt with all nine blocks and finishing instructions is now available for purchase as well in both English/Imperial and German/metric.

PPP-054 Penguin Promenade Quilt

 










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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

I don’t know how popular Eric Carle and his books are in North America but I can tell you that especially “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” is a huge deal in Europe. I remember growing up with it in the 70s, and we bought it (and several other of his books) again for our son. Andover Fabrics created a fabric line with his quirky illustrations, and Jane made this adorable quilt for her grandchild. She wanted a bit of custom quilting, and I did a mix of pantograph and free motion quilting. Detailed quilting would be lost in the colourful fabrics but the caterpillar panel had a lot of empty space. I immediately thought of “Champagne Bubbles” as a background filler. I used the regular size panto version for the rest of the quilt and a much smaller version to fill the white background and added a bit of free motion texture to the caterpillar. I love how this quilt turned out, one of the cutest projects I have quilted so far.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

 



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Vintage Trick Or Treat

Yes, I know that Halloween is over and Christmas is coming 🙂 But I am months behind in posting pictures, and I am not going to wait for October to come around again before showing this gorgeous quilt that I quilted in July. “Vintage Trick Or Treat” is a Crabapple Hill design, and this version was made by Maryanne. I was delighted to custom quilt it for her. I find Crabapple Hill quilts much more difficult to quilt than for example Judy Niemeyer designs. It feels much more natural to me to come up with designs for geometric shapes than trying to figure out what to do with the beautiful hand embroidery that only needs stabilizing but not really any quilting. If you are wondering about the border, the quilt is supposed to have scalloped edges which will be cut after quilting. Maryanne had already marked where she was planning to cut, and after stitching the piano keys, I stitched around outside her markings to make sure the threads were secure after trimming. This quilt is truly a labour of love!

Vintage Trick or Treat

 



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New Pattern: Poinsettia

Last year when I published my Pansies, Snowdrops and Sunflower patterns, I mentioned that someone at the Chilliwack quilt show had asked if I had a poinsettia pattern. I didn’t have one but I thought that maybe I would like to come up with a few more of those flower wall hangings. A year has come and gone, and Christmas is around the corner, so it was time for me to get to work or postpone it to next year. I am happy to announce that I did not procrastinate this time and am ready to publish my Poinsettia pattern. There is plenty of time to get this done before Christmas. I am really enjoying this flower series and have already received another request, this time for violets. Inspiration hasn’t struck yet but I will definitely give it some thought.

PPP-057 Poinsettia Wall Hanging


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