What I Am Working On: Happy Hippo Hop

I had to drop everything else and make time for this cute project, a quilt I need as a baby shower gift. Baby showers are like Christmas, they sneak up on you, and suddenly they are looming just around the corner, and you haven’t finished your project yet. I miscalculated because of a cultural difference. Baby showers are not a thing in Germany, and no one would ever think of giving a gift before the baby was actually born. I always had late March in my head as the due date, and when I received the invitation to the baby shower for next week, a whole month was suddenly taken out of my mental timeline, and that is an eternity in quilting. Anyway, I got my act together, I had the design and fabrics ready, and I spent the holiday weekend making the quilt top and quilting it. Here is a little preview, this little guy makes me laugh every time I see him. The quilt is done and just needs the binding, but I still have one more weekend before the shower, so it should be finished right on time. There will be a pattern for this but I haven’t even started writing it yet. I also have to make a sample quilt that won’t be given away. I had planned on making the blocks all at the same time but of course that plan went out the window as well.



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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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Quilting in Progress: Stepping Stones

I managed to sneak my own quilt top into the queue, and it is almost done, just the last border needs to be quilted now. Here is a quick peek for you, I am quite happy with the way this is turning out.

 



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Poinsettia Table Topper

This Poinsettia Table Topper is a Judy Niemeyer design and was pieced by Monette. Her fabric choices make it look very elegant but unfortunately the quilting doesn’t show very well. The backing was a gorgeous white, silver and grey poinsettia print, just perfect for this project, but the quilting didn’t show at all in the pictures I took. Monette asked for custom quilting, and although I wouldn’t want to piece one of these, I enjoy quilting them very much.

Poinsettia




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Polka Dot Garden

Marleen made this quilt as a gift for her first great-granddaughter. I free-motion quilted a continuous flower design with loops. Although it is technically custom quilting, free motion allover designs don’t take much longer than pantographs, and once in a while it is really fun to just quilt without having to follow a commercial design.

Polka Dot Garden




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New Pattern: Tuxedo Cats

I am back! And I chose the right day to fly back, there was snow here last Friday, and it snowed again yesterday but when I landed in Vancouver on Saturday, the roads (and runways) were clear. We are currently under an Artic Outflow Warning, schools are closed today, and traffic is a mess. It was a bit too warm yesterday before the artic air moved in, and there is a layer of ice underneath the snow which makes driving a nightmare. The highway is in really bad shape, lots of cars in the ditch, and there are still people driving like maniacs. Do they think winter tires alone make them invincible?

With temperatures around -12°C (approx. 11F) the weather is perfect for staying inside, drinking hot tea and sewing. Or writing patterns. I finally uploaded the full Tuxedo Cat pattern, both in English/Imperial and German/Metric and also updated all the direct links in the previous posts. I am not really happy with the picture of the quilt since it isn’t straight at all but there is no way I am going outside to take another one. Finished is better than perfect (says the perfectionist without really believing it… ), I will fix it when the weather cooperates. For those who missed most or all of the blocks and have been waiting to purchase the full pattern, it will be available with a discount until January 20, 2020. Enter the code TC2020 during checkout for 10% off.

PPP-045 Tuxedo Cats


I would also like to thank all of you for your comments of comfort and sympathy. I usually try to reply to every comment individually but in this case I just didn’t have the time. The internet can be such an ugly place sometimes, even the quilting community can be quite nasty once in a while, which makes me appreciate the kindness and thoughtfulness of those who left a comment on the passing of my Dad even more. 







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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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Anne of Green Gables

It doesn’t get more Canadian than Anne of Green Gables! Darlene purchased these kits for five Anne-themed wall hangings in a quilt shop on Prince Edward Island, Anne’s home province. She decided to combine the five blocks into one big quilt, and I was thrilled when she asked me to quilt it for her. I had a blast coming up with different designs to enhance the background. It was a bit tricky quilting through all those layers of fusible, and I had to make a few compromises to make it work but it ended up being one of my favourite projects ever. For some reason I didn’t take a picture of the whole quilt but you wouldn’t be able to see all the details anyway. 

Anne of Green Gables 1


Anne of Green Gables 2


Anne of Green Gables 3


Anne of Green Gables 4


Anne of Green Gables 5



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54-40 or Fight

“54-40 or Fight” is the name of one of the blocks Ellen used for this quilt. She alternated them with different blocks to achieve a secondary circular pattern. Isn’t this an amazing quilt? Ellen usually quilts her own quilts but this one is a special gift, and I was happy to quilt it for her. She had even come up with most of the quilting design before she dropped of her quilt, she wanted it to emphasize the secondary circles. For the back, she pieced her leftover fabrics and blocks, and I really like how the quilting looks from the back, like stars and flowers on a cross-hatched background. What a fun project to work on!

54-40 or Fight




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Polka Dot Parade

This quilt was made by Beverly, and she wasn’t sure if she wanted custom quilting or just an allover design. I thought the quilt asked for custom quilting with all that white background to fill. I could immediately see one design in the polka dot squares and another in the background, and Beverly liked the idea and trusted me enough to let me go ahead.

Polka Dot Parade




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Little Birdies Growth Chart

This super cute wall hanging was made by Wendy. There will be a tape measure added to the tree trunk, and it will become a growth chart. What a wonderful gift for a baby shower! The appliqué is wool, and the details are embroidered. I only stitched around the shapes and filled the background with swirls. An adorable project, and lots of fun to work on.

Little Birdies Growth Chart



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