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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Skylights

This is another one of Penny’s projects, she made this quilt as a wedding gift for her son. She had seen a similar quilt on Pinterest and liked the quilting on it. The pattern wasn’t exactly the same, and I had to make some adjustments but it is still pretty close to the original. I even remembered to take a detail picture while the quilt was still on the frame.

Skylights



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Northern Lights

Penny made this quilt from batik fabrics, and the colours reminded me of northern lights. I quilted it with a combination of swirls and feathers and a few leaves in the purple border.

Northern Lights



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365 Challenge Quilt – My Version

I have been really slow in posting here lately, there just aren’t enough hours in the day. In the meantime I managed to finish another one of my personal projects. In 2016 the 365 Challenge Quilt was a big hit, and I started making the blocks in January, not knowing if I really wanted to make the whole quilt. But it sounded like fun, and I made a block a day for the first two months of the year. Then the blocks went into a box because we moved to a different house, and I unpacked them again a year later. I managed to make another month’s worth of blocks and then decided that I didn’t like the project. I was getting increasingly frustrated with the instructions, it was very obvious that the designer had just drawn up the quilt in EQ but never actually sewn it, and I ended up unpicking several blocks and redoing them my way. I gave up, and the blocks went back into a drawer.

365 Challenge Quilt


Last November I signed up with this project for my guild’s UFO challenge. Giving myself this deadline was the only way I was ever going to finish this quilt, I was very close to just putting the blocks on the giveaway table at the next guild meeting. I put them together in a way that is close to the original design, and I still don’t like the quilt. Considering how long it took to assemble all those 3″ blocks and how small many of the pieces are, the layout just doesn’t do it justice in my opinion. The individual blocks just get lost in that dark border. Quilting the centre block was fun but I didn’t put too much effort into the pieced borders, the quilting wasn’t going to be very visible anyway. I picked a floral pantograph design and then just echoed around it. I actually prefer the back, I pieced leftover fabrics because I didn’t have enough of the floral batik and couldn’t get more. But it is finished, so I will stop complaining, and I will donate it to the guild’s We Care program next month.




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Sea Breeze

This beautiful quilt was made by Norma, isn’t it just stunning? Norma usually quilts all her projects on her domestic machine but she thought this one was too big for her to handle, and after spending hours and hours piecing it, she figured it deserved proper quilting, and I was delighted that she chose to ask me. She had already drafted most of the feather design for the background, I just added the centre part as it was too much space to be left unquilted and chose the design for the circles. We are both very happy with the way it turned out, and I also love how the quilting looks on the back.

Sea Breeze




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Coming Home

Sharon made this row quilt as a wedding gift, and I was delighted when she asked me for custom quilting. These are my favourite projects, I love the process of figuring out how to quilt and when it all comes together eventually. I wasn’t even planning on a star theme for this quilt but stars felt like an obvious choice to fill the centres of the Evening Stars in the top row, and I added arcs to the background, forming the Orange Peel/Cathedral Window design, and then it all fell into the place. I added a little free motion quilting and crosshatching, and I am very pleased with the result.

Coming Home




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A Walk in the Winter Woods

This modern quilt was made by Bonnie, and I was delighted when she asked me to quilt it for her. I had all these clever ideas what to do with the blocks but in the end none of them worked out because the squares are all different sizes. I decided to just quilt the white background with a modern filler design and add some texture to the animal panels. Isn’t that owl just adorable?

A Walk in the Winter Woods


“Ein Spaziergang im Winterwald” ist der Name, den Bonnie diesem modernen Quilt gegeben hat, und ich hatte jede Menge Spaß beim Quilten. Ich hatte zuerst ganz tolle Ideen, was das Quilten der Blöcke anging, aber dann stellte sich heraus, dass die Quadrate alle verschiedene Größen haben, und irgendwie passte es letztendlich nicht zusammen. Also habe ich dann den Hintergrund mit einem modernen Füllmuster gequiltet und den Tierblöcken etwas Struktur gegeben. Ist die Eule nicht einfach knuffig?




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Old Faithful and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

I realized a while ago that for someone who constantly claims not to have UFOs, I have quite a few… Not a whole lot by an average quilter’s standard but still too many for my taste. One of my guilds is having a UFO challenge this year, and I signed up to finish three projects until May. These are the first two, Old Faithful Geyser and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. I made those two blocks almost ten years ago, I actually wanted to make a whole Yellowstone quilt. I remember that I started working on a third block with a bison but somehow that never got past the design stage, the blocks were stored safely in a box and moved halfway around the world with me but I never really thought about them again. Until last year when I joined the “My Happy Place Row Along” and went back to my designs to create my Yellowstone row. I didn’t feel the need anymore to make a whole Yellowstone quilt, especially with the wall hanging that I made from the row, but I still liked the blocks very much. They were made during a time when I experimented a lot with different materials and stitches, and I piled lots of yarns and wool on top of the block and free motion stitched with different colours to create texture. I decided to turn them into small wall hangings and just added borders to the blocks. I am very happy with the way they turned out.

Old Faithful

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone


Ich behaupte ja immer gern, dass ich keine UFOs hätte, aber irgendwie haben sich doch ein paar angesammelt… Immer noch keine große Zahl, verglichen mit anderen Quiltern, aber doch zuviele für meinen Geschmack. Eine meiner Gilden hat in diesem Jahr zu einer UFO-Challenge aufgerufen, und ich habe mich mit drei Projekten angemeldet. Bis Mai sollen sie fertig sein, und hier sind schon mal die ersten beiden, der Geysir Old Faithful und der Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Die beiden Blöcke habe ich schon vor fast zehn Jahren genäht, damals wollte ich einen ganzen Quilt zum Thema Yellowstone nähen. Ich hatte auch mit einem dritten Block begonnen, der aber irgendwo im Design-Stadium eingeschlafen ist. Die Blöcke wurden ordentlich weggepackt, kamen in eine Kiste und zogen mit mir um die halbe Welt. Erst im letzten Jahr, als ich beim “My Happy Place Row Along” mitgemacht habe und für mein Yellowstone-Muster auf die alten Designs zurückgriff, fielen sie mir wieder ein. Einen ganzen Quilt zu dem Thema wollte ich nicht mehr machen, zumal ich ja schon die Reihe aus dem Row Along in einen Wandbehang verwandelt hatte, aber die Blöcke gefallen mir immer noch gut. Damals hatte ich gerade eine Phase, in der ich alle möglichen Materialen verwendet habe. Es wurden jede Menge Effektgarne und Wolle auf den Block gehäuft und dann freihändig darüber gestickt. Die beiden Blöcke habe ich jetzt in kleine Wandbehänge verwandelt und nur noch Ränder angefügt. Mit dem Ergebnis bin ich sehr zufrieden.

 



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Rising Sun

“Rising Sun” is another pattern by local designer Barb Cherniwchan of Coach House Designs, and this is Kathy’s version. It is a rather skinny wall hanging and was not easy to photograph. I especially liked the subtle churn dash blocks in the background and decided to just stitch in the ditch around them and leave them otherwise unquilted to make them stand out a little more. Such a fun little project!

Rising Sun


“Rising Sun” ist ein weiteres Muster von Barb Cherniwchan/Coach House Designs, die hier in meiner Gegend lebt. Diese Version hat Kathy genäht. Der Wandbehang ist lang und eher schmal und war nicht ganz einfach zu photographieren. Besonders gefallen haben mir die dezenten Churn Dash Blöcke im Hintergrund. Ich habe sie letztendlich nur im Nahtschatten gequiltet und den Hintergrund mit einem Free Motion Design gefüllt, damit sie ein bisschen mehr hervorstechen. Ein superschönes Projekt, das viel Spaß gemacht hat.




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Cathy’s Mini Quilts

Cathy intended to quilt these two small quilts herself but couldn’t decide on how to quilt them. When she dropped them off she said she would be happy to let me decide. Both quilts are between 20″ and 25″ square, and I had fun playing with them. I know that Cathy likes feathers and quilted a feather motif in the log cabin blocks. There were some textured fabrics in the nine patch quilt that didn’t need additional quilting, and I decided to just quilt diagonally through the squares and put a paisley design in the outer border.


Eigentlich hatte Cathy diese beiden kleinen Quilts selbst quilten wollen, aber dann konnte sie sich nicht für ein Muster entscheiden. Als sie sie mir übergab, ließ sie mir völlig freie Hand bei der Auswahl. Die Quilts sind ca. 50 cm bzw. 65 cm groß, eine schöne Größe, um damit herumzuspielen. Ich weiß, dass Cathy Feathers gern mag und quiltete daher ein Feather Motiv in die Log Cabin Blöcke. Der Nine Patch Quilt hatte schon genug Struktur durch die ausgewählten Stoffe, daher habe ich nur diagonal durch die Quadrate gequiltet und auf dem äußeren Rand ein Paisley-Muster.



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