Alva has been both my friend and quilting mentor for over twenty years now. She has also been a major cheerleader in my Longarm Quilting career, entrusting me with the quilting of many many of her incredible quilts over the years.
This latest quilt was inspired by a pattern in one of Ricky Tim’s magazines Quilt Life, the pattern itself by Wendy Hill. Alva had the templates made and then played with ideas for awhile before allowing this project to be what she’s referred to as her latest insanity! Notice all of the Y seams!
We chose a Pantograph called Helix by Patricia Ritter, to give even more movement to this piece. I chose Superiors Bottom Line thread as I did not want the thread to take front stage just the spiral affect.
I am really hopeful that yesterday was our last snow day, but I must admit that I love photographing quilts against a snowy background.
Thank you again Alva for allowing me to work with you to make your vision come to be!
Two customer quilts one by my friend Betty, this quilt I will admit stretched me a little… The quilt is comprised of European shaped coffins and the fabric used has skulls and roses etc. she explained to me that it has to do with the Mexican Day of the Dead…
Next is Joan’s Mile a Minute quilt that is Jelly Roll pattern and made with the Little Black Dress Line from Basic Grey for Moda.
I ended up using the Rhapsody Pantograph which I fell looks perfect on both of these very different quilts!
On another note, this has been a very long and cold winter! With working full time at a job that I love (though the shift work is a bit tiring) and being busy with customer quilts, I realized last week that I couldn’t remember the last time I let myself piece something that was for my own personal pleasure. So I pulled out one of my many treasure boxes of works in progress and pieced the eleventh block of one of my BOM’s from the Fat Quarter shop. (I like to think that I am savouring these projects instead of racing through them) …well it works for me.
Ok the days are getting longer…it’s good to see more daylight everyday and although it’s been a longer and colder than usual winter I continue to try to be optimistic that spring is still determined to show up within the next couple of months!
This quilt of Margs was here for some time, it was in the cue and almost to the time to quilt stage when Marg brought me here Thimbleberries block of the month and asked to do that one first.
Right about the time this quilt came up again this book also arrived
And I knew that I had to play, I love it when my customers let me play with their quilts! And thank you to Judi Madsen of greenfairyquilts.com for so much inspiration!
It’s not officially winter, I don’t mind the snow, it’s actually pretty but who said we needed to be plunged into the deep freeze? Hopefully we will be spared the unbearable cold windchill weather over the holidays!
Life as usual is hectic, full and busy. One of my quilt job finishes includes this police patch quilt using 82 different patches and the state colours of West Virginia. It now resides in Florida.
Speaking of southern states, my daughter, Son in Law and 3 1/2 yr old grandsons will be here for Christmas!!
My grandson Liam celebrated turning two by adding at least 50 vehicles to his fleet!
As April begins to wind down, I sit here with my coffee (I just woke up after a wonderful sleep following a midnight shift that I went into with far too little sleep but amazed myself with the second, third and fourth wind that I found!) wow what a month!
The last weekend was definitely a highlight of fun, friendship, eye candy, inspiration and not enough hours in the day.
I woke this afternoon trying to figure out how I could squeeze a little time on my longarm, there’s just no way, so I’ve made a date with it tomorrow morning!
One of the major highlights of the weekend was the workshop that I took with Cheryl Arkison I’ve followed her blog for ages and remember being drawn to her blog, not only for her quilting but her real ness. She is a wife, Busy mom of three little ones and a passionate quilter with an amazing imagination that I so admire.
Her class was fun and so inspiring for me. She taught me to look at my scraps and stash in a whole new way…and I gave myself permission to just play and see where my scraps and imagination lead me!
I had finished all of the all green section in class and the carried on overnight which really helped me to stay awake!
I’ve been super busy quilting for my customers! (just in case anyone noticed an absence of posts!)
Our Local Quilt Guild’s show is this month so I’ve also been working of my own quilts and actually scheduled some time this week and last weekend do just that.
Here is a peek at one of my projects, after the show I will share pictures and give credit where credit is due!
I love the vibrancy of colour of this collection of Charm Packs (Kaffe Fassett) that I purchased from the Quilter’s Stash in Thunder Bay. I think (for me anyways) it’s a good thing that they didn’t have yardage in these prints!
There is one flower that I noticed after this picture was taken was placed incorrectly, that has been rectified! I can hardly wait to get this quilt (the top is now completed) onto my longarm.
I’ve had several people ask me for this pattern. My friend Alva has demonstrated the block at Thunder Bay Quilters Guild.
One note about her quilt is that the fabrics came from a fatquarter bundle of flannels.
Each block consists of:
4 different 7 1/2”x3 1/2” rectangles
4 solid 7 1/2”x 1 1/2” strips
1 3 1/2” square
1. Sew on black strip to each of the rectangle prints
2. Choose your layout for the block and one of the rectangles with the black (or your solid) to the square. HERE IS THE IMPORTANT STEP: only sew half way from the bottom edge.
3. Press this section. (Press all seams to the black strip) and sew your next rectangle as shown:
4. Continue with the next 2 rectangles:
5. and finally finish the first seam. Alva added black sashing’s to her quilt when joining her blocks.
Now that I’ve made a block I am going to have to add this to my quilts to make list.
I’d love to see other versions, so if you make a quilt using this tutorial and would like me to quilt it this winter I will supply your batting! Just mention this tutorial. (This offer applies only to January and February 2013.)
Also note that I now have several wide quilt backs for sale to my quilting customers all backs sell for $15. a yard. You will only buy what your quilt requires.