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Quilting with Friends

I just returned from my second quilting retreat. It is so much fun to quilt with friends and to not only see what they are making but also to share ideas and new notions and techniques there that others have found.

These retreats also allow for hours and hours of sewing uninterrupted by things like errands, cooking, cleaning etc… this particular retreat includes meals that eliminate the need to even decide what to eat! The major bonus is that every meal there was fantastic! So fantastic that I really need to take walking breaks next time.

I chose to work on my Winter Village quilt that I hope to have ready to hang up in January.

Do you sew with friends? I also quilt with friends almost every Thursday evening if you live in Thunder Bay and would like a group to quilt with even if you are a beginner and would like to learn more let me know and I will share more information about a new group!

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My Version of Summer Moon Quilt

Two things happened to inspire me to make my version of Carrie Nelson’s Summer Moon quilt. The first of course was seeing her book along with people posting pictures of their blocks on social media. The second was when my friend Betty gifted me with all of her scraps from her Fire Moth quilt.

I have always enjoyed piecing small pieces and the 5 inch blocks caught my eye. I had some leftover white fabric that was enough for something small so I set some rules for my little project. I would only make the small blocks and I had to use Betty’s scraps and the white fabric on hand. I began piecing the blocks on weekend mornings…and then it was my quilt night project (more about that in my next post)

I had initially bordered the first blocks however as the blocks grew my vision of the quilt changed. Once all of the blocks were on my design wall I drew out the additional piecing for each block.

I had the perfect backing in my stash and slipped this little project onto my Longarm between customer quilts and quilted it using the Curls Pantograph. I did purchase the binding though I could have dug through stash but it was fun to bring my project onto our mobile quilt shop Fuelled by Fabric and find the perfect finish!

I do intend to make the full Summer Moon quilt and am considering using my stash of depression era fabrics.

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The Fire Moth Quilt

This summer my friend Betty was making the Fire Moth quilt and we spent time together working on this paper piecing pattern.

Once the top was completed Betty had me quilt it and I chose the Star Swirl pattern to compliment background starry night look. once this project was complete Betty gifted me the scraps left over from the quilt…more about in my next post.

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Forest Friends

My friend Betty constantly amazes me with her piecing and quilts. I had the privilege of quilting her Forest Friends quilt recently.

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Our Little Sweetheart and her Quilt

Mom requested an Ultra Feminine quilt. Grandma went on the search for fabric. Laundry Baskets Little Sweetheart collection was perfect for the Dresden Plates that I had envisioned. For the background I chose the sweet little print from the porcelain collection by Three Sisters.

Most of the quilting was done freehand.

Welcome to our sweet Granddaughter Kaija!

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Terri’s Kaleidoscope Quilt

Terri’s quilts always inspire me, her choices of fabric, colour and patterns always go together beautifully.

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Change

Life gets busy and before I knew it I hadn’t pieced anything in ages. My casual, part time job took front stage over my quilting time and add a few other commitments and life became way out of balance. Suddenly something happened that truly forced me to stop and catch my breath and to re-evaluate my priorities.

A little over a month ago I was invited to an amazing quilting retreat. Three days of uninterrupted sewing, all meals were were amazing and best of all spending the weekend with kind nurturing and supportive quilting friends helped to spark my joy in quilting all over again!

It’s not that I had lost interest it was just that life had taken over.

I started the weekend putting my kaleidoscope blocks together

I spent a few hours working on my scrappy 16 patches

And finally began working on my Fatquartershop designer mystery block of the month from 2012! It had been patiently waiting!

I had seven blocks completed when I got home and it didn’t take long before I had all 12 finished and moved on to the finishing kit!

My Mojo has returned! More to come!

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Susan’s Quilt

This quilt is such a beautiful burst of colour and was fun to quilt using the pantograph Helix.

I chose to use medium brown bottom line thread which blended beautifully in all of the colours, this colour took third place enabling the piecing then pantograph to come first and second when viewing the quilt.

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Colette’s Sampler

This quilt was from from the beginners class from the first quilt shop here in Thunder Bay the shop was called Patchworks.

Colette brought me this quilt and allowed me to use it to play, so I had fun freehand quilting  it. I like to challenge myself to quilt each block differently while keeping the density of my stitching similar. Balance is important.

Some of the pictures were taken before I finished Quilting the sashing.

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Courtney’s Quilts

 

It it was a pleasure to  meet and quilt these two quilts for Courtney. For the first quilt she chose Hobbs wool batting and the Bubble Pantograph. This was her first Machine pieced quilt. I love the backing that she chose. The Bubble pantograph has been so popular and has been chosen by several of my customers in the last year!

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Courteny hand pieced her star quilt, it was beautifully sewn together. She chose the star swirl pantograph for it and Hobbs 80/20 batting.

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