Chenille Quilt

Every now and then a quilt comes in with something I haven’t quilted before. (Not very often, after 9 years I’ve quilted a lot of quilts!)

I just finished this one this morning, cotton and chenille top and flannel back. My Millennium came through as always, no problems with thicker intersections and the tension is perfect! I can’t wait for my customer to see it!

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The Quilting Part of Quilting (why this longarmer loves to quilt)

My quilting journey has taken me through so many phases, styles, patterns, loves, likes and dislikes. It really all started when I watched “Little House on the Prairie” and fell in LOVE with their “blankets”. When I said to my Mom how much I loved them, she casually remarked “oh those are just quilts and only poor people make those” I guess that growing up on a farm during the depression influenced her opinion at the time. My Mom now quilts too.

So It began with a love for the scrappier looking quilts and I made several, some were hand quilted and some simply machine quilted on my old singer. Fabric sources were hard to come by at that time.

Over the years I’ve used many different patterns, and for the most part stayed in the soft to pastel line of colours, and really enjoyed the emergence of the “Moda” fabric lines. Lately I have been emerging from that box as future posts will reveal!

When my Longarm arrived I joined the Moda University Kit club at the Fatquartershop and made and quilted many of those quilts and proudly gifted them to family. I have several Fatquartershop block of the month quilts in various stages of completion and I’ve also been busy these last 8 years quilting for others.

It’s always so much fun at our Local show to see my customers quilts on display! Here are a few of them from last weekends show.

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When I first started Longarm Quilting for others, it was to supplement my income allowing me as a single parent, to be at home while I raised my four daughters. There were always just enough quilts coming in to help make ends meet! I am so grateful to all of my wonderful friends/customers who have entrusted me with their quilts.

Quilting, including Machine Quilting is a passion of mine, while making some income quilting for others is a great thing it is not the entire reason why I run my business.

My customers make quilts for so many reasons and bring them to me to add another dimension to their work, I love bringing their vision to reality. I take pride in my work, the tension has to be perfect, the design perfect for that quilt, quality threads that will withstand many many years of use and above all the satisfaction that my work meets up to the piecers as well as my own expectations for quality work.

I have met other Longarm quilters and for the most part we tend to be a group who do not compete but instead share information and encourage each other which is something that has always been a part of quilting isn’t it.

Of course the best part of quilting are the friendships that are found and grown, don’t you agree?

Cheryl Arkison Workshop

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.

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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!

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I had finished all of the all green section in class and the carried on overnight which really helped me to stay awake!

Thunder Bay Quilt Show

2013 Thunder Bay Quilt Guild’s Quilt Show will Close tomorrow. The months leading up to this show are busy ones for everyone and we longarm quilters are no exception. It’s such a pleasure seeing my customer quilts displayed as well as my personal quilts all completed and hanging.

These are my four entries in the show.

Flower Power

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Picnic (which is my adaptation of Angela Walters pattern found on the Moda Bakeshop site) it was quilted freehand.

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Wolf Song

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Tumbling Block Flowers

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Flower Power

In my last post I started to share pictures of the beginnings of one of the quilts I made for this years Quilt Show put on by my local guild Thunder Bay Quilt Guild.

The pattern for this quilt is from href=”http://www.romanianquiltstudio.com/english/patterns.htm”>Geta Grama, I first saw a picture of one of her quilts on Pinterest and I needed to know more. I’ve been breaking out of a “safe” colour zone in the last year and my mind has been full of ideas! I had already bought Kaffee Fassett charm squares to play with and when I found this pattern I just knew they’d play well together.

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