Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Cathy’s Wolf Quilt

How amazing are these digital panels! Cathy has made this quilt for her granddaughter and now that there is a little more freedom for travelling she is finally able to deliver her quilt.

She chose a perfect dark charcoal Fireside for the backing. I pieced two lengths for the quilt….this fabric is so nice to work with and my only recommendation is to take the time to check the nap direction.

You can really see the outline of the pantograph Star Struck on the back!

I am sure that this quilt will be loved and snuggled under for many years to come!

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Longtime Gone and Life

This journey of life is so often winding and full of twists and turns and mine of late has been just that. So far this summer has been extremely full.

Birthday Roses a gift from last years birthday that bloomed on my day this year!

I celebrated my birthday last month and was so surprised when several of our daughters (we have 7 combined) and all but one of our grandchildren (he lives in Texas) came over to visit and have a impromptu pool and dinner party. It was so much fun!!! How can you beat the joy and laughter of family.

There have been medical appointments for family members who I do my best to be there for and this last week also involved a one day trip to Toronto for tests. A two hour flight each way and thankfully my sister by choice was there to drive us to and from the hospital…that was a full day!

Eriks Mom and I waiting for our first flight!

There are some more medical situations happening and the coming weeks will involve big decisions and changes for members of our family. Aging is not always easy.

My Dad however is turning 84 next week, he just bought himself a new bike and is really enjoying that freedom and fun. It’s nice to see. He has spent the last couple of years learning and perfecting his cooking skills and he told me last night that my brother has bought a Ninja Foodie…Dad bought one because I have one and he has been encouraging my brother to get one as well. Dad told me last night that my brother bought one yesterday.

Liam is still here almost every weekday. I love his fun and laughter and feel so blessed that we can be such a big part of his life! He keeps our pool well stirred up. He really enjoyed his guy day with Pappa while I was in Toronto and the next day…because they couldn’t fit it all in started driving the go cart…pictures to follow in another post.

Liam chilling during our heat wave

So….Life sure has its moments and as much of it brings joy some of it is really heavy and can make me so weary. My quilting life really does as always get me through. My current customer quilt is mostly freehand fill and puts me in a wonderful zen mode.

My Longtime Gone blocks are coming along … it’s not a project to rush through instead I am savouring each step.

60 degree triangles
Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Kathy’s Quilt

Kathy’s Exploding Heart quilt was so much fun to work on. Her fabric choices included some really whimsical prints …My favourite being the avocados. Green has never been a colour that I have gravitated towards but lately it has been drawing me in.

A small snippet of Avocados can be seen.

I am often asked to choose the quilting design and after some thought I felt that spirals would add to the fun of this quilt. I love the movement that they add.

Kathy sent me the pictures after finishing her quilt, her backing was a perfect choice and I am impressed with her machine binding. A skill that I haven’t worked on but plan to one day.

And last but not least! Her finished quilt that was a gift for her sister whom she told me absolutely loves her quilt.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Long Time Gone Quilt and Life

It amazes me at times how much fabric I have accumulated over the years. I have had so much fun pulling from scraps that have been gifted and then digging through my own bits and pieces…a few (maybe more than a few) fatquarters have followed me home from Donnas shop in Pass Lake and a little online shopping as well for background fabrics. Or is this just a little stash enhancement.

Also a little thread wax as I have never tried it before.

Yesterday’s trip included some fun for Liam, as he got to meet and hold Oreo…this little guy was found by Donna’s grandson and was almost expired before he set out to revive the baby which he clearly has. (There are plans to release him when he appears to be ready…hopefully it won’t involve a certain scent 🦨)

The fun hoodie Liam is wearing was a little big on him just a few weeks ago!

Piecing Long Time Gone has been just the project for relaxation this summer. The piecing really isn’t difficult and has enough variety to keep it interesting and what a fantastic opportunity to play with colour!

Some blocks for my Long Time Gone project
Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Jennetts Quilts

These wall hangings were super fun to quilt for Jennett, the appliqué pieces were so intricate and interesting. She did tell me after I quilted them that they were made from kits and that the appliqué was all precut.

It wasn’t lost on my quilt model that he has been to all three of the places on the small hangings…

We miss our quick drives to Minnesota and hope to visit again sooner than later!
We also hope to visit Our Texas family again 😊
And of course…home sweet home
This one was so much fun to quilt and look at!
Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Weekend Recharge

We have been busy around here the last few weeks. Putting in a new garden and working around the yard takes time.

I continue to quilt for customers and of course I have Liam most days of the week, we are both happy to see the end of this school year in sight!

This past weekend I felt the need to recharge, I went for nice long walks and spent a lot of time in my studio.

I often put either some music on or a show on Netflix to keep me company however this weekend I came across Karen Brown of Just Get it Done Quilts. http://justgetitdonequilts.com

She offers so much content on her YouTube channel from learning about colour, using your scraps, decluttering your sewing space and of course making scraps.

My pineapple blocks needed to grow in order to be added to my Long Time Gone Quilt… somehow I ended up making 7 more than I needed. This type of piecing is very relaxing for me.

I also completed the Crosses of the U.K. blocks

And got a good start on this customer quilt…

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Life

The sky is rumbling this morning as it was yesterday morning. While I cut grass with the riding mower Friday evening I watched the sky as the clouds rolled in darker and darker and just as I was close to finishing the wind picked up to the point where you know it’s time to head inside! There wasn’t a lot of rain just thunder and quite the light show.

Our weather has been hot and humid the last few days a little unusual for this time of year. It’s also black fly and mosquito season and as careful as I have been I have more than my share of bites.

Now that Erik has retired we have added a couple of gardens and had a load of soil delivered and picked up a load of horse manure from a farm not too far from here. Needless to say there has been a lot of outside work lately.

Liam learnt how to use our dandelion puller though we gave up on controlling them years ago!

The government announced last week that the schools will remain closed until September so virtual learning continues until June 25th. Liam had mixed emotions about the decision, he does miss being at school but he also enjoys being here though he really likes virtual class. We have adapted and he works on some of the assignments that are posted independently.

We often head out for explores in our woods. There are mallards nesting by our pond.

Liam guessed that the robins were hatching, I went under the deck and took a few quick pictures so we could see what was going on…

Next time I will take a little more time to get a better picture. It was fun to see though. There was also a squirrel lurking about…I chased it off and so far it hasn’t been back.

On the quilting front I am currently working on a customers series of 5 wallhanging which I will share soon. I realized after the fact that I didn’t take pictures of Lorraines latest quilt which made me sad as she isn’t sure if she will get to the last two she has planned due to her declining health.

My Moda blockheads quilt is still on the wall as I wait for the Bella Solid to arrive for sashing.

So while I wait I have started working on my next quilt Long Time Gone by Jen Kingwell. I am planning to make it primarily from scraps.

On a fun note I added a little fabric to my stash…

Check out Fuelled by Fabric if you are in my area, Donna does deliver and does curbside as well.
Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Elizabeth’s Quilt

Elizabeth told me that she was inspired by a quilt that she saw while visiting a family member. Sometimes it’s just like that, we see a quilt, admire it and is stays with us.

This causes many a quilter to start collecting fabrics particularly when the quilt was scrappy! This quilt finished as a large queen. Her rules were white on whites with various blues and reds from depression era fabrics.

One word of advice when piecing such a quilt is to stay stitch as you go. What I mean by that is that when you have so many seams esp on your edges that if you stitch 1/8” from the edge it prevents seams from popping open either from handling or being loaded onto a Longarm frame.

I often will stay stitch a quilt for my customers if they haven’t. It makes loading and quilting much easier.

This was such a happy quilt to work on!

The backing really suits the front though working with it wasn’t always easy on my eyes.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

A Lot of Life Happening…

There is a quilt on my Longarm ready for trimming and another ready to be delivered…

Today is Erik’s 65th birthday and last day of work! The long awaited and planned for retirement begins! We will begin it with a lot of fishing as we are still restricted in travel.

Today is also Liam’s half birthday which he is also pretty excited about. He and Pappa have been discussing ice cream cake for some time.

Liam and I went on a hike not far from here, yesterday…his first long hike with me and half way through he asked if we could start doing it more often. It’s an hour and a half and a good workout!

We were also testing out the new walkie talkies they worked really well.

The hike is in a conservation area which made for a great teaching opportunity.

Adding his Inukshuk
Halfway
Hard to resist!

When we got home, Pappa had discovered a mouse family in our boat…I went inside while Liam excitedly assisted in the eviction!

He thought bringing the evidence close to my face was pretty funny!

So our summer is beginning. I will still continue to Longarm Quilt as it’s just what I do 😊

One of the most exciting to Liam esp was this discovery under our deck which is in clear view from the pool. More to come on that I hope!