Thursday, 17 November 2016

Three quilts by Janet

English Bunny is what Janet is calling this first darling baby quilt, I just love the fabric.
English Bunny baby quilt
The Chantilly Lace pantograph by Norma Sharp goes so well with this quilt and the theme, we also used a Glide thread in the softest aqua colour called cloud.

Chantilly Lace pantograph
A lovely complementary border fabric on the back of this sweet quilt.

Baby Owl quilt is the name of this second baby quilt, and of course it has cute little owls on it.
Owl Baby quilt
Quilted with the Little Hands pantograph by Anne Bright and a light turquoise Glide thread.

Mint Julep is Janet’s third quilt, a lovely minty/aqua and white log cabin quilt.  Can you see the log cabin blocks?
Mint Julep quilt
This delicate beauty was quilted with a pantograph called 'I love it' again by Anne Bright and a glide thread called appropriately Mint Julep.

Three more lovely quilts by Janet.

Never underestimate the power of a woman with a sewing machine.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

A Kaffe Fassett Tumbler quilt

Heather made this tumbler quilt out of Rowan fabric, mostly Kaffe Fassett’s.  She had her grandaughters help her with placement of the tumblers.
Kaffe Fassett Tumbler quilt
Daisies Galore pantograph by Irene Steele and a marine blue coloured thread look great on this quilt.
Daisies Galore pantograph
I like how the daisy quilting is positioned on this flower.

Heather picked a great backing fabric for this quilt, and the daisies show pleasantly with the blue thread.

Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature. ~ Gerard De Nerval

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Day of the Dead quilt

This quilt was made by Lorna for her daughter, who loved the fabric.
Day of the Dead quilt
Lorna’s daughter felt there wasn’t quite enough of the Day of the Dead fabric in it, so I found a Sugar Scull pantograph called Fiesta by Sandrah Burrier to help fill in the complementary fabrics and background with Sugar Skulls.

Fiesta pantograph
Día de los Muertos, also known as the Day of the Dead, is a holiday when people remember those who have died. Largely celebrated in Mexico, it dates back to pre-Hispanic civilizations from 2,500 to 3,000 years ago.

Day of the Dead fabric
My husband fell in love with this quilt and I have been looking for Fiesta, Sugar Skull or Day of the Dead fabric ever since (no luck yet).

The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living. ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

Monday, 7 November 2016

Friendship Star

The friendship star block is so appropriate for this quilt which Shirley made for a friend.
Friendship Star quilt
Quilted with the Blowin’Wind pantograph by Jodi Beamish, this flannel quilt will be cozy and comforting to cuddle up with.
Blowin' Wind pantograph
Shirley selected a honey gold thread for the quilting.

Altogether a warm and sweet gift.

Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity. ~ Khalil Gibran

Sunday, 30 October 2016

The Mumbo Gumbo

A quilt by Jane, and I do believe that she intended to keep this quilt for herself or her family.  I know that Jane likes blue and yellow and there is a fair bit of blue and yellow fabric in this quilt.
The Mumbo Gumb quilt

Jane selected the feathery Déjà vu pantograph by Patricia E. Ritter and Valerie Smith and a medium blue thread for the quilting.

The quilting really show off on the back of this quilt, and the blue thread looks a bit lighter against the backing fabric.

Mumbo Gumbo quilt pattern is by Pie In The Sky Quilts, a fun way to make a dent in your fabric scraps.

Eventually all the pieces fall into place.  Until then, laugh at the confusion, live for the moment and know that everything happens for a reason. ~ Albert Schweitzer

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Elaine’s quilt

This quilt was sitting unfinished for a long time, Elaine had started it in Australia and was working on it while going through a difficult time in her life.  Things have improved and Elaine is now happily in Canada and she happened to tell Diane, a quilter, about her unfinished quilt, Diane encouraged her to get it finished so Elaine contacted me.

We thought that the Falling Leaves pantograph by Dave Hudson would be a nice quilting design and we used a maroon coloured thread.
Falling leaves pantograph
Elaine doesn’t own a sewing machine anymore, so I sewed the binding on as well.  She was delighted to pick up the quilt, the finished quilt seemed to bring closure to this chapter in her life.  She was so thankful for Diane’s advice.  There is such a good feeling around finishing, that’s one reason why I like long-arm quilting.
The finish line is just the beginning of a whole new race.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Radio and quilts

My son Callum hosts a radio show at CJSW, at the University of Calgary and their annual funding drive starts this Friday.  I have donated my Black and White Crazy Patch quilt to help boost pledges on his show.  The Crazy patch quilt measures 48 x 48 inches (60 x 60 cm)
Black and White Crazy quilt

You can see more pictures at the original post for the Crazy Quilt here.  

CJSW is actually our family’s very favourite radio station and has been for years.  Callum’s show is called ‘Some Velvet Mornings’ and you can listen to his show on Friday morning from 10:00 am to 12 noon at 90.9 FM, or via the web, click on the ‘On Air’ button at the top of the page then Listen Live.  Consider a pledge, of course no pledge is too small.

There are other great incentives for pledging as well which you can see on the Funding Drive page.

The CJSW funding drive runs from Friday to Friday so Some Velvet Mornings will be looking for pledges both this Friday October 21st and next Friday the 28th, so you can listen again next Friday.

Please tune in, you will hear some good (probably different) music, however a little warning - funding drive is way more talking than usual, so not exactly your regular programming.

Proud mom moment.
Close-up of a Crazy Patch block