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

Monday, 17 October 2016

Sharon’s Nova quilt

This lovely quilt was made for Barbara whose home was flooded in the Calgary 2013 flood.  Barbara was a watercolour artist and these batiks reminded Sharon of her art.

Nova quilt

The Dancing Violets pantograph by Patricia E. Ritter shows so nicely on the quilt.  We used a marine variegated thread.
Dancing Violets pantograph
Love this block on the back of the quilt.
Back art

Already to go.

Never forget that one simple gift can change everything.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Joan’s Baby Quilts

Joan has a lot of babies in her life, some are her grandbabies, and then she makes quilts for her extended family and friends too.  Here are her latest three.  The first all in flannel is for Isabelle’s baby sister, we know it’s a sister, the name is still a secret.
Yellow Brick Road Baby Quilt
For this peachy quilt in the Yellow Brick Road pattern we used Joan’s favourite pantograph for baby quilts (mine too) Popcorn by Jodi Beamish.

Popcorn Pantograph
Here is another again in flannel and the Yellow Brick Road pattern, the same prints however a different colourway, a bit more blue/green.
Yellow Brick Road Baby Quilt
Also quilted in the popcorn pantograph for this quilt we used a celery colour Glide thread.
Popcorn pantograph
Joan finished the back of this darling quilt with something I always love - back art – using up all those little bits and pieces of complementary fabrics from the front.
Quilt back art

Joan’s third quilt is called Dragons, what fun fabric!  This quilt is for baby L.

Dragons quilt
Dragons was quilted with the Spirals pantograph by Denise Schillinger with a Rainbow variegated thread.

Spirals pantograph

Sometimes the littlest things take up the most room in your heart. ~ Winnie the Pooh

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Green & Orange Star quilt

Lorie made this fiery quilt at a Judy Niemeyer class that she took in Phoenix, and I think it was made to add to the d├ęcor of Lorie’s winter get-away home in the south.
Green & Orange Star quilt

The Caliente pantograph by Patricia Ritter is a great match to this hot quilt.

Caliente pantograph
I don’t know if Lorie could have found a better fabric for the back of this quilt.

Hot, hot, hot – this is one hot quilt!
Talent is a flame. Genius is a fire. ~ Bernard Williams

Friday, 30 September 2016

A Low Volume quilt

Diane called this quilt ‘My Low Volume Quilt’ and I think she actually wanted to call it ‘My One and Only Low Volume quilt’ as it is not exactly her style.  Diane usually pieces with warmer and more vibrant colours.  I think she did a nice job putting these low volume prints together.
Low Volume quilt
Diane picked the very traditional Orange Peel pantograph by Patricia Ritter and a cream coloured thread for quilting.

Easy Orange Peel pantograph
Being efficient with these low volume scraps Diane completed her quilt with back art.

Quilt Back Art

There are two ways of spreading light, to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. ~ Edith Wharton

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Seasons quilt by Lauralee

This large sampler quilt really does showcase the seasons in colours and in each of the quadrants.
Saesons Quilt
We picked a light tan thread to quilt the Blowing in the Wind pantograph by Irene Steele.
Blowing in the Wind pantograph
Here are a couple of close-ups of some of the fabulous blocks in this seasonal quilt.

Embrace the current season of your life. ~ Gabrielle Blair