Wednesday, February 10, 2016

My John Deere

This fun quilt was made by Dorothy.  A panel in the center, with some creative piecing to make a fun quilt for a lucky little guy.

Dorothy chose the yo-yo panto.  I was a little tricky to decide on a thread to compliment the quilt.  I usually try to select a thread that shows up evenly on the majority of the fabrics in the quilt.  Everything was looking a little sad and murky, so I went for a bold John Deere Green instead.  It stands out quite a lot in the sky and on the solid yellow fabric, but I like the overall look.  

Dorthy used a variety of the left over fabrics from the front to piece this cheerful quilt back.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016


Vanda made this quilt as a wedding gift for a special couple.  The pattern is BQ2 by Maple Island Quilts. The focus fabric is called Indigo Nature by Wilmington Prints, and she purchased it through Sew Sisters a great Canadian Online store.

Vanda did not want to make the quilt more feminine so we chose the Mimosa panto and a light mossy green thread and my navy Stonehenge backing.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


This quilt was made by Connie.  The pattern is BQ3 by Maple Island Quilts.  I loved the focus fabric she used.  The poppies are absolutely beautiful.  I haven't made one of the BQ patterns myself, but they seem like one of the best patterns to highlight a favorite focus fabric.

Connie selected the Gothic Vine panto and dark grey Mangnifico thread.  The black fabric has a bit of  metallic in the print, so the shine of the thread looked great with that, and the grey didn't take away from the poppy print.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Emily's Wedding Quilt

Connie brought me this wonderful scrappy quilt.  The pattern is Emily's Wedding Quilt by Fons and Porter.  Essentially it is made up of two traditional blocks  - Shoo Fly and 54-40  or Fight.

I love how curves appear out of all straight seams.  Connie left the quilting design up to me.  I debated about trying to come up with a custom quilting design that would enhance the circles or use a panto.  When considering the size of the quilt (100 x 100), the borderless design, its intended use and my online searches of how other similar quilts were treated, I decided that a panto was the best fit for this situation.

A white So Fine! thread disappeared into the 30s reproduction fabrics and white background.  The panto is called Lithe.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Charm Squares Quilt & A Wallet for me!

This sweet baby quilt was made by Cheri.  The pattern is Charm (and 10!) Squares by Elizabeth Hartman and it is a freebie.

Cheri provided a cuddle backing, so we used Quilter's Dream Puff batting and the Dainty panto.  We used a lovely soft variegated thread that looked lovely with all the fabrics.  Is is Fantastico #5024 - Opalescence.

I received this little pack of remnants of Moda "Wishes" fabric at a retreat last fall.  I finally found the perfect project for them.  I decided to make something just for me this wallet.

I found this great tutorial from the Confessions of a Fabriholic blog.  I followed the tutorial pretty closely with two minor changes.  I added a button instead of a snap for the closure on the tab, and instead of vinyl for the outer fabric, I decided to use a quilted layer.

I might seem a little crazy to quilt such a small piece on a big longarm, but why not?  It was momentarily empty and ready to go.  I didn't use a backing fabric I loaded the batting on the leaders and used a layer of cotton top.

  The tutorial was great.  I love the card slots, slip pockets and zippered pocket.  It was very difficult to get the corners turned out nicely, but eventually I got the job done.   It was a quick project and fun to do a little something just for me.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Pretty in Pink

This quilt was made by Sherri and it has a story as sweet as its color palette.  Sherri made this quilt for her grandmother for Christmas.  Her grandmother always made quilts for members of the family, but no one had every made her a quilt until now.  She was very excited to be receiving this special gift.

Sherri selected the Wildflower panto and I think it was the perfect choice.

I used a pretty pink  So Fine Thread to stay with the theme.

Beautiful job Sherri, I'm sure your grandmother will treasure it.


Saturday, January 30, 2016

String Quilt

This string quilt was made by friends Reneta and Amy.  Reneta and Amy both teach at the same elementary school and they are donating this quilt to the Parent Council so it can be raffled to raise funds for new playground equipment.  Teachers are awesome!

They both quickly agreed that the Fascination panto would complete their vision for the quilt.

  I hope Barker School raises lots of money due to their efforts, because who wouldn't love to win this?