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December 31, 2020
Comfort and Blessing Quilt and 2020 Year End Posting from caledonia quilter

 This was the last custom quilt of the year.  I love working on sampler quilts.  This is Comfort and Blessing by Piecing The Past Quilts.

Lots of s.i.d. with some common elements throughout the blocks.

It's a little easier to see the quilting on the back.

Here's a shot of the borders.

This is such a pretty pic of a sunset on December 10th.

Hmm.  What else?... Christmas was quiet with just DH, Sadie and me.  I had to cook a turkey, which I'd almost forgotten how to do.  Normally 1-800-LUKE takes pity on us ...

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December 2, 2020
Linen and Lace from Addicted to Quilts

I pieced this quilt in 2013, and quilted it around 2015 I think.  I found it packed away when I moved in March this year with the binding attached, just needing to be stitched down.  I had even made the hanging sleeve, ready to be attached.

It was a good project to work on in the first lockdown and finally have it completed.  I probably would quilt it differently if I did it now with less pebbles.  But I like the feathers and circles.

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November 22, 2020
IntelliQuilter Learning Continues: Exploring Digital Pantographs for E2E + Background Fills, with No Sew Zones from Cheeky Cognoscenti

 Good morning, lovelies!  After my little R.B.G. block detour, I returned to the cheater cloth panel that I'd loaded on my long arm frame for IntelliQuilter practice.  Feeling comfortable with resizing and distorting block designs to fit less-than-perfectly-square quilt blocks, I decided to practice laying out and sequencing some E2E (Edge-to-Edge) designs.  Oh my gosh, you guys -- I LOVE how my APQS machine stitches these designs out with R2D2 (yes, that's what I've named my IQ) doing the driving instead of me!  Smooth feather curves, crisp points, and perfect circle bubbles with beautiful stitches on ...

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November 14, 2020
Baby Steps Into Computerized Custom Quilting: Using the Cropping and Distort Features of IQ to Fit a Perfect Design to an Imperfect Block from Cheeky Cognoscenti

I played with my new IntelliQuilter (IQ) computer robotics yesterday, and I am GIDDY!!!!!!!!  Is that enough exclamation points for you?  If not, here are a few more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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November 10, 2020
Monogram Baby Quilt Finish + IntelliQuilter Computer Robotics Installation from Cheeky Cognoscenti

C is for Charlie, 42 x 42 prior to washing

First Big News: A Quilt Finish!

My AQS Letter Home QAL (resized, recolored, and with EPP monogram block added) is finished!  I wrapped it up last night, carefully packed it in a box along with big sister Margot's butterfly/clam shell quilt, and Bernie just entrusted the package to the safekeeping of UPS for its journey to New Mexico.  Godspeed, little quilts!  May you arrive safely and be literally loved to pieces!

Letter Home Monogram Baby, Quilting Completed

I ended up really liking how the the custom quilting came ...

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November 8, 2020
Catching Up, again from caledonia quilter

 I seem to have put my blog posting on the same schedule as my house cleaning...pretty darned infrequently! My new system for cleaning is to keep an eye on a couple of the pictures hanging on the wall - if I notice gooey, stringy cobwebs hanging off them I make myself vacuum some time in the following week.  

I'm just going to give you some pics of a few quilts that I've completed for customers over the last couple of months, ok?  OK.

This quilt came with a special request to add a couple of hearts in the ...

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October 19, 2020
Churn Dash Chain from Addicted to Quilts

I made this quilt top for a friend a several years ago, and finished quilting it a couple of months ago whilst most people in Melbourne were stuck at home.

I wanted to create a secondary circular design with the quilting.

I trusted it to the post, and here it is on my friend's bed.

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September 28, 2020
Covered in Hope from Night Owl Quilting

 Covered in Hope by nite owl quilting

Shelia brought this lovely quilt over for some custom quilting.  The pattern is called Covered in Hope by Nite Owl Quilting.  Shelia changed out one of the words to something that was more meaningful to her.

I stitched around all the applique and added a stipple background fill that seemed very fitting with her choice of background fabrics.

When we were discussing ideas for the border, Shelia mentioned that she could see Butterflies flying her and there.  I was happy to oblige.

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September 25, 2020
Spring Equinox from Night Owl Quilting


I am SOOO excited to share this quilt that I made! (Happens occasionally!)  I loved this pattern the first time I saw it on Instagram.  The pattern is called Spring Equinox and is by designer Taralee Quiltery  who lives in neighboring Stonewall, Manitoba.  My niece Amber was graduating high school this year, so it felt like the perfect fit to make it for her.

I also decided this quilt was the perfect opportunity for some over the top quilting.  I have only done something like this once before when Reneta pushed me out of my comfort zone with this quilt ...

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September 16, 2020
Kansas Red and White Throw Quilt in Just Red {Custom Quilting} from Busy Hands Quilts

Kansas Red and White Throw Quilt in Just Red, a custom quilting project by Busy Hands Quilts.

This is a quilt made by Andrea which I custom quilted for her in a new-to-me design.  Her request was something bubbly, so bubbly it is!

Executing this design on my longarm required a tutorial as I had never wrapped a design around so the next row is half dropped to the previous row.  Learning this technique has opened up a ton of new quilt designs that I will be able to use on my machine.

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September 15, 2020
Cute Animal Applique from Night Owl Quilting

Wow- I can't believe it has been more than a month since I have shared quilts on this blog.  I have been been so have a number of wonderful things to share over the coming days to get caught up!  First up is the adorable animal applique quilt made by Heather.

Heather adapted the "Oh Deer" pattern from the Animal Parade 2 book by Cheri Leffler.  Heather used animals from other patterns in the book and adapted the layout to meet her needs.  Heather requested custom quilting from me as she wanted it to be extra special for her ...

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September 2, 2020
Floating Squares Baby Quilt in Enchanted {Custom Quilting} from Busy Hands Quilts

This sweet baby quilt was made by Andrea, and I quilted it for her with a dense spiral design.  

See those sweet swans in the backing? 

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August 30, 2020
2 Quilts (one complex & one simple), What's Cookin'?, and Covid numbers from caledonia quilter


Here's the complex quilt, with a medallion setting and a bunch of paper pieced sharks teeth.

And curved piecing.  Don't forget the curved piecing.

This quilt took me back in time.  When I was a kid, Mom had made me a skirt that I loved - dark grey with box pleats.  The inset in the box pleats was pink with a tiny black print.  I felt so sassy when I wore that...every step showed off the ...

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August 9, 2020
Let's wrap up June (since it's already August!) Log Cabin & A Unicorn from caledonia quilter

Log Cabin - I love the colours in this.  The quiltmaker wanted it quilted "like in the magazine".

That involved feathered swirls in the blocks, from the center out to the corners, and then a simple meander in the rest of it.
No s.i.d. kept the cost down a bit.

Unicorn - this is all paper pieced.  Whoo baby!  

Thankfully the quiltmaker sent me a pic of how she wanted it quilted.  Otherwise I'd probably still be staring at it wondering what the heck to do.
I had to get a little bit of technical help from a longarm ...

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July 28, 2020
Ice Cream Cone Quilt from Night Owl Quilting

This darling Ice Cream Cone quilt was made by Susanne for a very special great niece.  The pattern was published by Quiltmaker Magazine in 2006 in support of Project Linus.  It is called "Single Scoop" and is still available here.

Susanne decided on custom quilting.  I stitched around the cones and the chains of squares and filled the background with a simple stipple.  Loops in the outer border finished it off.  Susanne had selected a minkee dot backing and I suggested a Quilter's Dream Puff batting.  The combination is magical and the ice cream cones just pop!


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July 21, 2020
Watercolor Seahorses from Night Owl Quilting

I had so much fun quilting the fabulous quilt for Reneta.  The quilt is an adaptation of the Watercolor Sea Horses pattern by Summercrafter.  Reneta loves to make scrap quilts and her go to size is 2" squares, so she made the pattern work for her.


We decided on custom quilting for this one.  I did straight lines on the seahorses and a freehand water meander in the background, but my favorite part are the bubbles!!!

After coming up with a design plan for the quilt I decided to treat myself to some new rulers from a new to be ...

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July 19, 2020
Christmas in July! from Night Owl Quilting

I had the pleasure of quilting these two delightful tree skirts for Eileen.

Eileen actually made the first one for herself!  Quilters always seem to be last on their lists so I love it when they tell me one is for them. The pattern is from McCall's Quilting Nov/Dec 2019 and it called Little Red Truck.  We decided to use freehand "3 and Es" for the background and ditch stitching around the truck.

The trucks will be getting black buttons for wheels.  Eileen marked the centre circle and where she was going to cut the opening before she ...

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July 10, 2020
Slam Dunk! from Night Owl Quilting

Get ready to see not one, not two, but three versions of this fabulous Slam Dunk quilt.  Reneta was sewing up a storm this winter with Cluck Cluck Sew's Slam Dunk pattern to make two graduation gifts and a special thank you gift for her youngest son's long time coach.

You will notice these photos were taken in the winter and early spring when I did the quilting, but I didn't share the photos until the gifts were given.

The first of the three received some light custom quilting.  I followed the fabric design in the sashing ...

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June 28, 2020
A Lone Star Beauty and Covid Update #582. OK, not really... from caledonia quilter

This beauty had been in-progress by the maker for quite a long time. The Lone Star block is perfect.  She pieced it using the pre-printed fusible interfacing product, which makes for a very exact block.  It gets a little bulky in some areas, but that's a small price to pay for great accuracy. 

 The diamond wedges were all quilted with c.c. (continuous curve), and the outer edge of the star, along with all borders, were stitched in the ditch.  I created some ghost blocks in the white background to break that space up into more manageable-sized areas.

There ...

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June 24, 2020
~ Stitching Sunshine Blog Hop ~ from Podunk Pretties

Hello Quilting Friends!  Today is my day in the Stitching Sunshine Blog Hop hosted by Carla over at Creatin' in the Sticks.  

When I saw the sign ups for this blog I knew I had to join in because I was already making something yellow. My project is a quilt called Hunkering Down. This quilt block is free printable PDF here on my blog.  You can find the post with the link to the PDF by CLICKING HERE.  

Unfortunately, my quilt isn't finished due to my decision to quilt it to death.  The quilting has a lot of ruler ...

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