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November 18, 2021
Dinorama T-rex on Roller Skates from Night Owl Quilting

I had so much fun adding a little custom quilting to Cindy's Dinorama quilt.  The pattern is fun design from Art Eat Quilting Co.

Cindy and I couldn't find a pantograph that we really liked so Cindy gave me the go ahead for some custom quilting.  I can honestly say I haven't quilted reptile skin before!

I stitched in the ditch around the dinosaurs and the features like their eyes and teeth. 

The topographical freehand pattern seemed like the perfect idea for the linen background.


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November 10, 2021
Curved Cabin from Addicted to Quilts

Another quilt of mine that I made in 2013.

This was made with the quick curve ruler, and using a variation of a log cabin block that I changed slightly as I didn't want the seams in the centre.  

I originally was only going to make one block as an exercise, but liked it so much I decided to make nine to put into a quilt.  As I was only going to make one block, I used up some smaller pieces of fabric so didn't have enough to make the nine blocks the same and I had to ...

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October 15, 2021
Bold and Beautiful from Night Owl Quilting


I had the privilege of quilting this beauty for Barb.  The top was pieced by Anne Reimer, who sadly has passed away, and Anne's friends and family are working to get her quilt treasures complete.

All of the colouful fabrics in the quilt's body and the applique border are hand dyes that Anne did herself.

The top really didn't need me to do anything to make it beautiful, so Barb and I opted for the "less is more" approach.  Barb selected the Raindrops pantograph for the body of the quilt. 

For the outer border I stitched around ...

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October 4, 2021
Wide borders, Complaints, Kitchen, Covid from caledonia quilter

 Wide borders can be a bit challenging to quilt.  Oddly enough, I had TWO quilts that came in with wide borders, and even ODDLY-ER (Yes I know that's not a word.  Who cares?) the same border design worked beautifully on both of them.

Yikes - all paper pieced!

The body of this was all done with s.i.d.  There is no quilting I could ever imagine that would improve on that piecing.

The turquoise thread in the border really adds a gorgeous pop of colour on the black.

Applique, with a bit of additional batting behind the leaves for ...

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September 29, 2021
Simple Sampler from Night Owl Quilting


I recently had the pleasure of custom quilting Marlene's beautiful "Simpler Sampler" quilt.  This quilt is anything but simple, but it comes from Kim Diehl's book entitled "Simple Sampler."  Marlene did change up the border to make it her own, and I like the simplicity and how it frames the beautiful blocks. 

Marlene and I discussed a few of her quilting likes and dislikes but she said she prefers not to say too much and let her longarmer decide.  The hardest part for me was coming up with a plan for the pieced blocks.  I took my inspiration ...

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September 28, 2021
Cattle Call from Night Owl Quilting

The darling Highland Cow was made by Reneta.  Reneta is a pattern tester for Art East Quilt Company, and this is one of their latest releases called "Cattle Call."

I quilt a lot of quilts for Reneta and every once in awhile she like to challenge my creativity.  (Check out song lyrics, martini glasses, mice and glass slippers, butterfliesa world map....).  This time she suggested that we amp up the Sottish flair of this quilt and give "Angus the Cow" a Scottish Thistle.

I found a great tutorial at Lori Kennedy quilts for a thistle, so I didn't ...

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September 22, 2021
Amy's Scrappy Homerun from Night Owl Quilting


This is Amy's latest scrappy quilt.  When I asked the pattern name, she said that she made blocks based on a demo from her local quilt guild, and used a layout idea from the Alternate Routes pattern she just finished and came up with this.  I think she hit this one out of the park!

This quilt was just a scrappy stash buster, but it was calling out for something other than a panto.  I asked Amy if I could play, and she said to go for it.  I came up with a plan that didn't involve any ...

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September 16, 2021
Journey Among the Stars from Night Owl Quilting

This spring I had the opportunity to do the custom quilting on the Manitoba Prairie Quilters' 2022 Raffle Quilt that they are calling "Journey Among the Stars."  The pattern they used is called Mineral Matrix by Wing and A Prayer Designs.  The fabric palette from Northcott's Journey's collections totally transforms the look of the pattern.

When I saw this quilt I was wowed, and a bit overwhelmed at the task of tackling the custom quilting.  There is a lot of unique piecing in this quilt!   No plain sashing strips to fill with curls here!  Figuring out how to ...

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September 7, 2021
Watch Me Grow from Night Owl Quilting

Megan sent this adorable quilt that she made for her own new arrival.   The centre is a panel and Megan came up with her own pieced border to complete the quilt top.  The panel is called "Watch Me Grow" from Northcott fabrics, and is intended to be used for milestone photos.  The panel came with other items including words and numbers that you can add to the photos.

Megan knew she wanted custom quilting including modern feathers and we discussed a few different plans before settling on the design.  I wanted to make sure that the quilting didn't overwhelm ...

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September 6, 2021
A Pair of Seahorse Quilts and a Newfoundland Theme from Night Owl Quilting

Reneta made this pair of Watercolor Seahorse quilts for her sister.  Last year I quilted Reneta's first Seahorse quilt (that you can see here), and Reneta's sister loved it so much that she asked Reneta to make a pair for her.  This time around they got a border to make them more bedsized, and by request, I repeated the custom quilting plan I used before.

Reneta made this quilt from a special fat quarter pack that she picked up in Newfoundland that highlights so many special Newfoundland themes - blueberries, boats, moose, puffins, sea glass and of course the ...

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August 8, 2021
Colour, Christmas, & Complaints. (And Covid, I guess.) from caledonia quilter

 This is the hard 'C' post, pronounced 'K'.

Colour.  This one is self-explanatory...wowsers.  I love it!!

Christmas.  Actually it's Winter, not Christmas.  But that would ruin the alliteration.  A great strippy quilt.  This was fun to quilt.

Love the crochet doilies!

Complaints.  I'm running a personal challenge - 30 consecutive days with no complaints.  This started on July 12th, and I'm now on my FIFTH start date.  At this rate I will still be trying in 2022.  Interestingly, the first two restarts were because I was trying to one-up somebody; "Hah, you think that's bad...".  Also ...

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July 24, 2021
50 Stars from Addicted to Quilts

This was a fun project from 2015 where I made fifty six inch stars in scraps of blue/green fabrics, put them on point, and pieced them with a plain square in between.  

I didn't realise until after it was finished and under the bright light of my machine that I had used two shades of white fabrics.

I used my curved cross hatching ruler to create the circle effect around the stars.

There are forty-nine stars on the top and I pieced the fiftieth into the back.

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July 16, 2021
Happy Birthday from Wendy's Quilts and More

 My youngest son turned 21 this week and I finished his Topsy quilt just in time.

I haven't been able to get outside for proper photos yet, but I took some quick photos when we tried it on his bed yesterday. 

It's the biggest quilt that I've ever made, so I had it custom quilted by my friend Rayna Clinton from Tui Song Quilting in Wellington, New Zealand. We chose the pattern together and I'm really pleased with it.  It's called Snakes Hexagons by Sharon Perry.

I put the wide back Onion Rings by Brandon ...

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June 26, 2021
Steam Punk from Addicted to Quilts

This is Jen Kingwell's Design Steam Punk.  Many of the fabrics in this quilt were purchased when I was in Canada in January 2018, so they bring back some happy memories.

I changed the pattern a little by not including the blocks in the setting triangles and piecing the sashing.  

When the quilt was finished as per the pattern it didn't look complete to me so I decided to add the border of applique circles which I think frames it nicely.

The back was pieced with the blocks I decided not to use in the setting triangles.

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June 24, 2021
Pair of Bookcase Quilts from Night Owl Quilting

I recently had the opportunity to quilt a pair of amazing bookcase quilts.  These quilts were made by husband and wife quilting duo, Fred and Betty for their two granddaughters. (Fun Fact:  I used to babysit Fred and Betty's children when I was a young teenager so this experience was extra cool for me.)

The amount of personalization and detail is just phenomenal and I am sure these quilts will be treasured forever.  The pictures I am sharing will only give you a taste of everything that was included.  


Fred and Betty requested that the quilts be similar but ...

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June 14, 2021
Custom Quilting Dover Lap Quilt! from Busy Hands Quilts

This beautiful Dover baby quilt made by Andrea was quilted in natural white thread in Wandering Roses, a digital design, on my Handi Quilter Fusion with ProStitcher.

Beautiful Fabric

This fabric collection is called Dover by Brenda Riddle for Moda Fabrics.  You can view the collection right here.

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June 7, 2021
Custom Quilting Woodland Wander Baby Quilt! from Busy Hands Quilts

This beautiful Woodland Wander baby quilt made by Andrea is quilted in natural white thread with Wandering Spiral, a digital design, on my Handi Quilter Fusion with ProStitcher.

Aren't all those tiny creatures just adorable?  You'll find the Woodland Wander fabric collection right here.

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June 5, 2021
TWO of my own finished and the Garden Terrorist from caledonia quilter

 I set a few challenges for myself every year, in a feeble attempt to accomplish something.  Otherwise, Facebook, you know?  This year's UFO portion was to finish any three UFOs, and I completed that at the end of May.  I already showed you the Vintage Tulips a couple months ago - that was #1.

#2 completion is the sampler quilt that the Binbrook guild ran as a block of the month from 2017 through 2018.  I managed to finish it in only three years!  Woo hoo!

The objective was to make each block twice, but reverse the colours on the ...

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June 4, 2021
Sweeter Than Honey from Crayon Box Quilt Studio

 Since practically the beginning of my quilting journey I've had the plan to eventually make a quilt for each of my 4 siblings.  As with so many people this past year, I've thought long and hard about what I want to accomplish in my future and decided that these quilts needed to happen now, not in who knows how many years from now.

This first sibling quilt was for my oldest sister Tina, who also happens to be a quilter.  Long ago I started a quilt that I originally thought would be for her, but later decided it ...

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May 30, 2021
Version Three - Black (Fireworks) from Addicted to Quilts

I pieced this top in 2015, and quilted it late 2017.  It won the Excellence in Machine Quilting Award at Vic Showcase 2018.

The quilting is random, and I wanted it to look like fireworks exploding between the stars.

I quilted the border with random triangles coming in from the edge, shading from the light blue in the middle of each side to the dark blue at the corners.

Most of the stitching for the straight lines and the circles I have gone over twice to make it really stand out on the black background.

To work out the placement ...

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