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November 15, 2022
A little birdie told me..... from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

 I finished Jeanne's little quilt. It is super sweet with the rainbow position nine patches and the background to match as it travel around the circle.  The pattern is Rainbow Nest by Editya Sitar.

The quilting...that's the part I love!  Lets start with the batting an the thread.  Two layers of batting, Quilters Dream 80/20 under Wool.  Look at that Applique, it has such definition with the two layer.  Almost looks like trapunto doesn't it?  Thread, well you know I like to use a lot of thread.  So I use Glide 60 wt top and ...

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November 8, 2022
Foxes and Bunnies in Bed from Night Owl Quilting

Reneta is a new grandma to twins and she had to make them each a special quilt.  The quilts are part of of a three in one pattern from Sew Fresh Quilts called "Bears, Foxes and Bunnies in Bed."  Reneta and I don't often get to shop together in person since we no longer live in the same area, but when she was visiting me, we went to see Jennifer at Needle Craft and Studio in Beausejour to pick fabric for these quilts.

Reneta immediately fell in love with the rainbow print and Jennifer helped Reneta pull complimentary fabrics ...

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October 3, 2022
I'm back and Country Jane is with me! from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

 Did ya miss me?  Oh my, it's been so long since I've had a stomach flu.  I think as you get older it may take a little longer to get through things or maybe we're just getting around all those germs again but it took me 4 days to get over that stomach virus.  Daytime TV is the worst and I'm hoping I don't have to watch any for a very long time!!  But I'm back to feeling human again and Country Jane, which is Country Quilters of McHenry's 2023 Opportunity quilt, is ...

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September 19, 2022
San Marco BOM from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

Happy Monday Quilters!!!   If any of you know Lynn Schmitt from a different box of crayons, then you know she does the most fabulous BOMs every year.  They are saturated with color, with texture with all sorts of materials from quilting cotton, to silks to home dec fabrics.  And this is Kim Rogers version of San Marco.  If you know Kim, you know there's going to be a beachy vibe and this one did not dissappoint. She changed up the center medallion, the bird and the border and made this her own.  Wow, the silks shimmer and shine don ...

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September 14, 2022
Working on Wednesday from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

Well its been a little over a week and San Marco,  a BOM from A Different Box of Crayons, is not done, and the table is no longer clear!  But I can show a few progress pics.  I do hope to have it finished today or tomorrow for some Fresh off the Frame picks on Friday.  I will have a finish!!!  I won't be denied!

look at the shimmer of the silk, I'll have better pics the end of the week.

and the rulers, why why why do I have to pull out so many rulers when I ...

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August 23, 2022
Do people still read blogs? Northern Wilderness Quilt from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

Hello!!!  Is there anyone still out there?  It's been so long since I've blogged on a regular basis, 2018 ish????  And to be honest I've been using a lot of social media, facebook and instagram.  I just can't get into tic tok right now but I hear there's a boat load of stuff on there for quilting and crafts as well.  How do people do it all?

I retired this year  (hehehe so I can quilt more!! )and there are a number of occasions where I sat down and wanted to find out what regular ...

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July 13, 2022
Stellar Mosaic from Night Owl Quilting

This fabulous quilt was made by Cindy.  The pattern is called Stellar Mosaic by Cotton and Joy and the kit was curated for Cindy by Jennifer at Needle Crafts and Studio in Beausejour, Manitoba.  Sometimes when a quilt arrives in my studio it tells me that it would be extra special with some custom quilting.  This was one of those quilts.  Cindy told me to surprise her.  After thinking about things for a while I sent Cindy some doodles and she told me to go for it.

The first area that I came up with a plan for was the ...

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July 11, 2022
Around the Island - A Custom Adaptation from Night Owl Quilting

Reneta was commissioned to make this quilt after a friend of hers saw the "Around the Island" quilt that she made for herself last year.  Check that quilt out here - it is still one of my favorite quilts that I got to add quilting to!

The pattern is called "Around the Island" and is in the book called The Quilted Stash by Ralph Jarvis and Corey Follett featuring Newfoundland inspired projects.  Upon request Reneta replaced the island image in the centre of the quilt with the sailboat silhouette.  My understanding is that this quilt is destined to live on a ...

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June 22, 2022
Custom Quilting for Andrea! from Busy Hands Quilts

This is a custom quilting project for Andrea!  I love how bright and happy it is.  :)

Fabrics are Allison Glass, quilting is Maze design, done in natural white thread on my HandiQuilter Fusion with ProStitcher.

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May 31, 2022
Patchwork Barn from Night Owl Quilting

I really enjoyed adding some custom quilting to this pretty blue and white quilt that Sharon made.  The patten is from Laundry Basket quilts and is called Patchwork Barn.

Sharon requested quilting around the applique and a design that flowed across the patchwork blocks.  I outlined the applique and filled the background with branching curls.  I added feathers to the rows of blacks and filled the remaining sashing and border strips with one of two curl designs.

The quilting looked lovely on the soft blue backing fabric as well.


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May 2, 2022
Scrap Quilt by Andrea - Custom Quilting from Busy Hands Quilts

This beautiful scrap quilt was made by Andrea.

Custom quilted with Diagonal Bias Plaid in white thread on my HandiQuilter Fusion with ProStitcher.

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April 24, 2022
Conway Album from Night Owl Quilting

The absolutely amazing work of art was made by Leslie. The quilt is called the Conway Album (I'm not from Baltimore) and is from a book published in the 1990s.  Leslie began this quilt in class taught by Marlene Reimer and she said it has likely been in the works for over 20 years. 

When I unfolded this quilt top I was taken aback by all of the unique details in the hand embroidery and the intricate borders.  I was impressed by the workmanship that went into making this and truly a bit overwhelmed that this beauty was left ...

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April 12, 2022
Vintage Bow from Night Owl Quilting

Barb brought this very unique quilt for some custom quilting.  The top was made by Barb's friend Anne who has passed away, leaving many beautiful tops that weren't finished.  Barb said she was going to keep this for herself as special memory of her dear friend.

The flowers in the center and the bow were all immaculately hand appliqued.  When Barb  first showed me the top I have to admit I was a bit overwhelmed by all of the open white fabric.  I had to sit with this for awhile before the right quilting plan came to me ...

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April 5, 2022
Log Cabin & Stars from caledonia quilter

 This is quilt work from January.  During the pandemic I didn't really have a lot of opportunity to go over quilting ideas in my studio - we were all afraid to get within six feet of each other.  Quilts would get dropped off on the front porch and we'd visit for a little while.  The quilt would stay in quarantine for at least three days, then I'd photograph it and email doodles to the piecer so we could kick around ideas.

This was nicely pieced, which makes it much easier to work on.

Feathers, with some nice contrast ...

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March 25, 2022
Front Porch Quilt from Night Owl Quilting

I had the pleasure of adding some custom quilting to Holly's  "Front Porch Quilt."  The pattern is from Quilter's Candy and utilizes the 3-D flying geese method in which the two short edges of the geese are folded and open (flapping) on the quilt top.  

Holly knew exactly what she wanted for the quilting, and we talked about the pros and cons of leaving the geese edges open and floppy and the decision was that they should be stitched down.  Holly stitched them down before bringing the top to me, which saved me a lot of extra time ...

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March 9, 2022
Schoolhouse Quilt from Night Owl Quilting

This lovely Schoolhouse quilt was brought to me by Angela.  The top was pieced by Angela's dear friend Anne who has passed away.  Angela requested custom quilting as she felt that is how Anne would have finished it.  Anne and Angela's husband were friends and both in the Education field so this quilt holds an extra special meaning to both of them.

I sent Angela a number of quilting suggestions for the borders and she immediately loved the outer echo curve border, and the simple quilting in the HST border.  We went back and forth on the inner ...

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February 27, 2022
Eternity from Night Owl Quilting

This striking quilt is a store sample for Keystone Modern Creative.  The pattern is called Eternity and it is available in 12 different colorways of  Hoffman 1895 Watercolour batiks. The rich saturated colors are even more beautiful in person than in these photos.

Sometimes when a quilt arrives in my studio it just tells me how to quilt it.  These bold batiks on a solid black batik background were screaming at me for some custom quilting.  I ran my ideas by Leslie and she told me to go for it - play time for me!

I stitched around each of the ...

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February 25, 2022
Yoyoville from Night Owl Quilting


I recently had the pleasure of working on this beauty for Cathy.  All I can say is that this queen size quilt was a labour or love - many, many hand stitches went into the applique and yoyos.  The pattern is called Yoyoville by Bunny Hill Designs.   The original pattern is for a twin sized quilt, but Cathy enlarged it to a generous queen at 100" x 106".

Yoyos are used in the main body of the quilt as well as in the borders for the trees and flowers.  When looking for quilting design inspiration online  I did not find very ...

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February 18, 2022
Whoo Knows from Night Owl Quilting

I recently had the privilege of adding some custom quilting to this fabulous quilt top for Christine.  The top was pieced and all of the hand applique was done by Christine's dear friend Anne Riemer.  To honor Anne's generous spirit and help a charity close to her heart, Christine has donated the quilt to a fundraising art auction for the Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre.  The quilt is Item #15, and the auction runs from February 18-27, 2022.

I loved every minute that this quilt was in my studio.  Anne's workmanship was impeccable and all of the owls ...

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February 7, 2022
Hockey Night In from Night Owl Quilting

Audrey made this super fun baby quilt for her nephew and his wife who are expecting a baby very soon.  Mom and Dad cheer for different teams and Audrey found the perfect way to include both the Montreal Canadiens and the Winnipeg Jets in a gift for the baby.

Audrey requested light custom quilting, so I stitched around all the players and added some simple fills in the different sections of the quilt as well as some swirls in the border.

The backing was also the perfect finishing touch.

This quilt was adapted from this out of print pattern.  It ...

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