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April 5, 2020
~ Quilting and Cleaning ~ Gingerbread Man Quilt ~ from Podunk Pretties

Hello Happy Quilters!  For the last couple of weeks I've been trying to quilt my Gingerbread Man quilt.  The progress is slow but little by little she's getting done.  
I love it when the light shines through the studio in the evenings, it really helps to show off he quilting.

As usual I started out thinking a simple quilting plan would be best.   I had no real plan other than a few feathers and free motion with no marking the quilt.  And as usual me, myself and I took over the plan.  This trio can come up with ...

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March 24, 2020
Custom Quilting Little Red Riding Hood Baby Quilt! from Busy Hands Quilts

I so enjoyed custom quilting this Little Red Riding Hood baby quilt in the sweetest of hearts.  I've had this panto for awhile, and after seeing it stitched out, I can't believe I haven't used it sooner; it is beautiful!  You will definitely be seeing it again.  :)  This is a quilt of Andrea's, and I also bound it for her.  Saturday has become my go-to custom quilting day as I'm so busy during the week with quilt designing, pattern writing, and quilt-making.  I finish my chores as quickly as possible in order to get my ...

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March 23, 2020
Jason Yenter Quilt and the Caledonia Pandemic Update from caledonia quilter

This is one of those quilts that scares me a little bit... I used lots of the "stand-and-stare" technique.

I will probably NEVER tackle a quilt like this - so much applique and paper piecing, with an on-point medallion setting.

I think at one point I had seven longarm rulers out - straight rulers, curvy rulers, circles, ...

I also needed chalk, a blue wash-out marker, and the IQ.  Along with some collaboration from the Beach Girls. 

Beautiful back.

In my last post I mentioned that some things had been cancelled with the Coronavirus epidemic, and that the grocery store was out of ...

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March 17, 2020
Custom Quilting Neverland Baby Quilt! from Busy Hands Quilts

I custom quilted this Neverland baby quilt with a fun star and swirl panto.  Sometimes it's a challenge to think of which design to use on a quilt, but this was an easy choice for this Peter Pan-themed quilt.  This is a quilt of Andrea's, and I also bound it for her.  I've begun working on custom quilting on Saturdays after the chores are done, and it's a great incentive to bust them out!

Fabric is Neverland by Jill Howorth for Riley Blake Designs, available right here.

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March 15, 2020
What happened to February???? Lovely Embroidery from caledonia quilter

I have obviously been M.I.A. ...almost a month since I last posted?  Well, let me catch you up.

Oh, such a beautiful embroidered topper... tablecloth?

The maker is such a wonderful woman, she embroidered my name on there too.

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March 10, 2020
Custom Quilting Seaside Baby Quilt! from Busy Hands Quilts

I quilted  this Seaside baby quilt with sailboats and waves.  It turned out so sweet!  This is a quilt of Andrea's, and I also bound it for her.  Quilting for clients has turned into my Saturday fun after the chores are done.  They get done quicker that way!

Fabric is Seaside by Tasha Noel for Riley Blake, available right here.

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March 2, 2020
Falling in Love from Night Owl Quilting

Amy brought this serene version of the Fabriculous pattern called "Falling in Love Again"  Amy has made this pattern before and had me customize it for a wedding gift.  You can see that version here.   Amy's mom loved it so much she asked Amy to make one for her to give as wedding gift and Amy agreed!  Amy is obviously an awesome daughter!

Amy selected a new to me pantograph called Autumn Breeze for the body of the quilt.  I love the movement that it has.  I'm sure I will be using it often.

Now for the special ...

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January 5, 2020
006 - A Finish To Show You from Silly Goose Quilts

I've not just been resting on my laurels over the last six months.  I've been Finishing. Some. Stuff. Off.

I have a feeling I've shown you this before, but it might not have been finished totally.  It's totally bound, labelled stitched on, all good to go.

I even machine quilted this myself on the long arm.  I did okay.  Bit wonky but okay.

I had grand plans to go once a week to Mum's house and get good at long arm quilting.  But like all of my craft plans, I ran out of day and ...

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December 15, 2019
Hong Kong Nights Quilt & Donation Quilts (2019 personal challenge) from caledonia quilter

This quilt is realllly big.  I had to tip the tablet cattywampus to get a pic.

The maker used a beautiful collection of Asian prints for the blocks.

And I absolutely love the corner triangle she added.  That provides such an interesting touch.

Oddly enough, those print blocks are all cut on the bias.  I was really impressed that they were not stretched out of square when the 3-d flange was added to them, and then additional sashing too.  She's a really, really good piecer. ⭐
The setting triangles were a design challenge for me.  When you actually LOOK at ...

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December 8, 2019
First Ladies Quilt from caledonia quilter

Lordy, I'm behind with my pretty-quilts-pictures.  I finished this at the end of October.  In general, I don't post pics until after the customer has picked up the quilt, just in case, and this gal was unable to get here for a while because her own life was pretty hectic at the time.

First Ladies Quilt

This is a very large quilt, and it was beautifully pieced.

There was lots of negative space for some pretty quilting.

The blocks were all quilted individually.

In order to keep some continuity between the blocks, I restricted the quilting to straight ...

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November 3, 2019
Two Cute Kid's Quilts & Leisure Activities from caledonia quilter

Cute little cars, quilted with a panto.  This will make a great baby quilt for some little person.

Embroidered bears in an assortment of activities.

Given all the work that went into this beautiful embroidery, custom quilting was certainly warranted.

Leisure this month was an evening with my Red Hat girls.  After dinner out, we went to the museum for a MUMMY UNWRAPPING.  Honest to goodness.


If you're like me, living in blissful ignorance, you may be surprised to learn that you can BUY mummies.  Yep.  Because, I mean, who wouldn't want one in their living room ...

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October 23, 2019
Cookie Cutter from Night Owl Quilting

I recently had the pleasure of quilting this gorgeous quilt for Leslie at Keystone Modern Creative.  The pattern is called Cookie Cutter by Jaybird Quilts and the fabric is Pedal Pusher by Camelot fabrics.  This quilt has such a different feel than the original cover design that features a white background with rainbow colours.

Leslie let me pick the quilting design, but I did check to make sure she was okay with feathers!

   I used a bead board design on the outer border to frame the quilt. 

The coloured diamond got continuous curves and a twirling feather motif filled the ...

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October 13, 2019
The Cat Quilt and A Life Update from caledonia quilter

This was so much fun to work on.

The saving grace was that the maker brought a folder of quilting ideas along with the quilt.

There was a lot of negative space for me to play.

The quilting that replicates the brick floor was a technique I learned in a class with Jodi Robinson.  I've used that design more than I ever expected.

Things have been pretty hectic around here for the past 6 weeks.  Hubby was helping a friend and had an unfortunate accident that is limiting his activities and requiring physio appointments twice a week ...

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October 9, 2019
Remembrance Poppy from Night Owl Quilting

Lynn brought me this lovely "Remembrance Poppy" quilt.  The pattern is by Pam Bono Designs.  Lynn asked for custom quilting and I tried to keep a reasonably light hand to the quilting.  The challenging part of quilting this one was figuring our how to handle all the odd shapes in the borders and the background.

I decided to add some feathers in the yellow sections.  I added simple lines to enhance the poppies and leaves and filled the backgrounds with stipples and the outer border with some curls.

Even with dark green and red threads, my tension was playing nice ...

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October 4, 2019
Custom Quilting Don't Give a Ship Baby Quilt from Busy Hands Quilts

This beautiful baby quilt was made by Andrea, and I quilted it for her.

A simple patchwork is always a great way to let cute fabrics like this shine.  Andrea did a great job evenly distributing the colors around the quilt top which adds eye appeal.

This fun nautical quilt called for wavy quilting to follow the theme.

I was in a hurry to get the quilts out the door and didn't notice that the pictures I had taken were poorly lit and don't do this beautiful quilt any justice.  Sorry Andrea!

Quilt Stats:
Pattern:  Simple patchwork
Fabric ...

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August 19, 2019
Blue Dot, Blue Dot, Where Are You? - Denniele's Quilt from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

I posted a block of this one, but now I"ve gotten permission to post the full quilt and all it's wonderful blooms.  Denniele Bohannan from Louanna Mary Quilt Design made this incredible Blue Dot, Blue Dot Where are you,  quilt designed by Barbara Brackman who has a free BOM - Hospital Sketches  which you can find on facebook.  This one is super sweet.  Two layers of batting, Hobbs 80/20 and Hobbs Wool, I used a 60 wt Glide thread that just blended wonderfully with everything.  Yep only one color of thread on this beauty. And Denniele won a ...

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March 17, 2019
Vintage Carolina Lily Quilt from L&R Designs Quilting

Vintage Carolina Lily

This vintage Carolina Lily quilt was fun to quilt! The outside edges are difficult to see in this picture but the cone shaped border will be finished with scalloped edges. I’m hoping for a finished picture after Nancy attaches the binding. If it was me, I would cut that straight! And that’s why she is finishing it and not me!!

Center quilting detail

The large on point setting blocks were perfect for some feathered wreaths!

Before quilting

Sometimes vintage quilts are not perfectly flat or have some fullness issues. Every time I started a block ...

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August 3, 2018
Wedding Present Quilt from Addicted to Quilts

I made this quilt in 2013 and finally added it to the My Quilts list.

This was a wedding present quilt for my sister.  They liked my Ruled by Chocolate quilt so I made something similar, but quilted it less densely so it would be soft on their bed.

It is big, and I made it so that it could be put on the bed in any direction.

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January 9, 2017
Customer Quilting from The Nifty Stitcher

Hello there

Its been a while since I last posted, Christmas has been and gone and I hope you all had a lovely time.
I was very busy with customer quilts in the run up to December.

 I loved this colourful quilt made by Frances who requested an allover design.

 This one was also made by Frances and gave me free reign to do as I wished.

 I kept it simple with some feathers in the center blocks.

This next one was a full custom job and this is all I can show you out of respect for the customers ...

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May 19, 2015
Custom Quilting Photos from Charming Prints Quilting

There are a lot of people in my life who really have no idea of anything within the quilting world. They know they can get a large quilt at Cracker Barrel or Walmart for a few hundred dollars, but they don’t know how the quilt came to be, or what even makes a quilt (technically speaking). They are completely ignorant to the entire fabric, thread and sewing machine world, and all the nooks and crannies that make up my favorite place to be.

Despite this, I have yet to meet anyone who does not see the beauty that custom ...

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