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December 8, 2016
Ivy Is Home! from Prairie Moon Quilts

After ten days away, Ivy is home from her spa treatment. (Wouldn’t YOU love to spend ten days at a spa? I know I would!)

While she was gone, I was a nervous wreck, fretting over all the quilts I have yet to get done before Christmas.

But she came home yesterday. The guys from Nolting brought her back, complete with a new frame to ride on, and they set her up in the new room I had all ready for her (finally):

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I’ll give you a tour of the room . . .

Here’s Ivy, set up in her ...

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Christmas Envelope Quilt from Snowy Days Quilting

Christmas envelopes quilt sealed with a kiss

Sharon Stoneberger made this festive envelopes quilt to be a Christmas wall hanging in her home. The quilt itself is perfectly square, though my photography makes it appear otherwise. The pattern for this quilt is Sealed with a Kiss. It's in the Hearts Aplenty book by Lynda Milligan and Nancy Smith.

What's really fun about this quilt is that all of the envelopes are 3-dimensional.  Each of them can be opened to hide a little trinket if desired.  I don't think Sharon is planning on stuffing the envelopes, but she did say she will likely add a ...

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December 5, 2016
Bear Paw Quilt and the First Cold of the Season from caledonia quilter

Isn't this a beautiful Bears Paw quilt?  I love the addition of trees in the border.

Stitch-in-the-ditch: the borders, the trees, setting triangles, sashing, perimeter of the bear paw block, and green ribbons.

Half inch straight lines in the background.  Motifs in all the pieced units.

With the colour variation between the brown border and the brown setting triangles, I treated them separately instead of quilting as all one unit.

Evergreens were added to the tree border, along with windy/cloud background fill.  In between the pieced trees there is a bit of grass quilted in to fill the ...

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December 2, 2016
Crazy Daisy from Snowy Days Quilting

craisy daisy wallflower quilt

This quilt was made by a client that prefers to remain anonymous. She was inspired by Missouri Star Quilt Company's Wallflower Quilt tutorial. I love that she went off-pattern to add the centers, stems, and leaves to the flowers.

She named the quilt Crazy Daisy because one flower isn't quite like the others. It's falling through the quilt and its petals are all mixed up! I love the creative flourish.

craisy daisy wallflower quilt

The other unique detail on this quilt is the small yellow flange between the quilt center and border. It adds just a little peek of interest and ...

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December 1, 2016
Happy Wedding, Stephanie and Christopher!! from L&R Designs Quilting

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Last month we celebrated the marriage of our daughter, Stephanie to Christopher!  It was a magical night and couldn’t have been more perfect for two very special people.  I’m a quilter but Stephanie is a photographer!  Check out her amazing work here!

The quilt I chose for Stephanie and Christopher is a quilt I made a few years ago.  It’s the quilt she asked to inherit but I didn’t want to wait that long to give it to her!  It’s also one of my bucket list quilt and one of my favorites.  It’s a ...

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November 27, 2016
Is Your Longarm Quilter A Drinker? Maybe This Is Why... from caledonia quilter

If you are a longarm quilter yourself, you'll look at these photos and (probably) laugh.  Or at least snort a little.  If you have ever heard me refer to someone as "a sweet little old lady", this is the kind of customer I'm referring to.  And there is no need to "tsk tsk" me - this particular woman is in her 80's and does not have a computer, so she'll never see this.  Considering her failing vision I'm happy that she is still quilting at all.  But getting her tops quilted is still a bit of ...

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November 24, 2016
Clementine Flying Geese and More Traditional Longarming from Pink Doxies



All the Geese Ready to Sort


There has been a great deal of juggling this fall in the quilting studio. Both hard and soft customer deadlines, emergency jobs, and ongoing long term projects meant no linear progress anywhere. So frustrating!  A part of me wondered if I had anything to show you. As a quilter and a blogger, I sometimes lose my perspective. I see it all everyday, and it becomes old hat. But then there is a moment when a project comes together, and I say, "Wow. I like that!" That's when I know I have something you ...

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November 20, 2016
Batik Cross, Quilts of Valour, End-of-season gardening, and the Current Book from caledonia quilter

This is a beautiful quilt.  The arrangement of fabrics make it glow.

Inside the cross was simply quilted, with 1/2" straight lines.

Today I woke up, came down to the 'sweat shop' and loaded up a Quilt of Valour.  These are done as my charitable donation work, and I have THREE of them that have been sitting here since early summer.  Hopefully, I can knock off two of them today, and maybe the third one next Sunday.  Alison from Sew What Else is probably wondering if I lost them.

GARDENING
As for the end-of-season gardening, I coulda kissed DH ...

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November 14, 2016
It has been awhile! from Scraps of Life

My goodness times has flown by this Summer and now it is the middle of November! 
Crazy isn't it!
So much to catch up on but first I will start with the latest Client Quilts














These last 3 are for me :)


See I have been busy! 
On top of that I have been going out to our Summer Home at Trestle Creek every weekend but that will soon come to an end. 
Our weather has been amazing here and we still are seeing temps well above normal and no snow on the ground yet.

I have more to share ...

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November 13, 2016
Conestoga Star and blah, blah, blah from caledonia quilter

This quilt was a beautiful monster.  If there is such a thing.  Conestoga Star by Fons & Porter.

For my own amusement I counted.

  • Small circles:  674
  • Large circles:  142
  • s.i.d. and straight lines - I ran out of fingers and toes.


Even the back is gorgeous, what with the Jane Sassaman fabric and all. I seriously wanted to keep this one.

And now for the blah, blah, blah.  I guess I will start with the MOST shocking.

  • Donald Trump won the presidential election.  WTF?  How could they (the American Public) elect someone who continually demonstrates his disdain for everyone ...

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November 10, 2016
Grandies, a Birthday, and my Garden - lots of photos from Quilting Lots Moore Designs

These three have all featured greatly in the past few weeks.  Last weekend we traveled up to Te Awamutu - a  journey of five hours which takes us all day basically by the time we stop for lunch and anything else that takes our fancy.  On top of this is making sure I have enough oxygen to last while away from the plugged in machine takes some doing. Our granddaughter Jessica turns 21 on November 15th and we arranged with her to have a quiet family dinner with her instead of attending the party Jessica was arranging with her young friends ...

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November 4, 2016
Thanksgiving Holiday Hours from Laurena's Longarm Quilting

Laurena Longarm Quilting Open House February 7We will be closing for the Thanksgiving holiday at 2pm Wednesday November 23rd and reopening at 9am on Tuesday November 29th.

We hope you enjoy the holiday with family and friends.  Be sure to have a quilt handy for the nap that inevitability follows that big turkey dinner!

 

Laurena

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November 3, 2016
Pansy Park by Thimbleberries from caledonia quilter

This quilt has been around for a long time.

I'm sorry... did you say EIGHT borders???  OK!  Well then, we're just going to pretend the skinny ones aren't there, alright?

You know I love sampler quilts, though.

The old ruler got a good workout.


This past Sunday was the semi-annual SOLO meeting (Southern Ontario Longarm Operators).  There was an EXTRA prize for costume-wearers.  Sadly, I did not win - that went to Louise from Tillsonburg, the lucky duck.  I still had fun with my like-minded friends.  And I DID win a door prize - a $25.00 gift certificate ...

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November 2, 2016
Quilting for Customers: “How To” from Lisa H Calle's Blog

Longwood quilt

Longwood Gardens Quilt  2010

Quilting for customers, yes this is a specialty that I was successful doing for approximately 10 and half years.  I loved it and quilted some 3000 quilts through this livelihood.  Are you considering expanding your quilting to the next level? If so, this is a wonderful way to make that goal a reality.

Trust is a HUGE word, and one of the best feeling in the world is when your customers embrace your talent, and depend on you to bring life and beauty to their quilt.  What does that feel like? I cannot imagine giving my ...

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October 28, 2016
Post Retreat DWR and Christmas Idea from caledonia quilter

Hopefully the whole day doesn't go like this.

By 5 am it was apparent there was no more sleep in my immediate future, so I gave up and got up.  DH had thankfully prepped the coffee before bed so I turned it on, then went downstairs and lit a fire.  I went back up to pour myself a cup, only to discover coffee all over the counter.  sigh.  It seems the pot wasn't quite under the drip hole.

I take the Double Wedding Ring on retreat with me and spend O.N.E. day working on it.  It ...

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October 27, 2016
What is Longarm Quilting? What are the Benefits of Using a Longarm Machine? from Quilter's Review

“What is Longarm Quilting?” – Quilter’s Review reader Thanks to technology, we quilters now have a few options when sewing our quilts together. At one time, hand quilting was the only option. Today, you can use your home sewing machine, or you can send your quilt straight to a longarm machine. If you’ve yet to […]

The post What is Longarm Quilting? What are the Benefits of Using a Longarm Machine? appeared first on Quilter's Review.

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October 26, 2016
How to Talk to Your Longarmer & Eerie Nights Hop from Pink Doxies



"Quilt it however you decide."

Those are five words that stop me in my tracks as a longarm quilter. It's like telling your beautician or barber to cut off as much of your hair as they choose. How much is too much?

I will tell you it is often just as hard for a longarm quilter to make a decision about the quilting as it is yourself. Being able to share some ideas--even if they are what you don't want, will go a long way toward a good plan. It is likely you have some kind of idea ...

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Sandra’s Metro Rings Quilt from Prairie Moon Quilts

I recently had the honor of quilting for my friend, Sandra. She made a Metro Rings quilt for her son and his new wife, as their wedding quilt. It’s made in 30s reproductions fabrics, and it is simply gorgeous!

Sandra made this quilt for their bed, so she made the center portion of the quilt to fit exactly on the queen-sized mattress, then added the spiky border to frame it, and finished it by putting extra wide plain borders to fall down the sides.

She only put the wide borders on three sides of the quilt. The top has ...

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October 24, 2016
Flat Lisa is STILL in Pennsylvania?? Say It Isn’t So!! from Lisa H Calle's Blog

WHAT,  Flat Lisa is STILL in Pennsylvania?! Say It Isn’t So!!  img_8873

Where is everyone? I know quilters reside in places other than Pennsylvania, so why is Flat Lisa stuck in Pennsylvania? Okay, perhaps you missed the Flat Lisa Reveal, maybe you skipped the Flat Lisa Reveal, or I suppose there is a slight possibility you aren’t interested in Flat Lisa.? Regardless, I will say it again I am eager to view my quilting friends globally.  That being said I’d like, one more time, to introduce Flat Lisa! Share with me your quilting studio, classes, shows etc.(be ...

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October 19, 2016
Which Color Thread Should I Use in High-Contrast Quilts? from Quilted Joy

Recently, Kelli contacted me through the contact form at QuiltedJoy.com to ask for advice on choosing quilting thread for high-contrast quilts.

I was hoping you could discuss in your blog thread choices for high contrast quilts. I keep getting red and whites, black with various colors but also white, scrappy and no two match…. The black thread looks awful to me on white…. The gray thread shows too bad on the black… White thread stands out all over. How to choose thread in high contrast quilts is currently my biggest challenge. I’m told invisible thread ruins thread guides ...

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